Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good Things and Bad Things

Life is full of good things.  This time of year is always very busy for me.  And I should say, very good.  Getting ready for Market and planning new ways to present my designs is just as much fun for me as designing the fabric or quilts.

So you can imagine how disappointing it has been, when after being at 15 Markets in a row, I will have to miss this year's Fall Market.  This is a bad thing.  I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  My treatments start right away, so the timing was not exactly optimum for attending Market.  Medical issues tend to not be very convenient!

Of course, my business is not that important, and the very most important things in my life are my family, friends, and my faith.  But it is a big part of who I am and how I find joy and use my talents.

So I will continue to create.  I just won't have any deadlines.  Real or imposed.  I plan to quilt when I feel like it, and design at my pace until I get this thing whipped! (A Good Thing)

Jillily Studio will remain open and vibrant--with new fabrics, kits, orders and all the regular happenings.  I will just be a bit more slow for a while, and maybe in the background when I need to be.  I may have to pass the buck to my helpful workers as needed.  (It is a blessing to have a large family--another Good Thing.)

This year I had a whole lot of stuff planned for Market--we have a new book release, a new thread collection with Aurifil, new winter collection of fabric, and new patterns.  It will have to go on without me this time so that I can be back for Spring Market!

I want my customers to stop by the Henry Glass booth in #608 and check out my new stuff.  Say hello to my wonderful HG family.  They are all so awesome.

I have been designing the HG booth as usual and I sent it all off today in a crate.   I won't get to see it, so you will have to let me know how it turned out!!  I am counting on you!  Make sure you get your "cowboy on" and take some pics to share.  Yee Haw!  (Good Thing)

Here is a pic of our new book.  The HG designers will be doing a book signing at Market, so stop by and get your copy.  I am so proud of this project.  It is a big job to get this whole herd of designers doing something together, so thank you, Linda Lum DeBono!  Good job!  (Good Thing)

My project from the book: ( More about this later.  We are planning a blog hop with prizes, so stay tuned.)

And this is my new thread collection for Aurifil.  I am really excited about this one!  The "Sunday Best" colors are perfect shades to use in piecing and quilting.  Together with my "Everyday Colors" these two collections will give any quilter a great selection of colors for piecing, appliqué, quilting, and binding.

Sunday Best features white, creams, grays, taupes, tans and basic black, red, green and blue. (Good Thing)

OK.  So that's the Market run down.  Quite a bit earlier than usual, so that's one good thing.

Speaking of good things. . .  I tend to be a positive person, so I will be watching and noticing all the good things that come my way.  I am a person of faith, and I believe in the power of prayer.  I know that God has a plan for me, and that He loves me.  I am grateful for this challenge, because I am certain that it will bring me and my family closer to Him.

I wish you all the best in your life, too.  Now go look for some more Good Things!

Monday, September 15, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO THE HOLIDAYS?? really? already?

Now that I have shown you all the new fabric, I think it is about time that we give something away.  It has been a while, and I would love to hear from you.

So I have a bundle of Jams and Jellies that is just waiting for a new home.  Does your sewing room need some new fat quarters?  Well let's give some away!

Just leave me a comment here, and be a follower of my blog or like my Facebook page.  I'd like to know what you would make with my new collections.  (I could use some ideas!)  

Now, some other fun news.  You will be delighted to know that Henry Glass is hosting a really big event over on their blog.   

There will be tons of prizes and you can enter to win every week.  So be sure to check in over there, and tell them I sent you!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lots Of Boxes

A week or so ago, this happened.  And JoJo was so excited to move it all inside!

I got a huge shipment of my new fabrics.  It's like opening a big surprise, even though I know what is in there!

When I unpacked, I could see all the fabrics from two new coordinating collections, PARK DRIVE, and JAMS AND JELLIES.

I have already shown you a few projects that I made with some of the sample yardage I had, (see a couple of posts ago) but now I can really get to work!  New fabric is inspiring.  One of my favorite pieced in this line is this fun little toile.  It comes in the blue, red and this black on white.

It makes a great background for some brighter piecing or appliqué.  And you may recognize some of those drawings from my back yard.  (Fortunately, I didn't include the weeds that are now trying to 
stage a coup.)

Here's a little peek of a new project that I will be releasing in October.

I have several more that I am working on, in my head, that is.  I'm excited to get them going.
Have a fun day, and be sure to ask your local quilt shop to order the 
PARK DRIVE and JAMS AND JELLIES collections from Henry Glass!

Monday, August 11, 2014


A few days ago I spent the whole day filming some tutorial videos.  Not that many, actually, but we were very slow.  Having too much fun, I guess.  So as soon as they get edited, they will be up on the website for you to view.

Here is a peek at one of the projects we did.  Of course it is made using my new fabric, Park Drive.  More details to come.  In fact, there will be some free patterns of the PDQ variety, so stay tuned.

Things are moving along here,  I have started plans for Fall Market.  These things start earlier every time!  I have the booth planned for Henry Glass, but as usual, my Jillily booth will come together at the last minute.  I plan it that way.  On purpose.  At least that is what I tell myself when I wish I would have started sooner.  (This time I thought I would put it in writing.)

My good friend Nicole stopped by this week, and I had to show you her shirt.

A common sentiment.  But probably not actually true in Nicole's case.  I don't think she would ever even say an unkind word!  (I hope that is true, because she may feel differently when she sees that I have posted her pic!)
Nicole is a long arm quilter right here in my neighborhood.  She does a beautiful job, so if you need her services, give her a jingle!  (  Beautiful quilting, custom or edge to edge--and the nicest quilter, too.  Her company is called Scribbles and Stitches.

That's all for now.  Go have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Ok, people.  I told you I'd be posting my new patterns for all to see, and they are finally ALMOST ready.  So I thought I would put up a few pictures here.  But first of all, an important announcement:

I NEED HELP!  HELP WANTED:  I need a new office manager for Jillily Studio.  My daughter Sarah is moving and I will be left alone, with all this work to do!  So if you live nearby, (Herriman, UTAH)  and are interested in having a fun little part-time job with very flexible hours, email me!!  I need someone about 12 - 15 hours a week to do the shipping, filing, and kit cutting.  Quilting experience is needed.  Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
My email is:

Now that is over, I have to show you the new stuff!
First of all, I did a really fun, free-wheeling quilt titled WEEKENDER.

This is a bright happy quilt made from my new fabric collection, Park Drive.  (The fabric should be in stores, and on my website in August.  I can't wait for it to arrive!)

 I just love the way Maika quilted this one--don't you?   It is modern and crisp, yet traditional, too.

The next quilt pattern I am introducing is called CHERRY LANE.  It also uses the Park Drive collection of fabrics.  When I get the fabric, I plan to start making a few more designs.  These quilts were made using the strike-off fabric samples, so they look good, but don't drape so well.  Ha Ha.

Cherry Lane is a square, so it makes a nice table topper.  I just love the toile print in this collection.  I can think of TONS of ways to use it.  Can you?

The next quilt has become a favorite of mine.  I love the simple, classic color scheme and design.
ARGYLE AVENUE boasts some ric rac embellishment that just makes this quilt!

I love how the ric rac turns into a scrolly vine in the border.  Lots of fun to do, and easy, too!

The black and green diamonds are so scrappy that it adds sparkle.  I am planning to offer kits of all three new designs on my website.   I'll put them up just as soon as I get fabric.

I need comments.  Which one is your favorite?  What would you do with a toile print?  What have you been doing this summer?  Would you like to come work for Jillily Studio????

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Display

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to jury a quilt show.  It was so awesome.  I was so inspired by all of you out there who continue to put needle and thread to cloth in creative and innovative ways.  I just wanted to acknowledge all of you quilters, of all skill levels who keep this fabulous art form alive and kickin'.

I was inspired by your use of color, techniques of all kinds, and composition skills.  Even if we can't all create these fabulous show-stopoping competition quilts, we can learn from them, and appreciate them, and be lifted by them.

So my advice for the day:  GO TO A QUILT SHOW!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Better Late Post

Market was, as usual, a whirlwind.  Most of the reason that I don't get around to sharing it with you right away is that I am so exhausted and overloaded when I get home that I just can't seem to get to it.  It is always a lot of work, and a lot of fun.

 Market was in Pittsburgh in May.  This time I did my booth in my predictable style, with black and white tile floor and striped awning.  I had my booth set up as a kind of candy store, or Sweet Shop.  (Perfect for introducing my new shop program called Jillily Sweet Shops.)  We had candy jars filled with goodies on shelves and tables, and lots of new quilts, too.  (I will introduce all the new quilts in my next post.)

If a quilt shop carries my products--(Appli-Glue, Poke-A-Dots, fabric collections, Aurifil Thread collections, patterns and books)--they can be a SWEET SHOP!  Watch for them popping up all over!  In just a few weeks, we will be sending out all the goodies to our valued shops, and they will share them with you.  How sweet is that?

  My fabulous sister, Margaret, was with me again, helping with everything.  We had a great time together, as usual.

We also set up the Henry Glass booth, which I designed again.  This time we used a spring garden theme, and made flowers from all the different fabric collections blooming all over the booth. 

 Here is the Henry Glass gang.  We all have such a great relationship, and I love working with these people.  They are the best!  In fact, at the next Market this fall, we are releasing a book together.  More about that later. . .

Next I will show you some of the fun people that visited my booth--
The Fat Quarter Shop Gang--  Kimberly, where are you?

Jeanne from Bernina!

Mark Lipinski and Linda Lum DeBono after I practically had to sneak Mark into the show during set-up!  He can pass as one of my employees, don't you think?

I always look forward to a visit from Sarah and her mom, Joyce.

That's all I have for now.  I will show you all the new quilts soon!