As promised, here are a few pictures of some new items, made by Leanna Shields. There are cute pincushions and coasters, earrings made with fabric yo-yo's, gift tags with yo-yo's, and, my personal favorite, ice dyed fabric! It's so fun, come and check it out! These fabrics would be great for a special book cover.
I was asked to make a contribution to the UAF English department fundraiser auction, Dead Writers Reading and Raffle, (on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Blue Loon for locals). I thought a journal cover would be appropriate, and I even had some fabric with words on it to use. But that ended up on the inside, since I realized one of my new panels would work for a journal cover as well, as long as it's big enough. I only added one other fabric for the outside, then lots of stitching. I used a variegated purple, orange and green thread for the ravens, which was a little scary, but I think it worked!
There is still room in the journal cover class for Saturday if you want to make your own! I have some more panels available, see previous post.
Click here to sign up for classes, there are a couple more coming soon too!
I am very excited about several new things happening! First is a new class: I recently bought some Robert Kaufman panels, which are really fun to embellish with free motion quilting. If you use matching thread, it just adds texture, but doesn't show a lot, so it is a stress free way to practice your free motion skills on a quick project. Or, you can use contrasting thread and really add some details to the panel! In the sample, I used metallic, but it doesn't show up very well in the photo, stop in to see it!
Click the photo to register for the class. There are 16 different images to choose from, (pictured below) and you may want to pick yours up early to get coordinating fabrics for the borders and binding and backing.
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-4 pm
Cost: $25, includes panel (about 10 x 10". finished project is 15-16" square depending on how big you make your borders.)
Or, have a party!
and....fun new things in the shop!
Nope, I lied. We do have new stuff, but I just realized I don't have pictures of everything yet, so you will have to wait until the next post! :-) But here's a sneak preview...one of them is ice dyed fabrics!
Here are the panel options for the class or party, I have lots of favorites, which one is yours?
Two more classes before this one still have room, one is this coming Saturday, so sign up quick!
I recently saw this photo of an amazing quilt. If I am reading the paper correctly, it says it was made by Karen Lambdin, border quilting inspired by a quilt called "Tree of Life" by Jan Hutchinson. A quick Google search found me photos of that quilt as well. (second and third photos) Someone correct me if any of that is inaccurate. I love it when it takes me a minute to figure out how someone did something, and these borders definitely did that! It is done entirely with quilting/trapunto, but it looks like an applique on top of pieced fabric. I have been wanting to try this technique ever since, and I found the perfect project to try it on, on a much simpler scale for now! (Keep scrolling :-) )
Close up of the border, pretty amazing!
This chickadee fabric was made to go with a particular quilt pattern, so there is lots of blank space around the birds. Usually there isn't enough space for me to get a whole greeting card in one piece of fabric, so I wanted to do something interesting with it. I decided to try that same technique, but much simpler. I drew a diamond grid, stitched the lines, then quilted densely in the spaces. All three of the last photos would work just how they are, although if I was just quilting the lines, I might use a straight stitch foot instead of free motion to make them a little straighter, ha! :-) It's hard to tell in the photo, but the one with the most quilting really makes the bird pop up. So fun!
Still room in next week's wall hanging class! If you have wanted to try one of my wall hanging kits with me standing there to help, here's your chance :-) This class is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1-4. The cost is $25 plus whichever kit you want, they range from $38-$59. You will need to bring several colors of thread, so please get with me ahead of time to pick up your kit if you don't already have one. If my new hours don't work for you (see below) give me a call (907-687-7603) and we'll figure something out. You can sign up for the class at my shop, or on my website, here:
I'm looking forward to doing the same class the following weekend (Sunday, Oct.9) in Anchorage at the Quilt Tree too! http://www.quiltree.com/guest-teacher-classes.html
There is also a quilted book cover class coming up on Oct. 22, 1-4 pm. Those are really fun to make! They are also a fairly good beginner project, but lots of room for creativity for all levels.
And, I am changing my shop hours a bit starting this week. I plan to be there from 12-4 Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 12-7 on Fridays.
Happy sewing!! Beret
I always love if when facebook/blog followers come to town and I get to meet them! This week it was Nancy Krehlik, who happened to also be the winner of the "name that pattern" contest for the Night Owl pattern. I almost missed my chance at a photo, I didn't think of it until after she had left, but hoped I could still catch her at the quilt shop next door. Not there either, but they thought she had just gone out the back door, so I ran and caught her on her way out the driveway! :-) Thanks Nancy, for stopping by, and letting me take your picture! :-)
I have had tons of people asking about classes lately, so I finally got some scheduled. There is a 'classes' tab here on my website where you can see what they are and where you can also sign up. So far there is beginning quilting, (quilted pillow covers), free motion quilting, my wall hanging kits. and a journal cover class too, those are so much fun. I hope to see some of you local people there!
After a crazy bunch of hurdles trying to get this finished and up, it's finally there! I have been busy with guests too, and kids coming and going, so I have been neglecting my blog again! I am at the shop more during the summer, but it's still kind of patchy, so look for the 'open' sign in the window, and I'm hoping to get a sandwich board sign for outside soon too. I have a few cool new things in the shop too!
All of my real projects right now are still top secret, so I don't have much to post about! I did get something fun to play with recently, coloring book fabric and Inktense pencils! I used fabric medium instead of water to keep it from bleeding on the fabric, except in one spot where I tried water and it DID bleed. My daughter did some of this too. Depending on how you do it, it is possible to get anything from very light to very intense, I can't wait to play with then some more!
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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