Happy Apple Quilts shop in Tampa, Florida
Mia Charro, Artist, Illustrator, Designer for Blend Fabric

Northern Spain was the childhood home of Mia Charro and her six siblings.  As a child Mia loved drawing and painting and wrote with her own imaginative style of story-telling.


Clearly seen in Mia’s work is the influence of her early years and her surroundings of nature and trees and “wild” beauty and lots of cats and dog. Her whimsical style bursts with imagination, color, happiness, fairy tales and magic.


After studying advertising at Leioa University in Vizcaya, Spain, Mia began her career creating courses and illustrations for an e-learning company. Working with illustrations refocused Mia back to her early love of art. Now her artwork is found on products by Better Homes and Gardens, Demdaco, Design House Greetings, Studio Oh! and numerous others.


Mia has designed three fabric lines for Blend Fabrics: Floral Pets, Junglemania, and Birdie Collection.

Birdie Collection has arrived at Happy Apple Quilts and Floral Pets is coming soon.



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Join the Hoffman Challenge

Saturday, July 27, 2019 3:36 PM

Join the Hoffman Challenge

Hoffman California Fabrics is a four-generation family business, founded in 1924 by Rube Hoffman who started selling his woolen fabrics to local department stores.

In time, Rube’s sons, Walter and Phillip joined in and expanded the company with the influence of the easy Southern Californian lifestyle, and, of course, surfing.  Both men were avid surfers and pioneered the surf fashion trends with popular Hawaiian shirts.  Hoffman Fabrics now creates more than 800 screenprints and handmade batiks each year for the quilting/home-sewing and manufacturing industry.  Now in their 95th year, the company still sees three generations of Hoffmans working together to further the brand on a daily basis.


The Hoffman Challenge 2019 collection pays tribute to the company’s founder and history with three digital prints, First Stitch.

Now working in the family business, Hailey Hoffman, the founder’s great granddaughter says

“I’ve always loved the old advertisements and sales tools that great grandpa Rube produced for Hoffman Woolens and since it was our 95th anniversary I thought the old ads and logos would make for a great mini collection that pays homage to our start in wool. It kind of crosses the quilt + fashion pieces of our business!”



The Hoffman Challenge is the longest running quilt challenge now in its 31st year. It started when two local guild members challenged each other and their guild to a contest to see who could make something amazing with a peculiar piece of Hoffman fabric. Since this guild was local to Hoffman, the company caught wind of the idea and the challenge has grown each year!

Categories for the 2019 Challenge are Quilts, Clothing, Accessories and Best Use of Aurifil Thread. Six fabrics are required to be used in the challenge projects and all six are available at Happy Apple Quilts, in shop and online.

Learn more about the 2019 Hoffman Challenge and how you can participate

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Christmas in July - Time to Share

Thursday, June 27, 2019 3:34 PM

Christmas in July - Time to Share

Stitcher Paradise is just three weeks away!  

As the first day of Stitcher comes closer, our excitement to see all of you continues to grow.  

We can’t wait to see all of you learning and creating with our educators. If you’re still thinking about taking a class, now’s your chance to sign up. We still have open classes with Bill Kerr, Teresa Silva, Jen Lee, and others.  

We know you’ll love anything you create! 

When you’re not taking a class, don’t forget to shop around our amazing marketplace. Remember to stop by the Happy Apple Quilts booth to say hello.

Stitcher Paradise have another great opportunity this year! 

During the month of July, the Hilton Carillon Park will also be holding a Christmas in July canned food drive. The food drive will help to benefit RCS Pinellas, an organization that has been working to help those in need get back onto their path of self-sufficiency for the last 50 years in Pinellas County.  


By participating in the food drive the Hilton is helping the RCS continue its goal of directing resources to people facing hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, and the lack of basic needs in the local community. Every donation will be sent to the RCS Pinellas and will be used to help provide nutritious food to families in need.  

Feel free to drop off any canned food to help with the Hilton’s food drive as you make your way into Stitcher Paradise.  

To further aid the work of RCS Pinellas, Happy Apple Quilts is having a QUILT SALE in the lobby of the Hilton during Stitcher Paradise. Dozens of Happy Apple Quilts' own model quilts will be available for purchase 25% of the proceeds from the QUILT SALE will be donated to RCS Pinellas.


While the Food Drive is the entire month of July, the QUILT SALE is takes place only during Stitcher Paradise, July 17th-20th. Tell all of your friends. The quilts are mostly wall hangings and lap or throw size quilts. They make great gifts and Christmas in July QUILT SALE at the Hilton is a great time to start your shopping.

We can’t wait to see all of you in a few weeks at The Hilton Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

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Modern Pioneers

Friday, June 21, 2019 5:47 PM

Modern Pioneers

“Pioneer” and “modern” are not words usually found in the same sentence.  But think about this – all pioneers were modern in the time they lived!

So, meet the extraordinary design team of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, pioneers of the Modern Quilt movement.  


Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Sewing since he was 8, Bill began designing and making modern quilts in 1995.

This year they celebrate 20 years as Modern Quilt Studios. 

Modern Quilt Studio Celebrates 20 years

Bill and Weeks even wrote the first book on modern quilting, The Modern Quilt Workshop.   Following that successful book were Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern and Transparency Quilts.

In 2011 they launched “Modern Quilts Illustrated,” the first magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting. Their work has appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts Japan, Australian Quilter’s Companion, Dwell, O: The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, and Country Living.

Bill and Weeks teach extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (in Japanese), England and France (in French).  Weeks writes the blogs Craft Nectar and Yes, Weeks is her real name. Bill is also Director of Graphic Design Discipline at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.


Bill and Weeks design several fabrics lines a year for Benartex Fabrics and have developed bedding and textile lines for Crate and Barrel. -

Don’t miss an extraordinary opportunity to learn from Bill Kerr at Stitcher Paradise, July 18 – 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL!  If you don’t want to sew, enroll in one of Bill’s no-sew classes on Saturday.

Bill is a wonderfully natural teacher and we are delighted to bring Bill Kerr, modern quilt design pioneer to Stitcher Paradise in July 2019. 

Enjoy your fabric love as Bill teaches you to combine a wide range of styles, hues, values with confidence.  Break out of the “collection” mindset.  I have always strayed across company, collection, genre boundaries when I choose fabrics.  I love helping our shopping friends at Happy Apple Quilts find fun combinations for their quilts with a little surprise factor.   That’s why I’ve started “Karen’s Choice” quilt kits.  

But don’t be limited by someone else’s choices – let Bill teach you to make your own.  Like me, you will be inspired by Bill’s knowledge and genuine joy of sharing his talent for making beautiful things.  I can’t wait to see Bill again and I am so excited that you can meet him, too. 

Happy Quilting, Karen Grof

Introducing Tambourine by Anna Maria Horner

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:36 AM

Introducing Tambourine by Anna Maria Horner

Tambourine by Anna Maria Horner


Anna Maria's booth at fall Quilt Market drew us in.

Her new collection shows one of her classic themes, Folk Art.

Tambourine by Anna Maria Horner

Tambourine is a diverse mix of imagery that celebrates nature, rhythm and fine details. The flora and fauna colored with moody and rich palettes go beyond the more typical cute folk look, but travel to more exotic and authentic places.

Spotted in the Crowd

If Anna Maria Horner is a long time favorite designer of yours, you will be happy to see her leopard print has returned! Originally in her Field Study collection, now at a slightly smaller scale. Anna Maria is in the mindset that a leopard print always works!

 Bird Watching

 Anna Maria began by drawing overlocking loops and filling the shapes in with lyrical animals. Inspired by an Ukranian artist Maria Prymachencko, whose celebrated work was largely influenced by folklore. An accomplished artist at 16, Maria P. was a contemporary of Matisse and Picasso.

One of Anna Maria's favorites,she wanted to create a simple rhythmical flower. She paired flowers together vertically in a repeat, which mimics how we scroll on a text message on our phones. These flowers are having a lovely conversation!

Gypsy Heart & Hidden 

Two prints that add light and sparkle, blending the colorways and focus prints together. Anna Maria sketches traditionally, but composes digitally on an iPad. She loves that even with technology, the tablet shows her hand drawn line work and little imperfections. 

Shop the Tambourine Collection with us!

*photography and insights included in post are from Anna Maria Horner*

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