Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MQS is around the corner!!

MQS is two weeks away - what?!!  Although time is flying by much too quickly, I am super excited to be teaching at MQS again.  You might remember the awesomeness from last year, if not, click here.

So like I said, I'm excited to be teaching again this year, although I'm only there teaching for two days!! It'll be a quick show for me. There is still some room in my classes -- check them out here.

Oh, and you won't want to miss the Audacious Auction this year.  As it is their 20th Anniversary, several of the teachers have gotten together and made blocks for a special auction piece.  Gina Perkes will be piecing all the blocks as well as quilting it -- it's going to be amazing!  You might not want to miss this!!

Here's my block:

And here's a peek at what Gina is doing with the blocks.  I can't wait to see this piece finished!!
photo by Gina Perkes/The Copper Needle
You might remember last year I made a brand new piece for the Auction, it was named Joker's Jest - and the highest bidder turned out to be Claudia Pfeil -- how amazing was that!  This year I won't be making a new piece - there just aren't enough hours in my days.  Don't fret, I'll be donating one of my earlier pieces - I won't be sharing which one just yet - you might have to just wait until the auction to see! 

I really hope to see many of my quilty peeps this year at MQS, or maybe even meet a few new ones -- will I see you?

Monday, April 11, 2016

A little quilty catch-up...

So, while I was teaching in Lancaster I received a text from my friend Eyvonne.  Our quilt, Outta the Loop, won Best of Show as well as Best Machine Quilting at the Palm Beach County Quilt show. Wow, wasn't that some awesome news!  Here's a peek at the ribbons (it also has the 1st Place ribbon):

And just in case you've never seen Outta the Loop, here's a pick of the front and back:

And, as if new ribbons weren't enough... here's the latest copy of American Quilter magazine with the newest Gammill Quilting ad, featuring, Outta the Loop:

This is Gammill's new A Quilter's Story campaign.  You can read all about my Outta the Loop story here.

Also, some catch-up on Just The Two of Us (the pelican quilt).  You might remember me telling you about it's first show and my questioning my background choice.  Well, it just hung at MQX and the critique was good, it did mention that a higher value contrast could enhance the design.  Now that's a critique... nothing about cutting my background down, nothing about there being too much water - nothing to make me feel my decisions were wrong.  Ahhh, a sigh of relief.  But, back to the good part of this... it turns out, Just the Two of Us was chosen by Janet-Lee for the Founders Award - woohoo.  How awesome is that - totally made my day!
photo by Janet-Lee Santeusanio
Oh... and one more tidbit for you -- I have finally returned to working on Dance in the Rain -- yes, it has been three years.  More on this soon -- there's a lot going on with it, and yes I'm taking lots of pictures, just not sharing them yet.  Soon, I promise!

Monday, March 28, 2016

AQS Quiltweek Lancaster!

Talk about an amazing week... whew, it went by soooo fast!

I was blessed to again teach for AQS - this time in Lancaster, PA. My week started on Monday with travel. It was really nice riding from Philly airport - I recognized so make signs - King of Prussia, Reading, it was like I was back on my old stomping grounds (well, close).

Tuesday was judging day. This was a new experience for me. I was a little anxious as first, but I'm so glad I took part in the process. Such an amazingly talented group of quilters out there right now -- some of the pieces were beyond beautiful, all amazing, but some just stuck out more than others. I guess that's what it is like with all shows - narrowing it down to the absolute best of the best. I'm thankful I had my place with two other knowledgeable judges - I think we had a good balance. And now you know why I didn't have an entry. In case you haven't already seen, here is the link to the winners.

Wednesday started a full day of teaching:

A full house in my Build-A-Stitch class.

And an afternoon of Effortless Trapunto:

And here's a peek at just a few of the student's projects:

And then on to Thursday, which started with Piece & Applique the Longarm Way.

And a selfie with not only a student, by also one of my clients! It was great to finally meet Deborah in person. 

And a full house in the afternoon's Doodle Quilting class.  This class is soooooo much fun! 

And Friday was feather day!

Look at this fantastic sample that Linda stitched up in class! 

And then... right when I thought my week was going wonderfully it hit. Friday night while the rest of the world was sleeping I was wide awake with one of the worst stomach bugs I've had in a long time. I managed to get a tiny amount of sleep and pulled myself together for Saturday's class. Many thanks to the students who helped me load the machines Saturday morning as I was still in a lot of pain and not quite myself.  We took it slow, spent a few minutes extra at the whiteboard, and then got on with class - yes, with loads of hydrating water and lots and lots of hand sanitizer!

So here is Saturday mornings Big Border Breakdown class - this was an awesome group of ladies - and about an hour into class I was managing pretty well. And, a local photographer also popped in and snapped a gazillion picks of the students working away. I've gotta tell you - there were some talented border breakdowns happening and I wish I was feeling better to have snapped some pics - you would have been so proud of these ladies, I know I was!

Even with being sick - it was a fantastic week in Lancaster!

In case I missed seeing you - here are some of my upcoming teaching events:

MQS - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - May 11-14, 2016

Quilt Odyssey - Hershey, PA - July 21-24, 2016

I look forward to maybe seeing you soon!

Oh and I can't forget! Over on instagram, Kathryn @lovebugquilts shared her at-home doodle quilting practice piece -- look how awesome, she's definitely got this!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Vintage Alfred Shaheen

So a bunch of quilters have been buying and quilting up vintage Alfred Shaheen panels for a special exhibit at MQX Manchester.  The exhibit will be at MQX Springfield as well. Well, over the past many months I managed to purchase three panels with every intention of having them all quilted for the show. Yeah.... ummm... every intention fell through the cracks and I managed to finish one. I'll be Fedexing it as I'm already late -- story of my life. I will (eventually) finish my other two, I've got fantastic plans for them... hey, maybe in time for the Springfield show?

Anyway, I'd like to share some of the quilting process pics of my panel - the finished one is to the left.  I've named this Moth Parade -- partially because as of late I'm totally obsessed with moths, and also because they are some moth-looking butterflies to me.  Oh, and this time I used a layer of Hobbs 80/20 topped with Quilters Dream wool.  Normally, I use two layer of wool, but thought the linen could use some added stability from the 80/20.

Okay, now to the process pics:


And here is front and back views:

And, of course, the label:

So, if you're going to be at MQX Manchester (unfortunately, I won't be there), make sure you check out the Alfred Shaheen exhibit and snap some pics for me!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Upcoming classes at AQS Quiltweek Lancaster

I was just adding my AQS Lancaster Instructor button to the sidebar of the blogs and when I attached the link I noticed that my Doodle Quilting class is SOLD OUT! How awesome - thanks to all the amazing quilties that have signed up. Don't worry, if you missed that class I still have others -- check them out (click on the image below or in the sidebar). I can't wait to meet new friends and catch up with old ones!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Way overdue on catching up...

My apologies! I am so overdue for a blog post - it has been entirely too long. Where to start?...
I'll start with my last post - the pelicans (Just the Two of Us). This piece debuted at the World Quilt Show Florida Competition. Well... just say my critique wasn't so good. I should rephrase, it was okay, it had good points but also suggested I should crop the background down (quite a bit).  That comment had my brain flying -- should I have gone with the more dramatic water, was the soothing water too plain?  Too many questions, self-doubt, etc. Then, True Colors (aka White Lines) hung at Road to California - again, a less than desirable critique. No, nothing devastating, just thought-worthy. We all know the problems this quilt went through, and yes, black thread on black fabric, along with my needing a new prescription for my lenses added up to not-so-perfectness - this is life. Critiques usually don't bother me - I take the good and the bad and learn from both. I guess I was a little down as I was stressing on preparing for back-to-back teaching events as well as getting the Build-A-Stitch workbook ready for print - not to mention being insanely behind on client work. Not a worry though, I'm now over it and have entered Just the Two of Us in other shows - too bad if someone thinks the background is too much. It very well may detract from the pelicans, but that was the photo I took and that was the quilt I created -- I LIKE IT! And as with all forms of art, that is all that matters.

So on to the Build-A-Stitch workbook.  YES, I finally finished it - some of you have been waiting for over two years way too long! If you are interested in grabbing your very own copy, there is a link in the sidebar of the blog or you can click on the photo and be taken to the website. Either way, check it out. The book covers everything from my Build-A-Stitch class as well as other tips, tricks, and goodies. I'm already working on the next two -- Build-A-Stitch: Even MORE Stitches (workbook #2) and Build-A-Stitch: What to Do With All Those Stitches (workbook #3). It'll be a short while before the other two are done, but definitely not as long of a wait as this one (I promise)!

And just to let everyone know that ordered from the website - all orders went out on Friday. Thank you all so much, I was overwhelmed with the amount of interest in this workbook - you are all wonderful! I hope the workbook keeps you stitching and doodling away! If you want to leave a comment and/or review, feel free to add it here in the comments - I might share it on the website too!

Okay, back to catch-up...
The end of January brought me to the East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference in Richmond, VA - I'll just start by saying I love teaching, but this place - the students, the hosts, the atmosphere, the venue - it is soooo cool and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!  Here are a few pics in no particular order:

Then I had two days to do laundry prepare for teaching at the Port St Lucie Crazy Quilters biennial show. Another great show - I must admit this is my local guild and they asked me to teach kind of last minute (well in show prep last minute, I had a couple months notice).  Again, some pics in no order:
photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson
photo credit: Theresa Olson
photo credit: Theresa Olson
Many thanks to my left-brain, Nancy!
photo credit: Theresa Olson

And even quilty teachers need to eat (and check email)...
photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson

photo credit: Theresa Olson
 And there she is, Theresa Olson - the one who manages to get all the pics when I forget!

So a really awesome thing happened at this show.  My quilt, Thought Process, was awarded the NQACJ Award of Merit by Certified Judge Pat Harrison.  Whoa! This is a really big deal!!

For anyone that doesn't know, The Award of Merit is (at the certified judges discretion) awarded to one quilt achieving recognized standards of quiltmaking excellence.  And... as we all know, the NQA has been dissolved (unfortunately), BUT, the NQA Certified Judges will go on as the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). So to make this even better, Pat Harrison has since contacted me and would like to award one of the new logo'd ribbons to this quilt - how freaking awesome!!! So once I receive the new ribbon I'll be sure to post a pic!

Well, that's the full scoop. I think we're caught up - for now! I know it was a really long post and thanks for reading through all the way to the end.