Amanda Herring

If you have been one of our blog readers for a while you would have noticed that we are highlighting each of our fabric designers close to when their fabric line arrives. Amanda Herring, of The Quilted Fish is this weeks featured artist. And her long awaited line, Sweet Divinity, arrived in stores last week.


I ask each of our designers what kind of interview/highlight they would like me to present… and I loved Amanda’s idea:
10 things I like to use when I sew

1. Basting spray

2. Really good thread

3. Ribbon and trims

4. Buttons and embellishments

5. Best Press starch

6. Heat N’ Bond

7. iPod

8. A sharp seam ripper (I use this a lot!)

9. A whole tray of full bobbins

10. A good turning tool

9 words or sayings I love

1. Spontaneous

2. Shopping

3. Family

4. “Maybe I’m just a little girl, a little girl with great big plans” –Mindy Gledhill

5. Dream big

6. Vacation

7. “everything, everything will be alright, everything, everything will be just fine” –Jimmy Eat World

8. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”. –Albus Dumbledore

9. “Be different, stand out, and work your butt off” –Reba McEntire

8 things that make me smile

1. My kids, a 7 year old and 4 year old twins

2. My husband, Mr. Fish

3. A new stack (or bolts!!) of fabric

4. A freshly quilted quilt

5. Sparkly buttons or embellishments

6. A new pair of shoes

7. A clean house (that NEVER happens)

8. Johnny Depp in a pirate costume

7 pieces of advice that you would give

1. Be Kind

2. Creativity is a gift, share it

3. Treat others as you would have them treat you

4. Be honest

5. Have fun

6. What other people think about you is none of your business (my husband tells me this all the time. I am not so good at listening sometimes, though!)

7. Remember who you are and what you stand for (my mom used to say that every time I left the house)

6 things I love about what I do

1. Being creative!

2. Participating in other peoples creative process

3. Meeting people

4. Teaching

5. Always having something new to work on

6. Seeing something I have worked hard on being appreciated by others

5 things I love about my everyday life

1. Being home with my family

2. Watching a favorite show with my hubby while we both work on our laptops

3. Being able to stay in my pajamas to work

4. Not having to get up early in the morning

5. Being able to be spontaneous (most of the time)

4 Things that inspire me

1. My mom

2. Magazines-I love the all of the Sommerset publications, quilting, scrapbook and home décor magazines

3. Boutique stores

4. Gardens

3 essentials for designing

1. My laptop

2. Good music or a book on tape

3. A really good mechanical pencil

2 decisions I have never regretted

1. Becoming a wife and mother

2. Moving back to Salt Lake City

1 more thing you should know about me

I have a deep love for the creative process. It is a special gift given to us to bring us joy. I believe that it is in sharing our creativity that our ability to create grows.

Thanks Amanda.

I have known Amanda for about a year and a half. She has never met a stranger which is why anyone going to market needs to visit her at her booth. She has a lot of positive energy that is contagious and the fun she has in life is shown in her fabric. Sweet Divinity is simply that, sweet, fun, indulgent, with yummy colors of pinks, greens, reds and blues. All fabrics coordinate together in a harmonious blossom of color. We have had so many request for this Sweet Divinity in flannel, it is currently being made and will be available in November.

Sassy Square quilt by Quilted Fish


These are Amanda’s Party hats using “Sweet Divinity”. We are putting on our party hats and getting ready for Market.



This might be my last post before market so I wanted to send a big shout out to everyone coming to quilt market in Houston. Stop by our booth and see what we have been up to. We have so many new things to share including soon to be new arrivals by Lila Tueller, Samantha Walker and My Minds Eye. I will be highlighting Lila Tueller and her new line “Isabella” in a couple of weeks (after market). Our Designers attending market:

Amanda Herring Booth #1301, Lila Tueller Booth# 1404, Shari Butler, Samantha Walker and a new artist Cynthea Walker, all will be attending and having displays at our Riley Blake booth #1300-1301, 1401-1407.

Jina and I will be teaching at school house this year showing how to use some of our “Sew Together” products, we hope many of you will come and join us. And back by popular demand, our Riley Blake Truffles will waiting at our booth. They are so good you can’t have just one. See you next week…….. Back to our sewing machines.

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