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!

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.