Friday, November 27, 2015

Twirly Whirly Swirls class in Houston

The Twirly Whirly Swirls class in Houston was a full house (25 students).  They made a quilt for the wall using their own fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind wall hanging.  Everyone learned how to fuse with Mistyfuse (never have enough irons), and all about die cutting with Sizzix. They provided the machines and dies!  We used both a Big Shot Pro and a Fabi (which is a Big Shot) and 2 different sizes of spiral dies.  I loved seeing the variety of fabrics that everyone used.  Bernina provided sewing machines for my class, and they used the BSR.  Interestingly enough, only 1 person knew how to free motion machine quilt.  But, everyone had so much fun with the machines and setting themselves free with the BSR!  
This is the class sample 18x24 vertical format
and here is all of the student work, the ones that I was able to photograph.  They are amazing!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What's for Dinner? and more

Houston for Market and Festival - rain, and lots of it
The  'What's for Dinner?' exhibit was busy with people the entire time of Quilt Festival.  This is a Quilts, inc special exhibit and it is co-juried by Leslie Tucker Jenison and me.  Special exhibits have a three year cycle, and this year marked the end of this one.

Leslie and I love seeing the exhibit for the first time, all set up on a long table, like a dinner party.  We see that most of these amazing place settings are not flat, but three dimensional. Love the artistry.

One end of the long table.

I am taking a picture of Leslie and she is taking a picture of me.  We were at Quilt Market and seeing as many exhibits as we could, because they are not crowded with people during this time

Here's the sign for the exhibit

Another close up of a place setting.  Click on the picture to see it larger.

Centerpieces were made by the artists too - amazing works in fiber

This is taken from the second floor of the convention center, so you can see the magnitude of the show during Festival

and lots of people around each exhibit

The vendor area - all on red carpet

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Quilt Market Fun!

Gotta new haircut, just in time for Houston!

Here's one of my bags.  I carried on this bag and checked the other bag.  Shipped 4 boxes to Leslie Tucker Jenison, since she was driving to Houston.

Here are two quilts that I made for the Hoffman Fabrics booth using their amazing fabrics

Leslie and I in front of the facade of the RJR booth.  More pictures to come!

Seeing friends at Quilt Market is extra special.  Desiree Habicht and Rayna Gilman

Leslie in front of her quilt made with Hoffman Fabrics Me + You line - isn't it amazing?

New fabrics introduced.  I loved these screen prints!

Fiber on a Whim's booth

Artists is so creative in displaying their fabrics!

The RJR booth was amazing and they even won a booth award. Love the use of color, their heart and the many paper folded origami birds
A pattern from the Simplicity booth that I actually want to make!

Selfie by a hexagon

More booths - love the creativity of the chalk board

Dinner with friends - always time to celebrate!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Houston Bound

International Quilt Market (trade show) and International Quilt Festival (open to the public) in Houston is a week away.  Here are some of the things I will be doing at these shows!  Hope to see you there!

Quilt Market

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25
10:00-11:00 Hoffman Fabrics booth #1343
Whimsical Inspirations book signing and sale.  You can buy a book or books (up to 5) at the retail price or buy at wholesale for your store and they will be shipped after Quilt Festival. Note:  I do not have a new fabric line coming out at this show.
Sunday, October 25 at 2:00pm F&W Booth # - Book Signing with Sue Bleiweiss, author and contributors - Lyric Kinard, Desiree Habicht, Leslie Tucker Jenison, and me.  Quilt Festival. Below, because Blogger is not letting me leave a caption under the ornaments.  It's all Ornamental - teaching with Leslie Tucker Jenison on Wednesday, October 28 from 9-12. Introduction to Sizzix die cutting machine, make these fun ornaments and sew them together.
Thursday, October 29 TEACHING from 9am to 5pm - Twirly Whirly Swirls - Class is FULL! Using both the Fabi and the Big Shot Pro and swirl dies in two sizes to create this truly amazing art quilt.  The fabrics will be fused with Mistyfuse, and arranged on a background with a variety of colors.  Free motion machine quilting!
Friday, October 30 TEACHING with Leslie Tucker Jenison from 9am to Noon - Painting with a Twist!  Collaborative painting on primed canvas.  Students will get a slice of the painted canvas at the end of class.  Bring an apron.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Industrial Chic

This is the wrong side of the fabric covered with a huge piece of Mistyfuse white

This is a Goddess Sheet which is silicone, and nothing sticks to it.  The Mistyfuse bonds more easily to the fabric using this sheet, as opposed to using parchment paper

This is my plan.  Cut hexagons with the Sizzix Fabi machine using the Skyline fabric by Hoffman Fabrics.  Then cut smaller hexagons with the gray gradation fabric.  i want to start at the bottom at the darkest point of the fabric, and then build it up, row by row into the light. This is raw edge applique.

Cutting row by row the size of the Sizzix hexagon die. 
In this photo you can see the gray fabric in the smaller hexagon.  It looks washed out.  The fabric above looks way better.  It helps set off the skyline fabric.  This is also a Hoffman Fabrics digital print - diamond prisms, part of the 'wish you were here' collection.

I really like how this is looking.  My imagination is going nuts at this point with how it will be quilted.  And maybe I want to leave some of the thread tails exposed?

The hexagons spaced out on the black wool blended felt gave it just the right look.

I am liking how this looks. Both of these fabrics will be introduced at Fall Market 2015. This quilt will also be at Quilt Market in the Hoffman Fabrics booth.

I really think this rocks!  Free motion machine quilted with black thread with random straight lines and a few zigs and zags.  The way I quilted it, was way out of my comfort zone, because I usually do a very organic FMQ with vines and leaves..

close up.  you can click on it to see it larger