Don't you just love the smocking detail on this little darling, not to mention the poet's bow? Something about the silhouette of this little outfit reminds me of costuming from 50's era college movie "Mona Lisa Smile" with Julia Roberts...How's that for an obscure visual reference?
It's by our LakeHouse Fabric Maven...Cheryl Winslow of Starshine Quilting. From what I have witnessed over the last 5 years that I've known Cheryl, if she can't make it in fabric or fiber, chances are no one else can either. She's the gal who knit me the wonderful socks for Xmas last year, with oversized toothpick like needles. She's also our LakeHouse long-armer and piecer...and has made 90% of the quilts that we show at markets and in the magazines...
Locally the New York / New Jersey area, Cheryl teaches lots of quilt classes that are devoted to making specific quilts and demystifying important sewing and piecing techniques at the same time.
Cheryl has some terrific technique tutorials on her blog, so make sure to visit.
Under the category "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree", I bring
you Darci Wright, mother to twin girls...Taylor and Camille. She's the smart, sassy & uber-talented daughter of Penny Sturges aka the Quilts Illustrated "No Wimpy Bags" Lady...I love Darci's choice of fabrics (I'm crazy for red and yellow together) and sense of detail (the gingham jumper has an inverted pleat, that makes it dimensional)...
Back in the day, when I had my little design studio in Manhattan, I was selected by the president of a large American gift company to hear an inspirational speech designed to rev up me and about 25 other product designers. (So that we'd go back to our studios and whip up something good)...Two things that this man said stuck out in my mind...1 "think trailer park" (and the thought bubble over my head was "I'm in big trouble here") and 2 it's got to have the "awwwwww factor"...(as in that is soooooooo cuuuuuuuuuutttttttteeeeee!) (whew, I thought, "I love cute, I have a cute streak in me, I can do cute"!)
Maybe that's why I love Anne's work so much, her work appeals to my cute streak...every little thing that she designs is so "stinkin' cute"! From her pale pink on pink on pink design studio, to the coordinating dog beds that her tiny pups sleep on by her side, this woman and her little kingdom are "cute overload" (in the best way imaginable)...Not to mention her quilts and other designs...Even better, Anne's as adorable in real life as she is in her blog...
FYI, If you haven't seen Anne's blog, you must do the following: crawl out from under the rock you've been hiding under, (LOL) dust your self off, and press here. You are in for a treat! ;º)
Welcome back! Our next designer is yet another talent from Arizona...Her name is Jere'e McDade and she's a friend of my buddy Brenda's and is the designer behind the "Quilted Quickie's" pattern line. Jere'e is a bundle of joy and laughter...her work exudes this, don't you think?
Is it just me or does this remind you of an extra special version of those OshKosh B'Gosh Overalls
that kids used to wear "back in the day". I am probably dating myself
here, but I always loved that look on toddlers and young kids.
Make sure to hop on over to Jere'es blog and her Quilted Quickies website too...we both share a LOVE OF POLKA DOTS, and her website couldn't be cuter.
I was tickled pink that Cyndi used the Cherry Toss fabric that we introduced at Houston market last year, in her little "ensemble". Not only because she did an adorable design, but because I love that little Cherry Tossed fabric as much today as when I saw the first strike-off 2 long years ago! Also because it a) goes perfectly with the new Doll Dress fabrics (and those of you who have been paying attention, know that that is TOTALLY ON PURPOSE on my part) & b) over the years that I have been active in the "quilt community" it's become very apparent to me that quilters LOVE anything having to do with cherries, is it just me, or have you all noticed that too?
I just love the mini yo-yo style cherries on this little "Cyndi original"...don't you?
Today while I was stuck in traffic, thinking about what to write about in this blog,I realized...Geez, I really don't know Cyndi all that well (even though I've been a big fan of her blog)...but using those cherries on her little dress...I could write a couple of good solid paragraphs on quilters and cherries...
A couple of years back, there was a cherry themed redwork project by Alex Anderson in American Patchwork & Quilting, she mentioned fond childhood memories of cherries and cherry pie in Door County Wisconsin on her grandparent's farm. That was sort of a weird coincidence, since my family has been going to Door County and cherry picking there since before I was born. I'd only met Alex briefly at Portland Quilt Market in Spring of 2003. I was there to preview my first line of LakeHouse quilt fabrics. I didn't actually have a booth at that market, but there were white room divider curtains up everywhere that market, so I used them to my advantage...I gave private viewings to all sorts of quilt industry bigwigs out of a gigantic suitcase that was loaded with my first collection of quilt fabrics. Don't ask me where I got the nerve (Holly who?) to walk up to Alex and ask her if she wanted to look at my new fabrics, but I did (shock) and she couldn't have been nicer. Business cards were exchanged, and a couple of years after that I just had to call her about our "6 degrees of separation" Door County connection. She actually remembered me (double shock) and we talked about our childhood memories of Door County...
My other quilter/cherry story also involves Door County too. When I was in Arizona back in January visiting Penny, Brenda and Cindy (Oates). I also got to visit my mom and show her the Cherry Baby salesman sample cards. I figured that she'd show them to her pals down in Arizona. I was half right on that! Turns out a bunch of her friends in Arizona are from Door County! I left a set of sample cards with her. They got passed around, taken to some quilt guild meetings, and before I knew it, a little shop in Sister Bay Wisconsin named Quilter's Quest called to say that they just had to have the Cherry Baby fabrics for their store. Small World.
So Cyndi, do you have a Cherry story that inspired your little dress? Inquiring minds want to know!
Meantime, go check out Cyndi's pretty little blog and see what she's up to for fall market too.
We chose Maria Fareri Children's Hospital to receive the "12 Bears for Christmas". To find out more about this amazing facility, click here .
Su Bashir, our LHDG "queen of allocations", came along to help out. Her beautiful daughter Aliya was born at this hospital complex.
The day we delivered the bears, also happened to be the day that 5 little girls who had received liver transplants at MFCH all returned for a visit and a photo op...Here they all are...their transplant doctor is holding one of the littlest girls...who was born at the hospital and lived there until recently, when she received her transplant. When I saw those little girl's faces, I really had to hold back the big alligator tears....I imagine that all of the adults in the room had lumps in their throats.
Each of the girls received a bear to take home...and the others were given to the events coordinator, so that they could be given out...Although this hospital looks like it has some pretty wealthy benefactors, they tell me that many of the children are from under privileged backgrounds. So I'm sure that the bears will all find happy and deserving homes.
It's true what they say...'Tis better to give than receive.
Some of you may have noticed that Cheryl Winslow posted a comment that "you should have a 13th bear"...Alas, it's less than a week before Christmas, and "the bears have left the building"...as in, the bears have left Target ("Tar-Jaay"). But wait, what about our wee tiny bears Boo & Honey? Some of you will remember them from front & center at our FQM booth, if not look here...Well, they are ba-ack, and better than ever thanks to Cheryl...Here's a few pics of their antics...
Cheryl nick named them Bear Claw and Bear Paw...Here they are giving each other a "tiny-bear-hug", on their wee Navajo inspired quilts...
Monkey see, Monkey do...
Wherever you'll be, what ever you do, as long as we'll be there together...
Hands are for Holding...
Alas, here they are all ready to go to good homes...Cheryl made her quilts into little sleeping bags...she said "so that the bears will travel well"...
I told her if she kept going, before long she'd have an entire
mobile home made of fabric, and that she'd better stop now (while she
Here's a closer look at Cheryl's two mini-mini quilts...
Tomorrow, we'll announce the new home(s) for all of our new furry friends... Stay there "12 Bears" fans, 'Tis the season, and I guarantee you, it truly is better to give than receive...
It's my 100th blog...(call me "Aunt Blabby"). And we are on our 12th bear, little Bandit...here she is waiting for her hug, in a new bib by "fairy-god-seamstress" Cheryl Winslow, and another loverly quilt made just for "Pooh" in an encore presentation by the "big nut" at Little Acorns...Brenda Riddle, of course!
Brenda said she had lots of scraps leftover from the adorable quilts that she made for our booth at market...If you haven't seen them yet, (hello, where have you been?)...take a peak here, for goodness sakes!
Love the fabric combination again...thanks Brenda, for making LHDG look so good!
Now for the biggest teaser of all...tomorrow, we have a late entry...a surprise to be sure, but I promise you, it will not disappoint!
Madamoiselle "X" (X is for Kisses, get it?) is none other than Pudge...she's all dressed up and ready to celebrate! Her bib is also made by our fabric mistress Cheryl Winslow, and her charming little pink and yellow quilt is made by one of my favorite people: Pretty Penny (Sturges) of QuiltsIllustrated, our queen of tote bags (and our queen of hearts...awwwe!)
Here's another look at Penny's wee quilt: so simple, yet so endearing...just my cup of tea!
So that's a one hug bear, and one kiss bear...(in case you're counting!)