Wednesday, December 13, 2017
How timely that I've been thinking about quilt challenges the past several days, when The Quilt Show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims opened up Show 2112 for everyone - even non-paying non-members - until Saturday December 16. Here's the link that has a short life span featuring Queen of the Quilt Challenge, Mel Beach.
But, just in case you miss the show, Mel Beach confesses to participating in 50 or more quilt challenges in the past 3 or so years. Quilt challenges start with a specific theme or fabric or a twist on things that has to be accomplished. Mel admits to enjoying the challenge of being pushed to try new fabrics, new quilt designs, new techniques....anything to get her out of her comfort zone. Mel says she would never have completed....would on her own, never even have thought of, so many different style quilts without each quilt challenge prompt.
Some of the challenges are spread out over a year long period, some monthly, but Mel says she even entered some that from start to finish last only one week. She finds her challenges in many places, beginning with
- Quilt Magazines: Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilting Arts, for example.
- Fabric Companies: Hoffman Fabric, Riley Blake, , Cherrywood Hand Dyes and American Made Brand, just to name a few. Michael Miller Fabric teamed up with QuiltCon 2018 and American Patchwork and Quilting for a "Flying Geese" challenge.
- On line....of course. Start by searching for Quilt Challenges 2018 and see what pops out.
- Friends: Mel says that once the word gets out, your friends will bombard you with newly found quilt challenges.
- And most importantly.....Quilt Guild Challenges. The Modern Quilt Guild, of which several QGA are members, hosts a charity quilt challenge each year.
- Stay tuned, there will be more to come on the Quilters' Guild Acadienne quilt challenges.
"I never lose. I either win or learn." Nelson Mandela
Monday, December 11, 2017
I'm a stalker.....a blog stalker that is. And a favorite creative spot to land is on Alisa Burke. Alisa is an artist, author, teacher, wife and mom who stretches herself to find ways to redefine creativity. Today she gives to us holiday gift tags......just in the St. Nick of time.
|Image Credit from |
Alisa Burke who Redefines Creativity
Download, print on cardstock, trim and tag each gift with an artfully created holiday gift tag. Thank you, Alisa Burke for your generosity. My gifts are tagged.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Enthusiastic Pantone color of the year....ultra violet. A wonderful mixer and blender to be used in moderation by the feint of heart. The I'm-in-control-get-out-of-my-way-type will go for the gold and use ultra violet with gusto.
Have yourself a most delightful weekend. May it be filled with enthusiasm and creativity.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Okay, here's the scoop: I'm still a little bit old...urrrah, I mean old-fashioned! and continue to use a calendar and even write on it to keep track of activities, important events, birthdays, and yes, even guild meeting date and time.
Thinking you might need a refrigerator calendar also, here's a (not) complete list of quilt related calendars to be found out there.
Quilts Wall Calendar by Wyman Publishing featuring images of thread painted quilts by fibre artist, Bridget O'Flaherty.
|Images of thread painted quilts|
by Bridget O'Flaherty
The Art of The Quilt a 12" x 12" wall calendar by Willow Creek Press: Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio....Includes patterns and instructions.
|Quilts by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr|
365 Day Desk Calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing. A 365 day quilting desk calendar featuring quilting blocks and patterns by Debby Kratovil for your every day pleasure.
|Debby Kratovil's 2018|
Block & Pattern-A-Day Calendar
A delightful alternative and a fond reminder that every quilt doesn't have to be completed before pictured and put on a calendar.........Prayer Quilts in Process:
Missouri Star Quilt Company where there's a link to blocks and patterns.
That Patchwork Place found on Amazon. A cheerful wall calendar with a variety of quilt designs to tempt each of us....includes complete instructions and patterns.
|That Patchwork Place |
American Quilters' Society: 2018 wall calendar spotlights winning quilts from the 2017 Spring Paducah Quilt Show.
Go ahead now and get on with your day. It's on the 2017 calendar which is just about to be obsolete
and ready to recycle. Just sayin' .
Monday, December 4, 2017
I've been hankering to take a road trip all the way up to Sisters, Oregon, where I'm told has an outdoor quilt show!! and a beautiful quilt shop with loads and loads of workshops and retreats. But, in the meantime, there's always the Stitchin' Post newsletter to enjoy.
Need more Christmas tree ornaments? How fun are these mini gift socks by Jean Wells - a PDF Pattern.
What a delight to have several ready when holiday guests arrive....each mini sock stuffed with Jean's recipe for her chocolate crunch brownies or even better....a brownie or two. These little cuties would also be a great surprise for every child to find their special stocking and little gift tucked inside. Yes, 'Tis The Season for all things merry and bright with a bundle of fun tucked in.
And a tasty Lagniappe - Jean's Chocolate Crunch Brownie recipe.
|Jean Well's Chocolate Crunch Brownie recipe|
Friday, December 1, 2017
Perhaps it's a waste of good sewing time, but you are at the movie theater anyway, so may as well enjoy the moment(s).........searching for quilts on the big screen!
|Photo Credit - Houzz|
Thanks for sharing your beach houzz
Have a wonderful weekend, one filled with good movies and quilts.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
I set out this morning in search of Noodleheads' free cargo duffle pattern and wound up here.......The Robert Kaufman free pattern page. I'll get back in just a minute to the cargo duffle bag but in the meantime, you're gonna love this:
How quick and easy and wonderful this 2 X 4 child's quilt for all those plaid shirts we've been collecting since Quilters' Guild Acadienne had the pleasure of having Sue Welton stop in for her beautiful program and workshop. Just click on the free download and get sorting, cutting and sewing. Loving that this pattern is for "the enthusiastic novice." Now that's my kind of quick and easy for a Christmas gift needing to be made.
But now, back to the original plan.... Noodleheads' free Cargo Duffle pattern ~
Don't be intimidated...it's a great one....it's just a step one, two, three (and more). Here are pics of two of the three I've made and gifted. How fun for that special someone.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Shopping local is what all good quilters should do and we all do that.....right? However, when there are still a few gaps in fabric selections and not quite enough yardage on the home shelf, then let's go shopping: Internet shopping on Cyber Monday spotlighting quilt kits found at Hawthorne Threads, a little internet shop run by Lindsay and Charlie.
So many quilt kits, ready for the picking....many of which are on sale this Cyber Monday.
Just a sampling. For the more contemporary quilt maker "Velanio" by Katrina Rocella:
Katrina Rocella quilt design
found at Hawthorne Threads
and for those in the artistic quilt construction mood: "Elephant Abstractions" by Violet Craft:
|"Elephant Abstractions" quilt pattern by Violet Craft|
found at Hawthorne Threads
Traditional is always a good thing and this quilt kit is a great one....."Briar & Bramble" made available by Amy Gibson and it's on sale!
|"Briar and Bramble"|
Amy Gibson quilt pattern
found at Hawthorne Threads
It's Monday ~ Go forth and enjoy!