Dream Chair Corral – Chair Lamp!?!

My Modern Met's Photo of the day
My Modern Met's Photo of the day - Gummy Bearskin Rug, by Brock Davis

Once again I was cruising My Modern Metropolis, an amazing website that always inspires me.  I found a page that you chair lovers might like!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/mini-furniture-lamp

If you just want to smile, Jason Lee’s photographs will bring some joy to your day.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/a-father-who-creatively

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/met-exclusive-jason-lees-10

To go to the Gummy Bearskin rug: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/pic-of-the-day-gummy-bearskin

Happy weekend!

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Scrap Quilt Redux

Maverick Quilts, Using Large-Scale Prints, Novelty Fabrics, & Panels With Panache will be released mid-June, and I am excited to begin sharing projects from my book.
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Free-cut curves make great quilt blocks
Free-cut curves make great quilt blocks

A couple of years ago I began to explore free cutting curves.  I took fat eighths and layered them good sides up and cut each one differently. This way you get a pair of curvy blocks in a mirror image.  As the pieces were sewn together the most amazing shapes emerged.  Using a monochomatic color scale, I made lots of cool green pieces.  I worked without a plan and let the quilt unfold as the curved pieces were made.

I used a wide variety of motifs on the fabrics including apples, zuchini, cactus, dandelion weeds, batiks, stripes, and dots.  I was looking for an ecclectic and interesting mix.

Green Goddess quilt
Green Goddess quilt

The Green Goddess quilt was the result of this work, and it was a wedding gift to my friends. (The photos in the book are much better- don’t worry!)

The second version that I made of the Goddess quilt was Goddess Flowers, and it is the focus of one of the chapters in the book.  I used bright, cheerful Nicey Jane fabrics and combined them with a large-scale Amy Butler print for the border.

Goddess Flowers Quilt
Goddess Flowers Quilt

I want to share with you, dear readers, the process I used to create a scrap quilt from the left over pieces of the Goddess Flowers Quilt.  I heave created a photo gallery of the steps.  (the colors change throughout the photos – it is a mystery to solve!)

I needed to make a girl baby quilt, and I came across the fabric pile from the Goddess Flowers Quilt when I was cleaning up my sewing room.  I found some left over strips of fabric used in the border and the blocks, and there were little scraps of the goddess curves pieces left over from the trimming stage of the blocks.  I also had a bunch of 4″ strips of a gorgeous Heather Bailey fabric that I had auditioned for the border but ultimately didn’t use.

I began to sew the little scraps together and cut the extra strips and incorporate them into the process.  I would make squares and long ladder-like pieces and place them around the wall so that each section had a little of everything.  Then I began to arrange them on the design wall with some of the left over pink flowers and some ends from the border of the original quilt.

To make it easier for you to follow the process, I made a grid with some yarn. This way you can see how I developed the patchwork in sections that ultimately went together to make the quilt.  You can double click on the first image and then click on the next image button at the bottom of each photo to view the sequence in a larger format.  When you are done, come back to this page and see the second scrap quilt made from the same fabrics!

Borders and large chunks first
Borders and large chunks first
Add in medium-size pieces and pieced sections next
Add in medium-size pieces and pieced sections next
The top section is done and is sewn together
The top section is done and is sewn together
Add in bits that are varied in color and size in each section
Add in bits that are varied in color and size in each section
Down to three sections. Measure and trim to make them fit together
Down to three sections. Measure and trim to make them fit together
Sew scraps together to get long enough pieces for the inner border
Sew scraps together to get long enough pieces for the inner border
Inner and outer border on - ready to quilt
Inner and outer border on - ready to quilt
Throw in a little creature...
Throw in a little creature...
... or a few fish!
... or a few fish!
All quilted and ready to gift
All quilted and ready to gift
Detail of quilting
Detail of quilting - don't be afraid to use bright thread
Perfect for wrapping up a sweet little one!
A little minkee inside and it's perfect for wrapping up a sweet little one!

There were enough scraps to make a second scrap quilt.  In this one I made a bunch of scrap sections all the same length and combined them with strips and more of the unused border pieces.

Stripey scrap quilt
Stripey scrap quilt
Detail of horizontal scrappy section
Detail of horizontal scrappy section
Detail of vertical scrappy section
Detail of vertical scrappy section

This technique would also work to make placemats or pot holders from left over quilt bits and fabrics.  I hope this inspires you to make some little scrap projects.  It is really fun and satisfying

Gorgeous flowers in a border - how can you go wrong?
Gorgeous flowers in a border - how can you go wrong?

Maverick Quilts – the book is almost here!

Now showing: Maverick Quilts!
Now showing: Maverick Quilts!

I received my advance copy of my new quilting book, Maverick Quilts, right before I set out for Quilt Market.

36 lucky books - think of the quilts that will get made!
36 lucky books - think of the quilts that will get made!

It is an amazing thing to hold one’s own book!  You have spent so many hours on each and every part of the book that it is totally familiar to you, like an old friend.  But holding it in your hands and seeing the layout and color and all the things that the editors did to make the book look good is just wonderful!  I know that there are some quilters out there who will LOVE this book!

The beginning of the line
The beginning of the line

At Quilt Market, in Salt Lake City, the C & T Publishing gave away 36 books at a signing I did on Saturday morning.  People started lining up early, and the line eventually went all the way to the back wall!  In the end there were so many people that we ran out of books, and we had to turn lots of them away empty handed.  Sorry!

Pen at the ready!
Pen at the ready!

It was really delightful to meet everyone and talk to them.  There were some groups from Montana, Florida, California, Costa Rica, Belgium, and New Zealand.  I tried to invite myself to everyone’s shops and am sitting by the phone waiting for those invitations to pour in.  Passport is current!

These wonderful ladies were from Montana
These wonderful ladies were from Montana
This lady was from Wellington, New Zealand
This lady was from Wellington, New Zealand. I invited myself to her house, of course.

It was a little like a wedding reception.  It went by in a blur and I smiled until my cheeks hurt.  I wasn’t able to get people’s names nor remember them all, but I look forward to hearing from them in the future and seeing the quilts that they make from the book.

I loved talking to everyone
I loved talking to everyone
Everyone was very nice
Everyone was very nice

I was so delighted to be able to begin sharing my personal quilt vision with others.  Stay tuned…

The happy author
The happy author

P.S. Special thanks to Royal Photographer, Ashley Jones, for her amazing camera work!

Cherish – the great bandana quilt challenge

One aisle at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City
One aisle at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City

Quilt Market is where the quilting industry shows off the newest products and fabrics.  It is absolutely huge with 28 aisles with 40 booths each! It was held in Salt Lake City this past weekend.

My next few posts will be chronicling my trip there, and I want to start by sharing a special quilt project with you. (Especially since that Mean Mavis Quinn made fun of it!)

I was really intrigued by this amazing three-dimensional quilt.  I don’t know who the maker is, but if any of you, dear readers, know, please send me a message!

Great Bandana Quilt Challenge Quilt
Great Bandana Quilt Challenge Quilt

These curvy domes are in three sizes and are made up of many fabrics, including the bandanas for the Great Bandana Quilt Challenge.  It uses minkee and some amazingly curvy women in the alternate blocks.  I just loved it!

You are invited to join the contest using Simplicity’s Cherish cutting templates and some of the Cherish bandanas.  You can find all the contest details at http://www.unitednotions.com/un-ss_bandanachallengenp_1110.pdf.
If you send in a photo of a quilt by June 25 that includes some of the bandanas offered by Moda, you can be eligible to win some great prizes.  Your local quilt store can also win a trip to Quilt Market in Houston this fall!

You can find the bandanas at http://www.simplicity.com/p-5594-cherish-multiprint-bandana.aspx or perhaps at your local store.

Side view of Challenge Quilt
Side view of Challenge Quilt

I really encourage all of you to have your yearly mammogram!   Don’t put it off – it’s not worth the risk!

My family and I are all hoping and praying for our dear friend Jeay’nae who is in the middle of treatment right now.

Remember that if you click on any of the photos on the blog, you can see them in a larger format!

Mavis Quinn @ Quilt Market – strange etiquette

Here I am, Mavis Quinn, at the world-famous Quilt Market – posting a report for Where Cuckoo Women Create .com.org.biz.

This spring Quilt Market is being held at the convention center in Salt Lake City.  It has been quite warm and the skies are clear.

Quilt Market is very exclusive and everyone who attends must prove, in advance of entering the convention, that they are worthy of admiration and that they really are cool and fascinating.  Or they must be from the media.

Upon arrival, each attendee is issued a pass that they wear around their neck.  It identifies who they are and what company they work for.  There is also a coolness rating.  It goes on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 – lowest to 10 – highest.

This lady has a coolness rating of 2, and therefore must be shunned.

Neck Badge example
Neck Badge example

There is a seminar that everyone must attend at the beginning of the show to learn neck-pass etiquette, but this cub reporter was stuck in a bathroom stall hiding from a celebrity quilter, who she had (once a long time ago) accidentally tripped.  The unfortunate quilting diva (coolness scale rating 9.5) fell into a koi pond and came up with some tadpoles in an awkward place, but that’s anther story.  So I missed the manners meeting completely.

I am not sure what to do now when I meet people at the show – do you look them in the eye and speak to them?  Do you look at them, introduce yourself, and then look at their name tag?  Do you just look at the name tag, make eye contact, smile, and speak?  Cub reporter found herself just looking at the chests of everyone she talked to.

Damn!  I wish I hadn’t missed that informative seminar.

So, the cub reporter set out to figure out where to look.

In the first aisle there was this!

Is this a boob?
Is this a boob?

Then in the next row, this!

Boob?
Boob?

But then I rounded a corner, knocked a 10-foot tower of thread all over several ladies in scooters and a man in a quilted vest, and ended up with my nose right in the center of this!

These boobs are three dimensional!
These boobs are three dimensional!

I kid you not, dreary readers, there was an actual BREAST quilt!

Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?

An actual naked lady with pink nipply buttons?

OK, I get it… When you meet someone, read their coolness rating to decide whether to be nice to them or not and then just look at their breasts!  Awesome!

I will explore more as the show progresses and get back to you – I didn’t know that quilters were so strange.

Can you believe that this image is all over the sidewalks as you leave the show?

Mammograms images on the sidewalks?
Mammogram images on the sidewalks?

But the clincher was dessert!?!

For dessert?
For dessert?

That’s just wrong!

Salt Lake City – Here I come!

The cub reporter, Mavis Quinn, is traveling to Salt Lake City in the morning to explore the world of the famous Quilt Market.  I will be reporting, of course, for Where Cuckoo Women Create.  Keep an eye out for my posts.

There have been reports that coffee might be in short supply, due to some reasons that I cannot go into because my editor says I can’t.

With that in mind, I have had new passport photos taken.  I am hoping that customs and officials will just think that the 5-gallon vat of coffee I am carrying on the plane is, in fact, just a part of my outfit and not strip me of my sustenance!

More to follow…

Quilt Show – Margaret Linderman textile artist!

The Wonderful and Talented Margaret Linderman
The Wonderful and Talented Margaret Linderman

Master textile artist and quilter Margaret Linderman was the featured artist at the recent “Spring on the Straits” Quilt Show put on by the Carquinez Strait Stitchers in Benicia, California.

And the address is...
And the address is...

The show was held in a building called the Clocktower, which was a giant old brick structure, perhaps once used to store munitions.

I was very taken with the amazing entry door.

Clocktower door
Clocktower door

The show was upstairs in a very wonderful room filled with quilts and vendors.

Close up of a quilt on Margaret's table
Close up of a quilt on Margaret's table

Margaret had many of her wearable art pieces on display at the back of the room, and many lucky quilters got to see her demonstrate the process she uses to create them as the weekend progressed.

A collection of Margaret's garments
A collection of Margaret's garments

The show featured many of the garments made with ethnic fabrics.

Detail of the back of a coat called "Day of the Dead Through the Eyes of the Soul"
Detail of the back of a coat called "Day of the Dead Through the Eyes of the Soul"

An important part of Margaret’s creative team is her wonderful daughter Janis Stob.

Janis Stob from DeJanis Stob from December's Child in from of "An Homage to the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico" coatcember's Child
Janis Stob Janis Stob from December's Child in from of "An Homage to the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico" coat from December's Child

I regret to say that there were more jackets and outfits there that I somehow didn’t photograph.  Note to self – pay attention!  I think I was distracted by that pesky Mavis Quinn.

Behind the work table, one of Margaret’s newest quilts, Floral Fiesta was hanging.  I was entranced!

Floral Fiesta quilt
Floral Fiesta quilt

This is a quilt that you have to see in person to really appreciate.  The border has 10+ yards of applique flowers around it.  Hundreds of flowers all stitched in many colors.  The whole edge is triple stitched over a cording.  It is Amazing!

Janis in front of "Floral Fiesta"
Janis in front of "Floral Fiesta"

Margaret also had many of her quilts on display, but Mavis stole my camera and deleted all my other photos!  See what I have to put up with!  This was a show that was not to be missed!

Margaret Linderman wearing "View from the Koi Garden"
Margaret Linderman wearing "View from the Koi Garden"

Wednesday Night Live – Who’s the girl with the mustache?

Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache
Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache

Forty-four lucky people saw me paint on fabric live online!

If you missed it, you can still go and watch it at http://www.ctpubblog.com/2011/05/04/wednesday-night-live-replay-15/

Here are the visuals that go with the demo.  They all show different examples of painting on fabric.

On this blog site you can always double click on the photos and see them enlarged.

I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
Lupe after nose job
Lupe after nose job
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Darks and lights create dimension
Darks and lights create dimension
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
White and black can enhance stripes
White and black can enhance stripes
I added light green and white to the left side
I added light green and white to the left side
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors

Dream Chair Corral – Volkswagen!?!

Volkswagen Bug Quilt- by Chris Leach
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - by Chris Leach

OK, so it’s not a chair, but the is quilt was made using the same style as the chairs, so that counts!

My teacher’s pet, Chris Leach, (now Karla, calm down) has sent me photos of her cool Volkswagen Bug Quilt, and I just had to share it with my dear readers!

Chris used steam a seam and fused the raw edge applique, just like we do with the chairs!  Then she took the time to made the black stitching, which really serves to define the shapes.  I know it was a pain to do, Chris, but it was totally worth it!

Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Super close up
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Super close up

I absolutely love the background map fabric and the peace sign border.

But, I think my two favorite parts are the flowered fabric on the hood and the polka dot interior!  Oh, and the black dot bumper and the way the wheels are turned.

Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Close up
Volkswagen Bug Quilt - Close up

Chris has also made some very cool chairs.  Love them!

Chris's Tree Chair Quilt
Chris's Tree Chair Quilt