Penguin & Fish in the press!!

Lovely Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish has had quite the year…growing her embroidery and patterns business, designing her debut fabric collection Safari Sweet and getting noticed all over in the crafting and sewing community. Check out what publications Alyssa has been featured in over the last couple months…

In the Studios Magazine Fall 2011 by Interweave Press Alyssa’s studio was profiled…is it cool or what?
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The Summer 2011 issue of Stuffed Magazine featured Alyssa’s plush creatures…SO cute.Stuffed_cover_scanStuffed_pages_scan

Alyssa was named an “Emerging Designer” in Issue 82 of FabShop News…awesome!Fab-Shop-1Fab-Shop-2

Exciting! I am looking forward to seeing Alyssa’s awesome booth at Quilt Market and getting the chance to interview her for the blog. Continue to look for more information and more brilliant things from this very talented designer!

Safari Sweet Trunk Show

Exciting news! The Safari Sweet Trunk Show is on its way to the very first shop on the list, Sewtropolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is a peek at some of the things in the show…

The Playtime pattern from Karie Patch Designs. Perfect for tummy time…just lay baby down on this cute little playmat and watch those curious fingers grab at the cool twisted bowties. You can tie on toys or simply let baby explore.SS_Playtime

The Kwik Sew pattern 3689, an adorable and easy-to-make dress with bloomers. Is there anything cuter than baby bloomers? SS_KSDress1SS_KSDress

Here is Kwik Sew pattern 3546, a great versatile pattern must-have for baby that includes little grab toys, headbands, bibs, and booties.SS_KSBibsSS_KSHeadbands>.SS_KS_BootiesSS_KSAll1
Last but not least, because baby booties are so darn cute, we have a bonus bootie pattern that provides a bit of a different look than the Kwik Sew booties. These booties are from the Quilted Baby Mary Jane pattern by Curby’s Closet.</aSS_Booties

The show will be traveling to several quilt shops across the country in the coming weeks. It will be at Sewtropolis through mid-October, Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest mid to late October, and Quilted Threads at the beginning to mid part of November. So check it out and Happy Sewing!

To see what else is in the show, click here to view our previous blog post. A special thanks goes out to our accounting/finance whiz Shirl Nelson for making the adorable baby dress and to sewing diva Jean Seamster for making the fabulous baby booties, bibs, headbands and grab toys. Thank you to Karen DuMont of Karie Patch Designs, as well, for getting the Playtime quilt done during the midst of the recent hurricane–talk about dedication!

Safari Sweet in the house!

It’s finally here and it is GORGEOUS! It’s soft, it’s luscious, it’s everything and more I hoped it would be. Here are some photos of our fabulous Warehouse Manager, Tony, double and rolling the organic fabric loveliness…
Safari-Sweet-bolts-2Isn’t that cool? That’s our double and rolling machine that takes the rolls of fabric we get and magically folds and rolls them onto the fabric reels you find at your local quilt shop.
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Look for Safari Sweet and Everyday Organic Solids at a store near you in the coming days ahead!

In the Magazines!

It’s time for Halloween fun and I have just the project for you to get started on right now! Check out this super cool quilt-as-you-go table runner and treat bag designed by Jean Anne Sharrai and Gayle Noyes. The fabric is from the Scribble Monsters II collection by Leere’ Aldrich and kits for both the table runner and treat bag can be purchased from The Quilting Bee in Spokane, Wa. The table runner appeared in the October/November 2011 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts and the treat bag is a FREE bonus pattern…click here to download. The magazine can be purchased here. Scribble-Monsters-II_QQMonster-Munchies---styled-shot-bagThis lovely quilt was a color option that appeared in the Fall/Winter 2011 Quilt Sampler. The fabric is from the Love collection by Cedar West.Love-Color-Option682
This dazzling quilt designed by Sue Cook appeared in the September/October 2011 Quiltmaker. The fabric is from the Shades collection by Kinkame. You can click here to purchase the magazine.Shades_quiltmaker
This beauty was designed by Anita Peluso using the Sweet Caroline collection by Skipping Stones Studio. It appeared in the Fall 2011 Easy Quilts. Kits can be purchased online here.EQ1100716
Enjoy the late summer magazine reading and look forward to the holiday issues coming out soon. Until then, Happy Quilting!