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Month: May 2012

A week long catch-all

Whew! The past week has been a whirl wind and completely exhausted me. My BFF (Best Fabric Friend), Lee, decided it was time for a change of scenery and listed her house for rent. Little did we expect that a day later she would have a client that wanted to move in the following week, this past Saturday. So last Friday night started out with a pricing party at her house for a yard sale the next day! Fortunately the yard sale was a hit and a good amount of her stuff sold, but we still needed to get the remainder of it packed and ready to move within the week.  So basically, I was at her house every night after work last week packing, eating, and having a million great laughs into the wee hours of the morning.

I’m glad that she was able to find someone to rent her house so quickly and that we got her all packed and moved out, but I’m sure going to miss her around town! At least I’ll be seeing her two weeks for teaching in Winston Salem at Sew Original, Greensboro at Studio Stitch, and TULA PINK!!

As for this weekend, mom came down to hang out! Friday night was spent getting the last wee bits out of Lee’s house. Saturday morning we got a little bit of sewing in and Saturday afternoons we helped the cutest baby boutique in town, Peanut Butter & Jelly, move into their new location! The rest of the weekend and today, lots of playing in fabrics was accomplished!

Check out the bee blocks for Bee a Lone Star(burst):

Bee a Lone Star(Burst)
Bee a Lone Star(Burst)

Here are the blocks I’ve received so far! And I’m seriously in love with them!

Bee a Lone Star(burst)
I also finished up the quilt top to this custom:
And began playing with some new Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.

With the help of Mom and her serger, I started my first clothing article…Ever. Stay tuned for the end results! I wanted to start practicing on some garments before I bust into my Liberty fabric!

I was glad to have an extra day off today for Memorial Day to relax and work on some projects. It’s hard to believe that it’s been three weeks since the boy started Army Officer Basic Training. He seems to be learning a lot already! I’m pretty proud of him!

Bella representing!
And Bella is too! (Even if I had to cram her into her Army hoodie from her auntie Lee.
Happy Memorial Day!

A week long catch-all

Whew! The past week has been a whirl wind and completely exhausted me. My BFF (Best Fabric Friend), Lee, decided it was time for a change of scenery and listed her house for rent. Little did we expect that a day later she would have a client that wanted to move in the following week, this past Saturday. So last Friday night started out with a pricing party at her house for a yard sale the next day! Fortunately the yard sale was a hit and a good amount of her stuff sold, but we still needed to get the remainder of it packed and ready to move within the week.  So basically, I was at her house every night after work last week packing, eating, and having a million great laughs into the wee hours of the morning.

I’m glad that she was able to find someone to rent her house so quickly and that we got her all packed and moved out, but I’m sure going to miss her around town! At least I’ll be seeing her two weeks for teaching in Winston Salem at Sew Original, Greensboro at Studio Stitch, and TULA PINK!!

As for this weekend, mom came down to hang out! Friday night was spent getting the last wee bits out of Lee’s house. Saturday morning we got a little bit of sewing in and Saturday afternoons we helped the cutest baby boutique in town, Peanut Butter & Jelly, move into their new location! The rest of the weekend and today, lots of playing in fabrics was accomplished!

Check out the bee blocks for Bee a Lone Star(burst):

Bee a Lone Star(Burst)
Bee a Lone Star(Burst)

Here are the blocks I’ve received so far! And I’m seriously in love with them!

Bee a Lone Star(burst)
I also finished up the quilt top to this custom:
And began playing with some new Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.

With the help of Mom and her serger, I started my first clothing article…Ever. Stay tuned for the end results! I wanted to start practicing on some garments before I bust into my Liberty fabric!

I was glad to have an extra day off today for Memorial Day to relax and work on some projects. It’s hard to believe that it’s been three weeks since the boy started Army Officer Basic Training. He seems to be learning a lot already! I’m pretty proud of him!

Bella representing!
And Bella is too! (Even if I had to cram her into her Army hoodie from her auntie Lee.
Happy Memorial Day!

Friday Favs + Shop Samples

What I’m loving this week!

Friday Favs 5.18.12
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching my new Cathedral Window Pillow pattern coming out in the next few weeks, in a handful of shops throughout North Carolina!
Here’s how the schedule goes so far:

Sew Original  in Winston Salem, NC, Tuesday, June 5th 10-4p.
Sew Original
Sew Original Back
Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC, Wednesday, June 6th 10-4p.
Lizzy House Cathedral Window
Cathedral Window Back

Linderella Quilt Works in Southern Pines, NC, two part class, June 16/23 10:30-1:30p.

Fran’s Sewing Circle in Wilmington, NC, class TBA.
Cathedral Window Pillow
Cathedral Window Pillow

If you’re around any of these areas and want to come join in on the fun, come on! I would love to see you there! Or if you’re in a surrounding state and would like to see this class in your LQS, feel free to pass on my info to your shop!
Happy Friday!!

Friday Favs + Shop Samples

What I’m loving this week!

Friday Favs 5.18.12
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching my new Cathedral Window Pillow pattern coming out in the next few weeks, in a handful of shops throughout North Carolina!
Here’s how the schedule goes so far:

Sew Original  in Winston Salem, NC, Tuesday, June 5th 10-4p.
Sew Original
Sew Original Back
Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC, Wednesday, June 6th 10-4p.
Lizzy House Cathedral Window
Cathedral Window Back

Linderella Quilt Works in Southern Pines, NC, two part class, June 16/23 10:30-1:30p.

Fran’s Sewing Circle in Wilmington, NC, class TBA.
Cathedral Window Pillow
Cathedral Window Pillow

If you’re around any of these areas and want to come join in on the fun, come on! I would love to see you there! Or if you’re in a surrounding state and would like to see this class in your LQS, feel free to pass on my info to your shop!
Happy Friday!!

NYC + Heather Ross Wrap up

Yeah, this wrap up post took long enough. I’ve just now finally had a minute to sit down and recap on the whole adventure.

We had the opportunity to spend some time taking in the plethora of designs in a vintage fabric archive. It’s archives like these that many designers are able to purchase swatches of vintage fabrics and also purchase the right to re-create the designs. This is how we come across many vintage fabrics that we now see in current lines.

This archive had hundreds of swatches as well as, vintage clothing, bags, jewelry, etc that were also available for purchase (for a pretty penny!).

There was so much to take in, in such a short period of time, but what a wonderful last field trip to start the wrap up of our class.

I think the last day was probably one of the most exhilarating. Mainly because our crazy, little, line drawn sketches were in full form at this point and ready to start printing.

Bella went from this:
In the beginning

to this:
Bella

to this:
Making progress!

to finally this:
My scotties hot off the press!

The transformation was fantastic!! Now next on my list is to re-look at my other colorways and get some submitted to Spoonflower for printing!

 Miss Heather and Ava!

After we all said our goodbyes, Pritima and I explored around the street fair in Chelsea. Needless to say it was quite interesting and conveniently close to where most of us stayed, the Chelsea Lodge.

The Chelsea Lodge was completely adorable and the best part, AFFORDABLE! I highly recommend it if you’re in the area!

And what would an NYC trip be without a picture with the FDNY firefighters?!

Bottom line, I’m had the time of my life and I’m ready to go back!

NYC + Heather Ross Wrap up

Yeah, this wrap up post took long enough. I’ve just now finally had a minute to sit down and recap on the whole adventure.

We had the opportunity to spend some time taking in the plethora of designs in a vintage fabric archive. It’s archives like these that many designers are able to purchase swatches of vintage fabrics and also purchase the right to re-create the designs. This is how we come across many vintage fabrics that we now see in current lines.

This archive had hundreds of swatches as well as, vintage clothing, bags, jewelry, etc that were also available for purchase (for a pretty penny!).

There was so much to take in, in such a short period of time, but what a wonderful last field trip to start the wrap up of our class.

I think the last day was probably one of the most exhilarating. Mainly because our crazy, little, line drawn sketches were in full form at this point and ready to start printing.

Bella went from this:
In the beginning

to this:
Bella

to this:
Making progress!

to finally this:
My scotties hot off the press!

The transformation was fantastic!! Now next on my list is to re-look at my other colorways and get some submitted to Spoonflower for printing!

 Miss Heather and Ava!

After we all said our goodbyes, Pritima and I explored around the street fair in Chelsea. Needless to say it was quite interesting and conveniently close to where most of us stayed, the Chelsea Lodge.

The Chelsea Lodge was completely adorable and the best part, AFFORDABLE! I highly recommend it if you’re in the area!

And what would an NYC trip be without a picture with the FDNY firefighters?!

Bottom line, I’m had the time of my life and I’m ready to go back!

The City Quilter NYC

I can’t believe I failed to mention my stop into The City Quilter after class, from my last post!

Just as Purl Soho there were so many delicious fabrics in The City Quilter! Aside from their normal quilting cottons, they also carried a variety of organics and Japanese prints! Between Purl Soho and The City Quilter it was a good thing I was on a fabric diet because purchases could have seriously gotten out of control!! I will admit, I was the awkward girl in the shop petting and oo-ing and ahh-ing over all of the fabrics!

The City Quilter NYC

I can’t believe I failed to mention my stop into The City Quilter after class, from my last post!

Just as Purl Soho there were so many delicious fabrics in The City Quilter! Aside from their normal quilting cottons, they also carried a variety of organics and Japanese prints! Between Purl Soho and The City Quilter it was a good thing I was on a fabric diet because purchases could have seriously gotten out of control!! I will admit, I was the awkward girl in the shop petting and oo-ing and ahh-ing over all of the fabrics!

NYC + Heather Take 3

I haven’t been this exhausted in a while, but at least it’s the best kind of exhausted. It’s the, I’m so excited to get up the next day to find out what is in store for me and too many new and invigorating ideas flowing through my head kind of exhausted! The I NEED to get back to that Mac and Photoshop I was on, just hours earlier, to sketch out and play with these fabulous ideas!

The city will flood you with magical, modern, and chic ideas as well. I’ve felt like an ADD child during the trip. I can’t focus and want to look at every last little detail that has been presented before my eyes! I have been awestruck at the plethora of diversity sitting right in front of me. I love the fact that NY is packed full of different races, ages, sexes, cultures, languages, personalities, styles, classes, and careers. This is America.

As we sat down to day two of our class, our heads were spinning with creativity. Everyone was back to work as quickly as we could get our buns in the chairs. Our first tiny, sketched, images were coming to life right before our eyes!

Making progress!
I have to admit I was a little discouraged when I first walked in and I was still on my first scottie, but Heather hopped right in with advice and encouragement and all of a sudden multiple scotties began appearing! Then I was really getting excited! The whole time I had visions of my Bella and Kaelin over at www.theplaidscottie.com who has Mr. Whiskers. Whiskers is the inspiration behind tossing a few black scotties in the mix!
Our first class field trip and next stop of the day was to the New York Public Library where we had to opportunity to look through some books that were ancient and extremely rare. Some of them we weren’t even allowed to touch, but our guide was able to flip through them so we could grab a few pictures. The books were textile books from various countries throughout the decades along with a few other kinds of art and drawings, as well as tobacco cards! They were all fantastic to look through!

Everything was so fun and funky! After looking through a few books and archives, I was beginning to see some of the patterns that designers have out right now. Some were almost exactly the same and others just different colors. Kind of interesting to see where some designers might be getting their inspiration 😉

By the end of the hour at the library we were all itching to get back to class! A few of us made a pit stop at the famous Shake Shack to grab a bite to eat to take back with us before slave driving our selves back to the computers! And let me just tell you, we had to wait in the line for a good 30min (which apparently is a short time for Shake Shack), but it was TOTALLY worth the wait. Gahhh the burger I had was sooo amazingly delicious, it’s making my mouth water thinking about it! If you’re in NY and haven’t gone, you HAVE to check it out! They even have an amazing vegetarian portabella burger. mmmm!

Shake Shack!
With full bellies, we were back to  business!

 There’s Miss Heather in all her glory, showing us how it’s done 🙂

NYC + Heather Take 3

I haven’t been this exhausted in a while, but at least it’s the best kind of exhausted. It’s the, I’m so excited to get up the next day to find out what is in store for me and too many new and invigorating ideas flowing through my head kind of exhausted! The I NEED to get back to that Mac and Photoshop I was on, just hours earlier, to sketch out and play with these fabulous ideas!

The city will flood you with magical, modern, and chic ideas as well. I’ve felt like an ADD child during the trip. I can’t focus and want to look at every last little detail that has been presented before my eyes! I have been awestruck at the plethora of diversity sitting right in front of me. I love the fact that NY is packed full of different races, ages, sexes, cultures, languages, personalities, styles, classes, and careers. This is America.

As we sat down to day two of our class, our heads were spinning with creativity. Everyone was back to work as quickly as we could get our buns in the chairs. Our first tiny, sketched, images were coming to life right before our eyes!

Making progress!
I have to admit I was a little discouraged when I first walked in and I was still on my first scottie, but Heather hopped right in with advice and encouragement and all of a sudden multiple scotties began appearing! Then I was really getting excited! The whole time I had visions of my Bella and Kaelin over at www.theplaidscottie.com who has Mr. Whiskers. Whiskers is the inspiration behind tossing a few black scotties in the mix!
Our first class field trip and next stop of the day was to the New York Public Library where we had to opportunity to look through some books that were ancient and extremely rare. Some of them we weren’t even allowed to touch, but our guide was able to flip through them so we could grab a few pictures. The books were textile books from various countries throughout the decades along with a few other kinds of art and drawings, as well as tobacco cards! They were all fantastic to look through!

Everything was so fun and funky! After looking through a few books and archives, I was beginning to see some of the patterns that designers have out right now. Some were almost exactly the same and others just different colors. Kind of interesting to see where some designers might be getting their inspiration 😉

By the end of the hour at the library we were all itching to get back to class! A few of us made a pit stop at the famous Shake Shack to grab a bite to eat to take back with us before slave driving our selves back to the computers! And let me just tell you, we had to wait in the line for a good 30min (which apparently is a short time for Shake Shack), but it was TOTALLY worth the wait. Gahhh the burger I had was sooo amazingly delicious, it’s making my mouth water thinking about it! If you’re in NY and haven’t gone, you HAVE to check it out! They even have an amazing vegetarian portabella burger. mmmm!

Shake Shack!
With full bellies, we were back to  business!

 There’s Miss Heather in all her glory, showing us how it’s done 🙂

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