Friday, October 30, 2015

Quilt Market Review Part 2

Part 2 of the Fall Quilt Market Review!  I have more fabrics that we saw in Houston, some of them have already been ordered, some will be up for pre-order in our group soon.

Do you have a preteen or teen girl in the house?  Does she know who the band Teen Hearts is?  The lead singer of Teen Hearts, Kelly Orr, has designed a fun, uplifting line of fabric for girls that Bitty Bee is already in love with!  

Such fun and bright prints, I can't wait to get this line in and start working with it!

Moda!!!  We ordered quite a few Moda lines, including the ones shown below.  One of them has a super fun mermaid panel to make a stuffed mermaid, pillow and quilt.  Also, some bright and colorful wovens!  The colors really pop on the wovens, designed by Luke Haynes.  If you don't know who Luke Haynes is, check him out on Instagram.  He's an extremely talented quilter.

Tamara Kate has a new line coming out called Nature Walk.  It's adorable in person, perfect for babies and younger children!  Preorder will be up soon for Nature Walk.

Finally, Ghastlies is back!!!  More fun prints of our favorite spooky family!  We really liked looking through the new designs for Ghastlies and will be posting the preorder soon.

I love the skulls!

Check back over the weekend for more of my Market Review, next time I'll be posting some of the notions, patterns and books that will be added to the website soon.

~*~Princess Bee~*~

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Quilt Market 2015 Review Part 1

Things are finally settling down now that Quilt Market is over.  Now the fun job of reviewing everything we saw starts!  I took over 600 pictures and that's not including what Queen Bee took with her phone!  We saw so many amazing new fabric lines coming out, new products that are available, and new patterns and books that we want to add to our website.  I'm breaking my Market Review into two posts, simply because there is so much to post about!

First, I know everyone is excited about the new Tula Pink line, Chipper!

Chipper is a great line to pair with her other lines.  We were sad that there were no big faces in this line, but there are some really cute foxes and chipmunks!

Tula Pink is also developing a line of hardware!  8" Shears, Surgical Blade Seam Ripper, and Thread Snips.  We have them up for pre-order currently.

Also, I ran into Tula Pink herself on the market floor and we just had to take a picture!
She loved my bag and wallet set, made by Tilly T Boutique, out of Elizabeth.

She also signed my Tula Pink coloring book for me!

Another big thing that we're excited about it Art Gallery is releasing a line of Denim!

Included in the line are a variety of printed denims that are soft to the touch and hold so many possibilities!  And a heavier denim, perfect for those rough and tumble boys in our lives!  And the rough and tumble girls, too.  They can be just as hard on their clothes!  We will have the pre-order up soon in our group, so make sure you join us!

Art Gallery has some beautiful lines coming out soon and we've had the pre-orders up in the group already.  You can see them all in our group albums.

Cotton + Steel knocked it out of the park with fun, playful lines this fall, with names like Cat Lady (which Bitty Bee is *very* excited about) and Macrame.  Pre-orders are going up soon!

Lewis & Irene is another company that we were in awe of.  They joined the fabric world last year and have been an instant hit in the sewing world.  Last year, their Spring Hare line completely sold out of the warehouse and was in high demand.  This year, they have more lines!  I had to break them into three collages to include all of it!

Mermaids, beach life, bunnies and hedgehogs!

Circus, bike rides, fairies, and a trip to China!

Two great Christmas lines, one of which has panels for Christmas stockings and an advent calendar!

We love getting to chat with Brian from Lewis & Irene and finding out the 
inspiration behind some of his fabric designs.  

Quilt Market 2015 was a lot of fun, we saw a lot of great things to bring to you, and this is just the tip of the ice burg!  Tomorrow I will be putting together another Market Review post to show off more of what we saw!

~*~Princess Bee~*~

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Quilt Market 2015 Recap

We're still having fun in Houston, just one day of Quilt Market left, but I want to share all we've seen so far!  We've been posting like crazy to our Instagram feed and in our Facebook Group.

I want to highlight a few things over here.  We're expanding what we're offing on the website to include patterns, books and notions.  We've already started adding notions, in the form of buttons and ribbons and laces.  We picked up some more laces and trims this weekend to add to the site and met with some suppliers that we're excited about ordering from.

Books and patterns will be showing up on the website soon, also!  We ordered a few books and picked some up while we were at Quilt Market.  I'll start adding them this week.  We found some great new clothing pattern designers that we're excited about adding to the website.

We also found some great starter quilt patterns for our customers who are wanting to get into quilting.  I'll actually be making up a sample of one of them to see how easy it is for someone who has never quilted!  Queen Bee will be able to put together kits for the quilts, coordinating accent fabrics with a main fabric of your choice.

Clover has released some new small project looms, and they look really fun!  We are talking about adding some Clover items to the website.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Beehive Buzz - October 5, 2015

It's Monday!! First off - let's send prayers and uplifting thoughts to our Beauties in South Carolina. I know we have a lot of members there and the scenes of flooding that I'm seeing on the news are just horrible. Please keep the East Coast in your thoughts and prayers this week.

We'll we're getting closer to Quilt Market and I'm starting to see some of the new fabrics that will debut at market. I stumbled upon a new release coming from Camelot that will make a lot of Beauties happy. They are going to be doing Disney!! Yay!! Camelot is a quilt shop quality fabric company and I"m so excited that we'll be able to offer Disney now. As many of you know I don't like the quality of Springs so haven't offered it in the past (the few bolts we did order and have on our website was because grandkids wanted them and who could say no to grands!!). So now we'll be able to offer it in the group.

Also getting closer to our 3rd Annual Quilt Market Sale - we'll be updating the document in the files this week to the new date, October 18th and time (to be determined). This is a fun day and a crazy day around here - we'll also have remnant bundles and sales in the group. So invite your friends to join our group because sale codes will only be available in the group.

Did you see this month's Beauty Box!! If not go to our website and order yours today. Two of our Beauties - Tara and Alexis - used their creative powers to spark yours!! (You can see their creations here) We still have a few left of each color way. This is one that is "out of the box" and you don't want to miss out on this lovely fabric from Allison Glass.

Over in the Bee Quilted Sewing Lounge there is a pillowcase swap going on. Join in on the fun!! Also, that's the place to share, ask questions, and just hang out!!

Later today in the fb group I'll be updating the "Order Status" and tomorrow I'll have the "International Shipping" updated. I want to thank y'all for your patience in waiting for me to cut and ship. As most of you know I also run an embroidery business and this past month or so it's been very busy with school starting up and 3 different large events that I do work for. I'm on the last event so shipping should get back to normal. Please remember that the embroidery business partially funds the fabric shop (at this time) so I have to get those orders out to be able to pay for the fabric coming in. Thanks for your support!!

~*~Queen Bee~*~

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Beauty Box

This month, we have a fresh new Beauty Box featuring fabric from Allison Glass!
And this fabric is beautiful!!!  It's from her Handcrafted line and the colors are vibrant and eye-catching.

We asked two of our talented Beauties to "bee" inspired with this month's Beauty Box and these two ladies have knocked our socks off!

First up, we have Alexis Wright, owner of My Sweet Sunshine.

Alexis brought the fabric to life with this stunning dress.  We asked her to share a little about her experience.

My Daughter and I both loved the fabric design and colors. She really like bright colors along side graphic prints. I loved colors too  and even more importantly to me was the ease of sewing with it! I LOVE working with  Renaissance Ribbon. It is easy to work with. Super soft and beautiful prints and colors.

I'm in awe of Alexis's talent!

Next up, Tara Thomsen, owner of Tilly T Boutique, put together this sunning purse and wallet set.

We asked Tara to share her experience with us, too.

As far as thoughts on the fabrics they are so much better in person than in pictures even. The depth of color and slight variations from being hand dyed are hard to capture in the pictures. I love each of the fabrics individually, but I'll admit that they weren't anything I would have pulled to go together. Yet somehow once they were all together it worked. This group of fabric was a lot of fun to work with to break me out of a creativity rut.

I adore the set she put together with the Allison Glass fabric!

These Beauty Boxes are now available on our website, we only have 7 of each colorway available, so get your fast, before they sell out!

I can't wait to see what our other Beauties do with this beautiful fabric!

~*~Princess Bee~*~