We are ALOMST finished packing, although it seems not one more thing will fit into my car! Except for Laura and I of course! Follow us on Instagram, where we will be posting our road trip all the way to Savannah GA!
A few other things to mark down on your QuiltCon Calendar!
**I am doing a BOOK SIGNING at the C&T booth #118 Saturday from 1-2pm
**You will also find books in my booth, #338
**I will be in the Booth Saturday all day, and over my lunch on Thursday & Friday 12:30-1:45
(I will be teaching all day/night Thur & Fri)
Kim, Laura & Susan will be in the booth, be sure to stop by and say hi to the VFW quilts crew!
DON'T FORGET THE BOOTH HOP!
$1,000 VFW prize package
Stop by any of the 5 participating booths to get your post card, visit all booths for your stamp. Fill out and drop off at the last of the five booths you visit, to enter!
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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. ;-)
I'm still working on my selfish little project of making random Victory Block Yellow Pink and Blue blocks... NO DEADLINE! Just a "make-it-because-I-feel-like-sewing-a-bunch-of-random-pieces-together!" We spend Christmas in Nyc before heading to our house Christmas night... So I cut, cut, cut, a whole load of pieces from my scrap bins... so that I can just sew, sew, sew!
My power and lights had been out in my studio so I had been sewing at my kitchen table, but now that it's fixed.... I moved back down stairs... I must say, I love the view sewing in my kitchen!
Do you want to see how they are coming along? No plan, Just making... Putting them up on my wall, Looking at them, the placements will likely change after I make a bunch more blocks...
I had to add in a some pops of Fuchsia...and a wee bit of navy... I like those being my darkest darks to add depth in the quilt... I also like the block that has white "V's" and will add in a few more that will give me more of that look... I like how it punches through the quilt...
One o fly favorite gifts!
Nancy Shamy from Kenziemac Patterns, made me this amazing "BIG BAG" VFW QUILTS bag from my newest fabric line "LIGHT WORK" which will be in stores in mid January!
Here's what I'v been prepping for this week, so i can play and make more this coming week:
I'm continuing to make my scrap Yellow Pink and Blue Victory Block quilt. As I get a new pile of scraps, I cut parts out and leave them stacked up, then when I have free minute to play, I put together one more new block. Only thinking about designing the block to be different then the last one I made.
It's fun relaxing project... No pressure, just make. When it's time to put them together into one quilt I will look to see how the blocks start to connect... This is what I love about this options you have for this template set. You have many choices in the design of the block, and can make some very interesting connections between pattern, and blending of patterns across the block lines! I will be showing you more of the blocks make over the holiday break!
*Any orders placed at vfwquilts.com during our holiday closure, will be shipped January 2nd, 2017
It's been so nice to be home for this long stretch of time!! I am getting so much done in the studio, it feels so good to start new projects!
This quilt above, is a group quilt, made by myself, Kim and Laura, and beautifully quilted by Shelly Pagliai. It's called Fade to Purple, and it will be a pattern soon. (Stay tuned, we are all on Holiday until Jan 2nd)
This quilt was made using my Victory Block templates! Isn't it fun? We hit the solid scrap bin, and I played with the various shades of purple for a modern gradation of color and graphic punch.
I loved the play on positive and negative space with in a traditional pattern. We entered this quilt in QuiltCon 2017, and it was rejected.
Oh well. No biggie, because you will see this quilt in out booth at QuiltCon! We are vending, and I am teaching as well. In fact I am teaching aversion of this template set using improv! Go figure!
So why do I enter quilts if rejection is a part of it?
(These are my personal feelings, take it or leave it...)
Big deal if it gets rejected! I can't take that stuff personally.
Three people juror in quilts. (usually) That is three people's opinion, who are selecting quilts from a large pool, which has to be sifted through to put together a selection of quilts, that are not all the same, varied enough, and feel like a interesting group. Not everyone gets in. That's a part of the process.
I enter my quilts into shows, not to win anything, but for the chance for the work to be seen.
This can happen in many venues! QuiltCon is not the end all of your creative journey!
Support your local quilt events, State and County fairs, local Art centers, local galleries & larger quilt shows! I suggest only submitting your VERY BEST WORK. Some shows, allow you only two entries, some allow 3-4, some allow 10, (usually those that except more the 4, are so they can grow their FUNDS to support the show)
I never enter for examples 5 quilts in one show...
Do I have 5 quilts that fit the criteria? My money is best spent on quilts that fit criteria well.
Are they all my best work? Submitting best and less then best, can take away from your "best work" visually.
If I am entering things that I kind of "know" do not really fit the criteria, then I am only adding my dollars to the shows "funding," with my entry fees... and I should not be surprised if it does not get in...
I entered three quilts into QuiltCon. One I had a strong feeling about, (it got in) and another I am quite proud of its complex construction, (and it did not get it), and this group quilt, (Which did not get in.) One out of three... We all get rejects.
Getting rejections does not stop me from entering shows. It's not a personal affront to me. If they say no, I enter it elsewhere, (already have entered the others elsewhere) or not, I can post it here and have it seen, by all of you!
Why else do I enter?
It pushes me creatively.
My skills get better, when I focus on making a better made quilt, so that the quilt is the best I can do.
It pushes me to think outside my own box.
It forces me to grow, and hopefully inspire myself, or you, to try something new.
Lastly, I have more quilts to make to fill my creative desires! I won't let one (or two, or more!) rejections stop me from submitting...
Be smart with your entry fees...
Read the entry/category info carefully.
If you don't want to be judged, then enter it in the non-judged category so it can be seen!
Because ultimately, we all want to OOH AND AHH one your beautiful work!
Just keep making!!!
Because quilting is so fun!
See? Look at our smiling faces!
This is the fabulous VFW Quilts team! Kim, Crystal, myself and Laura. You may have met them working in the VFW QUILT NYC store. If not yet, come by and say hi!
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.
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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've been obsessed lately with big quilts, with small pieces… Last September, I started gathering signature blocks from any quilters I know… And will continue to ask for them when I teach or lecture etc…
So now I realized, I missed a bunch of people this past year that I'd like to have in my quilt...
Have you ever taken class with me?
...or my come to my lecture?
or met me somewhere along the way,
or not even met me but want to contribute a tiny block?
I'd love to get a signature block from you, for a quilt I'm making…
Pass it on, ask your quilter pals...
cut TWO - 1.5" X 3.5" strips
A SOLID COLOR
NO PRINTS OR HAND DYES PLEASE!!!!
Please make it this size, or I can use your block.
cut ONE - 1.5" X 3.5" strip
of WHITE for signature
Sew them together, press seams open
….and sign, (fabric pen) Pigma Microns are great!
Keeping your signature at least a 1/4"
in on the sides,
so it doesn't get cut off in the seam allowance…
**I am trimming these blocks down smaller, you don't have to worry about doing that.
If I came to your guild, can you ask your peeps and gather some blocks for me from the members?
There is no deadline…. this quilt will just grow and grow…
Putting all my happy memories all in one place. :-) NOTE: I want to be able to use all the blocks coming in, so if your block is TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE, I can't make it fit in the quilt… PLEASE NO HAND DYES!!! If I don't know where they are, they will bleed all over the quilt! NO cherrywoods, NO hand dyes… ***If you do not have a solid color, just send me the white strip 1.5" by 3.5" long, with your signature, and I can add the solid. Thank you! The quilt is looking so great so far!!!
This past weekend, I drove to Virginia, (8 hour drive) to teach at the Virginia Consortium of Quilters! 200 ladies, all at the 4H camp in the Mountains.... Yes it was beautiful! I taught my Florid Blooms quilt pattern, getting the quilter's used to curves, and I can say, that they all achieved success! I was quite impressed with the amount of work they got done in one day! Way to go Ladies!
Not only did they get their quilts into shape, but I now have yet another Double Wedding Ring quilt! I was at 60ish a while back, then I quit counting. I think I'm near 65 now(!!) Every time I teach this class, I get another double wedding ring quilt.
Below you can see I finished my 4th Christmas quilt for this year... I dug through my scrap bins to fussy cut the fun fabrics to highlight in this version. I took liberties with the 6.5" squares that fit the melons, to drop in some Drunkard path blocks to make those cool dots, and also the Saw Tooth Star in the center of the quilt! I will go back in an appliqué some red dots, inside the big green dots, and I plan to piece an interesting border around it. I have not decided what yet... but probably something intense and small pieced... That seems to be were my head is these days...and in solids.
I also taught my 15 Minutes of Play class, and talk about being impressed!, Everyone was working fast and furious to have their items to show at Show & Tell on Sunday morning! Many beautiful projects got started. I was inspired as well, and now have an idea to finish a very old project of mine, that is sitting in a box, in my storage bins! So it was a WIN WIN for me!
So now that I'm home... I'm catching up on things on social media! It' see so much fun to see what you are all making with MOSTLY MANOR! My friend Maureen, made this super adorable mini dresden. LOVE IT!!
And I am Finishing up the ALS quilt for the Quilters Dream Auction. These blocks were hand pieced at QuiltCon, by those of you who swung by to help me out!
Remember my posting about all the blocks being made? Here, Shelly and I, and a few peeps, were sewing blocks together at Quiltcon. OK, maybe we just finished sewing... and we were gabbing away... ;-) any who!
The top is nearly finished! It will be up for auction sometime later this year.