Well I alway have multiple projects going on, and sometimes, they are lifetime projects... One fo my current favorites are making my Variety Block templates, or the "snack sets" as I like to call them, as You can't just make one!
I started a sew-a-long Facebook group where we can all share our progress of our little cuties... We all love to show our work, talk about fabrics, and this make adorable things, so this is a place for you to play along! No hurry, no deadline, join in at any time... Just pop over to Facebook, and join/request to join my:
This Amazing quilt "Captivated By Nature" is by Olga Gonzalez-Angulo, from Spain. I have no words to explain how much I love this quilt. It's quite amazing... Just absorb the photos... check out the detail shots, (and yes is the answer.... All hand cut dots...) Congratulations Olga on your win fo this beautiful quilt.
These are a few others that I quite enjoyed.... "Z is for Zinna, C is for Cosmos" by Kathie Kerler, Portland, OR
"The Elephant in the Quilt Room" by Elizabeth Owens, Defunak Springs, FL
I love this mini quilt so much.... "Copper Pennies" Amy Pabst, Le Roy, WV
( guessing it's about 24" X24" ?? ) Just elegant, and I love the one bottom right corner... perfect.
Mikyung Jang, from South Korea. her quilt is painted surface, and quilted and embroidered/beaded etc... So much to look at, and I love all the color! I met Mikyung last year at Houston, and that quilt was so different, it's fun tot see more work by her.
I also taught a Double Wedding Ring Class, (and gave demo's & several lectures) and I had exceptional students! If you are in my Instagram page you will see nearly all for them from class... Here's just a few... It's always inspiring to see what fabrics people bring to class, and then I have to go buy my favorites... Yes, That's who I shop, by looking at other peoples stash!
I had some fun with people taking photos at my quilt "A Garden for All Seasons." I may or not have photo bombed a few when they weren't expecting it!
Home pretty much to unpack and repack, I am now off to Paducah to prepare for a fun Quilt-y week! I hope to see many of you there! I have never been to the Paducah Quilt Week Show, although I have been to Paducah to the Museum in the fall which was great. So, this will be an all new experience for me to see what happens in the town for this week of quilting inspiration!
I have another first happening this week, when I Emcee the Awards Presentation...4:30pm Tuesday. Wish me luck!
I'm most excited about my exhibit of quilts that will hang in the "Bubble" Pavilion... Yes the Double Wedding Rings quilts will be hanging, BUT... So will my "Garden For All Seasons"Quilt! The 9' X 30' quilt will be hanging and that will be my FIRST time seeing it up vertical (finished) !
I have news about the quilt as well... It was made to be a "Public Art" piece to hang somewhere in NYC. It's now been finalized that it will be hanging in the New Simplicity CreativeGroup Office, (EZ Quilting is one of their brands) after Paducah....only a few blocks away from me in NYC. I'm thrilled!
I have a very full schedule. I hope you will come by when I give a "walking tour" of the quilts: (meet at the 30' quilt at the stated times below )
Walking Tours of My Quilt Exhibit Wed April 26th at 2pm Thurs April 27th at 2pm Sat April 29th at 3pm
Lecture on Play and Creativity #32803
Wed 12-1pm at the Eisenhower room, Advance tickets available click here.
My attempt at making a quilt I will actually sleep under! You may notice in the video that Jenny Egg does not stay of my bed... She has to sleep with me, touch me, and snuggle... So I need a quilt that is not WHITE! The quilt I currently have on my bed, is laying upside down, so the backing is face up... It looks great in my rom, but I want something a little more patchwork-y!
So here I am using Browns and pinks. The fabrics I am using are:
Using easy HST's and Four patches, I am getting a lot of movement among these blocks. I'm loving it, but need some selfish ME time to get it finished...(things with no deadlines seem to take me a lot longer to finish!) It will be a KING size quilt.
My current quilt which I made YEARS ago, before I was serious about quilting, uses a random dresden wedge shape. I sifted through my scrap bins and stash and puled all my "not so pretty fabrics, and then added in a pretty fabric to each set, to make them all look nice together, Which, actually made a really beautiful quilt! (it's a good challenge and a great way to get rid of a few old fabrics in our stash! How can you bring new eyes to old fabrics and make them look vibrant and pretty? PLAY! VFW QUILTS DRESDEN TEMPLATE
Now I use my VFWquilts Dresden template. I have a new quilt pattern coming soon, but this is a very easy handy tool to have in your stash... 22 blades makes a full circle... I used appliqué glue to hold my dresden circle in place on a giant quilt block, next used Bias tape to top stitch the circles into place on the basis tape. easy to deal with that raw edge! No appliqué!
I also used it to make this sweet customs quilt before Christmas... More on that coming soon!
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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The SPLENDID SAMPLER book is here! Jane and Pat did an amazing job getting this organized and I'm so happy to have been a part of it! My little Full Circle Block landed on the cover! Adorable!!
Jane and Pat have a giveaway happening an you can join in by clicking here.
It has been so much fun watching all the different quilts come together! All the various blocks are so adorable! If you haven't made one yet, you can join in on the FB page, as they start the next round.
I encourage you all to go back and learn my block.. You build your appliqué skills and learn how to make easy little circles! They are not hard, and what better way to learn a new skill on a small project! My video is always listed on my website.
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!
Using my Large Diamond Template to make this quilt. It is THE MOST used template I have. I can make big, impressive quilts quickly by using up large pieces of my stash, cut up old quilt tops with it, (which I did in the red stars on the quilt that hangs in the video) Fusy cut my fabrics, piece something fun and fabulous! My Manor Stripe fabrics look fabulous as back ground setting fabric!
This is one I have started but have not finished yet... Using up all the Kaffe shot cottons I have... Looks so yummy like this!
I can also use the template along with my SMALL Diamond template, they work together! You can make this quilt up in a day! Four of my Small diamond templates, together make on Large Diamond. Sew together in rows! Bing Bang Boom, and you done! ( No Y Seams!)
Here are some of the other awesome quilts that have been made using my Large Diamond template.... So many goodies, so many options!
I hope to see you at MQX New England this week!!
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