Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Craftsy Class

I filmed the follow-up to my Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot class and I'd like to give my readers the chance to win the new class for free. Just click the link and enter.  The class will go live later so stay tuned for a discount link from me to sign up.  We'll review a little and then on to some new cool designs that are walking foot friendly.  I sure hope to see you there.

You all know I love that walking foot.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Action Kivu Fundraiser...Time to Give!

It feels like yesterday that Alissa first told me about the work of Action Kivu in the Congo.  I was impressed from the beginning by this grass roots effort to use sewing to lift women and children who have suffered so much.  Through the work of Action Kivu, making changes lives.  It is time for the 6th Annual Action Kivu fundraiser which will provide funds to continue to support this important work.

I have been so proud of how our community has come together to donate to this organization and I know that this year will be the same.  Please give what you can.  Our goal this year is $15,000.  We can only achieve our goal with your help.

If you'd like to know more about the work of Action Kivu, read more about how the work began and about the women and children who benefit from the dollars we give.

If you need a little motivation, Alissa has put together an amazing group of prizes for all donation levels. These are just some of the great prizes you could win.  I've donated my featherweight...yup...for just $65.00 you could get a lovely vintage machine that will be your sewing partner for a long time.

As sewers and quilters many of us have so much and get so many benefits from sewing and quilting together.  With a donation to this fundraiser we can give women and children the chance to change their lives for the better.  I'm not sure what's better than that.  Please give today.
Please share with your friends and family in person and on instagram, facebook, twitter or any other place you frequent in the virtual world.  The more folks who know, the more money we will raise.  Thanks from me for helping support this great work!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Travels with Jacquie

I got home from Sisters, Oregon after teaching for a week at Quilters' Affair and enjoying the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  It is a unique experience in a beautiful place.  If you've never been, I highly recommend putting it on your list of things to do and places to go.  I was able to sneak in a little hiking in the mountains with my husband in addition to all the quilty things to do.
I got up early to watch the fireman hang the quilts on the side of the Stitchin' Post.  
 As we all know, any event takes loads of enthusiastic volunteers.  Colleen and her team were a bit giddy at the end of the hanging process.
 The best of QuiltCon hung at the show and in this beautiful setting.  It's fun to see our quilts blowing in the breeze and enjoyed and so many people.

 More of the Best of QuiltCon!
...and even more! (I got all sorts of interesting questions about the Conan quilt!)
Speaking of beautiful places to teach and learn, I'm heading to Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands in August.  I'm looking for folks to join me.  Madeline Island School of the Arts is one of the premier places to learn in an inspiring location.  I'll be teaching Composing with Line which is the same class I taught at Asilomar in California.  It's a great opportunity to learn over an extended period (5 days) and really dig into a concept.  I'm loving the extended class format.  It's an opportunity for me to get to know you as artists and quilters and to learn and create together.

I'd love to have you join me on the island.  It's easy to get to and a lovely ferry ride to the island and then a week of line and fun and beauty.  Pop over and register.  It'll be a week to remember!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Working and Waiting

On the days I'm home, which aren't many,  I've been in my temporary studio (in a small garage) and for the most part I've been working on class samples for current and new classes.  I'm chomping at the bit to work on larger pieces, but I have to wait for the remodeling to be done.  

I'm excited to be updating my class catalogue.  I've got a new class that I'll be teaching at QuiltCon in Pasedena called Activating Space in Modern Quilt Design.  I'm really pretty stoked about that one.  It's going to be so great! Also working on a Creative Quilting with the Walking Foot "The Sequel" with remixes of designs done in part one as well as new designs and new techniques.  You all know how much I love that walking foot.  
Sample for the Walking Foot Class 35" x 45"
Sample for the Modern Crazy Piecing Class 30" x 40"

In other news, the remodeling of the Kansas City condo is finally starting to show visible progress.  February 20 was our start date and I'm sure hoping to lay my head at home again by June 20.  I know this upset in our lives will be so worth it in the end!
The new kitchen coming together! Oh happy day!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Famous Mr. B

Bruno died today.  I'll miss him terribly.  He was a good dog.

These are some of my favorites of the many faces of Bruno.  

Be at peace, Mr. B. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Magic of Five Days

I just returned home from Pacific Grove, California after teaching for a week at Asilomar.  Asilomar is a special place with inspiring views of the ocean, opportunities to hike the dunes and walk on the beach, and most importantly a chance to teach the same students for five full days.   It was my first time and I found it so satisfying to get to know the students as people, as artists and quilters, and to work with them over an extended period.

I taught a new class called Composing With Line.  It combines some techniques that I teach in my Slice and Insert Improv class with some new techniques as well as design exercises and lots of good information on designing with lines.  It's hard to test a full five day class, so the students were sort of guinea pigs for me.  They were awesome to work with and were also willing to give me feedback on pacing and the activities we did during the week.  I'll be going back to Asilomar in 2017.

I'm pretty excited about the five-day class concept and I'll be teaching Composing With Line again in this format this August at Madeline Island School for the Arts.  It will be my first time there too, but I have a feeling the experience is going to be just as great.  The setting is different, but just as beautiful and inspirational.  There's something pretty awesome about learning and working in a beautiful place.  It's like you can relax into your work and absorb not only the surroundings but the opportunity to learn and create.  Look where I'll be.
 MISA, short for Madeline Island School of the arts is on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.  It looks to me like it's definitely worth the trip.

 And like Asilomar, it's a beautiful setting....a place to be inspired.  I'll be teaching at MISA this August from the 24th to the 28th.  I would love for you to join me.  It's easy to register online.
I'm hooked on the extended class experience.  It doesn't get much better for time to learn, create and be inspired.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Running Man

Thought you might want to see how the quilting transformed the Running Man quilt into a finished piece.  It'll hang in my hubby's office when the remodel is done.  

Photo by the more than awesome Ms. Lauren Hunt without which this post never would have happened!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Modern Misunderstanding?

I finally got back to the blog and I was approving loads of comments that had built up and was getting ready to write a post about a new book that I am thrilled to be a part of and then I read this.  You know, I should let it go.  Why can't I? Maybe Taylor Swift is right.

Linda left a comment on my Modern Manifesto post.  Maybe she didn't read the post.  I was surprised by the anger in her comment.  It's comments like this that make it hard to blog sometimes.  Some days I feel we have made such progress in helping all kinds of quilters understand and respect each other, and then I read words like this.  They sap my energy. I know she's only one person, but are there others out there who feel this way?  I'd like to think it was simply a misunderstanding. How does setting a direction for myself put her down and merit this kind of sarcasm and meanness?

Linda said,

"I am trying very hard not to bristle at "modern". All of the words you use describe not just modern but amazing characteristics of quilters far back into history. It feels disrespectful of you since quilting has been evolving and changing for many years and we have all benefited. I feel put down by you. Sometimes I feel that modern has become buying a matching bundle of fat quarters and making a quilt - not as hard as trying to use your limited scraps and the little selection of fabrics they had available. Perhaps being wasteful of resources could be included in the description for modern. A spoiled society with disposable income that fancies themselves as innovative but are simply one more cog in a wheel. I'm disappointed that you are so anxious to separate yourself and that you see yourself as so different from women before you."
So my message to Linda is this:

I have to admit I am confused by your comment.  This is a personal quilt and is about my artistic journey.  The words on that quilt are my personal call to action to motivate me to learn and grow as an artist and a quilter this year.  I am part of the evolution in quilting to which you refer as are many other folks who are quilting today and throughout the history of our community.  Each of us who quilts makes a contribution in our own way.  We have all benefitted so why don't you want me to speak about how I might be able to continue to contribute?

I am hurt that you assume that I don't value and cherish those that have come before me, that I am being disrespectful to my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who taught me to sew and my father who instilled in me a love of making.  You don't know me and who I am as a maker.  I am different and I am the same as all that have come before me.  We are all unique in our journeys.  I don't disparage how you came to quilting or your style or how you work; why do you feel the right to do that to me?

My goal is to be who I am as an artist and be a part of this amazing community.  I am not a cog in a wheel.  I am one member of the quilting community and I am contributing to the growth and development of the art and craft of quilting by creating, learning and sharing in a positive way.  If you bristle at the word modern, I don't believe you understand what modern quilting is or how the modern quilting community respects and embraces our history.  My email address is in the profile of this blog if you'd like to chat.  Maybe we can work together to understand each other.  I may be writing this to the wind, but sometimes the wind carries messages.

I've closed comments.  I'd like Linda to know how her comment was received and after than I'd rather us not say any more, but let's take action instead.  How about doing things like this?

Share what you make and why and how you made it.
Encourage others to sew and quilt.
Grow the community.
Make what you love, and love what you make.

I know that's what I'm going to do.  I'll share the book in another post.  It's nice to be back.  I've been sewing up a storm and I'm happy.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Energizing Spirit of the Prairie

My folks live in a small town on the edge of the tallgrass prairie.  Today my hubby and I finally took time to venture out to the Konza prairie trail just outside of Manhattan, Kansas.  It's maintained by the Nature Conservancy and is an opportunity to hike through the Flint Hills which is some of the last native prairie in Kansas.  We hiked for miles to the top and enjoyed the beautiful vista below.  It was chilly, but the sun was shining and it made for a wonderful time together. For those of you who have never experienced true Kansas...it's not flat.  Most of the hike was either hiking up, or down.

There are trees in the hollows where the runoff from the rain allows them to grow.  This one is probably hundreds of years old.  

Trees in the flint hills find a way to grow.  This one was growing from the middle of a rock.
This one was totally burned out from a prairie fire and it made a nice frame for me or a home for an animal or two.

I think my husband said it best.  It was a soul filling day.  Lifted my spirits and inspired both of us to leave the holiday behind and head back to work energized and happy.  I am a prairie girl at heart.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Retro Inspired

The focal point pieced for the second quilt in the retro inspired series.

 This is the plan, but I don't have enough background fabric to continue.  Stalled by having to order fabric.  Drat!

In the meantime I'm quilting the first in the series thanks to some wise advice from a couple of talented friends.

It's fun to work in a series.