It’s that time of year again! Time for me to pack up my quilts and leave the midwest for gorgeous Portland to teach at the MQX Quilt Festival. I love to talk and I love to quilt, teaching allows me to combine both of those passions. I am so grateful that I get to do it!! In the “off-season”, I updated all my classes with different, new designs. So I have been busy pulling out samples for my classes and getting my handouts organized. Which means that the only thing left to do is pack, which I actually enjoy doing!! Check out the events page of my blog to see my class schedule. My hands-on classes are sold out, but there is still room in my lecture/demos. If you are attending the show, or if you happen to be in the Portland, OR area, I hope you will stop by and say hi!!
I have to admit, I am sucker for a good name…..and the name of today’s quilt made me smile. It’s the Glam Clam quilt: It was made using the Glam Clam quilt pattern designed by Latifah Safir When Nichole sent me the quilt top, she asked for simple quilting in the clamshells and something a little different in the neon clamshells. Sounded perfect to me!! I decided to echo the clamshell shapes in most of the blocks…. And in the neon colored clamshells, I decided to quilt mini-clamshells. The idea of quilting mini-clamshells on a bigger clamshell just cracks me up. I don’t know why that amuses me so much, but, then again, I am easily amused! Speaking of things that make me smile, Alyssa over at Pile ‘O Fabric is giving away a fabric bundle of Legacy, my newest fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. Click here to see the adorable bag she made with it and to enter the giveaway. Happy Quilting!!
Early last summer, I had the opportunity to be a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. It was an interesting experience to say the least. I enjoyed interacting with the audience and getting to know the other guests. Sheila Frampton Cooper, on the left, is the star of the episode and it was awesome seeing her work up close and personal! Sue McCarty (middle), award-winning longarm quilter, hung out in between tapings and it was great to pick her brain a little!! I can’t believe that I didn’t get a photo of me with Alex and Ricky, but what can I say?? It was all very exciting! For this week only, you can watch the episode for free! Simply click on this link and set up a free account. (Link expires 9/22/13) Since the taping was so long ago, I was thrilled when Alex Anderson invited me to chat with her via Skype. We talked about how much thing can change in a year and, of course, machine quilting. To check out the video interview, click here. Make sure to stop back by the blog
My friend, Julie Herman, is not only a great pattern designer and businesswoman….she also has a knack for picking out the best quilt pattern names. One of her newest patterns is named “Giggles”. How awesome is that? I mean, just hearing the name makes me smile. Quilting her Giggles quilt made me smile even more! Julie designed this pattern using her Sidekick ruler and I had the opportunity to quilt two Giggles quilts. Since I get bored easily, I decided to quilt each of them differently. First up, the Giggles quilt on the pattern cover: When quilting this Giggles quilt, I wanted the quilting to highlight the geometric look of the block. If you happen to be taking my Dot to Dot Quilting on Craftsy you will recognize the geometric design in the blocks. It’s no secret that I love a bit of contrast in my quilting designs,so I decided to quilt a softer swirl design in the white background. All in all, it was fun to quilt and I am so happy with how it turned out! When I got ready to quil
As much as I dislike changing thread colors, sometimes, it just has to be done. I usually try my best to find a “middle ground”, a color that is between two contrasting colors, but there are times where that just won’t work for the quilt. Most of the time, when quilting with two different thread colors, I will quilt a whole quilt with one color first. Then, I switch threads and work my way back up the quilt using the second color. Doing it this way means that I am not constantly changing threads, but it works best when one color is used a whole lot more than another. Other times, I have to suck it up and switch between threads as I am quilting my way down a quilt, today’s quilt is an example of that! When I first looked at the quilt top (after I picked my jaw up off of the floor), I realized that there was no way that I could find a single thread color that would work over the whole quilt. Picking out the colors was the easiest part, I opted for a light tan and dark gray. I also kn