This year is my first complete year in a commercial space. It has been a good thing.
Here is my recap for the year:
I am almost done with Customer Quilt #337. That makes 85 customer quilts during year 5 (20 more than both of the last two years). Photos of each quilt with details of the quilting designs, batting used, threads, etc. are at http://www.facebook.com/kissedquilts in the album 'Customer Quilts v.5'.
I also did 3 commissions. A Fall Table Runner given as a hostess gift, a baby quilt with photos printed in sepia tone so it just blended in with the fabric and a t-shirt quilt. The first two are in the Commissions Album and third is in the T-Shirts Quilts Album.
After being asked to take several photos of a man and his dog and make them into a quilt, an art collage ended up being printed on canvas and framed. This definitely pushed my Photoshop capabilities and the client was very happy.
Publications: "You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners" is undergoing editorial review and is due for publication February 2015 by AQS. This is co-authorized by myself and Leila Gardunia.
"Red, White and Quilted" by Linda Baxter Lasco, published by AQS included two quilts that I had the privilege to quilt --'Double Nine Patch' and 'Birds in the Air'. The DNP was featured on the inside front and back covers as well as its full write up and BITA was used as the cover for the Spring 2015 Wholesale Catalog and was selected to hang in the Ruby Jubilee Exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Houston.
New Patterns: Four Quilted-in-Honor themed designs using Bella Nonna's Design Studio Boondoggle Ruler(TM) and Boondoggle Baby Ruler(TM) are now available at patternspot.com.
The Country Register continues to be my muse. Every other month, for the past four years, I have written a new article. It is now being picked up by many of the regions across Canada and the United States. Tell me....do you read it?
Quilts in contests or made it into noteworthy shows/locations included:
2014 - Juried into AQS Phoenix
2012 - EQ7 Layout Challenge Winner
- Fronnen Steppdecker Quilt Show - Odessa, WA - Ribbon
- Juried into MQX New England
- On display at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor's Center as part of a special exhibit
May - November
- TriCities show - Outstanding in its Field
- Pendleton show - Best Machine Quilter
- Juried into Pacific West - Tacoma
- Juried into AQS-Des Moines and received 2nd place, Bed Quilts, Machine Quilted (HUGE deal!)
- Ferry County - WSQ 1st Place ----judges' advice was to re-block and bind...so I have. We'll see where it goes next!
- WSQ-Spokane - INMQ Challenge category; 2nd Place - WSQ, Honorable Mention - INMQ'
- Displayed in the Warm Company's booth at the International Quilt Market, Houston
red and white challenges that SewCalGal has been hosting this year and helping a charity group in Arizona resulted in this particular quilt. It also gave me an opportunity to experiment with some special quilting before I took on the challenge of the two quilts included in the 'Red, White and Quilted' book.
- 2014 - Ferry County Fair - WSQ 2nd Place Ribbon
- Ferry County Fair - Challenge Entry - Judges Choice
- WSQ Spokane - INMQ Honorable Mention - small quilts category
In the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Show, there were quite a few client quilts in the show that I had
quilted. So grateful to have such wonderful representation of my work. Second place, Large quilts, Viewer's Choice went to Dr. Susan Crawford for her Glacier Star with extended borders plus two of her own additional borders. I had the honor of quilting it.
"Mesmerize" by Bella Nonna's Design Studio hung in the Fabri-Quilt booth at International Quilt Market. I got to quilt it!
Here is Karen standing with her block (red/white strips with a blue star about her shoulder height and 5th column from the left--she pieced it by hand in space and failed to bring any templates to help with cutting/sizing):
I'm now teaching some of my own self-published patterns and other popular designers. If you have a suggestion--we're always listening.
Since my studio space allows for some fabric, I've kitted these patterns. Let me know if you're interested in any of these kits.
I periodically post a TIP on my KQ Facebook page. There is a photo album that contains an illustration for each tip. Tip Posts by KISSed Quilts.
Personal WIPs have included 8 items finished, 7 sitting ready to quilt, and 6 (only 2 actively) in progress. I'll do a more in depth review of these at the end of 2014. Maybe I'll even get a few more finished and/or started!
Most of the above has been published in older blog posts or on my KQ Facebook page with many more details provided.
So...what did CQ1 look like? Here is the backside of the first client quilt that I did: