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!
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.
May 17, 2012
Little Robot: A Quilt Magazine CelebrityPosted by Cathy Heck
For immediate release: the mild-mannered Little Robot and his loyal pup, Gif, have been featured in … not one, but two well-known quilting magazines. The lovable stars are featured in Better Home & Garden’s Quilts & More Spring 2012 issue on an adorable, yet super-easy quilt made from the Bot Buddies® flannels by Blue Hill Fabrics. The amazing team, Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth of SewQuiltCraft.com created the quilt and you can even buy the Toy Box Quilt Kit from their site and make one of your own.
Another beautiful quilt designed with the Bot Buddies® cotton appears now in the Simple Sewing & Quilts Spring 2012 issue. Again, Melanie and Joanie (the real stars of this story, but don’t tell Little Robot) designed a playful quilt featuring the TurtleBots and FishBots border panels. Little Robot himself doesn’t actually show up on this quilt, but he is humble and understands that he has to share the limelight with his other bot buddies.) If you would like to be the star of your next baby shower, you can buy the Go Fish Kit from SewQuiltCraft.com, and whip up this great project.
If you are headed to Kansas City for the Spring International Quilt Market, be sure to stop by and see the Bot Buddies® fabrics in person. However, Little Robot will not be signing autographed copies of the quilt magazines until he learns his ABCs.