SEPTEMBER 2011 - This month we visit with a special friend, the talented Julie Creus of La Todera Sewing and Craft Patterns.
Julie has designed a wide range of beautiful folded flowers from orchids to dahlias, several pin cushions and a great handbag all while the being a mom to her active 10 and 12 year old children in suburban Orlando.
For nine years she lived in Buenos Aires, mastering both a new language and enjoying the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful architecture and art. She even tested her first pattern (the Kafflower) in 2009 during an Argentinean vacation.
Her life’s journey started outside of Chicago with loads of craft items and books provided by her mother. Her education continued with several helpful art teachers and a degree in graphic design. This background has served her well and she really appreciates the newer computer publishing programs.
Julie tells me her favorite pattern is her very first, the Kafflower named for Kaffe Fassett, whose fabrics she loves (see picture). Julie tells the story, "When I nervously showed the pattern and Kafflowers to Kaffe himself at my booth at the Houston Quilt market last year, he was flattered and wore one of my flowers pinned to his shirt for the rest of the day (swoon!).
Julie has a host of new patterns for 2011 International Quilt Market this fall in Houston including the Kanzashi Flower Badge using the Clover Kanzashi Flower Maker and the Cactus Blossom Pincushion. See all the beautiful things that can be done with fabric by visiting LaTodera’s booth #1217.
Also visit her website and blog: latodera.com, facebook.com/laTodera, todera.blogspot.com/
See you in Eazy Peazy's booth #1215 in Houston at International Quilt Market.