What did I do this weekend? I hand stitched all weekend!
First I finished up the mini quilts for our booth using the 4" Variety pack templates that are new in the store. ( below) Then I embroidered and sewed the binding on the Little 4" block above to be used at a name tag at QuiltCon. All of us at VFW Quilts made new name tags using the NEWsnack set templates. Kim, Laura, and Susan and I will all be in Savannah! I can't believe in one week we will be road tripping to GA! Will you be there?
The little "Variety Pack" quilts are looking so good! These blocks are so addicting!!
Easy to piece, and super cute!
I also had been working on quilting this new DWR quilt this entire past week... I finally finished it Sunday morning! I immediately trimmed it, made the bias binding, sewed it on, took it home so I could binge watch and hand bind all day. Yep. It's done... Now to do three quite sleeves this week, Class samples as I seem to have lost them from my Craft Napa trip... (I'm sure they are hiding and will turn up as soon as I finish new samples...) Above I used my Double wedding ring set and my Full Melon template all in one quilt!
I need to get this up on the wall today and photograph it... It was a fun one to make!
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Laura is busy cutting BUNDLES to take to QuiltCon!
The VFW Quilts Staff is hard at work getting all our inventory ready for vending at QuiltCon! Fabric bundles, and bolts and all my templates and goodies will be available for you there! Road trip! We will be Booth #338! Will you be there? Come by and Say Hi! Not going to QuiltCon? That's OK, you can visit my webshop or my NYC STORE! ( and get your goodies now!)
Laura and Kim will be working the booth, I'll be around, but will be teaching all day Thursday and Friday... I'll sneak in at lunch time to say hi. Saturday I will be in the booth, before I fly off to California to Empty Spools Seminars to teach a five day Double Wedding Ring Class.
Besides finishing up NEW quilt patterns and products for QuiltCon, I am finishing up this customer quilt. It's so much fun! I just love this quilt. She loves all color and Black and White, so... Here's my interpretation of that! It has all kinds of crazy-fun-fabrics inside of it... I'll have this wrapped up by Thursday. These larger shapes go together so nicely and get big fast! Then work on a border... Stay tuned! This quilt is a version of my Bright Lights Big City Quilt... pattern is in my Double Wedding ring Book
I wanted to thank you all for you thoughtful comments on The Quilt Show Episode. I asked that question to see what rings true for people. So thank you for sharing what you tips you picked up on. It's helpful to me as a teacher!
And I suppose you are awaiting the Winner of the Double Wedding Ring templates, right??
The winner for this post, is: Jennie B!
And thank you for your comments! It encourages me to blog more, if I hear your thoughts. ;-)
It's been an amazing year. Yes, it's hard work being a small business owner, long days, long hours, but ultimately I am doing something I love. I share that love with you all.
Today I am encouraging you to SHOP SMALL.
My shop carries all my own products, My fabrics, My books, my Acrylic templates, thread sets, patterns, and other goodies... All of these items, is how you survive in this industry by having my hand in multiple areas: Plus all the travel, and teaching that I do. VFWQUILTS.COM
What I love about this industry is that I meet the most amazing people. Quilters are the best! My shop allows me to meet you here, when you come to NYC. If you can't come to NYC, please visit my website shop. If you are over seas, please email us to get you accurate In't shipping quotes... We are always here to help.
We being , Me, and my small staff. We all work hard at our job, we love being creative, we love being creative women building a small business... We need your support to shop small.
Stop by the store, we are always happy to do some show and tell for you of the quilts we have on hand.
One of the best things about writing a book, is getting feedback from people who have been inspired by the work I've poured my heart into. It's kind of like when you go to guild meeting, you stand up for show and tell, and people come up to you afterward and say, "Hey, I like what you do!" ...And from that you find your community of peers. Isn't that what we love about our guild meetings? finding our community of people? (So this is your friendly reminder, to go to your guild meetings, stand up and show your work, and the people who love what you do will come to you. If you sit in the back and never stand up, you may not find your way among a new group... Take a risk, stand up and be proud of your work! You are all artists!)
At Quilt Festival, as I was was shopping the aisles, I was stopped by Katherine who said she had been inspired by my Summer's Day Quilt. ( above in orange, sown with my grandmother quilt which was my inspiration) I am so honored that Katherine found her inspiration in my work, and then took it to tell HER story! She did an amazing job of looking at the "bones" of my quilt, and filling in the story with her African fabrics. It's so gorgeous! This made my whole day, probably my whole year. It's an honor to me, to hear when you've been inspired by my work. It is not a "negative to say where your inspiration came from. Having the feedback makes me want to keep creating, as I feel connected to you all. You are my people...
Katherine wrote about her work:
I enjoyed meeting you in Houston and I want to thank-you for your kind words an encouragement. I've attached the photo of thequiltI show you that was inspired by "A Summers Day" in your book. It's entitled "Mother" and the center represents themotherof mankind from the cradle of humanity.
I have cut out "Greatest :Possible Trust" in purples and African batiks which I plan to finish next year. When I do, I'll make sure to send you a picture. Thanks again for the inspiration.
I am inspired by you when you make versions of my quilts. I am also encouraged when you comment on blog posts, fb or instagram...
Please email your photos, It is what makes this community so special.
Thank you Katherine for stopping me to say hi. It makes all the long hours I do, worth it.
Thank you so much!
Currently on display in at:
VFW QUILTS NYC STORE!
325 West 38th St Suite 811
Friday and Saturday 12-6pm
My Remembering Christmas Past Quilt is now hanging in the store. Come by and say hi! We have many quilts for you to see a mini trunk show when you do! If I'm not in the store, you can always ask if I'm near by... I can pop over if I'm in town.. my staff can text me.
And also on view, is my No Two Alike Quilt! Feel free to ask us for demo's on any templates, We are always happy to share you the tips and tricks! ( Like using our full melon to make PUMPKINS!!)
I'm off to get the store ready! I am working today! Stop by and say hi!
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Hex Star! I LOVE THIS DIE... Well, actually I love them all. I'm making several king size quilts for myself from these dies, and even another geese crossing version that I started today. It goes so quick with my Sizzix!!
Three machines sizes. (Think, Small, Medium and Large)
Big Shot, ( the small machines, take the 6" dies...
Big Shot Plus, ( medium machine) uses The small 6" dies,AND the 9" dies...
Big Shot Plus,(the LARGE) can use ALL the dies, 6", 9", and 12" dies...
These sizes are the WIDTH that can go through the machine.. It depends on how you want to use them... TO carry with you on retreats? Small one...
Medium for more flexibility uses two die sizes, can still carry it with you...
And last, the Big Shot PRO- A stay in one place machine, I'll do a video soon on them.
Above on the left is the BIG SHOT PLUS, all three dies shown above A 9" platform die,under my hand, and two 6" platforms dies beside that.
on my Right, is the Big Shot, (otherwise known as a fabi)
Uses only 6" platform dies... that 6" is what fits through the opening the machine.
OK, My HEX STAR die. You can use this die in a couple different ways, I like to design dies that give you a multitude of options! Loving HEXIES? The star without the half rectangles, gives you just a nice big pieced hex. I have a video on making all the die shapes at my website.
This red and brown version is going to be king size. I already raided my friends stashes for more Reds and browns, as I depleted most of mine! My bed. Can't wait. Must get busy!
But you can also square out the Hexagon to make it a block, like this one below! Isn't it so fun? I even fussy cut on my die! Fabulous!
At the last minute I made up a small wall hanging, that I can hang in my kitchen... using my Yellow Leo Diamond print from Mostly Manor, for the background. Next I dug out some favorite golds, and bright yellows to make this version. Using the half rectangle, finishes my hexes so they have a straight edge...
I cut this quilt out Sunday morning, using two of my Acrylic diamond templates. My small Diamond, that makes 4 different sizes..Here I just used the Full small template, Four of them, make one of my LARGE diamond templates... So the two together, give you many fun options for PLAYING!
I LOVE a star quilt! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! This diamond makes 4 different sizes of stars, with corner squares and quarter triangles marked on the template, for reference. Finished Size of the largest size Star is 21.5"
The small diamond was used to make this wall hanging...
I LOVE a BIG star quilt! It's nice to have options! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! Corner squares and quarter triangles cutting instructions are marked on the template, for reference. Finished Size of the largest size Star is 41"
MIX the TWO templates together to come up with your own unique designs! PLAY!
One day I will get back to finishing my liberty stars.... But for today, I'm off to finish my Memorial Day quilt!
The Next Sizzix Die is the MINI WAVE. You may recall I also had a large wave last fall...
Well, to fill the demand and requests, I went small on the wave as well...
each wave piece is about 4 "X 4/34"
For scale... See my samples below...
Little, cute, and oh so sweet!
Shown two ways to sew together for different effects....
Instead of flip flopping the shape, Here I sewed the curves together to make columns, then sewed the strips together... Picking out the solids was so much fun!
I made this baby quilt for a gift, using the Mini wave as "leaves" on this tiny sprout quilt...
And lastly, I cut my pieces then trimmed off the end to give them a straight edge. That way I can add the mini wave as a scallop, around my Basket quilts! (which is made with my pies & points die, that I will to show you next!)
So many fun projects....
I have a new large set of 50 Wt Thread with Aurifil, Called Full Circle Stitching! Thread for piecing, and free motion quilting, in a fun variety of colors and a few basics to inspire your quilting PLAY!
I need to go photograph the colors! Next post, promise...