Jeff and I met with lead Northcott designer, Ro Gregg, to show her our new line — the one that will appear in stores AFTER califon is released at Spring Market in Portland in May. This new one will debut at Fall Market in Houston. She liked it a lot and even called us later to say that our stuff just keeps getting better and better. We were very happy.
It’s really nice to have a fabric company actually manage a line and offer guidance and support, rather than just blindly throwing shit on a wall and seeing what sticks. There is a lot of communication with Northcott, discussion about sales strategies, marketing, etc. I guess that’s why they’re an industry leader. Someday, you’ll read all about it in my book! LOL
So far, this has been a good move for me. I’m finally learning the right way to design fabric and it’s thrilling — and a lot more challenging and interesting than I once thought.
In the meantime, chickens, if you have an idea for a fabric line — meaning — want to design your own fabric line and have something on paper — please email me. Maybe you can design for Mark Lipinski Home for Northcott?
I’m always on the hunt for new talent — both for the magazine front and now for the MLHome department.
After our design team meeting, Jeff and I hit the mall. We went to what is considered a very tony mall in New Jersey — The Mall at Short Hills. It’s gorgeous (for a mall) and has absolutely the most high end shops and clothiers that I have ever seen (and it ain’t cheap).
But I’ll tell you this: Never in my life have a seen such an excess of “Fashion Don’ts” walking the cavernous marbled hallways in my entire life! I was hysterical.
Now, you know I would have snapped pictures of these fashion monstrosities, but I was afraid I’d get caught, and even I have limits, my dears!
You gotta love this fountain. It fills with water then spits it out from the top. The photos do it no justice.
OK, time to reveal my true self (again). I got snagged by the Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Department. I couldn’t help it. It was right there! Just as I walked into the building from parking lot to store…BAM! Bridal gowns.
Besides food, bridal fashion is my most favorite thing in the world. You know I collect all kinds of shit. If I had the room, I’d collect bridal gowns. I love the embellishment, and the satin and beadwork and threadwork and lace and, well, I blame it all on the Sisters of Charity. Of course I’m drawn to the gaudy — can you blame me? I spent literal years starring at women dressed in simple, caped black habits (and that’s a tough habit to break)!
Trusty camera in hand (sans flash) I snapped a few photos of some of the embellishment work. Now know that no gown was under $6000. Of course the one I liked was $8000. So worth it (unless I had to pay for it for MY daughter).
The interesting part of this gown was that the entire tiered gown was just silk or rayon seed stitches. Nothing more. Just 1/4″ random stitches. I thought, “Shit, man, I can do that on quilting fabric!” And so can you! It adds such simple elegance. Try it!
I met these two adorable, sweet chipmunks as they were watching me snap photos from behind store pillars. The lady on the left told me that she only parks on that side of the mall so that she can come through the same door I did and peek at the bridal gowns.
She told me the sweetest story. Sixty years ago, when she was shopping for her own wedding gown, she shopped in every store in Manhattan and was forced to call her father to tell him that, although she looked everywhere, all she could find was a gown that was $250. “He told me that was too expensive and to keep looking.”
My, how times have changed. I paid less for my first car than the least expensive gown that I saw today. By the way, the lady called her dad again, and her father allowed her to buy the gown she had fallen in love with. $250. The year was 1948.
Here is another example of simple embellishment that caught my eye from across the mall. It is just a bead on a running stitch. Very eye catching and would draw people right into your quilt and dress it up, easily. Another technique for you to try out.
Loved this shirt. Well, not the shirt so much as the fabric.
Yes, turtles, patchwork shorts are VERY in this season. Cut up your old tops that you haven’t quilted yet and make an easy pair of drawstring shorts. Just in time for summer.
Jeff and I decided that this is how we’ll dress up our pool area this summer. This was in the window of Restoration Hardware (this store, by the way, has lost a lot of its steam as far as I’m concerned). I have to say, before YOU say it, I’m very drawn to the Katmandu-ish themes.
I saw this in Crate & Barrel. Fabulous cobalts (that you can’t really see). What a quilt or fabric this would make!
On my quest for more applique from pottery designs, I found these at Williams Sonoma. Click on the images to see larger pics.
Black and White is in. At least if you live in Short Hills. It is everywhere — along with splashes of red.
I would like to see all of the Pickles (every single one of you) in this get up! Can you imagine? Hot pants are back in style. Blech!
Now I promised you a sneak peek at my new line, califon. So over the next several weeks, leading up to quilt market, I’ll debut some of the line just for you Pickly-poos!
Since B&W are the fashion forward colors, I decided to create a stunning B&W line — that can be minimally embellished.
Click on these to see a full size of the accent colors
Here are the yellow and blue versions of this particular design.
Now, kids, this is just a VERY SMALL taste of what’s to come in the califon fabric line.
To get your shop to see the entire line and/or order califon, have your shop owner call
Bernie or Vic at (201) 672-9600
Mark’s AMERICAN IDOL WATCH
What the hell was this!?!?
I jumped when poor Amanda Overmyer (ridden hard, hung up wet) came out to sing (if that’s what you call it) on Idol last night. I thought The Bride of Chuckie might be subbing for her (either that or Lainie Kazan took the stage) or worse! Horrors!
Will the real American Idol please stand up?
FRIENDS AND FOES
This is the funniest blog entry EVER about Quilter’s Home. It’s from Bunny Hill Designs. I love the Bunny Hill Designs so the fact that she likes the magazine is a bonus — but she didn’t always like it — she may still be having second thoughts! LOL Click here to read all about it.
Designer and AQS author, Karen Griska’s blog has a friendly mention of that damn Foreward I fretted over.
There is a great article about Long Armer Janice Jamison in today’s Star Ledger. Click here to read it (I hope). Janice has quilted many of my quilts and is a dear friend, to boot!