Some days are dis-shelved and that is ok! When you celebrate a big event…like turning 60…and time seems unreal…you feel blessed. Where does time, weeks, years, go? I know this is how life goes, but wow! I am sharing the beautiful flowers my husband sent me to show beauty is all around us. Yes, fabric is my happy but these flowers make me smile!
I’m sharing these to show how nature really has it correct. Pinks come in a HUGE variety of colors. So I’m suggesting we take tips from that.
#1 – Don’t try to be match-y match-y, pull from all shades and hues!
Well, do what makes you happy. Sit…sew…read…or just be!
#2 – Meet your deadlines to feel a sense of accomplishment, but also be proud you followed through.
Life is short, live your days to their fullest. My guild lost a beautiful quilting friend a few days ago. It has given me pause. She did beautiful handwork and had the best smile and kindness. Her calm of beautiful stitches are her legacy and will be treasured by her family and friends. Find your happy in your quilting journey.
Thank you Branson AQS Show attendees and customers. It was great to be at a show in my “home” state. I had fun in my booth demo-ing, giving a presentation at the Learning Center on Busting a Move on Your Stash and then I was a presenter at the All-Star Review on Friday. A great time! A couple of my booth photos are below.
Yesterday was the REVEAL for the Rocky Road to California Block Challenge Remix. I posted over on Instagram my quilt layout. It was great to have an unexpected design with this block. As I mentioned last week I colored the block a bit differently. I used inspiration from a couple antique quilts I found as the direction I went with my layout…on point! My EQ8 (Electric Quilt) program made it easy to look at options and design this quilt. I will be finishing my blocks in the next few days and weeks and show the actual quilt in the homespuns I choose to use. This will be a pattern come summer or fall.
Rocky Road to CA REMIX
by Debbie Wendt
A couple tips from the show.
#1 – Get the showbook and keep track of the booths you want to return to. Some vendors will have show specials listed 🙂
#2 – Collect business cards from your favorite vendors.
#3 – Don’t forgo eating and drinking. Most venues have great food areas.
My booth for AQS Quilt Week in Branson is set up and ready to go! The show opens tomorrow. I’ll post photos in a couple days. I’m booth #1105. I hope you’ll stop by if you are at the show.
I love visiting with customers about the patterns they have made. Take a look at this very LARGE Tool Box Quilt! I love the brights! Wow oh wow! Well done Sue T. from Iverness, FL!!! Sue stopped by my booth in Daytona Beach and so glad she shared the photo with me. Do you have a quilt you have made with one of my patterns or tools? Please share!!
I’m still working on my blocks for the Rocky Road to California Remix Challenge. I’ll put a picture of one of the blocks. The differences so far… A turn of the center four patch and a change of color placement for the corner four patch. I’m keeping some of this very simple. If you get a chance go look at some of the other designers, WOW, there are some amazing Remix-ing going on! Look on my Instagram post for the designers who took the challenge or check out #rockyroadtocaliforniablockchallenge.
I love a good swirl of the center seams to keep the block laying flatter where the seams come together!
I’m loving the dark background. It is actually a very quick easy block to make. I’ll show more blocks and how it will come together in a quilt next week (or maybe the following week with all the show happenings this week) Don’t be afraid to let the plaids fall where they may. It will be fun the see this all come together.
#1 – change things up….try a dark background.
#2 – As shown above, try giving the center seam a swirl to get a flatter center to the block where several seams come together.
Time flies when another quilt show is around the corner! I’m prepping for AQS Quilt Week in Branson, MO next week. Super excited to be going “home” for this show. Well not quite home, but within 3 hours in my home state!
Also this month is another Quilt Block Challenge Remix. We are looking at the Rocky Road to California quilt block. I have seen several different versions of this block. I’ve decided to pull some of my homespun checks and plaids for this challenge. See my fabric pull below.
The block as it appears in EQ8 is below. As mentioned, I’ve seen different coloring variations. I’m not sure what direction I will take this block and eventually quilt.
Do you pull fabrics from your stash or go buy NEW? I have a huge stash and love revisiting my old favorites. Some of these homespuns have been around for 25 years. Every time I use them, I’m still in love with them. In working with homespuns the first thing I do is pre wash. I will help tighten the weave and shrink before cutting. I also like to starch them, before cutting. The starch will help stiffen the loose weave for ease in cutting at stitching.
#1 – Pre wash fabrics. Especially homespuns.
#2 – Starch or Best Press or the new Magic Quilting & Crafting Spray can help stabilize fabric. (I’ll be giving the Magic spray a try on this project.)
Yes, I missed another week. On the road again….it is difficult to type when I’m driving and no one wants that! Driving home from Daytona Beach I had time to reflect on the show. Thank YOU to those who attended my Binding lecture, attended the All-Star Review, Learned how to Bust a Move on your Stash at the Learning Center and last but not least, visited my booth! It was fun to see some familiar faces from MA and meet family of friends, even our own family and visit with so many wonderful quilters. I had fun and even got a chance to dip my toes in the ocean.
The Reveal for my 7 x 7 Grid Remix block happened over on Instagram on Feb. 28th. As I may have mentioned, I had an AH HA moment when I was thinking about a 7 x 7 grid. Most Log Cabin blocks are 7 logs across. Actually, a center and three logs on each side. I decided to step it up and make a Cornerstone Log Cabin from my friend, Patricia Cox’s book, Log Cabin Quilts Unlimited – The Ultimate Creative Guide to the Most Popular and Versatile Pattern. Maggi McCormick Gordon is a co-author . The block is below. I’m still making blocks <grin>
When working with flannel I spray starch or use Best Press. Because flannel is thicker, I use a scant seam allowance. I’m looking forward to more sewing time.
Branson, MO is next!! AQS Quilt Week is March 23-26. I’m looking forward to being in my HOME state and seeing family during and after the show. I’m teaching a Learning Center session on Friday at 3, then I’ll also be presenting at the All- Star Review from 5-7. I look forward to seeing you in my booth #1105!
My tips are about quilt show etiquette since shows are beginning to ramp up….When in a booth…
#1 – Please ASK to photo quilts. Some vendors do not allow photos, but those that do really appreciate the simple request. Those who have designed the quilts appreciate the courtesy.
#2 – Many pattern designers are the people working the booth. Let your friend buy the pattern and encourage them to do so. This is how we designers can stay in business and continue to produce new patterns for you.
Sorry about missing last week. I was deep into prepping and packing for Daytona Beach. So now, one week later….I’m in Daytona Beach for the AQS Quilt Week that starts Wednesday! I’ve got a booth and I’ll be teaching one lecture. I hope you will join me if you are near….or far…teehee!
Next bit of news…. Shannon Fabrics and Teresa Coates, one of their National Educators will be hosting a Facebook Live Event showing how to make my Cuddle® Mermaid!! Cupcake Quilts in Texas will be hosting the event! I’m looking forward to joining in LIVE. I brought my Cuddle® Mermaid patterns with me if you get inspired! The photos below is a sneak peek of two tails made from some of Shannon Fabrics wonderful Cuddle® (the soft yummy “Minky” fabric). Aren’t those stuffed sea animals adorable hangin’ out with my Mermaid?!?
There will be plenty of tips during the event. But a couple of my favorites when working with Cuddle®…
#1 – Do NOT move your Cuddle® fabric after you cut your shapes. Leave them on the table and vacuum the edges. This will remove most of the flyaway edges. OH, be sure to hold onto those pieces. Vacuum cleaners love to eat them.
#2 – Don’t be afraid of this high pile fabric. Push the pile away from the cut edges and pin, pin, pin. I find it is actually easy to sew.
Yesterday began another Remix of a quilt block. February’s block is a 7 x 7 grid. We are encouraged to fill that grid in any way we want. I had an “ah ha” moment as I was looking through my Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. I won’t be sharing the block/quilt until the Reveal on the 28th. BUT I have posted my fabric pull over on Instagram (shown below) and will be showing Sneak Peeks the next two Mondays. YES, I’m using blues again! And I plopped them on the very bright white snow for the photo.
In pulling these beautiful flannels, I realized they are mostly medium and dark in value. So, I’ve collected a few more lighter grays and might add white/cream to add to the mix. I often start with darks and then have to think about what lights I can add to them. When I first started quilting it was always suggested that you have lights, mediums and darks. I quickly learned that it all depends on placement of what “reads” as each of those values. A medium can look light if it is placed next to a very dark.
I’ll be cutting these beauties and working on them at one of my guild’s Getaways. Some of the members call it a “runaway”! HA! I enjoy focused time to sew all day….no cooking, just sewing! (but I do love to cook) So, since I’m gathering and packing…my question to you….what is your favorite Getaway/Retreat project to work on and tool to have on hand?
My favorite project is to make a quilt, but to have a couple small projects so I can see immediate progress is instant gratification!
#1 – Precut as much as you can when going to a Getaway/Retreat…then you can sew, sew, SEW!
My favorite tool…. I have a couple… First, a good light. I love my Daylight bar light. Second, I prefer my own cutter, mat and rulers. Sure there are always many that quilting friends are willing to share but I love having my own.
#2 – When taking your own tools to a Getaway/Retreat, put YOUR NAME on them!!! You’d be surprised how many tools get left behind. If your name is on them, they can be returned to you!
A bonus #3 – Take your comfortable chair if you have room in the car. It makes a world of difference for the hours you will spend SITTING and sewing.
The Ohio Star Remix Reveal was yesterday. I have several Ohio Star blocks made and in several variations (remixes!). The blocks will be a part of my next quilted coat. I am making another for a machine quilting class I’m teaching on Saturday. I’ll show my progress below. I’m still playing with placement and possibilities.
The basics of an Ohio Star Block is 4 quarter squares, a center square and 4 corner squares. One of the block colorings is shown below. Often the inside triangles off the center are a different color. The next photos below shows that coloring but points and backgrounds are scrappy.
I did some remixing with making things scrappy. Dark points and light points!
I further changed things up with adding a square in a square as the center square. Still scrappy! Then another remix with adding a square in a square to the center and four corners. I’m excited with all the possibilities this block can remix into.
The easiest way to make a quarter square is putting 2 squares together and marking a center line from corner to corner. Then sewing on each side of the line from one corner to corner.
Cut this apart and press towards the darker fabric. The rotate one half so the light is on the dark and dark on the light matching seams snugly together.
Stitch on each side of the opposite corner to corner center line. Cut along center marked line and you have created TWO quarter squares!
#1 – Mark from corner to corner on the wrong side of both the light square and dark square. This saves time later. The lines are there and you don’t have to stop and redraw the line on the back of the dark fabric.
#2 – For best results, I sew a scant 1/4″ seam on each side of the drawn lines. The photos below show sewing the scant 1/4″ vs. a true 1/4″. (The left side of my presser foot is a scant 1/4″ from the needle and the right side of the foot is a true 1/4″.) With the smaller seam width, it allows for squaring up for accuracy in correct block sizes!
I hope you’ll try some Ohio Star Blocks! These go together very quickly, especially if you use the plain squares in the center and four corners.
Over on Instagram, Sneak Peek #2 was given this week in the Ohio Star Remix. I’m still playing with colors and arrangement and additions. So today, I thought I would give a look at how a TRADITIONAL Ohio Star Block is made. It has a nine patch arrangement with for corner squares, one center square and 4 quarter squares. The coloring can be changed around and the way the quarter squares are made can be simplified. I won’t go into a lot of detail but I do want to show the basic block. The instruction page below is the traditional piecing of the Ohio Star using triangle and squares for a 12″ finished block.
For my Sneak Peek #2, I added a Square in a Square block in place of each of the corner squares and the center square. It really changes up the block! Plus the use of many different fabrics is exciting in my world. I love all the blues!
I’m heading in the direction to have my final reveal be several different remixes of the Ohio Star. Hmmmm! Next week will tell the finish.
#1 – An Ohio Star block is a simple block of squares and triangles. Quarter Square Triangles to be exact. It is typically one of the first blocks quilters learn to make in a Sampler Quilt and a great way to learn how to make a Quarter Square.
#2 – A Quarter Square has the triangles cut twice diagonally across a square. This “X” cut keeps the straight-of-grain on the outside edges of the finished block. We want the straight of grain on the outside edges to help keep the block from stretching out of shape.
Today seems to be about the “Rs”. I’m in California for ROAD 2 CA. My first time vending at this show. Tonight was Preview and the Show opens tomorrow. They have many health protocols in place and hoping we see a great turnout. My “little” booth is below. When I fly to vend at a show, I have to get creative with setup and the number of quilts I take along. I’m pleased it all worked well.
The second “R” is for the “Quilt Block Remix Challenge”. If you recall last year I participated with several Imagination Renovation of quilt blocks. This is the same idea with a different name. Some of the same quilt pattern designers and some new. I look forward to exploring the Ohio Star Block. We will have 4 weeks of posting on Instagram. You can find me @debbiewendtquilting . I’ll be adding bits of the block challenge here as well. The first week is the Fabric Pull, second week – Sneak Peek #1, third week – Sneak Peek #2 and fourth week – Reveal! All posts on Instagram will be on Mondays. My fabric pull and #1 Sneak Peek are below. I’m not sure what direction this block will end up taking, but I am having fun dreaming up some possibilities.
I hope you will follow along and search out our little challenge. I am always amazed how many remix ideas are posted. I love working with Edyta Sitar’s Something Blue fabric line!
Oh, and AQS has announced the teachers for the Quilt Show in Paducah….you will find my name! I’m teaching 4 classes and the enrollment begins at the end of the month. The Daytona Beach show is fast approaching. There is still time to enroll in my Bindings A World of Options lecture!
What will 2022 have in store for you? A new project (or several)? A Quilt Show? A class? I hope you find many happy moments!
Tips will be show related…
Since we were freezing in the convention center tonight – #1 – Take LAYERS (of clothes!) You never know what a convention center temperature will be. AND #2 – Hydrate! There is nothing worse than getting a headache from not drinking enough water.