Sunday, July 10, 2016

Electric Quilt and Island Batik giveaways!

Two organizations that I am a big fan of are hosting giveaways in celebration of EQs 25th anniversary.  #EQ25

Don't miss out on these opportunities for a chance to win a copy of EQ7 software and a separate opportunity to win some Island Batik fabric.

Friday, July 1, 2016

National Park Service Centennial Quilt Show - Inspired by the National Parks

We're so excited to share a very special quilt exhibit with the public. This is the only currently scheduled showing in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunrise on Lake Roosevelt

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is our local National Park Service managed area. As part of the NPS centennial celebrations, they have sponsored the 'Inspired by National Parks' Quilt Exhibit curated by Donna Desoto.

The show runs in Coulee Dam at Lake Roosevelt Elementary School Gymnasium
July 1-4, 2016

Friday 1pm-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
Monday 9am-1pm

Here is a sneak peek that I took at the start of the setup process.

There are 177 quilts. For the 59 Parks that are managed by the NPS, there is a flora, fauna and landscape quilt. The landscape may be vertical or horizontal.
Taken from the site a preview of Rocky Mountain National Park.

A beautiful book has been printed by Schiffer Publishing and is available at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Discover Your NW Bookstore.

I'll have special hours this weekend on Sunday and Monday (10am-2pm).

I have brought in several Gwen Carreon national park inspired designs and have patterns for them as well.

Hope to see you!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Modern Batik - an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

Our Island Batik Ambassador Challenge this month was 'Modern Batik'.

I had some half square triangle leftovers from a 'Geese on the Run' project and decided to play with them in a 'modern' sort of way. Now scrappy doesn't seem very modern, but I hope that you can appreciate the effect that it provided this piece. I'm using the #islandbatik Rainforest collection.

This was my initial layout. I played with it for a while and eventually decided on a layout and sewed it together. I found a very thick piece of leftover poly batting (~1" thick) and quilted it on my long-arm. I left the dark green unquilted, just ditched along its edge and that thick batting really left it to pop! Straight line quilting inbetween and on the edges. I left the outer background triangles only ditched for a pop around the edge.

I've been nurturing these calla lilies and begonias outside my studio and just had to position my finished piece in the planter for this shot.
The 'Geese on the Run' design used for both runners below can be pieced in at least two methods. The one on the right left me with the HSTs that I used in the piece above. I also had fun creating an interesting back (right image)....a bit of improvisational piecing. The bluish one uses contrast to create a pattern. The orange and green one used some of the HSTs to create this corkscrew effect. Kind of a core drill through different layers of sediment.

This "Geese on the Run" runner design is available in my studio and I'm willing to ship, but can also be ordered wholesale from me directly or shops that carry Island Batik fabrics can also order it with the new line through Island Batik.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Heartwarming - Row by Row Experience 2016

Introducing Heartwarming my 2016 Row by Row Experience (TM) design and some extra contests at the end.

This year's Row by Row Experience(tm) theme is 'Home Sweet Home'. I've created our vertical 'row' (ok, its a column now!), Heartwarming. I personally think of home back in California where I grew up with a fire going in the fireplace on a rainy or cold day. That was home sweet home to me. As my husband described a rocking chair and a quilt over the back I was concerned that there was more applique than I was comfortable with designing.  I love using EQ7 and as an EQ Artist #EQ25 I should be very skilled at using it right? But drawing applique isn't really my forte. I drew the idea up onto a white board, realized it wasn't a very good 'to scale' representation, but took a photo and tried to draw it in EQ7. I didn't get very far when I remembered I had worked via the internet with Marian at Seams to be Sew last summer on EQ7: Seasons a Seasonal Row-a-long project. So, I asked her if she'd be willing to draw it up in EQ7. From the EQ project file that she created, I then evolved it into more piecing elements where appropriate and got it down to the chair, fire, rug, hearts, yarn ball and the quilt that would need to be appliqued. I had several heart and ball or elliptical shapes in my Accuquilt dies. So chose two that I could pre-fuse and cut myself as quantities were required. The rug is an easy enough shape and everyone can easily create something that doesn't have to be round and can be pinned to the row and stitched down in the quilting. The quilt I decided would be easier to create as a mini-quilt and topically apply it to the row. The chair and fire I decided to try something new for my shop and get them pre-fused and laser cut by Quilter's Paradise.

I'm so excited that the kit makes it super easy to put this together and yet you can customize it as much as you'd like. Here are some additional customization ideas....

Instead of the fabric and heart in the picture frame on the wall, why not print a photo of your family or your pet. Or color the framed fabric into a scheme that will coordinate with whatever fabrics you use to create your remaining items.

Instead of a yarn ball on the floor, how about a  rubber ducky or a cat? Maybe just a bunch of marbles.

The quilt could be done with scraps or in any design.

Now for the fun part -- Row by Row Experience(tm) this year is June 21 - September 6, 2016. Stop by my studio during these dates at 301 Main Street, Grand Coulee, WA to get a free pattern or purchase as many kits as you'd like and they will include the pattern.

I also have this FabricPlate(tm) available for purchase.

If I still have supplies, I will take orders starting September 7 that will ship Nov. 1.

I have re-kitted my Road Trip pattern in the 2016 coordinating Map and Plate fabrics from Timeless Treasures along with the black (Pearl Essence) and brick (RJR) fabrics. The design gives you the opportunity to include the FabricPlate with its respective row and create the idea of an actual road trip. Get eight row patterns and their plate on your own, complete the rows into 9 1/2" x 36 1/2" unfinished sizes and then add the borders. The road is actually an illusion of a special fabric that I have in the kit, pieced down on either side of the center to give it the white dashes.

I have also made up more kits of my 2015 Row w/pattern Grand Coulee Dam Laser Light Show and will sell those in studio or via shipment as requested.

Will you be the first finished quilt into my shop?  - 25 fat quarters if you are and a bonus if it includes my Heartwarming row. Here is Last Year's Winner

Bring in your pieced Heartwarming row to our Fall in Love Shop Hop, Sept 22, 23 or 25 and I'll give you a free fat quarter or 1/4 yard cut.

Post a photo of it on this page via a linkup that will be available September 7-25, 2016 or bring it into the shop and I'll post it for you. Everyone can vote for their favorite Sept 26-30, 2016. Prizes will be given to favorites. Creativity Reigns!

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Note: An on-line Row-a-long "The Road Home" will start September 6, come back then to my blog for details and a new row--defined differently than the ones above.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Playful Paper Piecing with Island Batik fabrics

Having some fun this month with Island Batik Ambassadors with 'Playful Paper Piecing'.

I'm sure this could be interpreted in a lot of different ways, but there was a row from 2015 at Richmond, VA's Quilting Adventures that was quite a faceted paper piecing adventure! I thought this would be a fun one to use Tinsel #islandbatik fabrics. Based on fabric amounts I had left from the Wendy Sheppard quilt I made earlier this year....I used two different grey fabrics in the background but both read fairly similar in terms of value, so think I was able to use them effectively. The depth of value in this collection gave me plenty to choose from in order to get the facets to work based on the designer's designations. Given the background motifs it almost feels like it is rain drops about to turn into snow!

After the 'rain' and 'umbrellas' I've created lately, surely there is something bigger in my future that will actually incorporate them all! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Patchwork Planner and Scrapbooking

Could you use some help organizing your patchwork project before you even get started?

Do you keep track of the quilts you want to make or are making?

Here is a product, made for Quilters by a Quilter.

Over 30 pages of quilt design and journal layouts. Customize your own quilt planner. Fill it out online and print or save and print on demand.

The Planner and Journal includes five categories:

The quilt journal pages - write down that important info about your projects.  It's all about sharing the backstory of your project.

Be your own designer - explore a little creativity with a 9 patch and 16 patch blocks.  Design your own layout, track sizes, supplies and notes. 

Tracking and progress - keep up on your swaps, orphan projects, quilt alongs, guild projects and more.  Know what you are working on and the step you are on.

Keeping organized - don't buy that ruler until you remind yourself what you already have! Organize your fabric swatches, cut pieces and quilt kits. 

Additional Resources - keep it all together in a binder - print and use for your dividers and cover. 

I'm sharing this great planning tool called Patchwork Planner and Journal. Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse put it together. For those who like to use organizers, or never thought about using one for your quilting, give it a try!

If you're a scrapbook keeper you might even find great delight in being able to fill out the pages digitally and just print them to add to your scrapbook.

Until May 20th you can get a discount on the product by using the code "Spring3". Check it out now!

Happy Planning and Quilting,

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Showers - IBA Challenge

Our challenge this month is April Showers ....I'm sure hoping that they bring May Flowers!

Using my Accuquilt die cutter and beautiful #IslandBatik fabrics, I cut these cute umbrellas. Now what to do with them????

So, here is my challenge to you, the reader ....if you were to receive these cut shapes as a gift (unattached to anything) what would you want to do with them? The most appealing, to me, answer will receive them. This will be open for suggestion through April 30.