For Fall Quilt Market 2013, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Lily Gonzales-Creed on her two debuting fabrics lines, Farm to Fork and Ninjas Don’t Sweat with Windham Fabrics. Lily, Rebecca Roach of Frybread Quilts, and I sat down one night in a coffee house in Austin to talk about Lily’s plans for market and what she wanted to feature in her booth. Lily is an event planner by day and fabulous craftswoman by night. She had a vision for her booth full of wonderful things and Rebecca and I spent the night brainstorming and planning with Lily and came up with some additional fantastic ideas for her booth.
I’ve been developing some new patterns and decided to take them for a test drive at market. I put together this Bring Home the Bacon Market tote made with Lily’s milk bottles and red herringbone fabric from the Farm to Fork line. The idea for this bag came from wrestling with bags at the Farmers Market that just didn’t quite work for my needs. I tend to pick up a baguette and a few bottles of olive oil and always struggled with how to get them home safely. The big pockets on the side of my bag serve the purpose well. I also wanted to have a cavity in the bag big enough to fit my fresh veggies and other goodies I regularly purchase at the market. It’s been test driven a few times now at the farmer’s market and I am pleased with the end result. I’ve also noticed that it’s handy to use everyday when I need to carry my laptop around with me or if I have a long outing with my four year old son that requires carrying water bottles and extra snacks. I would even gander that it would make a good diaper bag too. I’ve made a few versions of this bag for myself and friends. It seems to be working to suit all our needs, so I’m pretty happy with it.
An apron was a must for Farm to Fork. As Lily and I were shopping one day, we came across a vintage style chevron dress. I immediately knew that I wanted to make a bacon and eggs chevron apron. It was so fun to fussy cut the strips and make the chevrons come alive in some of my favorite breakfast foods. My husband always weighs in on my craft projects and lends a creative and fresh eye to my work. After sewing the band on the chevron apron, he suggested quilting the band to mimic the chevrons. Brilliant. I think this little detail makes the apron and I have my awesome hubby to thank for it.
Lily also asked me to make a messenger bag out of her Ninja’s Don’t Sweat line. I previously made one for her prior to being picked up with Windham and I was happy to be able to play with the pattern again, tweak some issues I had with it, and create a new, more vibrant version for her for market. I have additional plans for different sizes of this bag and different strap options. I’m excited to play with the pattern some more and I’m sure this will not be the last you see of it.
I put together a little boy outfit for the booth using the Ninja’s Don’t Sweat collection. I used Dana Made It’s the basic pant pattern. I took the liberty of tweaking the pattern and instead of doing Dana’s big pockets, I created knee patches. I also appliquéd a black tshirt with a little bit of scraps.
For each day of market, I made a little something for Lily to wear out of her fabric. Saturday was Simplicity’s 1609 shift dress out of Lily’s red herringbone and “stripes“. Sunday was a scalloped hemmed ninja skirt made from my old standby Stitch skirt pattern. Monday was by far my favorite, a Colette Parfait dress made out of Lily’s Eggs and Yellow Herringbone. I modified the dress to have a tie sash in the back and big rectangle pockets in front.
Lily and Rebecca’s fingers were tirelessly working to fill the booth with fabulous handmade crafts. Also, Jessica Sloan of Remnants:fiber[culture] added her amazing quilting touch to the two featured quilts in the booth. Sadly, I did not take a full shot of the booth, but I do have a shot of the oh so famous flying pigs pre-flight.
In addition to being showcased by Windham at market, Pat Fryer of Villa Rosa Designs also put together several quilts with Lily’s collections. Pat’s patterns are all so easy to put together and I can’t wait to play around with them some more.
Lily’s fabric lines will be released in April. Windham will be providing some fantastic patterns to go along with the collection and I can’t wait to see what the world does with all these fun prints.