I had a great time spending some time with the ladies and men of the Prairie Quilt Guild. They are a Guild located in Wichita, KS and have over 600 members. I did two lectures for them yesterday on Color 101 and a mini trunk show related to the subject. A very attentive group and lots of good questions afterwards. Today I am looking forward to our Workshop on my pattern Spinning Stars by Cut Loose Press.
I recently participated in the Cherrywood fabric Wicked Challenge. For this challenge we were given several fat quarters of the fabric that had to be used in our design and we could add any other fabrics as long as they were from Cherrywood.
The Clock of the Time Dragon and the City of Emeralds. Unless one reads the book "Wicked" you truly don’t understand the meaning of the Dragon and the clock in the Musical. "the Cock of the Time Dragon is mounted on a wagon and stands as high as a giraffe . It is nothing more than a tottering, freestanding theatre.... On the flat roof is a clockwork dragon, an invention of green painted leather, silvery claws, and ruby jeweled eyes. Its skin is made of hundreds of overlapping discs of copper, bronze, and iron." The clock does not tell time; rather it tells people the secrets from their past and present and predicts their future, but sometimes the clock exaggerates or outright lies. The City of Emeralds is filled with splendid gardens, beautiful streets set with glistening emeralds and vast Royal Palaces of polished green marble and luxurious apartments. But also streets filled with crime such as prostitution, drug-dealers and drug addicts, street rats and even sections of Assassins who are involved in top secret conspiracies. What could be more WICKED!
Starting to put it together. I used fusible and raw edge applique.
putting it together
My quilt did make it to the top 25 finalists, so my quilt will be displayed at the Gershwin Theater as well as many other venues around the country. I hope you have a change to see the exhibit.
I participated in a signature block exchange on Facebook for a group of male quilters. I got my signature blocks returned to me last month. So. what do you make out of 6" signature blocks? Hexagons I say!
I found that Fons and Porter had the perfect size template, and I used that to cut my hexagons.
I used a jelly roll of Robert Kaufman Botanics that I purchased last year and some Kaffe spots for the setting triangles. I still need to complete the half hexagons to complete the rows, then I can start sewing it all together. I am excited to get this project compete. Actually, this would have been my 4th completed quilt this weekend if I kept sewing!
It's been good to get some projects and UFO't out of the way and I'll post some finished pictures on my Facebook page later.
I decided to take some time and make something for myself and I decided to give EPP - English Paper Piecing a try. The quilt that I decided I would make is called Patchwork of the Crosses which was originally made by Lucy Boston. Below is a picture of the original quilt.
I was inspired by my friend Tula Pink to give EPP a try. I am fortunate to live close to Tula and I get to spend some time with her in her studio and get to hang out every once in a while for dinner to chat. She has made several EPP quilts and has published patterns, but I was particularly interested when I saw her working on a Millefiori Quilt. (Sample Pictured below)
What intrigued me was how Tula fuzzy cut her fabric for EVERY piece. She also enlarged the templates to make the quilt bigger. This gave me an idea, I could make my templates larger also, then I could make fewer blocks. I also liked the thought of fussy cutting (Lucy fussy cut the fabrics for her original quilt also).
The Lucy Boston quilt used elongated hexagons with one inch sides. (The elongated hexagon has two angles that are 90-degrees). So, following Tula's example, I enlarged my templates 200% (or 2" sides). Here is a sheet for the 2" hexagons if you want to quilt along. I printed these templates on card stock and cut them out. (These templates are actual size and do not include a 1/4" seam allowance)
Next was to choose my fabric. I know I wanted to do some fussy cutting, so I grabbed my stack of Jinny Beyer border print fabrics. These lend themselves well to fuzzy cutting.
I used template plastic to make a template to position on my fabric, traced around it and the cut out the fabric. (NOTE: I traced on of the hexagons from the sheet above, then added 1/4" on all sides to make my cutting template.) I will go over in more detail in my next blog post on how I cut my fabrics.
So far I have 3 blocks cut and in the process of assembly.
I hope you sew along with me and make your own quilt. I will post templates for the setting and joining squares when I get to that point in the top assembly. Have fun !
It's been over a year since my last blog post. At that time I had my first pattern being published in Love of Quilting magazine. It was an exciting time as my quilt was also on the cover. (Head on over to my website to see that cover image.)
Since then, I have had several other patterns published in many major magazines including Quilty, Modern Quilts Unlimited and Generation Q. I have all the images of the quilts and what issues they appeared in on my website.
I have also recently completed my second book which will be published by the Kansas City Star. Expect to see the book available for purchase in Spring 2015. I will start posting and blogging about that book once it gets published. I have now started work on my 3rd book which will also be published by the Kansas City Star. This book won't be published until Fall 2016. At the request of many followers, this 3rd book will be all paper (foundation) pieced patterns.
I have also done a few lectures and workshops for various guilds in the Kansas and Missouri areas. I have an event calendar on my website where you can see all my upcoming events and to request an event for your guild or shop. There is also a brochure for my current lectures and workshops with rates.
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I have updated my website and it is now live. Please head on over to www.3dogdesignco.com and let me know what you think. I have an updated photo gallery, newsletter signup and a new brochure with my current Lectures and Workshops with rates. I am looking forward to sharing new things with you and catching everyone up on the past year. Thanks again for following and all your support.