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Textile Designers: 10 Women to Watch - Shopping Guide Over the last few years, there have been some obvious standouts in the world of contemporary textile design. People like Amy Butler, Lotta Jansdotter, and Natalie Chanin have garnered well-deserved attention for their fresh signature styles, while paving the way for other talented women to make an impact in the industry. Here are ten whose work merits a closer look.

America's Quilting History, Quilt Styles and Quilting Myths Travel from Colonial times through the Civil War and theVictorian era up to the 20th century quiltmaking revival. Including the styles that you expect like Baltimore Albumand Crazy Quilts and others that will surprise you. Native American, Black American, Mexican American Hawaiian, Hmong & Amish quiltmaking history. Themes and methods through time including Bible, temperance, feedsack and kit quilts.

Material Obsession Yesterday afternoon a storm blew in and wiped summer away. The lightening and thunder scared the dog to a safe position at my feet beneath the desk as the sky went black and the rain pounded our tin roof. The lights dimmed and then went out. Missouri Star Quilt Co. - Best Selection of Pre-Cut Quilting Fabrics on the Web! I complain about winter a lot, but there is at least one thing I love about it: Christmas! Now that winter’s behind us, I can look back fondly and admit that celebrating Christmas in the snowy cold is awesome. But I hear that Christmas in warm weather ain’t half bad either.

FreeSpirit fabric designers Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad's paintings and with a closet full of her mom's handi-work. As a kid in the 70's, she passed up the $1.79 Barbie dresses in Service Merchandise, opting instead to create designs from her mother's fabric artist was born. After graduating with an honors fine arts degree in drawing, Anna Maria opened Handmaiden, a clothing and housewares boutique. This store served as homebase for all her fashion and design interests. Here, she also began a line of highly sought after handbags, intricately fashioned from an array of materials, that made their way onto Hollywood's red carpet. Anna Maria has also been exhibiting paintings in galleries throughout her whole adult life.

A Thing Of Beauty in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country Amish women of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country have been creating exquisite Amish quilts since the mid-1800′s (and some believe even earlier). Amish quilts are an expressionof frugality. They not only serve a practical, functional purpose, but serve as a form of entertainment as well. Many times groups of Amish and Mennonite women gather for a quilting bee. How do you Design Fabric? - Portabellopixie I am asked certain questions so frequently and I try my hardest to be helpful and answer all questions that come my way. To help facilitate a bit, I've created a FAQ's section where I can navigate people to and give a little more in depth answer easier. (That way we get to chat a bit more!) How to get started designing fabric is something that people are so incredibly interested in. Some people are wanting to design themselves, some are just curious about the medium they love! If you are interested in designing fabric, here are a few pointers.

Quilt History - A short introduction to period quilting By Lady Sarah Davies c/o Karen Evans 5 Deerfield Drive Easthampton, MA01027 The word "quilt" summons a host of images: thrifty pioneer housewives piecing elaborate patchworks for their families; album quilts signed by every member of a community as a gift for a departing mayor or pastor, or perhaps raffled for a worthy cause; perhaps even a wholecloth petticoat worn by a colonial dame as she danced with George Washington, or a brightly colored scrap quilt made by a grandmother or aunt during the Depression. The popular image of the quilt is of the quilt is modern, calico, and American. It certainly isn’t medieval! The problem with this familiar stereotype is that it doesn’t go far enough.

Patsy Thompson Designs, Ltd. 04._Leaf_Cycles_II 03. Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack Workers tend the organic cotton plants in an experimental field in northern Alabama. The cotton was used in a field-to-garment project by two noted fashion designers. Courtesy of Lisa Lentz hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Lisa Lentz Workers tend the organic cotton plants in an experimental field in northern Alabama. The cotton was used in a field-to-garment project by two noted fashion designers. Atkinson Designs: “Tag Along Tote” Project: Tag Along Tote designed by Terry Atkinson, featuring “Urban Couture” fabrics by Basic Grey. Click here for bag pattern. Click here for fabric collection.

Longarm Quilting Pattern Book My pattern book is now available for you to choose your own patterns if you like. Otherwise, I have many beautiful patterns to choose from after you send me your quilt. I always take the time to think about what pattern suits your quilt the best to ensure your quilt turns out a masterpiece! An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn - If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my newsletter to hear about the best in sewing, blogging, and business from around the web each week. image credit Designing quilting cottons is a significant status symbol in the sewing world, and for good reason. Fabric is beautiful. It’s the raw material that draws many of us into sewing in the first place.