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Traveling Quilts

Do you travel with quilts? Guilty! I take quilts on vacations, retreats, even short hotel stays…for warmth and beauty, to work on, to photograph, and to just enjoy.

Last week I had the pleasure of taking 40 quilts and a power point guild presentation to Memphis, TN (Cordova, to be exact) to the home of the PUPS (Pickin’ Up the Pieces) Quilt Guild.

I find it fascinating to see the differences between different quilting groups. Size alone can change the dynamics of a group. Meeting location is another factor. Personalities of the members can change how a guild operates. What seems to be constant, though, among all guilds is that the love of quilting, creating, and discovering new opportunities outweighs any of the challenges brought to a group of women (with a sprinkling of men).

A few take-aways I recall from visiting PUPS include:

Show and Tell:

I didn’t get all the details,  but there was this Master List of projects that the members must have filled out earlier in the year and when  a show and tell item from that list was completed, that quilter got credit and, I think, entered into a drawing for retreat funds! How cool is THAT? Look at all this SHOW AND TELL from only 22 members present!!! I really liked being able to go around and look at each quilt closely during the break!  I did later find out that this particular meeting was their LAST CHANCE to complete those projects and that may have contributed to their prolific quilting!Image of QuiltsImage of Show and Tell Quilts

 

Image of QuiltsImage of PatternsBlock-of-the-Month:

Being in charge of Block-of-the-Month for my guild (blatant promotion to follow), I was surprised when their quilters showed up with their blocks dutifully completed for that month and laid them in a pile on a table. The PUPS gals take those blocks and make them up into quilts for their community. It’s a really nice way to help the community while quilters  learn new techniques.

 

Virtual Retreats:

I thought this sounded like loads of fun! Pick a weekend (pretty far in advance for planning purposes). Choose your projects, your favorite jammies, and snacks and have your own retreats at home – but shared with pictures and videos on the guild Facebook page! Sounds like a winter thing to me…although my studio feels like winter year round, so I am game whenever!

I’m always a bit nervous before giving a presentation, not because I’m not prepared…but because I might go off script (“I am not a THIEF?”) ugh! Thankfully, I didn’t know before I got to town that I had SUCH BIG SHOES to fill:  Marie Bostwick (My Favorite Author) had spoken the month before. Had I known that, I would’ve driven there a month earlier! Thankfully it didn’t sink in until the next day that I was following that awesomeness. (I’m pretty sure we’d be besties, if she actually knew me;)) She’s a class-act and I was honored to follow her.

A big shout-out and thank-you to the PUPS Quilt Guild for their hospitality!

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Free Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month One for River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt is well underway!

With Month Two being revealed right here on Monday, February 12th, I thought we’d take a look at the blocks shared so far with the hashtag: #riverheritage

These blocks use dark, medium, and light fabrics of your choice.

See the Introduction HERE for more information about the quilt, including the setting.

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Click here for link to Introduction.

Click HERE for Month One: Paddle Wheel

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Click here for link to Month One.

 

Look at all the fabulous fabrics used in these Paddle Wheels!Image of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel BlocksImage of Paddle Wheel Blocks

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#usebothsides Pattern NEWS: Sally has a new friend!

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Fiona – Click HERE

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Sally – Click HERE

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Meet Sally…a Sassy Seahorse

Use both sides of your focus fabric with this latest #usebothsides pattern! Sally is made with Philip Jacob’s Seashell Bouquet fabric on a scrappy background. Her bubbles and seashell coral are made from the reverse side.Image of Seahorse Quilt

See all the #usebothsides patterns HERE .

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Go HERE for the Introduction

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Image of Mystery Quilt PosterRemember to share your River Heritage progress by using this hashtag:  #riverheritage (not #mysteryquilt).

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What colors are you using for the mystery quilt?

Spooky Quilts A-Brewing

Check out these cauldrons made using the Something’s Brewing quilt pattern.

These quilters #usebothsides when they stir up bubbles in their creepy cauldrons.Image of Cauldron QuiltsImage of Cauldron QuiltI just love their fabric choices! Nice job, Betty, Jane, and Anne!

Something’s Brewing Quilted Wall Hanging pattern is available HERE.

Quilters evaluate the value of their background fabrics as they relate to the front AND back of their focus fabrics using black and white pictures.Black and White Image of Cauldron

 

Bubble-making is easy when you use Accuquilt or Scan N Cut to make them! Here is the sheet from bubbles made in record time – less than 7 minutes–on the Scan N Cut!

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New Quilt Pattern Using Both Sides

Meet sweet Emily. She is the second pattern in the series, Colorful Petals, which uses both sides of one focus fabric.

This lively sunflower fabric makes a great autumn art quilt.

Like Rose (click here), Emily’s “primitive pottery” vase is made from the reverse side of the floral focus fabric.

Choosing one focus fabric for the vase, bouquet and binding and stitching a scrappy background is a fun way to use up stash while making a fast, easy quilt for decorating or gifting.

It warms my heart to see some of my mother-in-law’s chicken wire fabric  (circa 90s) in this quilt.

The four colorful accent strips used in the #usebothsides line of patterns make it a great way to use some bold, maybe even eccentric, fabrics from your stash that might otherwise might be too wild for a calm quilt like this.

Colorful Petals – Rose, Emily, and Kate (more on her next week) –  will be taught at The Golden Needle (click here) on November 15th in Cape Girardeau, MO.

 

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Emily uses both sides of one focus fabric i this sunflower bouquet.

These quilt patterns are a lesson in VALUE as you learn to audition your focus fabric (front and back) with a variety of background fabrics and accent strips — and their reverse sides.

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Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns

Shout out to my Colorful Wings class – here is the cookie recipe I promised you, compliments of Nancy Kester:Image of Cookie Recipe

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Do you use both sides? Tell me how in the comments below!

Something’s Brewing Wall Hanging

Something’s Brewing continues the trick of using both sides of one focus fabric on a scrappy background.

In this case, the bubbles and steam are the reverse of the spider-web cauldron.

I’m especially fond of the honey buzzard claw feet and broomstick. There are LOTS of fun Halloween fabrics out there (and maybe in your stash) that would make a great cauldron! Get this new pattern, first in a line of seasonal quilts, in my Etsy shop!

#usebothsides

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Patterns available at etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

Since we’re stirring things up (and since I promised my Colorful Wings class that I’d share), here is a soup recipe to brew- works great in the crockpot or your favorite cauldron:

Taco Chicken Soup

1/2 lbs. cooked chicken

1 can corn

1 can kidney beans

1 can chicken broth

1 can Rotel

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 pkg. ranch dressing/dip

Combine ingredients in large pot or crockpot, heat mixture, stirring occasionally. Can be served with tortilla strips or chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and olives.

Ground beef and beef broth can be substituted for the chicken and chicken broth. Recipe given to me by Kim Mueller.

Next post will be a treat when I share my friend Nancy’s Oatmeal Ranger Cookies!

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A Colorful Quilt Class

There’s something really fun about watching eleven ladies take one pattern (Phoebee, Belle, or Lily) and make it their own. The trick to these patterns is auditioning the fabrics – which can actually take more time than putting the top together! They did a fantastic and creative job of fabric selection and color/value placement of all the elements (background pieces, accent strips, and both sides of the focus fabric).

In addition to making these beauties, we had tips, door prizes, a mini-trunk show and lunch.

To not reveal their quilts before completion, I’m just going to give you an “in-progress” peek at the variation in these winged-girl quilts:Image of Phoebee Quilt in Progress

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Image of Marla's Belle Pattern in Progress Image of Nancy's Phoebee Pattern in Progress Image of Paige's Phoebee Pattern in ProgressImage of Mary's Belle Pattern in ProgressImage of Merle's Belle Pattern in ProgressGreat job, friends!

Now let’s get looking to #usebothsides of your focus fabric to make some beautiful bouquets!

Rose uses the reverse of her focus fabric for the vase and the front for the bouquet and binding.

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Rose quilt pattern is available at etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

Check your stash-do you have any beautiful “wrong-sides” to use?

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Meet Rose…a Quilted Beauty

May I introduce Rose, the first quilt in a new series of patterns, Colorful Petals, featuring the same technique of using both sides of one focus fabric as in Colorful Wings.Image of Quilt Hanging on Fence

Rose’s focus fabric, Bed of Roses by Geri Robinson by Red Rooster Fabrics, is shown in the accent strip on the left and the binding. The flowers are also made of the front side of this fabric. The vase is made from the reverse side. Isn’t that the most fabulous back It all started with Phoebee (Click here to see Designing Quilts by Chance) and the excitement over the backside of fabric continues!

Just like Phoebee, Belle, and Lily, Rose is a fast, fun wall hanging which makes it a great gifting quilt, as well as a pretty decoration in your sewing or dining room.

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Phoebee, Belle & Lily

The key lies in the back of the focus fabric and testing values with your scrappy background. (Click here to see The Tricky Traits of Value).

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Check in for more patterns which USE BOTH SIDES of one focus fabric!

Patterns available at www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios     and at The Golden Needle, Inc. in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Last week to sign up for classes:

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Patterns available at The Golden Needle or on Etsy.

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Colorful Wings – Three New Quilt Patterns

Introducing three quilt designs using BOTH sides of your focus fabric.

It all started with Phoebee (See Designing Quilts by Chance) and yardage of a Hoffmann Digital Spectrum print named Crystalia Rainbow.

Classes starting in September. Patterns available now.

After being inspired at quilt market (See Six Favorites from Quilt Market), I knew I wanted to mix lots of different fabric types to make a bee quilt. While I thought the shape of the bee would be “in the mix”, the background is actually where I used a variety of styles of fabrics:

chicken wire fabric from the 90’s, inherited from my mother-in-law, Pat, (love)

modern word fabric,

batiks,

and pieces of selvage…

with a few accent strips of color.

Patterns available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

My Crystalia fabric became my bee. Her flowers I made from the “wrong” (such a harsh word) side of the same fabric.

I guess you could call the flower technique a “modern broderie perse” (thank you, Kelly). They are made with simple, fusible applique and are cut without fussing about the edges – in fact, I encourage letting background show through as it ties the two sides of the fabric together in the quilt.

In my classes and in my patterns, I point out that all reverse sides of fabric are not alike — audition your front AND back sides with your background fabrics.

The best way for me to describe a good reverse side is to say that it should “sing” just as much as the front, just with lesser value.

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Phoebee

One thing I liked most about Phoebee was that she seemed to be getting her life and beauty from the flowers. Thanks to the hubby for her name–which in Greek actually is spelled with two “e’s” at the end and means “bright, pure”.

Image of Class FlyerNext came Belle. She’s a French butterfly. Belle means “beautiful” (I NEVER got that about Beauty and the Beast – blush).

I found Belle’s fabric, Estate Gardens by Andover at my local quilt shop, The Golden Needle. I used similar neutrals in her background, but stayed with different shades of gray (some reversed) for the accent strips. Her binding is made with the reverse side out.

Note: I like to mix all shades of neutrals – white whites, beiges, off-whites- and all types of fabrics like tiny prints with batiks and novelties.

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Last but not least, meet Lily.

Lily is a sweet dragonfly made from Tree of Life fabric by Chong A Hwang for Timeless Treasures, also found at my local quilt shop.  Her background accent strips are in aqua because a) that’s my favorite color and b) I wanted to connect her to the water locales dragonflies love.Image of dragonfly quilt

Visit my Etsy page or The Golden Needle for patterns. If you are interested in weekend or evening classes, let me know in the comments below.

Next up is a review of value, very helpful for auditioning fabrics for Colorful Wings quilts! Don’t miss a post – sign up below for email notification! Thanks so much for following.  Karla