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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Shop Hopping ~~ Runs with Scissors

A nice Saturday morning in Sacramento started with a visit to Runs with Scissors in Citrus Heights.  Marie has a must-see store--and lots of Villa Rosa patterns made up and kitted!  Pretty displays, lovely layout and fun, fun, fun.

Here are some of the models we were partial to:

 Eureka--I love the balance and variety of prints here.

 Brides Dream

Night Light--A nice traditional style collection from Moda.

 Busy Bee with some solids to tame the busy-ness.
Emma Grace
And here we are, all kitted up--compact and cute.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sew Katie Jean

I took the day off to head down to north of Sacramento for some much needed shopping and change of scenery.  The route home took me through lovely Lincoln, home of Sew Katie Jean.  I surprised Katie with my drop-in visit.  It ought to be my second home--Villa Rosa pattern samples are everywhere!  She loves vintage things, and has fresh and clever displays with her special pieces and her carefully curated fabric selection. 
Couldn't get in the front door without bumping into Villa Rosa!  SOCIAL CLIMBER here, in pretty yellows and grays from the custom 2 1/2" strip rolls that Katie cuts and sells.

Right across the room is a DAYBREAK.  Katie tells me this and LA FRANCE are go-to's for Charm Packs.

In the next room are a lovely batik SQUARE DANCE, and tucked on a chair--FOLKLORE in a cheery vintage kitchen style.

Hanging in the classroom are SHOW BIZ and BLUE GIRL.  Love how Katie used a panel fabric in the center and corners!

Even more with a little Show n' Tell.   ARCTIC FLAME with larger prints in the middle, and small prints top and bottom--love this variation!  And here we have my favorite GRANDMAS GIRL--from a Moda Christmas Layer Cake.  I think I need a new cover!

Visit Sew Katie Jean in Lincoln, California or via social-- Website, Blog, Facebook, and more..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Back to work

Back to work after all of the running around.  Including the always fabulous Quilt Market.  We introduced an Auto-Ship program for our retail stores.  And the new Seamsters Union--details to come as we figure it out.  We have buttons, though!
A little finishing up.  What a mess I have after all of the promo tours this year.  Got the binding on the PRISTINE made in Hoffman's Splash from Gen 6 Bali pre-cuts.  I have almost everything made up in our patterns.  Most are available for trunk shows, especially if you have stock you might want to clear out before Gen 7 comes out in the Fall. 
If you want to view more, check out the Top Models section of the website.  And soon the Pinterest pages for Hoffman Bali Gen 6

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pattern Partners with Windham

We are now partnered up with Windham Fabrics to show off patterns made up in their fabrics.  First are from our friend Lily-Gonzales Creed.  She has two collections due out in April--Farm to Fork and Ninjas Don't Sweat.  Check out her great graphics and colors.  Who would have thought bacon and eggs could be so cute!

We have done these 2 special cards for the lines, and also made up another model in Farm to Fork.  CLOUD NINE uses all twelve prints with an off-white solid background.  Jessica has made a TABITHA JANE tote from Ninjas Don't Sweat.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8, Quilt 9

I was just putting away a box of brown fabric in Jessica's Friends of Annie stash, when 2 fabrics just jumped together.   There happened to be 16 1/2" of one, 19 1/2" of another, and when I found another piece to make a third, I had enough to do a little SNOW RUBY.  An hour or so later, a top was done and two pieces of fabric used up.  This quilt was designed when I had just certain amounts of 3 fabrics from the charity stash, and I highly recommend it for community service projects. 

SNOW RUBY changes looks when the lights and darks are mixed around.  CLOUD NINE is the same block, with the light in a different position.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7, Quilts 6, 7 and 8

There was a Quilt 5 in between.  It just needs the border--running out of fabric is my excuse.  It is also a not published pattern yet, but coming soon. 

Here are 6, 7 and  8.  Two will be new patterns.  The third is LESLIE in a new fabric line by a designer you all know.  And that is as much as I will say about these 3 for now.  Stay tuned.

What I can tell more about is the new DUET.  I had so much fun designing and making this pattern.  I have made 3 now, and have plans for more fabric combos.  My original here is pairs of Kaffe Collectives and batiks.  The pattern is designed for jelly rolls.  I cut mine from fat quarters and fat sixths.  Can't decide which I had more fun doing--choosing the pairs or the actual sewing.  It just so slick the way it sews together.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 1, Quilt 4

I am officially done in.  But when Quilt 4 pieced more quickly than I thought, it had to be finished before bed. 

STARFIRE here is made from the 6 corals from Monaluna's Raaga line.  With this low contrast group all the same color, I thought it might make a good background to the eggshell solid stars.