Blog Shout Out! Gem Hill Quilts!

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!  

IandAquestion   Tell me a little about your business?

Ginal.jpg    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!

IandAquestion  What is the focus of your business?

Ginal.jpg   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.

IandAquestion  What inspired you to start your business?

Ginal.jpg   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.

IandAquestion  What color combinations do you find yourself using over &  over & over?

Ginal.jpg    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.

IandAquestion Favorite memory of working with fabric?

Ginal.jpg  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!

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Bubbles Quilt:  “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” block quilt.  Photo courtesy of Annie’s Publications.  Project available here!

IandAquestion  Favorite part of your work?

Ginal.jpg  I love designing and piecing quilts.

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Sampler quilt designed for Local Shop Hop in Southeast, PA

IandAquestion  What draws you to Ink & Arrow fabrics?

Ginal.jpg  The vibrant colors, the crisp designs – it’s all just so much fun!

 

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One of Gina’s latest projects:  Bollenvelden   It appears in Quilter’s World Magazine, Spring 2016 Click photo for more information!

IandAquestion  Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

Ginal.jpg    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!  🙂

IandAquestion  Explain an example of a “happy accident” in your work?

Ginal.jpg   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!

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Pinwheel block –> Trace Circle motif –> Easy-peasy Circle motif!

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Quilting Temptations Quilt for QT.  Click picture above for Pattern!

 

Here are a couple of great pictures from Gina of her work…  Visit her  at Gem Hill Quilts to see more!

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Surfside Quilt:  Appeared in the book “Trendy Triangles” using fabrics from QT “Lola Textures” Click Photo for more information.

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Surf & Sand Block of the Month:  Using Color Blends by QT.  Click on picture above for the instructions!

 

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!


 

 

Our first blog!!! Because fabric should be fun!


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                Our first collection, City Life. Take a walk, hail a taxi, feed the birds or just grab a hot dog!  Hits stores in December!


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!

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                     Inspiration board from our I&A booth. Showing that inspiration can come from a zillion different places!


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Fashion & Decor to adore! City Life Collection


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City Life Fabric sewn up into a “Marilyn” Dress from Sew Serendipity


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Side of our booth showing snapshots of our 8 collections plus the pixie dots!


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!

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