Symposium Inspiration

24 05 2017

Have you ever walked through the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh, NC? It’s just beautiful and so peaceful, right in the heart of the city. The brick architecture is flanked by ancient shade trees, and brick walkways curve between the dorms, educational halls, and dining facility. Splashing fountain and twittering birds complete the serene picture. The college founder, in bronze, seemed a little cold, so I lent him my “Get the Point” quilt.

At the North Carolina Quilt Symposium this past weekend, I enjoyed chatting with “old” friends and meeting new ones. It was fun to share my favorite quick cutting techniques as a hands-on lecture. The evening programs, which all retreat-ers attended were entertaining, inspirational, and informational. Some of the quilters from my local guild (Tarheel Quilt Guild in Fayetteville, NC) met in our dorm lounge after hours to sew and chat together. Fun and laughter, all around.

Here are some pictures from the six hour workshop on “Get the Point.” (This block, designed by Carrie Nelson, was published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 3. I modified the instructions so that 2 1/2″ strips are used throughout.) Since the 6″ quarter-block is shaded diagonally, half dark and half light, it functions much like a “Log Cabin” block with many possible layouts. For example, the blocks could be arranged as “Straight Furrows” or “Pinwheels.”

Gwen borrowed batik squares made by four workshop participants to plot an off-set hanging diamond on the design wall. And Marva chose a dark brown rather than a light (white) background. The quilters enjoyed  chatting and encouraging each other as they sewed together.

    

Durham/Orange Quilters, host of this year’s Symposium, organized a quilt show and vendors’ mall. When planning to attend a quilt show, I anticipate being inspired by a quilt or two. Sometimes I am awed by amazing quilting or motivated by an unusual yet pleasing color combination. Sometimes the story behind the quilt draws me in. This quilt show did not disappoint. While I admired many, “Confetti” most inspired me. My friend Nancy was also captured by the I-should-make-this-scrappy-quilt sentiment. In our enthusiasm, we planned a sew day for our guild to get started on the bazillion Four Patches required. If you live locally and wish to join us, we’ll be at the North Regional Library (855 McArthur Rd., Fayetteville) from 9 to 5 on Friday, 2 June. Comment below if you need more info.

“Confetti” was designed by Augusta Cole. You can order a pattern from her website augustacolequilting.com.





North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Here We Come!

17 05 2017

I am really looking forward to this weekend . . . I am privileged to lecture/teach at the 2017 NC Quilt Symposium in Raleigh. Click here to read all about this state-wide conference for quilters. If you live locally, you might like to come view the quilt show and shop the vendors.

I’ll be teaching a “Get the Point” workshop for a six hour time slot. This quilt was inspired by Carrie Nelson’s block in vol. 2 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. I changed the construction method so that workshop participants can use Jelly Roll strips. My students will have the chance to place their 6″ blocks on a design wall, experimenting with various layouts.

I’ll also be lecturing Friday morning about my favorite quick cutting methods. My bulging suitcase of samples is packed and ready to stow in the car. All that remains to do is purchase chocolates to boost the energy level of my students.





“JR Mosaic Tiles” Top Complete

15 05 2017

Hooray! My “Jelly Roll Mosaic Tiles” quilt is finished . . . except for the quilting. And “the quilting makes the quilt.” Any suggestions on a compatible quilt design?

If you remember from my previous post, I was one blue strip short of a happy quilt (for an inner border). A search through two tubs of blue fabric yielded one and only one blue print that would blend with the blue hue of my jelly roll strips. How can one blue be so different from another? After completing the inner border, I added the navy print for a 5″ outer border. The 1 1/2 yds. I purchased for the border is thankfully also enough for binding.

I have two favorite blocks in this quilt:  upper right corner and third row center block. I think the shading provided by the medium prints appeals to me especially in these two blocks.

Just a little reminder to work on your Jelly Roll project and send me pictures of your progress to share with blog readers. (aby.quilts@gmail.com)





Jelly Roll QAL

12 05 2017

It has been a couple of weeks since I posted about progress on my Jelly Roll Mosaic quilt. (Remember that our Second Quarter Challenge is for Jelly Rolls. Are you working on your Jelly Roll quilt?)

All twelve blocks are made and on the design wall. I used half a strip of leftover yellow to make the 6 cornerstones. Since my jelly roll contained 10 medium blue strips, I determined from the beginning that these would become sashing strips. I used 6 strips, cutting three 14 1/2″ lengths out of each. If only I had one more blue strip, there would be enough for an inner border. Arrgh! Time to raid the stash of blue fabric.

More later, as the project unfolds!





Dinosaurs say “Raaarh!”

10 05 2017

Last week daughter Trinity visited us ostensibly to help hubby celebrate his birthday. We celebrated, yes, but we also quilted up a storm. I quilted a fall quilt that granddaughter Krystine finished piecing this summer. Click on the picture to enlarge it; you’ll see the leafy edge to edge quilting design.

And Trinity worked on three baby/toddler quilts as well as a large lap quilt her friend pieced. Quilting and bindings progressed smoothly and on schedule . . . and then we paid a visit to our favorite local quilt shop, Loving Stitches on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The striped dinosaur fabric called Trinity’s name! She has a two year old great-nephew who loves dinos. So she mentally designed a simple quilt, bought the fabric, and stitched it up. I quilted a simple edge to edge design adding “raaahr” in the orange blocks, and I bound it while she worked on blocks for another quilt.

Needless to say, I had to lend Trinity a suitcase for the return trip. All six quilts would NOT fit in the two backpacks she arrived with. She couldn’t wait to visit Hagen and give him his “I love you this much” dino quilt. He loves playing with it, and the kid who never naps with a blanket fell asleep under the cozy, fun quilt Auntie Trinity made!

It is so rewarding to give a quilt to someone who loves and appreciates it, wouldn’t you agree?





Magazine Winners

8 05 2017

Last week Quiltmaker magazine hosted a virtual road rally to celebrate the release of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, vol. 15. If you weren’t able to participate, the links are still active on the Quilty Pleasures blog.

Over 250 quilters visited my blog to view my “Cameo Appearance” block, and 113 wrote comments for a chance to win a magazine. My question for comment was “What is the ugliest fabric in your stash?” The answers were hilarious; I laughed aloud on more than one occasion! We all have “what-was-I-thinking?” fabric, don’t we?

The three winners of the drawing are Debbie D, Loriann Fish, and Dana Gaffney. I had so much fun reading all the comments, I’ve decided to give a magazine to Beth T who in my opinion wrote the most humorous description of her ugly fabric. She wrote, “I just sent mine packing! Today, I took to Goodwill some pink and purple hearts with metallic highlights. I have vague memories of thinking I would make Valentine’s Day scarves for our dogs, but then deciding the fabric was too tacky. Need I say more? Too tacky for our dogs to wear.” (I will email these ladies asking for their USPS addresses.)

If you didn’t win a magazine this time, and you can’t find one on a newsstand, visit the Quilt and Sew Shop to order a copy. The price is right! You will be inspired by 100 brand new 12″ quilt block designs.





Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 15 – Blog Tour

2 05 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, Vol. 15 blog tour! It’s a Road Rally of a tour, so after you read my blog, link to Quilty Pleasures, the Quiltmaker blog, for depictions of more blocks and links to other designers on today’s tour. Also read the details of the blog tour scavenger hunt and play along by collecting “souvenirs.”

“Cameo Appearance” is on page 39 of this volume, published bi-annually. When I make traditional quilts, I’m always on the lookout for a large scale, multi-colored print. I like to use the print within the patchwork blocks and also as an outer border. The “American Beauty” line of fabric designed by Gerri Robinson for Red Rooster is perfect for my traditional block and quilt idea.

I fussy cut the center square from the large scale print to show a stylized flower to full advantage. This is my “cameo” for the block. I hope you’ll try making this fast and fun block with similarly beautiful fabrics.

Here’s an Electric Quilt drawing of a quilt layout. Notice that the blue triangles in the corners of each block form a secondary “Shoofly” design with the red cornerstones.

For the Road Rally scavenger hunt, Quiltmaker editors asked me to describe the ugliest fabric in my stash. It is a brown calico I bought at least ten years ago for $1 a yard. Such a deal! More a fan of blue rather than brown, I have not thought of a project in which to use the fabric. I have a theory that the ugliest fabric in your stash is the one you can’t quite envision using. Am I right?

The magazine is on sale in newsstands. But if you would you like to win a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 15, leave a comment below. To be eligible in the drawing, you must tell me what your ugliest fabric is. I will draw the winners on May 8.

Click here to link to the Quilty Pleasures blog. Be sure to comment there, too, for a chance to win prizes.

I invite you to “follow” my blog. I’ve issued a pre-cut challenge this year with quarterly goals. Scroll through the archives to see quilts made with Fat Quarters and Quilter’s Candy in January-March. Using Jelly Rolls is the second quarter challenge. Please join the fun!