Friday, August 16, 2019

De-Stash Sale

Shawkl.net has new De-Stash photos...each baggie is $10...plus less than $4 shipping. Detailed photos show what is in bag...vintage linens, silkie prints, Czech glass button cabochons, cabochons, charms, lace motifs, lace trims, lace doilies, etc. Have fun!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Heads Up - Super Sale!

Heads Up...tune in to shawkl.net (Etsy Shop) at midnight...I'm de-stashing lace, silk fabric, doilies, cabochons, and printed silk images!

Serious Super Sale....limited number and first come.

Directions on items and payment post at midnight, CST!
Don't miss it!
Seriously, you'll be sorry that you did!

Hugs,

Edited to change: Sale begins NOON tomorrow, 8/16 CST

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

ICQC-107, Shabby Chic Purse Open for Registration, 15-17 August

The first offering of this course went so well...let's do it again!
Purse, front view

You must have finished the BCQC-101 Course to register for this class (present students need to be at least on Task #10 of BCQC-101).

Purse, Back View

This class will be done similar to all others, in that we will begin after registration closes...host the class on a private blog, which you will need to get/accept an invitation to.


The class differs in that it is shorter (only 7 tasks)...and you can have a finished item of use when done rather than a block or learning a techniques. It is also possible to just create the crazy quilt block portion of the project if you do not desire to have a purse...then you only need to finish the first 5 tasks.

You will have the option to add inside and outside pockets and adjust the shoulder strap length. The color of fabrics, trims, etc. is you choice...but I will give you a Shabby Chic palette of color as well, in case you desire to stay true to this style.

This purse will use silks, satins, and cottons. You'll need lace trims for sure; and some other trims if you desire. You'll also need at least 2 lace motifs about the size of golfballs...so, if you don't have any...I recommend you consider shopping on Etsy. I'm sure that Nickilee of Raviolee Dreams can hook you up...

If you would like to register, please send me an email (to: shaw.kathy@yahoo.com) and provide me your NAME, STATE/COUNTRY, and email you want handouts for tasks sent too. If your "blog" email for class is different...just let me know that as well. Since you have already taken the BCQC-101 course...you'll understand what I mean by that.

Thanks, hope to see you in class!






Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rose Bud Quilt Continues...

A few days back, the Rosebud Quilt was discussed. Yesterday, I finally got down to business about piecing it. For days I've waivered between "traditional applique" or "fusible applique". The quilt was not going to get started, much less finished if I didn't make up my mind!

Plus, one rosebud or two per block?


Two is the more traditional setting for this Vintage Inspired design...so, finally after much consideration it will be two. I created an overlay on vellum to help me align the various applique parts.


Next, I needed to trace all of the different leaf, sepal, and bud shapes. Going with traditional applique...these would be traced to freezer paper. Going with fusible applique...these would be traced to double-sided fusible like Heat'n'Bond.

Considering that I already have a large traditional applique project underway...I decided to go with the fusible applique method. I'll be adding embroidery around each piece and extra for the stem and but accents.

The quilt will not have sashing between the blocks but will include outside border(s). I'm cutting the blocks 9-inches finished size. These will be set in eight columns of ten rows...for a total of 80 blocks in the quilt. So, doing the math...that's 960 small leaves, 160 sepals and 160 buds to applique. That's a LOT of tracing of shapes to fusible!

So, I'm taking a shortcut. My plan is to fuse the Heat'n'Bond to the fabric...then press these printable freezer paper sheets on top of that...and cut out. The paper will peel away along with the fusible backing paper when each piece is ready to go down. If you want to give this a try yourself, just trace one page of design...and copy this on to freezer paper sheets (purchase these from C&T Publications) made for a printer in standard 8.5 x 11.0 inch size. Works wonderfully!

If you are wondering, my tracings meant printing 12 pages of small leaves, and 8 pages each of sepal and buds. There will be a lot of pressing and cutting out this weekend...and into next week too perhaps! :)


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

BCQC-102 is Open for Registration

The BCQC-2 module is 
OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
7-9 August 2019

Sorry, I've been out of town and got behind...so didn't open this on the 5th as the schedule shows. So, I'm leaving it open two more days instead so we still have window of 3 days.
 
ATTENTION: You must have completed the BCQC-1 Module first, before registering for this BCQC-2 course.
 
The BCQC-2 has three major objectives:
* COLOR — Learning all about Color Selection
* PIECING —Techniques for successful Flip’n’Sew pieced blocks
* EMBELLISHING — Promote individual creativity while reinforcing the
    techniques learned in the BCQC-1 module

The Color portion of the module is extensive. It will cover the first 6 tasks:
· Planning for Color
· Impact of Color Choices
· Color Mixing
- Reading a Color Wheel
- Color Play
· Fast Color Selection Techniques

The Piecing portion of this course will focus on using cotton fabrics and the flip’n’sew method of piecing a block. It will not include a pattern, but does recommend using strips of fabric rather than patch pieces of fabric. So, yardage (1/4 or even 1/8 yardage widths is fine) for this method. We will be using cotton (but you can substitute sturdy silk if you have yardage on hand). This section includes the next two tasks:

· Fabric Selection
- Flip’n’Sew Method (pitfalls and solutions)

The Embellishing portion of this course will include:
· Lace/Trims
· Seam Embroidery
· Silk Ribbon Ideas
· Finishing with Beads, Baubles, and Charms

In total there are 11-tasks for this course. Just as in the BCQC-1 each new task will be emailed to you after you have posted the prior task. 

This is the "follow-on" class to the BCQC-1, which you should have completed first. It builds on the techniques learned in the initial basic course and gives you experience in selecting COLORs for your fabrics/embellishments that will work together nicely. [Note: If you are presently enrolled in the BCQC-1, and are at least on Task #10, you can still sign up for the BCQC-2...as I know you'll have time to finish the BCQC-1 shortly.]

The reason for even offering the BCQC-2 is so that folks (especially true beginners) that want to attempt a block for themselves...with little "influence" from me...but still have a teacher available to answer questions CAN WORK A NEW BLOCK. I'll walk you through the various "layers" of embellishments and offer advice on how to balance the work as we progress through these. Before we even begin, the first few tasks will introduce the "world of color selection" to you...helping you to feel a bit more at ease when combining colors in fabrics and/or embellishments.

To register:
Email me your: name, state/country information, and the email you want me to use for the course shaw.kathy@yahoo.com

Please NOTE: The class will begin on the 10th. So, after you register, you will get a welcome email...but the class blog will not be available to students until the 10th of August. On that day, watch your Email Inbox for the Blogger/Google email INVITATION to join the course's blogsite. Remember to bookmark the class blog site when you arrive there, just as you did for the BCQC-101 course.

Hugs!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Autumn is around the corner...

...and we'll all be hunting for pumpkins soon! Can't believe how fast this year is going by...summer vacation is basically in the rear-view mirror now...and we'll be looking for those gorgeous fall leaf colors soon.

I spent some time today checking out Pinterest...and quickly got lost in the varieties of pumpkins stitched. Of course, about 75% of them were machine done...embroidery mostly. But, a few were hand work and reminded me that there are various ways to approach a single embroidery design.


Simple is not necessarily boring...and a quick little idea is sometimes all that is needed.


If you have a bit more time to spend on a motif, perhaps adding some type of "doodling" to the larger spaces would be just the treatment needed. Pretty sure this specific motif is a machine variety, but still liked the idea just the same.


Or, a more spider-web kind of abstract art filling is more to your liking? This pumpkin above has a filling in each section that reminds me of a string art project. Can you see that? It would be cute and quick too.


Smaller motifs could be closer to realism if you totally filled the spaces. Satin Stitch would work for really tiny pumpkins; but most likely Stem Stitch, Stab Stitch or Long/Short Stitch is the best idea for motifs that are small...but not tiny in size. Again, think this is a machine embroidery version, but could see this done in long/short stitches by hand.


If the pumpkin design is really large, it could be done in fabric. I like the idea of different orange fabrics or just different all together as in this multi-colored idea. This art object could be painted? (maybe stenciled?)...but the idea translates well to the idea of using fabrics. I also like the floral arrangement at the top, but not too sure they are really of  "Autumn" timing...seems a bit Spring to me. Perhaps peppers and corn instead?

Whatever you choose...think about adding a pumpkin to your Autumn d├ęcor by creating a little pumpkin motif on a hand-towel, crazy quilt block, mug rug, or such. 

All of my Patreon Followers will get a little quick motif design to get you started.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Week of Inspiration

Everywhere I looked this week, something was inspiring.

I've had "traditional quilts" on my mind lately as recently I became Chairperson, for my Quilt Guild's upcoming show next year. So, I'm knee deep in figuring out what quilt(s) I need to complete myself...and working on Patreon and Class projects too.

School begins in less than 2 weeks..so that is on my mind (Your's too if you have children or grand-children)...so it just seems like a really busy time.


But, while at the chiropractor's office this week...I noticed the new floor rug. I"m thinking that this could be inspiration for a new medallion quilt pattern. Plus, I'm really liking the light blue and browns together as a color grouping!


Pulled some solids thinking of combining these with the silk tie fabrics for a crazy quilt for the show...but it is about 5th on my list of things to get done...so had to pack these back away until at least one of the current on-going applique quilts is closer to finishing.


Lastly, the Vintage Re-production CQ Class is well underway...most have completed their first project and this weekend we begin to think about out "next" project. It got me to thinking about vintage embroidery designs...and worked up a French Rose for the Patreon group.

Now, I have to totally change gears and get ready to depart for South Alabama...on Tuesday. My friend Mary Young and I have a plan to use some of her dear Mom's garments in a quilt...so I need to go pick these things up. Then, my bestee Sharron Grafton is hosting me for a Silk Ribbon Embroidery Class at her long-arm shop in Newton, AL on the 3rd of August...Saturday. I'm so looking forward to the trip...even if I am hauling my laptop, printer, sewing machine...and STUFF with me. A full car load a usual...but still it will be fun!

Hope this post finds each of you enjoying the end of your summer days as school begins soon!