Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pendleton Woolen Mills Store

I have embarked on a new adventure working part time at the Pendleton Woolen Mills Store! I am training as an embroidery tech on their Melco embroidery machines. It is a funny story how it all came about: I was helping Susan Beal with a Pendleton Blanket class she was teaching at the NW Quilt expo. She introduced me to the gals who run the store and a job was born!

It is such a pleasure to work with the team there. Everyone is creative and fun and who can resist spending the day with such gorgeous blankets and fabrics! I embroidered my first catalog orders last week. I have bruises on the palms of my hands from the pressure it takes to hoop the heavy wools but I can tell you there will be at least a dozen happy customers because of these bruises!

One of my favorite things about my new job is that I get to invent projects and eventually teach classes. This pillow was from a scrap I pulled out of the $5 a lb bin. I had the pillow form from a trip to Ikea last week (they are $3 there). I am excited to bring it to work tomorrow!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cat's Game

I just got a preview copy of Fat Quarterly's Fall Inspired Issue (due out October 7th) with my quilt design Cat's Game! I can't begin to say how over the moon I am about this! My first quilt pattern published! This is so cool! The issue will be available soon (and you know I will be posting, tweeting and all that good stuff the moment it is out) but here is a sneak peak of my project. I will be teaching this quilt over at SewPo starting Tuesday the 18th. Register for the class here.