My love affair with feathers is not a secret by any means. I can talk on and on about how much I love quilting them…..and I often do. So when my good friend, Heather Jones, asked to quilt her “Harvest” quilt, you can imagine my excitement when she said she wanted lots of feathers on it. (I could just hear the angels singing when I read that). It’s in the September/October issue of Quiltmaker magazine, and I think I feathered it so much it just might fly away!! The wide open spaces and solid fabrics were just screaming for tons of fun feathers. I seriously had so much fun quilting it!!! In the white areas of the quilt, I quilted feathers that were a little more “traditional” and challenged myself to quilt the motifs in a variety of shapes. Read more… This is a preview of A “Harvest” of Feathers. Click here to read the full post…..
Last week, I had the amazing pleasure to teach at The Quilter’s Affair and attend the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (hosted by Jean and Valori Wells). As if that wasn’t honor enough, they asked me to be the featured quilter for Save It For Sunday. The day after the show, they hung several of my quilts among the trees at a gorgeous resort. As a part of the exhibit, I gave walking tours and discussed the quilts and my journey as a quilter. (Photos by Julie Herman) The experience was one that I will never forget as long as I live. It was more emotional than I had thought it would be. Seeing my quilts hung in such a beautiful setting and getting to share the story about Grandpa was such a visual reminder of the huge role he played in my life. I will always miss Grandpa, that’s a given, but that day, I missed him more than ever. If he would have been there, he would have been riding around in his electric scooter and flirting with all the ladies. I would have probably have had to mock-scold him
If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would love the writing process, I would have said you were nuts! It’s amazing how much I love writing, well…….writing about quilting, anyways. It was almost 4 years ago that Susanne talked to me about writing a book. Now, she is the mastermind behind Lucky Spool Publishing. I was honored when she asked me to be a part of the first book to be released, “The Essential Guide to Modern Quiltmaking”. This book isn’t your normal quilt pattern book. Instead, it is a workshop based book. Each chapter walks your through the steps of a technique. From color theory to quilting, this book will teach you just about everything you need to know about making modern quilts. Of course, my workshop was on english paper piecing. Just joking! It was on machine quilting……big surprise, right? Read more… This is a preview of The Essential Guide to Modern Quiltmaking. Click here to read the full post…..
If you have ever been to the International Quilt Market, you know how crazy overwhelming it can be! There are so many booths, with so many people, selling so many things…..it’s definitely candy for the eyes. But when you are the one putting together a booth, you hope that what you put in it will make people want to stop and look. This time around I decided that a quilted dress would be unusual enough that it might draw some attention. Thankfully, after all was said and done, I can consider it a mission accomplished. However, since I have no garment sewing experience, I relied heavily on the help of my super talented mother-in-law, Debi. She suggested that she could make the bodice at the top of the dress (to which I sighed a huge sigh of relief). All I would have to do was quilt a large piece of fabric, which she could use to make the bottom of the dress. (at that point, I could hear angels singing…..I could definitely handle the quilting part). Read more… This is a preview o
Time sure flies…..I can’t believe that quilt market has been almost a month ago. I just now feel as though I have recovered! It was a great trip, the city of Pittsburg is just so awesome! Besides promoting my book, “The Free-Motion Quilting Workbook“, I also debuted my newest fabric collection, Athena. As a part of my booth, I used the prints in the collection to make this Laurel quilt. This quilt really pushed me outside my quilting comfort zone! Since the collection is named Athena after the Greek Goddess, I thought a Grecian inspired laurel would make the perfect quilt! I used Thermoweb Heat-n-bond to iron on leaf shapes onto the dark navy background. Once all the pieces were in place, it was time for the fun part…..the quilting! Read more… This is a preview of Getting Outside Your Quilting Comfort Zone. Click here to read the full post…..