Have you heard of Quilts for Kids.? I am sure many of you have, but if you haven’t you really owe it to yourself to look into this organization. My workshop last week gave me the opportunity to teach at their headquarters. I was astounded, I mean it is quite an operation!
Above you will see the incredible founder of this company, Linda Ayre. If you haven’t heard of her, please take a second and read her story here.
This non-profit organization has helped so many children, if you would like to support the cause, feel free to request a kit or use your own fabric. For those of you that don’t know how to begin here are some patterns to get you started… Quilts for Kids patterns. After visiting Linda’s facility I’m now eager to make some in the near future. I hope after visiting her website and gaining a little insight on what a wonderful outreach program this is you too will join me!
I am so grateful for meeting Linda, she is a true inspiration!
Nope still no quilting for this girl, and it’s FRIDAY! Where did this week go? Today I am was at the University of Delaware with my middle son, Noah. He had orientation. Yippee!!! The excuses the rest of the week are MIA…
If you read my post No Quilting Game Here, you know that I was in Wisconsin for the US Open. My wonderful husband surprised me with the trip! We attended last year when it was in Pittsburgh, and as may of you know I captured a picture of Jordan Speith and myself. Well, now it is a tradition for my husband and I. This year’s trip proved to be challenging since the course was a little more wide-spread. FYI, Jodan has two State Police officers that follow him around the course…ugh! Either someone ratted me out and gave him a heads up that I would be stalking him for a picture, OR Jordan checked out my last post and learned of my upcoming visit. I’d like to think he actually read my post!
Note the police officers in the pictures, and yes I know one might assume from what they see in the photograph that I was put behind bars for stalking Jordan.
No, I didn’t cause drama, just observing from the grandstand.
Although I kicked and screamed like a five-year old, I did come back to Pottstown, PA. My temper tantrum quickly ended when I went to Newtown Quilter’s Guild to teach for the day. They all mastered the Divide and Design so fellow quilters watch out! Take a look at what just one class had these students producing.
Just think this was just the beginning for these talented individuals. Can you imagine what they will create in the near future? I am so anxious to see what their new skills and creativity brings to their fabric. With a little practice they will all be unstoppable!
Graduation, a visit from my mother, a charity golf outing AND a trip to the US Open this weekend in Wisconsin…something had to give right?
I am off my game, or maybe I should say my head is NOT in the quilting game. There is no “off my game” about it. Are my excuses good enough? Never mind, please don’t answer that. Regardless of my rationale, I simply did not have my work mojo this week, so I apologize for letting my readers down. But once again I am proving that this quilter is human. At least I am consistent in that aspect, right?
Sorry folks but the idea of getting another picture of me and Jordan Speith does not bring the words “quilting, longarm, Proline Rulers or blog post” to mind. I am currently trying to figure out how I am going to get Jordan to smile for the camera AND have me standing next to him.
Trust me if I do happen to capture a picture of, “Jordan and I”, there will be “something” posted for ya all to see! I guarantee my smile will be bigger than the one shown below.
Have a great weekend, and let me know if anyone else is attending the US Open. But please keep in mind I will not let you in any pictures with Jordan and I…sorry but sometimes a girl has to refuse sharing!
A Silver Lining, the quilt pictured above, was a computer aided quilt. Perhaps you’re asking ” What does that mean?” For different quilts it could mean different things. The main motifs of this project were created a while ago, so they were my own design. I did, however, use the computer to stitch out those and then the rest was freehand. Why do I bring this up?
Some people think that using a computer means just pressing a button and letting the machine take over. In essence, the work done by the quilter isn’t as imperative. Believe it or not some give my “Silver Lining” a raised eyebrow and the “OMG how beautiful” thoughts are immediately dismissed once the fact that this piece was created with the aid of a computer. Seriously? Is it really any less beautiful because it was computer aided? I think critics quickly overlook the fact that I spent hours determining where to place the designs or days doing the delicate hand beading that went into the binding.
I recall when the stitch regulators were new to the quilting arena, and we heard the same kerfuffle stuff about them. Funny how they have since become the norm. Some folks need to come to reality and realize that there definitely skill required when producing a computer aided design.
Now that I’m on a roll let’s take note of a few more “aides”.
The electronic cutting machines. Should we consider that cheating, or less than when observing a quilt that has utilized that tool? There is skill involved in cutting fabric.
Lastly how about the amazing embroidery machines? I would love to see a show of hands of artists that willingly would love to go back to hand embroidery. My hand will not be raised!
I would love for quilters to embrace ALL types of quilting. Especially as we witness the craft of quilting moving into the future. There is room for all of us, those that love traditional techniques of quilting, those that are comfortable with present tools, and machines and finally those whose minds are filled with curiosity as they experiment with ground breaking products. No one should be judged for how they achieved their goals and success. If the design is considered “OMG look how beautiful”, let’s just leave it at that…”OMG it’s beautiful”.
Our middle son, Noah, is graduating for Owen J Roberts High School on tonight! I am so proud and in disbelief as to how fast time has flown by over the past 17 1/2 years. He will be attending the University of Delaware this fall, we couldn’t be more excited for him and know he will continue to make our family proud.
Why Not Celebrating Education with a DVD Sale?!
While many families are hosting graduation parties I decided to add a little something to my graduation festivities and host a “Graduation Sale”!
So now through 6/12/17 take advantage of my $20 DVD Sale!
Maybe you’ve been curious on how I come up with my quilting designs. My Divide and Design method makes the concept of configuring how to quilt as easy as 1-2-3! Take all the guess work out of “how to” by utilizing this video! For $20 you can put easy peasy into your design process!
Perhaps whole cloth is more your style. If that’s the case then Mastering the Mini will be right up your alley! You will be a master of your own mini after this tutorial! Yes, it’s just $20!
I’m hoping that my previous post put many of you in the feathering mood! And if I was correct then the logical next step would to create a place to put those beautiful feathers, right? So in order to accomplish that I am providing a short tutorial on the ProSpine ruler. You will quickly see how simple it is to apply feathers to your design once you’ve watched the video. I promise I will provide more lessons soon, but I need to remove my never-ending quilt from the frame in order to do create produce more tutorials!
I also wanted to show you how diverse the ProSpine Ruler can be; just look at the wonderful shape below that I was able to design with help of this amazing tool!
Now that you’ve watched my little “how to” video, go give it a whirl and produce some incredible feathers of your own! You just might get caught up and find yourself flying through a day of quilting!
Feathers, feathers, feathers. Yes, I do know how to quilt many other things, however, I absolutely love to quilt feathers. As soon as I had finalized the purchase on my machine I was determined to master the technique of quilting these beauties. So, maybe you have just bought your first machine and are having the same thoughts I just shared of loving feathers , or you have a machine and simply haven’t taken the time to learn this technique. Well, then this post will come in handy! Although this is an older video I thought I would repost it for some of my newer followers, and for those of you that have yet to tackle this motif.
The video I am sharing below is a tutorial on formal feathers, some quilters refer to it as the “hump and bump”.
Whether you are new feathers, or just needed a refresher on fine tuning your skills I hope you found this video beneficial. By the way what are your favorite motifs to quilt?
Obviously I’m little behind on what transpired over my Memorial Weekend. Wednesday I posted on what I achieved Friday, and now I’m filling everyone in on what I did on Saturday. Sometimes these three-day weekends mess up my whole weekly routine. Needless to say I had the wonderful opportunity to teach my Divide and Design class at Ladyfingers Sewing in Oley on Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 10 wonderful students wanted to share the morning with me knowing it was a holiday weekend!
I know that I’ve said this more than once, okay maybe eve 10000 times, BUT I LOVE hosting this class. Most of my pupils were domestic/sit-down quilters that were unsure how to choose quilting for their quilt tops. But after experiencing this class much of their anxiety and lack of confidence dissipated.
I love when students are willing to bring in their current projects. The talent and creativity always ceases to amaze me. The picture below displays the wonderful quilt top she brought in order to obtain a few suggestions on how to enhance the design.
Her appliqué is to die for! But that is no surprise seeing that it is from Patricia Ritter at Urban Elementz! If you unfamiliar with Appliqué Elementz, they are laser cut iron on, appliqué, how cool is that! I think I need to do some shopping!!!
Thanks to Ladyfinger Sewing in Oley PA, and those that chose to spend some time with me this past weekend. It was a pleasure and joy sharing all the magic of Divide and Design with everyone. I hope you found the method easy; and moreover that now feel you CAN accomplish creating a quilt!