Monday, July 7, 2014

Is it too early for Christmas cheer?

Christmas Slices
17" x 39"
There are 170 days until Christmas.

If you are a maker or crafter, you probably have already compiled your To-Make List of holiday projects and hand-crafted gifts... checking each project off the list as you go. And "Christmas in July," a popular marketing motivation, is a good reminder to us gift-makers that the clock is tick... tick… ticking...

Another "impetus for making" is Blank Quilting's new Color Story pre-cut strip sets. These 20-strip packs (half the size of the 40-strip packs) come in various colorways and are perfect for those smaller, get-it-done-in-a-weekend projects. Contact YLQS [your local quilt shop] to see which color stories they have coming in.

This holiday wall hanging is a prime example of a weekend project! It's a variation of Tammy Silvers' [TamarinisCelebration Slices pattern. I finished paper piecing it in an evening using Blank Quilting's green strip set along with coordinating prints from Blank's summer fabric collections and blender lines.

Fabric stats:
Border print—Bellagio 6889 white
Inner border—Paradiso 6966 red
blue background—Splash and Sachet blenders
greens for tree—Color Story 2.5" pre-cut strips (green colorway)

I'd rate this paper pricing project at a beginner level. I copied the paper patterns at 85% to accommodate the 2.5" width of the pre-cut strip assortment (or you could absolutely copy at 100% and use fat quarters as the pattern directs). The pattern also includes appliqué shapes for ball ornaments and a star tree topper (see pattern picture below) that are fused on after it's quilted.

For quilters living in east Tennessee, you can stop in at these quilt shops for the pattern: The Cherry Pit, and Dizzy Divas Fabric Shop, and Loose Threads. If you contact any of these shops, please tell them you saw this project here at my FiberAntics by Veronica blog.

"Celebration Slices" pattern by Tammy Silvers.
Color Story pre-cut 2.5" strips by Blank Quilting (20 strip packs).
This little quilt can be used as a wall-hanging or table topper, but the extended vertical format (my unquilted top is 17" wide x 39" tall) makes it so apropos to hang on a door. Now, wouldn't that be a festive and welcoming display on your front door?!?

Go and make something merry! Tick, tock… tick, tock...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Accepted into the AQS show!

As of Friday, I can proudly say, "My quilt has been accepted into an AQS show."

AQS (American Quilter's Society) is coming to Chattanooga, Tennessee for QuiltWeek this September 10-13. An e-mail arrived saying the jury accepted my quilts to be included in the show. This is quite an honor!

The American Quilter's Society is a long-time, well respected organization that puts on several annual national quilt shows throughout the USA. Everyone in Chattanooga—quilters, friends and families of quilters, quilt guilds, quilt shops, local businesses, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, everyone—is buzzing about the show coming in September and we're all gearing up for a fabulous event. If you come to the Chattanooga show this fall, look for these:
"A Feather Runs Through It." The quilting stats are in this post.
"A Feather Runs Through It"
by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
This improvisationally pieced quilt is called "3 Sisters." It was finished last October.

"3 Sisters"
by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
You may remember "Pi E2 [Exponentially Embellished]" from this post.

"Pi E2 [Exponentially Embellished]"
By Veronica Hofman-Ortega
Stacy Slockbower's [from Pins and Needles Quilt Shop] quilt, on which I did the machine quilting, was also accepted into the show. This is Stacy's first entry into a show—and her quilt was accepted! Yay for Stacy!
Pieced by Stacy and Brad Slockbower
Free-motion quilted by Veronica Hofman-Ortega

Monday, June 30, 2014

Collaborating on the TN Row by Row Experience

Hooty Owl in the Pumpkin Patch
Free-motion quilting by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
This year, Tennessee quilt shops will be participating in the national Row by Row Experience. What is the Row by Row Experience, you ask? It's a nation-wide Quilt Shop Hop (and even some shops in Canada!), where quilters travel to participating quilt shops and receive free "row" patterns that they combine to make a row quilt. They can also win prizes. The Hop kicks off tomorrow, July 1!

In my travels as a fabric rep, I heard about this program over a year ago and thought it would be a fun event. I was excited to hear that the Tennessee shops are participating this year. The 2014 Row by Row theme is "Sew a Season."

One of the Chattanooga quilt shops, Pins and Needles, asked if I would help draft the design of their row pattern. How cool is that?!? Stacy, the shop's owner, chose to illustrate Fall—her favorite season.
Detail: Pins and Needles Quilt Shop row.
The design, drafting and creation of Stacy's vision for her Fall row quilt was a collaborative effort. The "Row Team" consisted of the fabulous pattern designer, Maria Flora, who wrote the pattern from her studio in Arkansas; I drafted the paper pieced barn; a local quilter, Debi, did the appliqué; Stacy did the other piecing and assembly. Then, I was thrilled when Stacy asked if I would free-motion quilt it. So here it is. What an amazing collaboration on an adorable row pattern! It turned out so cute, don't you think? (You should see it in person… and you can... stop by to pick up the pattern!)
Pins and Needles Quilt Shop 2014 Row by Row Experience row.
This row has it all: piecing, appliqué, and the red barn is paper pieced!

If you want to get a jump start on making this row, I'll be teaching "Paper Piecing the Red Barn" on July 1 and again on August 13.
"The Red Barn" Intro to Paper Piecing class: July 1 or August 13.
Stacy has kits available at Pins and Needles Quilt Shop for the row itself, and with a finishing kit (including the two borders, backing and binding!) if you want to make it as a table runner/wall hanging.

So, are you ready to hop???
The Row by Row Experience officially starts Tuesday, July 1. See the Row by Row web site for details, shops and how you can win fabric and prizes. Visit YLS (your local quilt shops) for patterns, kits and extra projects (I hear several shops have great things in store). Then hit the road to collect more.

There are even two Tennessee Row by Row BUS TRIPS planned that will leave out of Chattanooga heading east and north. Contact Pins and Needles for info about the Bus. Get quilting!
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