Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Monday!

So many Beautiful Double wedding ring quilts started this past weekend! Thanks Maureen for hosting me again with your great group of quilters in Salem!  Enjoy the photo display! I hope you are inspired to learn the DWR!  
Come take my 5 day class at Madeline Island this summer!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Salem, two day workshop. ( day 1)

WOW! All 20 people, came ready to CUT IT UP! today!! And I can tell you fabric was FLYING!
Folks had no problem thinking outside the box, (or outside the curves!)  Old blocks were cut, new fabrics were infused, patterns were redesigned!  SO EXCITING!!! ...and this was only DAY 1!

Lisa thought she might change her Bright light's Big city DWR arcs into full circles!

A version of A Summer's Day quilt happening here  by Marcy. Medallion style!

Vintage fabrics and vintage quilt top remake/redo! Exciting!!

Dresden spin-y blocks act as eye candy in this scrappy happy DWR by Maureen!

Just a peek! Will have more at end of day tomorrow!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

coming along!

The top half of my Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quilt using T-Shirts is complete!  Now to finish adding the bottom half!
Such a joy blast of color!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

B & W

I came home from Nebraska with a mighty sinus infection. Man, oh, man, that is not fun flying.. my eardrums were screaming... But, that did not stop me from getting super inspired while in Lincoln!  

(It's always nice to go away, but it even nicer to come home to my JUKI!) 

I woke up with a new idea, and as soon as I got home, I instantly began cutting up fabrics, and piecing, and appliquéing... and oh yeah! Prepping samples for this weekend in Salem, Ma! I am so looking forward to it! I love getting people the TIME and skills they need to build these quilts... They really are so fun, AND, you feel  accomplished when you master those skills!

SO, if you plan on making a double wedding ring, want help, or are just ready to tackle one... 

Come take my FIVE day class at Madeline Island School of Art.  To have time to cut, talk design, find the layout, and then learn and master the skills. (they are not hard, just patience builders....) The class over all is a massive skill builder class! 

Let me show you first hand how curves are not hard, learn a few piecing tricks, and give you fresh ideas thew and old projects! then, take the leap, then leave those fears at home and come play with me! Quilting is fun!!  Get one on one attention, and leave there with something fabulous to show for it.  MISA is in AUGUST this year... I don't usually work in August, and I said yes because it is SO AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL up there!! I lived in Duluth Minnestoa before I moved here, and I love Lake Superior, and have also been over to Bayfield, WI for Apple Festival.. It's SUPER fabulous and gorgeous... google it...there is no more beautiful place to come take a class. 

Come play with me. 

The new project, is working with Black and White.  I'm doing a bit of appliqué and having so much fun with these little eyeballs! I'll show you parts as I go until I get it sorted out...  I planned on doing a video for today, but I'm still coughing my lungs out, so that was not happening today... Tonight though my cough seems to have gone. So, I may be on the mend... YEAH!

I'm pretty convinced the eyes follow me...
Freaky huh?


Monday, April 20, 2015

IQSCM workshop.

A HUGE Thank you to the amazing staff at the International Quilt Study Center for an amazing weekend.
(not pictured) Patricia Crews and Leslie Levy and, L to R: Johnathan Gregory, Laura Chapman, Marin Hanson, me, Carolyn Ducey, Kim Taylor, Dean Young, Joy Shalla Glenn & Mary Ourecky.

I look forward to coming back to Lincoln in June! See you then!

We held the class on Saturday, and dug right in for some major PLAY time!

We were lucky to have couple quilts hanging in the class room for inspiration!

 The students were very fast workers! Fabric was flying and ideas were popping left and right!
We talked about improv, color, choices for contrast and making moving in your quilt... Manipulating the fabrics, making the most of what you create.... A busy fun filled day!

Perhaps you will be inspired by what some of the students have made!

 The students always inspire me... I went back to my hotel that night and had ideas rolling around in my brain all night, and now I want to get back in the studio and make!!!   I love how teaching classes works both ways... You all are inspiring...

Thank you for that!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Quilt House

I must remember to take more photos today! I took only this one!

Left to right:
Farm Girl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe quilted by Karen McTavish
Elda's Flowers, Elda Wolfe ( my Grandmother)
A Summer's Day, Victoria Findlay Wolfe quilted by Debby Ritenbaugh Brown
Luminous Views, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Lisa Sipes
Double Edged Love, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Lisa Sipes
Leona, Victoria Findlay Wolfe
not shown in this image: Greatest Possible Trust, Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The symposium started with Madelyn Shaw, speaking on "Civilians Face the War: Experiences on the Home Front" It was quite interesting to hear how the women were helping from him, using, sewing and re purposing all the fabrics they had to support the war...

A must see if you get the chance...

Next was Erika Doss, speaking on Piecing Grief, Making Claims: Commemorative Quilts and American Activism. Focusing on  quilts and monuments made to express our grief, and or public show of emotion...  Very interesting, to share how we work through grief through making quilts, (such as the AIDS quilt project, 9-11 quilt,  Agent orange quilt projects as examples) , or other public monuments (such as the Viet Nam Veterans memorial, 9-11 memorial, road side crash memorials as examples)

Then I ended the day, sharing on JOY....  "Quilts: Making, Giving and Sharing Joy"  I shared about how I decided a path to joy  for my life from a very young age, and how quilt making has brought me together with people I might not have ever  met.  How it has brought me joy to give quilts, and also to the people who receive your quilts to the community projects many of you have donated too.  How making a quilt gives hope and love, and a hug to those who need one. And ultimately, how a quilt is healing... Every time I make a quilt the process brings me joy. Every time I give a quilt, I feel I am in the right place, and that not only is it healing to me to make/give, but, healing to those who just need a supportive hand to say, we're here,we support you, you are valuable.
All that, by giving something hand made, with love...

It was an inspiring, exciting and a bit overwhelming day! Knowing that my quilts would be hanging here was one thing to ponder, but to see them hanging up, in this space,  is a very "pinch me" surreal moment...It's very humbling.  I'm honored, thankful & very grateful to the staff at IQSC/Quilt House for having my quilts hang here.

Today I'm teaching a class, and exploring playful ways to approach your quilt making and hopefully be inspired by a few of the quilts, at Quilt House. ( IQSC)

I'm so looking forward to playing with everyone... 

I'm off to be inspired!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why procrastinate?

First! The winner of the last post is : Bev kwiltpharm! Congrats Bev!!

What's up over here? Well, this week has been super busy.. not just with my own work stuff, but school events, Hubby's work events etc... So I've been going all day all night.

So today, I'm packing for my trip to the International Quilt Study Center! To see my DWR quilts, teach, lecture at the Symposium and just have loads of fun! Hope to see some of you there...

But packing... let's talk about that for a moment... I started very early this morning, thinking I could get it done really quick. But can I tell you? I can procrastinate packing and make a two hour job turn into 9 hours?  Sheesh! I am the worst at packing... Although I can get 10 other projects done, in that time...

For instance:

One: The above photo signature blocks... Yes, many of you have asked how is that project going... Well, they are slowing coning along... I have to square them up, trim them down, and well... check out how many I have!  I am trying to square a few up each day... ( see top photo)

Two:  Sleeves... I have two quilts that need sleeves, three need labels, one needs to be shipped today.
So I've conquered most of that already...

Three, four and five: Binding... Finished this quilt below, another cancer quilt being sent off. running to UPS shortly...

Six:  Bank.. I've been putting that off all week, I might as well go today, because I don't have anything else to do... (PACKING!!)

Seven:  Emails, I could do this at the airport too, and just get my suitcases packed.... or pack, then do emails...

Eight: rearrange classroom.  Yes, because that needs to be done today, (NOT)

Nine: party planning for my hubby's upcoming birthday... this is clearly stuff I can do on the airplane, or even at the airport... I should be packing!

Ten: blog post, FB'ing, Instagraming, heck, just going out for a walk, it's gorgeous outside...

But, I had to stop and Blog because I had to post my winner!

See! One must procrastinate to get stuff done.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it...

Now I will go pack.


First, I will go ship the fabulous quilt off to someone who needs some love and support.

That's so much better then packing...

just saying.

Thanks for all your support...