Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HG Designer Shelly Comiskey Blogs for US!

HG Designer, Shelly Comiskey of Simply Shelly Designs Blogs Especially for US! Leave a Comment on our Blog about Shelly's newest line "SNOW MUCH FUN"
(which can be seen on our website under "What's New") and
you may be the lucky winner to Receive a *FREE Bundle* of
Fat Quarters from Shelly's last line: "I LOVE SNOW". The winner will be chosen by 4:30 pm on Wed. Feb 1st.
HG: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Shelly: I get inspiration from so many different places, but I believe my strongest is from my love of animals and kids. Each filled with their own personalities and expression. This I try to bring to each character. Another is a particular mood can inspire me.. whether it be the feeling I get from a warm sunny day, a chilly snowy night, or even the feeling or memory of favorite holidays! Inspiration is everywhere!

HG: How long have you been designing?
Shelly: Hard to believe but I started designing back in 1997. I authored a few craft books on working in Polymer clay, one of which was with Disney and sculpting their characters. What a thrill that was! During this time, I had always felt the pull to follow my true love which is illustrating. I felt the most freedom when I had a pencil in my hand. In 2007 I made the decision to concentrate solely on illustrating and haven’t look back since.

HG: Can you give us a sneak peek into your studio (or where you work) just a pic or two.
Shelly: (See pic above)

HG: Where did you grow up and where is your home town now?
Shelly: I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. LOVED it! I had the best neighborhood and friends! To this day I am still close and in contact with friends I had in kindergarten as well as my first crush when I was 11, and who later became my husband Mike! I now live in New Lenox, Illinois which is only about 30 minutes south of the city. My mom still lives in the house I grew up in, so going back and visiting her is always home.

HG: Pets or children??? Or both??
Shelly: Well I have two of the greatest kids.. My daughter Casey who is now 22, and my son Mickey who is 18. Boy where does the time go? We are a very close family and for that I am blessed. As my kids started to get older and more independent, I found myself with a few more pets! My three dogs and one sweet cat. The dogs range in size from a 5lb Chihuahua to a 150 lb Newfoundland. Yep quite the crowd. They are my companions, co-workers, and as I said earlier.. lots of inspiration.

HG: Favorite hobbies or vacation spot??
Shelly: Hmmm.. well since my hobby and passion has turned into my business, I would have to say my job! I just love a quiet afternoon, comfy on the couch with pencil and pad! Sketching and sketching! I do also enjoy horseback riding. I would love to make more time for that!

HG: What Medium do you create with??
Shelly: I always start with pencil and paper sketching away. And depending on my mood or vision, I sometimes will start the colorizing process with basic water color painting or illustrator markers and then a bit of colored pencil. I will then scan it into the computer where I will start digitally painting even more and bring in lots of detail. Other days I may just scan in my sketches and do all of the painting digitally right on the computer. Because I license my designs for various products, it is always a good thing to have the artwork ready for the manufacturers in a digital format.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about my world. I feel so blessed to have this passion for what I do and to hopefully bring smiles to those who enjoy my designs.

For More Information on Shelly or Fabric Lines- Check out her website:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures Blogs

Check out Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures blog on her new line:

After about 7 or 8 months of not having any new products to show you, I finally have something new to share! I have gotten the go-ahead to spill the beans on a new fabric line that will be coming out later this year. I painted the line up last summer, so it seems like I have been waiting a while to show you! My inspiration began with all the images of cute cottages I had been seeing on blogs like House of Turquoise. (one of the best decorating blogs, in my opinion.) I loved the cottages with weathered grey siding and a turquoise front door. Isn’t it a great combo?

A look inside the Sales Cards:

To see Heather's Full Blog on her website go to:

Check out New HG Designer Dawn Heese's Blog

These Post Card prints are from her new fabric line for HG: Best Wishes.

I thought I would share a little about some of the prints in my fabric line. I love interesting backgrounds for my applique and I also love words on fabric. These postcard prints are some of my favorite! I can't wait until I have them to actually sew with. I think they will make fantastic background fabrics. They are available in blue script and red script.

The inspiration for the fabric line was a set of old vintage postcards, thus the name "Best Wishes". This piece was the starting point. I am hoping that all of you will love them as much as I do. Happy Quilting!

For more information on Dawn Heese and her New Lines for Henry Glass...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Put Your Heart in it by Buggy Barn contest by Henry Glass

Congratulations to the 2 winners of the Put Your Heart in it by Buggy Barn contest by Henry Glass, As featured in the Winter 2011 Issue of Easy Quilts.

Donna Spillman of Iola KS & Doris Dahl of Ettrick, WI

Friday, January 6, 2012

Benefit for Henry Glass Designer Amy Hamberlin: A Sisters Love

Please Read Below about the Benefit for HG Designer Amy Hamberlin

A Sisters Love
As many of you know, Amy recently discovered that she has several brain tumors. Before Christmas she underwent her first surgical procedure to remove one of the tumors. As her sisters and sister-in-law, we look forward to hosting this benefit concert on her behalf which will help raise funds toward her surgical and continued medical costs. Amy has already expressed how much love and support she has felt from family and friends.

Please join us in our continued support of her by attending and/or spreading the word about this great benefit concert on her behalf. Many thanks, Julie Saliby, Jen Baisden and Devanie Roberts