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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
I received my advance copy of my new quilting book, Maverick Quilts, right before I set out for Quilt Market.
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!
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!
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!
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 was so delighted to be able to begin sharing my personal quilt vision with others. Stay tuned…
P.S. Special thanks to Royal Photographer, Ashley Jones, for her amazing camera work!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Then in the next row, this!
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!
I kid you not, dreary readers, there was an actual BREAST quilt!
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?
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!
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.
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.
The show was upstairs in a very wonderful room filled with quilts and vendors.
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.
The show featured many of the garments made with ethnic fabrics.
An important part of Margaret’s creative team is her wonderful daughter Janis Stob.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Chris has also made some very cool chairs. Love them!