Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wonderful HG Designer Bev Proulx Blogs Especially for US!

Feb. 24, 2009
Today we have 62 minutes more daylight than on Feb. 1, and the sun is higher, making lovely tree shadows on the snow in my front yard. Spring will come, for this morning was even above zero! Such wonderful quilting time for us in the Upper Midwest!! My next line, named "Posies Galore" thus far, is set to go to Market for all to see in May. I included three novelties in the line that will sparkle with all my fabrics. I am currently working on a quilt done as a 1930's quilt would have been. I have a top with this pattern, so I thought I would use my 1930s reproduction fabrics to grab a bit of the era. I should have a picture of it to share, and perhaps a pattern, later in spring.
I created a new seminar this winter called "Magnificent Color Play (or Building Color Confidence)". I have taught it three times thus far, with three more by mid-April. It has been so enjoyable helping class members develop a confidence regarding color use in their quilts. With such a long winter this year, the quilters need all the color they can get. Talk to you next month. Happy Quilting! Bev

Monday, February 2, 2009

Excerpt from Heather Mulder Peterson's Blog

Just before Christmas, I received a package from Karen, my design director at Henry Glass and CO. Inside that package was 5 yard cuts of the new line that Mom and I had painted up several months earlier. It’s called Rebel Roses and should be in stores next month.

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!

I take back what I said earlier - maybe this is my favorite. Can you even stand it???
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