Windham Fabrics announces Natalie Barnes as a part of the Fabric Design Family!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Where have you BEEN???!?"

"Where have you BEEN???!?"

(confessions of a quilt + pattern + fabric designer)

This is the one single most asked question of all of my neighbors.
They don't think I live here any more.
(or they think I have a very full travel calendar)
in the past, it seemed like there were two very big looming deadlines
Spring Market
Fall Market

you know the hash tag
#springmarketprep + #fallmarketprep

but these days they all seem to have run together
(hombre version of Hang Ten pattern by beyond the reef in Maker's Home fabrics)

and I couldn't be happier
is the most honored
the most humbling
the most

Spring Market
by Natalie Barnes
for Windham Fabrics

has a nice ring to it

so please forgive me for not having posted in the last three months

let's do a giveaway

I have four five inch square bundles of Hand Maker Fabrics
for four lucky posting friends

hope you'll leave a note to say "welcome back"
the same way my neighbors greet me
whether I have been gone or just home working on quilts and patterns
...and fabrics....
let me know - do you like the "fabric previews"
and "market" posts? 


(Maker's Home fabrics by Windham Fabrics available October 2017)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Latifah Saafir !! one of "my nine"....

Hand Maker giveaway

Latifah Saafir Studio post is here....

maybe you've already heard this story
but I want to tell it again

Latifah tells it best, so I will try to do it justice

Latifah and Natalie
have been getting to know each other at the quilt shows
always with a smile, a hug, a "how you doing"
and one day
"I'm looking for a roommate for Houston Market and Festival
do you know anyone?"
and Latifah answers,
"I might...."

little does Natalie know, it is Latifah!!!!
This is where Latifah usually inserts into the story,
"Well.  You know......
it could have either gone really well, or incredibly bad....."

and then she pauses.

Then she smiles.  THAT smile.

and then she lets me off the hook by saying
".....and it went incredibly......well."

fast forward past the slumber party style late nite talks
and the family gumbo recipe share moments
to fabric

well, of COURSE
I was going to ask her to be one of my nine.
and she said yes.

and because she is who she is
she hand delivers not one
but two
quilts to me

"I'm just not pleased with how this one came out
so I finished this other one."

thank you
for being one of my nine

as you have heard from others on the tour,
it wouldn't be a blog tour without some info about
the fabric

please leave a comment about
(just that, please, just that)
here, on this post

to be entered to win a complete set of
Hand Maker Fabrics
by Natalie Barnes
(that's me)

(I will announce the winner of the fabrics, here, on December 15 Wednesday)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hand Maker fabrics!

Hand Maker fabrics

blog tour

it's true!
is arriving in stores as we speak

at Spring Market
Windham Fabrics invited the fabric designers to be a part of
the Windham Fabrics booth
it was important to me to show the work
of all of the people in my quilting life that have been an inspiration
been supportive
"we all get there together"

and so after nine quilting friends said yes
the grid wall became a reality
these are my nine

as life would have it, the other thing that happened 
was that during a file transfer from camera to computer
all photos from May through end of July
became corrupted
so I send my apologies to Angela Walters whose quilt
is behind the fabrics at the bottom right

each of "my nine"
agreed to post on the specific date
to tell you about their project - their pattern - their product - their design

while this blog tour kicks off the Hand Maker fabric
it's really all about "my nine"
and how thankful I am to have each and every one of them in my life

so please
head on over to their blog and leave a comment
click on their Facebook and instagram pages and like or follow them
(and me)

I'll post a reminder each day on my Facebook and Instagram feed
let's show these nine
how much we appreciate their creative spirit
and willingness to be a part of the

Saturday 03 December 
Natalie Barnes +

Ann Shaw +

Sunday 04 December
Angela Walters -

Monday 05 December
Amy Ellis +

Tuesday 06 December
Julie Herman +

Wednesday 07 December
John Q. Adams +

Thursday 08 December
Latifah Saafir +

Friday 09 December
Rose Hughes +

Saturday 10 December
Jenny Pedigo +

Sunday 11 December
Cheri Leffler +

Scott Hansen +

in addition to "my nine"
there were quilts by many people at Spring Market
and I want to thank each and every one of them
please visit these designers' sites, too

f a b r i c    g i v e a w a y

it wouldn't be a tour without the fabric, now, would it?
so each blog post host will randomly select a comment contributor
to receive
a Hand Maker fat quarter bundle 

so let's live up to it

please show "my nine" how much you appreciate
how they inspire you

and if you make something
post something
we want to be inspired by you



Sunday, October 23, 2016

This, That.....and the other Thing.

This.That....and the other Thing.

#marketprep.   it's that time of year again.

it's "new quilt season".
International Quilt Market

and all I can see in my minds eye
are hundreds of designers
across the nation

stitching binding

(because the international designers are done, and ready to board a plane!)
 it happens two times a year

these shows are "industry only" events
and very big events, at that

every single person in that convention center
is there to show goods to shop owners and buyers
asking them to take their brochure
and hope upon hope
that the owners and buyers will order their goods

 Twilight by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics
Lilla by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics
pattern:  48 peaks
Grunge by Moda Fabrics 
Black and White by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
pattern:  morning star + evening star

 designers sketch and draw and stitch and sew and quilt

and then the time comes when we lay in bed, and just before falling asleep
we play in our minds, over and over again
how we'll lay out the booth, and what we'll say every single day

and suddenly it hits us.
we forgot to order.....

...the other Thing.

so we ask friends to pitch in
while we check, double check and confirm
and finally arrange for
...the other Thing.

all the while, with hope upon hope
that you'll stop by
Booth 525
and chat for a while





Saturday, July 30, 2016

Some things are not like fish.....

(forgive me the ramblings of this post)

Some things are not like fish.....

many of you know I have a vacation rental
it's a small place usually rented by corporate travelers, nurses and military
usually for months at a time
one day, I found that the bamboo blind was no longer "working"
so I took it apart, grabbed some waxed twine 
and restrung the roman shade
attaching the rings to the bamboo where they had broken free

one of my friends sat with me on the deck while I rebuilt the blind
"I just can't believe you're actually rebuilding this blind"
and the conversation wound around the fact that
anyone else would have just pitched the bamboo window covering in the trash
and purchased a brand new one
as I took apart the box fan this week
to completely clean the front back and blades of the fan
for the cottage guests arriving this week
I was reminded of the bamboo blind conversation
why didn't I just go out and buy new box fans
and toss my rusty one downstairs and the dirty one upstairs?
(well, for one, because of the heat along the coast, there is not a fan to be had)

as quilters, we are all about
s c r a p s
but in reality the
make do or do without
is all but gone for most
we purchase "perfectly good yardage"
cut it up
and sew it back together again
most of the "granny square quilts"
have a well designed color placement for that scrappy quilt look

be honest
when was the last time you pieced together
two small pieces of your very last piece of a fabric
just to make a 2" block

we rotary cut, depend on our computerized sewing machine
to produce our accurate 1/4 inch seam
and send our top out to be quilted

when do we connect with our projects?
where do we stitch in the love?
did that quilt project last it's 15 minutes of fame?
it's Mark Lipinski's lecture to give about
"Slow Quilting"
I won't give it here

but all of this leads me to one last thought for the week
s t i t c h
he is a loving, willing, soulful dog
that never really had much training for the first year or so of his life
when I met him, he was in a house, playing with kids and other dogs
running amuck until he
came over to sit in front of me, and looked deep into my eyes,
then plopped down in my lap as I sat on the floor to meet him

once I adopted him
I found he barked at other dogs, went berserk when he saw cats,
had never been more than 15 minutes in a car
and didn't really know how to walk on a leash
let alone "go for a walk"
he pee'd and poo'd whenever he wanted 
(at least he knew enough to do those two things out of doors)

I needed better tools
I called for some help

these days
s t i t c h

heel sit down off wait shake quiet roll over come leave it and kennel up

he has his own dog friends that he can walk with now
and no longer barks at other dogs that he sees when walking
he whines at the sight of a cat or possum
but we are now actually able to "walk on"

and when the day is done
he leans on my side, drapes a paw over my legs, 
and puts his head in my lap
as pooh said,
"to be sure of me"

in the last two months, I have asked s t i t c h to learn a whole new language
some of the vocabulary
he does not remember
other times he 
"does not hear"

but other moments
he rises to the occasion and becomes the very best dog

I have had more than one neighbor or friend
give me "that talk"
they inform me that I have to know when enough is too much
telling me that he may just not the right dog for me
or suggesting that I'm not the right owner for him

but I won't keep him chained up outside and let other dogs hassle him
and he won't let me work 16 hour days
I will keep him safe and healthy and buy sardines for him
and he will make me laugh so hard my sides hurt
just like we do with our friends and family
we adjust
we accept
we love unconditionally

my quilting projects and deadlines
take a little longer these days
their 15 minutes of fame will have to wait
s t i t c h
will be with me longer than 15 minutes
and just like cleaning a fan or making repairs around the house

some things are not like fish
you don't just throw them back
(and stitch)

Friday, July 1, 2016

The People of Spring Market

it's all about the people

Spring Market is so much more than fabric and notions

in our last post about Spring Market
we talked about the details
the care in which people take with their presentations

and then it hit me
it's the people

every booth has someone standing in the middle of the booth
and that someone
designed something
that is in that booth

their "thing" might be in someone else's booth

or they might have something in their booth
that they designed with someone else's "something"

or they might be visiting someone to see about that person's
and cheer them on

they might have even travelled from far and away
(hint:  Australia - garments...think garments)
to pick up something
to use in their booth in their country's upcoming show

or they just might be a friend
coming to see what someone did with their very first "something"

there are even people there just for support

and then there are friends that are
always there

it's a lot.
a lot of energy and a lot of support.

but to each and every one of you
(and to the others that I did not have a chance to photograph)
I offer up a sincere thank you
for helping to show our community
what can be achieved with
Hand Maker
(eeeep - I designed a line of fabrics!!!!)

while the fabrics don't arrive in shops until November 2016
I just have to keep saying say thank you
for the work of many hands that went into the showing of the fabrics
at Spring Market 2016

can you name all of the folks in the post?
please leave a comment with all of the names of the people in the pics
to win a


leave posts until July 15
top three comments will receive their very own

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Details of Spring Market

the details of Spring Market

Salt Lake City, Utah


I can only imagine
what it must be like to see all of the posts from
Spring Market

what IS this thing?

this month, look for a series of photos from Spring Market

let's start with the details

because in this room, it's really all about the details
every item, every branch, every cord, every label, every blossom
thought over and over again and then once more...again

because you have only a moment to catch someone's eye
in a very big room full of really great talent

so here are just a few of the details

(booth unknown)

Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers

(one of the very big booths - eeeep, I can't recall!!)

(a whole wall of wool....)

Latifah Saafir for Hoffman California Fabrics 

Natalie Barnes for Windham Fabrics

International Quilt Market is the quilting industry wholesale show
for all things quilting
all things

Spring and Fall
just like clockwork

and just like clockwork
all of the secret sewing that has been going on around town
floods social media

what do you think?
are you happy to finally see new projects?
new fabrics?
do you look for the posts
just like clockwork?