Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Quilt Show - Straight Line Quilting

By now you must all know that I love free motion work, but straight line quilting is SO much fun. You just have to try it!
I quilted Marrakesh with Ricky's Razzel Dazzel from Superior Threads.

Red One, was quilted Master Piece a thread from Superior Threads designed by Alex.
Two Red

detail

Friday, March 27, 2015

I'm at The Quilt Show filming

I'm just home from Centennial, Colorado, and filming for my second time for The Quilt Show! They film in a gorgeous studio in the Comcast building in the Denver area. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
Justin, Shelly Heescaker, (producer) and the crew.



Watching the set up is interesting.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Textures

The textures of Hawaii.
Texture is another element, like form or space, that can be real (run your fingers over an Oriental rug, or hold an unglazed pot), created (think of a really well quilted quilt) or implied (through clever use of shading).

I am always looking for new textures.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Just a Reminder about FREE shows

Starting today, in honor of International Quilting Weekend, March 20-22, 2015, The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com), the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series-- shows 100-1513 --for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE.

This year's sponsors are contributing over $5000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  Other prizes you have a chance to win are:
         Innova – Have your quilt professionally quilted ($500 value)
         Superior Threads – five $100 gift certificates
         RJR Fabrics – a Delicious Selection of RJR Fabrics
         AccuQuilt – GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
         Missouri Star Quilt Company – $500 in Quilter’s Cash plus signed copies of Volume 1 of Block Magazine and Man Sewing Swag

As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist on TQS
in show 312. If you didn't have the opportunity to see this show the first time around, now you'll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in this unprecedented three-day offer.

I hope that you'll share this information with all of your quilting friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home…all for free.
Enjoy the shows, and thanks for helping to spread the word!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

10 Questions

I am going to Centennial CO later this month to film another episode of The Quilt Show.









I had the opportunity to answer The Quilt Shows 10 Question. Here are my answers.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Busy Day

Today was one busy day. It started with a long ride to Lindon WA,  to present my lecture, Quilt Toppings for the ladies of the Northwest Quilt Connection. This is a group that gathers 5 times a year to feed their passion for quilting in all forms–Art, Contemporary, Traditional.  They are from British Columbia, Canada and Washington State.  The meetings rotate around so be sure to check back for meeting locations and information.
Show and Share









There is a cute shop in town, I just had to visit.  Owners Sharylann and Thelma are dedicated quilters and have made Tangled Threads into the kind of shop they would want to visit: warm, friendly and relaxed, brimming with books and patterns to inspire, busy with classes and projects, and bursting with a delightful variety of fabrics and notions.

On the way home, I stopped at a great quilt show.  Quilters Anonymous 34th Annual Quilt Show "Quilts Under Northwest Skies". The show is probably the largest annual quilt show in the area. It draws more than 4,000 visitors, from the entire Puget Sound region as well as British Columbia.

 Displayed were over 500 quilts in a dozen different categories, ranging from traditional styles to art quilts and other innovative designs. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the show. Plus a wonderful variety of merchants in the mall.

March 13-15, 2015
Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA
Grammy G's Quilt Shop
more Grammy G's





Friday, March 13, 2015

Judy's Blocks

Sewing these blocks together, what fun! The variety of scraps is delightful!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Quilt Show, Free March 20-22, 2015




Dear Quilting Friend:

Big news is here! In honor of International Quilting Weekend, March 20-22, 2015, The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com), the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series-- shows 100-1513 --for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE.
This year's sponsors are contributing over $5000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  Other prizes you have a chance to win are:
         Innova – Have your quilt professionally quilted ($500 value)
         Superior Threads – five $100 gift certificates
         RJR Fabrics – a Delicious Selection of RJR Fabrics
         AccuQuilt – GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
         Missouri Star Quilt Company – $500 in Quilter’s Cash plus signed copies of Volume 1 of Block Magazine and Man Sewing Swag

As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist on TQS in show 312. If you didn't have the opportunity to see this show the first time around, now you'll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in this unprecedented three-day offer.

I hope that you'll share this information with all of your quilting friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home…all for free.
Enjoy the shows, and thanks for helping to spread the word!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Evergreen Piecemakers, My Home Guild


It was really fun tonight presenting my new program, Blocks, Borders, Fabric, Oh My, for EP. I consider them to be my home guild. I have been a member for lots of years. Like most guilds their goal is to promote the art of quilting. And so much more. A safe place to share, learn and grow. If you don't belong to a guild I strongly suggest you join one.
Show and Tell



Friday, March 6, 2015

Triangle Free Quilt Blocks


Me and my scrap quilts, I love them all! Sometimes I find a block from a book and I just have to make it. And stopping at one just isn't my style. Triangle Free Quilts by Judy Hopkins has one of those blocks. It's on the cover, and I made lots!
Skip the fuss of working with triangles! These classic quilts start with shapes that are a snap to sew -- and they're absolutely, positively, completely triangle-free.

Gotta love the color!








Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gig Harbor Quilters

A mug rug exchange! What a fun idea!
Today was my day to visit the Gig Harbor Quilters. Fun bunch of ladies! They meet at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor Washington. Visit or join them if you are in Gig Harbor the first Wednesday of the month!
The Gig Harbor Quilters Guild promotes the interest and preservation of quilting. They accomplish this through fellowship programs featuring educational speakers and show and tell of projects. Members make and donate comfort quilts to cancer patients and pillowcases and blankets to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. A quilt is made by the group and raffled to support programs.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

“BLING MY BAG CONTEST!” You still have time!

“BLING MY BAG CONTEST!” is all about adding interest to your Two-Hour Tulip Purse. Entries due March 31, 2015.

I would love to see one of you win!

Check out the details! 

Remember that one purse has two sides! I decorated them differently!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sewing & Stitcehry Expo - Puyallup


The Sewing and Stitchery Expo offers shopping and learning opportunities for the novice and experienced. Today is the last day for this year! It's wonderful as always. You know I visited all 480 booths. Two of my favorites are Superior Threads and QuiltWorks NW.
Just look at all that wonderful thread!

Washington State Fair and Events Center
110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371

You still have time, Sew Expo is
Shoppers shopping.
open 8:30 AM to 4 PM today.

Admission is $14 at the door.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Contract is signed! International Quilt Festival

Joining the Blocks- Quilt As You Go Style
I'll be at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX: Oct 26- Nov 1, 2015
Join me in my workshops: 
  •  Joining the Blocks - Quilt As You Go Style  (By Popular Demand,  Offered THREE times)
  • SuperFast Piping & Binding
  • Fantastic Fabric Foiling
  • Fun & Fancy – Make a Purse
  • A Fine Line: Creating the Quilting Design
  • Paint, Glorious Paint
  • Borders –The Final Chapter
  • Fun & Fancy – Make a Purse
  • Beads are a Blast!
 Web sign ups begin the middle of July: I'll keep you posted!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sunset Arrives...



















At the time of sunset, more light is piercing the atmosphere than at other times during the day. The heating process during the day has created a high number of particles in the air, which are able to scatter more light. We know that sunsets derive their red hues because the long wavelengths are the least scattered. The geography of Hawaii, tropical temperatures, humidity levels and a variety of other factors combine to give us the original palette we see as the sun sets.

And it's time to return home!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Favorite Fabric Store

I know I said no more new fabric, but who could resist the best souvenirs?
Hawaiian Fabric.com, Dave Johnson is the man! The store carries lots of 100% cotton fabrics at great prices. See something wonderful on the web site? Shipping is cheap!


I also bought a lot of 100% cotton white-on-whites for dyeing. The photo's were awful! Stay tuned till dyeing time this summer.

3207 Martha Street, Honolulu
808-381-3909
email: hawaiianfabrics@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The First Hawaiians; Native Plants

They came by air and by sea: seeds and spores that sailed on the ocean currents, drifted high in the atmosphere, and hitched rides with migratory birds. Once every 100,000 years, a new plant made a lucky landfall and established itself in the young, isolated Hawaiian Islands. And then, often, it evolved. When Polynesians arrived in Hawaii, they found an archipelago already teeming with a diverse native flora. These plants, many found nowhere else on earth, became part of the medicine, the worship, the knowledge and the everyday lives—in short, part of the culture—of Hawaii before Western contact.



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

About the Beach

Without Madam Pele, there would be no Hawaii and no beaches. Her epic jaunt from island to island spewing lava and creating new land sparked the raw beginnings of the Hawaiian Islands. Plants and animals found their way over time, and then man arrived, first by ancient canoes guided by the stars and later by ships using the latest technology of their day. All helped shape the land, including the countless beaches that entertain, delight and amaze longtime residents and visitors alike.

One of the things  love most about Hawaiian Beaches, is that they are all public beaches access across private land maybe limited, but the beach is public.
Where else in the world are wedding pictures taken next to bathing beauties?


Monday, February 23, 2015

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet


Just 20 minutes away from Waikiki, it is Hawaii’s largest open air flea market where the locals shop for the best deals in town. Open three days a week, hundreds of local merchants offer the best value on imported merchandise, hand made items, eclectic art pieces, popular local snacks, and other made in Hawaii products. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Makapu'u Light House

Today we hiked the 2 miles to Makapu'u Light House.The trail offerd outstanding views of the southeastern coastliner. From the top, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below. We saw a few humpback whales off in the distance.

A bunch of local girls, were having too much fun with their selfie stick!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

“Gong Xi Fa Cai” Happy new Year!

Considered to be one of the most important and an auspicious festival, the Chinese New Year marks the beginning of a new lunar year. The Chinese population all over the world celebrates with fun and merry making and Honolulu is no exception.

To begin with, we went to the Beretania, Mun Fa Cultural Plaza and Maunakea Street- the center of  Chinese New Year celebrations.





We also found a great spot to watch the Chinese New Year parade, featuring the lion and dragon dance with the Chinese animal of the year accompanying it.