Maddie Kertay, and Cheryl Sleboda encouraged me to submit classes for Fall Quilt Market. After some thought I submitted three classes, and two are accepted. First up on Saturday October 28 is Creating Consumer Confidence—Machine Sales; the second is Sunday October 29th Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent. Having worked in quilt shops on and off for the last 9 years I’ve watched, experienced, and listened to the needs of the shops, owners, employees, and the customer. Each is important, playing a key role in the success of the shop. Thank you to Quilts, Inc for seeing the value in these classes, and to Maddie and Cheryl for encouraging me to submit these classes. Maddie, will be teaching as will Ebony Love, Pepper Cory, Tracy Mooney, Dave Gilleland, Teresa Coates and so many great people. (Some will be Schoolhouse presentations or Take & Teach classes.) I look forward to seeing you there.
Debby has shared, and we’ve talked about 1000 Postcards for Peace. I have the first one made, and decided about fifteen minutes ago, to make two more in the next few days. I don’t yet know where they are going, however I’ll be making postcards. The why isn’t as important as there are things in life that call for a moment of something (hopefully) good. Please feel free to join us in this effort.
Last week I started this Opal Dahlia designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero by Hoffman Fabrics. After several false quilting starts, including thinking I wanted to stitch an overall meander, I settled on this:
It took a little bit to get here, sometimes ya know that something simple is good, but what that simple is isn’t quite clear. With a little focus this will be finished tomorrow before I focus on a few other things.
seven weeks ago I participated in Cheryl Sleboda’s Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop. Rearranging, tidying up and making the space much easier to function in the room.
One of the goals was to give myself access to the window. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that I’m short, and therefore have a limited reach. When the weather is lovely having the window open while I’m stitching. Having the option of the a/c is such a good thing. The problem was one of the tables was right in front of the window, and while in the process one of the Singer’s ended up in front of the window. Not quite the intention but clearly needed to think this through a bit more.
Problem solved it moved to another location allowing me to move the radio, and a table lamp to the top of the closed sewing machine.
My cutting table is now to my right, which somehow gives me great pleasure. Once I have other things in situ there will be pictures. Right now it’s in a bleeping, unsightly mess that is still giving me oggida.
Books, paper (class handouts etc), and a few other things are going to my office, two floors down. It’s a bit of a pain as I work however the end result will be good. I’m going to take a very hard look at what I have in a couple of places to keep or let go. Thankfully I have a couple of guilds to share fabric, patterns, and other stuff with.
Watch Instagram to see the quilt I’m working on today, a digital print from Hoffman by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero. This is so dang pretty.
As you know I participated in the Sketchbook Project with the Art House Coop in Brooklyn. I loved the process of sketching, of thinking through the process of how to get the images in my head onto paper and hopefully later onto fabric. I see the sketching/doodling process as a way to train my brain and hands to do what I want them to do when I get to the machine. I love this process so much that sketching/doodling is part of my lecture: “And Now What?!”
I’ve been watching how other quilters sketch and the impact it has with their quilting process. It’s amazing. A lot of quilters have started doing Zentangles. After the sketchbook project I wanted to keep up the sketching exercise. So here’s the first of what will be an ongoing project of working through the process of filling the space.
Linda M. Poole used this kind of exercise as she created her fabric line “Seahorses” . I can see how useful this process would be in designing quilts, fabric, and keeping the mind sharp.
I also get inspiration from fabrics. We’ve been getting new batiks in the shop where I work/teach that jog the mind toward fun, effective quilting patterns. Like this red purple on the right.
By sketching or doodling I can figure out the path for stitching these out and incorporate them into a quilt.