Saturday, November 10, 2007

New Mother Goose Fabric Items!

Hi there!

Right after the International Quilting Association (IQA) quilt show, I made a trip up to Tyler, Texas, to give a lecture and conduct a workshop. What a FUN bunch of quilters live in and around Tyler! And it is no wonder that the quilters there are so nice; East Texas is beautiful country.

The drive home was long - almost five hours, and half of it was in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic on the north and south sides of Houston. I'm glad I'm home, where I am now busy designing and sewing a new quilt. You will get a sneak peek at it sooner or later, but I resist posting half-finished items.
Here are some finished items, though: I used the Mother Goose & Friends fabric to make a tote bag (with a Mother Goose book in it, of course!)

And here is a hoodie and cargo pants. My friend Denise made the hoodie - it is so cute! The cargo pants are perfect with it -- as soon as I dig out the patterns, I will update this blog with the patternmaker's information.

and... surprise... Christmas stockings! I think that many of us unconsciously categorize fabrics and never think about using them in a different context. I intentionally wanted to use my Mother Goose fabrics in an uncommon context -- who would have thought about using a collection of pastel prints from a juvenile line of fabrics for a Christmas item? Once again, it just shows all of us that we can use fabric in amazing ways and places!


My P&B Textiles Mother Goose fabric will be in stores after the first of the year. It is a fun collection of fabrics to work with. When I designed it, I wanted it to be multi-functional -- that is, I wanted it to be useful for a variety of different purposes: all sorts of different quilts, wearables, home decoration, etc. One of the fabrics is a border print -- it has a "formal" border, along with a "folk art" border in the print. That makes it usable in many different types of quilts. Here are the two different borders in the border fabric; the border print also contains a set of labels that can be used to identify a finished quilt. I intend to cut out several of them and use them in sashings, though -- and friends of a mother-to-be are going to write their best advice on those labels. It is a wonderful way to personalize a baby quilt and share your love with a new mother.




I spent the week before Thanksgiving up in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area with a group of quilters. We were so very fortunate: one of the gals in our group had arranged for some very old and fragile Baltimore Album Quilts to be taken out of storage so that we could see the quilts "up close and personal." I was so inspired and awed by the women who made those quilts long ago; they had special challenges that we do not face today, yet they managed to stitch together the most beautiful quilts of their era. One of my next quilts will definitely be a Baltimore-style album quilt -- I can hardly wait!

That's all for now - I have miles of stitching to do before the day is done!

3 comments:

Gary C said...

Hi
I am planning to decorate the baby's room in nursery rhymes and would like to know what stores your fabric is being carried at. Please let me know. Thanks,
Victoria

The Crockett's said...

Where can you buy this fabric? I am trying to find fabric to make a nursery bedding and wanted this fabric. I live in Tyler and is there anyone around her that sells this?

The Crockett's said...

Hi there, I am recently trying to make a nursery bedding. I would like to use your fabrics. I live in Tyler and are there any stores around her that sell these?