November 9th, 2015
I absolutely love Folk Art as it is funky and a little unpredictable. Many tell a story. I first saw this amazing embroidered quilt at the Folk Art Museum in New York in February of 2011. What drew me to the piece was the folky flowers and animals randomly placed on the quilt top. Nothing was placed perfectly using hand drawn images that were simple yet very appealing. It was made from wool, cotton and silk and embellished with beads and silk and cotton threads. What I love about use of different threads and embroidery stitches is the added surface texture you achieve. Unfortunately the maker of this quilt is unknown but it was possibly made in New York State between 1825 -1845. The quilt measures 91″ x 80-1/2″ and was originally used as a bed cover. It is now in the permanent collection of the Folk Art Museum in New York.
Today many quilt makers reproduce original antique quilts. My lovely friend Sarah Fielke has gone one step further in her amazing book ‘Old Quilts New Life’ that was officially released last week. Not only did she reproduce 9 quilts form the collection of the Folk Art Museum in New York she took it one step further and produced a second quilt of each in a modern style. As I paged through her new book I was taken by her use of color, twist on the modern design and the amount of work that went into producing all the quilts for this book.
Old Quilts, New Life showcases 18 stunning quilts each one accompanied by step-by-step instructions so you can create them at home. The book takes you through the history of the quilting tradition and explores the techniques and styles employed by quilters over the centuries. From the beautiful simplicity of an Amish quilt to a pretty pinwheel design, there is a quilt in this book to suit all skill levels and styles.
This week is the official launch party for Sarah Fielke’s book ‘Old Quilts New Life’ to find out more about Sarah and her quilts visit Sarah’s blog , Instagram @sfielke and her Facebook page. You can also view many quilt designers favorite antique quilt on Instagram #oldquiltsnewlife during this exciting week.
November 1st, 2015
I taught 10 days in October for my lovely friend Deirdre who owns Out Of Hand in Calgary, Canada. I have taught at her store for 8 years and it is always wonderful to return to spend time with all the lovely ladies who attend classes. Many have taken classes with me every year I have visited. This year we did a class using indigo fabrics which my son Andrew dyed for the class, a new piecing class I am teaching, a stitchery class creating bugs and a studio time class where each student worked on projects they had started in my previous classes. All students created amazing pieces and I am looking forward to returning next fall to share new and exciting creations.
I have just returned home from Quilt Market in Houston TX followed by two days of teaching at Our House In Milford TX.
I can’t believe it is already November 1. We have very exciting things in store this month. We will be doing a giveaway on Friday. Please hop over to Instagram and follow us so you have a chance to win something special.
August 2nd, 2015
In late July I spent 5 days teaching for Joan at the Quilt Gallery In Kalispell, MT. Each student created a story quilt using the tree as a starting point to incorporate there own story about memorable parts of their lives. I love teaching this class as each piece is unique using each element as fun interpretations of ones life experiences. They started with a similar base which was done prior to class so to enable us to have more time for embellishing. Many fun threads were used many students especially loving the silk ribbon roses I taught them. They were used to embellish each piece differently.
This is a beautiful area of the country and I was fortunate to be able to take a little time to enjoy Glacier National Park. I will be returning to the Quilt Gallery in 2016 to teach.
Many thanks Joan for making me fell so at home and to Fred for making me home cooked meals.
July 26th, 2015
I spent a week teaching at Quilters Affair early in July. My first class was a two day class working in neutral threads. I am always amazed at how fun and creative these dimensional circles become with a fun stitches and textural threads.
My second class was a three day class working on birds from my book Bird Dance. The students layered the backgrounds using cottons and ribbons. Then appliquéd hand dyed wool birds adding stitches to them which gave each bird a different personality.
On Saturday it was the Outdoor Quilt Shows 40th anniversary. The weather was wonderful with 1500 quilts hung all over the town of Sisters. The Gees Bend Quilters were honored guests with many of there lovely quilts on display.
It is always a feast for the eyes to view all the teachers quilts in the teachers tent. Jean Wells is an amazing lady what an outstanding contribution she has made the the art of quilting. I always feel very fortunate to be a part of this annual event.