Monday, August 31, 2015

quilt studio visit

Recently I was interviewed for a video segment on The Quilt Show. It will be a feature focusing on a quilter's studio visit at home. A photo crew came to my little 800 sq ft apartment in Washington DC and taped the segment that will appear sometime in late 2015 or in 2016. As soon as I know when I'll let you know. Here is a photo sent to me...taken during the photo taping. I have permission to share.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A doggone quilt

Do you know what happens when you gift your children with quilts? They end up in all kinds of places. My second daughter, Ellen, has 3 dogs, all rescues. One from a fire, the others from living as "dumpster dogs", a term for abandoned dogs found eating out of dumpsters. Some kind person found them and took them to a shelter. The rescue people know my daughter is a softie so she adopted them. Here they are living a luxurious life....on one of my quilts!
Look at the bottom right corner, this is a Log Cabin quilt made years ago before I invented my Log Cabin Trim Tools by Creative Grids©. Wimby is on the left, she contracted an infection while living in the dumpster and she is blind. Next to her is Winston, named for Winston Churchill. He was just 6 lbs and ost nearly all his hair from malnutrition. He's now well fed and beautiful and healthy. At the back is Woody, short for Woodrow (named for president Woodrow Wilson) and rescued from the fire. I am happy to share one of my quilts with 3 little guys who are now loved and cared for by their new human parents. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Curvy Creativity

Curvy rocks! Look at the two new Cut Loose Press patterns for the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tools. I think these rulers can go on and on. There are so many ways to put the blocks together. Your only limitation is your own imagination. Of course, if you just want to get down and get sewing try making these projects with precuts. Fascination used 2.5" precut strips and Roundabout is cut from a stack of 10" layer cake squares. Both quilts are designed by Camilla Quilts. Look for the patterns at your local quilt store.
Roundabout using 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool and 10" Layer Cake squares.
Fascination using 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool and (24) 2.5" strips.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aussie Babies - American Quilt

Several months ago I posted two almost identical quilts that my friend, Michele Corliss, was taking to Australia as gifts for her new twin granddaughters. I made the quilts and they were my gift to Michele for being such a good help to me when I moved from Georgia to DC.

Today Michele sent me this picture of the quilt on the grass at a playground in Australia. I am not sure which if this circle of infants is the real owner of the quilt, but they are so cute, each and every one of them. You can barely see the quilt under all the cuteness of the little ones. It is the first Log Cabin quilt I made after I designed my first trim tool.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Studio Visit

Last week I decided to totally rearrange my studio so the space would work better for me. Here are the photos of the new arrangement. It took all day last Friday to shift the large, heavy, cumbersome pieces of furniture around. Then I had to refold and stack all the fabric on Saturday. Sunday a film crew from The Quilt Show came to film a studio visit. The segment will appear sometime after Nov 1, 2015. I will let you know when as soon as I know. It was an exciting event.
Step into my studio, this is how I store my fabric, Ikea cubes with fabric wrapped around my 8" Creative Grids© ruler, then slip off the ruler, fold in half and stack. Easy and efficient.
This is the first vignette you see when you enter the studio. My sewing table is in the center of the room with my computer in the corner by the window. The ironing station is between two windows looking over Connecticut Avenue (the view is mostly of the traffic). The quilt hanging over the ironing station is Columns and it is in my Curvy Log Cabin Quilts book.
Another view of my sewing, shipping, computer station. The pie safe is my shipping department holding all of my Creative Grids© rulers. The Hoosier cabinet holds office supplies. The 3 quilts on the wall use my 8" log cabin rulers. The shelf over my computer holds some of my stitch birds that I have collected over the years. Jelly Rolls fill in the open spaces. Quilts are stacked everywhere.
Here is the cutting station. Notice the fabric stored neatly in boxes. Also the TV in the corner for entertainment and the rulers in their ruler racks so everything can be accessed easily. The log cabin quilt was made with my 12" Log Cabin Trim Tool and it is the cover of my second book,
Quilting A Circle of
What was my dog Chloe doing while the entire studio was rearranged? Napping on the sofa of course. Here she is on her vintage quilt, resting her head on a vintage redwork pillow. Chloe always sleeps with her head on a pillow. Some days I wish I was Chloe. Except Chloe can't sew.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Capital Quilts Workshop

I had my first teaching gig at Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD on Tuesday. The shop is the closest to my new home in Washington DC. And it is a very nice shop with lots and lots of fabrics, a Janome dealer to service my machine, the ability to rent time on their longarm quilting machine as I had to sell mine before I left Georgia. I am very lucky to find a quilt shop that meets all my needs and it is located so close to home. Another plus, the owner Alison, and the staff and other teachers are very friendly and welcoming.

I taught the Rainbow Swirls curvy log cabin project. In just 3 hours all of the participants managed to make 8 blocks. Of course they did their homework, coming with their fabric cut according to the supply list. They were ready and eager to rev up their sewing machines and start stitching after a short demo on how to sew the strips and trim the blocks.
Hilary is chain piecing her blocks
Feli and Pat are chain piecing their blocks
Feli is trimming her blocks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another day...2 more quilts

Here are the quilts that were finished on Tuesday. Actually 3 quilts got their binding but you have to wait to see the big reveal of quilts 3 and 4. I got ahead of myself a little bit, by putting the binding on a quilt for scheduled for Wednesday.

Back to Tuesday. newly finished is Hex-A-Dizzy, named for Dizzy Gillespie the great jazz musician.

Tuesday afternoon the Ragtime quilt was bound. I have often said that when a quilt top is pieced together it is just a rag until it is quilted. This one especially looked like a rag before it went to my longarm quilter, Susan Bentley of Believe it or not it has only 3 different blocks to create the overall design. It may look complicated, but putting it together like a puzzle proves it very easy to make.
After making the hexagon blocks I realized the same jelly roll fabric collection was used for the hexagon quilt on the cover of my previous book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya. All I can say is this, "If you have a fabric you love, stick with it!" It looks like a winning hexagon duet. The first book is still available from my website but supplies are getting low.