Spring Quilt Market is next week and preparations had me running all yesterday. Thus the day late! Gina Zeleznok of Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing and I will have the “By The Numbers” booth#3209 and I’ll have my Wendt Quilting booth#3207. Gina will also have her Grab ‘n Go Kits booth #3211. She has some georgeous new designs! I’ve decided to offer my “Wonderful Little World” pattern and foundations to shops. I love the simplicity of the houses and trees! I’ll put the photo below. The houses finish to 3″… Cuteness!!
My LITTLE Wonderful World ~DW
Market prep includes a redo of my catalog. I have to say, it is very rewarding seeing all my designs listed and pictured. It reinforces my love of design!! So, what about you? Do you have photos off all the quilts you have made? You should!!! I know I’ve missed some of mine along the way. I’ve said for years I need an album. I even have one a friend made for me. Time to get it filled up with photos!
#1- Take photos of your work!
How do you take photos? Holding them up with so the quilt has feet? Draped over furniture? On a bed? One way is to get the entire quilt. I don’t have floor space in my house to lay out a full quilt. Time to improvise. So, my driveway is big enough! I put a sheet down, anchored with rocks and hung out a window above to get the “big” picture. The problem with getting a good shot is trying not to skew the image. Difficult!! If possible…Get directly above the center, hold your camera flat (don’t tilt) and take the photo. You can do the same upright using a quilt stand. Close ups are also nice to show your quilting and beautiful piecing.
#2- Use a sheet on the ground to protect your quilt when taking photos.
Did you know my “Shoo Fly Picnic” quilt has a drop cloth backpack pattern included?! Great for taking the quilt (or any quilt) to an outdoor event and protecting it from the ground.
Shoo Fly Picnic. D.W.
The winner of the Block Stock prize package is Evelyn W. of PA. I’ll be emailing you!!!
It was GREAT to be in Paducah last week! Thank you to all who stopped, visited and shopped! I loved seeing friends, former students, sharing quilt photos and stories. We had lots of laughs in my booth. Even discussion on local wine, (teehee). Check out Purple Toad Winery. I’ve yet to get there but have heard and tasted good things!
I did manage to get to Handcock’s of Paducah. I love all the fabric they carry. My favorite purchase was not any new items but old. Take a look at this pillowcase. Great appliqué inspiration!
Also, I got a couple pics of antique quilts. First, a lone star and I love how they changed fabrics in the same position. Still the same colors but completely different fabric. Love that kind of inspiration! The second is a Hexagon with back to front binding. Great plaid backing!
#1- Use antique quilts for inspiration!
#2- Do you have an antique quilt that needs to be cleaned? Be very gentle! Try soaking in bath tub, spin out water in washing machine (no washing or agitation! Just spin.) and lay flat on clean white sheet to dry.
Block Stock has come to a close. I’ll announce my prize package winner next week. Thank you to all who made a purchase during the Block Stock Hop! I look forward to next year’s hop!!
Evening! Very late as today was end of setup and preview night. Just putting my feet up so my legs can have a rest before the show officially opens tomorrow!! I’ll post a few pics of my booth that my friend took of my booth. I’ll get some more picks through the week. Remember, I’ve changed locations. I’m in the River Room on the second floor of the convention center booth #3506. Come on by for demos, tools, patterns and some new bits! And don’t forget the Cuddle! Soooooo soft!
Tips for Quilt Week…
#1- Bring a bag along to carry your purchased treasures. Most vendors have bags, but your own bag is easier to carry.
# – Take a look at the show bag below. Awesome and a great souvenir!
Patterns, tools and product are lined up to be packed into the Suburban. Wheels roll on Saturday for Paducah!! Take a look at my new “little” favorite scissors. They are called Super Snips with blades only 3/4″! They are part of the lineup for Paducah. At only $2.79 they will go fast. Look for them on my website after Paducah. Or come purchase a pair in my booth #3506!!
I will be the featured speaker at the Farmington Valley Quilt Guild in Connecticut tomorrow. The topic is “Bindings – A World of Options”. The workshop on Thursday is “Finishing School”. I have a notebook full of samples they will be learning! In getting their kits ready, I needed to cut some bindings and a bunch of quilted fabric. Look at my mat from cutting the Cuddle kits….
It needs a cleaning. A couple of ways to “pull” the fibers from the mat is a wad of tape.
Or a piece of batting also works great. Swirl the tape or batting around the fibers that are stuck in the mat and “wa-la”…no more fibers!
#1- Use tape or batting to remove fibers stuck in the cuts of your mat.
#2 – Keep you mat clean. It saves fibers getting pushed further into it. For really stubborn fibers, try a damp paper towel. It is best to use a circular motion.
The Block Stock Hop will be coming to an end on April 30. Be sure to visit the participating shops and designers! Shop with them (or me, hint, hint) and receive a free block pattern. Each shop/designer also has a wonderful giveaway at the end. Check out BlockStock.net for complete details!!
The countdown is on for Paducah!! I’ve been busy getting inventory ready and kits packaged. My exciting news… I will be carrying Cuddle in my booth in Paducah! I’m so excited! Cuddle is so very yummy and soft! I have chosen some great colors that will work perfectly with Snuggle Tails! I will even have black and white for the Orca in your life. A sneak peak of some of the colors are below.
And be sure to come to my new booth location. I’m moving up…literally! My booth will be on the second floor in the Convention Center. You can find me in booth #3506 with a little more space.
Speaking of quilt shows…
#1- Wear comfy shoes! There is nothing worse than having sore feet.
#2- I’ve said this before, but saying it again…ASK to photo quilts in vendor booths. Vendors spend countless hours creating new designs for you. Please give them the respect they deserve…and buy that pattern! And if they say NO photos, respect that as well!
I spent this evening with the Yankee Quilters Guild in Franklin. MA. It was wonderful sharing my quilts on the topic of “Bindings A World of Options”. Great questions and show and tell! Thank you for having me!
I love sharing my lecture/trunk shows and workshops with guilds. It is fun seeing how other guilds operate and I get to meet awesome quilters! If your guild is looking for a speaker…lets talk! Next week I’ll be with the Farmington Valley Quilt Guild in Connecticut. I’m looking forward to another program on Bindings and workshop on Finishing School (all the exciting end bits of the quilt!!)
Show season is well underway. So my question to you… Do you buy kits at Quilt Shows? I truly want to know your honest answers. If you give me your thoughts in the comments, I will enter you into a drawing for a kit of fabrics and pattern for the “Four” Dinner placemats!
my second request…
Do you still buy books? Or do you prefer picking up patterns? Or do like buying patterns online and downloading the pdf’s?
I enjoy talking with quilters at shows. I love hearing about your successes and answering questions. I, too, have questions and looking for your thoughts. As the quilting industry moves and changes so does your quilting habits.
#1- Talk to quilt show vendors.
#2- Talk to quilt shop owners.
They cannot read your mind and if you have requests, they are sure to listen! Did you know they will special order for you?
Yep! Tuesday flew right past me. I am in Lancaster for the AQS Quilt Week and yesterday was day 2 of set up. Below is my booth#1118. It is a little different trying to show all the quilts I brought with me. Come by and say hi! Today was the first day of the show.
W.Q. Booth in Lancaster
I had a nice visit today with a student from the Lewes, DE guild from a few years ago. I remember her quilt from class as I loved her fabric choices! I was shopping at the local shop the day before class and I helped her decide on her diamonds for her “Diamond Tipped Tools” quilt. She was kind to send me photos so I could share her beauty with you! Nicely done Cheryl!!
Cheryl H’s Diamond Tipped Tools
I remember faces and fabrics!! It is always a treat to see finished projects!
Quilt show tips for today/yesterday
#1- It is ok to collect patterns! (Thanks B.C.! I use your line a lot!)
#2- if you see it and like it….buy it! You might forget to go back to “that” booth.