This past weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show- an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping event for any quilt lover. Established by the wonderful Jean Wells, this festival is truly a work of art. Though SIsters, Oregon would be considered a small town, this event brings upwards of 12,000 visitors. Over 1,000 quilts are hung up on store fronts and even within the surrounding landscaping throughout the town. As sponsors of this event, a few folks from the Robert Kaufman team had the pleasure of attending. We took up residence by the Stitchin' Post fabric shop, where the Kona IQ Game was in full swing. Don't worry- we also got to walk the town, and now we'd like to share our experience with all of you!
Special thanks to all the people of Sisters, Oregon, as well as the wonderful Jean and Valori Wells for making our stay so lovely!
It's that time of year again! We recently returned from Spring '15 Quilt Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This season, we had booths from featured designers Elizabeth Hartman, Angela Walters, McKenna Ryan, Darlene Zimmerman, Carolyn Friedlander, and Valori Wells, as well as booths for our Essex Linen, Artisan Batiks, Shimmer collection by Jennifer Sampou, and a Sewing Studio (featuring House of Denim and Essex). Because many of you aren't able to attend Quilt Market, we wanted to provide a bit of a "virtual" tour of our booths! We also wanted to give you all a chance to win some awesome prizes revolving around our featured Quilt Market booths (Yippee!). Read through this post and find giveaway information at the end!
Before we get into our booth tour, here are a few photos of our set-up process. It takes a large team, two long days, and a lot of hard work to get everything up and running.
Take a look and click on the projects to head to their respective project pages!
Elizabeth Hartman's "Rhoda Ruth" Collection
Rhoda Ruth, Elizabeth Hartman's debut collection with Robert Kaufman, is inspired by her grandmother's glamorous costume jewelry collection. It features adorably glamorous animals mixed with bejeweled geos in a range of tonals set in Elizabeth's signature color palette. Check out her booth below!
Projects from left to right: The Kittens, Genny & Ruth, Cat Friends Pillow, Genny & Ruth, Fancy Fox, Fancy Fox II Pillow, Thistle Pillow, Hazel Hedgehog II, New Wave, Fox and Hedgehog pillow, The Kittens, Allie Owl, Bunny, Thistle (all designed and made by Elizabeth Hartman). Click projects for more information.
Angela Walters' "Drawn" Collection
Angela Walters' first collection for Robert Kaufman, Drawn, is available in regular width and in 108" Wide, perfect for quilt backs! The collection epitomizes Angela's signature quilting style, and many of the prints double as quilting guides. Check out her booth below!
Darlene Zimmerman's "Naptime" Collection
This Naptime booth is overflowing with cuteness! Darlene's newest '30s inspired collection features mini cat, bunny, and elephant prints, plus signature blenders and the sweetest sleepy animal panel! Take a look below!
Projects from left to right: Sunny Days (designed and made by Darlene Zimmerman, quilted by Stone Ridge Quilting), Naptime Friends (Designed by Darlene Zimmerman, made by Ramona Rose, quilted by Tanya of Free Range Quilter). Click on the projects for more information.
[*Not pictured: Playing with Blocks table runner designed and made by Darlene Zimmerman]
McKenna Ryan's "Enchanted Pines" Collection
McKenna Ryan debuted her first Robert Kaufman fabric collection, Enchanted Pines, at Quilt Market. With a gorgeous two-booth display, McKenna showcased all that the Enchanted Pines collection has to offer, along with some beautiful new patterns. Check it out below!
Projects from left to right: Forest Tracks (designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, made by Kristi Ryan), Hello?! and Anybody Home?! (designed and made by McKenna Ryan), Bear Creek Cabins (designed and made by McKenna Ryan), Aurora Ridge (designed and made by McKenna Ryan), Enchanted Navigation (designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, made by Kristi Ryan). Click on projects for more information.
McKenna's booth also won the FIRST PLACE double booth award! Congratulations McKenna!
Carolyn Friedlander's Newest Patterns
Carolyn Friedlander's booth focused on her newest patterns: the Collection quilt (a block of the month quilt featuring needle turn applique) and Austin House quilts. She placed a large emphasis on combining different types of fabrics, including Essex, Gingham, and the Doe collection.
Valori Wells' "In the Bloom" Collection
Valori Wells' newest collection, In the Bloom, features a wide variety of floral prints in a range of colors, and is also available in knit. Check out her newest quilt and apparel patterns!
Precut Pop Up Shop!
Before stocking up our Pre Cut Pop Up Shop, we took our precuts to sample spree!
Our "Sewing Studio" featured a variety of Robert Kaufman fabrics (including our House of Denim, London Calling, and Essex Linens), perfect for quilting, garment sewing, and bags! Check out the projects below!
Projects from left to right: Caravan Tote (designed by noodlehead, made by Knitty Bitties), Super Tote (designed by noodlehead, made by Knitty Bitties), Alder Shirt Dress (designed by Grainline Studio, made by Knitty Bitties), Half Way Home quilt (designed and made by Heather Jones), and Bistro Dress (designed by Liesl + Co, made by Knitty Bitties). Click on projects for more information.
Jennifer Sampou's "Shimmer" Collection
Jennifer Sampou's new Shimmer fabrics are the perfect elegant addition to your quilting and apparel fabrics. Check out these awesome projects by exploring below, and be sure to check out the official lookbook!
Projects from left to right: Starry Night (designed and made by Janice Ryan of Better Off Thread, quilted by Angela Walters), Zip Top Tote (designed and made by noodlehead), Octagon Shimmer quilt (designed and made by Jennifer Sampou, quilted by Jocelyn Marzan), Amelia Dress (designed by Green Bee Patterns, made by Christine Haynes), Sigma Dress (designed by Paper Cut Patterns, made by Christine Haynes), Snacktime quilt (designed by Jaybird Quilts, made and quilted by Kristi Ryan). Click on the projects for more information. [*Not pictured- Bucket Bag by noodlehead, Strips and Selvages by Jennifer Sampou]
Aside from our designer booths, we had booths featuring both our Essex Linen collections and our Artisan Batiks collections.
For Essex, designers Valori Wells, Carolyn Friedlander, Elizabeth Hartman, and Angela Walters provided us with a quilt made entirely of Essex Linen and/or Essex Yarn Dyed fabrics!
Valori Wells & Essex
Carolyn Friedlander & Essex
Elizabeth Hartman & Essex
Angela Walters & Essex
This quilt is called Cube. It was designed and made by Ruth Doss and quilted by Angela Walters. It features Essex Linen and will be a FREE pattern, available for download from our website in June 2015. Click on the project for more information.
Free Range Quilter & Essex
This quilt is called Floating Jewels. It was designed and made by Tanya of Free Range Quilter. It features Essex Linen and Essex Yarn Dyed and is available as a free pattern download on our website. Click on the project for more information!
Our Artisan Batiks booth featured Artisan Batiks: Elementals, Artisan Batiks: Lafayette, Artisan Batiks: Nature's Creation, Artisan Batiks: Serendipity, and Artisan Batiks: Color Source. Check them out below!
Artisan Batiks: Elementals
Projects from left to right: Series of Stripes- Flying Striped Geese, Series of Stripes- Sorbet Ripples, Series of Stripes-Bubblegum Chevrons, Series of Stripes- Sherbet Herringbone (all designed by Robert Kaufman and made by Ramona Rose). Click on the projects for more information.
Artisan Batiks: Lafayette
This quilt, Ocean Rhythms, was designed and made by Jan Douglas and quilted by Donna Doberstein.
Artisan Batiks: Nature's Creation
Artisan Batiks: Serendipity
Artisan Batiks: Color Source
And finally... THE GIVEAWAY!
We have some precuts and color cards we want to give away... will you help us out? :)
One person will win a Spring Quilt Market prize pack, which includes: 2 color cards (Essex Linen and House of Denim), 6 charm packs (Artisan Batiks: Serendipity, Artisan Batiks: Nature's Creation, Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer, Elizabeth Hartman's Rhoda Ruth, Darlene Zimmerman's Naptime, and Valori Wells' In the Bloom), a Drawn by Angela Walters' fat quarter bundle in water color story, a Doe by Carolyn Friedlander roll up, and an Enchanted Pines Star Ombre charm roll by McKenna Ryan- over $200 retail value (WHAT?!)!
The giveaway will run from Tuesday June 2nd at 12PM Pacific Time until Tuesday June 9th at 12PM Pacific Time. It is open internationally. Follow the instructions below! We have tried to create options across all social media platforms so that as many people can be included as possible. Good luck!!
We're gearing up for Quilt Market and getting excited! We will be hosting 6 awesome Schoolhouse Sessions featuring our designers (old and new!). If you're at Spring Quilt Market on Thursday, May 14th, stop by room 208B to hear them speak. Plus, there might be free goodies at every session...(but you didn't hear that from us) :)
Here's the full schedule (all sessions held in room 208B):
12:25-12:55 || Valori Wells || In the Bloom: Create and Grow with Valori Wells Designs
'In the Bloom' by Valori Wells will transport you to Spring in the garden. With new sewing & garment patterns, plus ideas for in-store merchandising, this collection will inspire you to explore color.
1:00-1:30 || Carolyn Friedlander || One Stitch at a Time: Creating with Carolyn Friedlander
New patterns from the Slow Sewing Studio, plus an applique block-of-the-month that builds skills & color confidence. This sampler reflects Carolyn's unique design style and engages beginning to experienced sewists alike.
1:35-2:05 || Elizabeth Hartman || Elizabeth Hartman's Debut Collection: Rhoda Ruth
Inspired by classic glamour and costume jewelry, Elizabeth Hartman's debut collection 'Rhoda Ruth' dazzles with stunning blenders and striking animals. Don't miss the NEW patterns + merchandising ideas for your shop!
3:10-3:40 || Darlene Zimmerman || Creating '30s Reproductions with Darlene Zimmerman
Join Darlene Zimmerman as she shared her newest collection 'Naptime,' as well as her design process that brings you the '30s reproduction prints you love!
3:45-4:15 || McKenna Ryan || Enchanted Pines- New Fabrics with Robert Kaufman by McKenna Ryan
McKenna Ryan proudly reveals her partnership with Robert Kaufman and celebrates her love of nature with an exquisite new line, 'Enchanted Pines.' Also, don't miss the unveiling of her newest 9 block series, 'Halloweenies!'
4:20-4:50 || Angela Walters || New Fabric & Patterns by Angela Walters
'Drawn,' by Angela Walters, features intricate designs with depth inspired by Free Motion Quilting motifs. With special patterns, a class, and more, this group will engage your customers in a new way.
We can't wait to see you there! Mark your calendars!
We're pleased to kick off Jennifer Sampou's Black & White blog hop! Jennifer's Black & White collection goes past the black and white dichotomy and explores the many shades in between through graphic, dimensional prints. Over the next couple of weeks, you will get to see some awesome projects featuring Black & White, the coordinating Studio Stash Yarn Dyes (see below!), and some Kona Cotton for a pop of color!
Black & White collection:
Coordinating Studio Stash Yarn Dyes:
There are no limits to the creativity that can be achieved with such a versatile collection. We first debuted this collection at Fall '14 Quilt Market in Houston, TX.
As seen in the Black & White booth, some fantastic projects have already been created to accompany the line, including (from left to right):
Braque Quilt by Revolutionary Nest
Grand LeMoyne Star by Jennifer Sampou
Storm at Sea made by Janice Ryan and quilted by Angela Walters
Elephant and I designed by Jennifer Sampou and quilted by Jocelyn Marzan
Kahakai by Beyond the Reef
Cinema Dress designed by Liesl + Co. and made by Knitty Bitties
The Betsy Bag by Betsy LaHonta
The Storm at Sea quilt is a free pattern available online!
Blog Hop Schedule:
Check out the blog hop schedule below and visit each blog on its respective day! There will be giveaways! Make sure to head on over to Jennifer Sampou's blog today, as she is also kicking off the blog hop and will be discussing the rules to her own awesome giveaway. Don't miss out!
January 23, 2015: Robert Kaufman - Swatch and Stitch
January 24, 2015: Jenny Pedigo & Helen Robinson - Sew Kind of Wonderful
January 25, 2015: Teresa Coates - Fabric Depot
January 26, 2015: Amy Gibson - Stitchery Dickory Dock
January 27, 2015: AnneMarie Chany - Gen X Quilters
January 28, 2015: Casey York - The Studiolo
January 29, 2015: C & T Publishing- Stash Books
January 30, 2015: All People Quilt
January 31, 2015: Angela Pingel
February 1, 2015: Angela Walters
February 2, 2015: Sarah Sharp
February 3, 2015: Dritz - Make Something
February 4, 2015: Nicole Daksiewicz - Modern Handcraft
February 5, 2015: Liesl Gibson - Oliver & S
February 6, 2015: Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter
Natalie Barnes - Beyond the Reef
February 7, 2015: Jennifer Sampou (Wrap Up)
February 8, 2015: Jennifer Sampou (Giveaway Winner Announced)
**Black & White is in stores now. If you decide to play along and start making your own Black & White projects, make sure to tag #blackandwhitefabrics #jennifersampou @jennifersampou**
WOW! We can't believe our 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop has come to an end. We've had so much fun celebrating our Kona Cotton Solids with each and every one of you. We want to say a million thank yous to all our designers, as well as the others who helped to make their quilts come to life.
If you haven't seen all of them, make sure to check out the 30 quilts in our Kona 30th lookbook, here.
Now for the grand finale giveaway you've all been waiting for!!
Enter to win:
A fat quarter bundle of the 32 New 2014 Colors
3 designer palette Skinny Strips packs (Emily Cier, Elizabeth Hartman, Rita Hodge)
30 small Aurifil spools, color matched to 30 of our 32 new Kona colors
A roll of Make it Simpler Fusible Interfacing
A Kona 30th Anniversary tote
The Kona 30th Anniversary designer quilt patterns
Thank you to all the contributors for donating such wonderful goodies for our grand prize.
To enter, simply follow the instructions below! The winner will be chosen randomly. The giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, December 3rd) at 10AM P.S.T. to Friday, December 5th at 10AM P.S.T. It is open internationally. Keep spreading the Kona Cotton love with our hashtags- #konacotton #omg303 #mykonaquilt
Good luck to everyone!!!
Thanks for participating!
A few words from our CEO, Ken Kaufman:
"I can’t believe it has been 30 years and I can’t believe we’ve made it to 303 colors! I remember the time, as a younger version of myself, that we had just 12 colors to tote around.
Kona did grow, but not because of some master plan; rather, it grew due to the ongoing request of quilters. "More, more, more" was the mantra, and we only chose to dance along to it.
The beauty of this 30 years, 30 quilts celebration is that it makes such a strong statement about solids. Whether you are drawn to traditional, contemporary, or art quilting, solids provide an amazing platform for personal creativity. So, though it took some prodding from the marketing department, I actually was quite excited to design my first quilt as part of the celebration. Now, many folks here at Robert Kaufman Co. know my educational background is in Fine Art, but few have seen anything except my meeting notes doodles. So I thought I would share a few images of my work; an 8’x8’ woodblock print and a smaller acrylic painting on wood; note the black and white, two of my favorite Kona colors and the two most popular colors in the whole line.
The quilt I ultimately designed, Flip This House, features black and white. The original idea was sketched out on graph paper. I was trying to create a quilt where a shape would shift as it repeated across the quilt. I soon realized that the shape resembled a house, so I went with it! I really love the way this quilt came together.
I must give special thanks to Janice Ryan (Better Off Thread) for figuring out how to piece it, and Angela Walters for understanding my quilting thoughts and bringing her special touches to finish it out.
Now, I guess it’s time to learn to sew!"
Get the free pattern here!
Today's giveaway will be a Kona Classic charm pack!
To enter, simply follow the directions below! :)
Remember to stop by tomorrow for our GRAND FINALE giveaway. Believe us-- you won't want to miss this!
Thank you all SO much for participating in our 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop!