10.30.2010

Quilt Market {Fall 2010}

I'm officially here! 
I can't believe this day has finally come.
So far I've hit up about 1/1,000,000 (it just seems like there are one million) of the booths that I want to see.
Yes, it's pretty big.
Since I don't have a lot of spare time while I am here I have been updating twitter while walking around and visiting the beautiful booths.
I've added a stream to the top of my blog so you can see what I'm up to. I'm trying to take lots of pictures too!
Hope everyone is doing well at home, and yes, my husband did remember to take my daughter & niece trick-or-treating!

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10.28.2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival {Fall 2010}

Bloggers Quilt Festival for me is a time to reflect, a time to think about how far I've come over the last six moths. Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival I shared with you one of my all time favorite quilts. I'm Blushing. I designed that quilt one year ago for Moda Bake Shop.  It was a huge stepping stone for me and I think about it every night when my daughter goes to bed snuggled under that quilt. 
This time around I am sharing a new piece of me. This quilt is called Daisy Delight. This quilt  has started a new chapter in my life. The launching of my new patterns. This quilt will always have a special place in my heart. It's the quilt that made me think, this is it, I can sell patterns. 
With that I share with you my fall 2010 Bloggers Quilt Festival quilt.
 
This pattern is available for sale in our shop. (will ship 12/1/10)
Pattern features Kate Spain's new fabric Central Park for Moda fabrics.
 Yes, of course I had to do some custom quilting. :)
Hope you enjoyed!
Thanks for stopping by!


Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

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Machine Quilting

I've been busy machine quilting this week. 
Here are a few of the darling quilts that I've quilted.
This cute Cat in the Hat quilt.
That my daughter loves!
A little bit of detail to make those applique circles pop!
This cute Christmas quilt.
With some holly & berries.
I also quilted these two baby quilts made from our 9 Birdie Baby Tutorial.
I love the embroidery names!
 and some feathers on this beautiful antique Bow Tie quilt.

 I've got another one on the machine right now!
Hoping to get 3 more done before I leave for quilt market!
Wish me luck!

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10.27.2010

Snow?

 It's been snowing here in UT.
Nope, I'm not ready for it.
But, I did think it was really pretty on the trees in front of my house.
Now that it's snowing I can spend even more time inside quilting!
This is a fun disappearing 9-patch quilt that I quilted this week.

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10.26.2010

Find my Fabric

 How cool is this!
FindMyFabric.com is the greatest idea! 

Websites For Quilters is pleased to announce the launch of FindMyFabric.com, an innovative fabric search engine that finds fabric and quilting supplies from over 100 online quilt stores.

Visitors can search for products by either typing in a search term or by uploading a photo from their digital camera. The new search engine uses cutting-edge image recognition technology to find the closest matching fabrics from the supplied photograph.

Dan Purcell and John Leith, co-founders of FindMyFabric.com, started developing the search engine over a year ago. "Our goal from the beginning was to create a really good search engine that would help quilters such as my Mom easily find the fabric she's looking for," says Dan Purcell. There were many technical challenges to overcome. John adds, "developing image recognition software that's specific for fabric and keeping a large database of quilting products current from various online stores are definitely fun challenges."

The inspiration for FindMyFabric.com came from the complicated nature of trying to describe fabric in words. "Fabric and quilting is so visual in nature its hard to communicate in words the fabric you're looking for. If you don't know the name of the product line the fabric came from, its very hard to find online." John describes a scenario of how FindMyFabric.com can help solve that problem. He talks about a quilter frantically trying to finish a quilt in time for Christmas only to find out that she doesn't have enough of one print of fabric to finish the quilt. The quilter doesn't know the name of the manufacturer, collection, or designer of that print. It would be hard for that quilter to find more of that fabric, especially if the local quilt shops have run out of it or don't carry that line. By using FindMyFabric.com, that quilter now can snap a picture of the fabric and within minutes locate an online retailer that has the fabric in stock. Her quilt can now be finished in time for Christmas, making everyone happy. There are other innovations employed by the search engine beyond being able to search by photo. FindMyFabric.com gives you prices, detailed information and store reviews about the online stores that carry that fabric, and is fast at giving the searcher the most relevant products at the top of the search results. The search engine's database is not limited to only fabric but any quilting-related product as well.

Any online store that sells fabric and quilting-related products can submit their products to FindMyFabric.com free of charge. The search engine accepts various popular shopping cart system's formats including Key To The Web, Like Sew, Websites For Quilters, and FabShop Search. Other formats are coming soon.

In May 2010, the FindMyFabric.com business concept drew attention from top business leaders in Utah when it was selected to be a finalist in an annual entrepreneur contest. Dan Purcell and John Leith submitted the FindMyFabric.com business concept to the Concept to Company contest sponsored by Grow Utah Ventures, a contest awarding up to $65,000 in prizes for the best innovations. From over 100 concepts submitted, FindMyFabric.com was selected as a finalist. Dan Purcell gave presentations on the concept to a panel of 12 business leaders who were judges of the event. "It was a great experience. FindMyFabric.com was lucky be in the top 8 out of so many eligible business concepts. The comments and excitement I saw from the business leaders gave me a huge boost of confidence that FindMyFabric.com truly is an innovative idea that could help many people."

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10.25.2010

We've got a new look

Did you notice?
We've got a new header.
I'm working to get everything coordinated and I'm thinking I like the new look. 
Don't you just love that pink sewing machine
Our website is currently under a little bit of construction, we're working to get it the same look as well.
In the meantime you can still save big on our fabrics, they are a steal!
Also, our Blessings quilt kits are in stock!

I also got a new look over the weekend,
It was time to go back to my natural hair color...... almost black......
and. it's. shocking.

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