Sunday, July 16, 2017

Art Weave class: creating with large scale fabric designs

Are you inspired by large scale fabric prints? After my visit to Frond Design Studios (read my blog post here), I sure was! This Art Weave class is an answer for using these beautiful, large scale designs in a fun, easy project.
Art Weave: Fabric art with large scale prints from Frond Design.
I'll be teaching the Art Weave class at the Ringgold Quilt Expo, August 24-26, 2017.  Join me!

Class info:
     Friday, August 25, from 1 - 4 pm.,
     Ringgold Depot
     155 Depot Street
     Ringgold, GA

Contact the City of Ringgold for class registration.
Contact Kathy at It's Sew Time at (706) 937-3777 for quilt show details.

Let's make fabric art together with beautiful, large scale, artisan fabric designs!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Getting ready for a "Group Baste" session

Cuddle quilt top pressed and ready for basting.
My quilt guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, does a "group baste" at our annual Cuddle Quilt workshop. This is so efficient and fast—ya gotta love it!

1. We boost the tables up on wooden blocks to a height more conducive to standing (without having to bend). 2. Two people—on opposite sides of the table—tape the backing down. 3. The batting is positioned. 4. We use a spray baste product (follow the instructions on the can). 5. Then two people lay the pieced quilt top over the sprayed batting. Smooth the top to adhere. DONE! Basted.

We crank these basted cuddle quilts (child size and lap size) out like an assembly line that Mr. Ford would be proud of.

So, with our Cuddle Quilt workshop coming next month, it behooves one to get as many quilt tops ready for this process as possible. Hey, who wouldn't want a speedy solution for this [booooring, but necessary] step in the quiltmaking process??? I have three tops ready for the Group Baste session.

I finally found time to assemble a batch of strippy blocks from last year's Cuddle Quilt workshop (or was it two years ago?).
Strip pieced quilt top. 32" x 40"
This next one is an improv "Make Do" quilt top using scraps and leftover patchwork. (I've been making improv chunks since the February guild program.)
Improv cuddle quilt. 41" x 30"
Panels are good for these quilts, too. (This one is a more recent finish, but you can see it required little cutting and sewing.)
Fabric panel with borders. 33" x 42"
So... I'm making progress... a few found minutes at a time... over the course of the year. 

Kudos to the other members of the Choo Choo Quilters... who have just as little spare time, but always come through making these quilts for our guild's community service project. A true team effort!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Intrigued by large scale fabric prints? A class is brewing.

Do you like large scale fabric prints? Those bigger-than-life compositions... lush with bold, exuberant color? In whose shapes and subject matter you see the brushstrokes and marks made by the hands of the artisan?
Artisan cotton fabrics from Frond Design Studio.
While at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis this past May, a quilting friend and I accepted an invitation from Stephanie Brandenburg to an Open House event at her DelveMIY storefront and showroom for Frond Design Studios' fabrics. Frond Design takes original, hand-painted art and re-creates it in fabric. Their mission is "to create hand designed art in fabric." 
Open house at Frond/DelveMIY near St. Louis, MO.
The "showroom" is much like a quilt shop—only with fabric from one company: Frond. And, oh what a fabulous space it is! 

Walk in... 
     and then catch your breath. 
Colorful quilts on the walls at the Frond Design showroom.
Anywhere the eye rested it found shelves, tables, and walls with bolts of fabric, fabric bundles, pattern inspiration... and glorious projects made with Frond fabrics. (Yes, I now carry Frond Design fabric lines as a fabric rep. Please ask for Frond at your local quilt shop.) 
Pillows made with Frond's blender lines rest atop of a quilt
made with large flowers from the Flower Power collection.
There were quilts and home furnishings...
Frond Design showroom: bots, kits and project ideas.
... garments and accessories. And Frond also supports the global community with its Do Good program, which you can read about here.
The mannequin displays a wrap and dress made with artisan cotton fabrics.
Bolts of fabrics line the shelves and fabric bundles are tied up with satin ribbons.
At the open house, there were a bunch of cool, quilty people hanging out, too. Fiber artist, teacher and lecturer, Catherine Redford was in attendance. Here is Catherine (below, right) chatting with my friend, Sue. Check out the color wall of blenders behind them!
Catherine Redford (right) and friend, Sue, at Frond Designs open house.
I also met Susan Stearns, the owner of Rain Baby Gear. She is a fabric representative for Frond Design in the northwest. It was a great evening.

A New Class
I couldn't walk away from this event without being inspired by what these fabrics have to offer quilters and sewists. A bag of select Frond fabric pieces came home with me and I'll soon be offering a class for using these wonderful large scale artisan fabrics. Watch this blog for an announcement on the date and time.
New Art Weave class! Create fabric art with large scale fabric prints.
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