In the good old Summertime! Time to think about Winter?
It has been a long hot summer here in New Hampshire. The high humidity and hot temperatures have kept me in the studio, working on my new patterns and projects. A few weeks ago I had the honor of teaching for the Schweinfurth Art Center's Quilting by the Lake in Syracuse, New York. Some of my favorite instructors were also there, and we had a fun road trip in my Jeep over to the museum for the Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century exhibit. Thanks to Donna Lamb and Davana Robedee for putting on a great event. I taught my Animal Artistry through Applique workshop to some very hard-working students. They were all creating something wonderful. Here are a few in progress:
There is just one more opportunity to take my five-day workshop this year. My September event in NH is sold out, but there are spaces available in my workshop at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, NY. My class will be held December 2-7. It should be a fun time and I'll certainly be in the holiday spirit. I could probably be convinced to bring some of my homemade chocolate gingerbread cookies. And did you know there was a chocolatier on the premises at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn? Yum. As I'll be driving over from Henniker, I will also be bringing my HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen to the workshop. If you've wanted to spend a week learning my organic, free-motion quilting technique this would be the perfect venue. Follow this link for more information about Hudson River Valley Art Workshops: fiberartworkshops.com. Send me an email if you have any questions.
Flowers of the Month
I've finished two more Flowers of the Month patterns! September's Aster is available in my online shop and I just received shipping notice that October's Marigold is on the way from the printer. I'm hard at work on November's Chrysanthemum, which means December's "Holly" is not far behind. I'll be working on the setting blocks to complete a full quilt of all the flowers. There will be also be an alternative version that my friend Kim Kooyers has been working on with all of her "Opal's Fabric Garden" hand-dyes and some purchased batik backgrounds. Kim has fused (yep, the f-word) a complete set of the patterns and I think they are all terrific. So I'm working on a special center block for her version. I can't wait to see it finished! Here's a peek at what Kim has done with the patterns:
Speaking of the f-word... I FUSED a project. Yep, you read that right. Kim convinced me to try Steam-A-Seam 2. Back in January, I decided to join the Monadnock Quilters Guild in Peterborough, NH, as my friend and fellow instructor Kathie Beltz is a member of the group, too. As I enjoy burdening myself with more projects, I wanted to participate in the guild challenge. The task was to create a 12" x 24" holiday banner (like a pennant) and we had to use 75% of a hideous 6-inch square of fabric, seen below. Well, of course, I waited until the last month to start the project, and, of course, I chose Halloween. As there was no time to hand applique the thing, I opted to fuse. And, shocker... it was kinda fun. I don't know if I'll fuse again, but it was perfect for this project. My friend Ellen Carlson will be proud of me because I started with just a rough idea and started cutting fused pieces of fabric without a detailed pattern. Those who know me will agree it is really out of my comfort zone! E-gads!
Monadnock Quilters Guild
Road to California
It's not too early to start thinking about Road to California upcoming January 2019. I'll be in the HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen classroom for most of the week, so there are plenty of opportunities to spend the day with me on my favorite quilting machine, in a variety of workshop options. Check them out here: road2ca.com.
Grand Rapids QuiltWeek
Two of my three workshops have sold out at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, Michigan, later this month. There are still spots in my Santa Fe Stonework class. This workshop focuses on improving your machine piecing skills. I'll be talking about fabric preparation, rotary cutting, stitching set-in corners and pressing. It's really not as difficult as it may seem. A full-color pattern with detailed instructions is included, and I've precisely cut most of the fabric pieces for you, if you buy the kit! I am also delivering a lecture on how to craft perfect quarter-inch quilt bindings. The lecutre has room for everyone! For more information on my classes, click this link: Grand Rapids or register at: AQS QuiltWeek.
Inspired by Endangered Species
My lastest quilt was created especially for a scheduled book (by Schiffer Publishing) and a touring exhibit titled "Inspired by Endangered Species". The project was the brainchild of Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto. I'm thrilled to have been able to contribute a piece. The parameters were for a 24-inch square quilt featuring an endangered species. My choice was the Vancouver Island Marmot. It was created with my detailed, pictorial hand-applique technique and machine quilted on my Sweet Sixteen. This is the first art quilt I've completed since the 2016 fire that destroyed my studio in Colorado. It's good to be back. For more information on the project visit: inspiredbyendangeredspecies.blogspot.com.
Until next time,