Tag: Quilting Treasures

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!


 

 

Speaking of Lazy Little Lazybugs…

What a whirlwind!  The new year is upon us and it’s already mid January!  Can you believe it!?!?!?!?  We hope you had a relaxing and fun-filled holiday season!   Time to get back into the swing of things.

We are excited that our designer, Desiree Designs, will be attending the Road to California Quilt show!   January 21-24 in Ontario, CA.  We are proud to be Ruby Sponsors of this quilt show and we know it will be an awesome event!

For more information, check out the Road to California website.

Desiree Designs will be showcasing her fantastic art and patterns in booth # 1924-1926, if you are in the area, swing by and say hello!!!

Lazy Little Ladybugs is Desiree’s most recent collection.  Look at these adorable fabrics! What a great fabric line for your favorite little ladybug!

Click on the image below to see the rest of the collection at quiltingtreasure.com!

Lazy Little Ladybugs

 


“The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.”

J. Patrick Lewis


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

COLOR – Lovely, vibrant, dazzling & wonderful color…

One of my favorite things, besides fabric (of course) and print/pattern (of course) is color.

I LOVE COLOR!

I remember opening up my new crayon box and sitting there studying the crayons as if they were color chips.  I didn’t dare use my favorite colors, and, ummmm, every color was my favorite!  🙂 Fortunately,  I was lucky enough to have multiple sets of crayons.  There was one that was dedicated for “show only”.     Kind of like your mom’s “good scissors” that were only for fabric.  I still think twice before using my scissors – every time!!!

Things haven’t changed much, I still love staring at color and I found my niche working here!  I’m so lucky!

So…when I saw this collection of “basics” or “blenders” by Dan Morris, I immediately fell in love.  This is my visual Ode to Scrollscapes and I hope you enjoy it!

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Click on the Wheel to go to the website and choose your favorite! Come back and comment with the one you love the most!!!

         This is my favorite color from Scrollscapes, Teal!  It’s so pretty!!!

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Showing the full width of the fabric and it’s repeat. Measures approximately 44″ x 24″ from selvedge to selvedge.

Below, I took samples from the fabric to show the variations within the selvedge to selvedge repeat! So many great options.  It’s really a bunch of fabrics in one!

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5″ Sections from the repeat of the fabric… pretty fabulous!

I’ll be back next week to talk a little more about colors, color stories and how to pick the perfect palette for your next project!

Next week, I’ll announce a new contest where you could be the winner of a fat quarter of each of these colors!   Come on back, we want to spoil you with fabulous, colorful, Scrollscapes fabrics!


 

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.

                                                                                                                              ~ Mattie Stepanek  


 

Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

 

 

What are you most thankful for???

I am thankful for…  so many things.  I make it a point before I go to bed each night to think of something I was especially grateful for that day.  Of course, there are days of sunshine and days of shadows, but there is ALWAYS something to appreciate.

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 click on the link “In Bloom” below to browse all the fabrics of this collection

The above designs are from our “In Bloom” collection by Dan Morris.   I love the rich, vivid colors and the beautiful flowers.  Color and pattern are some things that always bring me Joy, I hope you find joy in the little things today and always… Happy Thanksgiving!

 


Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

                                                                                                                                            –  Ralph Marston


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

Traveling Tuffet & What’s in stores!

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Brenda from Sew Creative Threads, Elkhart, IN

TRAVELING TUFFET ALERT!!!!!!!

The Tuffet is on the move!   Our mini-tuffet is off on her journey from Quilt Market in Houston!  First stop was the Shipshewana Fabric Show in Shipshewana, IN.  Our friend Brenda from Sew Creative Threads is holding our mini-tuffet.  The Ombre Scroll Stained Glass Quilt is featured on the wall.

 

 

Next stop: Our Traveling Tuffet made her way to Trevathan’s Sweep & Sew Shoppe in Hillsdale, MI.  What a fun shop window featuring QT’s Janet Wecker Frisch collection “Letter Stitch” .

Patti, is shown here in front of the great window display.

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Patty in front of Trevathan’s Sweep & Sew Shoppe
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Janet Wecker Frisch’s Letter Stitch Collection

If you are in the area, swing by and say hello to these friends of QT!


 

In stores now, our new collections, Heads Up by Studio 8 and For Love of Country by Dan Morris for QT.  Take a look, there are a lot of great creative possibilities!  See the full collection and patterns by clicking on their names above.

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