calypso by maude asbury

February 20, 2012

Stitch Social - Deal of the Week

Hey Everyone - Check out the "Deal of the Week" from Stitch Social...

The Reversible Bucket Bag Project Kit featuring Blend's Homespun Chic Collection by Melody Ross. The Reversible Bucket Bag Craftable project, taken from The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam, walks you thru every step of how to make each component of a bucket handbag.  The Kit includes everything you need from the fabulous Homespun Chic fabrics to all the tools to create every part yourself.
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February 13, 2012

Hello from Jules Davis.

Hello... I am Jules Davis, designer of the Garden of Delights Collection for Blend Fabrics.

I am a designer, art director, illustrator and founder of Brand Bird, a full-service visual communications company specializing in brand development.  I've been in business for longer than I care to divulge in a numeric fashion - Let's just say a lengthy stretch!  I've done all manners of design from branding to licensing style guides (including Barbie and the Powerpuff Girls) to making props for film and TV.
While living in L.A., I worked on the first Shrek style guide and got to see the film in animated form from DreamWorks before it was finished.  I moved to Atlanta to be an art director in consumer products with Cartoon Network.  That made me a rock-star to my niece, who got the royal tour and loads of free PPG S.W.A.G.

Surface design for retail results in lasting objects that people can interact with and enjoy... That makes it a bit more meaningful - and let's face it - I am a shameless consumer!  My design is informed by my love of travel (been to 14 countries and 45 states thus far) and fashion (I also have a degree in fashion illustration).  I love the mid-century modern minimalist aesthetic and I believe the best education comes from motion and change.    
Random facts:  I zen out over jigsaw puzzles (super nerdy) and I get crazy-excited interacting with wild animals.  If you have ever been licked by a giraffe... You get it!  

Blend is my first exciting foray into fabric.  Developing a full collection was a bit of an education.  The Fall Quilt Market in Houston was great  fun and an honor to be exhibiting along the likes of Amy Butler and Ty Pennington (who FYI, is super-delicious in person) as well as the other fabulous Blend designers.  I was thrilled for my collection to be one of the first out of the gate for the Blend evolution into stationery and gifts.

You can find more of my work on products for modern-twist, iPop, Lamp-in-a-box and Alluminare.  You can also find me at, twitter, and flickr.

I am currently working on my next fabric collection and look forward to being a part of Blend as they bloom and grow.                                                    
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February 6, 2012

Blend Projects... Which one will you make??

Hello Blend Friends!  I wanted to share some fun and super-cute projects created using a few of our fabulous fabric collections.  Click on the links to find out where you can pick up your pattern or project... And don't forget to go to "where to buy" on to find out where you can pick any of these and more Blend collections!!
 Check out these two adorable little girl dresses created from our "Feather N Stitch" and "Believe" collections.  Full twirling tiers, sweet yoke details, and ribbons and rick-rack... It is never to early to start sewing the perfect summer dress for the little princess in your life!    
Spring Fling (left) and the Summer Pinafore (right) dresses were both made from patterns from Kari Mecca's Sewing with Whimsy book published by Martha Pullen Company.  These two dresses plus many more fill the pages of this fanciful treat in children's sewing and embellishing.  Click here to find Kari's book and many others plus fabrics, trims, notions and more...
Of course now that the little girl in your life has the perfect twirly dress... What else could she need???  
How about her own spectacular playhouse!!  

This is a wonderful new pattern from Ellie Mae Designs for Kwik Sew created from Blend's "Believe" collection by Jone Hallmark.  A fun and whimsical playhouse  covered in fairies and flowers and the ABC's... A wonderful surprise for every little girl!  Wondering where you can get yours... Stay tuned this is just a sneak peek...the Ellie Mae Design - pattern #108 - does not come out until spring 2012.

Now what would a project blog post be without any quilt projects??  Both these wonderful quilts were created by Metropolitan Quilt out of West Linn, OR.  Not only did Jeff and Debbie  do the fantastic patterns which are for sale on their website, but they made the actual quilts that were both featured at Fall Quilt Market this past October.

"Plumes et de Couture" is created from our Feather N Stitch collection by Sarah Watts.  A wonderful collection of novel conversationals, lovebirds and geometrics complimented with this great applique pattern... A must make for that special soon-to-be married couple or perhaps the new home buyer!!

"Versailles" is created from our Homespun Chic collection by Melody Ross (that just started shipping Feb. 2012... so hurry and get yours!!).  A fabulous mix of vintage ladies and sewing patterns, novel geometrics and whimsical florals are wrapped up in this fun and flirty quilt.

Stay tuned for many more fabulous quilts from Metropolitan Quilt... We certainly hope you love them as much as we do!!

I hope you enjoyed some of our projects thus far!  We can't wait to see which project you make...Make sure you post them on our facebook page!!  There are so many more to come so check back soon & look for our next designer post by Jules Davis...   Cheers!

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