Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Craziness! BIG Announcement....

Sooooo.....you ALL know we've been crazy busy getting ready for Spring Market in Salt Lake City in just a few short weeks.  VERY FEW!!!


What we have sort of kept under wraps is the OTHER show we're doing.
At. The. Same. Time!

And in NYC for that matter.  Yes, we're trying our hand at surface design.  We figured, hey, we have LOTS of art...why not see if it can be used elsewhere, right?  Wrapping paper, napkins...shoot, refrigerator magnets???  Ok, maybe not.
But really, with surface design, the sky is the limit.
We hope!

Here's a little video about Surtex from their site.  See if you notice a certain fabric designer!

So lest you think we've been lazy not updating our blog much lately, here's a list of what 
we HAVE been doing:

* 3 retail shows in 3 different states (Jan, March)
* 2 guild shows (April)
* Aurifil blog hop (February)
* Fairfield featured designers (March)
* put out TWO FREE eMagazines (check the left sidebar!) (Feb, April)
* Designed, made, quilted, bound and wrote patterns for...
10 NEW PROJECTS!  Yes. 10. (April)

(sneak peek at a few of those!)

So naturally we thought, you know, we're not quite busy enough.
Let's do another show!  The same weekend as spring market!  Hooray!
And add to the list:

* figure out art licensing
* catalog every scrap of Lizzie B artwork (which took 4.5 hours to upload)
* design not ONE but TWO booths

And last but not least....make the very SAD very HARD decision to divide and conquer.

Which is to say...the Lizzie B's won't BOTH be at Spring Market OR at Surtex.

Beth will be doing Spring Market in SLC solo, and I will be in NYC.
It'll be new for us.  And strange.

We hope you'll wish us GOOD LUCK in both ventures! (we're gonna need it!)

And we promise to keep ya posted.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Issue!

Tax day got you down?
Notice anything different over there in the left sidebar???


CHECK out all the fun stuff inside.  We can't wait for you to see it, 
and hope it will cheer you up on gloomy tax day.


(REMEMBER: To download to your computer, ipad or iphone, click on the link in the right sidebar....)

Friday, April 1, 2011

MY Red, White...and CHOCOLATE Experience

Not sure about you, but everywhere I turned on facebook and blog-land this week there was yet ANOTHER post about the Red & White Infinite Variety quilt display in NYC.  And everywhere you look there are more and more pictures that pretty much look the same.  If you went to the show, you know the pics don't do it justice.  You had to physically stand in that room to experience the magnificence, and sheer wonder of hundreds of quilts suspended in the air.

So instead of boring you all with the same old thing, or making you feel bummed that you couldn't make it to the show, I'll describe our Red & White day in ONE picture.  How's that?  
Then I'll share what TRULY inspired me.

My fearless friend Liza Lucy drove a vanload of us quilter ladies into New York on Tuesday to visit the show.  (I think she was crazy to drive! I only ever take the train!)  We walked the entire room with our heads looking straight up (actually, I think my neck still kinda hurts...).  
And tried to decide on a favorite....

Liza loved the peppermint swirls.  I loved the flower applique's.  And we BOTH loved the quilt with typewritten names on each block.  You had to stand right up close to it to see it, but I thought that was cool.  What that woman wouldn't do now with an ink-jet printer!

Did I walk away wanting to make red and white quilts?
No. Not really.
But the show DID inspire me to do THIS....

Toast walnuts....

Mix them into a yummy chocolate confection...

Plop them onto a baking sheet...

And recreate the YUMMY flourless chocolate cookies we found to nibble on at the show!
You KNOW I googled THAT recipe right away.   They were featured in SELF magazine, believe it or not, it's a low-fat recipe!  And only 55 calories per cookie.  Not bad.  Not bad.  I found the recipe on Epicurious.com.  Click HERE if you want to make some too!

I added some mini-choco chips....cuz, what's the harm in a little more chocolate?  And I think the next time I make them, I'll stick the dough in the fridge first so the cookies are a bit thicker and gooey-er!  Actually, I have big fat flakes of snow falling outside my window....sounds like the PERFECT day for baking, no?

OH...and by the way....TODAY....ONE DAY ONLY.....

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