Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Houston International Quilt Market and Festival

We are back from the International Quilt Market and Festival, it was a long trip, but the energy in Houston was almost palatable. It was so good to actually be there and to see how well the whole area is doing as they continue to recover from Harvey. We were unsure of what to expect as we drove into the city. As vendors at the show we had heard that many had decided not to come, that people were worried about services etc. We didn't know how the show might turn out but for us, and most of the other vendors and teachers, we were in for the long haul. Management did their best to reassure us things would be fine and they were right. It was an amazing show and the people who did show up were supportive and excited to be there. Add to all of that the thousands of people who came in for the World Series happening a stones throw from us and it culminated into a fun party every night after we left the center. People out on the streets celebrating, sitting in the restaurants and bars watching the game. Visiting with old friends and new ones helped to make this trip a great experience. For those of you who could not attend I wanted to share some of the highlights I experienced. I didn't get to see them all since I worked the show but the ones I did see were breathtaking. I hope you enjoy and can join us next year!!

First I will start with our booth and newest pattern release! Letters to Santa stole the show for us. It is available as both a regular applique pattern as well as an embroidery CD where it will sew it in the hoop for you. To read more about it check out my website. This is available as a downloadable file also.
I actually digitized my grandkids letters to Santa and added them to the quilt. If you don't have this capability I offer you alternative ways to personalize your quilt with letters, recipes etc.

During Market which is the wholesale side of this show and is held before Quilt Festival a lot is going on as vendors are there for the shops.

 This is Sample Spree, I am sure you have all heard the stories of hundreds of women waiting in line to get a sneak peek of new fabrics and products for their shops. It also allows them to buy things before anyone else so they can make samples etc. It was a great Sample Spree!

My booth Candy

Some of my favorite people came by to say HI!

Chloe was dressed up for Halloween
This was a hanging light fixture/art piece hanging in the convention center, it was fabulous!! One night as we were leaving the show and very tired I noticed women looking up from the second floor and wondered what they were look at. This was it, the amazing shadows and colors that were playing on the ceiling at night was so beautiful!! The picture doesn't do it justice.

 I was able to have dinner with MJ, my coaching client who was able to attend Market this year and really took Houston by surprise, she is a definite rising star, and Rayna Gillman, an amazing teacher and fiber artist!! Rayna was there supporting her new book release!! I will be doing a blog hop in the next week where you can win her free ebook! Look for that on November 21st.

Below are a few of the beautiful art pieces at the show, these are just a small sampling of what was there. The Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh show was wonderful and here is the video, sorry its so jumpy, it was so hard to walk and film, I need a stabilizer for my phone.

White Knight by Patt Blair

Jake by Carol Morrissey
Hippolyte Hunting by Marilyn Belford and Jamie Wallen

Abyss by Danny Amazonas

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I would love to live in a world where........

The challenge was to list ways you would finish this sentence. I would love to live in a world where......,    my list is ongoing. I started this last year and never posted it, but I still think it is still true. Now how can I make my world that place?!

I would love to live in a world where people felt safe enough to share their gifts without judgements.

I would love to live in a world where our gifts didn't make others feel inadequate since they are secure in their own gifts

I would love to live in a world where being an artists didn't come with a preconceive idea of what you look like.

I would love to live in a world where painting teddy bears was as important as painting landscapes.

I would love to live in a world where you and I could just love each other's differences and quirks.

I would love to live in a world that wasn't so busy they forgot why they were here in the first place.

I would love to live in a world  where people first thought about who needed a hug before they hugged themselves.

I would love to live in a world where the day started with giving thanks 

I would love to live in a world where being a friend was more than a Facebook term

I would love to live in a world full of flowers 

I would love to live in a world where church was what God intended.

I would love to live in a world where art wasn't about the medium as much as it was about the message

I would love to live in a world where people didn't get sick and there was no such thing as cancer.

I would love to live in a world where women felt free to share their thoughts and be heard

I would love to live in a world where adults didn't hurt children

I would love to live in a world where we could all be free to create like a child

I would love to live in a world where there were cleaning fairies

I would love to live in a world where people were not hungry

I would love to live in a world where families got along all year and not just on the holidays

I would love to live in a world where people thought through a thought, edited and then opened their mouths.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Giveaway!!! I am so excited, I hope you win!

I am so excited about my newest fabric line that I decided it warranted a giveaway. Patchwork Farms is on it way to your favorite quilt shop this month and to celebrate I will be giving away a bundle of fabric and a matching coffee cup!! There are a few ways to enter so check out the rules below. Sorry but this is just for the USA, I will think of something else for international.
Here is the whole line! So many fun coordinates

A little video showing the mug!

Lots of fun Farm Animals

Who doesn't love hexies?

Lots of new projects for this new fabric line

We have also created Patchwork Farms Embroidery CD! It is perfect for so many projects

Fabric Bundle

Enter through my blog by;
*Following me, leave a comment and tag at least 3 quilter friends.
*Share my post on your blog and link it back to me

Enter through Instagram:
*Follow DesireeHabicht
*Repost and tag a min of 3 quilting friends
*Like this post-No private accts

Enter through FaceBook:
*Like and follow my page, Desiree's Designs Studios or Desiree Habicht
*Share and tag at least 3 quilting friends
* #desireesdesignsgiveaway

The giveaway will end on Sept 23 at midnight and the winner will be announced on IG and FB on Sept 24. Leave a way for me to contact you, if no one responds to the posts I will redraw on Sept 28th.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Painting Akitas to raise money!

There are some very special people in my life, those who are there for us through thick and thin. The employees and our friends at Small Animal Hospital are those people. They have been there for us and Jennifer for years. They are always more than happy to help us with Jennifers dogs and anything she needs. Jennifer once worked there and formed lifetime friendships as they all worked together at saving animals daily.  I was giving the wonderful opportunity to pay it back when they needed a painting to auction off to raise money for the Akita Foundation.

Here are a few in process pictures. This is a pastel on suede mat board. I love the freedom and looseness I feel when using this substrate! I acheive a totally different feel. Layers of color, it does not blend with your finger so the color stays as applied. You end up with wonderful colors and textures. Enjoy

I am hoping that this will bring a nice price at auction to save more beautiful Akitas.

To see more of my fine art and fiber art visit my website at
to inquire about a pet portrait feel free to email me at

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I might be a bit early but who cares!! Our Apothecary Shop!!

I am excited to be already working on things for the holidays. Going into Fall is inspiring! I just love it, the holidays are right around the corner. This year we have decided to decorate for Halloween. We don't usually do that but this year Jen and I decided to set up an Apothecary Shop on a big antique we have. So we have been collecting jars, labels, bugs etc. The creepy part is that some of these were already in Jenns room! We have an interesting design esthetic.  So yesterday we began setting up our shop. We added plastic bugs to oil in jars along with plastic bones and pictures. We have had fun a the dollar store along with digging through cupboards and Jenn's room! We are also finding free Halloween labels and ideas on Pinterest!!

A side view of the display

We still need to add some spiders in liquid and details to our set up but its coming along!

This jar of caterpillars (plastic) really look real, ick! LOL loving it, oh it does have a few cockroaches thrown it also. I used old vegetable oil, not water, to float the critters.
Dollar store purchases except for my Boo-licious chalkboard painting in back!
One of my favorite pictures, you can see the oil in with these small black snakes that look like worms. I used my collection of old coffee and tea pots which added to the look. Under the things you can see some netting, it was called creepy cloth at the dollar store! The white ball under glass is actually a kidney stone that Jenn's horse passed many years ago. It was so amazing, and she worked for a vet, so we kept it. It adds the crazy collection. 
Still in progress but will post more later!! Having fun sharing ideas!
What are you planning for Halloween this year? You might consider setting up a shop of your own! Share you photos!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

A special opportunity to support Houston! We are stitching to make a difference!!

We are heart broken for our Houston friends and family. We wanted to do something more, we have given personally but I wanted my business to give back.

For the month of Sept I will be donating all the money received on any e-pattern or downloadable embroidery file to Samaritans Purse for Houston. 

In an effort to have my business help give back to Houston for all it has done for us over the past 13 years. We hope you will give what you can and if you would like to join me you can purchase an e-pattern and know that the money will go to a good cause!! If you would like to give more and are not sure how to find a reputable charity check out , it will help you find a good charity that you will feel comfortable giving too. There are many to choose from, thank you for helping

Check out all my e-patterns here

Color Me Quilts- Art Applique

I had the opportunity to teach up in Porterville CA. It was a nice drive, there is something about getting out on the road by yourself and just traveling. The first night I did a trunk show and talked about myself (I'm good at that) and then the next day I taught my Art applique class using my stitched out blocks from my Color me Quilts Embroidery CD. I stayed with Georgia the shop owner and her husband Richard, we had such a great time visiting!! We stayed up late just talking and became fast friends!  This was such a great trip, thank you for having me!

I will be teaching this in Sept at the San Diego Quilt Show and again at the Moore's Sewing Center in Huntington Beach. I hope to see some of you at class. Here are some of the amazing piece that the women did while they were in class. Enjoy!

Love the red sunflowers

Love this sunflower that Rose is doing. It was the most popular block this class!

Is this beautiful or what!! Yeah Brenda!

Love the colors

The class!!

Carmen finished her tablerunner top first, yeah!!
If you are interested in purchasing my embroidery CD- Color Me Quilts-Sugarhill Farms Flowers you can find it on my website with all the details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Working on some new patterns and classes!

I love the creative process, the designing, the construction, the changes, the design decisions and the completion. It is all about the journey and enjoying each step for what is has to offer. Each step in the process has something to offer and learn from. This last few months I have been working on some new designs for my Art Applique Classes. These pieces are from my sketches at Sugar Hill Farms. I originally sketched live and then Randy digitized so that we can sew them out any time and create some beautiful projects. This new CD is loaded with beautiful designs, both groups and single images.

I know many of you have taken classes and purchased inks, paints, pencils etc only to have them sit in a drawer after the class is over. I wanted to create a way for you to use up some of those supplies and create some beautiful projects too! The CD is called Color Me Quilts-Sugar Hill Farms Flowers and it is available on my website. If you don't have a machine I am also offer the pre-stitched blocks so you can color them and create your own projects.
You get all the stitch files plus more, single designs also for those smaller projects or blocks on the CD. If you don't have an embroidery machine I also sell the pre-stitched blocks for you to buy and create your own project!

I am teaching the colored pencil technique in my online class, learn how to make your own templates and use colored pencils to color and even make them permanent for washing!

table runner or wall hanging
after details of quilting(not included on the CD)

I will be teaching this year at the San Diego Quilt Show, we will be coloring these flowers and having a ton fun, I hope you can join me! Follow the link and look for my two half day classes called Art Applique!

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