I'm just back from a Lincoln Nebraska, to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
where I am on the Advisory board. It was our yearly meeting, and always a huge treat to get to spend time at QuiltHouse!
Currently, Bill Volckening is having a exhibit of some of his Double knit polyester quilts...
We both collect, he has more. ;-) We have a huge fondness for these quilts...Here isa flash back on an article on the two of us, My Double knit twin. ;-)
Reunited! Sort of. ;-)
We get a peak at many new acquisitions when we are there... Here is a new Hawaiian quilt they now have. it's always fun to see what new quilts are now part of the collection.
Geeta Kandlewhal is also in the board with us, and it was inspiring to hear her talk about this quilt she made on the Ghandi. She is n amazing quilt Artist and collector from Mumbai, India. Greta is the author of Godharis of Maharashtra. She told a very moving story about this quilt.
Thank you Geeta for my pin cushion. *wink!
I'll share more pictures this week! Happy to be home!
Need proof? Here's a small smattering of the 5-10 green & red quilts I make each year!
I love subtle Holiday fabrics, Fabrics that read Green & Red. So they can be red & green without being overly "Christmas-y." ...Although I do love me some Santa and reindeer fabrics too, who am I kidding? Need more proof? Click here.
But in general, I love the combo of colors. I also love vintage quilts and red, green and yellow here hugely popular back in the day, so this can work both ways... Modern vintage!
Late last summer, I rcvd an email from a Grandmother, whose granddaughter had passed away quite young from a rare cancer. She asked me if I could make a quilt from Cheli's pjs, as she spent a good deal of her little life in them... I was very touched by the project, as she was wanting it to give to her daughter as memory quilt. I was overwhelmed by the idea of making such a special quilt, and was nervous to take it on, but after meeting her, and her stories she shared of Cheli, I couldn't' say no. Cheli's favorite color was purple, so Everything within the quilt that is Purple are the fabrics I added, everything else is made up of the Pajama clothing that I was given to make this quilt.
To make it, I had to deconstruct the clothing into useable pieces. I used Pellon 906F toFuse to the fabrics, so that I could sew them without them stretching. I wanted to keep the fabrics as full as possible, capturing the elements of the PJ's, to best capture her sweet spirit.
I added her name by using reverse raw edge appliqué, and added some hand big stick quilting around the letters, and over all, I think it turned into a very sweet quilt. It will be given Cheli's mother at the one year anniversary of her death.
This type of project is not for everyone. Some people can not understand how or why you'd want to hold on to those memories. But for me, and plenty of others, ( I do get asked to make many quilts like this) Memory quilts are a great way to hang on to something tangible to remember what a blessed soul they are. Never met Cheli, But I felt drawn to her through he fabrics, and could celebrate her life with a smile. This project really touched my heart... I now am making a second quilt for the grandmother.
Making these quilts are very healing... and I am honored that they asked me to make this quilt for them.
"Come Together" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe with blocks by attendees of QuiltCon 2015. Quilted by Sarabeth Rebe. 83' x 71'
You might remember this project from QuiltCon in Pasadena. We asked Marcus booth visitors to stitch a simple Drunkard's Path block with My Mostly Manor collection. Well, with those blocks, I created this design, which was then quilted by Sarabeth Rebe. It was donated to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, an ongoing effort spearheaded by Quilters Dream Batting.
And NOW, you can support ALS families and research by purchasing raffle tickets to win this designer masterpeice! Tickets are only $5 per chance (or 5 chances for $20) and can bepurchased onlinenow through the drawing date of June 19, 2017. A fulll 100% of the raffle proceeds will be split between family support and research funding. (NOTE: If you're attending Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis this weekend, you can also purchase your tickets at the Quilters Dream booth # 2240)
-- Grand Prize: Win the “Come Together” Quilt by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, plus a Case of Quilters Dream Batting
-- 1st and 2nd Prizes: Deluxe Quilter’s Gift Baskets will also be awarded to two lucky winners.
Thanks to our raffle co-sponsors; Quilters Dream Batting, Aurifil, and Juki America,and thank you again to the many quilters who "came together" as quilters often do, to stitch blocks for inclusion in this quilt!
Please share this info with all of your friends and guilds... We need to do well here, and raise some funds, a way for all of use to help, $5 at time! Easy to do, you know you will spend that on fabric anyway!
One lucky person will get to take the quilt home! Let's see how much we can raise!!
Tickets are only $5 per chance (or 5 chances for $20) and can be purchased online
It's that time of year again! Spring Quilt Market starts this week! This is the Industry Trade Show, (not for public) for buyers buying for their Quilt related shops! All the new products that are newly released that you will soon be seeing on the store shelves.
Each market I have three new Sizzix Dies that release for the Quilting market.
Sizzix is a 40 year old company. Remember in elementary schools all the die cuts of letters and flowers? Ellison Corp. is the parent company... They have been doing die cutting for a long time.
Sizzix has three different size machines.
Big Shot, -- uses 6" dies
Big Shot Plus, -- uses 6" and 9" dies
Big shot Pro.-- uses 6" , 9" and 12" dies
We cut 8 layers of fabric at a time. (Accuquilt cuts 6)
I design for all machines sizes... By mostly they fall in the 6" and 9" platforms... which gives you over 80 dies to use on the two smaller machines!...and....
You can ALSO use Accuquilt dies in Sizzix machines using a "Go adapter pad" that is a shim to make up for the thinness of there die.
Because our dies are thicker, Sizzix dies do not work in Accuquilt. (we cut 8 layers, they cut 6)
So that gives you even more die options to use on your Sizzix...
IF YOU ARE GOING to Market: Myself, and Jenny Doan are doing our "Schoolhouse" session together as we both design for Sizzix. Please come see us: Room #265, at 4:40 – 5:10 Thursday
One of my new dies (which will be in stores in JUNE) is the Varied Triangle die!
How cute is this quilt? Three shapes, makes this amazing quilt. The instructions for this quilt is in the packaging of the die.
The possibilities are endless for design!
The Heart quilt below is ALSO made using this die! All in color placement!
Each day this coming week, I will be showing you my new Sizzix dies, Fabrics lines and (info on my New book Modern Quilt Magic preorder now! !) that will be in stores sometime this year...
We are adding my other Sizzix dies to the website this coming week. Stay tuned!!
The Studio has been humming along getting last minute finishes made for Spring Quilt Market which is the end of next week, but next Monday I am going on retreat with my pals, so I have to be done this week! I can tall you, CHRISTMAS QUILTS are being made with my GREEN & RED line due in the store end of May, and a sneak peak of my line after that! ALSO, my next three NEW SIZZIX dies have been revealed already if you didn't see the video a couple posts below...
This past week, I've been adding all my Sizzix dies to my website, so if you are looking for them, they will be there shortly... The newest ones will not be available until June...
Marilyn's look amazing in my MOSTLY MANOR fabrics!
I'm loving seeing how other SNACK set blocks are turning out!! Come join in the fun!!