Some quilts have a long and twisted story. This Lava Lamp quilt I completed yesterday on 6-24-14. It started over a year ago at Spring Market in Portland when Northcott Fabrics showed me their upcoming line of Shimmer Fabrics. The fabrics are a collection of colors with 9 shades per color way, all with gold or silver accents. I designed 2 quilt patterns. My pink and grey Lava Lamp design was made by Northcott people.
I completed the Gladiola quilt just in time for Fall Market in Houston.
After Market I began my own blue and green version of Lava Lamp and it hogged my design wall all winter and spring. The ovals are machine appliqued and all the other curves are pieced. The edges are faced to preserve the curves. Lin Squires quilted it with a modern design with circles and triangles. She used Superior thread in a gold color and it looks wonderful with the gold highlights in the fabric. What a joy it is to have it completed!
I am happy to announce that a selection of my patterns are now available from E. E. Schenck. This makes it easier for quilt shops to order patterns while they order their fabric and notions. The patterns carried by E. E. Schenck are:
Quilt Festival in Houston has invited me to teach in their Modern Quilter classroom this November.
One of the classes is called How to Cheat at Color. We will cover a wide variety of ways to choose color combinations. Of all the classes I teach this is my favorite. Perhaps it is the group setting, with everyone seeing the work of all the others. When it comes to color we get our personal preferences when we receive our DNA. We can teach ourselves to use select color combinations but when we quilt for sanity or serenity we always return to our feel-good colors. I refuse to change that in my students. I want each student to understand which colors please them at an emotional level and how to use colors to win big ribbons. I love the exercise with the “ugly” color. It comes toward the end of class and is very exciting for me, as the teacher, to watch.
This is the handout with links provided in class. Feel free to look them over and take the color tests under Activities.
C&T Publishing offers the 3 in 1 Color Tool and the book Color Play by Joen Wolfrom
Offers color trends analysis for fashion and creative professionals
I am fascinated by the variety of styles within the quilt world: Baltimore Album, Civil War, 1930’s, Amish, Art quilts, Cute quilts, Landscape quilts, Hawaiian, Traditional, Modern. These are just a few of the different recognizable styles of quilts and more are emerging every year. It is wonderful to be a part of this growing and changing creative field. Every time I visit a quilt show I see something new and astounding. It is very inspiring.
I attended a panel lecture for those who want to be published. It was in the middle of process of producing my book; Applique Workshop for C&T Publishing. I looked around me and the audience was predominantly white haired. It set me to thinking. Most quilt books are aimed at the average quilter who is about 62 years old and has 5 or more years of quilting experience. There are books with cute quilts for kids and art quilts, but the largest category of design style is aimed at the older female. My first book was and my second will be. My third and fourth book ideas are inspired by the students in my design classes at the local junior college. They grew up with computers and are comfortable designing with computer programs to create art in an emotional and energetic style. I would like to add some of their design style to my quilt world. For a while I have been worried that quilting would go the way of macramé, latch hooking and cross stitch. They were once very popular and then one year no one was selling new patterns and the shows closed. I now see that quilting will rarely go through a 1950-1960’s downturn of popularity, especially if we teach quilting to our children and young adults. I learned to quilt when my boys finally started school. I was experienced at crochet, latch hooking, cross stitch, needle point, embroidery, garment sewing, stained glass and tatting. I love learning new skills so it only took 3 quilts to get me hooked on quilting. But so many of quilting’s brightest lights are grey haired. I still pay a hair stylist to keep me out of that category. But I want the creativity of the quilt world to survive me and my generation and that requires sharing my enthusiasm for designing and teaching.
Houston Quilt Festival has a classroom with sewing machines dedicated to the Modern Quilter. I am lucky to be teaching there the beginning of November. Check back for more details.