I'm just back from a Lincoln Nebraska, to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
where I am on the Advisory board. It was our yearly meeting, and always a huge treat to get to spend time at QuiltHouse!
Currently, Bill Volckening is having a exhibit of some of his Double knit polyester quilts...
We both collect, he has more. ;-) We have a huge fondness for these quilts...Here isa flash back on an article on the two of us, My Double knit twin. ;-)
Reunited! Sort of. ;-)
We get a peak at many new acquisitions when we are there... Here is a new Hawaiian quilt they now have. it's always fun to see what new quilts are now part of the collection.
Geeta Kandlewhal is also in the board with us, and it was inspiring to hear her talk about this quilt she made on the Ghandi. She is n amazing quilt Artist and collector from Mumbai, India. Greta is the author of Godharis of Maharashtra. She told a very moving story about this quilt.
Thank you Geeta for my pin cushion. *wink!
I'll share more pictures this week! Happy to be home!
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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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!
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.