October 23, 2012
Baby Quilt Ideas and a Giveaway to Get You StartedPosted by Cathy Heck
Before we head to Houston for International Quilt Market, we have to take a moment to brag about the wonderful quilts that Heidi Pridemore of the Whimsical Workshop, created with our nursery fabrics for David Textiles for the last Quilt Market. This summer, the quilts came to Austin for a little photo shoot, so that we could share them with you for a some quilt-making inspiration.
And, If you suddenly need to make a quilt for a baby you love, we have some itchin-to-stitch fat quarters that you can win to get you started. Just comment below with the themes you would love to see next on our drawing boards, and we’ll pick a winner who will receive all three bundles!
The first quilt was created using fabrics from the Little Train collection. We love the way Heidi created this wonderful big train out of our little train pieces. And the hand-stitched touch around all the wheels makes it seem like this little train might just chug right off the quilt.
Below is a close-up of the handwork on the quilt, and a matching pillow, with an edging using the coordinating Luggage Labels pattern.
The second quilt was created from our Little Carousel group. The all-over Carousel Park design can be fussy-cut into little vignettes … almost like peeking through window panes to see all the fun happening at the park.
Here’s a close-up of one of the little scenic squares. It’s as though the quilt is telling a story, and your little napper can doze off getting to know all the critters in the park. Like, “Wait, look there, a little bunny is peeking around from behind the bush. Silly bunny. Come play with us.”
And the third quilt is a very handy quickie quilt made from the Play Day Pond collection. The entire center section is a panel ready to go. But if you have a hankering to add some borders, like Heidi did, this blend of Little Carousel Stripe with Froggie Plaid and Turtle Toss works great. Then, just top it off with Ducks Day Out around the edge.
Here’s another view of the panel and a closeup of the very appropriate wavy quilting that Heidi added to the outer border. We think this quilt is perfect for a pond-themed nursery or a picnic by the pond.
Thank you again Heidi, who is probably working into the wee hours preparing for market this weekend! We love your creations.
Now you show and tell! Here are three sets of fat quarters for one lucky winner. Let us know what favorite themes you like to see for baby fabrics, and our random-number-generator will choose a winner on Thursday, October 25 at 10pm.
January 10, 2012
Getting Ready for Atlanta, Part 1: Little Pond Springs to LifePosted by Cathy Heck
This week, we will be heading to Atlanta for the International Gift Show at AmericasMart. It has been a busy workshop around here. Thankfully, with lots of Hecklettes home from college for the holiday, we had some extra elf-help for 3-D-ifying our designs.
When we show work to companies, we like to show a few designs in formats that help the art directors imagine the possibilities for their specific items. We thought you might enjoy seeing the way a 2-dimensional painting can be transformed into 3-dimensional critters. First, we started with one of our best-selling collections, Little Pond. We pulled out our beloved Sculpey box, (which has been our go-to-clay for making lots of class projects through the years). This very same box had been pulled out of the craft cabinets many-a-holiday when little on-vacation hands were needing to be busy. And those same hands (now college-sized) jumped right in without missing a beat. Below, Margaret started with the giraffe and then moved right on to the elephants. We discovered that Margaret, who is an animal science major, seems to have a gift for visualizing all sides of an animal, which comes in very handy when one has to imagine what is on the other side of that painting.
Photos above from upper left clockwise: (1) Margaret smooths the giraffe mane with a dentist tool. (Why do we own a dentist’s tool? Don’t ask me, but it really works for sculpey sculpting.) (2) Here is Margaret creating the baby elephant so that he fits on the mama’s back, or it might be a daddy’s back … we didn’t really go into that kind of detail. (3) The white stage … ready for painting. (4) Julianna creates pots of paint for finishing the pond pals.
And, voila! Below is a little group of critters to help one imagine these pond friends as ornaments, or baby banks, or bookends, or bath toys, or game pieces, or, or, or …
Before we head to Atlanta, we’ll send you a couple of other how-to posts, just in case you are having a hankering to start making things pop to life in your house. And, this winter, if you hear some moaning pleas like “mommy, I don’t have anything to do,” I highly recommend Sculpey time. (Or Pluffy™ time, Sculpey’s new clay for little ones.) Who knows, you might have a sculptor in the making … or perhaps, an animal science major!
June 24, 2010
fun Etsy fabric findsPosted by Ellen Heck
We love getting to see the adorable things people are able to do with the materials and fabrics that we have made. Here are two cute finds that are currently on Etsy.
This is a sweet Noah’s Ark Two of a Kind quilt by My Cute Idea from Salt Lake City (top and left). (It looks great hanging on your fence, by the way.)
And here (top and right) is a clever Little Pond soft-book-turned-rag-quilt with a burp cloth and toy clip by Diana of Crafts by Diana.
Lovely pieces, Ladies!
January 8, 2010
Charity’s VisitPosted by Cathy Heck
Recently, one of our favorite babysitters from Margaret’s little years, came to town for a visit and brought her own precious little ones. Here is her cute toddler christening her Little Pond melamine dish set. It was good to see that it could be bonked, dropped and dinked, and still be ready for mac and cheese. Also, Neville, our all-boy puppy would like to thank Charity’s adorable all-boy son, for taking him on an adventure trek in our backyard wilderness. Neville had so much fun that he had to take a four-hour nap afterward!
We loved seeing Charity, our great babysitter-now-teacher and her adorable family. Maybe one of our girls can babysit for her now!
Here’s a picture we found of Margaret, our now 16-year-old, when she was four, with her wonderful babysitter, Charity, mother of cute toddler above, who was a student at UT at the time. You just have to love a babysitter who is willing to play dress-up, and hide in tents, and crawl into club houses, and whose name is Charity!
April 1, 2009
Where to Buy: Spring 2009Posted by Ellen Heck
Looking for Cathy’s Products?
We have received so many calls and emails from folks who are looking for Little Pond products, and we are delighted that you are enjoying our Little Pond critters. You can buy Little Pond products, made by C.R. Gibson, at Babies-R-Us. And, you can also find Little Pond items at BabySakes.com. The melamine dish set turned out really cute, and here’s a fun review of the baby book:
“We ordered Little Pond Baby Memory Book because it matched the nursery decor my daughter chose for her baby boy. When we received the book we both cried. It is so perfect for recording the wonderful memories of his birth and his milestones. We were having a tough time finding just the ‘right’ book but when we found this on we knew it was exactly what we were looking for and we have not been disappointed.”
-Nanee (Franklin, NC)
Several of Cathy’s designs have recently come out as cross-stitch kits from Dimensions – you can find them at Jo-Ann stores.
Jo-Ann stores are also carrying the Little Forest collection for fabric, as well as soft book kits. Soft books are easy to make and fun to give.