Oh Melody Miller, how did you get to be so amazing?! Her sense of color. Her unconventional design. It’s a breath of fresh air. This kid is UBER talented. Melody’s newest line coordinates with the other raising star collections. She glitters in the same way her fabric shines. Enjoy this photo essay of Melody’s newest fabric that will be living Downtown Indianapolis at Crimson Tate. We love Japanese fabrics. This collection was manufactured by Kokka and is a cotton linen blend.
Want to see what else is going to live at Crimson Tate and is from Japan? Here’s a sliver of other designers such as Echino, Nani Iro, and Ellen Luckett Baker who will be residing on our shelves very soon.
OH MY! Look at those scooters and cameras! YESSSSSS!!!! Man. There’s so much more. I’m headed home this afternoon. I’ll try to sneak in one more round of photos before I make it back to Indiana.
In Portland, anything goes. Laid back. Hipster. Grunge. I’m thoroughly enjoying the culture found here. Portlandia isn’t far off. From funky funk doughnut shop VooDoo Doughnuts to the permanent food cart village found right next to my hotel, it’s pretty swell.
But enough of that for now (although I have more to share and say on the topic). What I really want to share is my very first impressions of Quilt Market Spring 2013 opening day. I packed in a lot of appointments Friday touching base with many of the lines of fabrics I don’t get to see unless I’m at quilt market. By far, my favorite is EVERY SINGLE PIECE of fabric found in SUCH DESIGN‘s premier line called Collage. Carrie Bloomston is love and light. She’s generous in spirit and inspired by painter Mark Rothko and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, to name a few. She’s a girl after my own heart. I love these dudes, too, and their use of color and design. Check out a few of the products made with her new collection for Windham Fabrics (who I also love desperately). Note all of those vibrant turquoise and electric purples. I’m seeing this electric color palette everywhere in more modern manufacturers. Ohhhh man. It’s good.
And then I stumbled into the booth of Cloud 9 Fabrics and the home of Rashida Coleman Hale. Ohhh man. Her color choices will coordinate beautifully with COLLAGE. Again, the color found in these guys is sophisticated electricity. And what’s not to love of Rashida’s aesthetic? Small patterns in rich color. Keepers. And when paired with linen, whoa.
There is SO MUCH MORE to share. Truly, this is just a teeny tiny drop in the bucket of all of the photos and thoughts I have about what’s happening here at quilt market. I’m so happy to have found a few moments to relay my love of Windham and SUCH Designs, Rashida Coleman Hale and Cloud 9 fabrics. I can’t wait until tomorrow!! I can’t wait to share what I’ve seen.
Friday, August 17, Karen LePage of One Girl Circus will be joining us during a special Friday night edition of Downtown Sewcial. Come hang out with the author of SEWING FOR BOYS and sew with her. We are honored to have her in attendance. She is hanging out in Downtown Indianapolis during the Indianapolis GP Motorcycle Races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Her husband has a gig! She’s along for the sewing ride).
I had the great fortune of meeting Karen in an aisle of the Kansas City Quilt Market while she was hanging out with Rashida Coleman Hale and Heather Braunlin Jones. We became instant friends and I’m excited to host here in Downtown Indianapolis. How cool is she to come hang with us?! Love it!!
Call the store or email me if you want a reservation to sew at Friday Night’s Sewcial. Otherwise, just drop by and say hey to Ms Karen!! We’ll be glad to have you.
This past week, Yuwa Japanese fabric crossed our threshold. It’s so beautiful in its retro color scheme. Several quilts are being constructed using this fabric. It’s beautiful.
LIBERTY OF LONDON
Also, Liberty of London rang, our collections of their new Lifestyle fabrics are crossing the big pond as I type. I can hardly wait. Check out the link to peep it and read more about it. Quilting weight cotton in amazing designs!!
Being on the Cultural Trail in Downtown Indianapolis along Mass Ave is GREAT! We are constantly entertaining cyclists on century rides, runners training for the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon, and babies in strollers who prefer to be pushed along the brick path laid by the city of Indianapolis. On Saturday morning during Camp Sew and Sew, Crimson Tate’s sewing club for kids, we spotted Mayor Greg Ballard as he hopped on his bike to take the Cultural Trail north to the Monon. From the 800 block of Mass Ave, it’s a simple jaunt to 10th Street and away you go. Thanks Mayor Ballard for entertaining us by posing with Crimson Tate’s sign after your bike ride. He looks good, don’t you think, considering he had just returned from a long bike ride along the best Cultural District in the city, Mass Ave. Perhaps his next adventure, a quilting class at Crimson Tate?!? Come on in!!!
Three grand kids who have a lovely grandmother, will be receiving a twin sized quilt: one for each of them. Knowing that they are all built from the same DNA but hold individual personalities, we all agreed that the fabrics used in each one should relate but there should be a pop of uniqueness for each one. Here’s the first. I’ll let you peek in at more as the tops are sewn together. I love projects like this!!