Monday, July 18, 2016

What's new!



I've been a bit quiet over here in blogland recently. Having been home for such a nice spell, I've been working away on finishing my latest quilts for a new... Book!  It comes out next year... So we still have time to wait. No clues at this time, but at least explains why I've been absent here... 

And I thought my summer would be quiet!! 

Not really. I'm binding quilts all this week.


My friend Lorena in AU made me this super cute duffle bag from my Mostly Manor fabric line. Isn't it adorable? I'll be traveling in style now!  Lorena is pretty fabulous... You best check her out: http://www.lorenauriarte.com/

By the way, Are you following me on Instagram? I'm posting often over there...



A lot of fun things are popping up at my account... Like the photo shoot with Traditional Home magazine, which will be out in The October issue!   Weeeeeeee!! Video here:

It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see it myself! 

Happy Monday!! 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

WIP (work in progress)



 I'm making some class samples for the Bright Lights Big City Quilt class I'm teaching at Quilting by the Lake July 18-25... I just got in my sample yardage of Meadow Storm, (which is coming out in early sept to your local quilt shops!) I thought I'd make a few pieces... And then... 


Making pairings were just so fun and stinking cute that I made more.... 


And a few more....


And well....



If I've come this far...


I might as well go to the full version... 
Right? 

This is my original Bright Lights, Big City quilt. The pattern is in my book, Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern available in my website shop. (autographed!)

SALE!! 
Don't forget until Juky 12th, get $10 off your order of $40 or more! Enter: Summer Fun at checkout, (below your total) 

Fabric, Templates & Patterns, books galore! 

I'm iff to finish my 90" x 90" class sample 
Hehe! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer sale!



Summer Sale!  Head over to my website shop! Get $10 off order of $40 or more! (Till July 12) 
Add code: Summer Fun  in the box labeled "Discount" under your order total. 


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lounging with the lights out



We had a power outage on Saturday which took us outside to enjoy the last bit of sunlight. What's a quilter to do, except sit and do handwork!  I pulled out some of my Sizzix dies and prepped some pieces for English Paper Piecing, using the Sizzix Honeycomb & Square die. It's wonderfully quick, as I can cut the paper pieces and the fabric pieces all on one die!  


Here's my very first EPP! Yes! I have not spent anytime with EPP. I do love traditional hand patchwork, so I always thought, why bother.   Time usually was my issue that held me back. So, to be speedy, I used my washable glue stick to gold the fabric around each little piece.  That definitely is my speed!  Hand basting with thread takes to long, for me. 



I prepared one for the 4th of July, but didn't get around to stitching it. Looks nice though, right?  Ha!

Well, my darling daughter saw me doing the prep work. (Who swears she is not a quilter)   
Ah, see below her summer project for #quiltsforpulse #proudmama

She said, I'll help do that! That looks like fun!  So guess who is making this block below, right now? 




Ha! I snuck a photo for proof. I guess she's a quilter after all! Plus, her EPP block is nearly done! As is her quilt top below.  Can you see me proudly grinning? Yep, kind of hard to wipe the happy smile off my face. 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Disappeared.



Did you think I disappeared?  I guess I kind of did, briefly! This year has flown by, with loads of travel, loads of projects, and   Well, I couldn't wait for the end of May to arrive as it meant I'd be home for more than two weeks! 

I've been crazy, feverishly making and making.... Quilts that have been sitting in my head for months. I purged a great many ideas often putting in 14 hours in the studio, a day, to get them all made before I packed up my car and drove to my house for the summer.  I often do that, I need to do that, and after it all...

I'm here.


I had plans of whipping around my house, organizing, cleaning, doing some emails, and instead, I grocery shopped the farm stands, I cooked amazingly fresh food, and I took a two hour nap. 


...And maybe a dip in the pool.  


Organizing this room... Will have to wait another day... 

Because for now. I need to sit, excercise, breathe, and take a break. 

I'm home. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

ABQ

I had so much fun in Albuquerque!! The ABQ Modern Guild had me down for three workshops, Booksigning and lecture evening, and we had a blast!! What a fun group! 


I could not resist sharing these two darling sisters, who were taking there purchases very seriously. I'm
pretty sure I look just like the wee one above, when I'm contemplating my choices too. 



I had so many fun moments and laughs with these gals.  Enjoy having a look at some of the work being done. I look forward to seeing there final finishes!!  A lot of great talent in the workshops! 


I even was taken up the mountain, for a beautiful sunset moment.  A perfect end to a perfect week!  

 
Looking forward to being home for a bit! 
Bring on summer!! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

*NEW* Victory! block Template set!


I've been holding out on you! I've been playing with my own 
NEW
Victory! Block Acrylic template set 
for about 5 months now! 
I've made quite a few quilts that are now being quilted... 
So I guess I should share with all of you, right?


This six piece set makes a Fun Kite and triangle block if you piece the small pieces into the triangle... Or, you also have the "Whole" shapes to use... See the variations below? I'm making a scrap quilt letting each block be completely different...  Solids, prints, you name it, they blocks all look so different and all pieced the same way. ADORABLE!!



 This quilt is quilted, but I haven't photographed it yet... I used all scraps from my scrap bin and a random amount of solids to make this sweet quilt. You can see I used the pieced triangles and the Solid triangles in this quilt... The navy, is used by piecing the whole pieces... Clever, huh?

SO MANY OPTIONS!!!

Head on over to the website to pick up a set!




IQSCM! Visit!



International Quilt Study Center weekend. 
Quiltstudy.org 
I'm just returning from my weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Quilt Study Center. I am on the board of the Museum and it was our annual meeting. I always add a class to my schedule, as it's hard to be there, and NOT be inspired!  I'm always itching to sew.

I taught my Pattern Play Class, which is a relaxed, improv, play out many individual
options,kind of class. We talk about the technique and the process, and how the one process never is the same for all!  Which, is the BEST part of the class. Everyone finds their comfort zone, the plan nearly always changes, depending on what you bring!  Being open to trying different layouts, design and ideas, leads to some very fun improv quilts.  YOU quilts!  Not my quilts.  It's a good way to learn how I work in my studio.

 I love teaching the class, as it's a "no fail" kind of exploration. ...and another way to "play" to loosen up your creativity, and work outside your comfort zone. 


Even in my process blocks I made in class, have taken on its own unique path. I can't wait to get home and add to it! 

These are some examples of what was happening in the class. Note how all are so different, yet interesting to look at closer! 

I love how this block of blue/green appeared in her layout. Sometimes just by working quickly, getting blocks on them wall to "see" them, new layouts appear. 
So exciting! 

While filling her design board, we were struck by the blue/green of the felt on the board, added an interesting element  to her blocks. We talked about how do you incorporate that affect with size scale of the technique we are using to keep the look intact. She also added other slices of color for added interest, as a way to pull your eye from one side of the quilt to the other. Love it. 

Simple, crisp, with some shots of "hello color!"  Her black background fabric also cut in such a way that her blocks look seamless when sewn together.

I'm always looking for "all the options" when I'm playing. Including looking at what's happening "around" my quilt. 

Take loads of photos as you move your blocks so you can get another perspective on what you are seeing.  

Never forget to look beyond the obvious. 

Try it all on for size.

Let your intuition do some work, and not just your brain. :-)


More posts coming on other adventures at IQSCM! 

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