Last weekend, I taught at my annual 2 day retreat with friend, Maureen in Salem, MA, at the House of Seven Gables. It's by far one of my favorite places to teach! Being able to come back each year and having a group of quilters that I get to spend more and more time with each time, is a real treat as a teacher... I get to know you better, I know your skills, I know how far you you can go beyond a pattern! It's very satisfying to watch everyone grow and change as a quilter!
This weekend was no different! We had one big design wall, so all the various blocks could be added to see each others work. It's such a learning experience to see how the block changes depending on all the variations of color placement in this traditional block.
We focused on two patterns based on my Victory Block template set: Dancing legs, and Fade to Purple. Next, students got to choose to follow the design or go improv and come up with their own design with the pattern... I think they all did beautifully, and I came away inspired! (...and eager to sew!)
Way to go Ladies!!! You all played Beautifully! ;-)
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WOW! One year has passed and the Splendid Sampler has finished! Time has flown by! Did you play along? Pat is doing a giveaway at her blog, HERE as are over 80 designers on the Splendid tour!
MINE? In light of Valentine's Day, I am giving away a set of my Victory Block templates! ...As it was the project I was working all day! I was getting Class samples together for my TO The Nines Class I will be teaching next week at QuiltCon!
Tell me something Good & Happy about today!
The give away will be open until Feb 21st! (I'll be not he road to Savannah so it will end at 9pm.!)
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YAY!!! I think I have to much sugar in system from yesterday...
I have already been playing in my solids scrap bins, and am working on a tonal quilt using
Snack set #1. I'm using two colors close in value, to make 9 patch blocks...in every color combo I can find in my scrap bin. That has not stopped me from making more little blocks of the other sets though! Extra Set #6 and #3 keep popping up on my wall as well!
SNOW DAY!!! 6" already, and to think yesterday was 65. sigh.
Today I will finish my binding on the individual coasters/mug rugs I made as well!
I hope you will love playing with these Snack Sets!!
I bet you can't just make one! ( less calories than potato chips!)
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. ;-)
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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.
Shelly and I thank again the voters for picking Mr. Swirl E. Bones for Viewers choice! (and Judges Choice) Shelly and I discussed this quilt, as I was making it, as I just knew I would not have time to quilt it the way I hoped too. Shelly quilts many of my quilts, so we have a great partnership and she understands my work. It certainly helps to have a best friend quilt your work! For a quilt of this nature, (meaning I made it to be entered in the show) I do not pay her to quilt it. It is a collaboration. We talked about what the quilting needed to be, and what I was thinking. It was a true collaborative effort between her and I.
I designed the quilt, and I gave my ideas to Shelly about elements I'd like to see in the quilting carried through the quilt. She was free to add her story to my quilt. I often work this way. This also means, the monetary award is half Shelly's and half mine... This is OUR quilt.
I think this is important, just like when I won Best in Show for Double Edged Love, Lisa Sipes is credited for her beautiful work, half the prize money went to Lisa. Lisa also, was not paid for her quilting on Double Edged Love. It's a collaboration, it is OUR quilt ,We put our two brains together so the award is split between the two of us.
Giving credit where credit is due, is very important. Personally and historically, and in this day and age where inspiration is plentiful, why not share where/who you were inspired by?
It's an honor an a "good humanly thing to do."
Tricia Royal's beautiful quilt, "A Kiss for Paul" was inspired by a block and Play process from my 15 Minutes of PLAY book, and I'm honored that she emailed me and asked me about submitting this and mentioning (and giving credit) where her inspiration came from. (This is an honor, Thank you) It is her beautiful artistic vision that put this wonderful quilt together, her color choices are fabulous, I love what she did, and thank you again for giving the credit. Frank Palmer quilted this beauty. Frank does some quilting for me too. So many talented people out there...
Other Personal Favorites from QuiltCon:
By Leslie Tucker Jenison, the graphic design power and simplicity of this quilt knocks my socks off... I love the color. Design wise, probably my most favorite quilt at the show.
Kerri Green... Design and color, Fabulous. Well done! (Anyone know a link for her? Thank you)
Falling by Kathy York. Impeccably made, clean, and very beautiful visually.... Gorgeous color.
Kathy won QuiltCon last year.
I'm sorry I did not get the name of this quilts maker... Anyone know?
I love it's simplistic pattern, and graphic punch. Everything about it makes me happy.
Love the color palette.
It's bold and gutsy.
(Anyone know the maker? Please let me know... Thanks!)
It's hard to pick favorites... I literally had one hour to walk the floor to see quilts, so I looked for what grabbed my eyes and allowed my intuition to guide me.
Well done to all who had quilts in the show.
What I love about QuiltCon is that everyone is so happy to be there. I also LOVE that they hang the quilts on LIGHT backgrounds. It feels so much air-ier and happier then any other show. (those black drapes really make for cave like viewing at other shows) The brightness really adds to the show.
I love teaching at QuiltCon also. Students are very happy to be there... And everything ran very smoothly, in my experience.
Images from my awesome students work, in the classes I taught, coming soon.
Till Next year QuiltCon peeps! See you in Savannah!