Category Archives: Quilts and Fabric

New Tutorials

Claudette's quilt frontI posted three tutorials on my website today. The first one is a, “quilt as you go” technique tutorial. The above quilt was created by Claudette Stultz, a member of the Bloomington Quilter’s Guild. She donates many of her quilts to the guild’s community quilt charity and the other members are always asking how she makes her beautiful quilts. She gave me permission to post a tutorial and you can find it under the teaching button on my website labeled, Quilt as You Go #1.

Flip and sew 4Claudette uses the “flip and sew method”, to create her blocks and I have included a separate tutorial to explain how it is done. It can be found under the teaching button on my website labeled, Flip and Sew.

Wonky Block quiltAnother tutorial that I have included has downloadable instructions on how to put together quilted blocks using wider sashings and additional batting. This one is nice if you choose to use bigger blocks and want to add a border. It can be found under the teaching button on my website labeled, Quilt as You Go #2.

I hope you will enjoy all of the new tutorials. Now, get busy and start quilting.

Becoming a Butterfly

Becoming a butterfly       I saw this quote on Facebook the other day and credit was not given. Since Facebook is a wonderful resource for information and misinformation, I did a little research and discovered the quote came from the book, Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. I ordered the book and felt compelled to make a small quilt for my own pleasure and enjoyment using the quote for inspiration. The quote in the book is slightly different. It says, “she asked pensively.” It was already stitched so I’m leaving it as is.

The quote prompted me to think deeply about taking chances and never quit growing and changing. There are times when we get caught up in not believing in ourselves enough which brings me to another great quote in the book……”How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside me when all I see is a fuzzy worm?” I often hear quilters put themselves and their work down. Why is it so easy to criticize our own work when we would never talk that way to others? Be kind to yourself. There is a butterfly inside of you waiting to take flight.

 

 

Sweet Little Quilted Purses

IMG_3622I had been wanting to practice printing with thermofax/silk screens and Melanie Testa’s free pattern from Quilting Daily was the perfect pattern to showcase my efforts.  To make the purses you print, quilt and then sew together. I used fabric that I had previously painted or hand dyed for a unique background. The shell design can be purchased from Lyric Kinard and the owls from Cindy Losekamp.
Both ladies have wonderful tutorials on their websites.

 

Field of Flowers

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It has been awhile since I have blogged. After a long break, I am ready to get back at it again. I  found it so much quicker to post pictures on my business Facebook page but now, I am missing the blogging world.

In April, I attended a quilting class given by Anne Loveless. She is the quilt artist that has brought much needed recognition to art quilting by winning the 2014 Art Prize. Anne’s class was very inspiring. I purchased many greeting cards with pictures of her quilts that she was selling. One of my favorites, a picture of her Poppies quilt, found a new home directly in front of my sewing machine work area. After admiring it every day, I decided that I needed to create my own version of the quilt. Thank you Anne for the wonderful class and inspiration.

Fabric Postcards

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My local quilt guild needed an emergency speaker a few days before their July monthly meeting and I was asked if I could come up with an impromptu program. I recalled a fabric postcard class, that I took last April at the Cincinnati Quilt Show with Pokey Bolton.  The still unfinished card was on my design board but I had recently created a birthday postcard for my daughter, using the technique that I learned at the workshop. With a little hesitation, I figured I was probably qualified to present a program to the guild on fabric postcards. I wasn’t counting on how addictive they could be.
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Here is the backside of the card that I stamped with a rubber stamp which I purchased online at Hobby Lobby. I checked with my local post office and these little quilts can be mailed for 33 cents as long as they don’t exceede 4.5 x 6 inches. I have read that they need to be 1/8 inch thick or less to mail at that price but I was told at the post office that there is no thickness limit. My thicker, beaded cards were not an issue.

6a00e54fba3dd8883401901e6302f4970b    Here is the card that I started in Cincinnati. Finally finished.

6a00e54fba3dd8883401901e6304cd970b    This one is a copy of the ocean themed birthday card that I made for my daughter.

Since so many more postcard ideas are floating around in my head, I decided to put them to good use. These cards and many more are going to be sent to Pokey Bolton who will selling the cards this Fall at the Houston Quilt Festival’s Pet Project booth to benefit the Houston area’s, Friends for Life, no kill animal shelter.  You can find out more information and how you can participate at Pokey’s blog.

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I will posting more fabric postcards in the future on my Facebook Business page, Lisa Loves to Quilt.