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!
It’s that time of year, our International Quilt Market in Houston, TX is this week and, well, we are very excited!
Lots of preparation, planning, collaboration and running around culminates in an awesome event for us and the industry. Our booth will have a little more space than last time and we are excited to share the experience with those of you who cannot attend.
Until the post-market wrap up, here are some photos of our pre-market prep and a little sneak peek of what we’ll be offering!
Speaking of Pixies… we have a cute feature display highlighting pixie yo yos and our prints… we are excited to show it off! Our City Life Randy Rhino (Funky Friends Factory pattern) is very protective of the pixie dot feature wall 🙂
and speaking of our friends at Funky Friends Factory – here is Fleur the Flamingo ready to debut one of our newest collections, “Gnome Matter What” by Alicia Jacobs Dujets…
She’s acting quite demure but is really ready to bring the party to Quilt Market!
If you are in the industry and are attending, swing by our booth #2434 and introduce yourself to Fleur- she loves to network with our friends!!!
It’s always a great pleasure to share our passion for fabric. We are thrilled to have a network of people we work with to help us spread the fun! Our friend, Jane Headley, has worked with us for many years as a sample maker and sewing/project advisor.
We asked Jane to do a quick tutorial for National Sewing Month via our Ink & Arrow Academy! Here, she is showing you how to install an invisible zipper! *** Sneak peek of our newest collection, “It’s All About Me” which is hitting stores in February 2017!***
That was fun! Let’s get to know more about Jane, a fun lady who enjoys our fun fabrics!
Here’s a little Q&A 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m Rhode Island born and Rhode Island bred and when I die I’ll be Rhode Island dead. That’s the URI (University of Rhode Island) “Rhody” fight song. After graduating from URI, I taught Physical Education and over the years coached Gymnastics and Track &Field. I’m married to a great, fun-loving man, have a son, a step-son and step-daughter. Together we have 7 grandchildren who keep us busy and give us great joy. In retirement, I keep busy with lots of sewing projects.
Fun fact about you?
I love to tap dance!
Victoria Hutto’s “The Beat” collection gets our toes tapping!
How did you get started with sewing?
My mother taught me when I was 9 and I have never stopped sewing. In the 60’s everyone, or so it seemed, made their own clothes. I was never afraid to try something difficult- I even made a plaid sports coat and striped bell bottoms for my boyfriend- but not to go together! When I was at URI, I took a tailoring class and loved it but, it was too late to change my major at that time.
How long have you worked with Quilting Treasures & Ink & Arrow Fabrics? What is the favorite part of your work?
For about 12 years! I love that I am asked to do something different each time and I actually love deadlines. It’s also fun to see the new fabrics before they are out in the stores.
Here are just a few examples of Jane’s great work with us, with some behind-the-scenes info on the project!!!
I asked Jane to make a quick & fun table skirt for our “Naughty or Nice” collection – and voila! Here is an adorable Tree (or in our case) Plant skirt! 🙂
You teach, can you tell us a little about your experience as a teacher?
Back in the 70’s and 80’s I taught quilting classes in a few quilt shops. I enjoy meeting new people and have found over the years that you can learn so much from the students. I taught basic sewing at a local fabric store until it closed. Now, I am teaching Classic Tailoring, a Chanel Inspired Jacket class and a Little Black Dress class as part of the Master Seamstress Program offered through the University of Rhode Island. The program offers a variety of classes in the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. You can find out more about these offerings by going to rhodeislandsewingnetwork.comand click on the link.
What advice would you give to someone starting out with sewing?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes- everyone does. Sign up for a class at the fabric store near you or look for an online class if you are not near a store. It is always nice to work with someone who can be there to provide feedback, so look for a mentor.
What is an example of a project that was a “happy accident”?
I can’t really think of anything specific because I usually take apart and re-do and if I mess up royally I usually toss the project and save the fabric for another day.
**Sneak peek** It’s All About Me fabric collection by Leslie Moak Murray for Ink & Arrow Fabrics.
We just ❤ working with Jane; she is a class act, with lots of experience! I’ve learned a lot along the way by working with Jane. One of the great things is her sense of humor and willingness to take on projects during crunch time!
How do you take your coffee? We take ours with a side of donuts and extra caffeine!
Our latest Ink & Arrow collection is hitting stores this October and it is DELISH, DIVINE… SUPER AWESOME!!!! OK, we’ve had too much coffee… is that possible?
Thanks to our friends at Izzy & Ivy Designs for whipping up this super sweet dress! Check it out! Pixie dots, fashionable clothes and a cute kid with a sprinkled donut… we ❤ it! What are pixie dots if not baby sprinkles right?
Here are some other prints from the collection. There are so many cute things you can make with these fabrics! What do you think you’ll make?
Click the image to see these at our website!
Check out these cute coffee bean characters! So cute and clever!
We suggest you grab a cup of coffee, a notebook and begin planning your next project with Caf-fiend! We’d love to see what you come up with – be sure to send a picture of this as well as any of your I&A projects to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will show off your stuff at our website under “Your Ink & Arrow”
Because fabric (and sharing your projects) should be fun!
Just a quick hello… after all, it is almost LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!!! Woohoo! How fabulous to have an extra day off to enjoy and to be creative!
We have the perfect little project idea for you! Our friend Paula at Funky Friends Factory has the most adorable patterns for stuffed animals. Sewcreative and sewmuch fun!!! You don’t have to wait; there are instant-downloads available! They also offer free video tutorials, perfect to take on as a project with a young sewer!
Check out our little friends, Digger the Dachshund in Pixies & The Cat’s Meow fabrics…
We have the perfect plan to make sure you eat your fruits & veggies! Be creative!
Our newest collection, hitting shops in September, is called “Healthy Eats”! Don’t worry, you don’t have to count carbs or step on a scale – EWWW! No, no, no… just sit back, relax and enjoy looking at the delicious foods and tips on the fabrics and VOILA, you’ll be eating healthy in NO TIME!
This is such a cute collection fromLisa Jane Smith for Ink & Arrow, we love ❤ love the thought of healthy eating through carrot cake (carrots are good for your vision), wine (grapes), pizza (tomatoes) and an all American burger (lettuce & tomato) … Soooo healthy!
Now, for the exercise plan – it’s basically stuff you do already – you don’t even realize how much energy you are burning!!!
It just so happens, that our friend Jen from customer service enjoys healthy eating! Jen is in our employee spotlight. We ❤ our employee-owners and want you to get to know the people who work so hard to bring you fabulous fabrics!`
I have been with I&A since last July, so just over a year now! I started out as a temp and they hired me in November, which I am very happy about.
My favorite part of working here is two-fold. I really like the people I work with. We care about each other and really work as a team. I also really like helping the customers. We get to talk to customers from all over the country so It can be interesting.
This is my first time working for an employee-owned company. I feel, in this situation, you put more effort into your work and everyone takes pride in their work as we are all invested in the outcome.
I’m a Mom of 2 girls, one is 19 and in college and the other an most 12 yr old heading to Middle School in the Fall.
When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my girls and go out and about and explore. I like to go to Art Museums, hikes, hunt for treasures at antique stores and estate sales. I love to read and listen to music. But, most of all, I love to cook! I love to pour thru my extensive cookbook collection and create new recipes or try out a new one. I love to cook for family and friends. I would host a dinner party every week if I could! I share my passion for food by taking pics and writing about it on my blog, Jen’s Dish
I think the new Ink and Arrow fabrics are so fun!!!!! Healthy Eats is funny and very tongue-in-cheek. I am into healthy foods at home but also love pizza! We have homemade pizza every Friday night at my house so here is my take on Healthy Eats and pizza. This is a wonderful pizza to make in the Summer when tomatoes are in season!
We hope you enjoy the yummy recipe and fabrics! What will you make out of your Healthy Eats fabrics?
Check out our Instagram and Facebook for this week’s giveaway – Healthy Eats is featured!
And… congratulations to Laura H! You won our “The Beat” giveaway for commenting on the blog last time! Thanks for sharing your go-to soundtrack! Please email us at email@example.com to claim your prize!!!!!
I don’t know about you, but we ❤ music around here… there HAS to be music! One of our newest collections by Victoria Hutto for Ink & Arrow fabrics celebrates music, dancing, singing and the fun of feeling “The Beat!” Fun colors & prints + Pixies = 🙂
One of my very favorite songs that makes me want to get up and dance is by Harry Belafonte, “Shake Senora”. I remember hearing this song when visiting my grandparents’ house and then, the movie Beetlejuice brought it back into my world! It’s such a happy song!
Here’s another cute video – it shows how timeless this song is!
I recently played this song for my 2 1/2 year old nephew Jack and he started to bee-bop along! So fun! It’s so hard to pick one song…
I love the variety in this collection. How cute as pajamas….
and don’t forget, everyone loves music, not just people 😉
Here’s a couple of questions…
What do you listen to when you are sewing|quilting|crafting|making?
What’s your go-to soundtrack for getting your groove on and letting your creativity shine?
What do you want to make out of “The Beat”?
Let us know by commenting on this blog & we will select one winner of a fat quarter bundle of “The Beat!” – we’ll announce it on the next blog! Good luck!
We’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget, you can submit ANY of your Ink & Arrow Fabrics projects to us through our website – we want to share your great ideas! Here’s the link to submit your projects!