I’m gearing up for “Vending Round 2”! My first experience vending taught me so much that I hope the insight I have gained while in Houston serves me well. I realize it’s going to take SEVERAL vending trials and tribulations to discover my niche in this arena.
Judy and I have packed and are about ready to hit the show floor with a “Less is More” approach. I shipped entirely too much product for the Houston International Festival. I was overzealous with what I assumed was needed for the booth and by the end of that show Judy and I were not happy campers. The amount of items that remained was disheartening. I guess not everyone uses rulers…😳 who would have thought.
Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I am sure Judy would agree that the fatigue that consumed us at the conclusion of our initial vending extravaganza had us feeling miserable. Those dreaded hours of packing boxes, which would be shipped back to PA, was exhausting. If only Mary Poppins would have floated my way, I would have happily treated her to a lovely dinner and drinks (and even thrown in some free rulers, who knows maybe she’s a quilter at heart)!
But now I am moving on and revving up for the MQX Show! I will be teaching one class and vending (booth 188).
Has anyone out there already reserved some time for this event? If so let me know, I’d love to see you!
Although 2017 will not be arriving for 4 months, and Christmas (let alone New Year’s)is something I really don’t want any parts of since it’s only October, I did want to share this: Starting next week I will commit to entertaining my audience every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And should I fall short of that I believe Drea will come up with some type of consequence that is as torturous, if not worse, than Hot Yoga! So a little more consistency is coming your way.
Here’s a sneak peak at whats coming up next week:
Blog Hop on the book “A New Spin on Drunkards Path” by John Kubinec! John has designed unique pieces using variations of the Drunkard’s Path Block.
AND here comes FLAT LISA! Who is she? What can she possibly do?? And what the heck is she for??? Stay tuned for her reveal next week! So I will leave you in suspense for the next two days and look forward to kick off my earliest New Year’s resolution ever!
As we move through the blocks that you all request, one thing I need to point out…. some of these designs really depend on what the fabric is like. If a fabric is really busy, I tend to like to texturize it. If its going to show, I like to use main design motifs like feathers, leaves, all those beautiful things that people drool over.
This one was fun! I tried to get outside of the box… for me. LOL This one is a snuggable as well.
Step 1: Divide up the block… lol, I laugh because it isn’t much but like I say in my class, the more you divide the more intricate the design…. I wanted this one simple so its simple dividing. I don’t worry about the scrolls being identical.
Step 2: Add some ferns…. see, I can do other things beside feathers…
Step 3: That alternate block…. did you think we weren’t going to use any rulers? Wrong…. Proline 4 for those 1/4″ lines…
Step 4: a little pebble in there as well…
Hope you enjoyed the clamshell. Here is your recap.
The newest rulers in the Quilter’s Groove line of quilting templates, the ProPebbles™, are sure to cause quite a stir. These will aid you in creating those perfect little circles that elude us. There are 5 rulers, $15 a piece. Each ruler does 2 different size circles an inch apart. One inside circle and one outside circle. There are 9 different sizes all together. The 1 1/2 size there are two…. an inside and outside circle. Circle sizes start at 1/4″ and go up from there to 2 1/2″.
Bethanne Nemesh was so kind as to vigorously test these rulers for me and some guidelines were added. She created this beautiful little sample!
Bethanne Nemesh’s creation using the ProPebbles™.
I am currently taking PreOrders for the rulers as well as having a 15% off storewide sale. The ProPebbles will ship Mid to late Dec. If you are ordering other items, they will all ship together unless ordered separately.
Here are three videos about the ProPebbles™. A basic video and then two tutorials.
I am getting excited for my first ever trip to Canada! I will be at Sparrow Studioz July 8-11! I will be teaching 2 ruler classes, the first is Totally Templates. This is a beginner class. The second is Gettin’ in the Groove. In this class you will learn how to use the Quilter’s Groove rulers. If that isn’t enough fun.. I am debuting the hands on version of Divide and Design.
Simple Nine Patch
We will be working on a simple nine patch block. This is a 6 hour class where you will learn the technique of Divide and Design and then stitch out what you have designed. It will be loads of fun. Hope you can join me!
I was having a little fun this weekend. I found an orphan block and decided to play a little. I don’t normally use high contrasting threads but thought I would give it a try… doesn’t get more contrasting than black… LOL
I used the ProSpine Small for the shape around the outside and the ProLine 8 (my personal favorite) for the straight line quilting. If you have any lonely blocks lying around, get them out and try something different.
Well, I don’t know about you but this Spring forward stinks…. don’t get me wrong, I like it that it is light out later but why do we even still do this silly time change. I think we need to boycott when we get to Fall Back… what do you all think?
So this weekend, I went to the NJ Quiltfest! Loads of fun with my pal, Barbara Persing… We helped out in Olde City Quilts booth… I don’t know about help… I played on the BERNINA Q24… the new longarm… what fun! There aren’t a lot of days that I get to just play so this was like a vacation. The machine stitches and moves like a dream. If you get a chance to try one out, be forewarned… you’ll fall in love.
MQX is right around the corner… I have added on my beginner template class… Totally Templates… there is still some spots available. E268r – Totally Template Thursday April 9th 1-5pm! Remember that you get the machine to yourself for 4 hours!!
Totally Template Sample
From one quilt show to the next…. who’s going to Lancaster??? I will be there on Wednesday afternoon. Maybe i’ll get to see the quilts in this show. 🙂
The ProSpine™ rulers have arrived… poor Fed Ex had to trudge through feet a couple inches of snow. I have a limited amount in this order but have a second order coming. So to celebrate the arrival of the new babies…. I will be offering them at 15% off till Sunday Feb 1st! I will have them at Birds of a Feather as well.
Yes way! I have been playing around with rulers on my domestic machine and it works great! If you have a ruler foot it makes it a little easier but it isn’t a necessity. What prompted this?? I got a TON of questions about whether or not you could use my rulers on a domestic machine while I was in Houston this past October. The ProLine™, ProCurve™ and ProCurve Lite™ are a little tricky if you don’t have a ruler foot.
Here is some of my work on my BERNINA using my rulers.
Teri Lucas is a master and agreed to show us how it works. Follow the link for an informative video on using rulers on a domestic. We were very informal but you’ll get some great information. We hope to do more in the future… maybe we will even try and be more professional…… hmmm, maybe…
I have been gathering my supplies for my competition quilt. First up is the black and white picture of the finished top, painter’s tape, tracing paper, favorite pencil and of course all of my templates for drawing.
Divide and Design about to commence.
Over the holiday, I ordered my thread and backing fabric.
There is YLI Silk thread #100, Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 wt and Aurifil Lana wool. I haven’t used the wool yet and can’t wait to give it a try.