Saturday, November 25, 2017

Visit to West Houston with Mexican Stars

Just one short week ago I returned from a visit to the West Houston Quilt Guild.  I was happy to present my quilts at my Lecture and teach the Mexican Stars to the members the next day at Quiltworks, a quilt shop in Houston.

After being picked up by my host Christine, I was amazed how much busier the traffic got driving west.  I usually fly into Hobby airport and then drive straight to quilt market, which is located downtown Houston.  This time I was traveling in a different direction and the roads we snaking under and over us, like being caught in a giant bowl of spaghetti.  Thankfully I was not driving.  :)




It is always a pleasure to meet and talk with other quilters, and it was fun to go to dinner and socialize before the lecture. 

Here are some photos from my Mexican Stars workshop.  Look at how different the Mexican Stars are with different fabrics. So great to see them all.











I so am happy to see that so many Mexican Stars were almost finished by the end of class!

The Facebook page of the West Houston Quilter's Guild is showing even more finished quilts.

 










Sunday, November 5, 2017

Quilt Market Musings

It's hard to believe Quilt Market is over, I am still sorting through all brochures and paperwork.  Yesterday was my first chance to open the suitcases I took to market and actually got them repacked for my next venture.  I am flying back to Houston to teach mid month.

I did want to share some of the quilts I saw at the show.  This time we took some time to walk through the exhibit and it is always awe inspiring to see all the beautiful quilts on display!

I have attached just a few of the images I saw.  Stunning!  Enjoy!































Saturday, January 14, 2017

Clearing older fabrics to start a New Year of Sewing

 Happy New Year Everyone!

This is my first blog post for 2017 -- and it is appropriately dealing with fabric and sewing room organization.

After the holidays are over, my focus shifts to organizing and preparing for the next year and in my case sewing or more accurately my quilting year. 

I try to time block my travel and pattern writing activities and get prepared for all the fun and also challenges the new year will bring.




The first thing I noticed this year that my level of distraction was super high.
I am starting to realize that it is getting harder and harder for me to focus over the "low murmur" of my sewing clutter, usually left overs from previous projects.  - OK sometimes it sounds more like a scream :)
Yes, these left over fabrics and tools from past projects seem to produce some type of noise that keeps me from focusing on what I would like to or should be doing.

To get rid of some of this "visual noise" I started bagging my leftover bits and pieces of last years projects in clear bags.  This makes it easy to find things, if I need to make step-outs and blocks for upcoming classes or Quilt Market. 

Here are some examples on how I deal with my left over project fabrics.









1.  First, if the fabrics in question are about half a yard or less, you might consider saving everything together in one group. 

This works especially well if you might need to access some of this fabric to make another piece in a series, or a matching accessory to your project or quilt.


2. Fabric can also be sorted by color.  I have some clear drawers, actually there are sixteen, to organize leftover fabric by color.  The drawers come in handy, since they slide open and I don't have to move boxes or bins out from the bottom of the stack to look at everything. 


As an added bonus, the boxes provide the base for my home-made, rectangular ironing surface.  It is great to have a larger area to press fabrics.  Just be careful not to pile it full of fabrics or projects. 
The large, flat surface is begging to have stuff piled on top. 


 (below right) Plastic baskets with CLEAR project baggies on top of one of my fabric shelves.










(left) This shelf has folded yardage inside and small fabrics on top. 
Left of the shelf are  large plastic drawers with extra blocks, either of existing quilts, or try-outs that never made it beyond one block.  That may be a blog post for another day.




3.  Fat quarters to half yards, folded and stacked in bins against the little piece of straight wall before the slanted ceiling takes over.  A few months ago I kept them all sorted in wire drawers, then noticed that my collection of smaller folded fabrics never got any smaller.  I finally realized that if I don't see the fabric it will never get used.  So I keep them out and try to make them look as nice as possible.



4.  Fabric can also be cut into popular scrap sizes:  squares in a variety of sizes can be stored together to make scrap quilting extra easy.  Since my focus is not specifically on scrap quilts, I haven't cut my fabric down, but with my color drawers filled to the rim, this is becoming an attractive option. 

Just don't organize away all your time.  I am trying to achieve some sort of BALANCE between taking care of old project pieces, starting new projects and designs and quilting all of them as desired. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quilting the Victorian Table Runner: Guestpost by Kari Schell from On Point Quilter

Hi Everyone,

I would like to introduce you to Kari Schell, On Point Quilter, a fellow quilt designer and teacher who has posted a great tutorial on how to quilt the Victorian Table Runner her blog: 

On Point Quilter

So here it is in Kari's words:

Quilting a Victorian Table Runner

Guest Blog Post by Kari Schell from On Point Quilter.

Years ago saw a Victorian Table Runner at Quilted Treasures in Rogers and immediately needed to buy the pattern and make the quilt.  I don't remember who the recipient of the gifted table runner was. But the table runner remains a favorite of mine.

Fast forward to a week ago... a customer brought me her Victorian Table Runner.  She wanted something "custom".

This table runner can present a bit of a challenge for long-arm quilters as problems can develop if you are not careful around the fold-back curves. Also - because of the nature of the fold back technique there can be some slight variation from unit to unit.

I spent some time in Art and Stitch creating two major designs that I think complement the Victorian Table Runner and would keep me away from the fold-back curves.  Art and Stitch is digitizing software for machine quilters and embroiderers.

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Victorian Table Runner by Southwind Designs
Fast forward to a week ago... a customer brought me her Victorian Table Runner.  She wanted something "custom".

This table runner can present a bit of a challenge for longarm quilters as problems can develop if you are not careful around the fold-back curves. Also - because of the nature of the fold back technique there can be some slight variation from unit to unit.

Using Art and Stitch I created two major designs that complements the Victorian Table Runner.
My Art and Stitch video tutorai will share with you my process for creating one of the designs - which I am calling Victorian Scroll.
Here are some pictures of the finished quilt.  This quilt was pieced by Carolyn Oakes and will be on display at the Forest Lake Quilt show today (April 19th).  Thanks Carolyn for letting me share photos of your quilt!
quilting designs
Victorian Table Runner pieced by Carolyn Oakes and quilted by Kari Schell
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victornian Table Runner Close Up of Block and Quilting
Victorian Table Runner quilting designs
Victorian Table Runner Close-Up of Corner
Here is Annette's cover quilt from the pattern with the quilting designs super imposed on her quilt.
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner - Sothwind Designs Cover Quilt (copyright by Annette Ormales). Quiting designs (copyright by Kari Schell) .

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Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Full Quilt Layout
Victorian Table Runner Digital Quilting Bundle:

Includes all the designs listed below, plus a layout to show suggested placement of the quilting designs.  These designs are suitable for all major quilting systems.

Piecing pattern must be purchased separately from Southwind Designs.

Individual quilting designs total $30.  Bundle on sale for $10.

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Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Scroll Sashing
Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Scroll Pantograph
Victorian Scroll Sashing or Pantograph

This would work well for any narrow sashing settings.

The pantograph should be stitched with a 50% offset for alternate rows.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

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Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Eight Pointed Star Block Quilting Design
Victorian Star Block

This block design would work well for any eight pointed star (particularly if you don't want to quilt into the corners).

​Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

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Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Border Scroll
Victorian Border Scroll

This triple scroll is sized to fit perfectly in the border of a Victorian Table runner.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

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Victorian Table Runner Quilting Designs
Victorian Table Runner Block Triple Scroll
 
Victorian Block Triple Scroll

This triple scroll is sized to fit the blocks of a Victorian Table runner.

Regular $7.50.  On sale for $3.25.

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