Monday, August 18, 2014

KISMIF 21-Yep, I'm still here!

Well, all of you followers out there may have noticed that my weekly linky party was missing in action for the past three weeks.  Thankfully, my hand did not get broken --like last summer when I went M.I.A.  This year, we moved.  Shocking--especially to me!  We decided to list our home for sale and it sold in 3 days...then we decided to build on some land suited for agriculture...so we're living in a rental for now.  Crazy!

So, while I may have been missing in some of the action, my quilts haven't!  Thankfully!  Did any of you make it to Portland, Oregon's Show, "Quilt! Stitch! Knit!" and visit the Moda Bake Shop booth or visit their trunk show?  I'm honored to say that they chose to showcase my "Jelly Turnover" quilt.  Pretty exciting!

And yes, I am still creating new designs--but I can't show my work to you just yet...but I am very excited.  You'll just have to come back to see my newest designs.  I'm honored to work with some new fabric and some new publishers...so all is quiet until they publish the work.

In other news, I finally took a "head-shot".  I've been dreading taking this photo for quite some time now as I never like how my pictures turn out.  Oh well, I had too many requests from publishers for an official photo of me...so I gave in.  Then I had to write a bio too!  If you know me, you know I really dislike writing anything personal about me...so this is a major break-through to have all that information and a picture too, on my side-bar.  Oh well!

Well, I don't have any quilting to show you, but I can show our family's latest project.   We bought a vintage horse trailer, we'll need it as we're moving from the suburbs to a rural area.  My husband jokingly named it "Big Red" after the "Secretariat"--and no, a Triple Crown horse could not fit in it.  My son's name won out...they're calling it "The Rust Bucket" because we spent Saturday sanding it down and prepping it for a new layer of automotive paint.  We haven't painted it yet...so here's it's current picture.



Unfortunately, my new internet speed in this rural area is horribly slow.  Even the simple bitmap images I use to create the FMQ thread-paths are not loading nicely.

So...for my personal sanity, I'll do a FMQ (free-motion quilting) thread-path once a month now, instead of once a week.

This diagram is how I like to quilt saw-tooth borders.  Continuous curve on the horizontal & vertical lines, ditching the sashing and curves on the diagonals.  The curves really are "cheaters"--it's hard to continuous curve on the diagonals so I stabilize the seam with a swirl.  Beautiful!  KISMIF!
Now it's your turn to share your link!  What have you been up to?  I'll visit you and leave you a comment so be sure to leave me and everyone else a comment too.  Thanks for playing!



Monday, July 21, 2014

KISMIF 20--Sea Kelp

I know what you're thinking--Sea Kelp?  A free-motion quilting thread-path?  Are you nuts?  Yep, temporarily--or simply dealing with heat-exhaustion of some kind.  We've had several days of 100+ Fahrenheit degree temperatures and many weeks of 95+.   We went boating last weekend and although I covered my pasty-white body with sunscreen, I am sunburned!  So...I thought an aquatic-thread-path would be appropriate for today.  So...let's "Keep It Simple and Make It Fun" (KISMIF)!

As you can see, this Sea Kelp motif when done on sashing is actually very striking.

This is a customer's quilt which she named "Aquatic".  This was my first time seeing the folded-curve piecing technique, and she wanted custom quilting to preserve the 3-D effect this created.

She chose varigated thread for the black back-ground.  It really made the quilting stand out.  The Sea-Kelp motif is shown down the center sashing.
This quilting motif is really forgiving.  Unlike most vines, there is no need to mark a center line or arc.  Why?  Simply think of the gentle swaying motions of sea kelp in the surf, a gentle, yet un-predictable arc is all that is needed to create the swaying motion of the kelp.  Also, there is no need to re-peat the pattern at predictable lengths.  It's very free-form.  KISMIF!

For variety, even swirls can be added.  This motif looks great done in a specific area such as sashing, an edge-to-edge motif or even "driven off the seam" to fill specific areas.  I love doing quilt motifs "driven off the seam".  If you'd like me to share with you that technique in the future, just leave me a comment.

Now it's your turn to share!  What have you been working on this week?  I'd love to see any of your projects and blog posts relating to the home-arts!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

KISMIF 19--FMQ Ballet Shoes

Hello, welcome to my weekly linky party where I share with you a new free-motion quilt (FMQ) quilt path.  When it comes to FMQ, my motto is "Keep It Simple and Make It Fun" (KISMIF).

Today, I"d like to share with you some ballet shoes.

Yes, i know this looks complicated, but it really is deceptively simple.  Can you draw a kidney bean?  How about an oval?  If you can do that, then yes, you can quilt a ballet shoe!

I did this on a customer's quilt a while back.  She wanted red thread so the ballet shoe would stand out.

Here is the customer's quilt.

She had a lot of hand embroidery on this quilt and chose a simple back-ground filler to not detract from the embroidery--the leaves compliment it nicely.
So...how do we make a ballet flat?

STEP ONE: Thread-line in and make a kidney bean shape.
STEP TWO: Make the foot hole inside the kidney bean.
STEP THREE: Be creative here, do some ribbon vines.
STEP FOUR: Make a loop and mirror image the ballet shoe.  Do a  back-wards kidney bean, then fill with the foot opening.  Then ribbon away to your heart's desire.  KISMIF!

Note, this is an advanced thread-path.  I had to sketch it over and over for an hour before I dared do it on an actual quilt!  However, it turns out cute and fabulous!

Now it's your turn, what have you been working on this week?  Please feel free to share anything from the home arts.  Also, share the love--take the time to comment on some of these other awesome blogs!  :)

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Monday, June 30, 2014

KISMIF 18--Firework Threadpath

Hello everyone!  I live in the United States of America and we celebrate our country's independence from Great Britain this week on Friday.  Since I was a child, this has always been my favorite holiday.  I love the fireworks, barbecues, neighborhood parties at the park and city carnivals we use to celebrate!  So, to celebrate, I decided I would share with you my Firework FMQ (Free-Motion Quilting) threadpath.  You'll love it!  It fits right along with my KISMIF motto (Keep It Simple and Make It Fun!).

This thread-path looks great done in sashing.  I wish I took a photo of it,  as I did it once on a a customer's QBOM batik quilt with black sashing.  I centered this in the sashing--fabulous and KISMIF!
Start with the blue star.  The top diagram is the basic travel path.  Once you can do it, create 5 or 6 more arcs as shown in the bottom diagram.  This looks great as an edge to edge style or centered in a block or as sashing.

In other 4th of July news, I just had my first patriotic quilt pattern published--the American Sparkler quilt.  A special thank-you goes out to Connecting Threads for being the fabric sponsors on this project.  It will be available to download from them shortly and is now available to download on Craftsy and Etsy.


Aren't these fabrics great?



Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

KISMIF 17--Lasso Edge to Edge Pattern

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Some of you saw my latest Moda Bake Shop feature, the Jellly Turnover Quilt and asked what was the thread-path for the edge to edge Lasso design, so for today's KISMIF (Keep it simple & make it fun) FMQ (free-motion quilting) thread-path, I'll teach you the "lasso."




It's rather simple:

Start by making a large open-ended circle then trace the edge of your presser foot, echoing smaller and smaller until you have a small, quarter-sized hole, then go out and start another circle.

Here's a close-up of a quilt I used it on:

It looks great on modern and masculine quilts.   In this quilt, I added 5-pointed stars as it is for my son.
Now it's your turn to link-up!  Feel free to share anything in the home-arts you've been working on.