Check this out! Over the weekend while visiting the Museum of Natural History with my family I spotted this truck. It is the truck of the Flying Finger’s Yarn Shop In Tarrytown, NY. I just love the big balls of yarn on the roof. Hoping to see a quilt shop truck like this one day. Fingers crossed.
Today we’re excited to share an exclusive interview with a wonderful designer for Blank Quilting Corp, Tana Mueller. Tana designs under the business name Western Denim & Dirt and her collections include the successful Y’all Be Merry, Spooktacular Halloween, and Western Album. Her latest collection, Western Album II will be shipping this November. Learn more about who she is and how she creates.
Q. Where are you from? Where did you grow up? Where do you live?
A. I was born in San Antonio, TX. I grew up in Dallas, TX. When I was out of school, I spent most of my time helping my grandma with chores on her farm in Pendleton, TX. My grandma was a very hard worker. Way of life in the country was hard work but very rewarding.
Q. Family? Pets?
A. Yes, my two sons Brandon (28) & Kyle (25) and BFF for over 30 years Marty. Currently, no pets. I have had three German Shepherds. Princess was the last dog we had; she was also my K-9. She went to heaven in Nov. 2013.
Q. Background as far as education and jobs?
A. Education: Earned a scholarship for art in high school, however my mother became ill. I took my GED test and dropped out of high school to help provide for the family. I later attended Miss Wades Art School in Dallas for a semester. I eventually went back to college to earn two associates degrees in Applied Police Science at Tarrant Co. College. I also hold several law enforcement certifications and licenses including instructor certifications from Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, TX. Work: I started working at the young age of 12 at the movie theaters. I’ve held several jobs from cake decorating in a bakery to Store Manager at a Jo-Ann’s Fabrics
Later, I went on to law enforcement. I served 25+ years as a police officer holding different titles such as: Police Communications Officer/Trainer, Patrol/Investigation Officer, D. A. R. E Officer, Police Instructor and Administrative Police Sergeant.
Q. What other products do you license for? Do you have any other jobs outside of licensing?
A. I own and operate Lone Wolff Construction. Lone Wolff Construction is a construction company that does image upgrades and remodeling for a major retail chain of restaurants. I also own and operate “designs by tana”. We specialize in hot blend crayon techniques that are used to make crayon artwork. We teach classes, programs and do quite a few quilt shows. We also have a studio and website with an online store. In my spare time, I like to take naps.
Q. What inspires your lines?
A. I love to draw and color. I have been drawing since childhood. I enjoy animals, anything rustic/country, western art, Halloween and Christmas. I like to create a design that will be remembered.
Q. Do you have a special place where you get your best work done?
A. Yes, I work from my home office drawing and coloring late at night. Anytime I think or see anything I like, I immediately make a note of it and sketch the thought out on paper.
Q. Do you have a memorable licensing or designing moments?
A. How it began… a sells representative (Rhonda Hatcher) of Blank Quilting came to my studio to sell me fabric. Cindy Werkmeister (Sr., Color Team Instructor) and I meet with her to look at purchasing fabric that could be used with my designs for coloring. Rhonda had been in a meeting at Blank Quilting where she had learned they were looking for a western fabric designer. She was so overwhelmed with all the western artwork at the studio, she forgot about selling the fabric to us. We did purchase a few bolts before she left. Later that year, I was asked to meet with Cliff and Diana at International Quilt Market in Houston, TX. Within a week I became a licensed designer for Blank Quilting. The rest is history. Thanks Rhonda!
Q. Lessons learned over the years?
A. Be patient, good things come to those who wait. Life is too short to for drama. Be colorful with everything you do.
Q. What do you like about fabric?
A. I love the cotton fabric for artwork medium. It’s easier to use for my crayon techniques to color on than paper mediums; creates a unique effect.
Q. How do you choose colors?
A. I am doing a variety of artwork. I love Sepia monochromatic color tones, which works great with western art. Other colors are chosen based on the theme. I would like to do several collections in red, black and white and turquoise and brown.
Q. Anything to add?
A. I put my heart and soul into all my designs. They begin as “chick scratch” and then are drawn on paper and finalized as line drawings. The artwork is then created into a pattern. I use a direct pattern transfer technique to place the artwork on the fabric. The design is then colored with crayons and sometimes colored pencils. It takes at least 8 hours for a one small crayon design to be completed.
I must say that we have some of the kindest customers. I was fortunate to have received this gift of delicious preserves from loyal customer and fan, Anna Mercer and her daughter, Gayle. These lovely ladies were kind enough to bring this all the way from Carp Lake, Michigan to the Quilt Market in Minnesota. Thank you and thank you to all of our other great customers that came to work with us at the quilt market. Enjoy the long weekend!
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Good Day Blank Fans,
Regarding the food+fabric blog, I have decided that I am going to do this once a month instead of 2 times a month as I just don’t have enough material to keep up with that frequency. Basically, I don’t go to enough interesting restaurants when I am on the road. In addition, I am introducing my new blog title for The Blank Quilting Corp. site that will be called Scott’s Stories. All of my Blank Quilting blogs will be under this heading like The Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive blog that I write for Studioe Fabrics. I am not sure of the frequency of this new blog yet, but as I become more comfortable writing the blogs it will become clear.
So today I have opted for fabric instead of food. Shocker! That being said, I am kind of hungry, but then again, I am always hungry. What I would like to do is give you a quick overview or run through of the 16 new lines that The Blank Quilting Corp. is introducing at the May 2015 quilt market. Here goes:
Avery 108″-A new line of 108″ wide fabrics. There are 10 colors in this collection and it has a kind of burlap look. Very simple with two colors in each print. All of the Blank 108″s are now 60×60, so the fabric construction has improved. These come in 18 yard puts only. Oct. ship.
Barnyard Boogie is a line that was made in house. It is all about the animals that you see in the barn or on the farm…and frogs too. One great feature of this line is that there is a soft book which is always one of our top sellers. This line has 13 skus and ships in December.
Introducing Christine Adolph who designed the lovely Cherry Blossom Love. This line is 16 skus and ships in November. This line features birds, flowers, hearts and butterflies that are just gorgeous.
Froggin’ Around is a 14 piece line and ships in November. Frogs are definitely coming back in vogue. There is one version for boys and another version that is more gender neutral. The kids will love this one.
Galaxy is a new basic star pattern with metallic. There are 10 color combinations of this line and it ships in October. 15 yard put ups only.
Garden Critters is a line for the bug lovers in your life. Tons of bug motifs and bugs in jars. Also, a great 36′ panel counting soft book. We have bees for all the people in Utah too. 16 skus ships January.
Introducing Jenelle Kent of Pieces to Treasure in Australia. Her first line for Blank is Honey Berries. This is a completely new look for Blank and we are so excited to welcome Jenelle to the team. This line is full of lots of grey which has been so popular of late. This line is in a South Hampton style with a french table linen feel. 18 pieces ship in Dec.
Legacy is a new in house line. It contains large florals, stripes, tone on tone blenders and has a home dec feel. 16 skus ship in January 2016.
Natural Treasures is a line of earthy objects and textures like rocks, grass, water, sky, etc. It is 14 skus and ships in November.
Noah’s Ark 2 ply flannel by Gina Linn is a ton of fun. It has a soft palette and lots of Noah’s animals. The 2 ply quality flannel is just luscious. This line features a 36″ crib panel. 14 skus ships in Dec.
Project Dog Run is the latest and greatest from Yolanda Fundora. This is for all the dog lovers. It features a 24″ panel as well as tossed dog prints and toys. And, of course, we have paw prints. 11 skus ship Dec.
Route 66 is the newest from Dina Donovan. We are going to get our kicks on Route 66! The focal print of this line is a 24 inch motorcycle panel. The motorcycle drivers in your life are going to love this. Great maps, signs and old fashioned cars. 10 skus ship in January 2016.
Symphony Suite is a follow up to the Lady Claire line that featured sewing motifs. This however is comprised of lots of different musical motifs. This line is 10 skus and ships in January 2016.
USA All The Way is a line to salute our soldiers around the world. This hand painted line has some of the greatest american icons and important American monuments featured. Quilters just can’t get enough of this look as quilters are super patriotic. 14 skus ship Jan.
Western Album II by Tana Mueller of Western Denim & Dirt. The first line did so well that we came out with the follow up. This line is even better than the first version in my opinion. It features tooled leather, barbed wire, boots, animal skulls, horseshoes, gambling motifs, brands, scenics and stars. 16 skus ship in November.
Western Whites by Western Denim & Dirt. This is a 5 piece white on white Western line to complement the Western Album series. This line will have pigment white and it will also ship in November with Western Album II.
Watch the video below if you would like to see each collection.
That is all she wrote folks. We are very excited about the 16 new lines. If you would like to come and see the lines in person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to set up a market appointment.
Until next time, this is my story and I am sticking to it!
I just loved this photo as it captured such an important team moment for my son, his buddies and the coach. To me, it shows how special it is to be part of a team and how that starts at a very young age. As life goes on, there continue to be more and more teams to be on. Case in point, we have a team of nearly 35 sales reps. Don’t forget that their is no “I” in team! Have a great weekend.
“Check out this sweet old school camper. This was parked in the parking lot at our storage unit. We are doing construction on the house and need somewhere to put everything. This was the highlight for sure!” – Scott