Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

So I just found out there are a few spots left in a couple of my classes at Quiltweek Grand Rapids.

This is good news for you -- if you were thinking about it, here's your chance!  Here's a link to all my classes:  http://www.quiltweek.com/portfolio_tags/grr17-karen-marchetti/



Scrollwork - Wed 8:30-11:30 am
In this class, I share several variations of the basic scroll as well as how to use them in more than just sashings.  Students will have a lot of curly, scrolly fun all while adding a bunch of scroll options to their go-to stitches.

So here's a peek at some of the stitches from class.





Spunky Funky Feathers - Wed 1:00-:4:00 pm
This class will stretch your creativity as you learn these fun, zero backtrack, whimsical feathers.  While these aren't your traditional feathers, they sure are fun and can fill space rather quickly.

Again, a peek at some of the fun from class.







Build-A-Stitch 2 - Sat 8:30-11:30 am
An additional 20 stitches utilizing the same muscle-memory and confidence-building technique as the original Build-A-Stitch class.  Build A-Stitch is not a pre-requisite as I'll cover the basics of the technique at the beginning of class.  You will have an even larger library of stitches after this class!


So to check out the class link and maybe I'll see you there - I look forward to meeting you!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

I'm excited to share that I'll be teaching at AQS Grand Rapids this August.  

Here's a link to my classes - check them out if you're planning a visit, I'd love to meet you in class and share some quilty awesomeness!  

Don't wait too long, registration is open and I've heard classes are beginning to fill!  Hope to see you!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Erin's Baby Quilt

If you follow on Facebook you might recall I posted a baby quilt I had pieced for my niece, Erin.  Well, that was way back in March.  Yesterday I finally quilted it... believe it or not, it is difficult to squeeze myself into my own schedule.

So anyway, here's the quilted beauty:

And a detail pic:

And, of course, the back:

Now I need to decide on the binding color, most probably the dark purple, and then get the binding finished so I can ship this off to her before the baby outgrows it!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Olivers travels...

Oliver is flying once again!  Sometimes I think this boy has traveled more than me!

A while back I received an email requesting Oliver to be part of the 2017 invitation-only special exhibit at the Brigham City Museum of Art and History.  Wow!  Umm, yes...

The exhibit runs June 16 through August 31, 2017.  The museum is located at 24 North 300 West in Brigham City, Utah, and I am honored to be included in this amazing list of artists:

Presenting quilts by Christine Alexiou, Canada; Beatrice Bueche, France; Sue Bleiweiss, Massachusetts; Melani Kane Brewer, Florida; Anne H. Datko, Utah; Jennifer Day, New Mexico; Karen Eckmeier, Connecticut; Aileyn Renli Ecob, California; Kaye Evans, Utah; Laura Fogg, California; Robin Gausebeck, Illinois; Mariko Hayashi, Japan; Margarete Heinisch, California; Ann Horton, California; Jean Renli Jurgenson, California; Sandra Leichner, Oregon; Shani Leser, Israel; Karen Marchetti, Florida; Suzanne Marshall, Missouri; Lea McComas, Colorado; Jeannie P. Moore, California; Patti Morris, Canada; Bethanne G. Nemesh, Pennsylvania; Do Palma, Wyoming; Ruth Powers, Kansas; Jan Reed, California; Jane Sassaman, Illinois; Gillian Shearer, Australia; Zena Thorpe, California; Laura Welklin, Indiana; Cathy Wiggins, North Carolina; and Allison Wilbur, Rhode Island.

If you're a new follower you might not know about Oliver.  He is one of my favorite quilts. He was the result of a week long retreat with the amazingly talented Sharon Schamber.  Like I've said a million times before if you ever get the chance to take a class with her do so - you will not regret it!
 
 
While Oliver is retired from competition, he's had quite the journey so far - here are just a few highlights -

Published in the 2011 International Quilt Festival 2011 Quilt Scene Magazine featuring a full page photo:

A step-by-step digital interview with The Quilt Show (2014):

AQS Quiltweek Syracuse 2015 Showbook feature artist interview:

And multiple other printed show brochures and advertising,

So... if you just happen to be in Utah over the summer, swing by the museum, check out the exhibit, and maybe send me a picture or two of Oliver hanging!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cruise-away Giveaway WINNER

I'm back from the cruise -- wow, what an awesome time!  I truly hope you all enjoyed your Mothers Day celebrations - it sounds like each one of you had wonderful plans.  Now let's see who won the Build-A-Stitch book!


With a little help from random.org, the winner is Dawn Kenestrick!  Congratulations Dawn, please message me (here or via Facebook) your mailing address and I'll get the book off to you.

That was a lot of fun!  I'll be sure to have more giveaways in the future!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cruise-away Giveaway

To celebrate my first quilting cruise (well, my first cruise ever), which just happens to set sail on Mothers Day, I am going to have a giveaway! 







I'm super excited because this is my first official giveaway as well.

One lucky quilty peep is going to win a copy of the Build-A-Stitch workbook!

Yes, there are some rules...

1.  Comment here, on this blog post, how you'll be spending Mothers Day.  

2.  Share this post on Facebook (make sure to share it publicly so I can view the shares).

3.  Like (follow) the Karen Marchetti - Quilt Artist Facebook page.

Once you've completed all three you'll be entered into the giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until midnight (EST) on Sunday 5/21/2017.  The winner will be announced here on the blog as well as shared on the Karen Marchetti - Quilt Artist Facebook page on Wednesday, 5/24/2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Quilt or Couch?

I had a last minute trip to AQS Quiltweek Paducah to help out in the Gammill booth.  What a fun time this was!  Gammill has come out with a set of quick change feet and they are awesome!  Here's a few fun pics from Paducah:

Just a sampling of some work with the couching foot:

One of my facebook quilties, Colleen, ran out to her car to grab her Build-A-Stitch book so I could sign it.  It was so nice meeting her!
photo courtesy of Jen Smith

photo courtesy of Theresa Olson
Even Jen got in on the stitching fun:

Here I am sharing the awesomeness with some quilties:
photo courtesy of Theresa Olson
Once I was home I managed to relax for a few days... hahaha, by relax I mean finish a client quilt (you can see that over on the other blog).  And then I had one evening available to play with the couching foot...

Well... one evening turned into two, which then spilled over into my weekend, but here is the amazingness that happened:

And here's a ton of detail pics:







As you can see the couching foot is loads of fun!  I've named this little bit of play Words on a Whim -- hopefully, you'll be able to see it at Fall Paducah... I'll let you know.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Journeys Thru Art - Bridges


All eight quilts for the Journeys Thru Art 2016 Bridge Challenge project are completed - and let me say, they are awesome!  Now that the entries have been submitted I can share them with all of you.

You've already seen my bridge, Trenton Makes, but I'll share it again so you can see them all together.
Trenton Makes by Karen Marchetti - 60"x35"

The View From Her Window by Deb Krajkowski - 34"x48"

Bridge #704 by Nancy Parsons - 51"x34"

Summer Solstice by Pam Post - 32"x51"

Roosevelt Bridge by Natalie Carlton - 51"x33"

Over the River and Through the Woods by Marian Keating-McCoin 51"x39"

Gifts from the Past: Fredericton Series I by Sandi MacMillan - 42"x48"

Tranquility by Denise Cargill - 35"x63"
I am both proud and honored to be part of such an amazing group of artists.

Now we wait to hear from AQS Grand Rapids if they've been accepted into the Ultimate Guild Challenge -- I'll be sure to let you know.

Happy Saturday quilties!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trenton Makes is finished!

Yes, my Trenton Makes quilt is finished.  Well, almost finished, I still need to prepare and attach the facing later this week.  But, it is finished enough to share with all my quilty peeps.

Let me tell you, it has taken a while and a roller coaster of emotions to get to this finished place.  In my last post, you'll remember I was in a period of dislike with my project.  So I'll share what has happened from then til now.

Here's where we left off - on the frame main ditchwork finished and ready for quilting.

You can see in the photo above the buildings are chalked.  I started there, as the sky background would be easier to fill around them.  If my memory serves me, there is the Department of Labor, Health/Agriculture, and the Justice Complex.



So then on to the sky fill - one of my favorites as it creates such movement.  It was a super windy day here and I later found out it was also windy back in New Jersey... pretty cool!

Okay, at this point I was getting back to my happy place, until... yep, all those little tiny places between all the bridge trusses needed fill too, ugh, here comes my laziness.


So after like a million hours, they were finished!

Now on to the concrete work... lots of thread work to match the paint.


Yay, I was starting to like my bridge again!
Then came the neon reflection work... big ugh!  Back while I was putting all the pieces together I thought about painting the reflection.  I should know by now those little thoughts are actually voices and I should listen!  I didn't, I said to myself I can do that in thread... guess what, I was wrong.  As the reflection is so bright on the water, the thread wasn't enough, it really needed the paint as a base.  If I had listened and painted it earlier the thread would have been an awesome highlight to the paint.  But, as you can see in the photos, the thread just fades into the fabric.  To me, it looked like someone sprayed silly string.  The red thread was reading as pink, the yellow was glowing, and the beautiful orangy-copper metallic (an entire spools worth) was just sinking into the blue fabric. Ahhhh, yep, I was totally back to the period of dislike, again!


So... how to fix this as I was totally hating the project.  Yep, paint!  Now, if you follow my blog you know I have an interesting past with paint after-the-fact.  So, knowing I could totally ruin the quilt at this point I tested the paint on the edge.  Hmmm, this might just work!

So here goes... no turning back now.



Not so bad.  I continued with the paint on both sides, allowed it to dry, and then added additional paint in the areas that needed it.  Yay, back to a much happier place!

So now it's time to block this beauty... into the tub with some crazy hot water so soften those foundation pieces.

About an hour or so and some super sore fingertips later it is all blocked and drying.

It took me a lot of emotions to get to this point.  I loved it, I hated it, I restarted, I put it away, I started again.  My heart wasn't feeling the project like it was in the beginning.  Sometimes projects just happen so quickly and others take their toll on you.  This was one of those, but I think I actually appreciate it more. This is my project for my Journeys Thru Art groups 2016 challenge, bridges.  I can't wait to be able to share the others with you.  Upon acceptance, they will debut at AQS Grand Rapids in the Ultimate Guild Challenge category... fingers crossed!