Category Archives: Quilting

More Row by Row Shop Hopping

Portsmouth

Seacoast Sewing and Quilting in Portsmouth New Hampshire was our second stop on our road trip today as we took the day off of producing to be consumers.  First we went to the annual book sale at the local library.  We always find something good there.

library book sale

Here is the wall in the ladies room at Seacoast Sewing and Quilting, hope you can zoom in; isn’t it great?

Bathroom

Next stop was the Salmon Falls Pottery Outlet shop.  No quilts but lots of New England stoneware.

Salmon Falls

On to visit a quilt store in Maine just so we could say we went to a different state.  The Village Quilt Shop also has a great garage door.

Village Quilt ShopVillage garage

Last stop was Footprints Quilt Shoppe in East Rochester New Hampshire.

Footprints

We really liked all three of the free row patterns we received today.

A productive week

This week has been productive as mom, Sue, and I hang out together at the cabin by the lake.  I have done some thermofax printing, made a little Serendipity quilt (bird), dabbled in some Shibori work, and eaten peach pie made by the best pie maker in the world.  Mom has been busy finishing up a quilt challenge for her quilt guild in Mississippi.  The theme was “yellow” and “chickens”.  Check out what Sue has been doing at her blog, “Thread, Fiber, Fabric, Paint”.

Backing bird quilt mom's work pie maker Pie Shibori Snowflakes

NH shop hopping for Row by Row Experience

My friend Sue is visiting at our little cabin on the lake.  We spend most of our time making fabrics for our art quilts and sewing.  Yesterday we had to go to the other side of Lake Winnipesaukee to pick up a sticker for our mooring float before we could put out the Sunfish sailboat.  So, we decided to make a day of it and stop at three quilt shops who are participating in the NH Row by Row Experience.  Each store was unique and of course we made purchases at all three in addition to picking up the free directions to make the row for that particular shop.

Weirs Beach NH

Weirs Beach NH

Quilting corner

Tilton NH

Constant Quilter

Andover NH

Our last stop was an antique store as well as a quilting store (Heaven?) and I found this great old mola there.  It was a fantastic day.

Old Mola under glass in a frame.  Dog or Lion?

Old Mola under glass in a frame. Dog or Lion?

Keepsake Quilting Block

This summer quilt stores all over the USA and Canada are participating in a Row by Row Experience shop hop.  The idea is that as you travel you would stop at quilt shops and pick up a free pattern for a quilt row.  Last week, Sue, Mom and I stopped in at Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor New Hampshire to pick up their pattern.

I made the row using some commercial fabrics and two fabrics that were printed with our thermofax screens (available in the etsy shop).  Both fabrics are in the snowball block which is the block with the bear and moose in the middle.  The green triangles at the corners were printed on a piece of hand-dyed green fabric with the bark screen and then the pine branch screen.  The commercial print in the middle of the snowball block is printed with the new pinecone screen available now in the shop but started out as a fabric with the tiny pinecones on it.

Keepsake Row Moose bear block

Snow days

We have had a four day weekend now that our school system cancelled school both yesterday and today for snow and ice. So, my Babylock Ellisimo embroidery machine has been hard at work making these cute Mug Rugs.

Joy and Holly leaf were screened on with a thermofax screen.

Joy and Holly leaf were screened on with a thermofax screen.

The gold snowflakes were screened onto the white fabric

The gold snowflakes were screened onto the white fabric

These cute gift tags were also done with thermofax screens

These cute gift tags were also done with thermofax screens

The mug rug design comes from Five Star Fonts and some of the fabric as well as the gift tags were screened during a demonstration on Saturday at Artistic Artifacts.

Teaching at Artistic Artifacts

Sue and I are teaching at Artistic Artifacts on Oct. 19, 2013. This is a wonderful store to shop at as well as a great environment for teaching. The store is full of inspiration. If you have never tried thermofax screen printing before, feel free to join us. If you are already an expert, come use our paints and screens and have some open studio time.

Here is the link for the details about the class. http://www.artisticartifacts.com/product/4110192013.html

Jumpstarting our creativity

Sue and I have our own 2 person quilt camp (well, 3 of us if you count mom who sews but doesn’t participate in all the other messy stuff).   We use our garage here at mom’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee and set it up as a dye/paint/stencil/gelli printing/paintstick/stamping/other messy creative wanderings mini factory.  We play around with yardage adding layers using different art techniques until we come up with some cool fabric or run out of time, whichever comes first.  We pin things up on a design wall (which could also be called the back of a flannel backed plastic table cloth thumbtacked to the wall) and admire our creations, give each other feedback and Sue even completes things.

This year we started our quilt camp off in Virginia by taking a one day workshop with Jaime Malden on stamping with carved wooden stamps from India.  We followed her techniques by making an apron as a practice piece and then took off with paint as well as discharge (removing dye) using the vast selection of wood blocks she had available.  Then we drove up the next day.  It was a great way to get a creative muse going and all the way to New Hampshire we talked about what we would (or could) do the next few weeks in the garage.

The class was taught by Jaime Malden  of Colouricious and given at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA.

Jaime Malden with quilt, white leaves stamped with Gesso

Jaime Malden with quilt, white leaves stamped with Gesso

Wooden stamps, hand carved in India

Wooden stamps, hand carved in India

Small wooden stamps hand carved in India

Small wooden stamps hand carved in India

Class sample, a small wall hanging with a stamped dragonfly in the middle, other stamps used to add subtle texture around edges

Class sample, a small wall hanging with a stamped dragonfly in the middle, other stamps used to add subtle texture around edges

Class sample, some of Jaime Malden's stamp designs

Class sample, some of Jaime Malden’s stamp designs

Class sample, small layered quilt embellished with beads and embroidery around the stamped elephant

Class sample, small layered quilt embellished with beads and embroidery around the stamped elephant

Students model their aprons

Students model their aprons

Class project; a new apron

Class project; a new apron