Thursday, April 25, 2013

New, fun patterns and ideas!

Hi GF's! I am having sew much fun these days with my fabric. I am working on patterns and designs and each time I make one thing another idea pops into my head! I am working on some fun Tea Cozies for the book and had some great ideas that are fun! Here is one of them, tell me what you think! I love to hear your suggestions and comments. Here he is, amidst my mess studio! I have things in the works all over the place.
Randy thinks he needs eyes, I don't, whats your vote?? Leave me a comment with your vote and I will let you know what "eye" decide! LOL

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Our First Basket Donation has Arrived for our Give-Away Basket from Sue Bleiweiss!!

I am so excited to get the mail these days! Besides the awesome things that keep arriving for market I am starting to get some goodies from friends and colleagues! One of the best things about this industry is how wonderfully supportive the women are to each other! I am so blessed to know some of these amazing women. The first addition to our goodie bag is from Sue Bleiweiss! Sue is a designer, art quilter, author, organizer, motivator and blog facilitator just to mention a few of her many talents! I was blessed to get to know Sue this last year as she invited me to join in on some great projects she was working on. She started the Artbox last year where she brought together some awesome artists for the Artbox adventure. It was a place where the public could buy boxes of art from a variety of artists for a good price and collect a variety of one of a kind pieces of fiber art. It was a huge project and she facilitated the whole project from designing the website, monitoring the site, sales, clients etc. It was a great success and we really appreciated all she did.

Lil Miss Cutie Patootie is so excited to add these wonderful gifts to your gift basket!! I also own a piece of Sue's amazing fiber artwork shown above, but that is not include, nor is Cutie! ( a new pattern in my new pattern book?) LOL 
She also started the Sketchbook Challenge, an online sketching and journaling blog that I am happy to contribute to that has monthly sketchbook challenges. She also is just finishing up a fund raiser called " Kick off your Shoes" to raise money for the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. These are just a few of the amazing things Sue has done in her spare time this last year. All that and she managed to write a few articles you might have seen in the latest Quilting arts magazine! She is amazing and I am so happy to know her! She has sent us her book called " The Sketchbook Challenge" filled with sketchbook ideas from some wonderful artists! But that's not all! She included a sketchbook so you can start your own sketchbook and fill it with your own art! Please take a few minutes to visit Sue's website and see her art, or visit one of the blogs she is overseeing and thank her for her generosity! She spends all this time so that we might benefit from her generous spirit through knowledge, charity and exposure to the talents of others. thanks so much sue! You can find her on Facebook too! Thanks Sue!
Don't forget to leave comments, here and on FB! Until next time! I have more!!!!

- Desiree

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cutting Edge Art Quilts

Another beautiful day that draws me outside into the garden as I try and stay focused on sewing. This last few weeks will be the hardest and most intense. I am also watching as my housework is falling behind and the flurry of cutting and creating and sewing is taking it toll on both my sewing room and other rooms in the house. I will get to the end and then, hopefully, have time reorganize my studio.  My garden is not waiting on me as it bursts into bloom and I am already picking artichokes! Yummy

With so many wonderful things in motion I get deliveries almost daily now! It is like Christmas everyday. They either come in the mail or via email. Yesterday I received word that contributed to will be released this week!!! I will have several of my art quilts in the book and its called "Cutting Edge Art Quilts" by Mary W. Kerr and released by Schiffer Publishing. It is so excited to get those kinds of emails!!

51 quilters share their design secrets with creative tips, encouraging quilts of all skill levels to “think
outside the box”. Beautiful color photographs show different techniques for adding color, textures, and embellishments to quilts.

I can't wait to get my hands on this book and grab a cup of coffee and dream! It is available on Amazon NOW as a preorder!! 

With that excitement in the air to make things even better I got my postcards that I am going to send out as a pre mailer to market. 

Emily Sheeder from eDesign studio,inc designed my card and I just love it!!! She is an amazing graphic artist and will help you put together any type of marketing ads you might need. She did some magazine ads for me also that were wonderful.  Check her out at

Gotta run but make sure you comment and then comment again on FB for more chances to win my Marvelous May Market Give-away basket! Lots of goodies are on their way to me for the basket and you!! Check it out here!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Playing with fabric!

For months I have been designing and sewing in anticipation of my fabric arriving. After the exciting two days of fabric deliveries I have been busy sewing and sewing trying to get everything made in my fabric line. There is so much excitement in the air, can you feel it my friends? I have been having such fun creating wonderful patterns for my book but all the while thinking of how I could include each of you! I want you to share in the excitement of Spring Market. I have been contacting some of my very creative and talented colleagues and they are sending some special things for our goodie bag! You will not want to miss out one this giveaway! As things begin to arrive I will be sharing them with you and adding them to our Goodie Basket! Remember to stay tuned and post here or on Facebook and make sure you share this with others so they can be a part of all the excitement! Remember you have to post comments, not just like! We want to hear from you and how excited you are!

Yesterday my good friends at Hillcreek Designs sent me some awesome buttons for my new products! These new pansy buttons are just so stinking cute! I am going to use them on my new Lil Miss Cutie Patootie Apron pattern and I might have to put a few into our goodie basket!! Make sure you visit Hillcreek Designs website and check out all of their wonderful, custom dyed buttons!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Flurry of Activity and a MARVELOUS MAY MARKET GIVEAWAY!!!

I have been having so much fun getting ready for Spring Market. It has been a flurry of creative activity. We have meetings on Mondays and Randy and I bounce ideas off of each other. It is a Creative Monday for sure and it sets the stage for the weeks activities. It has been crazy busy too! We were so much more organized this year, plotting a course, having a plan and making lists. We were able to get so much more done and I am so proud of us and myself. I am such a procrastinator and I know that without a list and a list with deadlines I will never get everything done since I will push it off. This year, knowing that about myself, made me take action early and we have been doing this for months now with real progress and success arriving daily at my door now! I can't tell you the excitement as I see that UPS man pull up and unload boxes! I have received two shipments of fabric, the first was my new Christmas line, "The Twelve Days of Christmas", delivering now to shops and then the next day I received my Lil Miss Cutie Patootie Line from Quilting Treasures that I will be showing at Spring Market!! I am so thrilled to be designing for Quilting Treasures, the company and people are amazing!
My new Christmas Line called "The Twelve Days of Christmas" shipping to quilts shops now!

Then on Thursday, the girls day, everyone was so excited as the UPS man brought in bolts of Lil Miss Cutie Patootie fabric! Megan loves cutie and wanted her picture taken with the fabric! LOL She didn't even want to wait for me to unwrap it!

 I ordered my new Moo cards and just received them along with my logo I had printed at Spoonflower! Instead of making a quilt for my sign I designed it and had it printed, I am quilting the cheater panel now!
My new Moo cards! I love them, I even did mini moos to make tags with. I am going to tie them onto giveaways! 

Here is my Spoonflower sign that I am quilting now, a cheater panel that I designed in Photoshop and had printed at Spoonflower, fun! 

 I have also designed a whole new website and my brother, who is a computer brainiac, is helping me go live! It will be great to see it all come together soon. I also have been working on a book to go along with my new line of fabric. The patterns are so cute! I love them and hope that it goes well, it has been a huge amount of work and worry. There is always the fear that no one will want it after I have spent so much time and money to put it out there. But, heres to pushing through the fear and throwing caution into the wind, full speed ahead!
A sneek peek at one of my patterns called "Tea Party Table"

There are still more deliveries to come, T-shirts that Randy designed are on order, a sign for our booth pattern rack is on its way, the printer is printing my postcard mailers, Tina delivered all the scarecrow and Fabulous Folded Bag samples for us to photograph and Gurutej designed a Lil Miss Cutie Patootie doll for my book so its all coming together. We are one month away, so much still to finish up, to get ready, to sew. I am finishing up a order now for some charms to give away at market at my schoolhouse talks and I still need to work on my DVD. There is an excitement in the air as we get closer and see our hard work showing up in finished products!!

I am so excited that I want to include all of you in my excitement by spreading it. then you can share it and it will trickle down until everyone is excited! So to get you all excited I am doing a Marvelous May Market Give-Away! I would love to hear that you are excited with me, maybe share what you are excited about, wether its my new fabric, patterns, moo cards books or something you have made! Comment on this post on my blog and/or on my Facebook pages to be entered into the drawing. You can go to either my personal or business page on Facebook, Desiree Habicht and Desiree's Designs Studio, and post a comment on one of the fabric posts to be entered. I will add your name each time you post on my blog or FB pages, one per day. The more you comment, the better your chances to win!! Well, what will I win you might be wondering?? How about a gift basket full of sewing, quilting goodies!? To start off my gift basket you will win a yard of fabric from my " Twelve Days of Christmas" line and maybe some from my Cutie Line. I will be including my newest patterns and my book for starters. I will also add my charm scissor bob to the basket as well. But thats not all!!! I am going to market and I have a lot of very generous friends and I will be gathering lots of fun goodies from them for you!!! I am so excited to see what everyone will pitch into the goodie basket! Follow me as I post next month during market as I gather goodies for you! You can enter everyday starting today until May 31st. On June 1st I will do the drawing and announce the winner by June 2nd. That is 6 weeks in which you can enter! Remember, post comments in multiple places, but only once per day, one per blog post but feel free to post comments on my FB pages too! This is going to be such fun for all of us! I will have a basket in which I am collecting goodies so watch it grow with me! I am going to set up a special Give-away page on this blog with the rules of the Give-away along with information on some of my generous colleagues that will be donating. I will be posting remotely, as I am at market collecting goodies for you too! Share this blog with your quilting friends and have them comment too! If you get 5 friends to join my blog and FB page and mention you sent them I will add your name to the drawing again. So many ways to win!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Spring Market is so close!!

Randy and I have been so busy getting ready for Spring Market! There is so much flurry of activity between designing, sewing, marketing etc. It takes so much planning and execution of those plans to assure that everything goes well. To make sure that it is a success and that we can justify the costs we spend many hours going over these plans and making lists. The best part of lists is being able to cross off of those lists as the tasks are completed! I love the fact that my husband is willing to sit with me and help me outline a strategy at our Monday Morning Power Meetings! Having him home has been awesome, I have found his help priceless. I am so thankful that I have a husband that is supportive and I am fortunate that we get along so well.
A list page in my journal, a sneak peek! Still finding time to journal!
More fun spring journal pages !
I have challenged myself to write this book of patterns for Spring Market. It will be a personal barrier crossed if I get it done and I am determined! The amount of work is scary but I will not make any excuses. This is my personal goal right now and I am sharing it with you so I am accountable for it! I have less than 6 weeks to go! As I am working on my patterns I have my grand daughters try them on for sizing! It is such fun seeing how excited they get when they come over and see all the new things I am working on.

Spring is in the air, it doesn't get much better than this!

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