Monday, March 21, 2016

Painted Daisies Essential Elementz Club Set

Look what's new?  I'm super excited that Painted Daisies by Patricia E. Ritter and I is the March club set for Urban Elementz Essential Elementz turned out SO cute!  I love these club sets because you get so many different options for them, and there is still time to sign up and receive this as your first set!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Exciting News and Lake Farm Park Quilts 2016 Post #1

My little business has grown exponentially this past year and boy oh boy is my schedule c-r-a-z-y right now!  Among other exciting news I have to share with you, I am currently arranging a number of speaking and teaching dates for 2016 and 2017.  I will share more on that here on my blog as contracts come in and official dates are booked.

Probably the most exciting news this past few weeks?  My first article for Machine Quilting Unlimited  has finally appeared!

I am so completely excited and even more thrilled that I am scheduled for two more articles and hopefully it is the beginning of more to come.  I have SO enjoyed writing about quilting and what an honor it is to have an article published in this magazine.  It really is the magazine for machine quilters.  I really really love what I am doing right now and the direction I am headed with quilts...and am feeling quite blessed!

In other news...

  ...Impermanence is going to MQX East!  This is very exciting for me because it is the very first full sized quilt of mine headed to an MQX show.  Well - full sized for me - which generally means large wall hanging!  I am thrilled and nervous and excited and all of the things that come along with being accepted into a juried show.  I entered in a different category than I have attempted in the past and I hope it was a good decision.  Today on my agenda outside of loading up the next client quilt I have in line will be to fix a few little things that the Road to California judges commented on.  Outside of that - it is just about ready to be boxed up once again and shipped off to another show.  Exciting!

   Now - I have been promising some photos from Quilts 2016 at Lake Farm Park in Kirtland, Ohio!  I may break this up into several posts as there were just so many beauties there and I took many photographs!

  This show is still going on for just a few more weeks and it is a must if you are in the north east Ohio area.  Certainly my favorite quilts donned loads of quilting.  It is definitely the trend in the quilt world and even in this regional show - quilts were stitched to the hilt!  Needless to say I drooled.  I have been saying for a decade now that every single year the quality of the entries get better and better, and this year was no exception.

 This quilt pieced by Harriet Treynor and quilted by Linda Sekerak was just an absolutely gorgeous quilt.  Wouldn't you love to have this displayed on your wall?  Just beautiful piecing, embroidery, and quilting.  These ladies really created something beautiful together. 

I really really loved the machine quilting on this simple quilt below pieced by Joyce Hillick Ely...and how funny when I noticed the quilter was also Linda Sekerak!  I think I like Linda's style! 

Look at that texture!  The border fabric is gorgeous too...and the judges were pleased as I spy a pretty ribbon hanging there. 

Now, I am not a hand quilter but look at this beauty pieced and hand quilted by Carol Morris...I couldn't help but take a photo.  It is absolutely lovely!

I took a hand quilting class from Carol years ago when I was still discovering my place in the quilting world and when I still had a quilt shop fairly local to me.  I still have the hand out she gave us!  She was a very kind and thoughtful teacher and I really enjoyed the time I had learning from her.  I always look for her quilts at the show and am amazed at the incredible patience she has.  Just gorgeous!

Now this quilt pieced and quilted by Joanne Fox - oh DROOL!  This was my absolute favorite quilt of the show.  Hands down!  The piecing is FABULOUS and the quilting...oh love!   

Gorgeous gorgeous feathering and cross hatching...and how creatively how she quilted the piecing.  Everything about it is just beautiful!

I told you this is a good show!  I didn't even see the little flowers in the quilting behind the name card there until just now!  There was quite a crowd around this one and so I had a hard time getting good pictures, but I managed these few...what a stunner.

I will save the rest for the next post...along with a couple of recently finished customer quilts that I have yet to share.

Happy quilting...and happy spring...almost!