Monday, July 21, 2014

Summertime Checklist

Doing both...BLISS!

This summer my personal checklist is a bit longer than most...
OK, maybe not.
I admit that I create an ongoing list of things I want to do and things that need to be done that gets kind of long at times. BUT, this summer I filled my list with fun projects, BIG and small and happily things seem to be clicking along.

One of these projects is getting my 1st on-line workshop up and ready for students.
And, I can hardly wait for the students to arrive.

I chose the workshop that has been a long time favorite at guilds and conferences for a while and revamped, reworked, reinvented into an on-line version which:

  • lets you learn my favorite way to design a  quilt
  • use this process to create your own design
    (with me guiding the way)
  • then learning Fast-Piece Applique to stitch it all together

So, if learning tools and methods to create your own designs...
Or, adding the perfect construction technique to stitch together any shape, any curve:

then add my
August 1st - On-line Workshop
through Academy of Quilting

to your checklist;
follow your heart,
and be a blissfully happy quilter!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Flower Power

Long about noon yesterday I started to pull all the stuff together that have been planned & prepped for a Tea & Paint party I was throwing at my place.

I had invited friends & family for a bit of painting fun --
easy, colorful flowers were needed on my shed...

Then to dive into cold, cold tea & sangria -
to help cool down,
along with a star line-up of sweet & savory treats
that I made to show how much I appreciate them all.

I put out a table full of primary color paints and we all had at it!
From the plain unpainted shed at the beginning of summer...
to the wild view of the NEW shed from my studio window!

Even the rain held off for the painting spree!
Big thanks to all the painters & the backup crew.

p.s. an unbiased review of the day was posted by my friend Chris on her blog-Crafting from the Underground. .

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Complete Tale of 2 Planters

From the time David & I found our house on Clay St. in Paducah I knew these two giant planters had to have red mosaic tile.

Not to mention the awful grasses that were planted there -

Finally, taking time off from travels this summer I have been able to finish them.

In my mind they took no time at all, but in reality they were a ton of work,
and managing the project while competing with the weather made it much further drawn out. Here you can see where they started and where they are today and some things I learned along the way.
the start-cleaning out the plants was quite the job
ordered my tiles from Home Depot!
cracking tools
cracking time takes time -- don't forget protective glasses &
bundling the tile in a towel when cracking
laying out the tile takes tons of time
lesson learned - glue as you go
clean glue as you go, too
-- for it does not come off as it claims once dry

(used outdoor Liquid Nails - 5 tubes)
grouting --
also another lesson in clean as you go
plant shopping -
always the best part
an amazing difference - woo hoo it's done!!!!!!!
There were other things I planned to use this red tile mosaic on -- but that it just gonna have to wait....

What's on your summer to do list?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's in that envelope?

What a wild summer...
I have been home for the summer -- purposefully filling the time with outdoor and indoor projects that couldn't wait. Slowly but surely things are coming together on a multitude of fronts.

BUT, everything kind of pulled to a stop last Friday with the unexpected yet greatly longed for arrival of a big fat UPS envelope!

Inside is the full manuscript copy for my latest book!!!

Ever wonder what is like to dive into a book writing project?

When writing a book you labor lovingly over words, patterns, fabrics and stitching. Organizing it all—keeping track of it all, and in my case having a plan that will help me muddle through the knee deep chaos to pull everything together.

Then, it is amazingly pulled together and shipped off to the publisher.
From this point there are many various people that take hold of your
words and quilts give them a shake...
Shake, shake, and the technical editor works their magic.
Shake, shake and the photographer makes all your little bits of ideas come alive visually.
Shake, shake and marketing folks get ahold of the planned chaos and come up with the next plan.
Then all of sudden the envelope arrives with the final review manuscript.

So much has happened since that package was sent off to the publisher that opening the envelope is indeed a little nerve racking; BUT,

My words – the ones I so lovingly typed are there for me to read once again.
This time on designed pages along with the quilts, patterns and stitching.
Breathing resumes.

Editing should commence.....
But, Edgar has other ideas,

and the planters keep calling my name.

So, if you wonder where I am this week --
somewhere between filling the planters with plants / finally...
and battling with Edgar to get the editing done.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

And the winner is...

It has been a fun week..checking in and reading all of your comments about which workshop I should bring on-line next.

The winner was hard to choose, for it was running neck & neck between:

Dreamin' Up a Landscape
3-Panel Quilts
& Color Magi

but, in the end Embellishments
pulled it out by 1 vote!

Thank you -- to each of you!
I can't wait to get started pulling a very special
embellishments workshop together to share with everyone online,

and, I am happy to have such a wonderful package of Hoffman batiks for
THE LUCKY... Winner


Monday, June 30, 2014

Flower Power - Fabric Give-Away

Are you ready to win the wonderful
Hoffman Fabric - Cracker collection
of 40 - 10x10 batiks?

You only need help me out to get a chance
(heck, multiple chances)
to win this packet of fabric that you can turn into an absolute ton of flowers!

Shape up with Fast-Piece Applique
(my first on-line workshop with Academy of Quilting)
is completed-ready for students & set to begin on August 1st!

Now, I'm trying to decide on which workshop
I should offer next...

AND, you get to help me pick which one!

1st thing --
Click over to my workshop page on my website.
Pick one or two that you would like to take then simply.....

(a) leave the workshop name as a comment here on my blog, OR
(b) click 'like' on my facebook page and leave the workshop name as a comment there, OR

(c) tweet the workshop name along with @rosehughes

Easy as ABC, do as many as you like
for multiple chances to win.

The winner will be selected next Monday
- July 7th!

I can hardly wait to see which workshop you want to see next!

Stitching On

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Flower Power - Tutorial & Give-Away

Happy Sunday!
Today I am passing along my Flower Power tutorial, 
then tomorrow I'll post how you can win
a fun packet of Hoffman Crackers to make lots of flowers.

Time to get our quilts a'bloomin just like our gardens:

Stuff needed:
2- 12 1/2” pieces for background and backing
1- 12 1/2" piece of lightweight batting
6- 6” squares for larger flower parts
6- 4” squares for smaller flower parts
3- 3” squares for button covered centers
Light weight fusible for leaves – (HeatnBond Lite)
Heavy weight fusible for flowers– (HeatnBond Ultra)
Dritz button maker

  • Enlarge the patterns for the flower parts and leaf.

For Leaves:
  • Take the fabric for the leaves and press the light weight fusible to the wrong side.
  • Pin the leaf pattern in place and cut 4 leaves.
  • Align these on your background fabric; remove backing papers and press in place.

Once in place I layered my quilt sandwich; stitched around each of the leaves and embellished the background.

For Flowers:
  • Take 3 of the larger flower part fabrics and press the heavy weight fusible to the wrong side of each.
  • Let cool. Remove papers and press the remaining larger flower part fabrics right side up to each.
  • Pin the large leaf pattern in place and cut 3 petals; cutting along the line towards the center.

Repeat this process for the smaller petals.
Stitch & embellish the petals while they are flat.
Once complete pull in each of the rounded edges so the slightly overlap and tack each in place with a couple of stitches.

Flower Centers:
  • I used fabric and a button maker to create the centers for my flowers.
  • Each started by marking the center with a chalk circle that I filled with French Knots.
    Then I used the button maker, making sure that the knotted area remained centered.

Lastly, I layered each of the flowers and stitched them in place on the quilt and added the binding.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow
Get in on a chance to win an amazing packet of
40- 10" x 10" Hoffman California batik fabrics!