Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Congratulations! Contest Winners

Thank you all for entering my blog contest.  Congratulations to Michele, Julie, Kathy and Beth who will all be receiving a copy of vol. 6 of Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks.

For those of you who would like to make a quilt to give to family or friends this Christmas, please keep my Christmas patterns in mind.  The following patterns are my top sellers and are available on my website  www.coachhousedesigns.com.

CHD-0907  Merry Christmas! (table runner)

CHD-1103 Christmas in the Country (wall or throw quilt)
CHD-1102  Red Door (wall or throw quilt)
CHD-1126  Tree Bells (wall or throw quilt)
CHD-1127  Winter Friends  (table runner)
I was sent a copy of this picture of the Tree Bells sample on display in The Quiltmaker's Shoppe in Arlington, WA.  The quilting by Cindy Glancy of Dancing Thread is absolutely amazing!
I wish I could quilt like that!  Maybe one day.......  Barb

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 4 - Vol. 6 Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks

Welcome to my blog, this 8th day of November and the fourth day of the 100 Quilt Blocks blog tour!  
My block, "Black-Eyed Blooms" was inspired by the artwork of Kathy Schmitz featured in her “Towne Square Quilts” line of fabric.  I also wanted to design a block that would work well with my block from vol. 5 of 100 Quilt Blocks which also features Kathy's fabrics.

These blocks were combined together to build the quilt  "Abloomin' Garden" which is included in the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.
I have done up my block in 2 more color ways featuring fabrics by Urban Chiks ("Boho") and Kate Spain ("Honey Honey") to show you how easy it would be to incorporate this block into a variety of projects --- table runners, placemats, the feature block on a tote bag…..

The extra blocks were made using fusible web and the original block was made using hand applique. Please see my blog entry for March 31 which shows my favorite hand applique method. 

I just got back from Quilt Market in Houston where I introduced some new patterns featuring the two fabric lines used in my extra blocks and a new fabric line by Kathy Schmitz.  These fabrics will be coming to your local quilt shops in the next few months and the patterns will be available on my website shortly.

Lazy Summer ("Boho" by Urban Chiks")

Maids in a Row ("Boho" by Urban Chiks)
Meadow ("Honey Honey" by Kate Spain)
Abundance ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

Beginnings ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

Sunflowers ("Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz)

If you would like to win a copy of 100 Quilt Blocks vol.6, please send me an email at barb@coachhousedesigns.com with your name and address and I will select 4 lucky winners.   If you are not one of the lucky winners, vols. 5 and 6 and the Fall '12 edition of Quilts from 100 Quilt Blocks are available for purchase on my web site.

Have a great blog tour and thanks for stopping by. Visit my website at www.coachhousedesigns.com.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Quilt Market

Quilt Market was again in Houston, Texas this fall. My friend Marcie and I packed up my new quilts, drove to Seattle and then flew to Houston after a 4 hour flight delay. We got into our hotel in Houston just after the hotel restaurant closed but we were fortunately able to slip into the Lucky Strike bowling alley and lounge in downtown Houston 15 minutes before they closed the kitchen! They had the best fish tacos. Who knew?

On Friday, we set up my booth across the aisle from United Notions. 
Three of my quilts featuring Deb Strain's line "Seascapes" were hung in Deb's booth.

Three of my quilts featuring "Round Robin" by Kathy Schmitz were in Kathy's booth.

Friday night was sample spree where vendors are able to sell individual items to owners and their staff. Marcie and I picked up some fabric and some solid hand lotion that does not rub off on your fabric.

Saturday was the first day of market and it was great saying hello to old friends and customers and meeting new ones.

We also met Julie and Eric Comstock who designed the fabric line "2wenty Thr3e" which is featured in my new quilt design "Happy Birthday".

Saturday night was the Moda party at the Hilton which was tons of fun.  The theme this year was western with Texas barbeque for dinner, western music and line dancing and a mechanical bull.  Yes Marcie and I both rode the bull (and we both fell off!)

Come back on Thursday for my blog entry for Vol 6 of 100 Quilt Blocks.  There will be a contest with prizes to be won!  See you then.  Barb