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 the quilt I show you that was inspired by "A Summers Day" in your book. It's entitled "Mother" and the center represents the mother of 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!
Quilt Market has finished, and we are in full swing for the International Quilt Festival Houston! Festival was kicked off with the awards ceremony on Tuesday night, and look what happened??
Mr. Swirl E. Bones, by myself and quilted by Shelly Pagliai, Won 3rd place in the Innovative Pieced Category!
We are thrilled! Winning anything at Houston Festival is a huge honor, and we thank the IQA org. and judges, and Tin Lizzie for sponsoring our category!
I also have a quilt in a special Exhibit called, "Patterns" for the Dinner@8 Artists.
This is my quilt, "Coarse Woven"... this was a fun quilt to make, incorporating as many layers as I could visually, by using my Manor Stripe fabric, (which looks really cool cut up and re assembled as well!) This quilt is 40" x 40", machine and hand quilted.
It's been an amazing 9 days here, so far. A couple more days to go!
Coming to Quilt Festival, You can stop by to say hi to me at these booths and times:
Friday: Sizzix booth 118 10-12
Saturday Sizzix booth 118 10-12
Saturday JUKI Booth, 1052 1-3pm
Stitching with Coffee near by....
That is what kind of past week I've had! We are in the final finishes for Fall Quilt Market. Most o fly stuff is shipped off, but I have a few last minute bindings, and extra quilts (from my two new fabric lines coming-out!) that will be stuffed into my suitcases, along with all the new patterns, templates, Sizzix dies, and Aurifil thread sets!
I often get so many questions about Market and festival, I always try to recap the difference each season...
Feel free to skip ahead if you already got it sorted out.
Spring Quilt Market and Fall Quilt Market, are the Quilting industry trade shows. Meaning only people in the Quilting industry as suppliers, makers, designers, shop owners, authors, Sewing machine companies, fabric companies, notions etc etc, come to show all the hew goods for Shop owners to purchase for their stores... Quilt Market is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. You have to have credentials that show you are a part of the industry to get in... Quilt market takes up HALF of the entire George Brown convention center! Which I believe is Three football fields long... The other half, is all the quilts that will be up for festival... So we get to see the quilts as well! those are up for the entire almost two week time... of both events...
Fall Quilt Market, which I leave for on Wednesday, happens just before, The International Quilt Festival Quilt Show.
Quilt Market dates are: Schoolhouse presentations: Friday Oct 28th. then, Saturday Oct 29th-Oct 31st, is officially Quilt Market.
So. If you are attending Market, Here is where to find me.
Market Hours and Booths:
Friday 28th Schoolhouses:
Marcus 3:10pm, room 351c- Come hear about my three fabric lines out and coming!
Sizzix 4:55pm, room 352c - see my
Marcus Booth: 1417 9:30 - 11:30 come by to say hi, see our designer quilts, new fabric lines and pick up a goody!
Sizzix Booth: 116 1-5pm
Sunday and Monday, I will be around the Marcus booth and loading around, Feel free to email me to reach me. I'm always connected.
Once market ends, (Which happens in the vending area of Houston Festival, for those who have attended Festival before) They tear down market, Monday afternoon, move out, then all the PUBLIC vendors move in and set up, and are ready to open for business on Wednesday evening preview!
The International Quilt Festival Quilt Show.
Tuesday night November 1st, is the Awards ceremony where all the winners of the Judges part fo the show are announced. This year, you will be able to watch them LIVE with a $3 ticket code. Info is here. I'm pretty stoked as I am getting a ribbon this year!!! OMG!!! I'm tickled pink that he "Mr. Swirl E. Bones" got something pinned to him!
November 2nd, Wednesday night preview, means the show opens Wednesday night for a a few hours... and continues Thursday- Sunday.
My International Quilt festival Hours!
Nov 2nd - Wednesday
Juki Booth #1033 - 6pm to 8pm
Nov. 3rd - Thursday
Juki Booth #1033 - 10am to 12pm
Sizzix Booth #118 - 2pm to 4pm
Nov. 4th - Friday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm
Nov. 5th - Saturday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm
Juki Booth #1033 - 1pm to 3pm
So this is how I have spent my last few days... Binding, Binding, and Binding!!!
Every day, Different chair, Different quilt! ;-) Every time I see these pics, I think , who is that old lady sitting in the chair... haha. It's true...
I'm also preparing my hand work for the trip! So basically we work 8am-10pm every day at these things... from breakfasts to dinners in the evenings... I'm an early to bed kind of gal, so I tend to fall off early and go back and hand stitch until I fall asleep... So I am preparing hand work for a new quilt below! My days never seem to end... If I'm not working, I'm working... ( but I'm super duper excited about this new quilt... So, it's fun to do it!
I'm also repairing our new small travel cases... yes we have had a cute smallish sewing case. But now we have smaller ones!
This size allows you to take them on the plane with your 4" scissors! And of course you get to decorate your own, by needle turning whatever fabulous patchwork or fabric you want to the outside of them!
Pretty darn cute right?
It's about 4.5" X 2.5" X 7.5"
Get yours here! and yes we still have the larger ones available... I still love mine, and use it to teach with ally goodies... but I like this size for taking with on the airplanes! my teaching one, can go into my suitcase with my large scissors and rotary cutter...
Next up? Packing... Jenny Egg is not happy to see the suitcases out...
stay tuned for:
Market snap shots!
Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for faster posting the next two weeks... Blogger has cancelled their iPhone app, so I can't post from iPhone anymore! BOO!!
I plan on having some posts ready for you ahead of time... so you can see all the new goodies!
Are you going to Festival?
|Anyone who has a quilt story--not just quiltmakers but quilt owners, designers, collectors or friends & family of a quiltmaker--is invited to record a 3-minute video with a special quilt. There are no pre-arranged questions or guidelines; just one person telling the story of one quilt in three minutes or less.
|Each interview slot lasts for approximately 15 minutes to include time for setting up the interview and audio testing. Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! is a free service for the quiltmaking community, provided by the Quilt Alliance, but a requested donation of $10 helps cover the cost of travel, staff time, web hosting, and video equipment.
If you would like to volunteer at Festival in the Quilt Alliance booth, find out more and sign up here.