Do you know what this is? This little bundle of joy is a new design that we are calling totes on bolts* -- Let me explain...
This is a picture taken by Penny Sturges at her QuiltsIllustrated studio. We've been keeping a secret...
Penny has a new tote pattern called Veranda PS021, it's uber-cute --self ruffles, fabric covered buttons, pockets galore, just adorable. For years Pen's been talking about doing panels with LakeHouse designs on them to make her tote bags out of. But it wasn't until perilously close to Spring Quilt Market, that she gave me the info on the pieces to make her new tote. Then it was my job to see how to fit all of the pieces for a tote bag on a few panels...That's how we got the name totes on bolts*, get it?
I don't mind telling you, it was a lot more challenging that I thought it would be.
The first reason for the difficulty is that tote bags use up a lot more fabric than you'd think. Also, we wanted to figure out a way to build in some options for the way you put the fabric together on the bag so that the finished products wouldn't all look alike...In the end we came up with over a dozen different ways to put the different designs together on a bag!
Penny was also working on her new Vera apron PS005 at the same time and miraculously, she got that pattern to work with the same 3 totes on bolts* panels! Even better, the 3 new Veranda panels make her best selling PS026 Mini Bow Tucks bag, too...believe it or not.
Here is a few shot of Penny's new Veranda bag in our booth at Spring Quilt Market made up in the new Veranda Style Panel--Fun Flowers Design:
Shown above are three variations of the bag made with the Veranda Panel. We had 12 different variations on the bags shown on our display wall. You'll notice that this new panel grouping comes in two different bright colorways -- on white called "WOW" & on black called "BOB".
More shots of our Spring Market booth...know that I am long overdue, since we've been scooped by several of my quilting buddies & shop owners who attended the show -- Jen & Julie to name a couple... I'm fairly confident that they didn't tell you the whole story behind the projects in the booth though...
The 12 Veranda bags on our feature wall at SQM are all different from each other...
The quilt on the left was designed by me for Beth Hayes at McCall's Quilting. It will be in the February 2011 issue, newsstand November. The middle quilt is by my friend Rachel Griffith of psIquilt, it will be in McCall's Quick Quilts in the January 2011 issue, newsstand October. The Pinwheel Party Panel quilt on the right is made with another new panel that I designed with our new Pinwheel Party panel -- LH10027 that made it specifically for your LQS to see this fun new quilt at Spring Market (sort of a "thank you note" for the success of the Fun Flowers line!) it will be in stores in early December. You'll be able to download the FREE pattern for this quilt by following links from the side column of my blog...We'll have this up within the next two weeks.
The table skirts were made from shipping samples of the Fun Flowers fabrics we received only 5 days before we left for SQM...The scalloped edging was made from an extra long row of the Fun Flowers Charmers fabric -- LH10004, tops were made from the BG dot pullout -- LH09031 (of the scallop edging) and the "tucked in place pleated skirt" (so easy), was made from favorite Ric Rac fabric -- LH10007
Many thanks to Darla Padilla of Wildflower Quilting for her talent & diligence with our quilts in the last 10 days before market. It was about as tight as it's ever been, sample-fabric-wise, but we made it with time to spare.
I've so much to do post-market, that I've not yet taken so much as a day off, thank goodness it's a holiday weekend.
Lots more to show and tell you...
back in two shakes...H2
PS You can see more about the NEW Veranda panel sets and the NEW Pinwheel Party panel on our website within two weeks, they will be noted as "Fun Flowers 4 December 2010 delivery".
PPS * means made with love & other good stuff