January 24, 2014
Window Stitching: Atlanta 2014Posted by Cathy Heck
Gosh, I am so sorry to be so long in posting some pictures from the Atlanta Show. I just have one excuse. Food Poisoning. If you have ever had it, you will know why I can’t really say the words “shel_ fi_h” ever again.
BUT, the good news is that we were able to see our pretty window in the front of the C.R. Gibson showroom before I went for a fun dinner and ordered … well, you know … the food that shall not be named.
So, finally, here are some pictures from the debut of our Made With Love collection. The original stitchwork for the covers and interiors, fronts to backs, were stitched by our own little fingers. We were drawing with thread! We hope lots of new babies will feel the love we poured into this group of baby memory books.
Above are several of the new products from the collection, which you will be able to buy at retailers across the country. You can contact C.R. Gibson for more info. (The new collections are not up on their site yet, but will be soon.) The cute fox seen in the photo above, however, is not part of our group … he was just the perfect spokes-model for our Made With Love stitches. (He comes from the family of adorable critters from the blabla group of knitted toys.)
One of our favorite additions to the collection is this adorable jaunty elephant coin bank, pictured below. And the cute Grandma’s Brag Book will just make you want to … well … smile!
Of course, the best part of seeing a new group introduced, is seeing the wonderful people who collaborated to make it happen. We were so happy to see the director of the project, Sherrie McCulloch, (below left) who worked with us on every detail, from the perfect paper stock to the prettiest book binding. And, below right, is Betsy Ferg, who we know gave up some Christmas holiday time to make sure that the fun window display was ready by the first of January!
And, below, is the person we really have to thank for this inventive collection coming to life … Ellen, herself. The original sketches for this group came from her head and hands. Her persuasive encouragement went something like this …
Ellen on phone: “Really, mom, I do think we can stitch a 72-page interior by the deadline … if we all do it together. Jules can help, too. We can do it!”
Ellen: “Mom … mom … hello, Mom, are you there?”
But, Ellen was right … we did it … and it is, indeed, a labor of love. Be sure to keep an eye out for our new collection … and as soon as we receive our samples, we’ll be hosting a fun giveaway.
In the meantime, here is my next call to Ellen: “So Ellen, I had this idea for a 72-page interior that we would mold out of clay, what do you think?”
January 8, 2014
Hello Atlanta, Hello WorldPosted by Cathy Heck
We are off to the Atlanta Gift Show for the debut of our new collection, Made With Love. We created this group of friendly characters one stitch at a time, and, it is indeed made with love just in time for cute babies arriving in 2014.
If you are headed to the Atlanta Gift Show, be sure to stop by the C.R. Gibson showroom to see our new baby collection. We hope you will feel the love, too!
We’ll be sure to tell you all about the show and share pictures when we return.
Love, the Heck family stitchers … well, except Neville (the dog) … he can croon, but he does not stitch.
December 3, 2013
It’s the wrapping time of year!Posted by Ellen Heck
Now that’s it’s officially the Christmas season, we’re excited to show off one of our new designs, Snow Angels, which will debut this year on boxed cards and wrapping paper at DesignDesign and on glittered fabric by David Textiles at Jo-Ann stores.
October 30, 2013
Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety JogPosted by Cathy Heck
We’re home from Quilt Market, and although we loved every minute, the term, jiggety, is probably a good one to describe our sojourn. We were stuck on the Katy Freeway, just outside of Houston, for 4 hours! Thank goodness we all like each other!
But once we finally arrived, it was so much fun to see our wonderful clients and friends. And thankfully, we made it just in the nick of time to give a little tutorial about Cuteville County Fair, our new collection for quilt stores, and about the way Ellen and I work together from our studios in Austin and Berkeley.
We loved meeting all of the quilt store owners … here’s a little video snippet of the fun.
When we arrived at the Henry Glass booth, we were delighted to see another beautiful Cuteville quilt made by Jean Anne Sharrai. It felt like a shoemaker’s elf had been stitching through the night! If you are needing a fun and easy-to-make play or picnic quilt, here is a free download with the instructions for this pattern. (We were able to bring it back to the studio so we could take pictures for you.)
We were intrigued by the way Jean Anne backed the quilt, too–using bits and pieces from the panel. It gave it a vintage feel of days gone by when a quilt really was made from scraps of this and that.
And if you look very closely, you can see that the actual quilting part has its own story: paisley swirls for the background reflecting the bandana border, and cloud stitches mimicking the clouds behind the ferris wheel. Thank you Jean Anne for stitching up some surprises for us.
We will be back with a few more Cuteville DIY projects that you can make. I know you can do it, because I did it during my learn-to-sew-right-now month. Cheerio from Cuteville.
October 26, 2013
To Market, To Market, Jiggity JigPosted by Cathy Heck
We are wondering how many sewing machines were making the same whrrrrrrr ours were making this week before International Quilt Market . And how many floors looked like this?
We will have so much to share when we return from Houston. Most importantly, I (Cathy) will be able to demonstrate that you, too, can learn to sew in one month! It’s true. I even learned to make my own piping, so I am feeling like a sewing stud. If I can do it, you can do it!
When we received our beautiful samples of the new Cuteville County Fair fabric, which we created for Henry Glass Fabrics, we pulled out our sewing machines, and I pulled out my sewing machine manual. I made a little quilt, and Ellen made a big quilt. Thankfully, Ellen taught herself to sew in the 5th grade when it was clear to her that sewing was not in her mother’s skill set. We will show the quilts at market and the big quilt even has a free downloadable pattern on the Henry Glass site.
Here is Julianna pretending to be a quilt model in the back yard on Ellen’s big quilt.
Come see us at the Henry Glass booth at 2pm today (Saturday), where we will be sharing a bit about the way we work together from our studios in Austin and Berkeley. Even though I have been designing for fabric companies for ten years, it’s more fun than ever now, because Ellen and I create the collections together. Also, we are bringing a gift for the first 30 visitors–a DIY kit which includes everything you need to make a fun personalized embroidered pillow using the Cuteville fabrics … I bet you know a Best-In-Show baby that needs one!
Photos below are of Julianna making excellent kits. Thank you Jules, you are definitely the Blue Ribbon studio elf of Cuteville County.
See you in Houston. And, for those who will be following the show through the blogosphere, we’ll be sure to report back next week. Off to Cuteville.
March 17, 2013
Introducing the Little Forest Soft Flannel Collection!Posted by Ellen Heck
This sweet bundle of nap-worthy flannel is fresh off the presses this week! Little Forest flannel for David Textiles under the CathyLoo brand should be hitting stores soon, and there are already a few bundles here on the Etsy site.
It’s fabric season here in the studio and we’re loving every minute of it. These forest daisies remind me of the flowers popping up all over the lawns now that we’re only a few days away from the official start of Spring!
There are also still a few more days to enter the Peek-a-boo flannel giveaway. Have a great week!
March 14, 2013
New Flannel Fun and a Giveaway!Posted by Ellen Heck
We love it when our new products arrive on the studio doorstep! Since the manufacturing time is often several months, it’s fun to revisit designs we haven’t seen in a while.
Peek-a-boo, I love you! flannel for David Textiles under our CathyLoo brand arrived last week, and we love how soft and snuggly the flannel made these cute critters.
To celebrate, we’re giving away one of these 6-piece fat-quarter bundles to a randomly-selected commenter to this post! And if you tell us another favorite game you like to play with your little one, we might try to translate it to soft fabric next season! We will choose a winner on Thursday, March 21 at 10pm CST.
And here is a Peek-a-boo, I love you! camouflaged Easter egg made by Cathy! (While we were together in Austin for QuiltCon, we snuck in a little Easter egg dying … more to come.) This egg reminds me of a character from Monsters Inc. practicing its camo skills. :)
We don’t have any links to online stores yet, because most of this collection is just shipping now, but we do have a few bundles here on the Etsy site, and we’ll be sure to post links when Peek-a-boo flannel becomes available. Happy snuggling!
December 10, 2012
New Shutterfly Photo Books for Christmas and BabyPosted by Ellen Heck
We’re excited to announce that our newest photo book for Shutterfly is live and online now! The theme is called Glad Tidings. It’s an elegant and sophisticated background for Christmas family photos with a rich color palette and large selection of words and embellishments inspired by the Christmas story. Here are just a few examples of interior pages that you could make online with this group:
Designing a photo book with Shutterfly’s custom path is just like putting together a scrapbook with pages and photos and stickers, with a very sleek end product! For example, with Glad Tidings, you can choose from these patterned background pages and add embellishments, words, and pattern bands to design your own custom layouts. Or, if you prefer (or are bumping up against a gifting deadline), you can upload your photos from a folder and autofill the pages with layouts that have already been designed by us (to work in any combination)!
Above is an example of our system for making sure all the embellishments can work on any background. It’s fun to see all the different design possibilities with a click of the mouse!
Glad Tidings is our fourth custom path book for Shutterfly. To see our other three baby-themed groups, you can select “Our Top Picks” or “Baby” in the Occasions panel of the Custom Path Style Store.
Happy scrapbooking in the digital age!
November 27, 2012
A Gift From Us For Your Gifts For ThemPosted by Cathy Heck
Are you already wrapping presents? Yeah, neither are we. But, here’s a little something that might get you started. Today we are guest bloggers for the C.R. Gibson blog where you can download (for free!) holiday gift tags that we created just for you. Just print, cut, and if you want to add a pop of color, mount them on colored card stock, like we did in the photo below.
And, if you need a foodie gift idea, we included our treasured Holiday Pecans recipe, which makes an excellent hostess gift. You will be the hit of the party (if you are very careful not to eat them all before you arrive). Let the holidays begin! Happy merry!
November 3, 2012
…here a quilt, there a quilt, everywhere a quilt quilt…Posted by Ellen Heck
We’re back from Quilt Market in Houston, which was a quiet blast! (Quiet because all the quilts muffle so much sound that we always feel like it’s an oddly peaceful trade show considering how many people are walking around.)
We had two new fabric collections coming out under the CathyLoo brand for David Textiles this season. Here are some fun product shots of “Here-a-Hug, There-a-Hug” which is a bright and playful juvenile collection loosely based on the song, “Old MacDonald had a farm.” We loved the above knapsack made from “Farmyard Friends” in green and “Counting Sheep” in red. And below are two close-ups of the quilt made from all of the fabrics in the collection.
This all-over “Counting Sheep” pattern is so much fun:
And finally, here is the pattern for the whole quilt designed by Heidi Pridemore:
It was a lot of fun to see everyone and get excited about the next season of fabrics coming out of the studio! Now back to the drawing board – with a quick sketch here, and painted flower there, here a toss, there a panel, everywhere some future flannel… (We might have stayed up a bit late last night working on those new designs…)
Have a great weekend!
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