Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Calico Cutters, You Rock!

Today was the monthly meeting of my quilt guild, Calico Cutters. Have I told you lately how important it is if you are a quilter to join a guild? It is a place for friendship and growth and inspiration. I wouldn't be doing what I am doing without the love and support of the ladies of my guild.

I was blown away today. 71soldiers quilts were donated to be delivered to the Chester County VA Hospital. 71quilts! That is going to be a happy day when they are delivered.

Then Joyce Hughes gave a wonderful presentation that was about her growth as a fiber artist, starting with her first quilt - a T-shirt quilt. It was inspiring from both an artistic point of view as well as from a human one. If you have the opportunity to hear her talk, don't miss it.

 

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Art Quilt Elements

A visit to the Wayne Art Center to see some wonderful quilts that you would never put on your bed. It's a local art center located in a suburb of Philadelphia and has become the centerpiece of FiberPhilly. The quilts are beautifully displayed in 2 galleries.
I apologize for not knowing all of the artists' names.
Kathy York
This really caught my eye. I couldn't take my eyes off of it.
 
Close Up
 

 

Diane Savona

Hollis Chatelaine. Made from jeans. For those of us that know her art, it was a bit of a shock.

Kristin La Flamme
There was a direct view if this quilt from the doorway as you entered the room. It was eye catching. It grew on me and it became one of my favorites.
Betty Busby. "Dendrites"

Close up.

 

 

 

 

Close Up

Marianne Burr

Close Up.

One of the overall trends was the amount of hand stitching. It was not the hand quilting of the past. It was bold and big and had a purpose other than to hold the 3 layers together. I love hand stitching and I really think it connects the quilter with the art.

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Curvalicious, The Big Unveiling


Yesterday was the day.  It was the day the I have been working towards for the last 2 months. 
 It was the day that I unveiled this:
What is it, you ask?  It's my tool that I designed.  It's made out of acrylic and it is a very cool fluorescent green making it difficult to lose.  It was a journey to get here.
 
I designed it to make this skinny quilt out of silk dupioni:
 
Yesterday was it's debut at The Red Rose Quilt Guild in Lancaster, PA.  They were my guinea pigs and wow! did we have a good time. Many of the quilters chose to use one of my silk kits, but a few of them chose to use cotton.  It was so exciting to see how the quilts turned out. I made sure to remember to take lots of photos.
 






 





 

Thank you ladies.
You have made me so happy.
And the best part is I had a bunch of the Curvalicious tools made and I am selling them along with my kits in my etsy shop. I have also created a blog page just for Curvalicious with a video about how to use the tool.  Come visit by clicking HERE and please, if you like it, give me a thumbs up.
 
Come and be a part of the Curvalicious Crew!
 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Oh Baby!

It seems to be baby season.  Neighbors, friends and family are all having babies.   It's so joyful.  I have a new "go to" gift and I love making them.  It's a baby blanket with an embroidered name.
 
Everyone loves to see their baby's name on a gift, especially when it is an unusual name. I embroider the name on the minkee first. If you don't have a machine that embroiders, you can always stitch a fusible applique.   Then using flannel, I make this self binding blanket using directions from The Missouri Star Quilt Company.   There are so many cute flannels available. Using a 40" square piece of flannel and a 30" piece of minkee, it takes me less than 2 hours, including the embroidery. 
This receiving blanket  is definitely a hit!
 
 
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I Wouldn't Want To Live There

Where? New York City! I love to visit. There is always something new to discover, but there is way too much noise and way too many people for me.

Each time I make a trip to the garment district, I try to visit a new place- that is, new to me. This week it was B&J Fabrics. Sometimes it's an adventure just to find a store. We first saw it from the sidewalk a half a block away. Into the vestibule of a building and an elevator ride to the 2nd floor brought us to the foyer of this amazing fabric store. Most shops don't have quilting cotton, but there was a nice section with some very interesting fabric there. Of course I had to buy some bicycle fabric and I bought some fabric for a special friend that I know she will like. And they put my purchase in this cute little bag.

And check out this velvet.
Gorgeous Velvet

I made this trip to NYC to buy silk for an upcoming workshop. I went a little overboard, but these dupioni silks are so hard to resist. Each one makes me swoon.

We had a newbie with us, so I had to take her to some of my favorite shops: Daytona Trim, Beads World and M&J Trimmings to see all of the wonderful eye candy.

Ribbons
Ribbon
Beads
Sequins
Home Dec Trim

We went to a new place for lunch too. Ben's is a true Kosher Deli. It's in the middle of the garment district and it will definitely be on my list from now on.

Adorable mini knitted sweaters saying, the right way to knit.

It's always fun to visit. But now I have to go cut up all that silk.

 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AQS Lancaster Quilt Show

It was a relatively quick visit this year. I never made it past the first floor. "Bailey" was displayed in a great place. You couldn't miss her. I did a bit of shopping and bought a bunch of Peppered cottons. I've been working a lot with solids lately. These shot cottons by Pepper Corey remind me of silk.

 

The other fabrics that I have recently acquired, I have earmarked for clothes for Henry - lined shorts and/or pants. I think they will look cute with a contrasting cuff, when they are turned up.

 

And I bought these mini hair bands. They are perfect for keeping bobbins tidy. I heard you can buy them in the baby department of some big box stores. They were inexpensive enough at the show.

Most of the time I was at the show, I spent connecting with friends and women I've met in my workshops. And I had a great visit with Fiona, the owner of Wonderfil threads. She has become a great mentor to me. Ooh, I just love thread collections. This is rayon.

I'm heading to NYC this week to stock up on silk. Lots of kits to make up for a workshop at the end of the month.