Ever since I received these adorable pictures of Aliya (Su's daughter), I have been chomping at the bit to show them to you...She is wrapped in our Garden Lattice quilt from the DayZ Deux Collection (which is in the quilt shops NOW!) It was her belated birthday present...that little quilt traveled in trunk shows all over the US before it came back to her.
This quilt was pieced by our quilting buddy Bernadette, then long arm quilted & finished by Cheryl Winslow of Starshine Quilting. Below is Aliya's thank you card to me.
Apparently Su hasn't broken it to Aliya how Aunt Holly's wonderful old Singer machine was stolen out of the trunk of her car in Manhattan, over a year ago...not to mention that I can't see well enough anymore to even thread a needle...It is an amazing resemblance though, don't you think?
Now that you've had yet another dose of adorable...We'll get back in the time machine again and take you back to Fall 2005 Houston market...This was a pretty fateful market for LHDG...I turns out a lot of people never heard of us before the DayZ One Collection!
After DOC, people would refer to us as "you know LakeHouse, they do the brights"...it made me feel as if we never existed before the darn daisies! What can I say? I am a woman of eclectic tastes.
Anyhooo, when I first imagined this line of fabrics, I thought of the booth with a kick line of steroidal daisies across the top...L--daisy--A--daisy--K--daisy--E...you get the idea...
I first saw the "ginormous" daisies in a jewelry store window in Manhattan in July!...sourcing them after that was no small feat. Turns out daisies are only sold in the spring at floral supply houses and I was a few months late. Can you spell tenacity? Oh, and to give you an idea of the size...think dinner plate!
In addition to the big daisy idea, I also wanted to explore a warm bright palette--yellow, orange, hot pink and a cool bright palette--lime, turq, purple. I found that the interplay of warm and cool brights was especially exciting. That's Cheryl Winslow's Driving Miss Daisy quilt on the end display, Tracey Brookshier's Party Bag quilt accessorized with adorable stuffed animals, Cindy Taylor Oates' tiered skirt and Mickey Beebe's BB bags. Pretty much all of the other things in the background are by Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated.
Our tiered table displays had the jumbo daisies too...I thought that they'd inspire shop owners as really cute counter-top displays. They are really easy to make...and could easily be morphed into other adorable centerpieces for a holiday table...I'll give you the specifics on how to make these in a later blog...The DayZ Star quilt in the background on the left was really a big hit for Tracey Brookshier. My Flower Power quilt on the right, was in Quilts & More Winter 2006 issue.
The Blooming Beauty quilt (above) was my take on the traditional New York Beauty. It was the design inspiration that lead me to create the whole DayZ line...Cheryl Winslow pieced and quilted this for us...She's won several awards for this quilt in local shows...her long arming is pretty special. Below is a detail shot of her craftsmanship...She banged this out in just a day or two...the girl's a monster with any sewing-related machine!
You guessed it, those are Penny Sturges bags with the Blooming Beauty quilt!
These are some shots from the back of the booth. It's tough to get a good shot of all the quilts at once. You may recognize Marvelous Megan's quilts...the last two on the top row, they were both published in magazines...Houston Stars in Quilts & More in the Summer 2006 issue and Pretty In Pink in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine October 2006. The Pink & Green quilt on the lower right is Cherry Lime Phosphate by The Quilt Branch gals, it was on the cover of McCall's Quilt Quilts March 2006 issue.
With eight colorful quilts on the backside of the booth, this wall was like eye candy for me! On the top row is Tracey Brookshier's Double Spools quilt, Diane Weber's DayZ SplitZ quilt, and Megan's previously mentioned Houston Stars quilt. On the bottom is another quilt by Diane Weber named DayZ PawZ, Windsong by the Quilt Branch, and my Noodle's Nine Patch.
Back in two shakes...H2