Do you need a quick and easy, super cute project for a super cute kid? We have just the thing! Our fabric designer, Ellen Crimi-Trent designed this adorable childrens’ apron and potholder set for her Woodland Friends collection. Pair it with a mixing bowl, measuring cups, and some brownie mix for an instant hit this holiday season!
Emma’s Quilt Cupboard in Franklin, MA. is kitting this project for their customers as a great holiday gift project (see details at the end of this post). I had a chance to ask Cyndi Rich, owner of the shop, some questions about carrying this fun new line in her shop.
Brandi: What attracted you to the Woodland Friends collection?
Ellen Crimi-Trent lives in Abington, MA, and since we are a Massachusetts shop having a local designer’s fabric in the shop was appealing. Quilting is all about relationship and connection. What better way to foster that then supporting our local quilters in every way possible.
Brandi: Tell us about your customers and what kinds of projects they like to do.
Cyndi: At Emma’s Quilt Cupboard we have many different quilters — traditional piecers who love our Thimbleberries, reproduction, thirties, and large collection of floral fabrics; young mothers who like the brights, childrens fabrics, and more contemporary prints; and some who are looking for something different to work with. Bags are always popular; and with our wide selection of patterns and samples, we sell loads. Quilts are our most popular project, but take along redwork, embroidery, and wool items have become very popular.
Brandi: Is this project different from what you normally do, and how do you think your customers will like it?
Cyndi: First, the fabric is whimsicial and a bit more edgy than we are used to, which lends itself to children’s quilts, aprons, wall hangings and bags. It makes you smile just looking at it. We have never had a specific project with children in mind, and we are sure the young moms and grandmothers will love to see their children/grandchildren wearing it.
Brandi: What kinds of holiday projects are your customers looking for this season?
Cyndi: Tablerunners and wall hangings around the holidays are always popular.
Anything that can be put together quickly and has that wow factor is always perfect. Pattern booklets with lots of project ideas to make are also fun and popular. Who won’t like their favorite red christmas mug wrapped in a happy snowman cozy!
Brandi: What do you like about this project?
Cyndi: The fabric in particular is really cool. Everyone loves hedgehogs! The fabric reflects the current design trend toward small, Japanese collectible motifs such as gnomes, mushrooms, bears, fish, etc. which is quite popular right now.
You can purchase the kit (fabric and pattern included) to make this fun project from Emma’s Quilt Cupboard by calling 508-520-0234 or email your order to CyndiRich@emmasquiltcupboard.