Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
I'm a sucker for odd things. Among them is Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. An opportunity to visit the campus of Florida Southern College (largely designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) was to great to miss. Florida Southern College has the largest concentration of Wright designed structures anywhere in the world with 10 buildings and two additional structures on campus, and is in the National Register of Historic Places. 

His chairs

Those small shinny bits of stained glass are about 1/2".

The extensive network of Esplanades was put under construction in 1940

Friday, January 25, 2013

Simple Surfaces by FKQG Guest Artists

Learn all about applying paint sticks and foil to cotton or silk quilts and clothing. We explored lots of different ways to creatively apply these fun and permanent mediums to projects.


Jayne (sorry about the photo quality!)

Busy having fun!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Friendship Knot Quilt Guild Sarasota Florida

My visit ended with a great show and tell

Traveling to teach at a quilt guild is such a joy for me. Meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones is wonderful! I was invited to teach at FKQG in Sarasota.  There we 2 1/2 days of workshops and a lecture. Fun for everyone! We made Eye Candy Quilts on Sunday afternoon.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Florida Bound

I love living in Seattle, but nothing beats some sunshine in the middle of a cold, rainy winter. Here are some pictures of Tampa's sights.
Visited the Saturday Market in Ybor City

Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida located just northeast of downtown. It was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of
immigrants, mainly from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories would roll millions of cigars annually.

 The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, which today is Florida's Oldest restaurant, and the World's Largest Spanish restaurant. Today, 4th & 5th generation family members work hard to preserve the family's legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez Sr. created over 100 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner cafĂ© frequented by local cigar workers.
Colorful tiles covered the building

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

I'm doing my best to keep my only resolution...make more quilts. Here is one that should be titled "What was I Thinking".

If you must know I love these colors together and I had a blast quilting it. I took inspiration from the fabrics and went to town!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Quilting Loft

While you are in Ballard checking out the new shop be sure to stop  at The Quilting Loft.
2622 Northwest Market Street  Seattle, WA 98107  (206) 706-0445


 It's a new, well new to me, location across the street for the old one. Light and bright and the parking lot is a major plus! Owner Angie has chosen a carefully edited collection of cotton fabrics for her store. These modern prints would be great for non-quilting projects too: skirts, aprons, etc.

Friday, January 11, 2013

New Quilt Shop in beautiful Ballard

Drygoods Design   (206) 659-1899
5308 Ballard Ave NW Studio 1
(between Vernon Pl & N 22nd Ave)
Seattle, WA 98107
What a fantastic little store - tucked away behind Anchored Ship Coffee Bar - a great selection of cool fabrics for the modern stitcher! What I found the most interesting was the Open Studio space.Tucked in a back room was a equipment filled sewing space available for rent. The web site describes it as;

"The basics:
At make*do*mend at Drygoods Design, we are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and thoughtful place for folks to learn, make, do and enjoy the company of others.  Many of us become intimidated when it comes to making things but never fear, we’re here to take out the guesswork and the pretention! We also believe that the better tools you have, the more enjoyable sewing and crafting can be. We supply all the tools you need and the best possible at affordable prices. Don’t miss out on our studio sales - save big every few months when we refresh our supplies and tools and put the gently used ones up for sale at a huge discount.

Open Studio Rates and Information:
If the shop is open then so is make*do*mend! When you sign up for the hourly rate edition of make*do*mend, you can enjoy our world-class Bernina sewing machines, ironing tools, large cutting/project table, library and seek counsel from our qualified staff. With a valid photo ID you’ll get your own toolkit to use at your sewing station, in addition to all the communal tools. If you are looking for more than a few questions, please feel to ask us about private sewing lessons. Are you visiting Seattle and itching to stop in and sew? Order fabric online, let us know if you want it prewashed and we’ll have it ready and waiting for you to use while you visit!"

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Classes Scheduled

New Class Schedule at QuiltWorks NW, Bellevue WA

Come and join in a Melody Crust extravaganza!

Bella Garden
Saturday, March 23rd
 I'll,  will be teaching two fun and informative classes on how to finish your quilting projects easily and quickly, sharing loads of professional tips and secrets. And another 'how to finish' workshop on Sunday, March 24.

Quilt-As-You-Go; Joining the Blocks will show you several ways to machine-join already quilted pieces (So much easier than trying to fit a large quilt into your sewing machine!)

Super-Fast Piping and Binding

If you find binding your quilt too slow or just want to learn a few new ‘tricks of the trade’ then this is the class for you. Bindings and pipings are a snap with this no-fail, completely machine-stitched method.

Sunday, March 24;

A Fine Line

Do you have a project that could use help with the “what, why & how” of quilting? Discover the elements of winning quilting designs and how to apply them to your tops. We will explore whether to hand or machine quilt, selecting, fitting and marking quilting design, all about thread, and the basics of batting and basting. The emphasis of this workshop is the creative use of the quilted line. This informative workshop is for both traditional and non-traditional quilters.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Paint the Town Blue! or Green!

Maybe this is taking it a bit too far even for me who loves nail polish!
I love all the jewel tones. The world is stocking up on emerald everything in preparation for the serene, green 2013 predicted by Pantone with Emerald, its latest Color of the Year crowning. 
Or you might prefer “Indigo Night.” as the striking statement color associated with wisdom and honesty. The rich blue shade was determined through a study of social and economic trends from around the globe.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Years

There was a time in my life that I just loved a New Year’s Eve party– it was another excuse to wear a favorite sparkly dress, sip champagne, and throw confetti in the air. Actually write down New Year’s resolutions and reveal it to others (research says this is the best way to keep a resolution).

Dance like no one is watching and have a Happy New Year

PS This years only New Years resolution? Make more quilts. There I've written it down and shared it with others, now I know it will come true.