Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July - Island Batik Style

 Yes...we're half way to Christmas already!

Whether it is the traditional red and green or just a wintery scene...there are all sorts of options for creating wonderful items for the Christmas or winter season.

You've already seen a few of these from me in previous blog posts this year, but I'm going to highlight them as part of our Christmas in July here in Island Batik ambassador land.

Most of the fabrics in this Heartfelt Holiday designed by EQ's Heidi Kory are from the Holiday Happenings collection.

There is another quilt in the works with this lovely collection, but for now...just know it is.

Tinsel is a beautiful blue/white/grey collection that I used to make this Wendy Sheppard design - Winter Blues.

Both links go to the original blog post and give you many details about my construction process despite using someone else's design as a jump off to my own creation.

I've got a few Tinsel, Shaved Ice and one French Roasted Stack (2 - 10" squares of 20 fabrics each) available for purchase in my shop. Let me know if you're interested --I'm willing to ship.

We've got a heat wave going on right now in Grand Coulee, WA so it helps to look at the cooler colors of blue/white right now. I just finished a gorgeous project called "Winter Bright" that I can't wait to show you in another month, that will be coming out at Fall Market. It uses a new line called 'Frost' yes, blues/whites/greys too! This is a new pattern that will be available as soon as it releases at the end of October.

Stay cool!


Friday, July 22, 2016

My quilts in special exhibit at EWU

Honored to be part of this curated exhibit at the EWU Student Art Gallery in Cheney, WA. They used in their advertising my "Rose of Hope"

 --shown here with my Rosie's BOMb and the winner of my co-authored book in the drawing that the gallery hosted.

and below with Linda Roberts and my 1892 Rondure design.....her version called Olde World. This was one of the tests that led to the revised pattern called Rondure.

Yes---pattern is finally available!

Send $35 via paypal to marlene at kissedquilts dot com
and be sure to include 'Rondure' and your mailing address or call me 509.386.5715 (Closed Saturday) to use a credit card.

Read more about doing this as a retreat in Grand Coulee, WA April 25-27, 2017.  Arrive April 24, leave April 28.

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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rondure pattern is finally here!

Rondure patterns are now available.
send $35 via paypal to marlene at kissedquilts dot com
and be sure to include 'Rondure' and your mailing address or call me 509.386.5715 (Closed Saturday) to use a credit card.

Due to requests, I have organized a
***** RETREAT ***** April 25-27, 2017
March 28-30, 2017
$250 Early Bird -- includes 3 days, 3 sessions each day to cover the 9 sessions of piecing. Session 10 is borders, so a tutorial will be shared, but it will be a push to have the top completed at that point in time.

Monday -- optional fabric choice vetting session and dinner (additional fee) at the lake (weather permitting).
Prework: obtain pattern, fabric, copy foundations and create templates. Pre-consultations available when retreat fee is paid. Design Wall necessary (2 yards of flannel backed vinyl), but can be obtained on Monday at KISSed Quilts.

Tuesday - Thursday
9am, 1pm, 5:30pm  - 3 hours each ....each session start time we'll move forward with the next step. You'll for sure get at least one block of each done and likely a lot more.
Multiple accommodations in walking distance (GC Center Lodge and Trail West) and short driving distances and convenient meal options available. Classes will be held at 412 Federal Ave, Grand Coulee, WA.

Friday -- optional (no cost) to keep on sewing in the same space or pack up at your leisure, attend the Odessa (1 hour away) Annual Spring Fling Quilt Show that runs Friday and Saturday.

$250 payable by February 1, 2017
$300 after Feb. 1, 2017
Non-refundable after March 6, 2017.

My original 1892 Rondure (Round 1 Challenge Entry, McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011)

My original Rondure (Seaglass) --the pattern cover

Other ways to color your version (I had the privilege of having the makers of these quilt tops in my 'test' class and ultimately doing the quilting on each of them):

"Olde World" by Linda Roberts
by Nancy Goddard

 by Nancy Goddard
By Nancy Cargo

by Nancy Cargo

Inverted or Reverse Skew -- by Nancy Cargo

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!