Stay at Home and Hop – Meet Some of My Favorite Friends! – Post #1

Welcome to our Virtual Designer Shop Hop!  The word is to stay at home so why not just stay at home and hop with us!?!Print

These are extraordinary times we are living through and and many of us are no doubt stitchin’ up a storm at home:  perhaps starting new projects, completing those in progress or finding some beloved UFO’s from long ago that require nothing more than a seam here or there to complete them.

But with all that stitchin’ goodness, I bet you wouldn’t mind taking a break….right?   Yup! I thought so !  Good!

Carl and I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing quilting community filled with wonderful quilt shops, quilting guilds, Facebook QuiltAlongs, and best of all, my fellow pattern designers who are always coming up with new techniques and patterns  to use up our stash and make gorgeous quilts, handbags or garments !

So for these next ten days,  I want to take an opportunity to introduce to you to some of my favorite quilting colleagues.  A great many of them of have been in industry as long as we, but many are new and just starting out!  All of these quilty businesses are super eager to greet you – our stay at home hoppers – and are offering you super special greetings and/or incentives when you hop over to their websites!

I have over forty websites to share with you but let’s start with these ten first…

I’ll be back in touch with you within a few days to share more!  Now go forth and explore and have fun!  You never know what you might discover!!

Click the link to take you to that designer’s shop! 

Bequilter   
https://www.beaquilter.com/shop

Presto Avenue Designs
https://www.prestoavenuedesigns.com

Cheryl Lynch Quilts
https://www.cheryllynchquilts.com

Love to Color My World
https://www.lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com

Hissyfitz Designs
https://www.hissyfitzdesigns.com

Canton Village Quilt Works
https://www.cvquiltworks.com

Anjeanette Klinder Designs
http://www.anjeanettek.com

Pat Sloan – The Voice of Quilting
https://www.blog.patsloan.com

Said With Love
https://www.saidwithlove.com.au

Orange Blossom Quilt Design
https://www.orangeblossomquilt.com

Talk to you soon!  Stay safe and sane!
And happy and bright quilting always!  xxoo&C

“…My Kinda Town…”

PS jpgWe recently moved house and sewing studio to the fabulous city of Palm Springs, California! It’s taken awhile to unpack and organize but we are settling in quite nicely!

Known as the mecca for Hollywood royalty getaways,  mid-century modern architecture and trendy pool parties and tiki bars – there’s plenty to do here and the town is super hip –  hosting such huge events such as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, and Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Music Festivals.

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Similar to our previous residence in Pinehurst, NC – the permanent year-round Palm Springs population is about 45,000, and doubles during the winter season with part time residents from the north and vacationers galore.  To the east of Palm Springs, are several other desert cities including Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio.    PS 1

Big Bear Lake is just a short half hour away or so –  Los Angeles is just over a one hour drive to the West – and San Diego just two hours to the South.    And there’s o end to the shopping experiences –  a vibrant downtown area (that’s a statue of ex mayor Sonny Bono in the picture to the right), the upscale El Paseo shopping district (think Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills) and a super huge outlet mall just a mere 10 minutes down the freeway.  Entertainment and year around activities include two modern art museums, countless tiki bars and lounge acts, three regional repertory theaters, and two huge resort casinos/spas that host an array of super star entertainment like Lionel Richie, Tom Jones or Bette Midler in any given week.  Hollywood king pins such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope (see his house below – it is wild!), Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball and more all built homes here, adding a touch of stardust and old Hollywood glamour to certain areas of the town.  And of course, the famous Rat Pack played and stayed here…so it doesn’t get any much better than that!

Although the desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100s, it’s a dry heat and believe it or not, much more comfortable than the humid conditions we experienced while living in North Carolina!   The area boasts more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain a year and winter temperatures average in the 70s with nights in the mid-40s – now that sounds like a fabulous way to spend Winter!

With all that – the pace is very relaxed, living is easy and fun is the name of the game! What attracted us to the area was the vibrant and colourful Palm Springs downtown  – streets lined with majestic palm trees, a vast variety of boutique shops, art galleries in abundance and the absolute mecca of mid-century art, artists and architecture that flood every corner.  Inspiration and colour is found in every niche of the city and surrounding areas.

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HausOur new home and studio is just outside the Palm Springs downtown area and we have fondly named it the Colourwerx Dezign Haus.    It is a challenge working and living in the same space especially when there are two of you and you are married!  And to make it doubly challenging – even after 6 weeks we are still unpacking, decorating and setting up the design and sewing studio – we promise a post on this progress soon!

We’re having so much fun exploring our new town and  all it has to offer!  A favorite getaway is the Thursday night Palm Springs Village Fest – over 180 vendors and local artists line the downtown streets.  A terrific find from last week’s visit was this colourful camel print we purchased from a local artist, Jutta Malry.  Of course, many more of her prints will be added to the Colourwerx Dezign Haus in the near future.

Palm Springs is a fabulous town to live in or just visit –  in short, as Frank Sinatra use to say….”it’s my kinda town…..”   (I know….I know….he was singing about Chicago….but oh well…)

New Patterns for the New Year!

Happy New Year and wishing you all a joyous and happy start to 2016!!

But without further delay, we have a special new year announcement for you all….Covers

We are so thrilled to announce that our new Colourwerx patterns are now available.  That’s right – Cosmos, Dazzle (formerly the dragonfly quilt), Skyline, Spikey, Colourstruck and Feelin’ Groovy are all available and you can purchase them at our new  Colourwerx Shop located here – http://colourwerx-shop.myshopify.com

We’re delighted to offer them to you in printed form or as a PDF digital download.

Save20And to sweeten the deal and to thank you for your patience, we’re offering a New Year’s Special…save 20% off all orders just using the code NEWYEAR20 at checkout. This special will be for limited time and expires on January 15, 2016.   All orders for printed patterns will ship out no later than Friday, January 8th (PDF’s will be available as a digital download file immediately after placing your order).

And with the New Year means new things coming your way – over the next few months, watch our blog for free tutorials, more colour features and free patterns ….we’ll also be starting up Colourwerx Newsletter – We hope you’ll sign up to catch up on the latest news about us, Colourwerx and what colour adventures we’re up to. …just click here to sign up!….http://colourwerx-shop.myshopify.com/pages/newsletter

Happy New Year and thank you all so much again for your continued support!

Until your next colour fix~

Linda & Carl

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