calypso by maude asbury

March 28, 2012

Hello from Cori Dantini

Hi Everyone!  My name is Cori Dantini and I am stopping by Blend's blog to share a bit about myself.

Firstly... I would love to dress like my paper ladies and explore the world in their skirts, with sassy princess hair and fancy boots to stomp through puddles.  But in truth... typically you will find me among bottles of paint, glue & ink with bits of wordy paper clinging to the bottom of my slippers.
I live in a town called Pullman in Eastern Washington, which is nestled in the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse.  In fact this is my home town, the one where I went to high school (and then college), the one where my mom lives...
The place where I first picked up a paint brush!  I suppose you could say this is the place where it all started (I have never thought about it like that until this moment, but it is true)!  I graduated from WSU in 1993 (I think) with a BFA in painting and a minor in printmaking.  From graduating 'til now... I have done a lot of different things but mostly I have opened doors and walked in the room.

Door 1 - Sign Painter
Door 2 - Clip Art Designer (Yes... I sold my soul)
Door 3 - Greeting Card Designer
Door 4 - Commercial Illustrator
Door 5 - Etsy
Door 6 - Art/Craft Fair Vendor
Door 7 - Licensing... This has been the most exciting doors and it has led me to one of the best doors... Blend Fabrics!!!!  Which then led to my very first fabric collection - Beauty is You.

The past 2 years have been a bit of a whirlwind (a tornado might describe it better).  I have been working on loads of different things from Beauty is You (my fabric line here at Blend Fabrics) to a gift line which you will be seeing out on the shelves later this year.  I have also finished my first 12 month calender (2013) with Amber Lotus, my first full line of greeting cards CALYPSO, day planners, journals and a small 7inch calender with Orange Circle Studio.  Oh... Plus I run my Etsy shop (where I sell limited edition archival prints), and last but by no  means least, I do a series of art/craft shows every year.  Needless to say this has kept me busy!  Check out some of my prints..
At the moment I am getting ready for my first two shows of the season, but trying to fit in a series of new paintings.  So... Off I go to the studio, to get organized, and if I am lucky pick up a pint brush.
Don't forget to check out my new fabric line, Beauty is You by Blend Fabrics  - Now Shipping!
Represented by Sheila Meehan, Meehan Design Group, 503-281-4881
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March 9, 2012

"The Best of the Best"... and More to Come!

For the last few months, I have been searching for the "best of the best" pattern designers for Blend to partner with to create fabulous inspirational projects for all of you.  I have searched blogs and websites and even Pinterest (I know that was a couple tough hours at work :) and I am pretty confident that we have have not only found the right partners, but that they are even better than I could have dreamed!!  While many of them are busy busy busy creating fabulous projects with our fabrics... I do have a sneak peek at one of my favorites...

Curby's Closet, among other things, is all about Quilted Baby Shoes for Newborns through 9 months.  Original and sweet little baby shoes that are soft and comfy and are just "Too cute to kick-off"!!
If you love to quilt, sew or give adorable and unique baby gifts then Curby's Closet shoe patterns are for you.  Make your own baby shoes with their easy-to-make patterns...  Choose from many styles like: Cowboy Boots, Loafers and even Ballet Shoes. Other styles (above) featured in Blend's fabrics are...  In Magic Garden's Happiness and Garden Gate prints is the Baby Ankle Strap (left), in Homespun Chic's Birdies and Stitches Roses is the Baby Mary Jane (center), and in Babysaurus' Dino Dots is the Baby High Top (right).  You can find these styles and many more at over a hundred quilt shops in the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa or online at
Thanks to Chris at Curby's Closet for partnering with Blend on this adventure and for the fabulous shoes & patterns...  Stay tuned for more from Chris because you just never know what you will find inside Curby's Closet! Pin It

March 1, 2012

Another Stitch Social Deal of the Week

Check out the latest Stitch Social Deal of the Week featuring Blend Fabrics!

The Modern Basket Weave Quilt Kit is created with the Calypso Collection by Maude Asbury.  The kit includes the Quilt Craftable Pattern, Calypso fabrics for quilt blocks in Spindle Turquoise, Dot Grey and Leaf Olive, and Calypso fabrics for backing and binding in Kite Tails Turquoise.  All this plus free shipping for only $34.50 - Hurry only 3 days left!! Pin It