Friday, May 27, 2011

SURTEX 2011
(or why I love my husband more than words can describe)


... because he flew the red eye from Salt Lake City to New York City, got off the plane and took a cab straight to the Javits Center where he proceeded to turn this...

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... into this! All by himself! Yes.

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Then he eventually checked into our hotel and rested until I arrived later that evening. After about 4 hours of sleep, we got up the next morning and headed back to the convention center to start Day 1 of 3 of the Surtex art licensing show. (Click on that link to read more about it if you're not sure what the show is). After having done Quilt Market booths for 3 years this was a bit of a culture shock for me, but all in all I think (hope) we nailed it.

Here are a few close up shots of our booth...

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My Zazzle mugs....

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My art portfolios (these took me days and days and days to make so I'm mighty proud of them).

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A cool Kalencom bag we managed to grab a sample of right before the show. Jon actually walked through the streets of New York all by himself carrying this bag the night before the show! Yup. I love him.

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And our sign (which I completely forgot to print before we left so I had to print it quickly at the business center).

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Jon did manage to get this one picture of me in the booth...

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And he captured this one of me and The Perfect Bookmark. LOL! Oh, and a better view of my Vogs.

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I'm deep into Surtex follow-up as we speak so there's nothing yet to report. But rest assured that as soon as something super exciting happens, you'll be the first to know. :)

Have a great LONG weekend, everyone! xoxo

Monday, May 23, 2011

Like a time lapse movie...

This past weekend I slept like 40 hours total. Seriously, I wanted so badly to hang out and catch up with friends and family but I just kept falling asleep every moment I could... on the couch, on the bed, I even fell asleep on the floor while the kids played video games and I clutched a big fluffy pillow. I guess I was overdue for some R&R since for the last month or so I've averaged like 3 hours a night (or less on some nights!)

When I replay the sequence of events that happened in the past 2 weeks, it sorta feels like one of those time-lapse movies. Ya know what mean?

May 10th - Jon, Emalee and I drove to Chicago then flew to Salt Lake City
May 11th - First day of Quilt Market set-up

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May 12th - More booth set up
• Schoolhouse -- I met up with The Dancing Kyokos

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Well, they didn't really dance but they did look amazing in their own versions of the Kyoko Misses', didn't they?! From left to right, Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts), Kristin Link (Sew Mama Sew), me, Melanie Thornton (Above All Fabrics), Traci Butler (Hip Fabrics), Kelsea (Stash Quilts) and Mary Abreu (InTown Quilters). Not pictured, Emalee Grambo. I am forever thankful to all you lovely ladies for making my Kyoko Fashion Show a reality! It was by far the funnest schoolhouse session I've ever had. :)

• Sample Spree (yes, we actually did it!) Ahh, there's Emalee in her Kyoko!

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May 13th -- Day 1 of Quilt Market

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• I was interviewed by Daria Muirhead of Boutique CafĂ©

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• Then by Heidi Porth of Quilt Home

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• Then by Pat Sloan of American Patchwork & Quilting (yes, 3 interviews in the same day! I guess everyone got wind that I was leaving early...)

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I was also surprised by Kathy Miller & team with a big box of cupcakes (not all for me) to celebrate my birthday and also Christine's (we both had our 40th in May!). YUM!

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• That evening we had our Michael Miller Fabrics sales meeting in which I had to recreate my Schoolhouse talk but without the aid of my Dancing Kyokos so it wasn't nearly as fun. After dinner, Jon flew across the country to NY to set up our Surtex booth the next day.

• May 14th - half day of Quilt Market for me because I flew to NYC that afternoon to exhibit at the Surtex licensing show for the following 3 days.

• The SHY Girls (Sweet Hot Yams) and other sweet friends surprised me for my birthday and brought me a Mocha Coconut (they even had them make it the way I like it -- on ice, not blended) and a Birthday Pop. Love my girls!!

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Like I said before, I flew to NYC that afternoon and the rest of the story I will save for another post, but for now I'll leave you with a few more pics of my booth at Quilt Market. This time we went simple with a single booth and no hard walls, but still saturated with color and pattern. :)

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A million thanks to my lovely assistant, Emalee, who sewed about 95% of the items you see in my booth and also to my sweet mom and dear friend Valerie who made some awesome purses and accessories to add the finishing touch to our display!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Andddd... we're off!

It's been an insane last few days to say the least. Jon threw me a surprise 40th b-day party on Saturday and I did not suspect at thing. Even the kids kept it well hidden... so much behind-the-scenes planning and scheming! I thought I was coming back to the office to work on my Surtex art boards but when I glanced in the windows there was like 30 or 40 people inside waving and smiling. WOW... it was so cool (and super sweet)! Jon took this pic of me as I drove up... my mouth agape as my friend, Nikki (the crazy camera strap girl) points and screams! haha

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Of course, it put me way behind on work so I had to spend all of Mother's Day printing and assembling my boards. But that's OK, like I said last night on Twitter, I love my job and wouldn't trade this craziness for anything in the world.

Before I get too deep into my post I wanted to thank all of you who commented on our ribbon release (we are so excited about it!!) and announce the contest winners. The randomizer picked #7 and #109 out of 199 comments...


#7 Carolina said...
Beautiful! I'd love a camera strap (my poor camera is still "stock"), or some of those purdy ribbons! : ) 6:11 PM


#109
audreypawdrey said... Beautiful! I love these ribbons, and they will be perfect for embellishments! 8:22 AM


Congratulations to you both! Carolina won the My Funky Camera strap and AudreyPawdrey won the ribbon bundle. Ladies, please email me at info@modkidboutique at your earliest convenience with your mailing address. We'll get your prizes to you right after we return from Quilt Market.

And speaking of Quilt Market, here is some info for all of you who will be attending this week.

Patty Young Designs / MODKID LLC
Booth #429

Schoolhouse
Thursday, May 12th, 2:50 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. in Room 255 B

Sample Spree
Thursday, May 12th, 8:00 p.m.
Look for us!!! We'll be selling limited quantities of pattern bundles, ribbon sampler sets and {maybe, if they get here in time} a brand new exciting product!

We will also be attending SURTEX in NYC, May 15th - 17th (yes, I know, I've lost my mind!). So if you are attending that show, come see us in booth #469.

Here's our Surtex postcard:

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It's gonna be a crazy week, but I wanted to leave you with some cute pics of Sydney and her BFF, Anna, playing in the little playroom Jon built for the kids at MODKID HQ. There's always time for fun! :)

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Until next time...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Introducing... Grand Bazaar RIBBON!

I promised another product reveal today and I was not about to disappoint! Three years ago I designed a collection of 16 jacquard ribbons for J. Caroline Creative using my Andalucia designs. They were so popular that I still get tons of inquiries for them today. So, we've decided to do another line of ribbons, except this time we produced them ourselves, bringing Caroline in as a consultant. :)

May I present to you, Grand Bazaar Jacquard Ribbons...

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There are 16 designs total, 8 of them are 1.5" wide and the other 8 are 7/8" wide, 100% Polyester and absolutely gorgeous, if I shall say so myself.

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They coordinate perfectly with my Grand Bazaar line of cotton textiles for Michael Miller Fabrics.

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There are 6 tone-on-tone prints that are completely reversible and oh, so soft (I am especially excited about those!) so they can be used for things like headbands, hair bows, shoulder straps, or... wait for it... the ties on the Kyoko obi! :)

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As you can tell, we've had a blast photographing these every which way possible. Then oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over the vibrant colors...

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In case you need ideas on what to make with these luscious ribbons, here are some inspiration shots...

Emalee made these amazing pillows. Yes, folks, these pillows are made with ribbons ONLY... all sewn together in a row!

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Here are a couple of close ups. I just adore these!!!

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My amazing friend, Gaby, at My Funky Camera, made a bunch of camera straps for me and... she sent me some extras to give away! I'll give one of these straps to a lucky blog reader if you leave me a comment. The others are coming with me to Quilt Market so I can randomly give them away too. See... I told you she was amazing!!!

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Here's my BFF Nikki (the crazy camera lady, haha) modeling a bunch of straps! She got to keep one too for her awesome modeling job.

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Then, my other awesome friend, Valerie at Sew Much More, made this super cool Sun & Surf Tote using the Persian Skies colorway of Grand Bazaar with some coordinating ribbon.

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Isn't it awesome to have friends like these?!? I'm so lucky!!! :)

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If you're coming to Quilt Market next week don't forget to stop by our table at Sample Spree. We have prepared some sampler sets of this ribbon so you can take it home and preview it (or touch it, smell it, roll around in it, whatever floats your boat!) Here's a sneak of what's coming with us to Salt Lake City...

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Only limited quantities of these kits available and we're not making anymore, so get 'em while they're hot!

***RETAILERS: The ribbon won't be up for purchase until after we return from Quilt Market (end of May), but if you'd like to receive a wholesale price sheet via email, let Jon know at jjyoung@modkidboutique.com and he'll send it to you right away!***

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a gorgeous camera strap from My Funky Camera! And just because I'm feeling happy and generous... a second winner will receive a sampler package of ribbon!! I'll choose the winners next Monday. Go, go, go!!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Introducing... Grand Bazaar

My newest textile collection is inspired by the colors, textures and aromas in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets. You can almost smell the exotic spices, feel the silkiness of the Persian rugs and take in the bright colored lamps and pottery. The 26 prints in Grand Bazaar are divided into 3 color palettes infused with the depth, intensity and richness reminiscent of this ancient culture. Enjoy!

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How 'bout some inspiration images? We made lots of pillows, of course!

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Emalee made this awesome quilt top (which I love!) and we'll have a free pattern of it available at Quilt Market. If you're not attending the show, don't fret, I'll upload a PDF of it here when we return.

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Here's a little sneak peek of the finished product. Come see it (and Emalee) at our booth!

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We also made a Naomi dress for Sydney to model on our Spring 2011 catalog. The photoshoot was a ton of fun and we had a hard time deciding on the best photo to use.

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In the end we decided on this one. :) The Spring catalogs will be available at our booth (#429).

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The collection is printed on 100% cotton shirting, just like Sanctuary, which makes it so soft and drapy... perfect for apparel and quilts but also suitable for pillows, purses, drapes... you name it!

Hope you love it as much as we do. Let me know what you think! We have a couple more reveals coming this week but I need to space them out a bit so please check back on Wednesday and Friday for more fun MODKID stuff. :)

xoxo