Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm so excited for the upcoming Christmas holidays!
This was an exciting year for me and there's more to come!
First, I was a guest on Quilt Out Loud in the summer. That was loads of fun to film. Can you imagine anything else sitting there with Mark Lipinski and Jodie Davis? It was such an awesome experience.
Next, I finished up a few projects for the wonderful folks at American Patchwork & Quilting. The first thing that I can finally share with you is my profile. It appears in the Feb 2010
issue that's on newsstands now. I also designed a quilt to compliment the article using my pretty Inspiration line.
Speaking of Inspiration, the response to the fabric line has been phenomenal. Thank You!
My latest book hit the store shelves in the past few weeks.
Jolly Stuff, is full of quick, easy and fun holiday items.
You can see all of my publications for Leisure Arts on their website.
Of course, there was the Cross-Country Designer Blog Hop.
We had such a great time for twelve days.
There were loads of free patterns, recipes, memories and giveaways too. You can start with my blog and click on all of the links on the sidebar on the right.
Phew, I think that's it for now. You can get my news on my website or blog and have some fun being my friend on
Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me!
Have a great holiday! L
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Hospitality" is a 26" x 26" quilt using the Tanyard Creek fabricline. The pattern is from a "Reflections of the South" collection designedby Little Quilts for Henry Glass & Co. The simple pineapple applique, along-time symbol of hospitality in the south, is perfect for this charmingwall hanging to welcome friends. It would make a perfect house warming gift!
This quilt was made by Little Quilts staff member Linda Rice usingthe Tanyard Creek fabric line. She used the Josephine's Sampler pattern byLori Smith (From My Heart To Your Hands). Patterns and all fabrics for thisquilt are available at Little Quilts.
We love the old antique reproduction look of the new "Tanyard Creek"line of fabric from Little Quilts. The line also includes several newshirtings. The entire line is available from Little Quilts along withbundles and fat quarters.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Nov. 12th. Pat from Pat Sloan & Co.:
Nov. 13th. Heather from Anka's Treasures : http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/
Nov. 14th. Pam from Pam Kitty Morning :
Nov. 15th. Kari from New Leaf Stitches :
Nov. 16th. Terri from Whimsicals :
Nov. 17th. Sherri from This 'N' That
Nov. 18th. Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
Nov. 19th. Roseann from Rosebud's Cottage.
Nov. 20th. Linda from Linda Lum DeBono: http://www.lindalumdebono.blogspot.com
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Simply Sweet made it’s debut at Fall Quilt Market in Houston. I love this collection! We designed the sweetest floral stripes, a companion floral lattice, and a delicate little vine print.
We combined a funky oval print and our signature dots, stripes and checks to round out the collection. We were so inspired that we all ready have about 6 new quilts planned for this collection.
For more information on Barbara Jones and to see her personal website and new design ideas go to http://quiltsoup.com/
Monday, October 5, 2009
Busy, busy, little bee. So much work, yet so little time. Who said that I'd have so much free time since Little A would be at school all day now? FYI, not true!
I can't believe that summer is nearly over and that fall is upon us. The kids are back at school and we are adjusting to the new schedule. I've been so busy these past few weeks with school, birthdays, activities and deadlines. How do we get some more time in the day?
The new season also means that Quilt Market is around the corner and that my fabric line, Inspiration, for Henry Glass Fabrics, should start hitting the quilt shop shelves any minute now. I'm excited about this line because the colors are upbeat and the message is good. Let me know what you think and of course, if you make something from the line, send a photo! I'd love to see!
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many, if not all of us, have been touched by someone's story in her fight against breast cancer. I've designed a few projects for you to make as gifts for your loved ones in support of breast cancer awareness. There will be a lap quilt or two and a tote bag. Here's a sneak peak of the first design, Twinkle. I'm just tweaking the patterns right now. Drop by early next week for the patterns and to share your stories.
Super exciting news! You'll see Inspiration in a design for American Patchwork and Quilting this winter. The design will accompany my profile in their February 2010 issue! So awesome!
I think that my work of late has had a sense of "purpose" beyond making a beautiful quilt. I'm just about finished a knitting design for a prayer wrap. I'm giddy with excitement because it came out so beautifully. Be patient! You'll get to have a peak in time. xo, L
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
How does an artist working on children’s hospital murals find her way to a wonderful fabric company designing for the quilt market? All I know is anything is possible in life, including dreams coming true. During the course of creating the Zany Animal murals, the hospital staff would stop by often and say how much they’d love to see these images on children’s fabrics. It occurred to me that I would too. Being an FIT grad who started her career in fashion, this idea
was never far from my thoughts. Combining two passions was a dream-designing textiles and creating images for sick children!
I am thrilled to be a part of the talented group of HG designers. I look forward to bringing more to you in the coming months an wish you all a wonderful August.
PS My husband and I are bona fide city people who’ve just moved to Country Living in the Adirondacks. My next gig is creating a group of Zany Forest Animal friends for HG. With so much to refer to right out my studio window, it’s going to be a pleasure! For more information about Nina please go to http://www.ninafavata.com/
For more about her organization Healing Art Environments go to http://www.healingartenvironments.com/
Monday, August 24, 2009
These pillows were very spontaneous- I didn't measure a darn thing... which, in retrospect, would probably have made the project go a lot smoother and faster! I just cut strips and sewed. Then I backed it with some batting and another piece of cotton, "stitched in the ditch", as they say and sewed it to some solid linen for a back with a simple envelope closure. This is a great project for longish scrappy pieces and can just as easily be on horizontally.
I hear the quilt that Cate Tallman-Evans designed in the works and that just makes me plain old giddy- she's done a spectacular job with both of my collections now and I am always excited to see what people do with my work. I am also working with my quilter friend who made my last quilt using my Dogwood collection and she's going to quilt up my own roughly sketched Shade Garden quilt design for my Fall bedroom.
More recently, I had the pleasure of being asked by Mark Lipinski to join him on his new QNNtv.com show, Quilt Out Loud! thanks to the gracious recommendation by Herny Glass' own Linda Lum DeBono. The segment was about being a textile designer. I was joined by Gail Kessler, designer and marketing director for Andover Fabrics and we fielded questions about how we work and the influence of trends, markets and business. Gail being very entrenched in the market and community, and me, sort of a fledgling newbie! It was a fabulous experience and I did learn a lot myself, not having come from a quilting background. I think it must appear funny to some that I can design, but not quilt... but I'M LEARNING! Slowly but surely, I WILL get my quilting wings one day!
Tune in to the show! Should be released this October, and I believe it's a two part segment. It promises to be a great one.
See ya for now! And look for me at the Houston Quilt Market!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
After returning home, I was invited to be the guest of honor at a quilting social hosted by a local quilt guild here in Idaho called “Behind the Scenes”. What better way to spend a summer morning than sharing the company of fellow quilters and looking at vintage quilts hanging in the sunshine? The nicest surprise, though, was seeing a hand-quilted version of my Country Haven quilt hanging alongside the antique quilts that were on display.
Members of this guild worked together to piece, appliqué, and hand-quilt this project made entirely from my Country Haven line of fabrics, and for every hour of time spent on its construction, each member received a ticket for a chance to win it in a drawing. I was given the honor of scooping up the winning ticket, and one lucky member went home very happy!
Here’s hoping that even in the midst of this busy time of year, you find a few moments to make a quilt of your own and spend a little time in the company of good friends.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Remember when I was telling you about our new quilt book? I was going to keep you updated as we went through the process. The book is called Cradle to Cradle and this is what the cover looks like. The book features quilts designed to commemorate the moments in a girl's life from her baby quilt through her wedding quilt and ends with a baby quilt for her first born child.
When I left off last time, the quilts were getting their beauty shots taken by the photographer. Well today the whole thing has gone to the printer! I don't know how that happened. We will give you all the details in our July newsletter.
The good folks at Henry Glass have agreed to reprint Bubblegum Basics one more time so we will all have enough fabric to make the quilts in the book! What a company! Two of the quilts in the book are made from Bubblegum Basics.
We also have a new mystery block of the month quilt made from Bubblegum Basics in the works. We will be offering it on our website and I think it is pretty cute if I do say so myself! The reason I say that is because I am doing exactly what I want and will keep this quilt for one of my grandaughters. It has been really fun to work on. Sometimes you gotta do exactly what you want, don'tcha think? Until Next time.... Barbara
For more info on Barbara Jones and her designs please check out her website http://quiltsoup.com/
Monday, June 22, 2009
With every workshop, I see students arrive for class with enough sewing paraphernalia to require at least three trips to the car to haul it all inside – looking at all the rolling travel cases and mounds of “stuff” you’d think that they were moving in, but we all know if they left one single thing at home, that would be the one thing they needed and didn’t have!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Are you inspired to create coordinated projects for table settings or just everyday living? Use my new fabric line Opulence to make yourself this very handy and stylish market bag and then design your own wine labels to match. Wouldn't it be lovely to show up at an outdoor concert with this set-up?
Here in Atlanta, we have Chastain Park, offering outdoor concerts all summer long and believe me, there is a bit of a competition with regards to food and presentation!
I chose to use a natural colored canvas as the accent for the top and bottom of t his large tote. And yes, I did indeed spray it with several coats of fabric guard! You'll notice I used ribbons as accents rather than fabric as the pattern shows. I also doubled the width of the handles so they would be very comfortable and sturdy.
I used a McCalls Pattern, number M5897 from Designer Karina Hittle, her line is called Artful Offerings. My coordinating paper line is available through QVC.com and is called the Iris Collection by Brenda Pinnick.
Monday, April 20, 2009
What's New? Free Patterns, Quilt Kits and Curried Pear Soup! http://www.quiltsoup.com/new.html
Our Mall Doll and Bubblegum Fun quilt kits are ready to go. Yay!!!!!!!! The quilts are made from our Bubblegum Basics fabric collection for Henry Glass & Co. Our cute hankie panel is featured in Mall Doll which finishes at 57 1/2” x 66 1/2”. The pattern is free to you and is included in the kit. Mall Doll kits are available for $70.00. http://www.quiltsoup.com/patterns.html
Bubblegum Fun is also a free pattern for you and we have cut the kits. This quilt features simple squares set on point in between a few fusible web appliquéd flowers. This is a quilt for confident beginners. Kit is sized for a twin bed and finishes at 67” x 77 1/2”. Bubblegum Fun kits are available for $95.00.
Quilt backings for both of these quilts are available. Just pick your favorite fabric from the collection and email me with your selection. The backing for Mall Doll is $31.50. The backing for Bubblegum Fun is $36.00. http://www.quiltsoup.com/patterns.html
We are vending at the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) in Salt Lake City, May 7-9 2009. We will have many of our patterns and kits available so stop by and say hello!
The soup recipe this time is for Curried Pear Soup. It is interesting and can be served hot or cold. I like a little less sesame oil in mine but you will have to be the judge! http://www.quiltsoup.com/soup_to_nuts.html
We are working furiously on our “Cradle to Cradle” book for release in July 2009 by Kansas City Star Publications.
You can follow our progress on the QuiltSoup blog, http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/ You just never know, there might be another give-away on the blog!
Until next time,
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
For more information on Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup or
to purchase a kit to make this pillow
Click here http://www.quiltsoup.com/
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Little Quilts - 1450-C Roswell Road - Marietta, GA 30062
Phone (770) 578-6727 ~ Fax (770) 509-9748Mon - Sat 10 am to 5 pm
Check out their website for more info and great ideas! http://www.littlequilts.com/
Friday, March 20, 2009
Bet you wished you were coming to class don't you? Just kidding.
All the best & Enjoy! Barbara
Cucina's Curried Chicken Salad
2 lbs chicken breast, cooked and cut into 1 " pieces
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 c red grapes, cut in halves
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c golden raisins
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 c half and half
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
In large bowl combine chicken, celery, grapes, nuts and raisins. For dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Gently fold dressing into chicken mixture. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Serves 8.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Here's a sneak peak at my stash - I know this looks like a huge stack, but I really wanted you to see the colors.
I also want you to see my partner-in-crime, so to speak, so here’s a shot of my Mom and I with our new goods -
By the way, you don’t even have to read the sentence above to know where I came from. My Mom met up with a friend last week that was visiting from out of state (and they don’t get to see each other that much) and she told Mom that I look more like her than she does! We got a chuckle out of that, as she was good friends with Mom about 20 years ago - the same age that I am now!
I may have mentioned Mom and I working together, just a few times in the past. This fabric line was another of our collaborations. We were inspired by these rich, yet fresh and cheerful colors, along with our favorite mix of prints - An extra large floral, plaids, stripes, and assorted other prints and smaller florals. It’s fun to work on together on the prints, and even more fun when the fabric starts arriving. Since then we have been busy cutting and sewing up some new quilts. We’d like to show you how the fabric works up and maybe try to inspire you with ways to use these fabrics.
I chose to make a new quilt for my kitchen (see above). It’s called From the Heart and it’s in the book Livin’ Large. I’ve already made two of these quilts, so I had to change the words a bit. (I have a hard time following my own directions). The original says Faith ~ Hope ~ Love.
I would also love to make this quilt with Bistro- the new line by Deb Strain and replace the flowers with coffee cups and the words with Mocha - Espresso - Latte. For some reason, I haven’t found the time to make a 4th one!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Bubblegum at the movies Click here to see the full Blog with movies and all!! http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/2009/01/bubblegum-at-movies.html
Okay. I am trying something new that I don't know much about. That Anne Sutton over at Bunny Hill made a movie about her new fabric which raised the bar for the rest of the HG designers! I am not as techno-savvy as Anne but have lots of grandkids! There's more than one way to make a quilt block you know!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I do find myself wishing I was heading off to warmer climes forjust a few days. I know, however, many other quilters are housebound in these times and looking for new and exciting quilting and fabric ideas. As we spend a little money at several shops, let us select fabrics that excite our possibilities as we plan our future quilting efforts! Let us support our shops that provide us with the wonderful creativity we all need! I am eager to finalize my next line for Henry Glass & Co. We should have it in the pipeline soon. I will keep you posted as things progress. I know you will love the new novelty and floral prints! Meanwhile, keep quilting and using my Henry Glass fabrics. Happy New Year! Bev Proulx