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. ;-)
If you already have my small diamond template, you can purchase just the pattern, at the link.
We have a couple NEW PATTERNS available! Keep an eye on the "WHAT'S NEW" page!
Pop over to see what other item is NEW that I have not mentioned yet!
Leave a comment here telling what is the item I have not mentioned...and all who guess correctly will be entered into a drawing , and one lucky person will be selected to win, the"said item" On Sunday, January 22nd, 5pm. (see who reads this far) haha.
It's freezing here in NYC today (15 when I walked the dog this morning)...Our building's steam heat is not keeping up with the cold, so it's very COLD IN MY LOFT right now...as I write this, this very moment, this is what I look like..
I have silk long underwear on head to toe, a wool sweater, a fleece jacket, and my hat!!!
On a warmer note: I head to CRAFT NAPA on Wednesday... I will unthaw then.
(No, being a Minnesota gal does not mean I should be used to the cold. That is why I don't live there anymore... LOL)
I have been anxiously awaiting this line! You all know how much I love a good scrappy quilt, well this line does all the WORK for you! LIGHT WORK!
This line focuses on "light" background fabrics, (Low volume, neutral base.) You can use the whole bundle of lights, all together in one quilt! Each light print has various soft colors in them, that make it easy for you to add other pops of color to your design. Blues and whites always look so good... Add in some yellow for soft, french feel, and then take it further with fresh limes, and pinks to make a incredible cozy project...
My NEW Favorite quilt! This LIGHT WORK Quilt KIT will be available online, later today. I'll add a link as soon as it's available.
The PATTERN for this Diamond Work Quilt is coming soon!
This a quilt my daughter and I designed together... Using my BOW TIE Template set, and focusing on the brights with less lights. This fun design gives you multiple shapes and patterns depending on how you layout the blocks with color.
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!
Ahhhh! A few quiet moments at home before everyone is awake! The house is all decorated for the holidays, and I am taking a few minutes to write a few Christmas cards and have my coffee and nosh.
Today we are having SAQA members over for a December meeting/holiday event for a bit before I head over to the Store, and work for the day. So I you are in NYC, come by the store from 12-6 and say hi! ;-)
Speaking of Christmas cards... I posted on Facebook this week about weather or not people still send them.
There were a whole lot of NOPE!
And a few yes's.
The answers are all quite funny and it seems many have very strong ideas about them.
no, it's a waste,
to no it's a silly tradition,
to no, it's a waste of money,
to No, to busy.
To yes! and I send them early,
to Yes, I love sending and receiving them!,
to Yes, but not as many as we used too.
Well, I am still a card sender... We send 250+ cards out every year... I actually prefer cards to gift exchanges! I love getting a card in the mail at the holidays, I know we get busy, so this is a quick,
"Hi friend! Thinking of you over here!" I miss letters, mail etc... I think that whole personal letter from someone who thought to care to stop and do that, I still really special, and is a tradition I really love.
Christmas shopping is one I can do without... I prefer to go out as family and find things to do together. If we have need, we take acre of it, but ultimately, we all have enough stuff... The pressure of finding the best gift or the right gift, is highly over rated. Christmas for me is about being together, with my family, snuggled up on the couch, watching a silly movie and eating good food.
I did, by the way, also ask if I was the only one who had not started Christmas shopping on FB, and had MANY VERY FUNNY (155) responses...
Is it Christmastime? Uh oh...
Nope I'd rather be quilting.
I spent all my money in Houston (Quilt festival) , so....
No time and I hate crowds and long lines....
No shopping but I've made Fruit cakes...
No I'm a professional procrastinator
You mean we were supposed to start by now!!!
Apparently, I am not alone!
Speaking time... My tree skirt that has been under my tree for the past three years, with it's binding unfinished....
We had such fun Saturday at the Store! HATS AND GLOVES GALORE!! We recvd a very large bin overflowing, and all the gloves and hats that are decorating the store. Thanks so much for those who sent Gloves & Hats in! There will be many happy kids staying warm this holiday! Thank you!
We have been receiving so many awesome gloves and hats for our drive! We look forward to seeing more of you at the Party on Saturday at the store! We have a lot of them hung up, and it's so COZY in the store! Holiday hours are party hours are listed below, and at VFWquilts.com
We may have gotten carried away on the decorating! hehe!