Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sharing The Love of Quilting

I recently discovered a new-to-me blog - Pile O' Fabric by Alyssa Lichner.   Just a couple of great things about Alyssa's blog: 

Technique Tutorial Tuesday

Pile O Fabric

and  inspiration for 2013

Skill Builder Block of the Month

Pile O' Fabric


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Let's Talk MODERN

I've been told over and over that I was a modern quilter before modern was in vogue.  It's not that I didn't enjoy traditional - anyone my age had to have gotten their quilting roots from traditionalist.  But when I started reaching within myself and allowing my taste in fabric and style to emerge, it came out different to those who viewed my work.  They, not asked, they might make the statement "Where did that come from?"  or I might hear, "Those colors don't even go together!"  It was pretty sad.  So, I am relishing in the fact that beginning in Los Angeles just a few short years ago, the first modern quilt guild was formed.  I am also relishing in the fact that it has spread across the country like wild fire and it has now spread to Louisiana.  Yes,  Ramona Putnam is working hard to get a Modern Quilt Guild growing here in North Louisiana.  The group is still in the very early formative stage, not even sure of the name yet.  We've been tossing around NELA MQG and NLa MQG.  Not sure of dues or community service work or challenges, and projects,  and don't have bylaws or officers yet.  We are very new and.....

the third meeting/sit and sew is Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Quilt 'n Stitch on Cypress Street in West Monroe.  Meeting time is 12 noon and we will sit and sew until 4 p.m.  Come join us in the back room to learn more about the modern movement. 

If you have the Quilters Newsletter August/September issue, there is a great Question and Answer article pgs. 29-34.   Five questions for five modern quilters helped me to understand that modern doesn't demand that we skew our minds into unconscionable turmoil just to be able to quilt modern.  This article helped me to understand that it's okay to use the fabric I have on hand,  it's okay to use the same stitching and quilting techniques that I learned as a traditional quilter, but it's also okay to step outside traditional and incorporate a new line of fabric with an old quilt pattern.  Modern means it's okay to break the rules, because their are no set rules and while there are (as always) quilt police out there, we can choose to ignore their presence.   It's enlightening, it's fresh, it's liberating, it's fun.  Learn more about what modern quilt guilds around the country are doing. 

Blog resources for modern: Three of many out there. 
  •  Debbie Grifka of  Esch House Quilts.  Debbie says she likes to make modern quilts with traditional material.
  • Malka Dubrawsky of A Stitch in Dye.  Malka lives in Austin, Texas, and describes herself as an artist who likes all things fiber. 
  • Jacquie Gering of Tall Grass Prairie.  Jackie tells us that most of the quilts she doesn't use in her classes are donated to the BASICS program in New York City.  Oh, and you simply must click on the box on her blog sidebar....It's Okay To Not Like sentiments exactly.
Hope to see you Saturday and bring your traditional or your modern show and tell.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Best Fabric Choices:

It's a simple quilt design, but Kay has made it fabulous with her fabric selections. 

And the back is as fabulous as the front.  Kay's quilt labels are always well thought out and the quilting adds just the right pizazz for this little beauty, don't you think.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Fabric...a quilt and stocking

Betty said it all started when the daughter of a friend (or was it the friend's mother)  had all this Christmas fabric and could Betty make a quilt out of it.  Betty said she could, then when she spread it all out of the floor, almost panicked.....what to do with so much fabric?

She finally figured out some of it and called on her backup crew for more advise on what to use and in what layout and finally came up with this most delightful quilt.   And a Christmas stocking to boot!
Betty, your friend will love seeing how all her Christmas fabric has been incorporated in this quilt and stocking. 

Every quilt has a story: 

Oh, and Betty also made her jacket.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quilts of Valor

Resounding cheers go out to those who are making and donating beautiful quilts to the Quilts of Valor program.  The Piney Hills Quilt Guild members enjoyed visiting with some of the ladies in the Ruston, Louisiana, area who are dedicated to the Quilts of Valor project.  Each year the Senior Circle quilters for America's Heroes makes quilts to honor local veterans.  Their 2012 goal was to make twelve quilts for World War II veterans.

Here is just a sampling of some of the quilts that were show-cased at the Piney Hills Quilt Guild meeting Thursday morning prior to their presentation to twelve World War II veterans. 


Thank you Julie, Karen, Donna, Susie and Tammy (not pictured) for sharing your beautiful work to honor our nation's best.  

The Piney Hills Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday  each month,  9:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 North Trenton St. (Hwy. 167 N). 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

North Louisiana Modern Quilt Guild

The modern quilt guild is here in north Louisiana.  It's new and we are lovin' the fresh feel of it.  Many decisions still need to be made:  what will our name be....when and where will we meet to benefit the majority.....will we swap fabrics, and blocks, will we?.......oh, well, the list goes on.   Come join us for a brief meeting, show and tell, sit and sew.   Let's talk about who we are and what modern means to us.  I'm traditional with a modern twist.  Or am I modern with a traditional twist?  Yes, I can be either or I can be both, depends on the day! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quilt LABELS don't have to be mundane

Kay put a new spin on the label for her Furry Sweetness quilt she was gifting to a sweet child.  An envelope! And when asked what she used as a pattern, she smartly replied "an envelope."  Enough said!



Thank you Kay for  inspiring me to add quilt labels! 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Northeast Louisiana Modern Quilt Guild

It was our first formative meeting, and we are on the map........NELA Modern Quilt Guild website, Flickr  and Facebook

We met yesterday and started the ball rolling with a brief business session:  What will be the name of the modern guild?  Logo?  How about dues?  Meeting place and time?  Bylaws?  Lots to think about in organizing a new group. 

It was a refreshing visit with folks with a kindred spirit....those who can be traditional quilters, yet punch it up a bit with pattern variations.  Fabric choices these days are just delightful and it may take stepping outside the traditional frame of mind to really enjoy newer fabric lines in our quilts.  And solids?  Have you ever seen so many solids?   Quilting, yes, very liberating and forgiving for the at-home quilter.  Lots of free motion.....and lots of straight lines too. 

Ramona, Melisa, Sterling, Sherry and Kristi.....and I'm Marty, the one in the mirror with the camera

Show and Tell:  Ramona Putnam aka ThreadTime brought two of her quilts, free motion quilting by Ramona herself on her sewing machine - not a long arm!  Great work.  Ramona says the on-line classes she's been taking helps a bunch to push down the fear and get a jump start to find new quilting ideas.  Craftsy is a great resource.  The Angela Walter's quilting in negative spaces is a class Ramona recommends. 

This modern quilt is all about Dick and Jane: 

I do wish I would become a better photographer....the back of Ramona's Dick and Jane quilt is like the pages out of the story book!

I'm sure this quilt has a name and a pattern; however! 

The back of modern is as exciting as the front of the quilt.  Simple, but makes a statement.

I also brought a couple of my more modern works...a table runner with Kaffe Fassett fabric.

And here is my variation on the half-square triangle.  Yep, even the old half-square can be cut and sliced, twisted and  restitched to give this very traditional block a modern twist. 

Fun afternoon - a fresh view on a traditional art from. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I stepped outside the box yesterday ~

Some new fabric selections from The Brandon Mably....for Rowan fabric line that I couldn't resist bringing home with me.  Of course, I was shopping at Hannah's Quilts.  She had lots of new fabric in the shop and I saved you some.   It was a day that I wished money was no object!

I bought this  gone fishin' fabric just for grins!  and will add some of my Bali shot cotton to it to complete a totally easy quilt. 

I needed these modern yellow fabrics for a color wheel fabric swap I'm participating in with City Stitches

Yep:  I stepped just outside the box and loved the feel of it. 


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Walking Foot Quilting: Made Easy

My discovery of the day that I just had to share....Petit Design Co. makes walking-foot-quilting easy as can be.  These quilting ideas are just a tease at what else can be found on this most delightful blog:  Now, we are quilting:    31 days of Walking Foot Quilting.   

Day 12:  Orange Peel or Pumpkin Seed

orange peel 2 - - walking foot quilting

orange peel - walking foot quilting

Day 13:  Water

There is also a day on CIRCLES, GRIDS, WAVES......and on and on!  Once you go, you'll get it!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Northeast Louisiana Quilt Guild Sunshine Chapter: show and tell

The meeting was full of sunshine, especially with Linda Easterling demonstrating how she makes the most delightful Christmas ornaments.  She demonstrated how easy it is to make something that looks complicated not very complicated at all.  Just one step at a time and round and round the Styrofoam egg or ball or cone, she went with her little fabric pieces. 


And these quilters always have quilts to show: 

Listen closely....Pat has a story to tell about this one: 

Mary just has this much left to  finish her handwork on the binding!

This Razorback is going to Texas

Lyndae says it's been a long time finishing this one....started in Arkansas.  Down the road a bit, now in Louisiana.  Maybe it could be called Crossing State Line. 

Juanita is delighted to have all her flowers put into her just to finish the border:  in grass green

and she likes her I Spy quilts LARGE:  as in queen size large. 


Lil and Theresa never tire of making their table runners...a new one for every season...and then some!


Monday, October 1, 2012

2012 Louisiana Chicken Festival....and quilt show

I never get enough pictures.....well, I do take a lot of pictures; however!!!!! but by the time I get them home, they are blurred or crooked or too dark or sun splotched.  How does that happen between there and here I'll never know.  And, if I do get them downloaded, I never remember who to credit in the picture.  Prayers to me and my mind.  Okay to throw in one for my camera. 

It's the 24th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival and we had a clucking good time while there ~

The whole town opens its doors and welcomes the masses.  Dubach is a small rural town north of Ruston....and the folks here take great pride in the restoration and beautification they've done to make their community a place for themselves and visitors to enjoy.   


North Louisiana Bluegrass pickers and singers on the porch of the Dubach Welcome Center:  the T.Y. Colvin Dog Trot house moved to this location from Pea Ridge Road!


As part of the Louisiana Chicken Festival, the Piney Hills Quilt Guild puts on a quilt show.  This year, we enjoyed a  special exhibit of the quilts made by participants in the  2011 Hoffman Fabric Challenge....what a treat this was to see how so many quilters took the challenge fabric and made such diverse quilts.  This is only three quilts of about 20 that were on display.  FYI history of Hoffman fabric challenge.

And inside the Piney Hills Quilt Show where many  quilts were on display by local quilt artists:

Best Of Show

A picture never gives a quilt it's due.  It is a beauty and the workmanship and fabric selection is divine.  Quite the perfectionist here!  It truly was the best of the show. 

Original design by a local quilt artist

A Debbie Maddy quilt design

Original design by a local quilt artist

There was something for everyone......of all ages and breeds

Cubs got into the show for  free

while the canine had to wait outside
Vendors in the house
and on the street

At the end of the day, I needed this bench ~