Blog Archive for November, 2011

The shipment of our new Taali collection finally arrived this morning! You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s always such a thrill when the truck pulls up and unloads all the boxes. So exciting! And then there’s the sinking realization that we have to actually carry them all inside and put them away. Less exciting. We lucked out with the weather today, though – last time it was raining, and we had to fiddle around with tarps and all sorts of nonsense. I can’t wait to start shipping out orders!

I am absolutely loving the Taali quilt that Melissa Lunden made for our Quilt Market booth! I had planned to have Anabelle use it, but she’s still in a crib, and the quilt felt like overkill for such a small space, so Dave and I have been using it on our bed. I love the weight, and the fabric feels so good! Melissa made it with lots of white space, so the pops of print look so cheery and fresh. Thanks again, Melissa! Here are a few more photos:

Selby from Sweet Tooth Fabrics recently sent me these photos of the adorable blouse she made using the Soar print from Marin. I love it! Selby is a pattern maker who specializes in organic and sustainable fabrics, and she’s currently working on a line of sew-at-home clothing patterns (when she’s not at her day job as an osteologist on an archeological dig, that is… which makes me feel a bit lazy). You can read more about the new patterns here.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after our adventures at Quilt Market in Houston. What a blast! Market ended on Monday, but Dave’s parents live just outside of Houston so we spent a few much-needed days of vacation with them before heading home. The show went really well, but I always wish I had more time to see all the other booths as well. It’s very hard to stay in the our little 10×10′ space when there are hundreds and hundreds of fabric designers and quilters and pattern makers to see!

When I first got to our booth on Friday it looked like this:

Except it was full of boxes and crates from the large distributor next to us. Within a few hours, we had it spiffed up to look like this:
It took a little longer than I hoped, because I neglected to consider how much ironing all those curtains were going to take! I’m definitely going to reconsider using linen curtains for the next show. Here’s another shot showing the left wall, which was rearranged later in the show when we realized we had no neighbor to our left and could do away with the wall.
And here I am with the gorgeous quilt sewn by Melissa Lunden of Lunden Designs. Everybody loved it!
The little outfit sewn from the Monaco fabrics was made by Olive Ann Designs, a great pattern maker who also had a show at the booth. Dave got a shot of her booth with some of the other designs she sewed using Taali prints (note the sheep and apples on the pajamas):
I also had some adorable samples in the booth by Rebecca Ruth Designs. She made the cutest little smock aprons (see photos 2 and 3 on left), and some that she calls “Smock Monsters”, which were out on the tables but not really visible in the photos. Check them out here.
Also, I finally got to meet Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie! Her booth and new collection looked great!
On Monday after the show we broke down the booth as fast as we could and rushed back to the suburbs of Houston for our first time Trick or Treating with this little person:
She was not too clear on the concept of Trick or Treating. First, she wanted to just sit there with her hands in the bowl of candy, playing. Then she wanted a full tour of the homes, and was not content to just stand on the doorstep and receive candy. A door would open and she’d wiggle around the legs in a flash and head straight for the stairs. A little later in the evening she got the hang of taking candy, but insisted on trading with some of her own, often after it had been chewed on a bit. Unconventional Trick or Treating, but all in all, a good night.