Monday, January 16, 2017

A Home Sewing Weekend!

I found myself home for the whole weekend, a weekend all to myself to putter, to organize, and to sew!

Wow, this hasn’t happened in quite a while!

I arrived home about 11pm on Thursday from my whirlwind trip of Arizona.  I’m still smiling at all we fit in there.  It was wonderful spending time with family, taking hikes through the rough terrain dotted with saguaro, to meeting with two different quilt guilds and guests who came.  It was the best of both worlds.

Friday was full as son Jeff helped me get all of the book orders caught up and out the door by post office closing time.  And then I was faced with a weekend of free time on my hands.

Because I leave again on Wednesday for the Hilton Head area of South Carolina, we opted to not go to the cabin.  And I’m glad!  There isn’t a long arm quilting machine there, and Garlic Knots has been calling to me to become a “real quilt” and the weekend was just what I needed to get it done.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quilt-Cam! 1/15/2017

We had Quilt-Cam via Facebook Live this afternoon – for about 40 minutes! LOL!

So we were shorted by a quite a bit, but SOME Quilt-Cam is better than NO Quilt-Cam!

What happened?  Well, you’d have to understand my set up.

I use my Samsung Tablet and it has one micro USB port used for charging AND for attaching the external web cab so that everything is NOT in mirror image during Quilt-Cam as is what happens with Facebook Live. 

In other words, if the camera is plugged into the USB port, you can’t also charge it at the same time.  It’s one or the other.

And I forgot that when I got home from Arizona that my tablet was still in my backpack.  And an hour before Quilt-Cam when I discovered this, I plugged it in to charge it as much as it could before we went live.  Did you know that things charge faster if they are in the OFF position?  Tablets take longer to charge than phones do, but by having it totally shut off I was able to take it from 6% to 30% in an hour.  And that gave us 40 minute of Quilt-Cam time.

The best part of Quilt-Cam is I get to see the view of where you are sewing away, if you send me an email with a photo of what you are working on, the way that Kathy did here!

Quiltville Goes to Thailand! (And China!)

We are going to THAILAND on the tail end of a trip to CHINA in October, 2017!

The world is an amazingly diverse planet, and when I started to travel, I learned that I knew and understood far less about life than I thought I did.

When it comes to learning about life, there is nothing more enriching than traveling. Whether it’s the people you meet or the things you see, traveling provides more valuable life lessons than any school education, mainly because instead of being told something and accepting it at face value, you are experiencing it for yourself.

You can stay inside and read about the rain forest and imagine what it’s like, but there is nothing like standing in the midst of the rain forest when the rain begins to fall, and you FEEL those raindrops kissing your face.

I've been there.  I've done this.  I am forever changed by it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Quiltville Goes to China! (And Thailand!)

With the arrival of 2017, also comes a couple of bucket list adventures that seemed impossibly far away, yet month by month they are getting CLOSER!

In October I will be heading to China with a group of quilters and friends who have also long dreamed of putting our feet on the Great Wall, of seeing the Terracotta Warriors, of tasting the food, experiencing the sights and sounds of China for ourselves.

I already know some of the folks who are coming with me!  We’ve been together on previous trips, be it Germany, Italy, England or Ireland.  Some have been to Bali with me, and our desire to see China was only elevated by the short layover we had in Hong Kong.  Oh, how we wanted to get out of that airport and explore!

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Bit of Stash Enhancement!

While I was teaching in Arizona, I received an inquiry from the folks at 35th Sew & Vac asking if I would like to come teach a couple workshops in 2019.
“The main store at 3548 W. Northern Ave is much bigger as it is housed in what was originally a Fry’s.  We also have over 12,000 bolts of fabric at the main store with one section that is 45% off making it about $6/yd.  Yes, I’m trying to tempt you to come by for a visit.”
It didn’t take much to twist my arm as they have a HUGE classroom that will accommodate between 40 and 50 students which is my goal, to reach more students with each workshop.  We have to build UP, not out because there are only so many teaching days available within a year.  Instead of doing 4 days of 24 students each day, we can do 2 days with twice as many and make it a party.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Some Arizona Showin’ & Sharin’!

The Arizona Quiltville Contingency as been mighty busy in finishing the UFO projects!

Our lunch time show & shares were full of color, pattern and texture as we ooh’d and ahh’d our way through our wonderful crock-pot-pot-luck lunch in Chandler with the Nimble Thimbles Quilters & Friends.

This excites me to no end – you work so hard!  Because I have made these quilts myself (I don’t ever contract out the sewing part of any quilt..that would be giving away the BEST part of making a quilt!) I know just what you put into it.  I see the twists and turns and directions your own desires take you as you use my designs as a spring board for your own vision.  I LOVE IT!

And I just know you are going to love these quilts I am sharing with you today.  Some from Chandler.  Some from Prescott.  All from the heart!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Caught in a Web of Stringy Fun!

I met with the Thumb Butte Quilters of Prescott Arizona yesterday, along with some fellow quilters who had also traveled from other parts of the state to join with us in a day of string piecing fun.

It’s been a while since I have taught this workshop, and it always reminds me what a great pattern this is to use up scraps from strings, strips, and even small left over pieces & parts, hunks, chunks and crumbs.

You can find the pattern for String Spider Web under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog.

We spent the first part of our workshop going over different ways to draft this block, much as our fore-quilters would have. 

If you love vintage quilts, study vintage quilts, you’ll find all kinds of different variations from big webs to little ones.  From square-ish webs to round ones, and it all starts with how wide or how narrow you draft the center kite shape that forms the center of the quarter-square triangle that the rest of the strings and bits are added to.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Guild Meeting Day, the Prescott Way!

It was a double duty day in Prescott, Arizona yesterday!

We gathered with the Thumb Butte Quilters and friends from surrounding areas for a great morning of fun, followed by an afternoon Strip Twist workshop.

I almost didn’t make it!

The guild meeting place is about 20 minutes away from where I’m staying, and since I didn’t need to be there to set up chairs and other things, I told the ladies that I didn’t need an escort, I could just use my GPS and get myself there with enough time to set up before the meeting started.

Everything was fine as I headed out, but about half way there, the low tire warning came blaring on in the rental car display panel.  Oh dear.  Right front tire at 20psi pressure.  YIKES!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 6 & 7!

All over the interwebs, En Provence quilt tops and even quilted quilts are making themselves known!

I am just SO thrilled with how everyone’s quilts are turning out, and loving every version I have sign whether you have stuck with the color pallet I used, or have blazed your own trail toward your own vision, there are some FABULOUS quilts just knocking my socks off every day and I am so excited for this Mystery Monday Link-Up so we can check out everyone’s progress!

While I have shared photos from Facebook over our last few Mystery Monday Link-Ups, I thought today I would grab some embedded photos from Instagram to set the stage for today.

It is just like Christmas when I click our designated hashtags of #emprovencequilt and #quiltvillemystery and see what people have posted.  If you are hashtagging your progress, please be sure to include these two very important tags as they are the ones I am using.  #quiltvillemystery has NO YEAR after it, so we can always check on what other mysteries are in the gallery as well.  No one likes to have to type in different years to find what they are looking for.