Brenda Riddle on “Comfort and Joy”

We are very excited to welcome my dear friend Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt & Gift Company to our blog! We have been friends for several years and she is very dear to us! She has been our designer for all of our Patchwork Party quilts! The Patchwork Party Fall 2007 edition launches tomorrow, and you don’t want to miss her Holiday Homecoming quilt.

I was so happy to first hear that my dear friend Kimberly was going to start her blog… and I am honored that she asked me to write a little bit about me & a little bit about our new book Comfort & Joy for it!

Comfort & Joy is our first book, released at the last spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. In the book, we put seven quilt designs, both pieced and applique, and designs for three home accessories – from yo-yo’s to sweet little pillows with pleated ruffles. Each of them follow the ‘philosophy’ of Acorn Quilt & Gift Company, that by taking small steps (“little acorns”), they will add up to great things (“mighty oaks”)!

Even though our designs are made for not only experienced quilters, but beginners as well, we hope that quilters & needle-crafters will realize that even the most seemingly complicated designs can be broken down into simple smaller steps. I want to encourage folks to the things that they may first think are a little beyond their experience… those are the projects that often end up being our favorites!

Creating a book was a lot of fun as I am also a graphic designer and so planning the layout & creating the book was a real treat for me! My degree is in graphic design & architectural design, & although I spent several years doing interiors in Santa Barbara & Minneapolis, the last several years I have spent in Oro Valley, Arizona where I teach classes (graphic design & drawing) at a small private school. I teach at the high school level. My two classes are first thing in the morning – allowing me the rest of the day to focus on running my business, Acorn Quilt & Gift Company.

The other part of my life these days that fills my days with so much joy is my little guy, my little buddy… Bailey. Bailey is a Bichon-Poo and is a constant source of love & laughs. He constantly keeps me on my toes (as well as the bunnies that like to visit our backyard!), and soon we will be starting our second level of obedience training. My goal is for Bailey to get certified as a therapy dog so we can make visits to hospitals & nursing homes. He is such a soft, fluffy little guy who just loves meeting people!

But most of my time these days is spent doing what I have dreamed of – designing new quilt & needlework designs, blogging and running this little business that is growing and keeping me quite busy! Also these days, I’m also working on my first fabric line, so stay tuned for details!

(from L to R: Cheryl, Debbie, Kevin, Kimberly, Emma, Brenda, and Anne Sutton)

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Inside Anne Sutton’s Studio

We are very excited to welcome Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs as our first guest blogger and designer profile. Anne is a good friend of ours and has designed patterns for several years and is now a designer for Henry Glass Fabrics. We asked her to provide some insight into her style, her current collection, Beary Boys and Girls, and her upcoming collection, Miss Emma’s Garden, which comes out in November.

Anne SuttonWhen Henry Glass Fabrics asked me to design another children’s line for flannel, I thought soft, sweet and cuddly. Teddy bears instantly came to mind!

I’ve been a collector of bears for years and I have some very old, but loved ones in my collection. So I surrounded myself with little bears and started drawing! Once I had the focus fabric the rest was easy. Checks, dots and little sections of my sketches were put together and the collection “Beary Boys and Girls” was born!

The Bunny Hill style is what I like to call “New” Cottage. It’s been my favorite style of decorating for many years and it sets the mood for my designs and fabrics. It’s a mix of new and old, comfortable and homey, and very mix and match. At Bunny Hill I want quilts to be used…not stacked in a pile to be lost to the senses. I create for enjoyment and hope that my designs will be usable and fun for your home.

“Miss Emma’s Garden” was designed with this in mind. I plan on decorating one of my own bedrooms with this fabric line! As for the name of the fabric line…it’s very special to me. It was named for Kimberly Jolly’s new baby Emma. May this beautiful little girl be surrounded by pink roses all of her life!

Anne and Miss Emma JollyMost of my designs include an element of surprise, that little bird placed on something not expected or a bunny peeking out from behind a basket. It’s what everyone in the industry calls whimsy… I call it using your imagination! “Flowers for Emma” will follow “Miss Emma’s Garden” and you’re sure to find some tiny little birds throughout the fabric!

Snapshots from Anne’s studio
studio button jars

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Welcome to the Jolly Jabber!

Welcome to our newest endeavor, The Jolly Jabber! We are very excited about our new quilting blog. Join us as we share quilting tips and ideas, designer profiles, information about the newest notions, sneak peaks into our upcoming projects and much more. Plus, we will throw in a few recipes, contests, and giveaways. We look forward to hearing from all you who love fabric, decorating, home, family and friends.

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