Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Making a Quilt

The quilt on my bed is 20 years old and has been in constant use since it was made. The fabrics are faded slightly, but mainly I'm tired of it and ready for fresh colors and patterns.

I've been an admirer of Denyse Schmidt quilts and fabrics  http://dsquilts.com/  for years, and found a complete set of her Flea Market Fancy fat quarters  http://dsquilts.com/fabric_and_patterns.asp?PageID=79 at Beth Louche's StashModernFabric on Etsy  http://www.etsy.com/shop/StashModernFabric . I'm alternating squares of Schmidt's fabric with some PFD Kona Cotton that I bought for dyeing a couple of years ago.

The layout is made with one inch squares of 19 of the prints on white cotton and I like it so much I may stitch the squares to the background and quilt it as a wall piece.

I was inspired to use contemporary prints and a very simple block design by following Rita Hodge on her Australian website, Red Pepper Quilts http://www.redpepperquilts.com/ . I love the clean, fresh fabrics that she uses with unexpected bindings. I also want to complete this bed covering as quickly as I can and get on to other projects.

I have cut all of the squares and triangles and I'm working for several hours a day piecing them, by machine, of course. I've located my sewing table halfway between the little tv and my computer so that I catch all the episodes of Downton Abbey and Bones or play Craft in America episodes on the PBS website.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jean Campbell At Arrowmont in 2013

I collected seed beads and books on beading for years and never completed a project. Sure, I would handle the bead containers and rearrange them, sorting by size or by color. Finally after maybe 15 years, I sold all of them and concentrated on other media, selling my chainmaille jewelry at small shows. This year I started adding beads to chainmaille and found myself purchasing beads once more. Then my hands started hurting from using pliers constantly and I looked to beads as a change of muscle movements.

Jean Campbell's books on beaded beads have always been my favorite books on the subject and they were the first ones I picked up to make a real attempt at learning to make jewelry from beads. Only a week after I received these two books in the mail Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts posted its 2013 course catalog on its website:  http://www.arrowmont.org/ and I found that of all people, Jean Campbell will be teaching a course there in July. The title of the one-week course is Geometric Beadwork, and peyote stitch will be used to create the geometric shapes. I registered for the class before the end of 2012, assuring myself of Arrowmont's early registration discount. I'll admit to saving money whenever I can, but I'll spend all of the money I saved on the class purchasing beads at the school's supply store.

You can find a course description and brief bio of Jean Campbell here:  http://www.arrowmont.org/images/arrowmont/pdfs/arrowmont-2013workshops.pdf . Click on the link and scroll down to page 24 of the PDF catalog.

If you register for any one-week course, two-week course or weekend course at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, before February 8, 2013, you will receive a 10% discount on the price of your class. The geometric beading class price is $495, so the discount means a savings of $49.50. That's a lot of beads! Just make sure that you register by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 7 and join me in Jean's class!