While at the "Road to California" quilt show last week, I was introduced to a designer who was new to me, Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup. The name Quilt Soup comes from the designer's feeling that quilts and soup "both come from the heart". She designs patterns and fabric and includes a recipe with every pattern.
The Quilt Soup booth was open, cheery and welcoming. Barbara Jones had quilts rolled and stacked in a basket that you could actually touch, she was OK with the touching and super friendly.
She has a new pattern book out,
and I bought it! The patterns chronicle a girl's life from a baby quilt to big girl bed, grade school, junior high, engagement, wedding and full circle to another baby quilt. All the quilts are precious and girly.
I also bought this kit.
The skill level for this pattern is listed as "Confident Beginner". The cutting and sewing directions are detailed and clear. The free recipe is for watermelon popsicles.
The fabric just screamed "Spring" to me.
This is the fabric for the lady bugs!
Barbara Jones was a molecular biologist before switching to a career with quilts. If you're in the mood for something light and cheery, check out her website and blog, it has free patterns along with fabric and all the patterns she has designed.
Sinta over at the Pink Pincushion not only went to the quilt show, but she was organized enough to remember her camera. Hop on over for some great pictures of the quilts at the show.
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