“Pi” Circle Quilt and Connections

Well there is a pleasant bi product of having your art and design in the commercial marketplace–people who you used to know might see it and look you up!

My next door neighbor from childhood, Jeanne Gorton, contacted me after seeing my fabric through Andover Fabrics.  What fun!!  She has been a “hard core quilter for the last twenty years and is obsessed with fabric, fabric design and modern quilting design”.  She belongs to the Genesee Valley Quilt Club which was founded in 1936!!

I sent her some Licorice Fizz to play with and LOVE what she came up with.  This quilt was shown at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club’s “Magical Threads–Inspired Stitches” Biennial Quilt show in June at the RIT field house. There were 400 members involved in the show and 600 quilts on display. It was a three day show organized totally by volunteers. Yay Rochesterians! If you can make it through the winters, you can do anything.

She also sent me some photos of a couple of her other quilts.  Love love. Take a look at Jeanne’s great quilts…

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“Pi” Quilt Designed by Jeanne Gorton

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“Pi” quilt top designed by Jeanne Gorton

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Quilt by Jeanne Gorton

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baby quilt by Jeanne Gorton

Improvisational quilting with Sherri Lynn Wood

As part of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild‘s show, Stitch Modern, they had a number of special events. One was a panel discussion on fabric design which I got to participate in which I enjoyed thoroughly, particularly meeting the other designers and sharing notes.  But I have to say the highlight of the whole show, AFTER seeing all the great quilts, was the talk I went to by Sherri Lynn Wood.

As you may know, I am now dipping my hand into quilting, just for the fun and art of it, and I really connect with many of the modern quilts I am seeing out there, and I really like the improvisational quilting style in particular.  I don’t really want to make quilts that look like someone else’s or follow a specific tradition or direction.  In my work, I design all the time for the commercial market, so when I sew I want to sew what I want to sew. Period. So hearing Sherri Lynn Woods speak about the improvisational process was just what I needed to really dig into the improv quilt I had started and make it happen. And I did finish it shortly after.  ….Ahem…. except the binding, but I will post when it is all finished.

Another very cool thing that Sherri talked about was Passage Quilts.   She works with people ” through collaboration, consultation and commission to make improvised quilts from the clothing and materials from everyday life”.  Love this concept. Hits me right in that spot. And she showed us one she made for her mother, Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) which she describes as a “passage, bereavement, memorial quilt made from my mother’s casual clothes, Sunday dresses, bathing suit, robes and the dress she wore to my wedding”

Sherri is SUCH a good speaker, highly recommend if you get a chance. With a long resume of exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops, and with masters in both fine art and theology, she has a lot to share. Here are a few shots of the quilts she shared that day, but you might want to check out her site, daintytime.net for more!

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Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003) Passage Quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2006, 73″ W X 75″ L

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Color Study 305 by Sherri Lynn Wood, 2008

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RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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detail of RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

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Negative Space by Sherri Lynn Wood 2012

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Modern Improv Wool Log Cabin, By Sherri Lynn Wood, 2011, 90″x84″

Urban Spools

Michelle Kitto of Urban Spools whipped up this bag in classic fashion before Quilt Market.  Her workmanship is always amazing, and I would love to take some classes and hang at her Urban Spools Sewing Lounge if it was in my neck of the woods.  Alas it is in Dallas–lucky for some of you!  I met Michelle at the Fabric 2.0 party at Quilt Market 2011, and we met up again when she visited San Francisco, and of course this year again at Quilt Market 2012. She really took the plunge opening up the sewing Lounge, offering classes and long arm services, and its been fun hearing about its growth.

This media bag she made came from a pattern from Serendipity Studio‘s  Media Frenzy Book. Cute!

 

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Bag by Urban Spools with a Serendipity Studios pattern using Licorice Fizz fabric

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Bag by Urban Spools with a Serendipity Studios pattern using Licorice Fizz fabric

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Bag by Urban Spools with a Serendipity Studios pattern using Licorice Fizz fabric

 

Project Week!

OK, this week we are back to highlighting projects.  We have both Licorice Fizz projects AND Tokyo Rococo projects to get caught up on and I hope to tell you a bit about the people who have designed and/or made them.

But first, I will show you what I have been doing.  Not much! Having moved and renovated a new studio, sewing projects fell by the wayside.  Plus, I sew for fun only.  I have been inspired to start sewing again after I started designing fabric and getting to know some wonderful quilters, sewing pattern designers and sewists. I just had to get my hand back into it.  And I am extremely rusty, so whatever comes out comes out and in time the quality will improve.   I will sew a little with my own fabric, but also with my fabric stash. More on that later. (I have a great new storage place for my fabric stash!)

So here we have the last project I did with Tokyo Rococo, some placemats.  I think I would use a thinner batting next time, or even a thick stiff interfacing instead.  But it was a way to get my feet wet.  I actually just started cutting trapezoidal strips and sewing them together and pressing until I had shapes larger than a placemat and then trimmed them and sewed them together with a single piece print backing.  Yes, I got tangled up on the edges, and after resewing a couple sections, decided to keep them all rough and wabi sabi.  Plus it will be fun to compare it to projects I make in the future, in hopes of steady quality improvement. Have to start somewhere and if I get stuck in pursuing perfection, nothing will ever get done!

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Next up, I am dying to make something using my raw silks from Asia.  I originally collected a ton of this fabric to make a large duvet cover using all squares.  But now I want to make an art quilt or large wall hanging.  I probably won’t add any prints, but want to add a little 3D element…stay tuned.  I have a few drawings for inspiration, not sure if I will plan it further before I start sewing. But looks at these colors…..

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AND, I am reading Kaffe Fassetts autobiography.  It was passed on to me by Diana McClun who is working on an amazing book project of her own with Laura Nownes. I was lucky enough to see many of the new quilts going in there in person a couple weeks ago–absolutely BREATHTAKING.  They were floating around in my mind’s eye for days. More about that when the time comes. IMG_8467

Bleu Barn Studios and Summer Shores

Bleu Barn Studios is at it again.  Highlighted in the Feb 2013 issue of Quilter’s World magazine is Summer Shores, a breeze contemporary quilt design using Tokyo Rococo (aren’t I lucky!).   I love this because its simple and light and modern and classic at the same time. I was able to see the quilt at Blue Barn Studios and photo it before it was sent in to the magazine.  So here are some shots of the quilt plus a preview of the magazine.  Yes, I take a million shots–its the only way to get a good feel for the quilt!  AND a kit of the fabric for the pattern in the magazine is available at The Plaid Portico etsy shop by clicking here.

More projects coming  up in the next few weeks, stay tuned!

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Quilter’s World Feb 2013 Magazine

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

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Summer Shores by CJ Behling, Bleu Barn Studios using Tokyo Rococo

Quilt Market #15, more booths!

Well I promised I would be complete my Quilt Market Houston 2012 coverage in November, but surprise!  There is still more.  Probably because I took a bit of break to finish unpacking the new studio (excited!!) In a week or so, we should get the sewing table and workbench in and then it will feel really complete.  The painting/drawing area is all set and its wonderful…More pics to come on that here and at a laughing gate.

In the meantime, here are more Quilt Market booth pics. There are links to websites if you click on the image. Enjoy!

Anything But Boring

Anything But Boring

Swirly Girl Designs

Violette Field Threads

Violette Field Threads

Aardvark Quilts

Aardvark Quilts

Sue Spargo

Sue Spargo

Sue Spargo

Sue Spargo

Liberty Art Fabrics–Liberty prints now on quilting cotton and other new materials

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Liberty Art Fabrics

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Seven Islands Fabric

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Seven Islands

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Seven Islands Fabrics

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Michael Miller Fabrics

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Michael Miller Fabrics

Quilt Market #14, more quilts!!

Nearing the end of Quilt Market Houston 2012 coverage,  and there are a few more posts to go.  Here are more quilts from different categories that caught my eye because they are just amazing for a variety of reasons. I’m sure you won’t need me to tell you why, so take a gander and enjoy!

Dear Friends by Michiko Yanagihara and 8 friends, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan

details of Dear Friends by Michiko Yanagihara

Super Star by Marilyn Badger

detail of Super Star by Marilyn Badger

Syzygy by Rochelle Stibb

detail of Syzygy by Rochelle Stibb

Prometheus by Ferret

detail of Prometheus by Ferret

Once Upon a Time by Sharon Schamber

detail of Once Upon a Time by Sharon Schamber

Tangled Up by Ruth Anne Yax

No Direction Home by Barbara Oliver Hartman

Windmill on Bluebonnet Hill by Kay Marburger

Departure by Kiyomi Takayanagi

Green Message by Naoko Takeshita

detail of Green Message by Naoko Takeshita

Tree of Life by Allison Lockwood

Quilt Market #13: Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander Quilt Market Houston 2012

The other designer whose booth and work I was incredibly attracted to at Quilt Market Houston 2012 was Carolyn Friedlander.  Her quilt patterns, wonderful on their own, were a fantastic vehicle to showcase her fabrics from her first collection with Robert Kaufman, Architextures. Check it out!

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Carolyn Friedlander

Stripes by Carolyn Friedlander

detail of Stripes by Carolyn Friedlander

Quilt Market #12: Alison Glass

Well, amongst all the visual stimulation at Quilt Market one does stumble upon certain things that stand out. For me this year there were a couple designers out with their first fabric collections that I was very attracted to.  One was Alison Glass with Andover Fabrics, Inc.  

I saw projects made out of her new collection “Lucky Penny” at an Andover meeting before Quilt Market even started and I made a beeline right over there.  I was entranced.  It was different, with a unique palette and quality of linework.  Totally appealing.  Then I had the pleasure of meeting her and was delighted.  By the end of Quilt Market, it still stood out for me, and so here are some shots of some projects using Lucky Penny by Alison Glass with Andover Fabrics, Inc.

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Oh, and then there was …”the quilt”.  Alison designed the quilt and Lisa Sipes did the machine quilting. Amazing!  It made its way all over market. We all got a close look at it at the Andover sales meeting.

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, quilted by Lisa Sipes

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, quilted by Lisa Sipes

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, quilted by Lisa Sipes

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, quilted by Lisa Sipes

Lucky Penny by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, quilted by Lisa Sipes

Quilt Market #9: Modern Quilt Relish

One of my favorite quilt designer booths at Quilt Market Houston 2012 was Modern Quilt Relish.  Fresh and modern, I love their design sense.  A little bit about them…

Jill and Marny have been in business just about 3 years.  Friends for 20 years, they worked together at the Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa.  When their sons, who are best friends, married sisters, they decided they would have to be nice to one another forever.  They share the same design aesthetic and since they weren’t seeing many modern designs, they decided to create them.  Their patterns were first introduced at the AQS/DesMoines show the fall of 2010 and since then they have exhibited at two spring and two fall markets.

They say this about their design process:
“Our designs our collaborative.  One of us will explore an idea and then we’ll tweak the design to production together.  Having helped many quilt shop customers, we feel we have the knowledge to write an accurate and understandable pattern.  It’s always our goal to make our patterns easy, fun, gender-friendly with just a little taste of the unexpected!”
Their new book Picnic, (available mid December)  shares their understanding of design principles and elements along with thirteen projects.  They will be vending at the upcoming Quiltcon in Austin (February).  McCall’s Quilting, America Makes Fast Quilts will publish a baby quilt at the beginning of the year and Martingale will publish Modern Baby this April, with one of our designs.