Monday, August 24, 2009

Innovative Quilt Women in Business

I am constantly in awe of amazing and talented women in the quilting business like Cindy McCoy, who has most recently established Find A Quilt Cindy's new service lists patterns in a comprehensive database with descriptive information and pattern pictures. Quilters use advanced search features to find patterns. Every pattern is linked to the designer's website where patterns can be purchased .

Says Cindy, "As a quilting designer myself, I know how hard it is to let the quilting world know about us. For most of us advertising is too expensive and way out of out budget. I have done searches with Google and had to go thru a lot of web sites before I came even close to what I was looking for. I was thinking there had to be a better yet economical way. Then it came to me: we need a single place to optimally search for quilting patterns. I had the technical skills to set up the web site so I did. I was hoping other designers would see how valuable this resource could be and jump in with me to set up the best comprehensive database of quilting patterns.

Cindy already maintains the established, an online teaching resource where you can enroll in a variety of quilting classes from teachers around the world, network with students, share experiences, ask questions, and more--all from the comfort of your home. Online classes and live chat!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Napkin Folding Fun

I thought I would post a few photos of Napkin Fun--fiddling and folding napkins that I created in pattern form and that are available in Simple Elegance Table Dressings. The photos here don't nearly show all the combos and looks you can create for party, holiday, or everyday table fashions. Make several Christmas tree napkins and fan them around in a circle on your holiday table--let your imagination fly! Don't forget--you can introduce even more combinations of color play by using 2 different fabrics for each napkin. All textiles shown here are from the work of Yolanda V. Fundora--the blues from the "Garden Party" collection, holiday fabrics from the "Holiday Splendor" collection. Have fun!