The wonderful thing about quilt shops is there are no two alike. In my Northeast jaunt, I discovered so many wonderful shops, and found that The Carriage Quilt Shop is like a second home. Prepare to be welcomed with open arms and smiling faces.. and candy! … Continue reading Shout out – The Carriage Quilt Shop
We love fabric and people who love fabric, of course! To share the love, as part of our Fall Quilt Market, we held a contest for a blog shout out! What fun it was to interview the winners. Here is the first winner, Gina Gempesaw of Gem Hill Quilts!
Tell me a little about your business?
I have been a quilter for over 18 years. I used to do a lot of cross-stitch. But, as soon as I discovered quilting, everything clicked in place and I hardly ever do any cross-stitch anymore. I have been working at a local quilt shop for about 15 years now with the last 4 years at the The Round Bobbin Quilt Shop in Ambler, PA. My husband of over 20 years is quite supportive of my fabric habit and has, only very occasionally, asked for a gift of a quilt!
What is the focus of your business?
My company is all about my original quilt designs. They appear in various magazines and books. Some of them are free pattern downloads for fabric collections. I have other patterns that we run as Block of the Month programs or as classes at the local quilt shop. Lately, I have started to make projects and write tutorial blog posts for AccuQuilt.
What inspired you to start your business?
Early on, I realized that I prefer to create my own designs. When I did pick a pattern up, I would instantly start re-writing it in my head! Clearly, I needed to create and write my own patterns.
What color combinations do you find yourself using over & over & over?
I have quite the eclectic collection of quilts. I have designed projects using reproduction fabrics to very modern prints, from taupes to bright novelties, from 2-color quilts to scrap quilts. However, I will admit to being pretty partial to brights and fabrics with lots of color.
Favorite memory of working with fabric?
There are so many to choose from! One time, I was nervously working with a lot of curved piecing and bias edges, using the “Rob Peter to Pay Paul” block. Every completed block seemed wonky. I was so thrilled and delighted to find that all the blocks fit together and the quilt turned out beautifully!
Favorite part of your work?
I love designing and piecing quilts.
What draws you to Ink & Arrow fabrics?
The vibrant colors, the crisp designs – it’s all just so much fun!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I love math and used to compete – and sometimes win – math tournaments in school. Very nerdy of me, I know!
I&A Comments: Math is a huge part of quilting – it must have helped you out a lot along the way! 🙂
Explain an example of a “happy accident” in your work?
When I was working on the Quilting Treasures’ Quilting Temptations collection, I so dearly wanted to used this circle motif with pieced sections. It looks a bit like a “Lifesavers” candy. However, it’s not the easiest block to make. In the meantime, I was also working on a totally different project where I had been cutting out blocks from other pieced blocks. That just opened my eyes! To simplify the circle motif, you just make a pinwheel block and cut the circle from that pinwheel! Easy-peasy! See example below!
Here are a couple of great pictures from Gina of her work… Visit her at Gem Hill Quilts to see more!
We are so excited to have Gina as a winner of the blog shout out! We look forward to seeing what Gina comes up with using our Ink & Arrow fabrics!!! Thanks Gina!
Have you seen the Find the Panda craze? It’s just that – a bit crazy!!! Here’s a link to it in case you haven’t seen it… PANDA!
We have our own version of this puzzle in our Ink & Arrow designs. Hidden inside each fabric is a little motif! Look for an I&A, Ink & Arrow (words) or Arrow motif in our fabrics!!! WHY???? Well, it’s a little something… something… just to make it extra FUN!
Take a peek at these fabrics and see if you can find the hidden icon?
What’s even more fun??? How about making an I spy project?!?!?!
How about a shirt that has a pocket featuring the hidden icon – see if anyone notices? Or, a quilt with the hidden icon here and there. Just have fun with it and remember that there are no rules, just great fabrics!!! We hope you enjoy…
Also feel free to stop by our website, inkandarrowfabrics.com and submit a photo of a project you created with our fabrics!!!
How could we resist this? I mean, our new collection, Talk to Me is arriving in your favorite fabric store right now!!!
It’s super exciting and we want to celebrate with one of our favorite versions of this most appropriate song! Adele’s Hello! (The Quirky version ;))
I was at a local flea market a year or so ago and a little boy, aged 8-ish, saw a rotary telephone. He turned to his mom and said “What IS that thing? It looks like a phone but what is THAT?” as he pointed to the rotary dial. I aged a good 15 years that moment! 🙂
Nostalgia is alive and well. What is old is new again! We can appreciate the kitsch of rotary phones, typewriters and television sets in this fantastic new collection from Alicia Jacobs! How divine! I just adore the colors and the nod to retro communication devices!!! One day, in the future, there will be a fabric collection with smart phones and laptops and flat screens and we will laugh and remember how silly it was to use those!
Until then, enjoy this ensemble of fabulously fun fabrics! Click to view the whole collection on our website!
And… if you have a minute, check out this video of “How to dial your phone by Bell System’ from 1954” It’s over 9 minutes long and I umm, well, I watched the whole thing 🙂 Love it!!! Click on the phone below!
Thanks to our fantastic friends at Izzy & Ivy Designs for showing us all that you are never too young to be a chic fashionista!
Look at this gorgeous girl! Love Love Love the jacket and dress patterns from Izzy & Ivy created with our City Life collection of fabrics.
I’m a tad envious of the way she’s rocking this outfit… Oh, to be a young starlet again 😉 (like I ever was one…. but, I did think I was a “Solid Gold Dancer” – if you don’t know what that is, honey –here you go… You’re welcome.)
Find Izzy & Ivy’s Pippa Jacket and Evie Sun Dress patterns available in PDF format. Stop & explore their other awesome projects available!
City Life is now available in shops!
Check out our City Life & other awesome fabric lines on our NEW website!!!
Its finally here, our very first blog for our new brand, Ink & Arrow fabrics. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you the fabulous fun of our fabrics. Our website will be live in early December, but, until then, we’ll blog about our adventure at Quilt Market (our industry convention) and give you your own sneak peek of the collections and inspiration!
I’m Meredith, an employee-owner at Ink & Arrow. I work as a marketing brand manager and I am so proud to be a part of this new adventure! So sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee or tea (or both) and we’ll get inspired together!
Do you love to scan pinterest and instagram images and drool at the projects you find there? Are you addicted to fabric? Are you scouring blogs on the regular? If you are the kind of person who is a maker and creator, we know you’ll love Ink & Arrow. We love all things creative and can’t imagine a time/place without color, print, pattern and fun! Our Ink & Arrow fabrics are designed with you in mind! #NoRulesJustFabric #becausefabricshouldbefun Each fabric design has a little motif hidden in the design for extra fun. An arrow, an I&A or Ink&Arrow is in there somewhere… How cute is that!?!?
Here’s an inspiration board we made for our Quilt Market booth. Quilt Market is a place where shop owners, pattern makers, publishers and fabric companies get together to network, show collections and fill their shelves/magazines with amazing stuff! We were there this past weekend – what a whirlwind!
We’ll be back. There is so much more to share! Please comment and give us ideas of things you want to see on this blog!