Capitola Quilter

I first met Karen Foster, THE Capitola Quilter, at the Sewing Summit in …2012? Wow, time flies. I remember her because she was from Capitola and I have always loved Capitola, a wonderful town by the sea, south of Santa Cruz, California. So fun to meet up with her again at QuiltCon 2015 after only seeing her on social media.

Founding member of Santa Cruz chapter of The Modern Quilt Guild and member of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association, Karen is also one of the main cats in the Quilt Design a Day group and has a staggering number of designs under her belt. Known to frequent quilt retreats, she is an active organizer and participant of quilt challenges, swaps and bees… AND a prolific quilter, blogger and instagrammer.

But really it’s her passion for fabric and quilts and sewing that spur all of this, and she has so many wonderful projects and how to’s to share. I’ve had a super fun time meandering through her blog putting this together and highly recommend a follow on this one.

Yes, and she played with Luna Lounge and made not one quilt, but 2, both of which made it to Quilt Market at the Andover booth. I love what she did. Ripple Strudel in the grey color way, has a great tutorial. Then Dig Deep in the neutrals is based on the Stacked Bricks pattern, one of Pam Rocco’s Fibonacci series patterns for Quilter’s Newsletter and free online.

So we’ll show you shots of both of those, and then follow with many of her other wonderful quilts. Most images have links to more details and the tutorials. SO jealous she gets to take photos of her quilts by the ocean….clearly also an influence in her beautiful quilts!

Enjoy!

Ripple Strudel by Karen Foster, the Capitola Quilter

Ripple Strudel by Karen Foster, the Capitola Quilter

Ripple Strudel by Karen Foster

Ripple Strudel by Karen Foster

Dig Deep by Karen Foster using Luna Lounge by Carol Van Zandt

Dig Deep by Karen Foster using Luna Lounge. Pattern based on Pam Rocco’s Stacked Bricks, Fibonacci series.

Dig Deep by Karen Foster

Dig Deep by Karen Foster

Back of Dig Deep by Karen Foster

Back of Dig Deep by Karen Foster

IG Mini by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

IG Mini by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

xPlus Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

xPlus Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Capitola Crossing by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Look Who's Walking by Karen Foster

Look Who’s Walking by Karen Foster

Goats Askew by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Goats Askew by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Old Italian Block Wedding Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Old Italian Block Wedding Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Rip Curl by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Rip Curl by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Bird's Cradle Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Bird’s Cradle Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Quilt by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Redwood Grove by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter. Wedding Gift.

Redwood Grove by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter. Wedding Gift.

Ring Around The Briar Roses by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Ring Around The Briar Roses by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Time To Garden by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Time To Garden by Karen Foster, Capitola Quilter

Capitola Quilter

Capitola Quilter

Margaret Glendening and MGmade

I met Margaret Glendening through the East Bay Modern quilt guild,  and am always enamored by the quilts that she brings in to show. Attention to detail, great color stories and fabric selection make her quilts stand out, along with how prolific she is.  So pleased with the quilt she made using Pop Rox and some Andover Fabrics textured solids, with a back as handsome as the front!

And because I’m such a fan, I’m also going to show you some shots of more of her quilts and don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop, MGmade especially if you want a well made affordable baby or lap quilt as a gift for someone!

Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by Margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

back of Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

back of Hexagon quilt by Margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by Margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Hexagon quilt by Margaret Glendening using Pop Rox fabric

Shot Thru by Margaret Glendening

Shot Thru by Margaret Glendening

back of Shot Thru by Margaret Glendening

back of Shot Thru by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Exploding Diamonds by Margaret Glendening

Primarily Grey by Margaret Glendening

Primarily Grey by Margaret Glendening

Dream On and On by Margaret Glendening

Dream On and On by Margaret Glendening

Danilo's Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Danilo’s Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Garden Windows by Margaret Glendening, pattern: Elizabeth Hartman's Kitchen Window

Garden Windows by Margaret Glendening, pattern: Elizabeth Hartman’s Kitchen Window

Garden Windows by Margaret Glendening, pattern: Elizabeth Hartman's Kitchen Window

Garden Windows by Margaret Glendening, pattern: Elizabeth Hartman’s Kitchen Windowg

 

Greenery Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Greenery Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Retro Cars Stripe Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Retro Cars Stripe Quilt by Margaret Glendening

Diana’s sampler quilt

On a visit to Diana McClun’s studio, she pulled out the sampler quilt she made with Pop Rox while teaching a class on beginning samplers–from her and Laura Nownes‘ book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, chapter12.  It combines a variety of beginning sampler blocks that you can compose onto any configuration you want and the book gives 4 samples of compositions if you don’t want to design your own.  This one is a fifth.  I’ll have to try one some day!

She let me borrow it to take photos to show you so here it is!

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

Sampler quilt from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Pop Rox fabric

The Beatle Bag and Happy Hippo from Fat Chick Quilts

Now it’s time to round up more Pop Rox projects, especially since many of them are currently on display at Quilt Market 2014 in Pittsburgh at the Andover Fabrics booth (photos coming!)  First off, let check in on the great projects Liz of Fat Chicks Quilts made using Pop Rox.  I always love everything she does!!

First off is the Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.  A great travel bag (or sewing bag!) that can be used with a variety on inserts, and has such great options for details.

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts, made by by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Patterns with inserts

Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts with inserts

Next up is the Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees.  We love the butt shot!

 Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

 Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

 Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Harry Hippo Pattern by Two Little Banchees, made by Liz of Fat Chick Quilts

Thanks for playing with Pop Rox Liz!

 

Voices in Cloth 2014: Part Five

Only one more round to go after this, so enjoy. More quilts from The Voices in Cloth 2014 Exhibition put on by the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild.  Part Five:

Swamplandia by Patt Bagdon

Swamplandia by Patt Bagdon

Swamplandia by Patt Bagdon

Swamplandia by Patt Bagdon

Japanese Puzzle by Mabry Benson

Japanese Puzzle by Mabry Benson

Japanese Puzzle by Mabry Benson

Japanese Puzzle by Mabry Benson

Japanese Eggplant by Susan Lambert, quilted by New Pieces

Japanese Eggplant by Susan Lambert, quilted by New Pieces

Japanese Eggplant by Susan Lambert, quilted by New Pieces

Japanese Eggplant by Susan Lambert, quilted by New Pieces

Two Minds: Mixed Emotions by Sally Pooler

Two Minds: Mixed Emotions by Sally Pooler

Two Minds: Mixed Emotions by Sally Pooler

Two Minds: Mixed Emotions by Sally Pooler

Moon Over The Mountain by Robin Halprin, quilted by Kathy Ritter, New Pieces

Moon Over The Mountain by Robin Halprin, quilted by Kathy Ritter, New Pieces

Moon Over The Mountain by Robin Halprin, quilted by Kathy Ritter, New Pieces

Moon Over The Mountain by Robin Halprin, quilted by Kathy Ritter, New Pieces

Where No Man Has Gone Before by Sally Socolich

Where No Man Has Gone Before by Sally Socolich

Where No Man Has Gone Before by Sally Socolich

Where No Man Has Gone Before by Sally Socolich

Pacific Moments by Mirka Knaster,  inspired by Christine Barne's book The Quilter's Color Club

Pacific Moments by Mirka Knaster,  inspired by Christine Barne’s book The Quilter’s Color Club

Pacific Moments by Mirka Knaster,  inspired by Christine Barne's book The Quilter's Color Club

Pacific Moments by Mirka Knaster,  inspired by Christine Barne’s book The Quilter’s Color Club

Return to California by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Return to California by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Return to California by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Return to California by Mary Risard Burnett, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Blue Moon by Heather Jacobson, quilted by Kathy Ritter at New Pieces

Blue Moon by Heather Jacobson, quilted by Kathy Ritter at New Pieces

Blue Moon by Heather Jacobson, quilted by Kathy Ritter at New Pieces

Blue Moon by Heather Jacobson, quilted by Kathy Ritter at New Pieces

Moroccan Tiles by Dana Prichard, quilted by Sue Fox

Moroccan Tiles by Dana Prichard, quilted by Sue Fox

Moroccan Tiles by Dana Prichard, quilted by Sue Fox

Moroccan Tiles by Dana Prichard, quilted by Sue Fox

J Puzzle Number 2 by Margo Weeks, quilted by Rebecca Rohrkast

J Puzzle Number 2 by Margo Weeks, quilted by Rebecca Rohrkaste

J Puzzle Number 2 by Margo Weeks, quilted by Rebecca Rohrkast

J Puzzle Number 2 by Margo Weeks, quilted by Rebecca Rohrkast

A Circle Game by Mary Jo Morris, design from Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts

A Circle Game by Mary Jo Morris, design from Kathy Doughty’s book Making Quilts

A Circle Game by Mary Jo Morris, design from Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts

A Circle Game by Mary Jo Morris, design from Kathy Doughty’s book Making Quilts

Prison Grid by Cele Stauduhar, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Prison Grid by Cele Stauduhar, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Prison Grid by Cele Stauduhar, quilted by Melissa Quilter

Prison Grid by Cele Stauduhar, quilted by Melissa Quilter

The Original Scrap-Bag™ in Pop Rox

I was pretty happy when Jamie Kalvestran sent me photos of Pop Rox on her popular Original Scrap-bag™ pattern.  I LOVE her bags.  Jamie is an experienced product designer as well as a sewing pattern designer and print pattern designer.  AND she blogs. There is her print & pattern design blog, A Pattern a Day, her sewing pattern blog, Scrap-bags, and Small Town Gardens. Her patterns can be found in independent quilt stores or you can always get a downloadable pdf through Jamie here.

Take a look at this Original Scrap-bag™ with Pop Rox, and of course I’ve picked more of her things to show you after that, including more bags and quilts, and a link to a pdf catalog to all the cool patterns for her Chickadee fabric line with Andover fabrics. Kind of to die for!

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Pop Rox in The Original Scrap-bag™

Super Simple Modern Quilt by Jamie Kalvestran

Super Simple Modern Quilt by Jamie Kalvestran

Buttons Bows & Yo Yo's by Jamie Kalvestran

Buttons Bows & Yo Yo’s by Jamie Kalvestran

Big Easy Tote Bag by Jamie Kalvestran

Big Easy Tote Bag by Jamie Kalvestran

The Bayport Bag by Jamie Kalvestran

The Bayport Bag by Jamie Kalvestran

 

Chickadee by Jamie Kalvestran

Chickadee by Jamie Kalvestran 

Swoon Sewing Patterns

Next up on the Pop Rox round-up is Swoon Sewing Patterns who made the gorgeous Coraline clutches. Swoon has super high quality patterns for mostly bags and lots of bags they have!  The best part is that you can buy the patterns right off their site and have the option of a downloadable pdf OR a paper pattern.  Yes, and there are also freebies and tutorials, particularly on the blog.

First we’ll show you the gorgeous Pop Rox clutches, then I have to show you more of their bag patterns. Their style is “simple and clean”. I like that. And if you don’t think you are up to sewing, but you like their bags, check out the Etsy store DiedelBug Handmade.  You can also find they patterns on  YouCanMakeThis.comSwoon Patterns Etsy shopCraftsy, and Go To patterns & Co.

And tune in for special fund-raising sale notices on their Facebook page they will be doing to help fund a new small specialty sewing shop. The commercial space has already been leased!

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

I also like that they show their patterns made up with lots of different kinds of fabrics.  So many great bags–some I haven’t seen anything like it before.  Love the Betty Bowler Bag!  Take a look.

Betty Bowler bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Betty Bowler bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Dorothy Day Tripper bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Dorothy Day Tripper bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

India Hobo Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

India Hobo Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Levi Utility Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Levi Utility Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

 

Sugar Pop Quilt

Well, the Sugar Pop Quilt is finally finished. I had time to sew the binding on over the holidays and good timing too! This quilt is a homage to the original inspiration for my new fabric collection Pop Rox, with Andover Fabrics.  And I JUST received the first yard of Pop Rox production!  Sneak preview of that with the next posting!

Just how is it inspiration?  Don’t laugh.  Every year I do extensive color trend research for one to two years out and build palettes to work from, at least as a starting point. When I actually build the palettes in Adobe Illustrator, they look like little horizontal lines with squares of colors. After I group colors together, I always arrange them in an order that makes sense to me. And lo and behold, after a day of making palettes, I woke up with this image of a palette repeated vertically in the colors of this quilt, against a light milk chocolate background. I have no idea why!

Then I sort of said to myself, hmmm, what else can be done with these “wands” and I pictured them in all sorts of different sequences and added circles. With a big magic marker over then next week I sketched out about forty different concepts. Then eventually I started to build the ones I liked best into designs in Illustrator, and then created several colorways.  There are about thirteen designs in the collection and six of them we put into the fabric collection with 2 colorways.  One is in this colorway but against a white background, and another is in handsome neutrals, brown and blacks.  Can’t wait to show them to you!

In the meantime, here is the “Sugar Pop Quilt”.  It is my third quilt, and the second quilt that I quilted myself.  It was a mixture of a quilt design from a sketch and improvisational quilting for the top and bottom bits. I was going to try to free motion quilt it, but two things: I didn’t want to ruin it since I am such a beginner, and when I decided to do the vertical curvy lines, a walking foot seemed to fit the process best. I know when I get to be a better quilter and sewer I will cringe that I posted my beginning quilts, but I live to laugh and someone has to share what it is like to start to quilt–with all the imperfections!

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Front of the Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

detail of Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt in Action

Here is the quilt back. I did originally make a different one, but several people suggested it should be its own quilt, and when I realized that the quilting pattern I wanted to do for the front design wouldn’t look very good on that back, I decided to make a new one. Indeed, I have saved the original one to be its own quilt top. I put this together one Sunday afternoon and thought it fun to really capitalize on the pink/brown color combos.  It’s simple but sweet. The old back is more greys, greens and blues.

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

And may I add, Best wishes for a Fantastic 2014 to you all!

More pics from Quilt Market 2013 Houston

Yes, there is more and I will be posting even more all week of booth pics and quilts, quilts, lots of quilts from the exhibitions at Houston Quilt Market 2013.

Daisy Janie

Organic fabrics from Daisy Janie

Daisy Janie

Daisy Janie

Contempo

Contempo

Contempo

Contempo

 

Glitz from Michael Miller

Glitz from Michael Miller

Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane

the Cottage Mama

the Cottage Mama

 

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

 

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Green Bee

Green Bee

Green Bee

Green Bee

 

Final reveal of the silk quilt

Well I think I showed you all the quilt top when I first finished it.  Here are photos of the finished piece, with the quilting and multi-colored binding done. It’s an improvisational quilt, and things are a little wonky, but it was a great learning experience especially working with some different weights of silk that I got in different places. It wasn’t meant to have curves in it, but I had to use my apparel tailoring skills to flatten it out, and I actually like how it created curved lines on things so when I quilted it I did it with big curves.  Has to stop at some point in the fixin’ process, and in the end I kept it all wabi sabi for posterity. IMG_9798 IMG_9807 IMG_9811 IMG_9812 IMG_9814

 

While I’m showing “bright colored things”, might as well show you a line of ten designs coming out on gift wrap with Studio-Seneca Fine Art, sold through gift stores. There are paisleys from my Paisley Sea and Woodland collections, and some designs from my holiday collection “merry, merry” and Patty-O.   Will be selling these myself also in my Etsy store in a few weeks.IMG_1003 IMG_1011

Got my second quilt back and after binding will be taking some photos, AND have my third quilt top about halfway finished.  Moseying along on my “Sew Sundays”!