While preparing for QuiltCon, it was clear we wanted to have a fabulous grand prize basket of fabric! Of course, we wanted to feature Gnome Matter What, our newest collection in shops now! Fabric flowers came to mind… I mean, who doesn’t love flowers?
Our friend, Jane Headley, designed these quick and easy flowers that really make a statement! There was so much ❤ for these beauties, we decided to make a free project download to share on our website! Click here to check out our Inspiration page on our website with instructions to create these flowers and a variety of other projects!
These flowers could be fantastic in almost any fabric but we simply adore the Pixies and Gnome Matter What featured here…
Because we love this collection so much.. here’s another glimpse of the different fabrics designed by Alicia Jacobs Dujets for Ink & Arrow Fabrics!
Alicia’s illustrative style lends a whimsical flair to this very on-trend group! We are seeing flamingos everywhere…and… where else can you find flamingos, mushrooms, gnomes and snails in the same fabric? 🙂 It’s the quirky spin on a subject, fabulous color and lighthearted approach that make Ink & Arrow Fabrics perfect for so many projects! Because fabric should be fun! What will you create?
Before we go, here is another project that is in-the-works… a Gnome Matter What floor pouf! We will release this free project in the next couple of weeks, check back on our website at the Inspiration page to find out how to make this super cute home decor accessory!
Designed by Theresa Romeo, this project is fun and the perfect pillow to sit and sketch in the garden! Keep an eye out for a little gnome or snail friend… don’t worry, they are super friendly!
Were you able to go to QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia? Our dynamic duo, Cyndi and Isabelle, proudly represented Ink & Arrow! They had a great time giving out fabric, talking to like-minded sewing enthusiasts… and generally enjoying the excitement of this fantastic show!
We were a proud exhibitor at QuiltCon which is hosted annually by The Modern Quilt Guild. The four day event is a consumer show that features an amazing quilt exhibit as well as outstanding workshops and vendor shopping!
What better way to spend a day than with warm and friendly people who all enjoy inspiration and creativity! A lovely lady at the show told Cyndi that Ink & Arrow Fabrics “always bring a smile to her face” and THAT is what we are all about! In fact, the tag line for I&A is “because fabric should be fun!”
Check out a few of our great instagram friends, we love seeing these fabulous smiles! Search #inkandarrowquiltcon on instagram to see more!
We were showcasing our latest lines and also offered a sneak peek of our summer collections as well. Here are some photos of our fun-filled booth!
As usual, our friends are never far away! We collaborated with Sew Many Creationsto show off our newest lines from the new Junebee collections from Ink & Arrow. Jessica at Sew Many Creations made her “Road Trip” bag out of our Zolaline and her “Prima Diva Wallet” from our Palomaline!
There are four Junebee collections coming to a shop near you this summer! If you like what you see, go to your shop and let them know you want Junebee! Let’s create a Junebee BUZZ! #junebeebuzz #inkandarrowfabrics
Also, our friends at Plum Easy Patternsmade this awesome “All Ways Arrows” quilt with the fabulous Pixie Dots! This pattern is so on-brand with our Ink & Arrow Fabrics!
We were thrilled when our friends at Tuffet Source donated four “Marvelous Mini” Tuffet kits for prizes at our booth. The above tuffet is a large version. We had four winners who were thrilled with their kit! We hope they can share photos of the finished product with us! Here are the lovely lucky ladies!
Totes adorbs is all we can say about this Izzy & Ivy DesignsAva Tie Top Dress. This super cute dress would make any little girl a starlet! It features Gnome Matter What (shipping to shops this month). It is the latest collection from I&A designer, Alicia Jacobs Dujets.
The lucky winner is….. Fran Oblander!
Before we go, check out our pattern friends’ booths!
We hope you enjoyed this look into our experience at QuiltCon! While not everyone can attend, we wanted to make sure to share with you the fun, the projects and the fabrics we love so much! Look for Ink & Arrow in your local fabric shop! Because fabric should be fun!!!
It’s the last day of our Sweet Rebellion sewing challenge hosted by our friends Wives of Whitewood. We are thrilled with the projects that came together thanks to our new creative friends and we are so thankful to Wives of Whitewood for hosting!
Today’s project is an original quilt designed by Capitola Quilter and it is so unique!
Love how the pinks POP in this photo! When you head over to Capitola Quilter’s blog, you’ll see there is a bonus project she made with this collection *swoon*
Such a clever quilt!
Thanks Karen for such a great blog! When you head over, Karen’s holding her own giveaway – enter to win!
Also, we are thrilled to announce the Wives of Whitewood new pattern “Applejack” which they will release on Tuesday. This fantastic little tech cozy for your Ipad or Macbook… super sweet! Make sure to visit on Tuesday for the big reveal!!!
Don’t forget to head over to Wives of Whitewood’s instagram to enter to win 1/2 yard cuts of each of the 17 fabrics (11 prints, 6 pixie dots) in this collection – WOW! 🙂
Thanks to all the talented people involved with our Sweet Rebellion sewing challenge. It was great making new friends and sharing these creative ideas with everyone!
We continue with the Sweet Rebellion sewing challenge, organized by our friends at Wives of Whitewood! this week is all about projects inspired by this sweet & sassy fabric collection by Felicia Gallo for Ink & Arrow Fabrics!!!
Today we have two guest bloggers with two fabulous projects!
First up, a great tote bag…
Hi! My name is Brinkley Rayne. I am a zookeeper by day, and bag-maker by night. You can find me on Facebook (B. Rayne Bags), or on Instagram (@b_raynebags). I was very excited to be invited to sew something up with these fabrics. I thought they would be really fun to mix and match the prints and make sure all were seen front and center on the bag. That is how I decided on a “log cabin- esque” tote bag. A quick search of quilting sites will show you years and years of the history of log cabin quilts, and how to make the log-cabin block. I share a sewing room with my mom, and it is one of her favorite blocks to sew. They all have various looks, but none with fabrics quite like this! I thought it might be fun to mix an “old school” quilt block style with these “punk” fabrics. See my social media for a future blog post on my step by step if you’re interested in making one along with me! I used all three of the fabrics for the front, but went easy for the back, handles and inside. The back is plain pink, the inside is white, and the handles are just black. The fun part about the log cabin block is you can make it as easy or intricate as you’d like. I used a 5″ square in the middle, and 2 1/2″ strips for my “borders”. Its very simple, and turns into a nice big bag! Thank-you for letting me participate, and thank you for putting bees on the fabric (an underrated but important creature!!)
Next, we have Ramona Cavanaugh! Ramona made a wonderful organizer, perfect for traveling or keeping your stuff in-check at home!
The Sweet Rebellion fabrics are such a pleasure to use. Everything about them is pleasant on the eye. They all blend together so well. I love the mix of pinks with the black and grays. The bees and bike chains are just inexplicably cute together. I just really love the pink bike chains. I am not normally a pink girl but the little dashes of pink in the skulls and and the floral print are just perfect together.
I think this organizer will end up being a gift for a longtime friend that was eyeing it on Instagram. I’ll likely make a couple more. One for my husband and I to share when we travel and possibly one in the smaller size for travel accessories like cables and chargers.
This pattern screamed Sweet Rebellion fabric. I was originally thinking I wanted to use the Wives of Whitewood Gotta Go wristlet so I could incorporate the many wonderful colors and prints in the collection. The Rollie Pollie Organizer by Cozy Nest designs was just too tempting to not give it a go. The size of the bags and the wrap seemed perfect for the variety of sizes of prints the collection offers. It was a great way to combine all the colors too.
This pattern has a few spots that made me a little cranky but nothing a ripper couldn’t fix. If you are going to try this one, make sure to fuse the foam to the liner before putting on the velcro. Of course I missed that little detail but was able to just stitch over and on top of the other stitches. I found using a long ruler to transfer the velcro marks a real lifesaver. I used a very light small pencil for that and some lightweight glue stick, which is invaluable for lining up the strips just so. I used the D-ring for ease of application and I like how it looks compared to the large metal grommet. Finally I also did some fussy cutting and pattern matching that wasn’t really necessary for the wrap exterior and liner. If you use a one direction fabric like the skulls don’t worry so much about the skulls being upside down.
Wow, great job ladies! We are so happy to see these great projects made of “Sweet Rebellion” Can’t wait to see more tomorrow!
Don’t forget, there is a GIVEAWAY!!!! Head over to the Wives of Whitewood instagram @wivesofwhitewood for more information! So exciting!!!
So exciting to share another fantastic creative project featuring our Sweet Rebellion fabrics. Our friends at Wives of Whitewood are hosting this challenge and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Day 2 brings this gorgeous embroidered table runner from the talented Kelly McCants at Modern June Blog!!!
This project is just stunning. We love the contrast of the gray mini floral, the sassy sugar skulls and the pops of bold color in the embroidered flowers. WOW! See more photos, a full tutorial and tips/tricks to create this project at Modern June Blog.
Pop over to Kelly’s blog and explore this and all the other great projects and goodies you can find there! Thanks Kelly!!!
Reminder, there is more to come AND… a giveaway!
Head over to the Wives of Whitewood instagram@wivesofwhitewood for more information! So exciting!!!
Check back tomorrow for the next Sweet Rebellion surprise!!!
Our friends at Wives of Whitewood are the best! We just love their projects, sense of humor and talent! As “sweet rebellions” themselves, they organized our Sweet Rebellionsewing challenge that is happening this week!
We can’t get enough of this new collection for Ink & Arrow by Felicia Gallo – check it out on our website and then come back to see all of the awesome ideas sewn up by our new friends!!!
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
There is always… always something to be thankful for.
As a little thank you for being a friend of Ink & Arrow fabrics, we asked our employee-owners to share some of their favorite recipes. Most of us have a recipe we always bring to the family gathering, party or pot-luck. What fun it is to try a new dessert or dish at a gathering and get the recipe! It’s a lovely way to share your tradition with others.
Here are a few… get out the elasticized waist pants … 🙂
Justina from customer service makes this yummy flan every Thanksgiving and Christmas for her family and friends. Flan, a traditional Puerto Rican dessert is featured in several variations on this great website, www.elboricua.com
I can’t wait to make this for my Friendsgiving!
Irene, from our accounting department, loves to share these treats with her family! It’s a copy-cat of a “Starbucks” recipe from Let the Baking Begin!
Such a festive looking dessert!
P.S., I just tasted one of these yummies because Irene brought them into the office – ummm… sooooooooooo good!!!! Thanks for the morning pick-me-up treat Irene!!!
Here’s a clever recipe from our Regional Sales Manager, Coby. For those of us with zero time to cook 🙂
Garlic Dill Cottage Cheese:
-buy a container of 1% small curd cottage cheese
-remove the freshness seal & scoop into a bowl
-shake in garlic salt and dill
-stir a bit…& repeat previous step
(if you want it strong…repeat it one more time)
Flavored cottage cheese…you are welcome America! 🙂
Ann, a Regional Sales Manager sent along this Mango Chicken Salad that she makes very often. Get togethers, family events or quilting meet-ups! While the original recipe only serves 2, Ann assures us it’s easy to crank up the quantities for a FEAST!
This may be my new favorite recipe 🙂
Glenn, one of our Network Administrators, shared his Nana’s meatball recipe. What a treasure! Such a wonderful tradition to pass along family recipes… who doesn’t love good old fashioned Nana, Grandma or Great Grandma’s cooking?!?
Cyndi, our Creative Manager wanted to share her scrumptious Shoo Fly Cake recipe! It’s always a big hit! No photographs were available as the cake is often eaten up so quickly 🙂
Larry, one of our Regional Sales Managers, sent along his Cranberry Sauced recipe and it sounds delish…
Finally… I wanted to share my favorite recipe of all time… my Spinach & Artichoke Dip! I bring it to every occasion and it’s never left over!!!
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends – let it be a delightfully delicious and thankful day! Gobble Gobble!!!
After the holiday, there is another very special day… Small Business Saturday!!!
Show your support to your local quilt shop by stopping by this Saturday, November 26, 2016 and be a part of the great movement to shop small!
Ready for more? We are still recovering from Market…our crates have arrived for unpacking, ugh. We are trying to sort through all of the great information we discovered and of course, we are always planning different ways to share our newest fabrics with everyone!!!
The last recap, part 1, was an overview of the booth and the approach to our booth’s display. This time, we’ll share the different collections and samples we had made of them. So much collaboration and team work is involved in making our Quilt Market a success. It’s great to be able to blog afterward and share our efforts with those who could not attend.
Let’s go collection by collection OK? Pixie Dots are scattered throughout our entire booth, of course; they are the quintessential coordinate for all I&A fabrics!
We were thrilled when Jessica of Sew Many Creations agreed to make her “Spinners” quilt with all Pixie Dots. How fantastic is this quilt? Click her logo below to see other great designs on her website!
Another great pattern from Indygo Junction showing some Pixie Dot love is shown here with The Everyday Tray.
We could talk about Pixie Dots for days…. instead, let’s move onto some of the collections featured in our booth.
But wait, here’s a reminder of the yo-yo greatness ———>
Beyond Pixie Dots, we featured 7 of the most recent collections from Ink & Arrow. It was great to have little vignettes of the different collections – it made for a lot of impact!
First up, a first for us…. flannel & baby! Our inaugural baby collection, Little Buggers by Alicia Dujets is shipping this month! It is offered in flat and flannelcotton, perfect for your favorite little one. These bugs are not pests, they are darling dragonflies, busy bumblebees and little ladybugs happily buzzing along together! In a perfectly gender neutral color palette, this collection of fabrics will be useful for nursery gifts and decor.
The above quilt is one we had whipped up for Market- it was a modified version of our Charleston quilt project. The same block pattern but in an overall crib size quilt. It showed off the flannel quite nicely 🙂
I have a little niece named Josephine Peach (Josie)… I know… great name! When I spoke with our friend, Jessica, at Izzy & Ivy Designs, I had little Josie (my brother calls her Bug) in mind for a fabulous little ensemble to wear! Izzy & Ivy Designs always delivers! We couldn’t be happier with the dress and jacket. In fact, we didn’t want to cover up the dress with the jacket so we showed them separately.
But, just imagine…
Little fashionista! Umm.. only thing, she needs to grow a bit before she’ll fit into that outfit… sigh…
Next, shipping in December (yay, that is soon!) is Sweet Rebellion by Felicia Gallo for I&A! This collection offers soft and sweet florals contrasted with sugar skulls and bicycle chains! Just a tad rebellious while retaining it’s feminine flair!
Sewn & quilted by Jessie Holbert.
We absolutely adore how Jessie stitched sugar skull details on some of the circles and squares, not to mention the great circles and lines of quilting throughout!
On to the fashion! This collection was asking to be made into a sassy vintage-type dress and wristlet. Thanks to Kay Whitt at Serendipity Studio, who provided the pattern for this great dress!
“Sally Shirtdress” pattern just shines. Thanks to Jane Headley for whipping this up (and a ton of other samples) in time for Market even though the requests kept coming 🙂
And… in the first photo you’ll see a wristlet. Here’s another picture hand-modeled by our own Marketing Assistant, Isabelle.. she happens to take almost all of our pictures (thanks Isabelle) This is the Fold & Go Wristlet from Indygo Junction in sassy Sweet Rebellion.
We hope you explore the patterns we’ve used throughout our booth (click on our friend’s logos and links!) It is so much fun to find patterns to work with the different fabric prints; one of my favorite parts of the job!
Oh, there is so much more… we’ll let you pour over those collections for now!!! Stay tuned, next time is part 3 of our recap!!!
Quilt Market held annually in Houston, TX has come and gone again – time flies. It is FLYING by – can you say Thanksgiving in 2.5 weeks – EEK!
We had a great market and we are excited to share some of what was shown in our booth! This show is for trade only, we show our latest fabric collections to shop owners, pattern companies and magazines. Since we think that no one should be left out of the fun, here is a peek at our booth and upcoming fabric lines. These lines are going to hit shops in March, April and May of next year so if you see something you love, show this to your local shop and maybe they will order! Shop owners love input from consumers!
Let’s start at the beginning with our Sneak Peek display. It’s a little showcase at the front of the convention center that we decorate to give a little hint of what’s being shown in our booth! At this market, it was all about “Gnome Matter What”… a new line from Alicia Jacobs Dujets for I&A. It’s “totes adorbs” and well, right on trend with the flamingos in one of the prints…
Side note: Flamingos were EVERYWHERE at market – it was great to see the pretty pink flamingos making themselves known to the world. So glad that we are “in” on the flamingo fun…
As you can see – we had fun with yo-yos! You can never – EVER – have enough yo-yos… just sayin’… you’ll see more yo-yo fun in our booth!
These whimsical lawn ornaments are ready to play in pretty peachy pink, softly sweet lilac with sassy sage green. So fun! Now that we have peaked your interest, let’s head over to the booth!
Our inspiration was yo-yos and circles and we had fun making a feature installation in our booth with a mix of paper circles and and fabric yo-yos! What better way to show off the fun of our fabrics?
Cute prints accented with our Pixie Dot yo-yos. This makes me smile! 🙂
We wanted to show our collections at-a-glance and decided to continue the circle theme – here are all 20 of our thematic fabric groups (not including our Pixie Dots) to show everyone what we have to offer. So much fun!
Excited to see more? We definitely have more to share – stay tuned for our next re-cap installment!