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"A Flair For Fabric" Book Hop

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Suddenly I have my crafty mojo back. I have been swamped with background non-creative work and life. I have to keep telling myself that life happens but taking care of my creative soul should come first because the rest will fall in place easily. 

I brought the boys to a meeting that I had in the city during the teacher's convention week. They helped fold fabric in exchange for a visit to their favorite haunts like Kinokuniya Bookstore, Muji, Nintendo world, and yes, they even like my crafty destinations like Anthropologie and Purl Soho. I think that I would compare it to me going to the hardware store to find something to use in my crafty endeavors. They love looking at the little pins and cool scissors. At Anthropologie we found this lovely bundle of wool. What were we going to do with it? Little A bought a book on making fun pompom characters. We thought that the first thing we could make would be fun pompoms. We'll add some more pompoms. What do you think? Very fun garland, right?

It was a fun and quick thing to make. So what was distracting me from all of the easy fun stuff? Finishing this book, "A Flair For Fabric" and planning promotions for it took up a better part of my last few months. Today is the first day of the book tour. Along the way you will find out about the projects, get some great tips and perhaps win some fabric or books. Join the fun. Martingale is first up and my fellow Henry Glass designers and special guest, American Patchwork and Quilting take over from there. Join us won't you?

Mark your calendar for next Monday. I will be on APQ Radio to talk about the book too. Details to come.

"A Flair For Fabric" - Published by Martingale & Co.

"A Flair For Fabric" - Published by Martingale & Co.

Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog 

Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks 

Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson 

Friday, November 21: 

Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt 

Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono

Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs 

Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl 

Friday, November 28: Jill Finley (

Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin 

Monday, December 1: Margo Languedoc 

Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts 

Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive 

Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson 

Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves 

Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog 

See you soon!


Inspiration Under One Roof

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A Flair For Fabric. Compiled by Linda Lum DeBono. Published by Martingale & Co.

A Flair For Fabric. Compiled by Linda Lum DeBono. Published by Martingale & Co.

I have been back from Houston for a week now and have finally recovered. The weeks leading up to the show were CRAZY and the people who were riding along were either equally stressed or wondering what just flew by them. Apologies to both parties!

A few weeks before Quilt Market my friend Jill Finley became ill and had to cancel her plans to exhibit at Quilt Market. Unfortunately, she also designs the Henry Glass booth but no worries though since Jill and I work on the general booth planning ideas together [I help guide but she truly does the design of the booth] I was able to put in a plan of action. I have to thank all of the HG crew for working on putting the booth together. Everyone from HG President Larry R. to HG crew, Karen and Harriet to designers and friends like Dana Brooks, Leanne Anderson, Mary Jane Carey, Mary Ellen Von Holt and Muriel from the Little Quilts shop in Marietta, GA. pitched in. Special thanks to Daryl Brooks and Ed Anderson for doing all of the hard labor! You guys were awesome!

Martingale Schoolhouse for "A Flair For Fabric"

Martingale Schoolhouse for "A Flair For Fabric"

On top of that frenzy, there was a lot of prep work for the new  book, "A Flair For Fabric" that I compiled and is published by Martingale. Thank you to Mary Burns for your effort, energy, and dedication to your job. There were book plates, post cards, and a million other things to put together and minor glitches to work around but girlfriend you are awesome! I think that I will have to make up some new thing so that Mary and I can continue to e-mail and chat. 

"Close To My Heart" designed and made by Linda Lum DeBono

"Close To My Heart" designed and made by Linda Lum DeBono

Part of the promotional process included filming for Brewer Distributors. Orion Burns was a pro and Marketing Director April L. was so nice to stand in the filming with me. I am a good speaker when it I am talking to one or two people and not being filmed. This is another case.

Here I am in front of the the display in the Martingale booth!

We had a great book signing. I think that I had a few people worried because I told them that we were having an audition like on "American Idol." 

L to R: Dana Brooks, me, Mary Ellen Von Holt, Janet Nesbitt, and Leanne Anderson.

L to R: Dana Brooks, me, Mary Ellen Von Holt, Janet Nesbitt, and Leanne Anderson.

Now it's time to your local quilt shop and buy the book! Be back with more market photos soon.


A Special Delivery

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It's here! After a long production time, an advanced copy of  "A Flair For Fabric" arrived at my doorstep yesterday. Here is a lovely shot of the cover with a note from Jennifer Keltner, Chief Visionary Officer over at Martingale & Co. 

More on the book in the next while as I gear up for Quilt Market later this month.

xo, lldb

A Flair For Fabric

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The designers at Henry Glass are stoked! "A Flair For Fabric" is a wonderful collaboration and I am so excited for its release this fall! More details to come! Check out the Henry Glass blog for more images.


A New Book

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The secret is out and I can only show you the sneakiest of sneaky peeks. I compiled this book of designs from my sister Henry Glass designers.

It all started with an idea that I had in my brain for the longest time. I wanted to compile a book of designs from my talented designer friends. Fast forward a couple of years, Hurricane Sandy was going to hit the East coast. As I sat in Houston trying to keep an eye on the storm and my flight updates, the conversation shifted and the HG crew talked very briefly about doing a book.

I got the last flight out of Houston the next day before all flights were cancelled. My family survived the storm and we were the lucky ones. Many others did not fare so well.

That's when the book idea came together. All of the Henry Glass designers contributed a design and proceeds from the book will help the Red Cross. Martingale will donate some proceeds as well. I can't wait for you to see the book. Look for it this fall. We are looking forward to showing it off in Houston.

xo, lldb



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Cinderella is my very favorite fairy tale. I even dressed up as Cinderella one Halloween. When I saw this tape I had to have it.

A while back I had posted this guide to make a case for my scissors. (Click here for the guide.) Of course the boys and I had to have an afternoon of making Duct Tape cases.

- lldb


Wasabi Hot

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Oh yes. Hot, hot, hot. Mac and cheese is every kids' favorite. I let the kids prep the food while I am sitting there working. They love it because they feel like they are in control even though I am at arm's length looking on. Yum.


Finding Balance

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School's out and I balance my work with spending time with the boys. I can work both independently or work together with them. Planning is everything. We have some fun things on our summer bucket list and we are going to share them with you. We hope that our simple ideas will inspire you to try something fun for yourselves this summer.

One of the first things that we did was download a music composition app. There are many different ones but we used Symphony Pro. Little A worked on composing a new song this afternoon. It will be fun to hear the end result.



Oh Where Oh Where Could She Be?

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I have had a post sitting and waiting to be edited for a long time. It hasn't been published because it is too long to be edited on my iPhone. Boo!

I've been to Denver to tape "Sew It All" tv, Quilt Market for Pittsburgh, and NYC for Surtex. Will catch you up soon!



Pretend It's #tbt

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I am making it #tbt today. It has been that kind of week and I wanted to post this yesterday. As you know, life happens all at the same time. Deadlines, crises, and just everyday running around always come at the same time. All's good though. I thrive on it even if it makes me tired. Then I look at this sweet face and all the crankiness just melts away.

This week I will be flying to Golden, Colorado to film an episode of "Sew It All" tv with Ellen March. It''ll be fun. The sample is finished and it is darling. Too bad I can't give you a sneak peek. Boo!

I have a big editing job to do this week too. See? It rains, it pours. 

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter.

xoxo, lldb

You Are What You Write With

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Those who live with me or know me know that I pretty much have every writing tool known to mankind. Having a good grip on a great writing pencil is the equivalent to playing with a beautiful violin or piano. Sure, you can write with anything but if this is going to be my companion for the day you can bet that it better feel awesome in my hands. 

I write and edit the old fashioned way. That is, I actually write it all out! I do it in layers. The first draft is written in one color and then I use a different color for the next layer or edit. It keeps my thoughts on track.

xo, lldb

Full Circle

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[From left to right: David Lisker, Bela Horvath, Philip Edward Fisher and Jeanne Gerard.]

[From left to right: David Lisker, Bela Horvath, Philip Edward Fisher and Jeanne Gerard.]

Do you ever have those days where inspiration hits you and come together in the most unexpected ways? I do. I have them all of the time. It's my creative process. I can be in the middle of something like cooking and suddenly an entire book idea just hits me like a brick wall. 

This time though my source of inspiration came in the form of some amazing musical talent at a fundraiser event in NYC. Adam's former violin teacher, the virtuoso violinist Bela Horvath invited us to a fundraiser event at the Baryshnikov Arts Center/The DiMenna Center on Friday. Violinist David Lisker, a protege of Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, celebrated pianist Philip Fisher and the beautiful and talented soprano Jeanne Gerard were also performing. It was a glorious night.

I came home and "wrote" two books in my head. Adam got up and practiced his violin and Alex practiced on his piano with a few added flourishes to his playing as inspired by one Philip Edward Fisher!

This story though is not just about inspiration but also about giving. Bela Horvath taught Adam for several years and then he relocated to NYC to concentrate on his performing. During the time that he spent with Adam, Bela would give my son math problems to keep him engaged and focused on the class if there was a moment of distraction. A gifted teacher is one who knows how to reach the potential of all of his students.

Fast forward to Friday night. This fundraiser event benefited a new summer festival, the 2014 Saint Andrew Music Festival, in his home country of Hungary. This has been Bela's dream for a long time. These world-renowned musicians will be performing and there will be performances, joint performances and masterclasses at the event. Bela's dream is to give back and to inspire many young musicians. As Bela said that night, "it has come full circle and my dream is finally coming true.'

To me this is the most authentic way to fuel your creative soul. Thank you to the performers for the wonderful night but most of all, thank you Bela, for sharing your dream.

xo, lldb



Simple Things

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Someone recently asked me why I thought quilt shops were closing everywhere. I don't purport to be some retail expert but as a designer for my own company, it is something that crosses my mind.

I've thought about this recently because several incidents have brought the thought together for me. I should start off with saying that I love Aveda products. I don't normally wear make up so I wanted to look at the options. I need to get some because I will be taping an episode of Sew It All tv in a few weeks. Yikes!


It was a Saturday morning when I went into the Aveda store to get some makeup. There were two sales people and no customers at first. Then the female sales person walked across the hall to the cupcake shop and another customer came in. Another as in ONE. I sat down and the male sales person chirped on, "ok, just sit in the chair and I will be with you in a minute." He went to the entrance to look for his counterpart. She was no where to be found. He came back with a look of hesitation. "Um, can you come back another day? I can't find her and it is really busy being a Saturday and all." (He is not new. I have talked to him before and he is very comfortable with make up.)

Uh, what? I left.


Then last week I went to a favorite quilt shop, Pennington Quilt Works, and my experience was wonderful. They were all helpful and the ladies knew their quilt business.


Fast forward to yesterday when I visited a local shop, Heart Strings. Owner Carol Beder, always has a great attitude about the good days and bad days of being in retail business and she put some things in perspective between my good and poor retail experience.



Taking aside the many different things going on in our industry (that is part of another conversation - digital vs. printed, modern vs. traditional, etc.) and the economy, I think the simple things are sometimes forgotten. I know, easy for me to say because I am not at the retail level.

Carol is realistic in knowing that times will be tough but I think that she survives for different reasons:

1. Customer service. She chats and gets to know you. As cliche as it sounds, those first impressions make a difference. I think that it can help put people in a good mood and it leaves a lasting impression for future visits. She makes the customer feel welcome.

2. Passion. Customers can see the love that she has for her shop.

3. Inspiration. Try to give your customers an inspiring experience. Keep it fresh. Keep it unique. Give them something that they will want. I feel as though I am discovering a new treasure every time I visit.

4. Personality. Carol's unique displays are carefully curated.

I am not trying to be simplistic in saying that these things will cure all. Rather, I hope that these thoughts help you fly through the good and the bad times.

xo, lldb

Making Do

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It always amazes me to see people's expressions when they see me create and they see how little I use in my process. There's nothing wrong with a great big set up or a high end sewing machine. It's just never been a big focus in my creative process.

You could describe me like someone who needs to capture the moment now before it's gone. Certain ideas brew in my head for a long time before it can escape but when it comes to the actual doing part, it's like an explosion.

Case in point. I've been photographing things this week and thought I'd share my little photo studio with you. Very simple isn't it?

What is your creative process like?