I added two new videos on using my super cute new 4" SNACK SET templates! Did you know you can MACHINE piece or hand piece?
You know people still hand piece right? LOL I love it on the airplane or car rides..small projects I can take along with me... So much fun, with these easy to piece cuties! I have two quilts in the works right now... These little gems are quite sweet, and can be used as the start of a larger block or a whole quit just with the 4" size... Possibilities are endless!
I realize I still need to show some QuiltCon photos! We really had a lot of fun vending and being able to say HI to so many people! Here's a few fun photos for you to see of our VFW Quilts booth. I also will be sharing pictures from my classes! Amazing students doing some very fun things! Stay tuned!
If you look closely at the bunting, you will see they are my SNACK set blocks set in a square in a square... SEE! Super cute!!
They also make great name tags, and mug rugs! (Did you see my last post?)
BTW, are any of you going to Paducah?
I will be there! As will my "Mr. Swirl E. Bones", and this quilt, "Negative Space, Positive Attitude"! which I found out yesterday have been juried into the Paducah show! YIPPEE! ( both quilted by my pal Shelly, at Prairiemoonquilts.com
(More details on Paducah to come! I have lots of exciting stuff going on at Paducah, including 30 Double Wedding Ring Quilts, and one 9' X 30' quilt! (yep!) (follow me at Instagram to see what's been up!) and I hope to see you there!
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I'm Home! That was a long trip, doing QuiltCon, Savannah, GA, and Empty Spools Seminars, in Pacifc Grove, California at the same time! But it was a was a very successful trip. More on that a bit later...
I came home filled with ideas!
I have several customer commission quilts to make, so I jumped right in...
Today, as we ( as a family) all sit around in our living room, lounging, and enjoying a lazy Saturday, I began a very special quilt for a very special little girl who passed away.
The family gave me all her PJ's to turn into a beautiful quilt. I thought long an hard on what I thought it should be. I have some thoughts, and I 'm gathering from a beautiful book from the family that shared her small life's journey, from beginning to end. I am super touched that they would allow me to turn her life in to a beautiful quilt. I feel a load of love and power, by holding each of these fabrics...
A butterfly will need to be included, no doubt...
To be continued....
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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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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...
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!
We Love Mugrugs! They're a quick and easy, practical and useful project. And if a quick Google search for images of Mugrugs is any indication, we're not alone! Sized just right for your favorite beverage, a spoon, and a small snack, they're somewhere between a placemat and a coaster, the perfect pop of fiber art for any tabletop, nightstand or desk. Help us to create a movement, and "A Marcus Rug for Every Mug!"
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Enter Now through April 30, 2017
It's a Mugrug Challenge featuring Marcus and Studio 37 Fabrics!! Stitch an original design, a commercial design, or choose to recreate the mugrug of your favorite Marcus Maker(s). Free projects for these are available online at MarcusFabrics.com and Studio37Fabrics.com. Your entries must contain a recognizable amount of a Marcus or Studio 37 fabric, and yes, other fabrics may also be used. The finished mugrug must be a MAXIMUM size of 9" x 9". This allows for rectangular, square, hexie or round shapes, etc. as long as it measures no more than 9" x 9". Enter as many as you like, but please post each mugrug separately.
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. ;-)
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!