Thursday, March 26, 2015

WIP 3 - Jelly Roll Race

Last Friday, I began a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I have had this project in the background for a while. Someone in my Friday morning quilt clinic at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco NY, was making one, and I thought it was so pretty and very cool looking.

The Missouri Quilt Company has patterns and a video about how to make this quilt. It is quick and easy, but I have a lot going on, and I'm not in a big hurry to get it done. It's really fun to do.

A while back, I bought two packages of these jelly rolls for this quilt.



Last Friday, I began sewing the strips together into one long, long strip. 





Each strip is sewn together at right angles. This is the same way, as how you would put together a binding.






I may add some more strips, because I want it to be a double-sized bed quilt.

I won't get back to work on this until next week, and will post the next steps.

I love how these batiks fabric looks together. So fresh and summery looking.


Tomorrow I will be focusing on my 1930's reproduction fabric quilt. I've hit a glitch and will bring it to Pins and Needles tomorrow.

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WIP 2 - Turning Twenty with Succlents

At QuiltCon, I met the lovely and talented Heather Givens from Crimson Tate, a brick and Mortar store in Indianapolis, IN. Heather designed her first line of fabrics for Windam Fabrics, called succlents.

When I saw this line I was incredibly, "wowed," which takes a lot. I fell in love with this line of fabrics because it is so original and unique. In over 20 years of fabric shopping, I have never seen cacti on fabric, and used in such cute and playful designs.

I couldn't wait to break my fabric diet and order some. And over the weekend this box showed up at our door.


I was so excited to open it. I had been thinking and talking with my quilting friends about this line, and what might be a good pattern to really show it off.

But first...


I opened the package, and I found all this beautiful fabric in a great plastic case with these adorable pins.



Some close-ups, really do the fabric justice.



And I am not a button person, but these did crack me up. I will use them in my quilting studio.



So I will be washing these fabrics. Cutting into them very soon. And can't wait to make a Turning Twenty with it.



Happy Quilting!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

WIP's

I have been busy sewing up a storm, and have at least three works in progress. But I am only going to share one of them today.



All of these little pieces of paper are now removed from the blocks and rows of my 1930's reproduction quilt. I loved unpinning them, and finally seeing how this was coming together, row by row.




Stitching.....



Ironing....

And finally....




It's all together, except for the borders, which I will begin on Friday.


Stay tuned, because a lot of new fabric is coming my way and are going to specific projects I have mapped out. A lot of sewing is going to be going on during these next several months.

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quilt Block - Something's Missing

Firstly, Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 

Have you ever made a quilt block or quilt, and felt like something was missing? That's what happened to me after I made this block for our guild's quilt. Fortunately, my block isn't due until Sunday.

I was given the solid fabrics; teal blue, bright, light green and olive green. I could make anything I wanted. I could add fabrics from my stash - contrasting fabrics were encouraged. The only requirement was that it just had to be a 12 X 12 finished block. I added the orange fabric.

The pattern was from Tula Pink's book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I used block 64, and then changed it up. 

As it hung on my fabric wall for a few days, I didn't get that "good" feeling I usually do about my work. I wasn't loving it. To me, it looked. blah. It needed some kind of pop.




So I decided to applique a heart on it.



I'm glad I listened to my intuition, because now I think it looks just right!!

Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tula Pink's "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" and The Hudson Valley Quilt Modern Quilt Guild

Our Guild, The Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild is making making a guild quilt. I decided to make my block based on a pattern I found in Tula Pink's book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

These were the fabric colors I was given. We could make any pattern we wanted to. 

The fabric in the background is deceiving. It look like brown here. In different light settings, or depending on what fabrics are next to it, the color seems to change. It is actually a very dark olive.




I decided to chose a pattern from this book I reviewed in an earlier post.



I chose this pattern, but changed it up.




The measurements in the book are for a 6" X 6" block. I needed to have a 12" X 12" finished block for the guild quilt. I decided to add in an orange print from my stash for some contrast. We were encouraged to add in fabrics from our stash.








And here is my finished block. The directions in Tula Pink's book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, were easy to follow, and this block was quick to cut and assemble; about a half hour.

This is a great book for making fast, easy modern blocks. Highly recommend. 


Friday, March 6, 2015

Wrap Up of QuiltCon 2015

Since the end of QuiltCon, the days have flown by, even though we were snowed in when we returned to New York. Busy doing the taxes.

So I will wrap up my experience at QuiltCon, which became a mini vacation at the end visiting with my cousins. I love seeing them and wish they lived closer so we could see them more often. There is always a lot of laughing that happens during these visits, and they just can't be matched.

Thursday night we met up with members of my quilt guild; The Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild for a really fun dinner, and good food at Gueros Toco Bar. (Great choice Beth). My husband, and one of our founding member's seven month old joined us too. They were the only males, and non-members, but made our night at this Mexican Restaurant that we fell upon, a good time.

Friday morning I attended a panel discussion, called Maker to Making a Living which was moderated by Jacqueline Sava with panelists; Brenda Groelz of Handi QuilterDenyse Schmidt, Heather Givens, owner of Crimson Tate, a brick and mortar and online fabric store, and Mary Fons of Fons and Porter. I'm copping out here, because it was interesting to hear their stories about how they grew their businesses. Did it speak to me personally, and where I'm going with my quilting and blogging journey; not really. 

However, I met Heather Givens and we had a great time talking again a little later. She kindly agreed to an interview on this blog later in the spring, and I can't wait!! But that's the author, journalist and published book reviewer in me that loves to interview interesting people.

I took a quick walk through the exhibition and saw my square at the Windham Fabrics Booth.







I was kind of excited to see it hanging there. When some members of our guild came to my home and we made them, I didn't really like the way it looked. But in the exhibit, it took on a whole new personality, and I felt proud of it.

Luckily, before I left the convention center, I met up with some other really special people. Quilt bloggers, I've met this past year who have been kind and supportive. From Left to right; Afton@Quilting ModDaisy@ Ants to SugarYvonne @ Quilting Jet GirlAnne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Kitty @ Night Quilter.

I met these fabulous women while participating, or linking up with them while participating in Plum and June's 2014 New Bloggers Blog Hop this past summer.



My husband and I grabbed a quick lunch and took a long nap that afternoon. And I'm really glad we did, because I had a three hour workshop from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM that evening, and I am one who needs to refuel for evening work.
We ate a really yummy, dinner at Moonshine beforehand. This is a fabulous restaurant next to the convention center. In fact, it was so good we went back there for lunch the next day. Double recommendation. 

Friday night ended with a bang, with Bill Kerr's Color Inspiration Class. Being that he is married to Weeks Ringle, and I spent a full day on color the day before, wouldn't you think it would be repetitive? No. It wasn't. In fact, the classes, and what they had to offer complimented each other in a very special way. We put combinations of fabrics together differently, but they were in new ways of thinking about it for me. And that was the main reason I really wanted to take classes focusing on colors at this conference. Before the conference, I felt as though I was doing the same old, same old. Now that I'm home I'm looking at my stash differently.


These were some of the designs and color combinations we put together.




Saturday I attended a lecture, Take Better Pictures Now!, given by Meg Cox. I was looking forward to hearing her speak, not just because she's a great quilter, writer, and researcher, but she wrote for one of my favorite publications; The Wall Street Journal. I really like it because the articles are crisp, and it is extremely well-written and researched.


Meg was excellent, as I expected. She gave a great powerpoint presentation, showing lighting tips, products that are inexpensive to purchase that help create a better photo shoot, and discussed just how much image driven quilt blogs are.  She also really made me think about how my photos need to tell a better story to readers. I'm going to be more conscious of that.

So to wind this story up, Saturday night I finally got a chance to see my cousin Chris play drums with a very up and coming band in Austin, called Ruby Jane. During all our many visits to Austin, there was never a gig of his happening when we were there. I was so impressed with his ability and professionalism as a musician. And he's going to be playing in the music festival this Spring. He is just so cool.





The next morning we had breakfast with the other branch of my Austin cousins. And we stayed with them for the next few days before we flew back to cold, snowy New York.


I'm going to backtrack a little before I sign off. Before I left the conference for our mini-vacation, I planned to meet up with Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts. Faith's blog was the first quilt blog I ever read. I have had questions along the way, and she has always been so wonderful and gracious in answering my questions, and was my first blog interviewee. I couldn't wait to say "thank you" in person, and give her a hug full of gratitude. 




Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. Both are authors (along with Katy Jones) of Vintage Modern Quilts.

Lastly, I want to leave you with an image that sums up quilting and Austin. As you wander about Austin, you will see the slogan, "Keep Austin Weird." In the airport and around the city, you will see these funky outdoor art guitars. Austin is famous for the South by Southwest Music Festival and the photo below captures patchwork, music and their slogan, which is sweet. Enjoy!!



Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!
 
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