Monday, May 23, 2016

Quilt Show Money Shot

Photographing my quilt collection for my upcoming show has been a long and drawn-out saga.

I tried to hire a couple of amateur photographers, but scheduling conflicts made that too difficult.

So... I'm lucky enough to have a husband and daughter who are willing to stand behind my "floating" quilts in remarkably uncomfortable positions so that I can (quickly!) take a few snaps with my phone.

This one, taken during a break in a very rainy day, turned out to be the best shot in the bunch. It's of my Math Class quilt, made from a custom fabric bundle I put together for Nido

Math Class Quilt - Pattern by me, 33" x 42"

I have at least 3 more quilts to photograph, just waiting for the right day and weather to get something just as spectacular as this one.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Playground Quilt

One of the quilts I've made for my upcoming show I like to call the Playground Quilt because of how colorful and fun it is. It has great motion about it due to the curved lines, and it just makes me think of running around with friends, playing tag and laughing our heads off.

Another challenge I gave myself with this quilt (besides the size of the thing, and curved piecing) was to use ONLY fabric that I already owned. This is always challenging, because it's fun to buy new fabrics for new projects.

In the end, I was quite successful. I had lots of fat quarters and half yards left over from another big quilt I finished this year and in all it worked out to this beautiful color combination. I used a rainbow palette for the back as well - piecing together large fat eighths of shot cottons.

Pattern: Bubble Plus by Felice Regina. Finished size approx 64" x 75"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bursting at the seams! (aka... my own quilt show)

I have some BIG news! I'm bursting at the seams to tell you (pun intended)!

In just over one month, I will be bringing a collection of 12+ quilts in my first solo show.

I am so excited. So grateful, and so excited (did I say that already?).

The show will coincide with Vermont Quilt Festival weekend, and will be hosted by Nido Fabric & Yarn shop, in Downtown Burlington VT.

There will be wall hangings, baby and lap size quilts, up to twin size quilts available to view and purchase. Several of the quilts are my own patterns, and there are also a few made from wonderful modern quilt patterns - of course in my own colorful style.

Perhaps most exciting will be the opportunity to view my finished Meadow Quilt. This is a really special quilt pattern by Lizzy House, and was only taught through workshops - this is the only Meadow Quilt that I know of in VT!

And don't forget about the giveaways - there will be several great prizes to be won at the opening reception, so please come, visit with me and my quilts, enjoy some refreshments!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tie- Fighter Quilt (sort of*)

Got any Star Wars fans out there?!? I'm sure there are. Well, this quilt is for you.

You'll see what I mean in a minute, if you don't already.

Here's the thing. I made that awesome Math Class FQ Bundle, right? So then of course I had to make something awesome with the bundle, and I've been thinking an isosceles triangle quilt might be just right. Math theme and all. So I put it all together, and then I looked down at the quilt and ALL I COULD SEE were the wings of Tie-Fighters. You know, those little piu-piu spaceships? The unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet?? Go look it up, you'll see what I mean.

In EITHER case. Cool quilt, great fabric bundle:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Displaying work in Montpelier

I was recently asked to display some of my work at the Capitol Region Visitor's Center in Montpelier, VT, and of course I jumped at the chance! They have several beautiful (locally made) display cabinets with a range of work from around VT and I am so happy to have installed a nice little collection of my work there.

My work will be there through the end of June 2016, so stop by and have a look. The visitor center itself is quite charming and you can stop in for a free cup of Green Mountain Coffee and a chat with the lovely staff.

After that, I highly recommend a lunch at Down Home Kitchen, just down the street in downtown Montpelier. Then make a whole day of it and visit the State House too!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Market Season Fast Approaches

I have been participating in the Burlington City Arts Summer Artist Market (in conjunction with the Burlington Farmer's Market) for 3 years now, and I love every second of it (except... maybe wind and rain days). I love the bustle of activity at City Hall Park, all my fellow artist vendors (whom I can now call my friends), and the delicious food to be scored at multiple tents throughout.

 But my fave fave favorite thing about market? Bringing the fabrics and patterns that I love to sew, in the form of fun and functional objects, to the many customers in our area. I love that I've been able to develop a distinct style over the years and I love that people keep coming back to me for colorful goods I sell.

This year will be no different! I'm in the process of finishing up a few Trail Totes, in some seriously FUN fabrics. My fellow sewists will appreciate the fact that I have been working through my stash, HARD, and these canvas prints that I've been hoarding just begged to be turned into the most fun cross-body bags ever.

So, if you're in the Burlington area this summer, stop by the BCA Artist Market and have a look-see. I'm always happy to talk sewing!!! I plan to be there on the following dates: May 28, June 11, July 23, August 13 & 27, and Sept 17 (dates subject to change... follow me on Facebook to keep up to date on Junie Babie happenings!)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Little Zippys, Singapore Style!

I apologize for being stupendously erratic about posting! I hope my readership out there will appreciate several posts that I have lined up for the next few days.

First up... Singapore Little Zippy's! I love love love Noodle-head's pattern for little zip pouches, and use it often for gifts.

This batch is particularly special, because I used fabric that I purchased while on vacation in Singapore! We are lucky enough to have family there, so we try to visit every couple of years. It's a truly incredible place to travel to, so if you ever have the opportunity I highly recommend it.

My favorite fabric shop in Singapore is Malin Textile, in Chinatown. All the fabric shops I've seen in the city are SO different than in the states. For one, you won't find bolts of fabric - all the fabric is on the roll. This is nice because no creases! There is a great selection of Japanese imports, but unfortunately the prices are not much lower than here is the US. I was lucky to get these elephants in FQ form, on sale. I knew I'd be turning them into zip pouches with fun color zippers. Here you can also see me and my girls browsing the fabric selection at Malin. We enjoyed it so much!