Monday, November 29, 2010

Quilting bug bites Ally!

Check out this super cute quilt Ally and I are working on for her sofa.
It's a free download from Amy Butler  (link below photo)

So far we have about 80 yo-yo's done.  The colors are even better than they look in the photo.  So - even though Ally didn't think she was a quilter, she became inspired when she saw beautiful fabric and a creative pattern.  Chomp!  Just that fast, and she's got it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Do you know the button man? The button man? The button man.

Great news!  It IS possible to spend $750 on buttons in a single morning!  Well done, Snappy.And you may be wondering what SnappyQuilts suggests you do with these beautiful little buttons.  I will tell you.  As soon as I figure something out.  But honestly, they are irresistible.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Also comes in apple green!

This fabric from Art Gallery is beyond belief beautiful and feels soooooo smooth and slick.
It's one of 350 bolts sitting in my living room and dining room.

I'm kinda tired...but happy :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snappy Quilts, Shipping and Receiving Dept.

AKA: my front porch!  The first shipment of gorgeous fabric has arrived!  It's from Riley Blake, and I didn't even know about them until Market - but what a great discovery!  I'm gonna bust this open this afternoon in a grand ceremony with any and all interested persons.  Photos to follow...

"And just where do you think you're going to put all this, Snappy?"
"Where's the Kaffe Fassett????"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weeks Ringle!

Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr are true textile artists and are busting open a whole new world of modern quilting.  I just called them to try to order their new book, Quilts Made Modern, and looks like I will have to order from the publisher, because Weeks and Bill spend their time designing, sewing, and (sometimes) teaching/lecturing - not selling stuff.  I really love what they do. Check out their work at  And then look at Weeks' blog
I'll be working up samples in their patterns ASAP.  And - (this is top secret info)...I just might be able to influence them to come teach at SnappyQuilts someday!  I'm sure gonna try.

Monday, November 8, 2010

So much is happening!

I'm back from International Quilt Market AND Festival and I'm just exploding with ideas, fabric, and corresponding invoices!   It was soooo fun, and let me tell you, SnappyQuilts is going to have the most beautiful fabrics ever ever anywhere!  Furthermore, lease negotiations are going well and we're on track for a March grand opening.  I have great and talented women helping me - and planning to teach cool classes.

Photo at right is Kaffe Fassett discussing his quilt "Target Log Cabin" from his book Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts (I bet if he had met me sooner, he would have called it Snaptacular Quilts, but OK...)  You can see he is passionate about his work.

The little beauty below has a great story - the quilter, Timna Tarr, bought the antique Dresden plate blocks on eBay.  She dis-assembled the blocks and appliqued the old with some new polka dots onto these lovely green backgrounds and it looks fabulous.  So I bought it.  Yes, this gem will be on display in the shop starting next August after it completes the IQF Quilt Scene tour.  I love how it combines traditional with contemporary.  Come see it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

IQF Houston

Coming to you live from the George Brown Convention Center (hereafter referred to as the Convent). I'm starting day 3 with a lecture titled "don't quit your day job" - which I won't, because I don't have aday job. Later I spend 6 hours with Kaffe Fassett, on whom I have a quilting crush. Sigh... Trying to post photos from iPhone but experiencing tech difficulties.