Friday, November 4, 2011

Designer Focus - Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool & Giveaway!

Our November Featured Designer is Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool.  Verna is known for her intricate applique quilts and has released two fabric collections this year.  Here is what Verna had to say:

Verna in a top created with one of the
voiles from the October Skies collection.
I was so excited when Shabby Fabrics asked me to do a guest post about my new fabric collection October Skies for FreeSpirit Fabric. This is now my 5th fabric collection and it is hard to believe all that has happened to me in the quilting and fabric world since I began.


I started out as a student who was intrigued by quilting and just wanted to learn how to make a quilt. I took my first class over 15 years ago and have literally been quilting every day since. I was hooked from the word go and found myself soon teaching classes and building a following of people who enjoyed my teaching style and color sense.

Not long after I began to dabble in pattern design. I started The Vintage Spool with my husband Miguel when I was expecting my second son Nico back in 2004. I had always wanted a creative career and the quilt world offered me the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and a stay at home mom to my two sons Milo and Nico at the same time.

Verna's beautiful studio!
We launched with 6 pattern designs and started moving my samples around to different shops across the country. It didn’t take long for word to spread and for me to realize that my heirloom patterns struck a cord with many and filled a special niche in the market place. By our second year in business we decided we were ready to go to the International Quilt Market in Houston and that was when things really got interesting.


My quilt pattern designs were suddenly being purchased by wholesale shops and distributors all over the world. That coupled with the internet boom and word began to spread very quickly. At that same market I met Donna Wilder, previous owner of FreeSpirit Fabrics who loved my look and asked if I could do a line of fabric for FreeSpirit. I was thrilled to join such an up and coming group of designers and still feel incredibly blessed to be in such great company.
 
The first line was challenging to do as fabric design was all so new to me. When Sweet Escape debuted it was wonderful to see what a great response it got and energized me to do more lines and learn even more about the fabric world. As I began to design October Skies I realized how much I’ve learned and how much I truly enjoy working with my own fabric designs.


Verna and Jennifer

Although I’m often recognized for my soft color palette I knew I wanted to explore an autumn color theme. I did what I always do when I design and began to make a list of all that I found beautiful about the season. Sometimes I clip things from magazines or find swatches of color from fabric or paint chips. The colors were derived from everything from acorns, butternut squash, pumpkins, and especially California’s autumn sunsets (that’s where the pink comes in).


I am so excited to have both fabrics and patterns hit the market. October Skies just made its formal debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston. It is always terrific when customers finally get to see your vision. I hope they will be inspired to make some wonderful things from the collection. Both fabrics and patterns can be purchased at www.shabbyfabrics.com.

Thank you so much for letting me share about my designs.

Verna

  
Thank YOU, Verna!  We love carrying your patterns and fabrics and are happy to feature you this month!




Take a look at all of Verna's products on our website here.  Verna's last collection, Tea Cakes, was just adorable, and we still have kits available for two of her patterns using the fabric: Princess Tea Party (left) and Sugar Kisses (below).

  


GIVEAWAY!!

We are happy to announce a giveaway!  Three lucky readers will each receive a copy of Autumn Sunset autographed by Verna!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Vintage Spool item.  One entry per person, enter until November 30, 2011.
Autumn Sunset

69 comments:

  1. Hello. I love the new October Skies fabric. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love the colors that go with it. I love the new Autumn Sunrise quilt pattern and the cute Princess Tea Party is another one that I will have to add to my list of quilts to do. I have a special "Princess" niece that would love it.

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  2. Hi,My favorite is Enchated Autumn. But I must say I love anything with a sunflower and pumpkins together.

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  3. I like Mon Ami...hope I spelled that right...grin.

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  4. Mon Ami too! I love that Eiffel Tower!!!

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  5. Hidden Forest - the little animals are so sweet.

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  6. I love her Faded Glory pattern, but the Tea Cakes fabric is gorgeous! Gotta pick that as my favorite!

    Sandy A

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  7. Hidden Forest is adorable... I have to have it. My new favorite of her patterns, but October Skies is my new favorite fabric line! I love the rasberry mixed in with the Fall colors.

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  8. I'm loving the Pillow Parade pattern! Just lovely!

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  9. I love the Raspberry Parfait pattern. And I just have to purchase Tea Cakes raspberry fat quarters. Wonderful patterns and such a great selection of fabrics.

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  10. I love Paris, and I love Mon Ami. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  11. Oh my goodness, I am so loving the two patterns Princess Tea Party, and Sugar Kisses, I couldn't decide between the two of them.. they are just so SWEET!!

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  12. My favorite has to be Vintage Valentines. I just love that pattern.

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  13. What a beautiful selection. I really like Picnic in Paris. Love all the pinks :-)

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  14. October Skies Blush is just gorgeous - I can already picture it in a quilt! VermontPines@aol.com

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  15. Autumn Sunrise is "me" - thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  16. i am still enchanted by her 'enchanted autumn.'

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  17. I still love Seaside Cottages. The soft pastels are so romantic.

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  18. Serenity is my favorite. The soft colors on white framed by prairie points is just perfect, and could be done up beautifully in so many different colors.October skies does capture the beautiful colors of fall that I must say are quickly fading. Good thing these colors wont change with the seasons!

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  19. I LOVE Frolic!! Also like Enchanted Autumn & Mon Ami. :o)

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  20. It was not easy to choose one pattern I love. But I like the Vintage Valentine wery much. Hugs Jofrid

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  21. Pour Moi, Mon Ami, as I live in France. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

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  22. Seaside Cottages or Faded Glory - so fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  23. WOW!! Verna is such an insperation. I really like her Autumn Sunrise and her Primavera. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  24. Great interview - thanks!
    I love the Hidden Forest pattern

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  25. The fabrics are so enticing, I do love the Mon Ami pattern. Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful pattern.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  26. My Favorite Designer! The Forest Quilt Is Adorable! The Colors For October Skies Are 2die4! Thank you For Featuring Verna & A Chance To Win Her Beautiful Work!

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  27. pinkpeonycottage@gmail.com to go with above post! Thank you, Karyn

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  28. I love all romantic things, so "The Vintage Valentine" is my favorit item.
    But the "Autumn sunrise" is very wonderfull, too!
    Jennifer, thank you for the chance to win this pattern!

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  29. I love the bits of plaid in Enchanted Autumn. Thank you for such a wonderful introductions to Verna.

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  30. I absolutely LOVE the Enchanted Autumn pattern!

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I love the Wicker fabric in the October Skies...it is simply gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Oh my gosh, her fabrics are so beautiful, October Skies being my very favorite collection! But I have to tell you, I can't believe that your giveaway is for Autumn Sunrise, because it is far and away my favorite pattern, with Raspberry Parfait running a close second. I love all of her patterns, but my Scleroderma limits my ability to do applique, so I gravitate to the pieced patterns. I saw Autumn Sunrise on a website the other day and it was love at first sight, so I will be keeping my fingers crossed for this one. Thanks so much for a chance to have this autographed pattern. Good luck to everyone, Hugs all around...

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  33. Serenity is absolutely gorgeous! I love that one.

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  34. I love the little Sweet Treat Pincushions! The cupcakes are too cute!

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  35. I like Autumn Sunrise, but also her fabric. For example, October Skies VM-065 Raisin by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics.

    Thanks!

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  36. I just love the new autumn Sunsrise. I'm planning quilts for each of my 3 sisters and this one is absolutely perfect for the oldest one as she is all about the autumn colors.

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  37. Hidden Forrest would be my favorite! MonAmi sweet too! thanks!

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  38. I really like Hidden Forest. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. My favourite Vintage Spool pattern is Vintage Valentine which I started appliquing a few years ago now and which I am determined to have finished next year for my 30th wedding anniversary. I have Primavera waiting to be started next.

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  40. I love her patterns. I made Vintage valentine and its beautiful. Would like and do some more of her patterns
    Linda luaplp@aol.com

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  41. Hidden Forest is calling me.

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  42. Hidden Forest is my absolute fave design. That little fox is awesome. :-)

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  43. I like the Autumn Sunrise. Beautiful colors. But also say the bluebird by Moda. Gorgeous!

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  44. I love Hidden Forest! Beautiful!

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  45. I like Vintage Valentine. This Autumn Sunrise is beautiful too.

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  46. I just ordered Vintage Valentine from you after admiring it for quite a while.I am really looking forward to the challenge!

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  47. I have 95% of Verna's patterns! I started with the Vintage Valentine for one daughter and Mon Ami for another, Faded Glory for my US Marine son, Easter Wishes because I love bunnies, Primavera for yet another daughter. I love Verna's colors & designs! brooksbrother1@sbcglobal.net

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  48. It's not easy picking just one. I guess Vintage Valentine would have to be my absolute favourite (I love romantic), but Mon Ami is a close second as it encompasses everything wonderful that I remember about my visits to Paris. Both are definitely on my list of 'must-do's'.

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  49. I love all of Verna"s designs, so it is hard to pick just one, but I am partical to Lullaby, just love the little baby things!!!
    Thanks,
    Mary
    parker54@llnl.gov

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  50. Alot of adorable patterns...I think I would start with the Vanilla/Scones FQ pack...too cute!!!

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  51. Having two little granddaughters, I am drawn to the Princess Tea Party Quilt -- it's adorable! P.S. - I sure enjoyed meeting you guys in Houston -- it was a highlight for me! Absolutely loved your booth!

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  52. Awwwww, I love Verna! I met her at quilt market in Salt Lake City.....so bummed I didn't run into her in Houston. She's SO sweet and talented!!

    Lindsay

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  53. I love the priness tea party! Just Beautiful and we are little prinesses waiting for our prince to take us away until then its tea and scones and a stack of fabric to quilt. debstaudacher@hotmail.com

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  54. So difficult to pick just one design of Verna's as they all capture that feeling of contentment, peace and beauty. Thank you for sharing her with me. Verna's designs are truly beautiful.
    Since I am to choose I am choosing the Lullaby design as "baby thoughts" are on my mind as I await my first great grandchild coming in two months...Jan 2012.

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  55. I have always loved Primavera. It's on my "Quilter's Bucket List" (my list of all the things I'm going to do for MYSELF when time allows).

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  56. I love to read about women who have started their own business, I am always inspired. I love the raspberry parfait kit, maybe because pink is my favorite color!

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  57. Love all the kits! What a great selection.

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  58. All the kits are beautiful, but I especially like Mon Ami and Enchanted Autumn. Thanks for the giveaway. Nice interview with Verna. Her fabrics are beautiful.

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  59. My favorite pattern is Enchanted Autumn -- my favorite time of year.

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  60. Love Autumn Sunset - would love to win it

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  61. I love her new pattern Hidden Forest. Love the sweet little animals.

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  62. I'm very taken with hidden Forest - the colours and shapes. beautiful

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  63. I love Seaside Cottages, they are all beautiful!

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  64. I love Mon Ami... and all. Is very dificoult to choise!! xxx from Barcelona Spain

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  65. I love the Seaside Cottages. Simply Beautiful.

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  66. I love them all, but I think Mon Ami is my favorite! Charlawilson@me.com

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  67. I like the teatime patchwork tablecloth/throw - Raspberry Parfait.

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