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Heartland Quilts

Watching quilts come to life is tons of fun – especially when each one has a personality of it’s own. That’s what happens when everyone chooses a focus fabric for class.

The Heartland Quilters’ Guild has a “Quilt Away” where they retreat for days of classes, stitching, and fun. It’s a beautiful setting for a quilt retreat. I was excited to kick off their weekend with the Grace Quilt Class.

Notice that empty wall? Not for long!

Take a look at how these “Grace” quilts each take on a unique look – it’s all about the fabric and the “floral” designer (quilter)!

Ohhhh, my favorite color…
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This quilter used both sides of a brilliant panel!
Look at that stunning reverse side!
Each bouquet is different!
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The Grace Quilt Pattern is available in my Etsy Shop. Click the picture for link.

Hope to see these quilters again soon and hear more about how they #usebothsides!

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Introducing Merle’s Bouquet!

My fun, sweet, adventuresome neighbor travels from time to time. When she’s away, I walk over to her house and water her flowers using her vintage watering can.

When the editor at AQ Magazine asked me for a new quilt design using BOTH sides of a floral fabric, I went straight to Merle’s house to sketch out her watering can!

So here she is…Merle’s Bouquet!

Do to the long time between designing a quilt pattern and the publication date, it seemed the day would never arrive. When I got a call from friend Nancy to look in my mailbox, I knew it was time! It was fun for Merle and I to open the issue together.

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Here is the original quilt as it appears in the magazine.

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Merle’s Bouquet by Karla Kiefner, Creative Bee Studios

This is a version using another focus fabric, making it look completely different! It’s pictured here with Merle’s can.

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The RJR fabric has a vivid, painted look with a variety of flowers and birds to add to your quilt. The focus fabric and magazine are available HERE.

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RJR Digiprint Arcadia “Secret Garden” Focus Fabric for Merle’s Bouquet

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Tying Up Loose Threads

Many months ago I had the honor of presenting my program to a great (and enthusiastic) group of quilters – the Loose Threads Quilt Guild of St. Peters, Missouri. They had a fantastic turnout for the guild meeting and we had a lot of fun!

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(selfies are not my forte)

That night was a debut of Lil’ Susie, which 15 people received free with purchase (plus another 12 the next day in class).

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Take a peek at just a few of their “Grace” class projects in progress:

Notice how the focus fabric makes all the difference? Each one has it’s own personality.

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In classes, in addition to making a cute little quilt top, the quilters’ play with their fabrics, learning the nuances of value and how it relates to both sides of the focus fabric and what’s surrounding it.

(I had to get her matching machine and bouquet!)

Once their fabrics are chosen, it’s all about building their bouquets!

Now, take a look at this creative gal – who just happens to be the gal who inspired me many, many years ago to join my local quilt guild. Vickie brought an old window pane to build her “Grace” bouquet!

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Isn’t she fabulous?

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Notice how Vickie added a crocheted doily, a vintage hankie, and lace to her bouquet? She adapted her background fabrics to fit her window and then built her bouquet! So fun! (Sew fun!)

A happy shout-out to the Loose Threads Quilt Guild – Hope to see you lovely quilters again soon!

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Grace Quilt Pattern

Meet the Twilight Stitchers Quilt Guild!

Their name is intriguing and their guild is a lot of fun! The Twilight Stitchers Quilt Guild of Blue Springs, Missouri hosted me as their program speaker and class teacher last month. One of my many new friends from Blue Springs, Vickie, made the trip extra special for me with her care for details and accommodations – thanks, Vickie!

It’s alway fun to see how other guilds operate – from how they run their meetings to how they interact with one another and their communities. I try to note those things I think would be fun to introduce to my local guild – especially the ideas that don’t cost a dime – like “Quilt Angels” (pssst – someone from my guild ask me about this)! A special thank you to my Quilt Angels for the night!

First, here are some pics from our opening selfies – they appear to be a rowdy group!

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The “Grace” quilt class the following day was fabulous – I tend to give LOTS of pre-class guidance for choosing fabrics to bring and I was so delighted to see that they were all well prepared! AND sew creative! 😉

As you can see from the pics, they choose varied fabrics and their bouquets were unique, even presenting the quilters’ personalities, I think! One gal used ties and other out-of-the-box fabrics and was going to design her own vase to fit her bouquet!

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I wish I’d gotten a pic of my first husband/wife duo – but she slipped off before I could snag her pic – busy lady. Their quilts have “related” but different focus fabrics and will hang together in their home! Hope they’ll share them with us using…wait for it…#usebothsides !!!! Yes, they all learned about hashtags during the program!

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I hope to get to see the Twilight Stitchers again soon! You just never know where quilters will cross paths! See Quilts at the Beach to see how I bumped into a quilter, from Warrensburg, Missouri (a hop, skip, and a jump from Blue Springs) at Pensacola Beach!

A hearty THANKS to my new friend in Blue Springs!

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See “Grace” Quilt Pattern at my Etsy shop: Creative Bee Studios #usebothsides

Summer Books & Quilts

My words are inadequate to describe the essence of this book. I can’t even try. All I can say is READ it. You won’t be disappointed:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Reese’s Book Club selection.

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This may be my shortest blog post ever, because I am still at a loss for words, more than 24 hours after finishing Kya’s story. I hadn’t planned on sharing the quilt shown below yet, but I need to – I guess it’s my feeble attempt to thank Delia Owens for the insight into a habitat I knew nothing about while enjoying a fantastic and enlightening book.

This guy was hanging around me at sunrise on Pensacola Beach. I found the feather focus fabric later that day at A & E (Pharmacy) Fabrics. The light on his face and throat and the borders are the reverse of the focus fabric – #usebothsides

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Thanks to my dear friend, Kim, I’m calling him Lord Stanley.

What book are you reading? Let us all know in the comments!

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Quilts at the Beach

Location means everything! As you can see in these pics, Sally, Sandy, Fiona, and Bubbles were right at home on the beach!

We’ve lived in Pensacola, Florida – twice! The first time (as newlyweds), my husband was a student pilot and the second time, with two little ones, he was a flight instructor. When he left the full-time USMC life, we moved to Missouri – but we spent many vacations going back “home” to Pensacola (also home of the Blue Angels).

We had a wedding to attend in Baton Rouge, so we decided to grab a couple of beach days on the tail end of that trip. I debated whether I should even bother to take quilts along to photograph…I’m SO glad I DID!

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It’s Sandy on the beach. 🙂
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Sally
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Fiona

It’s hard to spot another quilter at the beach, so when I met a gal on the walkway with a MSQS shirt, I had to speak to her – turns out she’s from Missouri, too and had just bought fabric from the pharmacy (now A & E Fabrics) to make some #usebothsides quilts! See my blog about her guild HERE: Inspired Quilters Inspire

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Cheryl helped me take evening pics. Quilters are so nice!
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Bubbles

You might wonder how those quilts just seemed to hover in the air above the beach…You can see in this blooper: thanks to his quick reaction, my hubby saved Bubbles from a big one! I thought he hid quite well on that little beach chair behind the one-yard square quilts!

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Patterns for each of these quilts (and about 24 more) are available HERE: my Etsy shop: Creative Bee Studios

Home Sweet Home

Riding bikes and playing outside all day long, rolling down the terrace wrapped in a quilt (what?), playing “Penelope Pitstop” (only Peppermint Patti would understand), putting on plays and magic shows in our yards…those are some of the memories of my childhood.

I rarely go back “home” without taking a drive down Church Street, around Chloe, and down (which is actually up) Edgemont. Guess I’m a softy for nostalgia. I had a great childhood. Not perfect, but mostly really good.

So when I was invited by the Memory Maker Quilt Guild of Perryville, Missouri, to teach a class last July, I was thrilled. We had a great turn-out of quilters and creativity. I couldn’t have been more happy with their responses.

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Imagine my delight to learn they were having a Use BOTH Sides category of their class quilts in their next quilt show!

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Setting up a booth as a vendor, I was even more surprised to see them hang their class quilts right across from my booth!

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Maybe to someone who is perpetually confident, these events wouldn’t be so unusual. But if you are at all like me, you’ll understand the constant tug-of-war between confidence and doubt. Constant self-evaluation is not only exhausting at times, but it makes you quite surprised when other people like what you are doing. Seeing my own category was such on honor to me and to have it be in my home town, whether it means anything to anyone else in the world, meant the world to me.

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My thanks to the members of Memory Makers Quilt Guild. Hope you enjoy seeing their very creative quilts from class.

Unfortunately I was not able to get all of the quilters together for a picture, so only some of them are shown here.

If you live anywhere nearby or are traveling through, put it on your calendar to attend this show on May 1 & 2.

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Use BOTH Sides patterns by Creative Bee Studios have been featured in Hancock’s of Paducah, Nancy’s Notions, and Connecting Threads.

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Monochromatic by Nature

Its amazing how difficult it can be to choose fabrics for a quilt, especially for a new quilter. I distinctly remember the kind teacher helping me choose fabrics for my first quilt class at The Sewing Basket.

It was for a patriotic quilt, so even though that palette was obvious, I had a lot of fear of choosing the wrong colors!

I’ve written before about letting nature provide your palette (see One Easy Way to Conquer Color) So when I found these seashells last night on the beach, I realized that even nature can be monochromatic.

Enjoy these monochromatic quilts:

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Do you make monochromatic quilts?

How do you choose your quilt palettes? Let us know in the comments below!

Enjoy your quilting journey, Karla

Quilt Week Faves

There’s simply no way to take pics of all the fabulous quilts at Quilt Week, because 99.9% of them are just THAT! Here are just a few that made me stop, take out my phone and grab a shot. Hope you like them, too!

Oje De Dios by Mary W. Kerr, quilted by Candace West was featured with Mary’s whole series at the Rotary. She takes pieces of old quilts, blocks, or parts of quilts and incorporates them into new works with a modern flare. She gave each quilter freedom to do whatever they wanted for the quilting.

Below is Homespun, quilted by Donna Ferrill James. The wonky star was made from a worn quilt with lots of various designs in it. Mary was able to salvage parts by hand-piecing the star points. She used other workable parts as part of the backing.

Below is Fan Flower, quilted by Vicki Maloney. She purchased three fan blocks at an antiques shop and Vicki worked her magic using those three blocks!

See Mary W. Kerr’s work and get her book Twisted HERE.

I like how Mary combined the old with the new, not just the fabrics, but the design and the quilting techniques, too. I have a book somewhere that shows how to combine hand and machine quilting – maybe I’ll give that a look and see where it takes me.

Quilt show aren’t just about prizes, ribbons, and vendors (whaaat?), are they? It’s about inspiration, aspirations, goals, achievements, sparks, and happiness.

Watch for more quilt week pics to come! Meanwhile, enjoy your quilting journey!

And…quilt by the light of the moon.

It certainly is a wonderful life! Sharing a new quilt pattern is ALWAYS fun…introducing Buffalo Moon!

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Buffalo Moon Quilt Pattern

Buffalo Moon is a quilt pattern that has a lot of meaning for me – which is interesting since I have never lived “where buffalo roam”!

You might know that we visited South Dakota for the first time last summer so we could watch our youngest daughter play the role of Laurie in OKLAHOMA! at The Black Hills Playhouse in Custer. See South Dakota Quilts & More , OKLAHOMA! Backroads in South Dakota, and Quilting – Dakota Style.

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OKLAHOMA! at the Black Hills Playhouse
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I’m happy to announce another trip is on the horizon! This year our daughter will be in Sherwood, – the Adventures of Robin Hood, she will play Annelle in Steel Magnolias, and one of her bucket list roles…Sophie in Mamma Mia.

Needless to say, she’s quite excited to be able to work again in such a beautiful place–but, even more, she’s happy to be able to work at what she loves to do. What might seem a glamorous occupation to some or even a frivolous choice to others, professional performance is not an easy road to take.

Between roles there’s the down time, the work of researching roles, the honing of singing, dancing, acting and auditioning skills, the doubts, the endless auditions…and along with auditions come many rejections. Landing a job is a big deal. When it’s over, you start all over again… but this time with another line on your resume. You don’t land a job to keep for the next 10 years…and future roles DEPEND on each role you land NOW and the contacts you make.

I watch both of our girls struggle to work at what is their passion – and I wonder at times where they get the courage. Yes, I make jokes that we let them play too much dress up and not do enough science fair projects, but truly I am glad they can give it a whirl…and, in this case, go where the buffalo roam.

Buffalo Moon is made using BOTH sides of a fabulous focus fabric (say that three times fast!) on a scrappy, nighttime background. Spotting the bison roaming the Black Hills was an incredible experience. Having also learned about the Legend of the White Buffalo, saying YES to this focus fabric was easy! Unlike most of my other patterns, the difference in value between the front and reverse of the focus fabric are subtle, but still noticeable. Choosing dark background fabrics was a change of pace and a lot of fun!

Jacq as Violet Bick in It’s a Wonderful Life

Buffalo gals won’t you come out tonight…

You can find the Buffalo Moon quilt pattern in my Etsy Shop!http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

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Reach for the stars…lasso the moon, or

…maybe just dance…by the light of the moon.

#usebothsides

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