Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Some of you may recognize the quilt pictured above. It's a pattern I designed that was featured as a bonus pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Since the pattern was offered in a bonus booklet attached only to newsstand issues of the magazine, many people weren't able to get their hands on it.

I have received countless emails inquiring about this pattern over the last year. And I understand why. It's one of my favorites, too! This pattern is a great way to use up those smaller pieces of fabric that you just can't bear to get rid of. And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy this quilt (although I'm sure any kid would LOVE it) because I made this one for ME!!!

Are you kicking yourself because you don't have the pattern?

Well I am happy to say that it is FINALLY available to everyone!

You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New SODALICIOUS patterns!

I've been trying to get these patterns out for several weeks now and it's been one things after another but they are finally ready. FINALLY!

Due to popular demand from my market booth I've released "Bottom's UP!"- my Sodalicious logo quilt. This is such a fun and easy quilt that showcases every flavor, um, print in the entire collection.

As soon as my strike off's arrived I knew I had to make "Boomerang" out of the diet colorway. It looks tasty enough to eat!

"Sodalicious" is a take on a simple traditional block done in two ways. I love the look of this quilt when the blocks are randomly pieced. What's great about this quilt is it really would look great in any fabric collection. A must have for your stash.

"Spin the Bottle" was a show stopper at market. Everyone that passed by commented on it and I was glad that they loved it as much as I do. I have to give credit to my Dad for this one since he came up with the basic idea during his last visit. Thanks Dad!

I'll tell you what, people went CRAZY over these placemats at market. I hadn't planned on writing the pattern for them since I usually stick to quilts but how could I not? There are 12 placemats all together divided into two 6-packs: Diet and Regular. 

When I sketched up "Sippin'" I was so excited to start stitching. When it started to come together I was rather giddy. This quilt is fun as a throw and would look adorable in a child's nursery.

"Kegger" is my take on the tumbler design but uses a single piece of fabric for each 'keg'. This pattern is perfect for large scale prints that you want to show off. Thanks to my friend Natalie for the name ;o)

Patterns are shipping this week so ask for them in your local quilt shop and look for them online. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt from FAT QUARTER SHOP!

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I was super excited to get to play with this fun new pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. Those ladies are so talented and come up with such fun projects. This was no exception.

The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt is a gorgeous pattern that goes together quickly and will look adorable in any fabrics.

I put the top together in an afternoon and it's sat that way ever since. You see, I started sewing and my mind started wandering.

  I just made a tree skirt last year so I don't really need another one....

But this fabric is so cute and the style is different from my other one.... 

I could just change them out every other year.... 

Or maybe gift it to a family member or friend.

You know how it is. The thoughts kept coming. And then, in usual Emily fashion I just decided to do something completely different. I'm going to leave my top whole and make a table topper.

The size of the finished skirt is nice and generous and fits my table nicely. Now I just have to figure out how to finish it so I still get a quilty look but it has a nice drape like a table cloth. Any suggestions?

You can get the pattern for Fat Quarter Shop's Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt HERE. They also have kits and backing sets available made from the adorable Jingle collection by Kate Spain  (Love her!)

And in normal Fat Quarter Shop style they have an awesome video tutorial to go along with the pattern on YouTube with all sorts of fun tips and tricks for you as you sew your tree skirt.

If you're wondering about the delicious fabric I chose for my Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt (or table topper) here it is-

The moment I saw this fabric I was itching to sew with it and then Fat Quarter Shop contacted me and I knew it was perfect. Those foxes! And I love the circle and half-square triangle prints. But they're all gorgeous and "festive". Then again, I love everything Tamara Kate designs. Festive Forest is available from Michael Miller Fabrics and is in stores now!

Did you know yesterday marked 6 months until Christmas? So what are you waiting for!?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sodalicious market booth

So here she is, in all her glory- my market booth from Spring 2015 International Quilt Market Minneapolis. I know many of you have wanted to see details and hear all about it's creation but I'm also writing this post so I can have the memory of it to look back on.

Many people asked me at market where my inspiration comes from. They also want to know if I think about my booth all the while creating the fabric collection and the answer is YES. Usually I know from early on what form my display with take. 
Sodalicious was a little bit different in the fact that I knew i wanted to a soda shop feel but wasn't exactly sure how to carry it out. The main reason is that every idea I had didn't lend well to the fact that I was flying from UT to MN and was trying to stick to a small budget- meaning I didn't want a heafty shipping bill.
Not long after the planning began I got the boost of inspiration I needed in the form of an 

These chairs were not easy to find. I searched high and low and was coming up empty. Of course I found chairs similar but they were super expensive. My other issue was that I wanted to paint them aqua and thus needed to have them early enough to ship and they couldn't be heavy. I finally stumbled on the pair in a shop called Home Again in Midvale, UT. The table was an easier find at IKEA which I knew would be purchased in MN. 

The other element I knew was a must would be the awning. Lucky for me Michael Miller Fabrics had the perfect stripe from their BEKKO collection. The fabric part of the awning was made prior to market which I packed in my suitcase.

Of course a big part of my market booth are the patterns I design to show off the fabric. I'll write more about them in a later post. 

I divided my booth into colorways and showed the "Diet" on the left and the "Regular" on the right. Along with the quilts I set up shelves (IKEA) to display items relating to a soda shop including striped paper straws, colored candy and gumballs and Soda bottles.

The soda bottles were wrapped in Sodalicious labels designed with the same print and flavors as the fabric. A few other elements completed the look including fat quarters, applique pillows, a little bit of greenery and my Sodalicious bottle cap signs. The signs were actually a clearance Hobby Lobby find that featured a St. Patrick's day motif. A little spray paint and some vinyl stickers and they were perfect.

Another element that I found which was one of my favorites is the marquee "S" (battery operated) which I found at JoAnn's. (I only saw red in my store but apparently they come in white, black and metal as well)

My logo wall hanging quilt hung front and center. Originally I made a dresden plate but once I had the idea for the applique bottles in each print there was no stopping me. Due to popular demand at market I will be publishing it as a pattern.

A few other fun finds were the wood six pack holder that I painted red. It also had a bottle opener on the side which came in handy sunday afternoon when we needed a drink.

We also found the red gumball machine at Home Again and knew it had to come with. 

And can you see that amazing bottle cap basket? Thanks to friends with a good eye we found that in an antique market in SLC. It was priced a bit higher than I would've liked but I knew if I left it behind I would've regretted it. So glad I got it.

Lastly you might see the cup of soda. Well that was my drink. It went along with the decor so well I kept it on the shelf instead of trying to hide it. :o) 

All of the ideas and work really come second nature to me. I don't say that to boast, in fact I told many people it's a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I can't shut my brain off. Or I get an idea I'm so stuck on it's difficult to move on even when it seems impossible. However I am truly grateful for the talents I've been given and the avenue in which I have to develop and share them. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I was awarded the ribbon for creativity at market. There are lots of amazing designers with crazy creative booths at market and I'm thrilled to be among them. But being singled out and honored with an award is awesome and makes all the hard work and craziness worth it.

Thanks Everyone!

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Collection Excitement!

I just got back (ok, it was two weeks ago) from Quilt Market in Minneapolis (followed by trips to Iowa and Idaho) and I'm exausted. Oh, it was my kids' last week of school this week, too. Anyway I've been thinking about posting a market recap soon and then this happened today. WHAT!? I'm freaking out a bit (ok so I ran around the house screaming and jumping up and down) But really for a SAHM who loves to play with fabric this is MAJOR. Special thanks to Kris Thurgood from My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan, UT for the shout out. Love ya girl!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We're doing it again!

After the success of Cabin Fever II in February we decided to get a jump on things and start planning for the next retreat. We've found a new location that is much bigger so that everyone can sleep in a bed. It is going to be our best one yet and we hope that you'll join us.
Registration opens on FRIDAY!!! May 1, 2015 8am MST.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cabin-fever-iii-tickets-16769866121 for more information. Hope to see you there!