Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Super Retreat!

On my way home from an amazing retreat in Colorado Springs, Co with 18 NQA Certified Judges. Flew out early to see a bit of the area, a quick trip through the Denver Botanic Gardens to view the Chihuly installation (they were closing for a concert - had an hour to cruise through)

Then off to the 6th floor Denver Art Museum to see an exhibit of antique quilts including a beautifully unique "Princess Feather". Took us a while to get to 6th floor as the elevators weren't running well and the altitude got to us pretty quickly.

The next day traveled up to Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway - breathtaking -  literally and figuratively, then drove through "Gardens of the Gods" before settling in at our retreat setting, The Hideaway. A very comfortable setting for 2 days of presentations by fellow CJs, each one informative and worthwhile.

I presented a PowerPoint on judging computerized longarm quilting complete with my first attempt at inserting video into a PP. Have to figure out how to get the tracking of the video and voice more in sync, may have to call Canon on that one as I've already tried the manual's methods. Have to call Canon anyway to get them to walk me through setting the video camera for live feed for all of my future quilting technique classes. 

A number of the presentations at the retreat were on fabric dyeing and surface embellishment - so inspiring, just makes you itch to try it all. Also had CO fiber artist Carol Ann Waugh come speak to us, really enjoyed her fiber compositions. And last but not least, a PowerPoint by CJ Beverly Fine, gave us all pause for thought as we contemplate the amount of time and attention we give to design evaluation as we judge. With design and workmanship being given equal weight in almost all judging venues: further study, practice and implementation of appropriately evaluative and constructive design comments needs to be emphasized going forward.

Ready to be home to Bob and the pups and get back to customer quilting.. only two to finish for the upcoming Quilters by the Sea show in October!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On its way to Houston

Pineapple Patience has arrived in Houston to be part of the "500 Traditional Quilts" display at Quilt Festival at the end of October. The book of the same name curated by Karey Bresnahan, arrived last week and I was thrilled and honored to see PP on its own page, #42.

Another deadline loomed as I had been asked to make a quilt of the block I had submitted for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 10. So the quilt is on its way to Colorado and I can show you the perimeter of the quilt, but the block itself has to be kept under wraps until the magazine comes out in November. There's a blog tour then with prizes too, so I'll keep you posted. Here's the quilt design, imported right from EQ7, "Tulip Flurry Squared".

Monday, August 18, 2014

Busy summer... what I've been up to

Back at home to stay for a bit after trips to Maine (for judging), California (for family),  upstate New York (for antique cars and friends), and New Hampshire (for judging and teaching). Summer has truly flown by and this early fall weather is fine by me. Here are some pix of the classes I taught this past weekend at the World Quilt Show at the Radisson in Manchester, NH.

This past Thursday I taught an EQ class where students brought their own laptops into which they had loaded EQ7 (a couple of EQ6ers). We progressed through a number of lessons, building on what they'd learned as we went. I have to commend the group for hanging in there. This much EQ at one time can be overwhelming but with the help of chocolate and lots of water and walk-around breaks, they persevered. They designed some beautiful virtual quilts, many even went outside the box and pushed their creativity, I was thrilled to see that!

Friday's class was my quilt workshop "Easy Peasey Circles". In this workshop we created a 1600" jelly roll quilt with extra mitered joins, made a sample inset circle, designed a visual path for the circles, then inset contrasting circles right into the quilt using double freezer paper frames and school glue (to keep it non- toxic).

This is one of the student quilt, hers was a 30 strip jelly roll like mine pictured above.Pictured are her freezer paper dots in gradated sizes. The white dots will be replaced with the fabric of her inset circles. It will be a beauty!

Didn't realize until I looked at this picture, but the carpet design matched our whole circle theme for the day!

Saturday's class was my favorite, addictive, trim-as-you-sew block worked in a quilt design I named "Scrappy Star". Students had a choice of doing an 8 pointed star as above or a 4 pointed "Friendship Star". They all chose the 4 pointed version and finished a huge number of blocks in a 6 hour day. Here are pictures of the students and their blocks. Amazing and fun group!

Also enjoyed judging the quilts before show began. Four of us started early on Wednesday and worked through until about 8, being sure to examine each quilt closely and provide ample evaluative and constructive comments to each quilter.

The Best of World quilt, Chinese Journey in Three Parts, by Stephanie Crawford of the UK, a triptych, is amazing. Such fun to explore the exquisite details and the beautifully wrought techniques throughout. Here are a few pictures of this beauty for you to enjoy!

Hope you've enjoyed this little quilt show. Would love to see some comments - I know you're out there...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sandy's Beauty!

Just finished quilting Sandy's amazing pieced and appliqued quilt. Her applique is probably the best I've seen and her fabric and color choices all work together beautifully.

Here's a close-up of the border where I stitched using the fabric design as my guide.


In the center she used the glorified 9-patch block in two ways, one plain with a center appliqued circle, the other with two layer applique petals. I designed the quilting to be unique for the two types of blocks then surrounded them both with freehand heirloom feathers for some movement.

As this is a traditional quilt, I used matching thread throughout.
Hope you enjoy seeing this beauty.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Etsy Shop Quilter Barbara Perrino

Thrilled to be able to share an amazing modern quilt with you. This graphic beauty was designed and pieced by quilt artist Barbara Perrino, I supplied the simple quilting. Barbara sells her work and takes commissions at her Etsy shop:
where you can see many more samples of what she has to offer. Her piecing is the most precise I think I've ever seen! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wreathmaker in EQ7

Today's monthly group meeting at Folk Arts in Wakefield, RI played with the wreath maker tool. This tool allows you to take any applique shape and turn it into a wreath. The shape can come from just about anywhere in the program or be imported. Then it can be turned into a wreath with choices of how many, how close together, and then the spacing of the applique. Here's a sample quilt of four blocks, each different.Then I added sashing and an automatic border. One is simply hearts wreathed, another is drawn out brush strokes, then some flower petals, and finally, petal shapes with a pulled out stem. Takes a bit of practice and they all did so well. The variety of what they come up with is the best part ~ they always amaze me!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The cutest baby quilt!

Customer Betsy's adorable baby quilt. Love the bright colors and all those lively polka dots. She chose the pantograph "Animal Crackers" which includes elephants, lions, and elephants. I stitched it out in a YLI monchromatic turquoise variegated thread. The batting is Hobbs 80/20. Now she has plenty of time to get it bound and ready for the baby shower!