Monday, October 13, 2014

Quilt Talk - The Blog Tour!

Finding the right words is my goal as I sit down to provide you all with a fun introduction of my friend and fellow quiltmaker Sam Hunter!

I am totally over the moon to be able to
announce her incredible new book,
BUT first -- who is this Sam Hunter?

Quilting friends are the best, and while writing my 3rd book, Design, Create, Quilt -- I put out a call for HELP...sewing help, of course. My stitch sisters, Jake Finch, Vicki Tymcyszyn, and Natalie Barnes all showed up along with 2 Sams - little Sam (Jake's daughter) and big Sam (Hunter of course). Both Sams jumped in that morning and learned my Fast-Piece Applique method, and by the end of the day big Sam was working along with Vicki on the cover quilt!
they kept sew busy that all's I could get were pics of them hard at work
We've been friends/ and stitch sisters since that day.
I love Sam's humor, energy and willingness to make the quilt world a better place - which of course it is just by her being part of it!

Her words have made it into so many quilters hearts though they may not realize it, for Sam is the creator of the must wear quilters buttons.

Enough!
Now, about this blog tour:
Sam's new book provides you with everything you need to create an entire alphabet in fabric - opening up a whole new world of possibilities - literally getting the word out on quilting.

To spread the word Sam has provided each of the stop along the way with a pattern for one of her color buckets!

You know those buckets on the cover of the book? Sam has put together special patterns for making the word section of those buckets into color names for sorting scraps (or yarn or FQs or underpants—whatever). You'll still need the book to make the buckets, but each stop along the tour will have a PDF of the letters for each color word. My color is PURPLE, because it is the best color in the world and most expresses my true nature: a royal pain in the ass. - See more at: http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com/#sthash.bcY6SPfJ.dpuf
I get to share the pattern for GREEN.
My favorite color!
click here for the pattern
You know those buckets on the cover of the book? Sam has put together special patterns for making the word section of those buckets into color names for sorting scraps (or yarn or FQs or underpants—whatever). You'll still need the book to make the buckets, but each stop along the tour will have a PDF of the letters for each color word. My color is PURPLE, because it is the best color in the world and most expresses my true nature: a royal pain in the ass. - See more at: http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com/#sthash.bcY6SPfJ.dpuf
You know those buckets on the cover of the book? Sam has put together special patterns for making the word section of those buckets into color names for sorting scraps (or yarn or FQs or underpants—whatever). You'll still need the book to make the buckets, but each stop along the tour will have a PDF of the letters for each color word. My color is PURPLE, because it is the best color in the world and most expresses my true nature: a royal pain in the ass. - See more at: http://thebitchystitcher.blogspot.com/#sthash.bcY6SPfJ.dpuf
BOOK GIVE-AWAY
Amazingly, I additionally get to
award one lucky winner a copy of Sam's book!

To get in on this chance you just need to leave a comment here or on my FaceBook page letting me know what words you'd like to stitch into your own quilt!


You have until Sunday - October 19th.
I will announce the winner on Monday - October 20th!


Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour -- you can collect all the other colors along the way!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Whisle Stop on the Creatives Worldwide Blog Hop

What a concept! Get Creative bloggers from around the world to share their blogs and get the skinny on what goes on in their studios and their minds, too!

This is what ran through my mind when friend and fellow art quilter Deborah Weir from Southern California invited me to join in.

I encourage you to check out Deborah's blog and visit the many others linked in for the fun.
I accepted the invite and am please to share a bit about myself here, and then pass along the torch to bloggers who will be carrying the Creatives Worldwide Blog Hop forward:
Chris Janne - Crafting from the Underground
Mandy Leins - Work from the hands of Mandy Leins
Stephanie Young - WoollyThyme


Meantime....The 4 questions being asked?
#1 - What am I working on?
I have just enjoyed a top to bottom clean up in my studio after a long stretch on work on my latest book. It is my 4th, and I think the hardest for me so far. There are special ideas I wanted to share in this book. Some of these include techniques on how to simplify design, and how this process actually helps the 'uniqueness of ourselves' shine through. There are also ideas on formatting, construction and presentation of our simplified and fabric-ated quilt works that will appear in these pages.
The release date for -- Fast-Piece Applique is January-2015.
and, with the clearing off the desk my mind is swimming with possibilities.
#2 - How does my work differ from others in the genre?
While I fell in love with quilting -- building in blocks, and the wonderful stitches that tell a whole story on their own... I have a need for curves, sinuous lines and color!  Curves not just within the quilting stitches but curves in the fabric that combined my love of landscapes with my love of fabric -- And, color -- well, the color that the heart feels when standing amongst great natural beauty. I accomplish this and continue to build upon this with my Fast-Piece Applique construction methods.
#3 - Why do I create what I do?
I love the process -- the problem solving -- the heart wants what the heart wants.

#4 - How does my creative process work?
I believe my process is one of unfolding.... there is the seeing, the capturing of and idea that spins in the heart picking up speed as the how to is identified. The creating ensues --- on whatever track is needed to meet with the inspirations needs --- and once the piece is completed - enjoyed, delivered.... a new idea begins to spin and pick up speed.

The path is now clear and ideas are spinning.
And, the quilts I am sharing here are all project pictures from
Fast-Piece Applique! (first time yet)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hexie This!

The little hexagon of quilts passed has transformed itself over the last several years. Taken on by a whole new group of quilters beginning their fabric journeys.

They have become bigger, smaller, brighter and darn right cute at times, but the most historical fact about hexies has not changed. They are addictive! I personally have warded off the small -- grandmother's flower garden sized hexies by sharing that free package of hexie papers from the quilt show with my good friend (and beginning quilter) Angelique.

See what happens?!?

My own hexie trail lead off in an entirely different direction.
I took pics & postcards from a summertime trip and mixed paper and fabric hexies for this wall hanging.
I used sheets of self-seal laminating pouches for the paper hexies, and there is batting used for the fabric hexies.
It was a bit of a trial run to see how everything stitched together, but I am pleased and can see lots of possibilities.

Are you intrigued?
I will share the pattern and how to's if you'd like...
just let me know.

Friday, September 26, 2014

There's A Quilt In there Somewhere

possibly two or three...

This past week my sister has been visiting and I have been sharing some of my favorite places with her. One, last week was Garden of the Gods in Southern IL. It amazes me how the landscape can change so dramatically - seemingly out of nowhere.

Yesterday, we visited the Mineral Museum in Marion, KY. David & I found this during a hit the road, it's spring road trip our first year here and I've been taking people back there ever since. There we learned about local geology and discovered fluorite....

The museum is quite a treat, and my favorite room is literally in the dark where slices of these minerals are lit up. I'm thinking there is a quilt in these wonders...








what do you think?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Simplify to Find Your Self

It seems like a zillion years ago that I started the art quilters group out in California -- Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists.

I did this after several years in traditional guilds and a burning need to find 'like minds'.
I was not disappointed!

Back at the time, and even now, quilt artists who wanted to expand on their art careers were told they needed a body of work. It seemed to be on everyone's agenda.

Over the years I have come to understand that our voice is shared by the choices we make.

In my latest book - due out in January I share some basic lessons on how to simplify the visual things that surround us everyday into interesting designs. Once we have those design ideas then we dig around in our personal tool kits (which I personally think should include Fast-Piece Applique how to for stitching fabric) and bring them to life.

Want to make something 'uniquely' you? Simplify!


The simplifying process begins with us...
1st by choosing the subject we want. (something we love or something that has us intrigued.)
Then with every detail we remove,
or area we change,
it becomes more and more our own.

The cover quilt for my newest book is a good example.
This photo, taken while on Martinique  while I was on a teaching cruise with World Quilts to the Caribbean was the inspiration for this quilt.

I loved this scene! The beach, umbrellas and beautiful Caribbean waters.
You can see what I edited out,
what I chose to emphasize and in my case, repeat.
All things that this photo reminds me of,
and through simplifying make my quilt, my own personal take-away from that walk along the boardwalk.

A teacher that I met and became fast friends with on that trip asked if she could use that photo as inspiration. Of course, I said, for I know Michelle would create from it would be totally different from my own.

Try if for yourself. Do you have a small group of quilters that you work with -- ask them to create a small quilt from a photo you provide. Then stand back and be prepared to be amazed!

Do you want a bit of a head start on learning Fast-Piece Applique....
join me on-line for my workshop

'Shaping Up with Fast-Piece Applique'!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Background Building

Hi All!
Happy Monday.

Today seems like fall, and my garden is calling my name.
Rose....Rose....come clean us up for winter....

Me, I want to spend my day working on stitching up backgrounds.
These backgrounds are for embellishment projects.
Truth be told they are sample projects for the new workshop I am creating for Academy of Quilting.

In the class I will be teaching 8 different ways to FABRIC-ate embellishments that can be used on almost any project. It was hard getting it down to 8, so there will be some other must know embellishment methods sneaking in.

Below is the first of many backgrounds that I'll be making over the next week. A bit of improvisational piecing-ready for the best part-
the embellishments.




What kind of embellishments would you make for this background?

Stitching on now!ok, maybe back to the garden...
~Rose

Monday, September 8, 2014

Did You Win?

And the WINNERs are!!!!!

Lisa Pate - Gill Watson -- Barbara Dillard Smith Woods

To each of you congratulations on winning the book of your choice...
and to everyone else a huge Thank You for joining in.

You have made the wait for the unveiling fun.
Here it is!!



Please let me know what you think of this latest book-
scheduled for general release Jan/15

I'll be sharing more about what's on the inside soon,
and pre-sales direct through me will be beginning in October.

(I know... more waiting--but now we can do it together!)

~Rose