Friday, February 14, 2020

KT Winner and a Sneak Peek

KT Winner of Box of Fabric Scraps

Congratulations to:
 
BMW Nana - I love the scraps. I think they would make a beautiful nine patch on point and maybe some wonky stars with any scraps left over. I love your fabric colors and patterns. Thank you for the opportunity to win some.
 
The random number generator chose your comment as the winner of the box of KT scraps. Please email me with your shipping info at ktquilts.com and Robert will get them right out to you. Thanks to everyone who commented. I enjoy reading every one of them and learning a little about you and your fabric addictions.
 
FYI - If you include your email info in your Google profile, I can let you know directly that you've won my giveaways. Otherwise, I rely on you coming back to check on the winner. If the above-named winner does not contact us within 2 weeks, we'll try to give the box of scraps away again. 

Sweet Holly

The sales reps have already shown quilt shops the newest Moda Christmas collections, including my new line, Sweet Holly. The inspiration for this collection was actually the result of a mishap last spring. Let me explain. 
 
In March, Robert had the brilliant idea (?) to remove the walls of my in-store office (10'x12') to make more room in our quilt shop. I was planning to move everything to my new studio once it was completed anyway, but someone was in a hurry. It really opened up the space and allowed a lot more light into the store. But I digress. Conveniently, it was spring break. I bribed a couple grandkids with lunch and a bit of cash to haul a few boxes (41, I'm told) and the furniture from my office to my old sewing space upstairs (26 steps) by the retreat center. 
 
On one trip, Rowan was carrying a box of miscellaneous stuff when it happened. He was almost to the top when I heard quite a commotion with both of the kids yelling and things sliding down the stairs - the bottom had fallen out of the box. I rushed to the bottom of the stairs, fearing the worst, to be greeted by falling fabric and papers, and two teenagers laughing hysterically. Once it was determined no one was hurt, we all started picking up the pieces. That's when I saw it. A vintage Christmas stencil for paint by number. I vaguely remembered I had purchased it with a box full of good junk at an auction years before, but I'd totally forgotten about it. 
 
Lucky for me, the stencil had all the elements of a good Christmas fabric and I had a deadline for Christmas fabric in just a few weeks. The holly, berries, ribbon, candy cane, candle, bells, snowman and pine cones all have numbers corresponding to the specific paint colors for each area. It's marked Olive Tullis, Textile Stencils, Salina, Kansas for 65 cents, but unfortunately, not dated. If anyone knows how old it is, please let me know.
 

You can see the candy cane stencil in the upper left corner is reproduced, along with assorted holly/berry motifs, in the featured fabric. The holly leaves and berries were taken from the large holly in the center of the stencil using one, two or three leaves. The small leaves, ribbon, plaid and remaining prints are all things that remind me of wrapping paper at Christmas time. Don't be surprised if you see several of the other motifs show up in future fabric lines.

I loved using the candy cane and holly motif on several of the Sweet Holly quilts, including this simple charm pack project with fusible applique, Cabin Sweet Cabin.
 
 
Watch for Sweet Holly fabric at your local quilt shop in June. I'll be showing sneak peeks of the other colorways and projects in the next few weeks.

 
 



6 comments:

  1. Congrats to the scrap winner! I enjoyed reading your story and glad no one was hurt on the steps! Adore that vintage inspiration for your new line! I love it!

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  2. I love Cabin Sweet Cabin, can't wait till this new line is on the shelves!!!

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  3. Congrats to the winner and I really like the vintage look of your upcoming fabric line!

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  4. Oooo --- I like the look of that new Christmas fabric line. The bells and candle are unique and fun. Reminds me of childhood in the 1950s.

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  5. I'm so glad no one was hurt. I'm looking forward to seeing the Christmas line!!!

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