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Where in the World is my Office today?
I am back to winter in NZ after tripping around for just over 3 weeks in the United States during their summer. I have spent just over a week recovering - it has all be so exciting!
The first main stop was a Statler Stitcher conference - SUGAR - which was held in Kansas City. There I got to catch up with many of you which was so, so good.
Associated with that conference was an exhibition in which I won a blue ribbon in the Wholecloth category for my quilt 'Chevron Heaven'
After that great excitment I found that there were other winners who had used my quilting patterns in their quilts
Walking around the exhibition a bit more I found yet other wonderful quilts which had my quilting designs on (very exciting for me!)
Then to top it all off: Marilyn Harding's quilt 'Jumping Jack' won Viewers' Choice. That was an honour indeed!
Those who gave her their vote were, in the large majority, Statler Stitcher users - they knew what they were looking for and looking at.
This was the first time Marilyn had entered a quilt into a show, so thank you Marilyn for being brave and taking that leap!
I went on to have a little break in Greenwood, Indiana and after that off to teach in Louisville. A group of 25 had got together, found a venue and accomodation for those who needed it and we had a great day (plus some) together. Thank you Sue K for organising that venture.
The last and final stop for me was in Denver, Colorado where Kelly Gallagher-Abbott of Jukebox Quilts had arranged for me to teach for 3 days. She is a Gammill dealer and has the most wonderful set-up, with room for lots of longarm machines as well as a great space for teaching. There I met yet more people as well has having a peek around Fort Collins and going on a little of their art walk on the Sunday - which was a day to relax.
Coming home involved a full 24 hours of travel - but here I am again, and busy planning my next adventures!
From 8th June I am away in the US, teaching at 3 different venues - arriving back in NZ on July 2nd.
I have completed two quilts for the Teachers' Exhibition, and am very pleased with them both. They are on the Chevron theme - plus I will be putting up in the gallery yet another chevron quilt, but with quite different proportions.
These are a little sneak preview of what I have done
with the new patterns. Free quilting plans and additional photos are due to be released on 18 June, the day SUGAR starts
The Tidy Up
I am due to teach in the USA in June - so lots of preparation has to be done this month including
- samples, teaching notes, handouts, projects..... and general tidying up.
Therefore, very little new design work will be undertaken. If new designs do appear it is because they have been sitting patiently waiting for me to upload them and I have finally got there!
In June though - there will be a release of a few new patterns (inluding a free patchwork pattern) - these will be a couple of the new patterns which appear on my sample quilts. They are looking great - bindings are being sewn on now. So keep a look out for them.
The image to the left is a photo sent through from Dee Gerardy
having great fun with all things 'cable'. Click on the image to be taken to the quilting gallery where it is, and then click on the main image there to get to some detailed, good quality close-ups. How I would love to see this quilt in the flesh.
Concatenating Script Lettering
I found that concatenating letters work with all versions of Creative Studio not just CS6 -
so, to be fair, have put the alphabet back up on sale for this month so that everyone gets a chance to play!
Concatenating Script Lettering
Yay for concatenation on Statler Stitchers! It is making life just so much easier when we quilt and here is yet another use for it.
I have reformatted all the characters in this set so that they can now be concatenated using the Repeat Patterns function. It is now just so quick to form names and words - no more lining up letters, snapping end points together - it is all done for you.
Crazy Stitches with curves
(the initial set had 13 patterns in it - click on image to go to the current set)
Crazy Stitches with only Straight Lines
(the intial set had 32 patterns in it - click on image to go to the current set)
After a few slower months being hampered by a shoulder operation I am just about able to use a quilting machine again!
However, I have had a bit of fun slowly working up to that by catching up on some of the design work -
Darby quickly used a couple of these patterns, purchasing and quilting them within an hour or so of meputting them up on the website - and what a fantastic job done!
I am just in the process of adapting the main pod patterns so that the ones that double back on themselves will be added as supplementary sets - should you so wish to have them
I have done some 'sashes' - with more of these to come in different styles as well.
All of these designs are p2p ones - with the placement of the registration points the all-time important matter, sometimes it is best to measure and mark to ensure accuracy.
When searching for other designs for Urban Pods quilts, put 'Urban' into the filter.
Well - I have gone mad on Hunter's Stars this month!
Some time ago someone wanted one - which I did and put up on the website, but in the process I had drawn (on paper) almost another 2 dozen of them.
My drawing arm is currently out of use - but my digitising one is not (for some reason I use a mouse in the other hand). Hence - if I have a drawing already done, I can use this time to get on and digitise those designs which have been so patiently waiting.
So - I am well underway in getting several of these completed - but in the process have found that there are an infinite number of differently proportioned Hunter's Star blocks. What I have done is to digitise my designs for the most popular proportions - and have done a catolgue page explaining them. Included are designs for many of the different sized blocks which can be made using the Rapid Fire ruler from 'Studio 180 Design'. There are also some designs for the traditionally proportioned blocks.
To find them all in the General Patterns area - enter 'HStar' into the Name Search filter
I found this photo of a wonderful antique Carnival Glass bowl
It may take me a while to convert all of these drawings into patterns which will work on the machine, but aren't they just grand? Patterns will gradually be added to the website - including ones which are not illustrated below.
A very traditional style of glass bowl which has been the inspiration for several patterns. Two of them have ended with a bit of a modern twist to them.
The two arc patterns were done first - just to have a play. These were made more useful by formatting them as p2p patterns.
Then I went on to the border design. This I considered a little plain if it was left as per bowl -
I wanted to spice it up a bit, so circles - or pearls went on the top of each of the 'fan tips'.
One of our special design areas is:
capital letters - small letters - numbers - punctuation - symbols - words - names
Sharon Perry has developed this script style of lettering over a number of years.
• letters are clear, smooth and regular
• letters flow seamlessly from one to the other
• cursive, single line and continuous stitching
• all have been digitised using the same size grid - they fit together with no fuss or bother
• downloadable instructions available from the 'Info & Free' page
Personalise your quilts - have them tell a story!
Many other types of patterns are also available.
We are especially proud of the development of patterns for what can otherwise be very difficult areas.
Solutions are achieved mainly through the focus given to the p2p (line pattern) function:
• builders - especially useful for sashings
- once masquerading as regular blocks - now reformatted into p2p patterns
- they require 2 passes to be 'built'
- quickly placed and extremely accurate at intersections.
- if the machine head can get in and all the sashes are connected - they will sew out with just one start/finish.
• p2psu (point to point set up)
regular blocks - reformatted so they can be placed (or set up) using the p2p function.
- extremely useful for situations such as the chain in a Double Irish Chain, placement in hexagons, etc.
• sashes - which will not overstitch
designed for ease and success at intersections.
Where they turn or cross over each other:
- their corners are self-turning and
- their main design elements will not stitch on top of each other.
Illustrations clearly show what occurs at the intersections.
-------------- other things yet to be added --------------
• completed quilts - for purchase
• along with patchwork patterns (for making the quilts)
• and for a change of scene, there will be some embroidery patterns for sale
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