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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Lil' Cowboy and Lil' Cowgirl quilt patterns have arrived!

Lil' Cowboy quilt by Doohikey Designs available here
Shari Butler Doohikey Designs
I'm so blessed and lucky to have great friends! 

Even better... great friends, who will sew for me last minute for quilt market! 

My Rodeo Rider fabric collection for Riley Blake Designs released shortly before the Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I was a little stressed about getting all the sewing done for my booth in time.  So I asked a few friends to help. 

Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs was one of those friends. She designed two playfully creative cowboy/girl quilts for me. Aren't they fabulous!?! 

(Thank you, Shari, I love your creations!)

I love how she combined traditional quilt elements like the friendship stars, and modified 9-patches, with more trendy elements like her silhouetted cowboy-themed appliqué blocks. Adorable, right?

Lil' Cowgirl quilt pattern by Doohikey Designs. Pattern available here.
Rodeo Rider Girl Fabric Collection by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake
This alone is quite amazing...but what you can't see, is the beautiful custom quilting by Kayli Taylor. If you look closely at the photo of the girl version of the quilt, pay attention to the white blocks behind the appliqué. You'll be able to see hints at some of the intricate details and patterns in this custom quilting job. I love it! 

Well if you've fallen in love with these quilts the way I have...and the way that so many others at quilt market did, who asked for the pattern...I've got some great news for you!
Rodeo Rider Boy by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake
Shari just released 2 new digital patterns for these quilts, that are available now through digiplayground.com. Yup...we now have downloadable sewing patterns too!

These quilt patterns also come with the SVG cutting files, of the appliqué pieces that you will need, so you can cut them in with your digital cutting machine. If you don't have a cutting machine, no worries. The patterns also include printable templates so you can hand-cut the designs.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Riley Blake Blog Tour Quilt Market



Giveaway Alert! Be sure to read through the entire post to find out how you can win a bundle of some of my new fabrics from Riley Blake! ***Updated with winner! Congratulation, Jackie Atkins! ***

Wow! What a weekend! Spring Quilt Market 2015 was ahhh-maaaze-ing! Emphasis on the ahhh!

I can't tell you how much I enjoy being a part of Riley Blake Designs. They are so good to work with! I just love working with Jina and Cindy on new collections and getting their feedback; so we can bring you the best designs and color palettes. Their attention to detail is second to none.

They are a close knit group, but are welcoming to all. I have felt so incredibly blessed to work with them these past 6 years!
...And the designers...well...we have way too much fun together. I got to room with Lori Whitlock, Carina Gardner, and Emily Taylor at market, (also Riley Blake designers.) We stayed up much too late. I know we all needed the sleep after our long days at quilt market, but it was like a big girls slumber party. These girls made me giggle and not want to sleep. Who needs sleep anyway...right? LOL.

I walked the show floor with Lori, and we were able to visit with so many talented people in their booths, and learn so much. It is amazing how much people are willing to share when you ask about their techniques. I love this hobby because of that. 

Carina walked us around to show us where she found some gorgeous vintage buttons and fun hand-made jewelry. Yes, quilt market is beyond introducing new fabric lines and patterns...so we did a little shopping too. ;)

I got this adorable typewriter key bracelet...
and some might say...way too many vintage buttons. Actually after I got home...I wanted a few more and kicked myself for not getting them at the time.
Anyway...it was a great time, and I was so glad I was able to make it there.

I almost didn't.

You see...I had another business event that was literally back to back with quilt market. I was in Hawaii for the Silhouette Summit 2015 which went through the 14th...but needed to set up my booth in Minneapolis on the 14th.

So I left the Silhouette event early and went out on the red-eye flight the night of the 13th...didn't sleep a wink...you know how comfortable coach seats are these days...It was mid afternoon on the 14th by the time I arrived at the MSP airport. I got off the plane, drove to Ikea to get a few things for my booth, stopped by the hotel to pick up the boxes that I had mailed to myself there (didn't even check in,) then drove through the insane Minneapolis traffic (in the rain,) to set up at quilt market--just barely in time before 6:00pm on the 14th...(the time they stop letting people in.)

Yes, it was nip and tuck...I was frazzled...but I made it. I set up...then went out to dinner by myself that evening to settle down...and after being up for more than 40 hours straight...slept a few hours that night, ready to go the next day.

I introduced my Rodeo Rider collection in my booth.

I've been doing cowboy lines for Riley Blake since my very first line with them. I love the theme...it's fitting for a girl like me who loves the country and lives in Lehi--home to the annual Lehi Roundup Rodeo. Good times!


This time, I introduced a cowgirl to the collection. Sure I've always had a girl color-way in previous cowboy collections, but this year...the collection was unique in that I took out the bronco-riding-cowboy in the girl color way, and replaced him with a barrel-riding-cowgirl.
We've had an overwhelmingly positive response to that little addition. This year I also introduced a more coral pink with a soft mint to hit on the new color trends for girls.
I updated the horse in the cowboy side of the collection and used bright fun colors for young boys.

The Rodeo Rider collection also has plenty of tone on tone stars for complimenting the more intricate patterns like the paisleys and main prints.

I also enjoy designing for themes other than cowboy. Riley Blake introduced several of my new novelty prints in the main Riley Blake booth.

My novelty fabrics are a little quirky and a a whole lotta fun! I envision people making fun bags, and funky fashions with these prints. I've also discovered that some of the Rodeo Rider tone on tones also coordinate with a few of my novelty prints. Bonus!

Riley Blake did a fabulous job displaying these fabrics in their booth with some beautiful projects.

I couldn't have pulled off my booth, had it not been for a few helpers sewing for my booth including Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs. She made me two incredibly cute quilts. Her patterns for them are will be available soon at digiplayground.com--she is still writing out all the details.
The cool thing about Shari's quilts are the large appliqué blocks, with horses, cowboys cowgirls and horseshoes. I think they add a lot of character to the quilts. I absolutely love them!

Jessica Taylor (Simply Love Fabrics) and her mother Donna sewed some adorable bags, bibs, cute cowboy clothes and blankets.

...and my talented mother, Sue Crockett, who provided some uniquely designed pillows for my booth, and let me offer them as giveaways...

Thank you ladies!

Stuffed cuckoo clocks were my contribution for my booth. I used my Janome MC15000 to embroider and sew the clocks. I love that machine. I designed the illustrations for the clocks in adobe illustrator, then digitized the designs in the Janome Artistic suite.

The clocks actually work! They were keeping time all through the show. I designed the clocks with a zipper in the back so you can change out the battery.

The Spring Quilt market in Minneapolis was well worth attending. If you were able to attend, I bet you agree! There was simply a great energy about this show.

If you didn't get a chance to attend...or you did, and you want a re-cap of all of the fabulous lines released by Riley Blake at this show, you'll want to visit the other designers blogs participating in this blog hop.


Now for the giveaway...
I'd like to offer a surprise fabric bundle from one of my new lines. To enter, simply fill out the raffle copter form below, and I'll let you know who is randomly selected as the winner on June 3rd.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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