Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meet me in Virginia...

Yes, I'm getting super excited about my upcoming trip to Virginia.  I'll be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Gammill Training Center in Phenix.  I'm hoping the weather gets a wee bit cooler - I'm hearing it's almost the same weather as here right now... no, I want fall!

I'll tell you all about my classes in a second but, first I want to share the awesomeness.  Each class is limited to only 8 people.  Each person will get full use of their own machine - no sharing which is super awesome, right?  The only downside to small class sizes is they fill fast -- if you're thinking about signing up you'll probably want to hurry.

Now, on to the class fun stuff -

The Creative Process - full day class
Have you ever wanted to create your own design?  In this class, you are going to design your own original mini wholecloth and then stitch it out!  Yes, designing a quilt is not as difficult as you thought - and you don't even have to know how to draw!  Just a little guidance and some creativity and you'll soon be on your way to designing many original quilts!  This process can be used to create both applique and wholecloth designs.

If you've been following me you've probably seen these quilts - these were all created using this technique!
Wonderlust by Karen Marchetti

Stella Luminosa by Karen Marchetti

Iron Acanthus by Karen Marchetti

Jokers Jest by Karen Marchetti

Sidewalk Chalk by Karen Marchetti
And here's a little surprise - if you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen a couple of peeks of my latest competition piece.  Guess what?  I'll have it with me (to work on) and it too was created using this technique - you'll be the very first ones to see it (well, if you're in class)!


Pop Those Lines - full day class
Using rulers and some background fills on a custom-printed panel, you'll learn how to make your ruler work pop!  You'll take basic ruler work to the next level.

So there they are - two totally different classes.  One is totally right brain and the other kinda left brain! 

Remember, there are only a few spots left in the classes - hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Block Breakdown #2 - Nine Patch

Every month on the Gammill YouTube channel I'll be sharing a different block showing several quilting variations.  I'll make sure to share the link here as well.  You can always click on the Block Breakdown links (located in sidebar) to check if you've missed any.

Here is Block Breakdown #2 - Nine Patch



Let me know how you're liking the series and if there are any specific blocks you'd like to see.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Just a little...LOVE


My piece for the IQA/Quilts Inc. Silent Auction at this years Houston Festival is finished! 

I wanted to keep it simple yet still share a part of me.  I love hearts, painting, and machine quilting so I combined those into the piece.

It started out like this - I grabbed a beautiful piece of hand-dyed fabric, followed by a little cursive love, added a heart, and then feathers (of course)!


Yes, that is a variagated metallic thread.  For the background quilting, I switched to a matching thread.

And you wouldn't believe how different this fabric photographs!  These aren't filters, they were taken with different lights turned on... crazy!

Well... I knew I wanted to paint on this little beauty so I started adding some iridescent purple.



Look at the difference some paint makes!

Then I decided the feathers needed a little paint love too


For those that have asked, here is a super quick video of my painting/shading process:


My original paint plan had me adding some iridescent turquoise to the background quilting.  But, after seeing the heart I decided that was the only part I wanted to emphasize so the plan changed.  See, sometimes changed plans are a good thing.

So if you'll be attending Houston this year you'll have the opportunity to bid on this little beauty, well, you'll have the opportunity to bid on a lot of beauties!  Hope to see you there, although I'll be busy in the classroom teaching.  You can see my class info here or on the Quilts Inc. website.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Houston Quilt Festival


I'm am thrilled to be part of this year's faculty at Houston Quilt Festival.  I have the honor of sharing four classes with all of you. Yes, Quilt Festival is still happening, you can read all about it later in this post.







Friday's classes:

Unfortunately, Build-A-Stitch is sold out.
But there is still room in Build-A-Stitch 2, which covers 20 more stitches.  And no worries, Build-A-Stitch is NOT a prerequisite for this class.





Saturday's classes:

Lots of ruler work in Pop Those Lines but, when we combine it with fun background fills some amazing things happen!


Spunky Funky Feathers is full of super fun and super whimsical feathers.  The best part... all of these feathers have ZERO backtracks!  
With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, everyone is wondering about this year's Quilt Festival.  Is it happening - there is no doubt about it.  Here is IQA's recent Facebook post:

Important note regarding the IQA Judged Show at International Quilt Festival
We would like to thank all who have sent messages of support to us in response to the devastating flooding taking place in our home city of Houston. We are happy to report that all of our staff and volunteers are safe, that our office did not suffer any hurricane- or flood-related damages, and that all the quilts sent in for the judging that is still taking place this week are safe and secure.
Our office has reopened with limited hours as of Tuesday, September 5. Please be patient in receiving a response to calls and emails as we catch up on work and correspondence.
We have also heard from many people asking whether they should cancel their plans to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival or the IQA Winners Circle Celebration. We want to assure you that there is no reason to cancel any travel plans, as the show is still scheduled to go on.
Festival is nearly two months away, and we have full confidence that our city will bounce back quickly, as it has always done. Also, neither the George R. Brown Convention Center nor the Downtown Houston hotels were damaged in the flooding.
Many others have not been so lucky, and we ask that you keep Houston and all areas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts, and, if possible, consider making a contribution toward organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.
If you are interested in making a donation to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, please consider the Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, or the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett.
Some people are questioning if Houston and IQA really can pull things together in our badly hurt city so that Festival can be held. We understand where those doubts are coming from. Our best answer to anyone with doubts is this: as the founders of the International Quilt Association, we promise you that the display of our Judged Show at Festival WILL go on!
But our second best answer can be found in the commentary piece below for the Austin American-Statesman written by a non-Texan. It brought us to tears. We hope it will help you understand why we can make our promise: The show WILL go on.
Thank you!
Karey Bresenhan & Nancy Puentes
Co-Founders
International Quilt Association

So, with all that - hope to see you in Houston!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Upcoming classes!


In October I'll be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Gammill Training Center in Phenix, Virginia.  WHAT?  I know... I never teach during the month of October because that is usually hubby's vacation time - so that makes this event even more special!  No worries, he's still getting his vacation.  Okay, I'll have to admit, I'm a little excited about being in Virginia in October -- why you ask... FALL!  So don't worry if you see me outside taking lots of pictures.  The one thing you miss while living in Florida is changing seasons.  Especially all the beautiful colors that happen during fall.

So... back to classes.  Space is limited as the classes are one person per machine for optimal learning.  If you're in the area and want to sign up I wouldn't wait too long... can't wait to see you and share some quilty goodness!

You can contact Threads Run Thru It for more info at 434-376-7755.

Monday, August 21, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids 2017

I've just returned from an awesome week teaching at AQS Grand Rapids.  I always love teaching but, last week was a little extra awesome because my Journeys Thru Art group won First Place in the Ultimate Guild Challenge.  So I'll start there -


If you want to see individual pics of each one, you can refer back to my original post here.  Winning is always fun and it's even more fun when you're at the show.  Early on Wednesday morning I was interviewed live on the morning news.  Unfortunately, I don't have a link to the broadcast but, I do have video provided courtesy of Jen Smith of Gammill.  I again have to thank her for getting up early as well so that my hubby, and all of you, could see it too!  So yes, I was a wee bit nervous -- it's live, no edits!
video

Here are me and Jen in front of my bridge quilt, Trenton Makes:

And how cool is this -- Nancy's bridge made the show program!

So walking in I took this pic -

And then this one outside my classroom -

And then it all went downhill... me, who takes pictures of almost everything, did not take a single picture of classes... until Friday when I remembered and I grabbed a couple of the students with their projects.




Yep... they are the only pictures I took.  Guess we were having too much fun learning and sharing!

If you follow along on Facebook, you'll remember I was shipping Wonderlust off for yet another journey.  Here she is hanging as part of the Gammill Showcase.  Wonderlust, along with several other quilts from other Gammill Quilt Artists will be traveling around to various AQS shows.


Although I didn't take many classroom pics, I did manage a couple friend pics:

Block Breakdown #1 - Ohio Star

Every month on the Gammill YouTube channel I'll be sharing a different block showing several quilting variations.  I'll make sure to share the link here as well.  You can always click on the Block Breakdown links (located in sidebar) to check if you've missed any.

Here is Block Breakdown #1 - Ohio Star

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Van Gogh Challenge

My Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh challenge is finished and submitted... now we wait.

I'll start with the finished pics and then tell about my process.  Let me introduce Orecchio

And two detail pics:


I almost didn't do this challenge.  I really wanted to and had every intention of starting but...
You all know how it is, right?  I'm not alone here.  So, rewind here, it was the end of June and I still hadn't even given it a thought (the deadline is August 1st).  Well... bam!  I threw my back out (if you follow my other blog you already know this part).  I was simply bending down to get a pot from the cabinet and with a tiny little pinch was unable to move.  Following the advice of all my peeps I did take several days of rest.  Well, unfortunately, I'm not very good at doing nothing so I pulled out the challenge fabrics and started.  I decided to go with a free-form applique allowing me to sit which, with the aid of a pillow, wasn't too awful.

Okay, a little back story - you might remember I've done both Cherrywood Challenges so far, Wicked and the Lion King.  With both of those projects, I had a definite plan.  I also challenged myself to only use the fabrics in the challenge kit.

So here comes free-form applique with nothing close to a plan other than a few squiggle lines on some fabric.

Adding and sometimes removing and re-adding pieces:

And applique...


And more applique...

Ooh, it's starting to look like something.  And... swedish fish, they're like jet fuel.

Oh look, more applique...

And why not cover all that needle turn applique with embroidery.

Well, it's wrinkly, but it's just about finished:

And here's where this challenge differs from the others.  I had to add yellow... had to!  So I broke my own challenge with myself on this one by not just using the challenge fabrics.  I know the rules allow this, it was just a thing I had with myself.

And why stop with embroidery, hey let's add some bead work too!

And that pesky blue circle that needed something - this worked!

Finally on the frame and ready for quilting!

Have I told you how much I LOVE my trapunto foot to getting into tiny little places surrounded by glass beads?  Oh, it's good for trapunto too...

So... you might be wondering about the name - Orecchio.  Those of you that speak Italian have figured it out already but, for everyone else... orecchio means ear.  I'll explain.

The entire time I was working on this project I never once thought it was anything other than a free form applique piece.  It wasn't until this photo that I saw the ear:

If you can't see it - here's a highlighted version - now you can't unsee it!

So... being that this is a Van Gogh challenge, and it just happens that Van Gogh chopped off his ear, I was a little freaked out at this point.  Then I realized that the universe just works in strangely cool ways and decided that it was more serendipitous than freaky and I totally love it!

So the last item was binding -- no no no.  I didn't have enough challenge fabric left, didn't have time to order another kit, so facing it is!  And if you're going to do a facing, you might as well make it fun!

Ironically, I started my challenge with a bad back, and from all the applique and embroidery over the month of July I've aggravated my carpal tunnel.  I went into this with a back ache and I've ended it with a wrist brace... life!

So that's my challenge story.  I can not wait to see all the entries - I am sure they are going to be outstanding!