Hey Seattle!

I’m going to be in the Seattle area next week and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be at Dry Goods Design in Ballard on Thursday evening, December 6th, to help celebrate the opening of their new make*do*mend studio space. A sewing studio full of Berninas??? Awesome!!

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Here’s a blurb from Dry Goods: “December 6, 2012 – Open Studio Night with special guest Rae Hoekstra of made-by-rae.com and creator of the famed Washi Dress Pattern. Join us for our first studio night in the new make*do*mend at Drygoods Design space! Rae will be speaking to sewing clothing, tips and tricks on the Washi Dress, fun variations and more. You will also get the first look at the new space, test drive our fleet of Bernina sewing machines, and check out our new selection of notions, supplies and crafting fun. Attendees will save 10% on the Washi Dress Pattern as well. We’ll provide the space and machines and some snacks, you bring yourself! *Special waiver of the $10 reservation for studio night for this date.

I’ll bring along my closet of Washi Dresses and give a short presentation on sewing garments and maybe even do a demo or two of some garment-sewing techniques. There will be machines so bring something along to sew or bind or work on, or just bring your amazing self and hang out and chat. I also heard there might be snacks. It’s going to be really fun!

If you haven’t checked out Dry Goods Design online shop yet you really should — Keli has a great eye for selecting fabrics and has a nicely-curated collection of modern prints. The website is really fun to look around!

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Dry Goods Design is located in Ballard. The address is: 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Studio One, Seattle, 98107. Please reserve your spot by going to the event page and clicking on the “Join” button to let Keli know you’re coming!

Hope you can make it!!!

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Best of Quilt Market: Anna Maria Horner

Never fond of finishing what I start before the next thing, I pooped out before I had a chance to write all of the “Best of Quilt Market” posts that I wanted to…but I can’t stop thinking about a few other cool things that were at Quilt Market that must see the Light of Blog. Anna Maria’s booth was one of them!

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You already know I love Anna Maria Horner’s fabric designs (hello shower curtain?? And to the two or three ladies who keep emailing me repeatedly to ask if I will sell it, I’m very sorry but it’s not for sale). Her latest line, Field Study, is currently vying for the award of “favorite AMH fabric line” in my heart (with Good Folks, of course. Both lines can be viewed in AMH’s product gallery). I also really fell for this booth because, as someone who loves to sew garments, I’m super happy about the coming-soon Field study voiles and rayons that will work great for sewing garments. See these lovelies? They are the most wonderfully drapey RAYONS. Perfect for skirts, dresses, blouses. YAY! I am giddy with excitement. When. will. they. be. here. ???

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The other fabric I get really excited about is velveteen, and the Field Study velveteens are really, really great. Check out these awesome pillows, with TASSELS. I know. Those are going to take a big chunk out of my fabric budget this year. Oy.

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I also really enjoyed the peek at her embroidery designs from her new hand-sewing book, Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook. Really love the pink wall too. I wish I had the guts to paint a room in that color.

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More of my Fall 2012 Quilt Market posts:

Kokka faves
Melody Miller
Carolyn Friedlander
Ty Pennington hilarity

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The Princess and the Pea Dress

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First can I just say, the Gulf of Mexico at sunset is quite possibly the best backdrop for photos that I have ever had. These pics are all unedited (save a couple of crops), taken with a cheap 50 mm lens, no tricks, so fun. Snapping pictures of my daughter playing happily on the beach in something cute I made her in less than a half hour THAT SHE WILL WEAR WITHOUT A TANTRUM = heavenly.

Second. I have owned this Heather Ross Far Far Away Double gauze for more than three years, but it wasn’t until I chopped a bunch of it up for a rainbow quilt that I felt really liberated to really dig into it. A quilt for Clementine was always the first thing I meant to do with it, but now there are plenty of other big chunks of the rest of the collection that I can see already will make divine little outfits for the girl. Fun!

Third. This Florida vacation has not been quite as idyllic as it looks in these pictures and in my Instagram pics. Mr Rae, his parents, Elliot, and I all spent the earlier half of this week suffering from a ridiculously contagious stomach flu that now everyone on this trip except Clementine has had (we’re in Florida this week on an annual vacation with Mr Rae’s entire family. We’ve done this now for four years in a row instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas). My sister-in-law now has something resembling strep. Ack. I don’t think I want to do this again. All that to say, family vacations can be a mixed bag, right?

Best of Quilt Market: Kokka faves

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Loved the Nani Iro flannels. Picturing a long-sleeved winter dress out of the tan/beige one with big cabled tights. Doesn’t that sound dreamy? ps. Frances of Miss Matatabi has these in stock. I’ve been drooling over the stuff she’s been making with them on Instagram for months now. Gah!

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This new designer (who I did not get the name of) had some neat prints, this one was a fave:

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And I called this one “the cheerio print,” it also came in red/white and green/white prints with smaller cheerios that were really cute.

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Also from Kokka this fall, my friend Ellen Luckett Baker‘s line, Stamped, in a very colorful display. Check out this great skirt with a triangle border:

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Lovely scallops:

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See more of my Fall 2012 Quilt Market faves:
Melody Miller
Carolyn Friedlander
Ty Pennington hilarity

Best of Quilt Market: Melody Miller

Let’s talk about Melody Miller, who had a showstopper of a booth.

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I love Melody. She is first and foremost one of the sweetest individuals on the planet. On top of that she is a brilliant designer. You probably already know that I sew with her fabrics frequently. I love the funky retro vintage-inspired vibe they have (the Ruby Star Washi dress was the most recent example of this). I’m even more thrilled with her newest line, Ruby Star Sparkle, which features prints that literally…wait for it…GLITTER. I know.

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There was a lovely collection of vintage toys strewn around the booth, many of them Fisher Price (LOVE!).

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Also featured in the booth was Melody’s new book which I really really like, Ruby Star Wrapping which was co-written with creative partner Allison Tannery. Before I read it I thought, how many ways can you really wrap a present? Well it’s alot more than you’d think, let me tell you. The book is full of neat ideas that truly make me want to go and try them all out this Christmas. The fact that the main premise is to create wrappings that are also reusable, gifts in and of themselves, makes me love it even more. You can read the cool things that Melody has to say about the book in this post. Totally recommend!!

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Ruby Star Wrapping; the quilt behind is by Jen of BettyCrockerAss.

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Another highlight for me of this booth….TRIMS! Yeaaaaah!

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Dress by Sara of Sew Sweetness:

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From left to right, Rashida, Melody, Brenda (of Pink Castle), and me:

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Best of Quilt Market: Carolyn Friedlander

I’m working on a few posts to show you some of the fun things that were at Quilt Market in Houston this past weekend. First off though, I really want to show you my favorite NEW designer/line of fabric, Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures for Robert Kaufman, which really blew me out of the water.

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(annie of the village haberdashery and charlotte, her intrepid consultant, two of my favorite Brits)

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What’s interesting to me about this line is that the designs are SO subtle yet so detailed…I usually fall for big bold prints but this line really captured me with the beautiful lines and textures. This was the floor:

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As an ex-science teacher, my favorite prints are definitely the topographical lines (how many times have I wished for a USGS quadrangle on fabric?), but all of the prints are really, really lovely.

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These quilts make me want to quit sewing garments and become a full-time quilter. Seriously. How amazing are these little shirts. Do you see how the inside of the shirts are quilted with the back side of the fabric?? Are you seeing this???

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That Ty Pennington. What will he do next?!

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I wish I could explain what was so hilarious about stumbling across this little set of canvases of Ty Pennington promoting his new line for Westmister at Quilt Market in Houston this past weekend. Perhaps it was just that I had been walking around for so long on Saturday and had talked to so many people and it was nearly 5 o’clock, but when I came across these, I just could not. stop. giggling. Is it the hat? His expression? I don’t know.

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Oh Ty. You are SUCH a DREAMBOAT. Hubba hubba.

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More Quilt Market highlights later, I promise.

Weekend in Vermont

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photo by rochelle new, used with permission

Every few months or so, Mr Rae and I drop the kids off with his parents and go somewhere fun for the weekend. Last weekend it was Vermont, where we stayed at Blueberry Hill Inn, where I’d been wanting to return since I first visited as a participant at Heather Ross’ fantastic Blueberry Hill Weekend Sewing workshop two years ago. Some pictures from our weekend:

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Sunday afternoon we headed over to Burlington where I gave a short talk on sewing women’s garments for the Nido 3rd Anniversary Bash. There were so many people there and it was fun to meet new faces and see others again, many of them wearing Washi Dresses (yay! I can’t tell you how incredibly fun and gratifying it is to see people enjoying the pattern so much!). There were incredible drinks and snacks as well, including these amazing multicolored macarons which apparently I could not stop photographing.

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Rochelle (who works at Nido and blogs at Lucky Lucille — if you like sewing women’s garments you should definitely check it out) wrote a fantastic post about the party, so be sure to check out her post (click here). She was kind enough to let me borrow a few pictures of me yapping my jaw:

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photos by rochelle new, used with permission

Here I am with Rochelle (who is sporting her hand-embroidered !! shot cotton Washi Dress):

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It was so great to see Ashley (of Film in the Fridge) and Phiona (owner of Nido) again!!!

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Some more lovely shots of Nido:

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Thanks for a fantastic weekend, Vermont!! We’ll be back.

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Vermont, here I come!

Nido 3rd Anniversary Invite

I will be in Vermont in just a couple weeks, and the lovely Phiona, owner of Nido Fabrics in Burlington VT, has kindly invited me to be a guest of honor at Nido’s 3rd Anniversary party on Sunday, September 16th! Details are on the invite pictured above.

I am so excited and honored to be asked! I will give a short presentation/demo on sewing garments and of course be around to chit-chat and eat snacks, so please by come and say “hello!” if you’re in the area. I’d love to meet you! As part of the festivities, Phiona is offering 20% storewide for the occasion. WOOT!!!

If you are nowhere near Vermont but would still like to shop Phiona’s lovely collection of fabrics yarns and patterns, definitely check out the Nido webstore! And PSST! She still has a little yardage of the Washi tape fabric left!!!

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