Last week I shared the story of Anne’s Serendipity Stars.
Many people asked me how they could obtain a copy of the most recent issue of American Quilter magazine. I didn’t have an answer, so I emailed Anne. Here’s her response:
“Any place that has quilt magazines might still have a copy. I only have a couple of copies, but Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc has 20 copies that they are going to sell during their Quilt Fest weekend in October. I have made a new gmail account just in case anyone wants to ask me questions, it’s email@example.com. I have directions that can be emailed, not thinking about charging anything so I don’t have to worry about income, taxes etc. Will suggest that anyone that wants the directions could just make a little donation to their local animal shelter if they want, it isn’t required though.”
What a generous offer. So, if you are interested in more information about Anne’s star technique – feel free to email her 😀 . She said she might be a little slow to respond because of her busy schedule, but she will try to check that email account in a timely fashion.
The class lists are out for the Fall semester at Waukesha County Technical College. I’ll be teaching 3 all day project workshops:
Quilting – Layered Squares; Friday, September 21st; 9-2:30
Combine simple piecing, diagonal cutting and clever block construction to make this crib/lap-sized quilt with a three-dimensional look.
Quilting – Pieceful Stars; Friday, October 26; 9 – 2:30
Get the look of a Lone Star style medallion, without all the fussy piecing. We will strip piece simple blocks and then cut diamond shapes from them to create a star that is much simpler than it looks!
Quilting – Beginning Fiber Art; Saturday, November 17; 9-2:30
Are you a traditional quilter who is interested in making an art quilt? Come and discover your inner creative child by playing with simple fusing techniques, fabric, color and design. Students will not be creating the pictured quilt, but their own unique work of art. (This class was formerly titled “Parallelisms”)
We also have a new quilting instructor starting in the Fall. Welcome Nan Feurer! She’ll be teaching 2 classes. Here are the titles and descriptions:
Quilting For Beginners – Anyone can quilt! Learn several quilt blocks and techniques to create a beautiful heirloom.
Quilting – T-shirts – Learn to use a “quilt-as-you-go” technique to transform adult and child t-shirts into a beautiful quilt full of great memories.
To register for a class go to: http://www.wctc.edu/, in the course search box choose Fall 2018 and type “quilt” in the “course title/subject” box, then click on “submit”. All of the quilting classes will appear and you can open the description/photo of each class by clicking on it’s title.
If you’ve never signed up for a class before, instructions can be found in the link just below the picture of the college.
A year or so ago Mike and I were having breakfast at a local coffee shop when one of the employees came up and introduced herself. Anne is a quilter with a love for quick techniques and making charity quilts. She told me she had come up with a fun technique for making stars by slapping 2 fat quarters together doing some creative stitching, cutting and stitching again! I was intrigued and she emailed me pictures of some of her quilts:
This last one is my personal favorite!
She asked me if I had any thoughts on how she could market her technique. We did a bit of brainstorming and she liked the idea of a magazine article. I gave her some contact information for American Quilter magazine and – Anne was published in the July issue!!!
This is her picture and bio from the magazine:
Anne loves to make quilts as quickly as possible, and her Serendipity Star technique developed as she experimented. She put two fat quarters together just to see what would happen, and the result was magical, resulting in six-pointed stars and a world of possibilities. Project Linus is dear to Anne’s heart; in one year, she not only made 54 quilts for Project Linus, but also a few quilts for others.
Her article includes a hexagon table runner pattern using her technique.
This is what the July issue cover looks like
and the label says it will be displayed until August 14th. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!
Also, Anne will be doing a lecture about her technique at the Ben Franklin Quilt Fest this October in Oconomowoc, WI. She’s very excited and I can’t wait to see her in action!
A Tribute to Natalie
I’m saddened to share the loss of another dear quilting friend. You may remember Natalie Sewell as the first quilter to win major awards for raw edged landscape quilting, and then writing books on the subject with Nancy Ziemann; but I’ve known Natalie since we were both very traditional quilters in Madison, WI in the early 1990’s. We belonged to Mad City Quilters and took classes from each other over the years. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with her and call her my friend. I learned so much from Natalie and I will miss her.
A Tribute to Pat
As I’m writing this post my heart is aching over the loss of a dear quilting friend, Pat Gilane. She and Bob are at the foot of the staircase in the Alaskan group picture above (Pat’s the one in the pretty red floral dress 🙂 ).
Pat had struggled with pulmonary fibrosis for years. She was a true example of grace in suffering, and a joy to so many. She knew Jesus as her Savior and is breathing easy in His presence at last. I’m praying for Bob and their family as they move forward without this sweet lady. She will be missed.
Why would anyone want to burn fabric?
Perhaps a better question is: have you ever wondered if a fabric you want to use in a quilt is 100% cotton? There is an easy test to check. Many of you may already know this, but I’m hoping some of you will find this helpful.
Recently I was cleaning out the cupboard where I keep my quilt backing pieces and non-cotton fabrics. I found a piece of black and white polka dot fabric and wondered why it wasn’t in with the rest of my stash.
Perhaps it was a polyester blend. Nothing on the selvedge showed fiber content, so I grabbed a book of matches, cut off a corner of the yardage, and went outside.
I lit the pointy end with a match and watched it burn. I waited for it to cool, then I picked it up and when I rubbed it between my fingers, the residue was a soft ash.
This is the case for natural fibers such as cotton, rayon, linen, silk, etc.
For the sake of comparison I cut a triangle from a fabric I knew was a polyester.
The results? It melted.
You can see the light reflecting in the “plastic-like” burned semi-circle on the fabric, and the small black piece was stuck to the cement. Man made fabrics like polyester and nylon melt rather than ash.
The next day I pulled out some beautiful scraps I wanted to use in my next challenge quilt.
They were given to me by a woman I stayed with when I taught for a quilt guild in Eau Claire, WI. She told me there was a men’s necktie factory nearby and they sold their scraps by the pound. She then gifted me with a bag full.
Before I attempted to make them into appliqué shapes, I thought I’d better check to see if they were silk or polyester, because ties can be made from either. I’m happy to say they all passed the burn test and are silk:
The interesting thing was the ash was not as soft as the cotton fabric and it had a bit of a gritty feel when I rubbed it between my fingers. I guess I’ve never burned silk before because I was a little surprised by this.
Do any of you use this test for your fabrics? Any other thoughts you’d like to share 🙂 ?
I belong to a group of fiber artists called ThreadBenders. ThreadBenders is a relatively new group, and we have some delightful and very enthusiastic artists. We recently completed our first “big” guild challenge and 13 of our 16 members participated. I was very impressed with the results!
The challenge was named “Photo Inspiration: Door”. The picture we chose to inspire our quilts was taken by a friend of one of our members in St. Thomas, VI.
You can read the rules and see all of the quilts at: https://threadbendersblog.wordpress.com/
About 5 years ago I took a 10 week class at WCTC about Adobe Photoshop™. It was a great class and I think I’ve forgotten more than I remember because Photoshop™ can do so much. But the things that have stuck with me have been incredibly helpful. One aspect of the program I was particularly interested in was called “transform”. You can do the most amazing things with your pictures by using commands like “skew”, “warp”, “distort”, etc..
Fascinating, but weird. And after making all of these weird variations, what do you do with them?
Well, I chose the last one and made a quilt.
“Stretch, Warp, Abstract” has a very odd outer edge and the portion that stretches across the main body of the quilt was actually made as a separate quilt, and attached after both were quilted. This quilt forced me to come up with new techniques and try a lot of different ones I already had in my bag of tricks. That’s what I love about challenges, and that’s why I take classes and read magazines – to learn new techniques.
I loved making this quilt (well I loved it most of the time 😉 ). It could easily be the most unusual quilt I’ve ever made. I was impressed with the variety and imagination of all the challenge quilts, and I hope you will visit our site to see them: https://threadbendersblog.wordpress.com/
And here’s the icing on the cake. We chose 8 of the quilts to enter in the “Ultimate Guild Challenge” competition held at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI and they were accepted! They’ll be traveling to Grand Rapids for the show in August! We’re all very excited!
Once they return, we’ll be looking for venues to display them. If you know of a quilt show, shop, art museum, etc. that would be interested, please let us know by emailing me at .