Oh how I love starting the weekend with some inspiration!
This is the latest beautiful piece by Patricia Caldwell. The dark background was a one-of-a-kind piece Stars fabric. Stars are one yard cuts of fabrics with lots of dyed texture. She added Maize and Mystic Jade Shades Packs to complete the color palette. Her beautiful quilting and embellishments brings it all together in one spectacular piece.
Yesterday was errand and chore day. Today I have to spread another truckload of mulch. I have 4 truckloads left and would like to be done by next weekend because weed control season starts soon after that. But I'll leave some time for some fun stuff this weekend. I want tomorrow to be glass day, I need to get the binding on the king size Rainbow Quilt and I need to finish this class sample.
This is a sample for a beginner fills class that I'll be teaching at The Longarm Network this summer. I only have the orange sections left to finish before I can bind it and deliver it to the shop.
Aside from different fill techniques I'm also trying to show the effect of thread choice. Weight, color and sheen all make a big difference.
I know that a lot of people don't enjoy doing fill work but I love it. I find it very zen. I do have to take frequent breaks to stretch my hands and relax my shoulders but it's a lot of fun to do.
Here are all of the classes that I've scheduled at The Longarm Network in Goochland, VA (just outside Richmond). These classes are all geared to beginners and are not machine specific. Anyone trying to get better on their midarm or longarm can take these classes.
Don't Fear the Longarm is perfect for new owners, people who haven't touched their machines in a while or anyone wanting to know how to build skills. It's scheduled for Saturday, April 22.
Ruling Rulers is for the quilter wanting to learn how to quilt with rulers. It's scheduled for Saturday, June 17.
Fill 'Er Up is the class that I'm making this sample for. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of different styles of fillers, tips for smooth curves and lines and how to travel fill designs. It's scheduled for Saturday July 29.
Now it's time to get on with today's chores.
My Mom has 2 sisters and each of them had one daughter. Then my Mother decided to overachieve and add 3 boys to the mix. But that's another story for another day. Of the 3 cousins, I'm the middle one and I'm fortunate to live in the same city as my oldest cousin. The youngest lives in Florida as we don't get to see her often. But Debra and I have lunch each month. Since neither or our mothers are very gossipy we use that time to try to put together any tidbits of information that we've heard into some sort of logical narrative about family happenings. Lately, though, we are mostly talking about wedding plans for her son, Clay.
Mom and I decided that we would make Clay and Lydia a quilt for their wedding gift and, as with tradition, it will not be done by their wedding in May. We'll shoot for the Fall when they will be working in Virginia.
Lydia likes the colors of iris and this is the color palette that I came up with for the quilt. This is very ironic because Clay's Great-Grandmother LOVED iris and had an iris flower bed that was about 20 feet long and 4 foot deep. She would have loved these colors too.
Clay and Lydia are performers. He's a drummer and she's a dancer so they will be spending their time traveling all over the country living a nomadic life for a while. We do not want to make them a quilt that's "special" and required special care. We really want to make them a "blanket". So I designed a very simple pattern made up of 6" half square triangles. I picked 6" as the block size because I have the GO! die for the 6" HST. We'll let the fabrics do all of the heavy lifting in this quilt. The wide lavender border in the pattern will be the gradient.
It only took about 2 hours to starch and cut all of the fabric. I packed it all up and it should arrive in Mom's mailbox today for sewing. When she's done I'll dye a quilt back and quickly quilt with a very light custom treatment like continuous curves.
While Mom's sewing the top together I can play with these .
My family is having a beach vacation together this summer and I though it would be a great idea to make tie dye beach towels for everyone....all 16 of everyone! I started dyeing them last Fall and just finished last week. Here are the last 7.
I didn't really dye any of them with specific colors for specific people except for maybe the brown and green one. That one is a camouflage look and I'm thinking my middle brother might prefer it. But he doesn't have to take it because I made a few extra.
By the time I got to the last one I had run out of steam and I had a lot of partial bottles of dye that I needed to use. I realized that they were all reds and blues so I mixed them together, dumped them int he bin and just plopped the beach towel in to see what would happen. By the morning the whole towel looked purple in the bin so the dye soaked all the way through.
Doesn't it figure? It's the best of the bunch! At last it's the best according to Chris. He loves this one.
I have one brother who hates tie dye of any kind so I bought him this one. He loves Guy Harvey clothing so I know he will be thrilled with this.
I'm ready for the beach!
Next year I'm going to make something smaller.
I have a surprise this week of more Crystal fabrics! Some will make great stand alone tapestries and some have some wonderful negative space for people who want to add a a strong quilting element. All of theme are about 38" square. Here are 5 but you can see them all in the shop.
Last week's dyeing was mostly about tie dyeing. A friend wanted some new shirts so I dyed these for her. She wanted 3 but I dyed one extra so she would have a little bit of a choice. If anyone wants the red/purple heart one it's a size small and is $20. Just leave a note on the comments.
I dyed 2 sets of these cute onesies for babies that are coming soon. Both are girls and due within a month of each other, one on the East Coast and one on the West. I think they will look really cute in these.
This weekend I taught the new owners at The Longarm Network. That's always a fun day and it was a great class. Yesterday I finally got our tax info together to deliver Tuesday and I started quilting a sample for a new class on fills that I'll be teaching at The Longarm Network in the next couple of months. I'll post links once the classes are up.
A few years ago Stephanie Wilds took a class called Fabricating Faces from Marilyn Wall at the John C Campbell Folk School. Lucky for me, her instructor, had been using my fabrics so Stephanie did her first faces block with my fabrics. She definitely found her niche with this technique. The quilt above is called Faces of Music and includes some of the most influential stringed instrumentalists of all times.
I happen to be partial to Bela Fleck, here pictured with Toumani Diabate. She did all of these with fabric. For this quilt she used Claret, Maize, Denim and Forest Shades Packs. You can see detail photos of every artist block on her website.
It should come as no surprise that Stephanie is now teaching From Photos to Fabric at John C Campbell since Marilyn retired. She has a weekend class coming up April 7 so there's still plenty of time to register.
Class starts with you sending her an image which she manipulates for you prior to coming to class.
I happen to have been given a sneak peek at the colors you will have to choose from for your project.
Here are some pieces from her design wall. You can see what she did with the dog photo above. I think they are all amazing. But you can see that you can do faces, pets, or anything else!
If this is something that you think you might like to do you can register for Stephanie's class here.
I'll leave you with another of her beautiful pieces. I know this looks like a painting but that's all fabric! This is Swannanoa String Band, 1895 and you can read all of the details about this quilt on her website.
Now that we are inspired, let's all go and make some things this weekend!
I think it took more hours to make this one block than to quilt the king sized Rainbow Quilt. By the way, I did finish quilting it but thought I'd spare you another photo until it's bound.
I worked on this block over several days and feel like I'm getting my groove back for doing these types of blocks.
As a reminder here is the block structure. I don't have any plans for these blocks. I'm jsut making them to have fun at this point.
My email box delivered more than spam this week!
Teresa Myles used the Bay of Campeche Gradient as the background for her appliqued mermaid. This is exactly how I envisioned Bay of Campeche being used.
If you have made something with Colorways fabric and want to share it you can upload images and information in the Customer Gallery. As a thank you for sharing you will receive a 20% coupon good on anything in the shop.
I am loving how the quilting is looking on this Rainbow Quilt. I might even quilt the second one the same way. It's going so fast! I know that from an artistic point of view this is nothing to get excited about. But this is a bed quilt and I like for bed quilts to stay soft. I have one on my bed now that I over quilted and even after a few years of use and several washings it's still not cuddly. I've learned my lesson on quilting bed quilts.
I only have 3 rows left! I won't finish it today because it's dyeing day but it will be off the frame Thursday and then it will be time for binding. You can bet that this king size quilt will not have a hand stitched binding. I do need to get started on the Zentangle label also. I ahead of schedule for a May 21 delivery date! That doesn't often happen.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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