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Monday, October 20, 2014

MAKE A FOUR-PATCH WITH VICKIE

Vickie S. held her 4-Patch Strip class today at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I took a picture of one of these fabulous instruction boards that she creates for her classes.
Above, Vickie explains each step in our block-making process.  I couldn't figure out where it got the name four-patch.  I thought it looked like a nine patch to me.  Then Vickie showed me that you sew four patches together and then you slice and insert.  This is a fun block to make.
 Above Rosa shows us her first block.
 Donna shows us her block.
 Diana made a block too.
 Peggy shows us her block.
 We were productive during this all day class.  Above Rosa irons her many blocks.
 And Peggy is busy sewing her blocks.
And Peggy is busy sewing her blocks.

 Donna had to leave early, but the rest of us stayed way past end of class making more blocks. We were having such a good time we didn’t want to stop. You can tell I’m tired.  I have lots of pictures and not much to say.  I’m just too tired to write a lot about this fun class. 

I just realized I never even took pictures of my blocks and I’m way too tired to go dig them out of the bags in my sewing room. You can see my blocks and more of some of the other student's blocks as we are going to use them to make a bag with Lee Anne during her Bag class on Saturday. 

DON’T FORGET:
  • Pineapple Ruler, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10-4.
  • CANCELLED.  Vickie’s finishing class for her spiral lone star quilt that was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, has been cancelled and RESCHEDULED for Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.
  • London City Bag, Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.
  • Shop Swap CHANGE OF DATE– Attic Window Quilt Shop and Quilted Memories – New Date: Sunday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, from 12-4 p.m.
  • Check the calendar on the Sidebar for more classes being held this month.
ANOTHER NOTE:  What little boy wouldn’t love to have this?  Creating My Way To Success has a tutorial for the cutest monster pencil case.

Until next time,
Stay Creative,


Caroll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AROUND THE WORLD BLOG TOUR

Last week I was asked to be tagged for the Around the World Blog Tour by fellow blogger and quilter, Jill at Happy 2 Sew.   She is also a Michigan blogger.  I was a bit scared at first, but when she explained that we only had to answer a few questions, I was delighted to accept her request.

What Am I Currently Working On?  That seems like an easy question, but when I look around my sewing room there are far too many projects in various stages of development.  I can't mention them all, but I'll tell you about a few.
I have a sampler block to finish before the first of the month. 
I need to get this off the frame and attach binding.
Then I need to put this QOV on the frame and quilt it.  The big decision is how to quilt it and what thread to use.
I need to decide how I'm going to finish this Lone Star quilt...do I want to bind it or do an envelope finish.   Then I have a class on Monday so I’ll be starting a new project!  So much to do and so little time!
How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?  I don't really think my work differs from others.  I'm a great copier.  I see what someone else is doing and I want to copy that.  I think the only thing you can say about my work is that I’m still searching to find what I do best. Sometimes I see a quilt and I know right away who made it.  This person has a special style all her own.  I wish I had that talent.  I love trying new blocks or new techniques or new designs. I love the 30s fabrics and still use them, mostly when I applique.  I also love the clean lines of the new modern quilts that use the clear bright solid colors.  The background on the quilt above was a fun experiment, something I saw someone else do.  I thought of adding the big red flower myself.  Sometimes I think I flit too much...but I love the search.
Why Do I Create What I Do?  I’d say that it is something inside me that seems to scream with joy when I see fabric.   I’ve loved sewing since I was a child.  My mother taught me on her treadle sewing machine.  I took Home Ec. in school and enjoyed the sewing classes (cooking, not so much).  I do have one big problem….I’m not a good finisher. and I can't wait to start a new project.  I am trying to become better at piecing, but I do find that making the same block over and over bores me, so I tend to be drawn to applique. I adore big bright flowers, patterns with different flowers in each block. Why do I create what I do… maybe it has something to do with that inner drive, the desire to make something, see it develop, know that I created that.  When I think about it I think both my parents were the same way, creators.  My mother loved to crochet.  My father built boats as a hobby.  I don’t actually know why I create, I just know I have to.
How Does My Creative Process Work?  I have thought about that. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by a fellow blogger.  When I asked Cynthia of Ahhh…Quilting to create a pattern for her lovely watermelon quilt she asked me to be a pattern tester.  I was thrilled!
Sometimes I’m inspired  by other teachers, like when I took this week long workshop from Mary Lou Weidman and was inspired to create this semi original design.

Teachers at the Attic Window Quilt Shop are a great inspiration.  I think every time Lee Anne teaches a bag class I have to take it. And I can't go on without mentioning other inspiring teachers at the shop such as Chris, and Vickie S., and Vickie D., and Marilyn, and Jill and new teacher Diana.
My grandchildren inspire me.  One look at this pattern and I knew I had to make this for my great grandson.

Sometimes I see a quilt on Pinterest or at the shop or at a quilt show and think I’d love to make that. Sometimes I find a fabric that I love and think that I’ll make something from that.  I really didn’t know about my actual process until  recently when I started a new project for my Grandson.  As I think about it, I think I followed the steps to creation:

  • PREPARATION. I have the fabrics.  I know I want to make a quilt for my grandson who is attending Michigan State University.  Now what?  I perused the internet and Pinterest looking for inspiration.  Is there a pattern for a Michigan State University quilt?  After seeing dozens of quilts and getting lots of ideas, I allowed my sub-conscious to go to work. 

  • INCUBATION.  I slept on the ideas and let my mind churn.  I even started to draft a plan in my mind and later on paper and became frightfully aware that I am terrible at math and figuring things out.
  • INSIGHT. They call this the Aha moment. They say this moment usually comes when you are doing some kind of low-level physical activity.  That was true for me.  Only when I got down to sewing a block did I realize…this is not going to work.  
  • EVALUATION. I made one 9 patch, evaluated that block and thought, Ugh!  This is too dark!  True to form it was ½” short for the 9 ½” block I wanted to make.  I had to rip and then readjust my seams.  Later I decided to add some applique, which I liked much better.  No surprise there, huh?
  •  ELABORATION is the last stage of my process. This is where Edison said that it’s “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.   This is when I put in the hard work.  First I have to go shopping and get some additional fabrics that will lighten things up.  Then I have to decide if I want to make nine-patch blocks or large 9” blocks of each fabric.  And I need to make three more applique blocks.  I’ll be busy with that perspiration part!

This has been fun.  It has made me stop and think about things.  Thanks to Jill for tagging me.  Be sure to stop by and visit Jill and see her wonderful pictures, and read about the Bates Motel.  You might want to also visit Fabric Therapy (link on Jill’s blog).  I wish I were that organized. 

For next Monday's (October 27, 2014) Around the World Blog Tour, it is a pleasure to introduce you to Lynn of Alamosa Quilters.  I've been following Lynn's blog for a long time (see sidebar). I always look forward to seeing what Lynn is doing.  She is one inspiring lady.

Until Next Time, 
Stay Creative,
 ♥
Caroll

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FRIEND!

What have I been doing?  I made this bag.  Well, maybe I should say I finished this bag.  It took me a while to get it done.  It is a gift for my dear friend whose birthday is today.  You can see the first bag I made here (scroll down).   The bag is the Barbados Bag from Pink Sand Beach Designs. I made the previous one as a sample, which my daughter quickly claimed as her own.  It was fun making this bag for my friend.  I think she liked it when I gave it to her today.  I love this bag and after making it a couple times, the pattern is easier for me.  Who knows, maybe I won’t even need Lee Anne there to help me next time…maybe.  Lee Anne has a London City bag class coming up…maybe I’ll see you there.

DON’T FORGET:

  • Carpet Bag, Friday, Oct. 17, 10-4.
  • Four Patch Fun, Monday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.
  • Pineapple Ruler, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10-4.
  • CANCELLED.  Vickie’s finishing class for her spiral lone star quilt that was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, has been cancelled and RESCHEDULED for Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.
  • London City Bag, Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.
  • Shop Swap CHANGE OF DATE– Attic Window Quilt Shop and Quilted Memories – New Date: Sunday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 23, from 12-4 p.m.
  • Check the calendar on the Sidebar for more classes being held this month.
ANOTHER NOTE:  
  • Would you like a stitchery?  Lecien has a PDF Sparkling Snow stitchery project that is from Crabapple hill.
Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.