Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday GiveAway!!

   

Why not do a GIVE AWAY on one's birthday?

;-) GIFTS FOR YOU!!!

I'll pick three winners... for a chance to win a one of two copies of my book, or a CUT IT up Tshirt!  (You can also purchase these items in my shop here)

Pass this giveaway on to your pals at FB and twitter and blogs! Let's spread some NICE WORDS around the World!


Leave me a comment below on something NICE about today...





Yesterday was my Birthday.   Clearly I am excited about that...  itv is a carrot cake after all... Who wouldn't get excited. HAHA!

Here is my LACE quilt, which is in my Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern book... Quilted by Lisa Sipes.  It won Best in Show at the Empire Quilt Guild Show! This is Lisa and my, second Best of Show collaboration!   This quilt also won 1st place for Group category... And also hung in Houston last fall.  This quilt is every precious to me... If you watch the video you seamy inspiration...

This is my other Entry,  Green Trees, Clouds and Walt Whitman, quilted by Karen McTavish. Another collaboration... This was a very difficult quilt to make, it is not made the same way the first version of this quilt, Luminous Views, that is in my  Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern book...




My Birthday Gift!! A vintage ORANGE DWR top from my Husband! LOVE HIM!!! and the quilt!!

Some favorites from the Empire Quilt Show, this YOYO quilt made by Floraminda B. I lovd the original design on the YOYO's... Just great!

Sorry!I thought I could read the tag on this quilt.. I'm not sure who made it... But it was so lovely...
 Update! Thank you BETSY, for the info! Happy Birthday, Victoria. "Geese in the Pineapple" is Pamela Nyberg's, her 1st ever show entry. It won 1st place Traditional Machine Quilted and Best Machine Quilting. Isn't it fabulous? Thanks for sharing your photos. 


Betsy V. made this quilt... It also hung at QuiltCon. Such fun! I loved the color and improv aspects... Clearly the judges did too, and the viewers! She also won Viewers choice! Way to go Betsy!! 
Woot Woot!!!



So.... Can I give you a GIFT??


;-) GIFTS FOR YOU!!!


I'll pick three winners... for a chance to win a one of two copies fo my book, or a CUT IT up Tshirt!

Pass this giveaway on to your pals at FB and twitter and blogs! Let's spread some NICE WORDS around the World!


Leave me a comment below on something NICE about today...


Contest open until 9 a.m.April 5th, Easter Sunday!    (Did you know I was born on Easter?)



More Ways to WIN!!
Meg Cox's giveaway to enter CLICK HERE  ( two more copies of my book, templates and 6mo'    sub. to creativebug!

Friday, March 27, 2015

CA round up.

HELLO FROM California!  Beatrice and I had one week to play! ...and PLAY we did!!!  I had one day of work to shoot videos for Sizzix, but other then that, we were soaking up the sun, strolling the beach, visiting cute towns, Like San Juan Capistrano, and walking through the Mission.... eating really great food, shopping, and any other fun thing we could get into!


We also scooted up to LA,visited Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Getty Museum, and Universal Studios...  SO MUCH FUN!!   I wish I could pack the SUN in to my suitcase, and take this weather back to NYC with me!
It's been an extremely lovely trip with my daughter.... Memories!!!

sigh.
38 degrees tomorrow...
brrrrrrrrrr.....


Anywho...


Meg Cox, Quilt Journalist tells all, newsletter has a story on me, and she is giving away my new book, a couple of my templates and a 6 month subscription to Creativebug.... If you haven't signed up for her newsletter yet, please do! Enter the contest through her newsletter.
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs174/1104232497756/archive/1120254946133.html



We fly home tomorrow(Saturday) ... I may try to hop down to the EMPIRE QUILT SHOW(Saturday) late afternoon, if we get in on time... If not Saturday, then for sure on SUNDAY, With my family in tow!
Wish me a Happy Birthday Sunday! woot!!


Monday, March 23, 2015

QUILT HOUSE



I can not believe my quilts will be shown at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, 
What a Birthday Treat that is!! I hope you can get to the museum to see the exhibit. I'm so honored and humbled to have them hang, and to lecture and teach there in April as well!
I'll be lecturing about my community work, and a little about my exhibit... Mostly about the JOY of making and giving quilts...JOY!

My lecture is part of a full weekend symposium, and I hope you will come!
My lecture can also be attended without coming to the entire symposium weekend. details here





Sunday, March 22, 2015

day of play


Home briefly to unpack and repack... Beatrice and I head to California for a week for some mom/daughter play time.  Today though, I packed not just my suitcase, but some play time with my quilty pals! Helen came over and brought along her really sweet postage stamp project....

...Then Miss Lisa, aka The red headed mermaid came over and joined in the sewing fun! She brought along the MQG block to play with from Lady Havartine... It's looking really cool. I love it.

Then Kim came by... Yes, she may have brought along her amazing Postage stamps quilt project also,
(Checkout that massive pile of postage goodies!!)
Yes, she may have brought along this very sweet baby quilt she was quilting...below

But.. she also brought...

Me and Lisa and homemade chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting!!
HELLO! mmmmmmm.... so good.
Lisa's Birthday is the day before mine, so we had to celebrate! ;-)

Boy, that cake was good... 
I may or may not have eaten four pieces...
but who is counting...


It was a lovely day... I'm so blessed to have very dear friends, that quilt!  
and bake!! hehe!
Me? I worked on 4 different projects, hopefully soon I will show you some of them...
Gotta get my ducks in a row and my butt back in the studio to get them finished first!!

I did my best to make a scrappy mess... and well we know what happens then...
Miss J.Egg made her nest... I know, it' s never tiring to see her snuggled in all that fabric...

One more vacation week...
Gotta go PLAY!

Thanks Helen, Lisa, and KIN for a fabulous day!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

TQS!




Dear Quilting Friend:

Big news here! In honor of International Quilting Weekend, March 20-22, 2015, The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com), the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series-- shows 100-1513 --for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 
This year's sponsors are contributing over $5000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  Other prizes you have a chance to win are:
·         Innova – Have your quilt professionally quilted ($500 value)
·         Superior Threads – five $100 gift certificates
·         RJR Fabrics – a Delicious Selection of RJR Fabrics
·         AccuQuilt – GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
·         Missouri Star Quilt Company – $500 in Quilter’s Cash plus signed copies of Volume 1 of Block Magazine and Man Sewing Swag

As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist on TQS in show 1404. If you didn't have the opportunity to see this show the first time around, now you'll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in this unprecedented three-day offer.

I hope that you'll share this information with all of your quilting friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home…all for free.
Enjoy the shows, and thanks for helping to spread the word!

Link to TQS website landing page:




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Empire Quilters GUILD SHOW


EMPIRE QUILTERS QUILT SHOW!

My home quilt group is having a show! Please come!
I have two quilts in the show, "Lace" and  "Clouds, Green Trees, and Walt Whitman"....I will be there Sunday, March 29th, on my Birthday! YIPPEE! That will be fun! My husband said he will come walk through it with me, what a good man!  hehe!  ( Hard to get him to a quilt show)


Will you be in NY for the Empire quilt show?
So many fun things happening, check the  schedule for times of lectures and see the beautiful quilts!

Barbara Brackman, Paula Nadelstern, Roderick Kiracofe, Amelia Peck, Elizabeth Warren!
Don't Miss it!


Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11 AM.
The subject is Collecting Quilts: How and Why
Famed collectible quilter and designer,
Paula Nadlestern, will moderate panelists:
Roderick Kiracofe, collector and author of
Unconventional and Unexpected.
Amelia Peck, Curator of the Textile Division, the
Metropolitan Museum of New York.
Elizabeth Warren, Curator of the acclaimed Red and
White Quilt Show featuring the quilts of collector
Joanna Rose.

At 2 PM on March 28, 2015 
Quilt Patterns: Trends, Fads & Regionalism
Barbara Brackman, author of several well-known references on 
patterns and fabric history, will discuss quilt patterns over the past
200 years. Patchwork fashions---like hairstyles and wallpaper---
become the rage and then passe. She will trace how patterns have
been passed around and how some have become a few fads in
quilt history.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015 the program times are reversed:
At 11 AM Barbara Brackman, author of the Encyclopedia 

Quilt Patterns: Trends, Fads & Regionalism
Barbara Brackman, author of several well-known references on
patterns and fabric history, will discuss quilt patterns over the past
200 years. Patchwork fashions---like hairstyles and wallpaper---
become the rage and then passe. She will trace how patterns have
been passed around and how some have become a few fads in
quilt history.
 
At 2 PM on Sunday, March 29, 2015 
The program on Collecting Quilts: How and Why will be held.
Famed collectible quilter and designer,
Paula Nadlestern, will moderate panelists:
Roderick Kiracofe, collector and author of
Unconventional and Unexpected.
Elizabeth Warren, Curator of the acclaimed Red and
White Quilt Show featuring the quilts of collector,
Joanna Rose.
Sue Reich, noted collector, curator and quilt appraiser,
will replace Amelia Peck.
Groups are welcome. For more information please
contact Mary Butler c/o Info@empirequilters.net


Saturday 3/28/15 10AM – 5PM 
Sunday 3/29/15 10AM – 4PM

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology (Seventh Avenue @ 28th Street, NY)

Admission: $10/person or $18 for both days; 10% discount for groups of 5 or more. (Email: EQgroupsales@gmail.com.)

Over 250 Quilts on Display Plus Vendors. 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Sew Pretty for Little Girls

The Little Lady Liberty Blog Hop!


Liberty Fabrics and Little girls! 
What's not to love?

Alice  Caroline's new book Sew Pretty for Little Girls is exactly that!
OK, So maybe I get a little sentimental, as I used to go to Liberty of London and buy tons of Liberty fabrics to make dresses for my daughter, when she was a wee slip of a thing...  

Proof from when she was two!

( She's now in high school ...
Wait... What? )

So long are the days of pretty skirts, dollies and fluffy stuffed friends, so it's like a little dream for me to wander down the pages of this sweet book.

I had so much fun making things for my daughters room over the years, making skirts and dresses, and this book is making me look around to see if ANY of my friends still have young ones  that I might spoil...  ;-)

Pop along with the blog hop tour, See many ideas from the book! Visit Caroline's wonderfully colored website and be inspired to play in Florals!
and her blog:




Make little girls' dreams come true with the prettiest sewing projects ever imagined!
Using classic florals, rainbow hues and delicate prints, super-talented designer Alice Caroline shows you how create this stunning collection of over 20 easy sewing patterns to bring joy and color to any little girl's world.
Detailed step-by-step colored instructions accompany each of the projects--so why not make your little girl a quilt to snuggle up in, a skirt or dress to twirl and whirl in, sumptuous pillows to play-fight with, a bag or a purse to carry her treasures in, a topsy turvy doll to become best friends with, or just pretty up every part of her bedroom with lampshades, curtains, cushions and much more!
Alice uses simple sewing techniques including English paper piecing, easy quilting methods, simple garment making with a selfdrafted pattern and basic bag making.
The projects featured in the book are made using world renowned Liberty Art fabrics, these quintessentially English prints offer a distinct look and feel, but of course, you can use any pretty fabrics of your choosing!
MARCH:
Mon 2nd – Alice Caroline
Wed 4th – Crafting Not Cleaning
Thu 5th – Sew4Home
Fri 6th – Bloom
Sat 7th – A Spoonful of Sugar
Sun 8th – Fabricworm
Mon 9th – Pieced Brain
Tue 10th – Pretty Nostalgic
Wed 11th – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
Thu 12th – One Shabby Chick
Fri 13th – Sew Creative
Sat 14th – The Last Piece
Tue 17th – Sew Crafty Jess
Wed 18th – Stitchery Dickory Dock
Fri 20th – Molly Flanders
Sat 21st – Fabric & Flowers
Sun 22nd – A Bright Corner
Tue 24th  - Straight Grain
Wed 25th  - Sew Justine Sew
Thu 26th  - Tracey Jay Quilts
Fri 27th  - Feather’s Flights
Sat 28th  - Monkey Do
Sun 29th  - Miss Print
Tue 31st  - Sew Scrumptious

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Just desserts in FRESH QUILTS

Last summer, while taking a two day break to sew, at Millhouse Quilts in Waunakee, WI , while on the road last summer teaching... I was sewing together tons of these little pieces...



I posted some pics of what I was working on , but not the full picture... I thought it would be fun now, to see how my current favorite quilt,  came together...

 I believe I posted these little boats and the garland of wedges last summer...There was a lot of guessing going on as to what I was making...  hehehe! Those boats, pressed, turn into little sweet mini dresdens...


From strings of scraps... to....

These cuties!

Before quilting...

 After quilting.... not a great shot, off my iPhone...

My quilt,  "Just Desserts" getting it's 'beauty shot' for FRESH QUILTS MAGAZINE...


And finally.... FRESH QUILTS is out on newsstands, so you too, can make my favorite current quilt!!
I had a nap under it today.... ;-) It works well!


I'm off on family vacation...
DISNEY CRUISE, 
then to California, where Beatrice and I will have mom/daughter time to play!
I'll be back in time to see the Empire Quilters Urban Legend quilt show!
( and in time for my BIRTHDAY, March 29th!  ) 


time to put my feet up, and relax... catch you on the flip side!