Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My First Quilt

I recently finished my first quilt with help from my mom, Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts. I gave it to my friend who is expecting a baby girl in a couple of weeks. I have to say it was a very fun project and I think it turned out super cute!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part Four

 More of my favorite booths and designers from the International Quilt Market to inspire you. Since I'm a graphic designer, I'm going to kick this post off with some beautiful typography I found in Tina Given's booth:

I loved Tina's warm, autumnal color palette set off against the chocolate colored walls of her booth.

These two ladies below were such a delight to talk to and their fabric had such a refreshing vibrancy.
The line below is "Ooh la la" designed by Val Pillow and Anne Maxfield of Pillow & Maxfield.

Lila Tueller, of Lila Tueller Designs, is as sweet and engaging as she is talented. 
She is one of Riley Blake's fabric designers and also has her own line of patterns and 
kits for clothing and purses. The line featured in her booth is Fiona's Fancy.

The Basic Grey booth was full of fabulous ideas and inspiration. 
Everywhere I looked they had something unique, wonderful, playful and fun.

The Dear Stella booth and line of fabrics were the talk of the floor. 
This picture doesn't do it justice because their booth was so bright, graphic and fresh it just drew you in.

So sweet and girly set off by a hand painted backdrop, Ellie Mae Design's booth was just too cute!

The Birch booth was featuring their Circa 52 fabric. 
I love the hand drawn feel and the bright colors set against the warm gray.

The signage for Betz White's booth was fabulous! Such a great way to display the fabric and incorporate the 
name of her new fabric line Stitch. You'll have to check out the fabric more closely on her blog, because she 
had a lot of fun playing around with visual concept of stitches in very unique and geometric ways.

That's it for me from Quilt Market. I loved every minute of wandering the aisles and soaking up the creative vibes and I hope you enjoyed seeing it from my perspective.

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part Three

Let's start off with a bang: Art Gallery Fabrics! I just visited their website this morning and I was greeted with this amazing inspirational reel for their new line titled "Hyperreal Garden" by Pat Bravo. So rich and inspirational, I highly recommend watching it:

Rhapsodia Brochure. From a graphic designer's perspective, 
I was blown away by all of their exquisite brochures at Art Gallery Fabrics

Modernology booth. Fabric designed by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics.

Bespoken booth. Fabric by AGF In-House Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Next up is the amazingly talented design duo of David and Amy Butler. I got the opportunity to talk briefly with both of them and they were so friendly. Such great people! David Butler of Parson Gray was debuting his first line of fabric called "Curious Nature" which he describes as "richly muted." One of the few lines designed for men at the show and it was very urban and chic (and masculine!). I also got to hear Amy Butler speak earlier in the week at the schoolhouse series about her new Blossom Club, a free project based eZine. Brilliant idea from a marketing perspective. It will launch early next year. Her booth featured her new fabric line "Lark."

Parson Gray Booth. Featuring "Curious Nature" by David Butler.

Quilters have a good sense of humor too! Check out David's booth award:

Me (Yvette Jones) with Amy Butler at her booth.

More amazing booths to come, check back soon for Part 4!

Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part Two

The focus of part two was going to be all the designers and booths I loved, but one stood out to me above the rest so this post will be all about my new (design) love affair with Kellie Wulfsohn of Don't Look Now! from Melbourne, Australia. (Part three will be highlights of all the other amazing designers and booths I loved.) Kellie's quilts and pillows had such intricate detail, beautifully balanced layouts and delightful color schemes. Each one was so sweet and whimsical. She also has a new line coming out for Riley Blake in March 2012 called Peak Hour. I didn't find this out until after we visited her booth and then I recognized her name in their catalog. She's a relative newcomer to the quilting industry and I expect we'll be seeing a lot more from her!

So without further ado, here's some eye candy for you:

Adored the chandeliers hanging in her booth! The quilt Love Birds is in the background.

Pretty 'n Pink pillow patterns by Kellie Wulfsohn

Meg's Garden Quilt Pattern by Kellie Wulfsohn

Animal Alphabet Quilt Pattern by Kellie Wulfsohn

Little Monsters Pillow and Quilt Patterns by Kellie Wulfsohn

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part One

You may be wondering what quilts have to do with graphic design, but there is actually quite a large overlap! I had the wonderful opportunity to go with my talented mom to Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, to see her quilt designs displayed at the Riley Blake booth and be inspired by the wonderful talent found there. I was personally inspired for my own designs by the gorgeous color palettes, beautiful patterns found in the fabrics, whimsical logo designs and the vast array of layouts in the quilts. The booths themselves are also great examples of design, branding, marketing and merchandising in and of themselves. There was so much to see and take in, it was a visual feast!

In part one I'm going to feature the Riley Blake booth and the quilt patterns designed by my mother, Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts:

Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts showing her published quilt in front of the Riley Blake booth. 

Marian in front of the Decadence line by Samantha Walker. Her quilt "Fall Frenzy" is just to her right.

 "L'Amour est TrouvĂ©" quilt pattern by Pink Hippo Quilts is in the lower right corner. This quilt was made with Lost & Found fabric designed by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.

Marian next to her "American HIstory" quilt design (lower quilt). The fabric line, Grandma's House, was designed by The Paper Loft for Riley Blake Designs.

 "Garden Squares" quilt pattern made with Fiona's Fancy fabric designed by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs.

One of the highlights of the booth was the "Sophie's Pinwheel" quilt designed and made by Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts. The fabric is called So Sophie and was designed by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.

Friday, October 21, 2011

What I do...and what I really do.

It's the age old question that goes something like this, "So, what do you do?" My response used to be graphic designer...then graphic and web designer...then graphic/web/user interface/user experience designer and coder. Or perhaps I design everything from logos, lettersets and brochures to websites, annual reports and billboards. While true, I feel these titles only encompass the technical side of what I do.

What I really do is communicate and solve problems. I am the liaison between my client and the world. I take the piles of information given to me by my clients and distill it down to a clear message. I blend form with function to ensure each piece is as effective as it is visually striking. Much like a musical conductor, I bring all the different pieces into a harmonious final product which directly connects with an individual's emotions.

So what do you think my title should be and what do you do...and what do you really do? Leave me a comment, I would love to know!