Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Remember the awesome free motion quilting class last year?

Lisa is coming back for an advanced class.  
Lisa replied to my request 
for info on her classes.

"I have been traveling quite a bit lately and never seem to catch up!  Most of the time I have spent in Tucson, Arizona.  In March, Sandy Varley and I did the Southern Arizona Quilt Shop Hop.  There were ten shops covering a wide area, but we hit them all!  One shop gives you a birthday discount, and I was able to take advantage of it J.  Then at the beginning of April, I attended an Empty Spools Seminar in Pacific Grove, CA.  I took a week-long class from Teresa Hodgson, who taught color, design and interesting ways to piece curves so they come out nice & smooth.  Maybe I’ll be able to show my project from that class, if I get it done.

This will be my second year teaching at Quilt Walk, and I’m looking forward to it!  I had a lot of fun last year, and I thought it had a good “vibe”.  I taught my “regular” free-motion machine quilting class last year, and this year I will be teaching an advanced free motion class.  It’s kind of an extension of my first class, and one that was requested by some of those students.  We’ll work with patterns, different threads, decorative stitches, and do some bobbin work.  I can say that everybody who took the class last time I taught it enjoyed their time and learned a lot.

The other class I’m teaching is a quilt I called “Contempotangles”.  It’s a modern twist on a rectangle quilt.  The one that is pictured is HUGE, about 93” x 103”.  You can make your quilt as big or small as desired.  As with all my “project” classes, I have you cut just a few blocks-worth before class."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Emily Bailey, Teacher and Happy Chemo Quilts

Happy Chemo
If you were at last year’s Quilt Walk you may have seen me sewing and collecting blocks for Happy Chemo.  Well, I’m at it again.  If you read my blog, Emsscrapbag.blogspot.com you will have seen the quiltometer, the way I measure the amount of quilts I’ve collected.  Last year I set a lofty goal.  Some may say I’m overzealous.  But cancer sucks!  And I want to do something to make it a little better for those in the throes of it.  So if you can help me help them I would really appreciate it.  Please bring a quilty hug to this year’s Quilt Walk.  I’m looking for lap size (45” square to 60”x72” children’s and adult’s styles) Thank you to all those who have helped so far.  I know your quilts have made a difference.

Playing It Retro
Playing it Retro came to be when my sister, Julie Comstock, owner and designer of Cosmo Cricket, asked me to sew a quilt for Spring Market with her first line for Moda, Circa 1934.  Julie is a very talented designer but she doesn’t quilt.  So I helped her out.  I enjoyed working with her line.  Repeating the circles found in many of the fabrics I came up with Playing it Retro.  Who knew that helping my sister would land me, or rather my quilt on the cover of McCall’s Quick Quilts.  Wow, I’m still in shock!

I love scrap quilts!  The interest created with all the different fabrics really appeals to me.  It’s probably a good thing as I seem to have an over abundance of scraps.  I had recently purchased a 45* wedge ruler after seeing  some blocks made with it on Stephanie’s blog, http://www.designsbyloftcreations.com/.  I started playing with the ruler and my scraps along with a few ideas I’d seen on line and in books.  Before I knew it Kaleidoscope was born.   

Lets Go Dutch 

this is such a fun quilt Emily didn't say anything about this one but it looks like it would be quick and fun to make.  You know you can't have too much fun.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Patty will be teaching for the first time this year.

She is so awesome.  Her class is the Christmas tree skirt.  She is usually here helping us all with the fabric in Jerilu's booth.  Her quilts are really beautiful.  She is a lady of few words so she sent these to me.  Thanks Patty.
 1st photo – Buggy Barn stars

2nd photo – Buggy Barn flowers

3rd photo – village

4th photo – Buggy Barn – Bramble baskets – current project and yes, I love the “Buggy Barn” method!

5th photo – dimensional flowers