Time is really flying this Fall! October is nearing it’s end already, and Quilt Festival time in Houston, TX will be here soon. Classes will begin Monday, Oct. 28th and Festival begins with a preview night Wednesday evening, Oct. 30th and runs through Sunday, Nov. 3rd. If you love to see beautiful quilts of all shapes, sizes and types, learn more about quilting and mixed media, or love to shop for fabrics, machines, mixed media supplies and more, Quilt Festival is a super great event to check out! I was lucky to be able to attend a few times many years ago and it was an amazing experience each time.
I was given an opportunity to Donate some of my items to be used as door prizes for a group of Quilt Festival attendees, that would also give my business some publicity. Since I am beginning to move more toward writing and selling patterns and away from just making items and selling them, I decided this could be a wonderful opportunity. Getting my items into the hands of other quilters and lovers of fabric, fiber and mixed media arts, will show them what I do. I am hoping that after seeing my work in person, some of those people may want to purchase a pattern to make their own journal covers or jewelry, or maybe even visit one of my online shops to purchase some of my ready made items.
I chose a group of the different sizes of album and journal covers I make as well as six different shapes of my pins. The photo, above, shows the pins sent in the package that I remembered to photograph before packing up. My new Beaded Art Quilt Pin- Collection One pattern is now available for purchase from my pattern shop on Craftsy.com and it includes the instructions for the fan pin as well as square, rectangle and oval shaped pins. The Christmas Collection will be available soon, for making the Christmas Tree, a Wreath, Candy Cane, and the Diamond. (A Wreath pin is part of the door prizes, but I don’t seem to have a photo of it at all… Oops!)
This Composition Book/ Journal, which is one of my favorites, is another door prize that was sent. The fabric was sunprinted using leaves from on of my baby Ginkgo trees, and has lots of bright color. The pattern for the Designer Composition Book Cover has been available in my Craftsy Pattern Shop for a while now. Composition books are great to use as journals or to scribble ideas into.
This is the other full sized Journal that was sent along. This cover is a different style and holds a spiral notebook. The notebook is held in with fabric pockets and there are extra pockets inside the front and back covers, and even a pocket to hold a pen or pencil. It has a flap that folds around to the front, held in place with a ribbon and button closure. The pattern for this Notebook Cover is also available in my Craftsy pattern shop. The pattern includes instructions for measuring any book, so you can make covers for various books, from notebooks and sketchbooks, to bibles and photo albums of all sizes.
These two pins (above) are the others that I have photos of. One with lime green and lavender in a rectangle shape, and a square in pastel shades. These two shapes along with the fan and an oval shape are included in my Beaded Art Quilt Pin- Collection One pattern.
If you are going to be at Quilt Festival in Houston next week, be sure to attend the Mix ‘n Mingle event from 6-7 PM on Saturday, November 2, for a chance to win one of my goodies or items from other businesses that will be given away as door prizes. If you are not able to get to Houston, why not stop by either my pattern shop on Craftsy or one of my other shops at ArtFire (links can be found along the top of my blog pages, or go to my Main Website to find links) for gift items, art quilts, or even some of my sunprinted fabrics.
As I write new patterns and upload them to Craftsy, I will be letting you know about them here. If you wander through one of my shops and see something you would be interested in buying a pattern for that I have not written yet, please let me know! I would love to have some input as to which items I have designed that you would like to make yourself.