QuiltCon 2018 Wrap-Up

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QuiltCon is so many things: a quilt show, a conference with great speakers and classes, shopping–complete with short demonstrations going on, a chance to meet Famous Quilters, a chance to hang out with friends and people you don’t see much, and most of all, it’s quilts.  Lots and lots of quilts.  And fabric–did I mention that, too?

I arrived with Leisa Wednesday night in time for the beginning of the conference on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  I stayed until Sunday afternoon, about 10 minutes before they rolled up the rug and kicked us all out.  It was inspiring, exhausting, stimulating and I had a great time.

Three of my local quilt buddies came with me: Simone, Lisa and Leisa, and we met so many others at different lunches and dinners:

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from l: Joan, Mary, Leisa, Lisa, Cindy, me, Stephanie, Janice, Simone

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from l: Leisa, me, Mary, Joan (end of table), Cindy, Jenn and Heidi

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I was able to see my quilt hanging up Paintbrush Studios’ booth.  In the circles above (click to enlarge) it’s evident the booth was busy (center circle), and Deena, Amy Barickman and her mother were so kind and helpful.

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I love the pencil case of my seat-mate in my Boho Embroidery Class.  I wonder what Angela would say about that sign (!), and you see the beginning of my printing.  Thank you to my daughter for the Amazon Gift Card which became a great squeegee.  My umbrella is crying–we need rain!

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Famous Quilter had a Craftsy film crew wherever she went and even in our class.  I thought the operator of the Steady Cam deserved a photo.

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Pineapple Fabrics booth at QuiltCon 2018

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I had was asked by the kind people of Paintbrush Studios to do a demo using their Painter’s Palette Solid fabrics, and since I love those solids, I knew it would be easy to talk about them…

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…until I saw that the cozy 20-seat demo space had been replaced by a large screen and 80 chairs.  My husband talked me down off the ledge, and Leisa cracked jokes to make me laugh and forget I was terrified.

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(photo by Leisa Plocher)

The first demo was difficult for a variety of reasons, but at the second demo on Sunday morning, I had a great time.  Thanks to everyone who came and I hope you were all early enough to get a kit.

 

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Instructions can be found here and here (where you can also right-click to download the instruction card) in case you want the info.

 

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I also have a few samples from QuiltCon that I’m happy to share.  Leave a comment below if you’d like to try Painter’s Palette Solids.  I’ll pick one winner from the comments.  If you are a follower, leave me a second comment stating that, and you’ll have twice as many chances!

Giveaway is closed now.  Thank you!

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I’ve been posting a ton of quilt images on Instagram, and will continue to do so for a while.

FYI: QuiltCon will be in Nashville in 2019, and back to Austin in 2020.  See you there!

Windowpane: Frivols 2 – Finished

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Better get going…

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Windowpane, Quilt #196
26″ square • February 2018

I have finished Frivols #2, and maybe it was just because I was listening to another Maisie Hobbs mystery, but I had things go awry in a couple of places.  Because of this I thought I’d lead off with where I went wrong.

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So, this went right.  I stitched together the four smaller HST to yield this little cornered square.

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But now…those corner blocks!  Was I supposed to do all navy blue in making these?  Some red?  All the red?  The pattern doesn’t give you specific directions on this one.  I had cut all the quarter-square triangles from the 4″ squares–cutting up blue, red and cream, sewed them together as they showed, and was now left with this quandary.

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So I had my pile of trued-up HST made from the smaller squares, and now a pile of cut quarter square triangles.  I didn’t catch this little bit: “make matched sets.”  That means the same blue and the same cream will create a “set.” The same red and the same cream.  I didn’t do that, so my corners are a lot more red and the quilt is a bit more scrappy.Frivols_2_16

I did the best I could.  I chose to get the “set” with the lighter fabrics, and yet you can see there is that one wild-card darker fabric, lower left.  It’s supposed to match the one on the other side.

The real quilt shown on the front of the card is slightly different than the drawing of the quilt, and that’s where I became stumped.  My advice is to use a large table, or your ironing board, or something and lay out all the squares and their split corners.

Because I used more red in the making of the centers, I had less of that for the outer split (quarter-triangle) corners, as well as for the outer border.  Oh well.  Back to the philosophical part of the brain, realizing that I’ve had these Frivols tins for over a year and it won’t matter to anyone how they get sewn up.

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Pressing on.  First two split-corners are sewn on, and I’m now doing the other two, and trimming dog-ears.

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When squaring up your blocks, pay attention to: 1) the diagonals, 2) where those little triangles on the sides and top point to.  You want it to be visually fluid.

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After 55 permutations on the design wall, I’m good to go.  And that’s the end of the nighttime photo shots.

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Border #1 attached.

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Border #2, after figuring out all the version of the triangles and where they go (I wish I’d had a few more reds…).  Yes, the border’s a bit long, and not perfect.  (A truth: rotary cutters erase mistakes and never gossip.)

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I found a backing I liked that was busy enough, layered it into a quilt sandwich and began my FMQ the way I always do: trying to figure out what to do.  I didn’t want to do a million little stitch-in-the-ditch lines.  So I went to my IG hashtag #fmq and found this idea: a ribbony frame for the center, and I added the small four-petal flower.Frivols_2_23aFrivols_2_23bFrivols_2_front detailFrivols_2_origin1

So I’m always trying to connect the dots between today’s patchwork and our fine history, and think this could be a connection: if you erase the middle of that block, and put in that square-in-a-square, you’ve got it.  Nancy Cabot (from the 1930s) called that block a Cock’s Comb, but certainly it’s not the same.

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But for my title of Windowpane, the repeated themes of squares and angles reminded me of a window I saw once in a Loire Valley chateau.

 

Rainbow Gardens and Quilt Mascot?

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My Rainbow Gardens has made its way out into the world.  I was contacted by the Victoria Quilter’s Guild in Victoria, B.C. (Canada) to ask if it was all right if they used my quilt for their poster.  The theme of the quilt show and sale is the City of Gardens, which is one of Victoria’s names, according to the website for the city: “Victoria – otherwise known as the “City of Gardens” – is home to a number of spectacular gardens that range from formal to heritage, exotic to west coast, and multi-themed to mostly rhododendron.”

So, a quiet and reserved “YESSSSS!” was my response.  I soon will have the poster in my possession, which I plan to tape up on the door to my sewing room studio.

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While the real life poster should arrive here soon, I was sent this image of the poster by a an observant reader of mine, who saw the poster and sent me a photo of it.  If you are up in that area, put it on  your calendar — I would love to go to a quilt show that has live music.

Japan Tokyo 2020 Logo

Since we’ve all just finished watching the Olympics in Korea, I thought I would get you prepped up for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, by showing you their patchwork-like logos.  Can we make quilts like this?  They are auditioning their mascots now, because no matter where you are in or what you are doing in Japan, there is a mascot for it.

I think we need a quilt mascot.

Lady Liberty in Quilts

I made this image in my very first Digital Art Class; the other students thought I was pretty much a nut-case, but I still like Lady Liberty draped in a quilt.  But now as we are more international, we need a cute little quilty creature (I vote patchwork with some appliqué) to carry forward our message.

Go to it, you creatives!

Annularity II

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This is the story of the design of my quilt Annularity.  It is also the story of Annularity II, which will hang at QuiltCon in Paintbrush Studios Booth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilt Number 194
Designed and Pieced by Elizabeth Eastmond
Quilted by Natalia Bonner
59″ square

The story of this begins when I was contacted by the fine people at Paintbrush Studios, who make the ever-lovely Painter’s Palette Solids.  I submitted one design for review, time passed, things changed; I thought the process was dead in the water.

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But I had all these lovely fabrics, so we started the process again.

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I played around in QuiltPro, my favorite quilt design program and came up with the above design messes.

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I showed them to Simone, seeking advice, and she said, “Don’t forget the white.”  Negative space is critical, but sometimes you get in the weeds of a thing and you can’t see your way clear.

Given that the Great American Eclipse was on my mind, I started calling my quilt Annularity:

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I began building the quilt top, remembering the white.  But when I got to the outer edges, something still wasn’t right.  A designer can do all the designing they want to, but then the fabric takes over and slowly, the outer edges morphed from the planned design to what you see at the very top.  Then there was the problem of the center.

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I tried lots of combinations: yellow, aqua, violet, maroon but finally finished with periwinkle, one of my favorite colors in the Painter’s Palette Solids line-up.  I finished it and when Paintbrush Studios told me that Natalia Bonner was going to quilt it, I was over the moon, because I quite admire her work.  I bundled up the quilt, sent it off, and then waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And I began to wonder, even though I’d tracked it to her address, if it had gotten lost.  I worried, then did the next best thing:

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I made another.

In the rush, I didn’t have all the correct fabrics, so some are pieced.  But then I heard from Natalia that she had the quilt.  Whew!  Since it’s going to be hanging in the booth at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, I gave the first one a new name, since now there were two in the world: Annularity II.

Pineapple Fabrics has the complete line of colors needed to make this design, and you can soon buy the quilt pattern from them.  Come and see Annularity II in the Paintbrush Studios booth, #905.

But I’ll be quilting mine, Annularity, bit by bit, sharing that experience as I proceed.  In the meantime, enjoy the photos of Natalia’s fine work:

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We Need to Fix This

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For those of you who live in the United States, you may have seen this picture of this Florida high schooler, standing in front of a wall that reminds me of a log cabin quilt, and who died in our recent shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day.  For those of you who live outside the United States, you may wonder what is wrong with our country.  I have no answers for that.

But I do hope to honor this young woman’s memory — and the memory of others who have died in yet another American mass shooting — by writing letters and calling my Congressman and my Senators, telling them how I feel about this.

I recognize it is a puny gesture, and I may yet find other ways to add my voice to join that of David Hogg, one young man who was caught in the middle of this, when he implored us to take action when he said: “We’re children.  You guys are the adults.”

We owe it to America’s children to clean up this mess.

Elizabeth
February 15, 2018

Cinque Terra Tiles • Improv Applique (Part 2)

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This is the story of my Improv Appliqué Demo, coming up at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena.  In the last post, you saw me making a whole gang of these little bits squares, some with slightly wobbly shapes.  And lo and behold, one day they all turned into this:

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Cinque Terra Tiles, Quilt # 193

Yep.  I arranged those little bits and bigger bits until they coalesced into this quilt, which I love.

At the request of Paintbrush Studios, I’ll be doing two demos of this Improv Appliqué technique during QuiltCon 2018:
•  Friday, February 23 from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.,
•  Sunday, February 25, from  11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

If you come, you’ll get a little kit to get you started, complete with needle and thread, and a mini-charm pack of fabulous Painter’s Palette Solids.  I’ll have a set of printed directions for your improv appliqué, plus tips on folding techniques as well as basic hand-appliqué directions.

UPDATE: Here are the directions I passed out at QuiltCon (right click on each to download):

 

I loved working with this fabric, as it has a nice tight weave, but not so tight that it won’t ease and fold into shape.  The colors are saturated and rich and play well against each other.  I’m totally sold on this fabric, especially after working with it in such close circumstances: handwork reveals everything, I think.

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I’m deluging you with photos, because if you want to make one, all of a sudden you’ll say, I need a new shape! a new color combo! Feel free to steal one of mine.Cinque Terra Tiles_5

I did cut out the back of the larger appliqué shapes, but you can see where I appliquéd smaller on larger. You can also see that I did NOT press seams open, but instead, to one side.  I grouped them together, sewing four smalls, then seaming that onto one larger, and so on (sew on?)

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Sometimes it’s fun to see the undersides of our quilts, right?

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I chose a fun Kaffe Fassett circles pattern to back it with.  I decided not to gild the lilly, that is, to excessively quilt the little bits: I just stitched in the ditch.  But on the borders, I picked up the circles theme again, and did arcs in varying sizes with black thread.  It’s nearly invisible on the front, but you can see it very well on the back.Cinque Terra Tiles_6alabelCinque Terra Tiles_7quilting

Hope to see you in Pasadena–come and learn how to do some Improv Appliqué!