Sunshine Serenade & The Chorus of Stitching Saints

Hey, hey! I’m so excited to say that my fourth fabric collection with Windham Fabrics, Sunshine Serenade, is finally hitting store shelves!! This collection, based on a series of paintings I did is full of color, calmness, craziness, and METALLICS, all in one!! Not metallics as in Vegas show girl, but just that right amount of glitz and glamour with subtle hits of silver and gold that dazzle here and there…oh, and we even have some super-soft and fabulous jersey knits!!

In August, on social media, I put out an SOS looking for Needle Throwing Ninjas to help stitch up Quilt Market and look-book samples.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the amazing and vast amount of people that came to the rescue offering their services. The results, ya’ll, were stunning!! With every completed project I received in the mail, I was amazed. These people poured in so much time, passion, and love creating unbelievable gorgeousness! (**Please note that all project pattern info and fabric SKUs used can be found via the Sunshine Serenade look-book)

(above: All outfits, besides boy’s button-up shirt, sewn by Alison O’Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier /
Boy’s button-up shirt sewn by Julie Lang of Teddy Boy Style)

This crew of sewists worked at lighting speed to turn around these fabulous projects to make our scheduled photoshoot. We were lucky enough to have Will Ramsey of The Ramseys Photography  out of Houston come to Dallas and take such dynamite pictures!  This husband and wife photography duo it uber-talented, and I would highly, highly recommend them for any of your photography needs.  [Read more...]

2013, you were a beautiful year

Just wanted to thank 2013 for being such a beautiful year. A year full of lots of love, fun, and new Iza Pearl products hitting store shelves! Thank you!

DrinkBlot Art Coasters / Cell Phone Cases via Elibrium / Garden Party Cha Cha collection of pillow and rugs / Petal Parade collection of aprons & tea towels / Boho Mod journals exclusively sold at Wal-Mart / Calypso Breeze Pillows & Rugs / Greeting Card sold exclusively at a natural, nationwide grocer / Calypso Breeze Aprons & Tea Towels / Hello Gorgeous Fabric Collection with Windham Fabrics / 3M Signature Series Post-It Notes / Christmas wrap and gift bag exclusively at Target / This year, I also did lots of commission artwork to go on all sorts of fun products. :)   [Read more...]

Quilt Market Part Fall 2013-Part II: Let’s talk about Gratitude

Hey there folks! So, this post is way, way, way overdue, and for that I am so very sorry. The weeks following market were a crazy whirlwind and before I knew it, 2014 was staring me in the face. Right after market, I kept getting sick with nasty colds, which I hadn’t been sick for years. Come to find out, I had mono. What?!? Seriously, random…as in 2% of people over the age of 25 get the virus, and I, at 31, was the oldest that my doctor had ever seen. Most people have it as infants with little to no symptoms. Anyhoo, that adventure is really an entire blog post in itself. But let me just say, I am so very GRATEFUL it wasn’t anything more serious and it’s made me so very thankful each and every day for my health.

Also, right after market, my husband and I randomly, without much planning, launched our Iza Pearl Shop. We initially did it as a way to recoup some of our funds that we had spent on Quilt Market; and honestly, we have totally enjoyed having our little online store. Matt and I are so very THANKFUL for everyone who has encouraged us and purchased from us. Again, really the Iza Pearl Shop journey is another blog post in it’s self for another day…soon.

So, let’s get down to business and take a little tour of our Fall 2013 Garden Party Tango Quilt Market Booth. If you missed Part 1 of my Quilt Market blog posts, be sure to check it out for details of all the wonderful and stunning projects. Also, don’t miss our Garden Party Tango market catalog available online.

At market, we had a great little corner bursting with Garden Party Tango goodness within the Windham Fabrics‘ main booth. It was extremely rewarding to see the hard work and love of many come together so beautifully.

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Quilt Market Fall 2013–Part 1: Lets talk about love

Okay, I’m about to get a wee-bit sappy…and sappy I’m not, but I want to talk a little about LOVE. This year’s quilt market adventure has taught me a few lessons and made me fall in a deeper love–with my craft, with my friends, with my family, with my husband, with mankind, with complete strangers that I’ve grown so close to, and with my Creator.

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GIVE-AWAY: Hello Gorgeous Charm Pack & Quilt Market

GIVE-AWAY WINNER: Drumroll please….and the winner (via random.org) of the Hello Gorgeous Charm Pack is KENNA!! Congrats darlin’!!  Please email your address to me at melissa@izapearl.com and I’ll drop the charm pack in the mail tomorrow. So excited to see what you create! :) Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for another fun giveaway next week!! 

Quilt Market  wrapped up today, and what a blast we had! I feel so very fortunate to have been able to attend…
and it be within driving distance. Yay, Houston! My mom, sister and I made a girls’ trip out of it and
had a great time. I met so many wonderful people, and seeing Team Windham was fabulous, as always!
I’m so very excited for Hello Gorgeous to land in stores this March and see what all you creative people out there make with this collection.

I thought I’d share a few images I snapped of my little corner in the Windham Booth. The first image is of Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs and I…she’s the sweet, lovely lady who made many of the beautiful projects for the booth. She’s working on writing up the sewing patterns, and those will be for sell soon!! Also, I snapped a picture of Erin and her mother holding up the beautiful Picture Perfect quilt that Erin designed and pieced. It was a dynamite hit!

Also, I want to give a huge thank you to John Kubiniec of Big Rig Quliting. He took my sketch of the Rose Petal Rumba quilt (the one hanging on the wall in the photos) and then made the actual quilt
without a pattern. It’s absolutely beautiful!

Lastly, several lovely people showed up for the charm-pack giveaway, but I know some of you fabulous peeps weren’t there…so I wanted to offer up a Hello Gorgeous charm-pack, a 5″ x 5″ square of each print in my collection.  I was only able to snag one of these little bundles of gorgeousness, but it’s your’s for the taking. There are several ways to enter…the more you do, the better your chance…and seriously folks, not many people read my blog (yet ;) ), so your odds are pretty good. Everyone is welcome to enter!

CHARM PACK GIVE-AWAY
Ways to enter:

1) Like my Iza Pearl Design Facebook page, and then comment on my blog that you did so

2) Comment on my blog with what you’d make with the Hello Gorgeous charm pack or how you would use it (non-sewing crafts welcome as well!)

3) Share the link to my Iza Pearl blog on your Facebook Page, and then comment on my blog that you did so

4) Ask your friends to “Like” my Iza Pearl Design Facebook page, and then each of you comment separately with what you think your friend should make with the charm pack. Be sure to leave your friends’ first name and last name initial. (EX: My friend Shawnna G. liked the Iza Pearl Facebook page, and I think she should make a quilted coaster set…for me!! ;) )

5) Head on over to my Pinterest board, Hello Gorgeous for Windham Fabrics, and re-pin your favorite Hello Gorgeous project (or two or three). Then leave a comment on the blog letting me know which project(s) you pinned.

Winner will be chosen by random.org. and announced on 11.01.12 at 8:00pm. 

Good luck!!

This delicious charm pack could be your’s!! Ready, set, go enter….