Saturday, June 25, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
I shared my new lecture last night with The Village Quilters of Catonsville, MD. It was their end of the year meeting and the tables were beautifully decorated. It was a potluck lunch that had 2 long tables of savory and 2 long tables of sweets. Yes, SWEETS!!! I began to salivate.
There was one tiny issue. It was warm and the air conditioning units were stolen the night before. Everyone had makeshift fans and thankfully there was some air flow. I was so glad I wore deodorant.
The title of my new talk is "Turn Travel Into Treasures ". It was the perfect talk for their end of the year meeting and the beginning of many summer vacations. Lots of my quilts were inspired by my travels, both near and far. It was a walk down memory lane, looking through my quilts and photos, while preparing this lecture.
My quilts fell into two categories. There are realistic quilts - those that look the inspiration and the other are quilts that are more abstract. Photos of lots of wrought iron from a trip to Barcelona
were the inspiration for "Filigree Fantasy".
The ladies loved my travel books. This one I made after our trip to Israel.
That's the cover. This is a peek at the inside.I use Pelltex to make it stiff so that it stands.
This is a travel book I created after a bike n barge trip in Holland.
I like using an interesting shape for the cover. For this book it was inspired by the amazing buildings in Amsterdam.
This is a peek at the inside.
I like including some type of map in each book to document the places that were visited. Here's the map from Holland.
Each location we visited is named and can you see the bicycles that I printed on organza? I also used the blue and white fabric that I bought at the market in Amsterdam.
When I create these books after a trip, it helps me to revisit the vacation and cement the memories. Instead of all the photos stored on my camera or in the cloud, they are a visible reminder.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The second Wednesday of the month is the day of the monthly meeting of my quilt guild, Calico Cutters. We meet in West Chester, PA. It's an awesome group of women who have supported me through this wonderful journey, becoming an author, designer, instructor and now ruler designer. They have a very special place in my heart.
I am Program Chair. I feel it's important to volunteer when you belong to an organization, even tho my free time is limited. Most months we have a nationally known speaker. Today our speaker was Jane Davila from CT. She's a surface designer.
Yesterday we held a workshop focused on stamp making. It was so much fun, although my carving skills left a bit to be desired. I did end up making a stamp that I loved. I stamped it in 2 different directions on silk.
Here are some of Janes samples. They are gorgeous.
Today was our regular meeting and Jane gave an excellent and informative talk about elements of design. Here are some of her little quilts. (You can read more about her at ( www.JaneDavila.com)
Sometimes I get a surprise bonus at the meetings. During Show &Tell, I see items that were created with one of my patterns or my techniques. It is so rewarding.
I love the fussy cut butterfly circles, Lee.
The next photos were created in my Mini Mosaic Workshop.
I'm heading to the mountains for another Mosai Pet Retreat. I can't wait to meet my new students.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
The May Mosaic Pet Retreat is over. It's truly amazing how fast 3 days fly by. Quilters who arrive as strangers leave as friends.
The subjects of the quilts were 2 dogs and one cat. It's amazing to see them come to life. What I find so fascinating is that each quilter lives something special about their pet, that makes their portrait so special. For one, it was the wisps of fur that extended from the cat's ear, another, it was the tilt of the dog's head and how the ears were attached to the dogs ear. To another it was the lipstick kiss put on the dog's head by her niece.
Here are some photos as the quilts progressed.
The start of Mittens, the cat.
We can see Mitten's ears.
Starting to piece the first section. The shrinkage using a 1/4" seam allowance is amazing.
Here's the start of Fannie Mae, a mastiff.
I just love how the head is cocked. It really shows her personality - the dog that is!
Starting with lots of background squares is a bonus when starting to lay out the squares. It's a great confidence booster. It all depends on the photo.
Mary brought these straight pins she had made. They were perfect for marking the rows. I use Post Its.
Thanks Mary, Caroline and Mary for trusting me to take you on this journey and letting me get to know you and your beloved pet.
I have lofty goals for all of my attendees. What do you think about an exhibit of our quilts? Maybe in 2018? That would give you more than a year to finish. So if you have come to one of my retreats, you better get working, except of course for Cheryl K. She finished hers right away.
If you are interested,visit www.cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com and click on the mosaic quilt of my dog, Bailey. There is one spot open in about 2 weeks, June 9-12th. The next one won't be until May of 2016, and there are only 2 spots left.
Monday, May 16, 2016
It's quite an amazing day when there is a room full of 23 quilters that love my new technique for making mini mosaics. I'm always a little skeptical about the reception for a technique that uses tweezers and 3/8" squares of fabric.
But this was a group of my peeps! My fellow guild members. Even one who made a comment that I was crazy, a few months ago when I wrote about my Mini Mosaics on my blog. I knew they would be honest with me. So I was over the moon when the comments ranged from "it's addicting" to "this was the best workshop I've ever taken" to " this would be so much fun to do with my grandkids".
Here are some photos:
I was working on a psychedelic Bailey before the workshop. Thanks to the energy of my fellow quilters, I couldn't wait to go home and finish it. It looks just like her except it's in technicolor.
Show & Tell next month at our guild meeting is going to be so exciting. I think there will be lots of finished projects. Woo Hoo!
And even more good news is that everyone will be able to learn about it in a future issue of Quilting Arts, coming out this summer. I'll keep you posted. But of course I'm always available to teach you in person at your quilt guild.