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Oct 29, 2014

Quilt Market Recap

Oct 29, 2014
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I've had a few days to digest and come down from my Quilt Market high.  Things went wonderfully well, however, I've come to understand I am a horrible person at documenting my trip!  I met up with so many talented people and saw so much inspiration there..... but if you look at the pictures on my phone, you only see a small fraction of the creative goodness there.  I guess I lived it and felt the energy, rather than documented it through the lens of my iphone.

I went to Market to present my first Schoolhouse session for my up and coming Block of the Month Club for 2015.  It's called Moccasin BOM.  I've teamed up with the folks at RJR using their Cotton Supreme Solids in this fun quilt.
I'll be posting an official Moccasin Block of the Month kick off post (with all the details) in the next week or so.  I'm getting all my ducks in a row for the big launch after returning from my trip.  You can check out some info here.  {It's already listed in the shop if you can't wait.  I'm offering a print AND PDF version this year!}


I am so sad I only have these two pictures to show you.  And only the second one is mine!  The people are definitely what makes attending Market so inspirational.  We read about them and see their work, but getting to know each other and see the handmade projects in person is unbelievable.  Here is a pic taken in Maureen Cracknell's booth.  She won an award for Best New Exhibitor - with her Wild & Free line for Art Gallery.  Her talent radiated from her booth - not to mention she is a super sweet person.  Well deserved!
From @cuttopieces on Instagram:  Amy, Amy, Maureen, Me, Angela, Pat
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know designer Jennifer Sampou.  We had a chance to meet at one of the evening events - and we bonded over both of us having 3 boys.  She has been in the industry for many years and had much knowledge to share.  She was debuting her Black & White collection for Robert Kaufman.  I'll be showing you a fun project with this line in the new year!

Top:  Me, Jennifer Bottom: Angela, Amy
I'll be back with details on next year's BOM soon.  I also will be showing some quilting ideas for those of you getting ready to quilt Vice Versa.  It's a flurry of activity here at GXQ (although the blog doesn't show how much behind the scenes there is) and I'm having so much fun talking BOMs all the time.  :)  See you soon!

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Oct 21, 2014

Moccasin BOM Schoolhouse

Oct 21, 2014
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The secret is out!  If you are going to be at Quilt Market (Industry Trade Show) this Friday for the Schoolhouse sessions, please stop by and see me unveiling my new Block of the Month Club for next year.  My next BOM is called Moccasin and I am just thrilled to bring you this pattern IN PRINT and PDF!

I have been working with the wonderful folks at RJR Fabrics, using their Cotton Supreme Solids.  RJR will be kitting the fabrics and patterns to make it easy for you to run this BOM in your shop.  

Please come by Room 326F at 1:35pm on Friday, Oct.24 to hear all the details.

I hope this photo offers you at little sneak peek!  Lots and lots of photos next week :)

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Oct 15, 2014

Soakbox Challenge

Oct 15, 2014
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Image from Soakwash.com
At Spring Market, I kept seeing and hearing about the Soakbox manicures going on in their booth.  I wanted to check it out since I've never had a manicure... but somehow, I never made it.  So when Dani of Soak asked if I was interested in participating in the Soakbox Bloggers Nail Art Challenge, I eagerly said Yes.

The Soakbox nail polishes are sets of colors curated by some of the fabric industry's great designers.  I selected the collection from my fav designer, Denyse Schmidt.  I don't normally paint my nails, so I thought it pretty funny for me to try to design nail art on my small short stubby nails.  I was surprised!  It was fun to make your nails match your fabric!

I was to design 2 different looks.  One was to be based on the designer's fabric collection.  Seeds from Flea Market Fancy was just calling!

First, I painted a basecoat of Hot Opera (Pink) on all my nails (1).  I chose to make the feature design just on my index finger. I used my ever-so-sophicated applicator (a toothpick) to paint the seed outline with Faded Glamour (White) (2).  Lastly, I applied 2 dots with Deep Chocolate (Brown) to imitate the fabric design (3).

On all the other nails, I applied Faded Glamour (White) in stitch lines with the toothpick (2 below).
I think it turned out pretty well!  Although I do admit, this was take 2 on the "seed" feature nail.  My toothpick painting skills needed a little practice.  It takes quite a bit of time for each step to dry, so I did each step over the course of the day.

For the second design, I painted a base coat of Mushroom on all my nails (1) except the index finger which I painted with Faded Glamour (white).  Using the toothpick again, I made 3 petals on each nail in Hot Opera (Pink) (2).  Lastly, I applied 1 dot with Deep Chocolate (Brown) (2).
Pretty cute!  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed wearing my new fancy nails around.  I'm glad I tried out the Soakbox to make me think out of the box about art.  Overall, the polish lasted about a week before I decided to remove it.  Since I only did one base coat (I have limited patience for letting nails dry), I would consider that pretty long lasting.  Thank you Soak, this was fun!
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by SoakWash, but my opinions are my own. 
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