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!"
Get in on the Fun -- Take the Marcus Makers Mugrug Challenge!
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.
I have already been playing in my solids scrap bins, and am working on a tonal quilt using
Snack set #1. I'm using two colors close in value, to make 9 patch blocks...in every color combo I can find in my scrap bin. That has not stopped me from making more little blocks of the other sets though! Extra Set #6 and #3 keep popping up on my wall as well!
SNOW DAY!!! 6" already, and to think yesterday was 65. sigh.
Today I will finish my binding on the individual coasters/mug rugs I made as well!
I hope you will love playing with these Snack Sets!!
I bet you can't just make one! ( less calories than potato chips!)
I'm seeing some fun creations on Instagram with my acrylic templates! Debbie took my LeMoyne star 15 Minutes of play class in Albuquerque, NM. I love the use of the Black and white Stripe!! Gorgeous! She used my Large Diamond template, which you can find here.This template makes for some fast fun quilts! Cut cup old quilt tops and give them a new look! Fill that space with glorious color!
LeeAnn is making an older quilt pattern of mine, called Mix Master which was in APQ magazine...You can see pics at her instagram account. (a block from the quilt is her head shot) But here, she is playing with my Victory Block template set! Love those dots!!! Which I shared with you in my last post, that we have two different patterns out now, using this template set... Scroll back to see more options!
So many interesting patterns can be made with this Victory Block template set... Including the TO THE NINES class I am teaching at QuiltCon! (image above) I'll be teaching an improv version using the template set, talking about process and how I get my ideas, and where you can PLAY to design your own! So much fun!
The best part about this Victory Block set, is ANY of these variations, are not HARD TO MAKE!
Stay tuned! We are wrapping up a bunch of new products! More goodies for you to PLAY with soon!
Looking for a quilt Retreat?
Every Year I do a quilt retreat at in Salem, MA, April 8-9, at the House of Seven Gables. This year we are doing this Victoria Block template set. TWO DAYS, SEW MUCH FUN! Spaces fill fast, so Grab your spot quick!! Message Maureen at her FB page. CLICK HERE
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.
I'm home from California! YAY! CraftNapa was so much fun but chilly!
Orange County was WARM! so I feel like I got my California fix! ;-) But I am SO Happy to be home! I do love love love, my NYC!
I wanted to share pics from my classes last week. I'm so pleased with all my students work! We really did have a productive, fun time. It was a really nice place to teach, and spend time with all the other teachers and students!
PATTERN PLAY CLASS!
The quilt of mine on my bed, is my pattern play quilt. I always travel with a quilt for my hotel room bed... feels so much nicer when I am away from home! Here are a few examples from class.
Focusing on Improv, Looking, and just jumping right in, here is some of the work done in class. It's always fun to set some basic principles, like looking, and basic techniques that can lead you to a place of fun in your quilt making. I love on Larissa's quilt the angular likes of a landscape are naturally appearing... Those shots of hot pink are yummy!
Rene has a really fun approach to her play... She took my five day Double wedding Ring class at Asilomar/Empty Spools last year, and I knew she'd have a lot fo fun cutting, playing with different fabrics,pattern and texture.
Nelson loves jumping in to cut stuff up. No fear! LOVE IT! Sometimes the biggest challenge can be to take everything of your wall, and try a new layout. No problems here! He added black for contrast and the horizontal line, and he was off and running! Inspiring!
We go over a couple free form techniques, and This was a really fun one to watch start out all angular, then as we incorporated curves, the quilt started to sing. SO much fun! I get so inspired watching everyone find their path... Everyone in the class did amazing work! More photos from the classes to come, this week.
So later, while I was in Orange County, We went out and did a bit of shopping. (of course) Shown above, hanging in my kitchen is my 21 year old Donkey tail succulent! I got it just after I moved to NYC, and it has survived three moves! It has lost a few of it's nodules after a while of being bumped or whatever, but it continues to grow! I'm going to need a new place for it soon, as it's getting to be REALLY long!
Well, I came across another one (easy to do in Cali) and wondered if I could successfully package it and get it back to NYC, as I can find other kinds of succulents in NY, but have not found another one the same locally....
I am happy to say it survived the trip in a plastic spinach container, nestled in paper, along with a string of pearls succulent, as well... My daughter loves then as much as I do, so we've been adding to our little collection of them. Let's see if I can grow these for another 21 years!
*The Quilt Show* (the link is http://www.thequiltshow.com/) – Alex Anderson and Ricky Tim’s bring you the friendliest, Interactive Online Community for Quilters Worldwide! Join today to learn, share, create, connect and watch Alex and Ricky in brand new episodes of "The Quilt Show"!
Behind the scenes shots. (Literally!) ;-)
Getting the segments sorted out pre-show!
Still contemplating the rings!
...And having waaaaay to much fun with Alex! Alex is here with us at CraftNapa. We celebrated her Birthday today with some seriously yummy ice cream. ;-)