I am dying! Amber, my good friend and pattern writer for The Quilted Fish, made my Petite Maison pattern out of my new fabric, Cottage Garden. I just love the way it turned out.
She paid so much attention to every detail, even crocheting little items like flowers.
And she made tiny little stockings to hang on the mantle (squeel!!!).
She made a Chirstmas tree, tree skirt and gifts!!
Every detail on this little house is to die for.
If you want to make one for yourself, the Petite Maison Pattern is on sale through Monday! Here is a LINK.
Oh, and the whole thing folds down and stores flat in a bag!!! How cute!!
Disclaimer: This pattern is for intermediate to advanced sewists. It is not a quick and easy project. If you want to make this for a Christmas gift, I would start now!!
Hugs and Fishes,
Imagine yourself in a gypsy wagon....
Hand held out for madame Zujenia Keet to tell your fortune...
As you sit on her colorful poufs, smoke wafting around you, she tells you your fortune. You will be very happy, she says. You will have many many yards of fabric, she says.
This is what I do when I design a line of fabric. I immerse myself in whatever world I am currently inspired by. My newest line of fabric, now preselling and in stores in May, was inspired by Romanian Gypsys. My parents are living in Romania right now and I was wanting to find some connection with them there. I had a lot of fun researching their culture and looking at their clothing.
Here is a little sneak peak at La Vie Boheme, my next fabric line...
One of the things I am really excited about with this line is the gold. Just like the gypsys, I like the gold! There is gold shimmer in this line and it is going to be gorgeous! Here is a close up of one of the pieces with gold shimmer.
The gold color in this print will be shimmery and shiny. So lovely!
I have to share a close up of one more pic. This is one of my favorite pieces.
I love the skulls!! I hope you do, too.
There you have it. A little preview of what is to come. I can't wait!
Hugs and Fishes,
I am excited to be kicking off the Riley Blake blog tour! First off, let me take a minute to introduce myself a little. My name is Amanda Herring and I design under the name The Quilted Fish. I have designed 11 fabric lines for Riley Blake Designs!!! You can see all of my lines here. I love creating and designing and helping other people to do the same. I love to take naps, eat pizza (only gluten free, though, and it really isn’t the same), and travel the world. Now that you know me a little more (or have had a refresher), let's get on to the exciting stuff! FABRIC!
My latest line of fabric for Riley Blake Designs is called The Cottage Garden. It is inspired by my own little cottage where I work and play.
You can see more about my cottage in the current issue of Where Women Create. .
The cottage is an amazingly inspiring place for me. We have done a lot of work to it, but there is still so much more to do! I look forward to the day when it is bursting each spring with huge peony bushes. That is what the main print of this line is all about.
This is my favorite line I have designed so far. I really love the color combination and the mix of whimsical and sophisticated. I think it works well for so many things. In fact, I am planning on doing my twin 8 year old girls room in this line.
And look at this lovely little outfit made from the amazing knits in this line. This is a new Quilted Fish pattern called Perfectly Paired that will be available next week. It was designed by our designer Amber Odekirk. The pattern includes instructions for both the girl and the doll outfits.
This quilt was made by Kimberly Bourne of Main Street Market Designs
And look at the close up of those little flowers...
And you can see it here in the Riley Blake Designs booth at fall quilt market...
And another shot from the booth....
You probably noticed this quilt in the booth quilts
It is made by my dear friend Tiffany of Tiny Seamstress Designs.
And how about one last one...
Here are my good friends Sally Keller, wearing a dress made from The Cottage Garden and Cindy Cloward, owner of Riley Blake Designs. I love these ladies!
I would love to see what you make from this line. If you make something, pin it to Pinterest and email me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are having a pin contest and if you pin something between now and December (and you let us know!) you could win $200 worth of fabric and patterns! Wahoo!
Happy sewing and have a great time on the blog hop!
Hugs and Fishes,
Hello! The Pinner's Conference is just a few days away and I am hurrying to get my kits ready. I am so excited to teach this bracelet...
That is hand stitching on a leather cuff! Talk about fun and unique. I am going to make one for all of my friends for Christmas. Okay, maybe one or two of them. Let's be honest.
To add to the fun of the conference I have teamed up with Carina Gardner (Carina Gardner Designs and MiniLou) and Emily Taylor (Emily Taylor Designs and Pattern Jam) to do an amazing giveaway! Look at all of this goodness...
Here's a close up of the basket from The Quilted Fish
This is a great haul! You could win The Cottage Garden Fabric, lots of Quilted Fish patterns, the new Where Women Create magazine (featuring me!!) and more. We are also giving away a basket from Find Your Lula. You can see that here.
Here is what you have to do to win:
1. Follow us on Instagram
2. Take a pic with us at the conference (or skip to step 4 if you aren't coming) at one of our classes or at the MiniLou and PatternJam booths
3. Hashtag pic with #findyourminiloupatternjam
4. If you can't come, just repost the pic with the hashtag in step 3. You can find the pic to repost on my instagram @thequiltedfish.
What have you got to loose? Head on over to Instagram and join the fun!
Hugs and Fishes,
Do you love Pinterest as much as me? I have about a bajillion pins and I haven't made hardly anything from them! Are you the same way?
If you live in Utah (or in a nearby state) you have probably heard about the Pinners Conference. This is the most awesome conference because you can come and MAKE and DO some of the things (dare I say coolest things??) on Pinterest. And it is all ready for you. No prep, no going to 10 stores to find what you need, no Pinterest fails. Just great teachers, great projects and lots and lots of fun.
Use my code thequiltedfish to get the discounted price.
And guess what!!?? I am TEACHING! How fun is that? Here is a little sneak peek at what we will be making in my class:
A hand stitched leather cuff with a gorgeous fabric flower!
I am so in love with this project. I need about 49.5 hours to make one ALL of my friends for Christmas. I just know I would be the favorite friend with the best gift of the year. I mean, who else has something like this???? NO one. It is super unique and so gorgeous!
So I hope you will join me at the Pinner's Conference. I would love to meet you!
Hugs and Fishes,
P.S. If you can't make it, I will post (and PIN!) a tutorial. We will also sell any extra kits that we have on our website.
Hello, and welcome!
I am so excited to be a part of the Pillow Collective created by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side! Seriously, who doesn't love pillows? I have about a gajillion on my couch. And I am not exaggerating at all.
I also love things that have meaning, whether it is hidden or blatant. That's why I made this pillow:
The meaing for me in this pillow is that it is the symbol of my cause which is helping people find and articulate their creativity. I love the image of a heart with wings. To me it says "give your dreams wings to fly". It is also the logo for my retreat (that Amy Ellis is teaching at!!) called Find Your Lula. You can find out about that here.
I am going to give you instructions on how to make this pillow using any pillow form you want.
First, determine the measurement of your pillow form. Sometimes it is indicated on the tag. I had to lay mine down on my cutting mat and press it as flat as I could to figure out the size. The size of my pillow form is 12 x 16". Once you know the size of your pillow form, you can determine the size of the pieces of fabric you will need. You will need to add 1" to each measurement. Since my pillow form is 12 x 16", my fabric for the front of the pillow will need to be 13" x 17". Make sense? Okay. So let's talk about putting the front together.
First, of course you need to pick out your fabrics. I picked low contrast, low volume for this particular pillow. I think it would look super cute in brights, too.
Cut the fabric for the front of your pillow
My fabric is cut to 13 x 17" as indicated above. You will also need a piece of batting and another piece of fabric (I just used plain white as it will not be seen) but to the same size.
So that's three pieces. Layer them together like this, then match up the edges.
It is a good idea to spray baste these three pieces together using a quilters basting spray. Make sure that both of your fabrics have the right sides facing out.
Make the feathers
Trace the feathers onto the fabric using a disappearing pen. I used a lightbox to trace mine, but you can also print the template on cardstock, cut out the feathers, then trace around them.
Layer the fabric with the feathers, a piece of batting and another piece of fabric (I matched my fabrics). You will want both fabrics with right sides facing out.
Take it to your sewing machine and quilt each feather. I quilted around each feather twice, then quilted down the middle.
Cut around each feather, leaving a very small seam allowance.
You will need 38 feathers total. I used five different fabrics to make my feathers.
Making the heart and the top of the wings
Trace the heart onto the right side of the fabric.
Place the traced heart and a layer of batting large enough to go all the way around the heart on the pillow, lined up in the center. Sew around the heart, sewing through all of the pillow front layers and the heart layers.
Cut out very carefully around the heart, leaving a very small seam allowance.
Trace the wings onto the front side of the fabric for the wings. Layer with batting. BASTE the wings on the traced line.
Layer the wing with the first row of feathers. The first row of feathers has 10 feathers. Lay them out to your liking, allowing them to go over the edge of the fabric. Pin the feathers and the wing in place.
Sew around the wing, catching the first row of the feathers in the seam.
Pin the second row of feathers in place, layering them between the first row.
Pin back the first row of feathers and sew the second row in place.
Pin back the feathers that are overlapping the 1/2" around the edges of the pillow front.
Cut the back of the pillow
To make the back of the pillow you will need two pieces of fabric. You will want them each to be the same height as the front of the pillow, and 4" longer than the width. My pillow front is 13 x 17", so my TWO back pieces will each be 13 x 21". Fold each piece in half, right sides out and press.
Place the pieces on the pillow front, with the folded edge towards the center. Match up the outside edges. This means there will be a place in the center where the back pieces overlap.
Sew all the way around the pillow using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Clip the corners.
Turn right side out. Slip the pillow into the opening in the back. You may have to squish your pillow form a lot to get it in.
You're done!!! Enjoy!
There have been a lot of GREAT pillow made for this pillow collective. I hope you have had a chance to see them all! Here is a list of links for your to peruse if you haven't yet:
I never took the time to come to the blog and tell you all about Find Your Lula 2013. It was an amazing experience! I am still amazed at the growth that I saw in the people that attended. It was like some invisible force was propelling everyone forward. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I am excited to finally share a little bit with you!
Let me explain a little about Find Your Lula. My vision was to have a retreat where people could come together to learn valuable skills for business, design, entreprenuership and more. I wanted it to be a place where people could expand their vision of themselves and what they could do. Most importantly I wanted it to be a place where there were no feelings of judgement, superiority, or selfishness. What happened was all of that and more. It is so very hard to put into words all of the things that are in my heart about this event. I wish I could invite you into my mind to see it all. Since I can't, I will show you some pretty pictures. Here is the emag from the first event:
As you can see it was beautiful! We ate yummy food, learned lots of amazing things and left with new friends, courage, direction, and excitement. Even now we chat in our closed Facebook group. We ask for help from each other and offer each other encouragement when things aren't going well. We have a group to bounce ideas off of. It is the most wonderful thing in the world.
I am so excited to invite you to next years Find Your Lula. We are ready to welcome you with open arms! I promise you it will be the event of a lifetime. Last years event sold out, so book early if you want to come. You can visit the website and get links to blogs from this years participants and see what they had to say about the event. You can read this years schedule and imagine what next years might be like. You can dream about coming. Because it really is a dream come true to be there.
P.S. If you are an Instagram user, you can search #lula2013 to see lots of pics from the event!!
The Cottage has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of neglect and mediocrity to become a beautiful beacon to all those who yearn for a place in which they can grow in confidence, hone their abilities, open their creative pathways and be celebrated. Let us take you on a pictorial tour of our renovations at The Cottage.
In the beginning...
Behold the beauty...
To learn more about The Cottage and the experiences available there visit our website at http://www.thequiltedfishpatterns.com/the-cottage.htm.
Today is a very momentous day here at The Quilted Fish. My assistant Kristen is finally having her baby! Add to that the excitement of it being International Talk Like A Pirate Day and is it any wonder this day is special? Some may ask what these two things have in common or why I deem it exciting. To that I answer, what could be more appropriate for our newest little fishie than to be born on a day when all and sundry are speaking of the bounteous and beauteous ocean, their second home?
When you’re speaking like a pirate, you can almost hear the ocean lapping against the hull instead of the traffic outside your window. You can breathe in the smell of the briny sea rather than your plug-in air freshener. If you haven’t tried it yet, today is the day! Not to mention, who doesn’t love pirates - especially Captain Jack Sparrow?!
This newest little fishy doesn't yet have a name and obviously needs a piratical name. Kristen and Husband cannot come to an agreement, so I decided that I should give them a few more options. There has to be a perfect pirate name out there for this baby. I have suggested “Parlay” multiple times, but Kristen won’t go for it. Perhaps Black-Eyed Bertha?Calypso? How about Bonny the Beauty? I’m sure one of you will have the perfect suggestion! Please share your ideas with us so that we can finally get this baby a name.
On a side note, do you think that Daughter Number Three will look like her sisters, or will she finally be the one to take after her mother?
I’m rooting for her to look like her mother - then Black-Eyed Bertha will be a more-than-fitting name!