Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stitching with Coffee near by....

 Stitching with Coffee near by....

That is what kind of past week I've had!  We are in the final finishes for Fall Quilt Market.    Most o fly stuff is shipped off, but I have a few last minute bindings, and extra quilts (from my two new fabric lines coming-out!) that will be stuffed into my suitcases, along with all the new patterns, templates, Sizzix dies, and Aurifil thread sets!

I often get so many questions about Market and festival, I always try to recap the difference each season...

Feel free to skip ahead if you already got it sorted out.

Spring Quilt Market and Fall Quilt Market, are the Quilting industry trade shows. Meaning only people in the Quilting industry as suppliers, makers, designers, shop owners, authors, Sewing machine companies, fabric companies, notions etc etc, come to show all the hew goods for Shop owners to purchase for their stores... Quilt Market is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. You have to have credentials that show you are a part of the industry to get in...  Quilt market takes up HALF of the entire George Brown convention center! Which I believe is Three football fields long... The other half, is all the quilts that will be up for festival... So we get to see the quilts as well! those are up for the entire almost two week time... of both events...

Fall Quilt Market,  which I leave for on Wednesday, happens just before, The International Quilt Festival Quilt Show.

Quilt Market dates are:  Schoolhouse presentations: Friday Oct 28th. then, Saturday Oct 29th-Oct 31st, is officially Quilt Market.

So. If you are attending Market, Here is where to find me.

MY Market Hours and Booths:
Friday 28th Schoolhouses:
Marcus 3:10pm, room 351c- Come hear about my three fabric lines out and coming!
Sizzix 4:55pm, room 352c - see my

Saturday 29th:
Marcus Booth: 1417  9:30 - 11:30 come by to say hi, see our designer quilts, new fabric lines and pick up a goody!
Sizzix Booth: 116  1-5pm

Sunday and Monday, I will be around the Marcus booth and loading around, Feel free to email me to reach me. I'm always connected. vfwquilts dot gmail dot com

Once market ends, (Which happens in the vending area of Houston Festival, for those who have attended Festival before)   They tear down market, Monday afternoon, move out, then all the PUBLIC vendors move in and set up, and are ready to open for business on Wednesday evening preview!

The International Quilt Festival Quilt Show.

Tuesday night November 1st, is the Awards ceremony where all the winners of the Judges part fo the show are announced.  This year, you will be able to watch them LIVE with a $3 ticket code.  Info is here. I'm pretty stoked as I am getting a ribbon this year!!! OMG!!!  I'm tickled pink that he "Mr. Swirl E. Bones" got something pinned to him!

November 2nd, Wednesday night preview, means the show opens Wednesday night for a a few hours... and continues Thursday- Sunday.

My International Quilt festival Hours!

Nov 2nd - Wednesday
Juki Booth #1033 - 6pm to 8pm

Nov. 3rd - Thursday
Juki Booth #1033 - 10am to 12pm
Sizzix Booth #118 - 2pm to 4pm

Nov. 4th - Friday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm

Nov. 5th - Saturday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm
Juki Booth #1033 - 1pm to 3pm

 So this is how I have spent my last few days... Binding, Binding, and Binding!!!
Every day, Different chair, Different quilt!  ;-)  Every time I see these pics, I think , who is that old lady sitting in the chair... haha.  It's true... 

I'm also preparing my hand work for the trip!  So basically we work 8am-10pm every day at these things... from breakfasts to dinners in the evenings...  I'm an early to bed kind of gal, so I tend to fall off early and go back and hand stitch until I fall asleep... So I am preparing hand work for a new quilt below!  My days never seem to end... If I'm not working, I'm working...  ( but I'm super duper excited about this new quilt... So, it's fun to do it!

I'm also repairing our new small travel cases... yes we have had a cute smallish sewing case. But now we have smaller ones!  

This size allows you to take them on the plane with your 4" scissors!  And of course you get to decorate your own, by needle turning whatever fabulous patchwork or fabric you want to the outside of them!

It's about 4.5" X 2.5" X 7.5"

Get yours here!  and yes we still have the larger ones available... I still love mine, and use it to teach with ally goodies... but I like this size for taking with on the airplanes!  my teaching one, can go into my suitcase with my large scissors and rotary cutter...

Next up? Packing... Jenny Egg is not happy to see the suitcases out...

stay tuned for:
Market snap shots!
Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for faster posting the next two weeks... Blogger has cancelled their iPhone app, so I can't post from iPhone anymore!  BOO!!

I plan on having some posts ready for you ahead of time... so you can see all the new goodies!

OH, and!
Are you going to Festival?

Anyone who has a quilt story--not just quiltmakers but quilt owners, designers, collectors or friends & family of a quiltmaker--is invited to record a 3-minute video with a special quilt. There are no pre-arranged questions or guidelines; just one person telling the story of one quilt in three minutes or less. 
Each interview slot lasts for approximately 15 minutes to include time for setting up the interview and audio testing. Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! is a free service for the quiltmaking community, provided by the Quilt Alliance, but a requested donation of $10 helps cover the cost of travel, staff time, web hosting, and video equipment.

If you would like to volunteer at Festival in the Quilt Alliance boothfind out more and sign up here.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Splendid Sampler Block: Full Circle Star!

Splendid Sampler DAY!
Finally my day has come!
Thanks Pat & Jane for putting together a super fun Splendid Sampler Project!

You may know me for making an obscene amount for Double Wedding Ring quilts.
Well, surprise!
I didn't make you do a MINI double wedding ring block!  Aren't you happy?  hehe. ;-)

But I do like the idea of FULL Circle stitching! So I threw in some Appliqué Polka Dots, because I do LOVE polka dots almost as much as I love Double Wedding Rings.  And STARS?  Well, That is indeed a second obsession of mine... I LOVE STARS!!!   So, putting a bit of everything I love into one block, is how you get:


There are multiple ways to do appliqué, I suggest you do what suits you. 

Go to the Splendid sampler blog for your pattern and info.

If you are new to appliqué, cutting the paper templates and basting the fabric around the shape or washable glue, sticking the edges over is probably best for you.
I tend to do a mixture of both. I like the circle template for making cute, tiny circles... other times I like the back basting technique...  (picking out the basting stitch that I show in the video, and following the holes of your basting to needle-turn your seam allowances under a few stitches at a time...)

Cut out your circle paper template. Cut out your fabric with your 1/4" seam allowance around the circle...
Next, with a knotted thread,  run a basting stitch evenly around the ouster edge, insert your paper template, and draw up the thread to gather the fabric around the circle paper template...

Then you can give it a press, find your center of the square by folding each way, place your small "dot" in is center, and appliqué it to the background.

I can use the my shapes as templates for the half curves as well.  I cut my fabric larger, than snip around the curve slightly, so I can run a washable glue stick around the paper edge, and turn the raw edges under... and appliqué into place.

Once you have appliqued your pieces on the Squares, you can go ahead and assemble your block according to the instructions at the pattern.
POP on over to the Splendid sampler blog for more details!

Just to share how much I love STARS....

My Newest most requested pattern since
 QuiltCon is NOW AVAILABLE!!!

 This is one fun quilt to make. LARGE pattern pieces make up this 80" X 80" STAR STORM quilt.

My earlier version, below, Just ribboned at MQX!

This is the same pattern as the new quilt, just different colors u sing my Mostly Manor quilt!  This quilt, just last night, was awarded a JUDGES CHOICE RIBBON at MQX Springfield!  YAY!!!
 I'm making a third version of this quilt now, wait until you see my fabric choices...  hehe... more on that later...

I'm so happy to get this pattern out...  It's been quite a journey...
You know what?  Next time I get my photo taken, I'm going to look over my shoulder, it seems 
FLAT VICTORIA and KIM are up to no good!  hahahaha...  I see what  you did there, KIM!

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Product! ( #1)

Something Different!
I was lecturing this past weekend at the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild, (Warwick, NY) so we decided, "We being my awesome team", to VEND at the Show. I often vend on my own when I lecture and teach at guilds, but to have a real booth display etc is all new to me.  I can tell you we had a great time!  This is good prep for us, as we will be VENDING at QUILTCON,  February in Savannah, GA!

 I think packing was the hardest part to whole experience... But I think we did a pretty good job!  

We have several new goodies, and I will be announcing them this week and next, so stay tuned to see what's NEW!  (one is below so keep reading!)  See above the Big Block Star QUILT, Tumbling arrows quilt, Victory Blocks in progress, and DWR's!  Double wedding Rings!  All available in my SHOPS!

A great turn out for the two lectures I gave, we were definitely having some Extreme fun! It was such a GORGEOUS weekend, I was surprised so many came, as it was perfect apple/pumpkin picking time!  ;-)  I never did get my cup of hot apple cider.... mmmmm.


Here's the FIRST new product I can share with you today!
We now have a 7" finished BOW TIE acrylic set in the VFW quilts webshop and  NYC retail store!  We made this quilt up this past week, as we got inspired by using the SOLID Manor bundle to go with the MANOR STRIPES bundle!  Perfect for a baby quilt!
This set has many layout options! Love how you can make a Traditional design make it so Modern with some a few fun fabrics!

My Solids are only $5 a yard!
My Prints are always $10 a yard...


Friday, October 14, 2016

What a week!

Monday afternoon I flew to Cleveland to be up and at'em early on Tuesday morning to film a new 
PBS SHOW!  FRESH QUILTING is a new show starting in February, by the Modern Quilt Guild.  We had a lot of fun on set, and I hope you will watch for the episodes! I
 was honored to be the very first person to film. I hope I did a good job!
Did you notice they had to put risers on the table for my long leggedy legs?  hehe!

 I got an email from my Friend E, who is making her version fo my Bright Lights Big City Quilt! Isn't it lovely?  All that scrappy goodness!!! I'm hoping to get my new one done by the end of next week yet...  I've had to many things on my plate this week... Quilt market crush!

I tried finishing a binding on one of my VICTORY BLOCK quilts, but someone said, NO...

A couple of my staff, Kim and Laura and I, are heading to WARWICK VALLEY QUILT GUILD SHOW this weekend! I'm lecturing Saturday 11am, and 1pm...

and they are vending!  We hope you will come by and see us!


Sunday, October 9, 2016

coming up!

Is it just me or do Talenti containers make great useful items in a quilt shop?
HAHA, Now I can justify a regular consumption of Sea Salt Caramel gelato...

( please say yes. )

We've been very busy over here the past couple weeks, Besides opening up the VFW NYC STORE!
I hope you put us on your list of places to visit when you come to NYC!

Quilt Market is fast approaching.  That is the Industry trade show, (refresher: Fall & Spring Quilt Market is not open to the public... It is where all new products get introduced, where shops purchase for their future inventory.)
So I've been preparing to introduce my next TWO fabrics lines, New patterns, New quilting Acrylic templates, New thread sets, and New Sizzix dies!  I can't wait to share it all with you...  

Soon. Very soon.

So today I spent the day binding quits, hemming my skirt, bagging new template sets, making store samples of new products and packing!  It is a lot of quilty stuff to bring to Houston... Plus, I say for the International Quilt Festival, which is the show that IS OPEN to the PUBLIC!  It's a very long trip for me...Are any of you going?  

Where to find me at the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston

Nov 2nd - Wednesday
Juki Booth #1033 - 6pm to 8pm

Nov. 3rd - Thursday
Juki Booth #1033 - 10am to 12pm
Sizzix Booth #118 - 2pm to 4pm

Nov. 4th - Friday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm

Nov. 5th - Saturday
Sizzix Booth #118 - 10am to 12pm
Juki Booth #1033 - 1pm to 3pm

You can also catch me at the Aurifil Booth #1924 from time to time.
Come check out their awesome threads!

Using my dresden template to make some new fun projects! 

New items are coming soon! 
Did you see we now have Marcus SOLIDS in STOCK at the webshop and in the Store...
$5 a yard!  
and My fabric lines are always $10 a yard...  Easy peasy.

Pop over and see, we've added several new bundles, both in solids and prints.

VFW Quilt NYC store     325 W 38th Street   Suite 811  NYC, NY 10018


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

American Patchwork & Quilting

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
 My project was featured in the December 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue, here:
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Many of you who have been following me for a while, know I LOVE CHRISTMAS QUILTS!!
Red & Green together, just makes my heart sing!  Not only do I love red and green, but I love reproduction fabrics as much as I do bright modern fabrics, and I often use all kinds of fabrics together in one quilt.

...And that is exactly what I have done here!  Mostly repros, with tossed in various light back ground fabrics. You could make a modern version, easily!  I had the stripe fabric here in my studio for years! Finally when I was making these blocks, I decided it just happened to be the exact thing I needed to drop drama around the edge of the quilt. Any stripe like this will give you a really fun edge!

I'm looking forward to getting my quilt back in time for me to have on my bed for fall and winter! I say, while starting my 5th Christmas quilt for this year....

American Patchwork & Quilting goes on sale on newsstands today!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

My project was featured in the December 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue, here:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lovely Weekend!

Sewing Side Saddle:

We have a Juki Machine up in the store for those who wish to try one out or purchase, Come by and try one out! I'm just today putting in the newest QVP 2200 MINI which is the current Straight stitch machine.
But, while I was working in the store Saturday, I sat down to sew a few quick seams. BAM! My knees, I realized quickly, do not fit under the desk!

This is not the first time this has happened to me... (Reminds me fondly of teaching in Japan!with giggles all around. )

My assistants come in and say, "Well we fit just fine!"  

Yes, I am a bit long-leggedy.


I was finishing up some QUILT MARKET PREP for my next new line coming out in January.  I can't show you the whole thing yet, But I can say the back looks lovely!  Love those seams all pressed own and flat!

I also made myself a new skirt for Fall Quilt Market, using my Black and White Manor Stripe fabric ( in my webshop and store) and some Black Solid from Marcus fabrics!


Now before you start asking me for a pattern, know this...
I don't use patterns for clothing...
I learned very young to make clothing to fit myself, and I make it up as I go... So, I'm afraid, no pattern.

I'm pretty thrilled with this skirt, I think it is very "ME."

QUESTION to you & encouraging COMMENTS please:

I've been kicking around, if you have noticed or not, I've been copying my posts and posting over at the blog platform at my website... Having had this blog since 2008, I'm nervous about switching over to the website blog...  Will I lose all of you?  Can you all start popping over there?  Maybe if I continue to post here and there, and keep telling you to switch to "over there"  I'll keep you all following along?  At this point in my career, I feel it's important to have all the info in one place.

This blog would stay as it is, but I would only switch to posting over there going forward...

Will you stick with me?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What's new!

I love getting your images of quilts you've made by being inspired either thorough my classes, books or shows you've seen me on or at! It's a great honor!  Above Rochelle made this quilt for a first Birthday using my Victory Block acrylic templates.  I love that she used them in various ways to make a improv fun story!  Keep sending those pics! I love seeing what you make!

I'm slightly addicted to this Victory block set...

This set is hanging in my store, YES! in my store! Have you missed a few posts?  You will need to stop by when you come to NYC!

Monday's through Thursday's : 10am -1pm
Fridays and Saturday's : 12pm-6pm

325 West 38th St, Suite 811
(between 8th and 9th aves)

I have made four quilts already with it, all completely different from each other, and Now....I have three more in the works... These are above are new fabrics by Leslie Tucker Jenison Urban Artifacts coming-out at Fall market... I'm in love with them!

I just can't stop myself!!  They are so fun to make!

Fall Market is coming soon, which means, new patterns, new templates, New Sizzix dies and new fabrics!!!  I can't wait to share all that news with you soon!

In the meantime, Myself and two of my staff will be at the Warwick Valley Guild Quilt Show.
I am lecturing, and vending! I teach often at the Warwick Guild, I love these ladies!  Come by and say hi, I am lecturing twice on Saturday, 11am and 1pm I believe!  See you there!