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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MQX New England was a lot of fun! The Exhibit of Double Wedding Rings was so lovely to have! I took my classes to the exhibit and related all the things we talk about in class, to the quilts we were looking at... Its such a treat to have that many pieces of work available to share! If you have my Double wedding ring book, you will have seen many of these quilts! Although I did have quite a few pieces that are not in the book. So the next time you can see them is at Paducah the end of the month! Come by as I will be lecturing at the exhibit several times that week Hours will belated in the catalog... I have to look that up yet. I am also Lecturing on Play and Creativity! Don't miss it!
I taught a 15 Minutes of PlayClass and a Double Wedding Ring pillow class. When I only have one day to teach DWR's, we really only get on ring made in that time frame. But that ONE ring, is all you need to know to make an entire Double wedding ring Quilt! Did you know that? All the tricks you need for success happen within the ring, and then you constantly use those same tricks through the entire quilt. The students made some really fun pieces! Here are just a few of the pieces... My Double wedding ring templates are available here!
It was nice to see some of my 15 Minutes Players at MQX! They even brought in their lovely pieces that they made! I love seeing what you've done with your 15 Minutes or your double wedding rings! Keep those emails and pictures coming!
Kim was with me, as we also vended at MQX. it was so nice to see so many of you there!
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'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
Monday afternoon I flew to Cleveland to be up and at'em early on Tuesday morning to film a new
PBS SHOW! FRESH QUILTING is a new show starting in February, by the Modern Quilt Guild. We had a lot of fun on set, and I hope you will watch for the episodes! I
was honored to be the very first person to film. I hope I did a good job!
Did you notice they had to put risers on the table for my long leggedy legs? hehe!
I got an email from my Friend E, who is making her version fo my Bright Lights Big City Quilt! Isn't it lovely? All that scrappy goodness!!! I'm hoping to get my new one done by the end of next week yet... I've had to many things on my plate this week... Quilt market crush!
I tried finishing a binding on one of my VICTORY BLOCK quilts, but someone said, NO...
A couple of my staff, Kim and Laura and I, are heading to WARWICK VALLEY QUILT GUILD SHOW this weekend! I'm lecturing Saturday 11am, and 1pm...
and they are vending! We hope you will come by and see us!
I'm always a bit sad when we leave our house, where we stay all summer, to head back to NYC. I love NYC, don't get me wrong, but it's so nice to have that break... I love my summers at my home on long island. BUT, good news is, we missed HERMINE! YAY! We bailed early as traffic is a nightmare as it is, and bad weather just makes it even more intense getting back to NYC... So we came back a day early. But not before I got my tomatoes canned! More salsa this year, as requested by my family! So all is right. LOL! I'm whipping up a Meadow Storm in my studio anyway!
I came back to a clean studio! (Very Briefly! I fly to Paducah Wednesday!) So I had to break into my MEADOW STORM fabrics! Time to play! My Victory Block set is my current FAVORITE to play with. SO many options with this block, today I was playing with piecing all the parts... ( you also get a full triangle if you didn't want to piece the bits...)
I cut random pieces, then I laid them out on my designs wall... Looks pretty good to me.
Having the dog eared templates makes for such fast easy piecing... I can chain piece these very quickly.
Next into halves, then, pin that center, and finish!
Four done! I'm to sure what I'm making yet... Waiting for inspiration to strike! Yes, that's how I work! I never really know how a quilt will turnout... I just start making.... You can too! This is a perfect template set for scrappy quilt! SO many options! VICTORY!!!!!!
Here is another quilt I have in the works. Just scrappy blocks with a pink yellow blue and white palette, every one a wile I just make another random block. I will figure out what happens to them later... For now. Just make.