Two Tip Tiesday – events

I’ve been busy getting things settled for another show and event in Florida in January.  First the new show.  I’ll be vending and teaching mini classes at a new show in Sturbridge, MA in November!  All the information can be found on Pinwheels and Friends website.

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A little plug for my classes…one by machine…Brilliant Bindings by Machine in which you will walk away from class with a bound Journal cover (complete with journal included)!!  All for only $10!!!!  Doesn’t get any better than that for instruction and kit!  Next a hands-on hand piecing class of piecing on a muslin foundation.  In this class you will work on a Tiny World.  All instruction, house and tree foundation, fabrics are also included in the kit also for only $10!!  You just can’t beat that!  Other vendors will also be instructors, so check out the options and sign up early.  They will sell out early.

 

For my Florida trip…I am the featured teacher for a retreat put on by Sew Central of Merritt Island, FL!!!!!  Check out the website for all the information!  (Sewcentral.net). Babes on the Beach is going to be a blast!  Who doesn’t want to be in sunny central Florida on the coast in January?!?  And with me and a room full of quilters making one of my patterns?!

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I did something for myself a couple weeks ago…I joined Beth Helfter’s (Eva Paige Designs) Teal Mini Swap 2016.  I will be making a teal mini for my new quilting friend, Katie, in Kansas!  The swap raises funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  There is only a few days left to join (Aug.29) and it will be capped at 425 swappers.  She is currently at 377!!!  So hurry and register if you are interested, or look for it next year.

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#1- What have hat have you done for yourself lately?  Join the fun of a show, retreat, getaway or swap.

I love planning, but I’m not so good at finishing.  So I’m saying this out loud…”I will finish at least one UFO by the time I write to you next week!”  There I said it, now to get my buns in gear!

#2- make a commitment to finish something!  Even if it is to put a label on a quilt!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Design wall

First, THANK YOU Grand Rapids and all those who attended the show!!  I had a great time with lots of laughs!  My new friends…the sisters (coffee does help!), my shortarm friend (as apposed to longarm!), students (send those photos!) and all the kids who visited my booth… Thanks for making it memorable!

I’m still moving my studio/workshop/catch-all room around.   And my design wall was removed from its previous location.  So, I thought it would be a good time to show you how I make mine before it gets put back on another wall.  My two tips will be the process of making a design wall and hanging it!!

I use construction insulation board for the base.  I’ve seen it blue or pink.  Blue is thinner than pink and my preference.  It comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets.  Cut it to whatever size you like or put several together for an entire wall!  I have used one board/sheet (cut to 5 1/2′ long) and covered with flannel.  This is an old cream flannel sheet wrapped around the front and stapled to the back.

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Mark the placement for hanging.  For the greatest stability, measure wall stud distances and mark accordingly.  We drilled a hole through the board, BUT made a slit in the flannel so the drill did not chew up the flannel.  (Or drill the holes first and then cut slit after board is covered.). A flat 1″ washer goes between the board and the long screw.  Make sure the screw is long enough to go through the board and into the wall/stud.  We used a 1 1/2″ flat head wood screw.

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Screw design board into the wall.  Hand sew slit closed.  TaDa!  A design board without a lot of work or cost!

 

 

In quilting,

Debbie

 

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Two Tip Tuesday – another show

Hello Grand Rapids!  I’m set up and ready for AQS Quilt Week to open tomorrow!  Any of you coming to the show?  You can find me in Booth #1021.  I’ll be demoing Brilliant Bindings, have “I am AQS” show specials, and have all my new patterns and the quilts with me!!  Come by, say hi and shop!  I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Rremember, I love hearing reports on my quilts you have made.  Any of you who took my binding class last year…please stop in!

I was getting a backing ready to go on my long arm before I left.  It is flannel!  I love how yummy it feels on the back of a quilt!  When working with flannel, I always pre-wash!

#1- Pre-wash flannel!  It takes care of any shrinkage.  (Typically flannel shrinks more than “regular” cotton.)

and…I pinked the edges of the backing seams.  It sure kept the fraying to a minimum.  As I’ve mentioned before I use a 1/2″ seam for the backing seams.

Pinking rotary blade

#2- Wavey rotary blade works great for pinking edges of fabric!

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – after a show

I think I’ve got the after a show blues.  I love being at shows and seeing all my friends and meeting new Quilters.  Then, I get home and try to regroup.  It can be a let down.  I’m trying to find a tip in there somewhere.  From several of the comments I got a couple weeks ago, many of you come home energized from a quilt show!  Perfect!  I need to catch that enthusiasm.  Being on my feet for four days straight is tiring.  BUT, For me giving new quilter’s tips, hearing feedback from my students and hearing how you like my patterns is uplifting and my tired feet don’t fell so bad.  And thank goodness for floor pads!  My mini pads work great when space is an issue.

Puzzle floor pads

Puzzle floor pads

#1- Use floor pads when standing for long periods of time.  (While cutting or at your long arm)

and look…#2- Inspiration for appliqué quilt blocks!

 

 

And to top off Quilt Week in Syracuse, James Taylor was in concert next door!!  Perfect timing…and quick last minute tickets purchased…and third row seats!

Third row view!

Third row view!

 

James Taylor in concert Syracuse

James Taylor in concert Syracuse

JT's backdrop

JT’s backdrop

Big screen JT!

Big screen JT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a new photo to share…

Tool Twist by Patty Wheeler

Tool Twist by Patty Wheeler

 

 

This is is from my Tool Twist class from 2015 in Paducah.  Awesome job Patty, I LOVE the colors!  I love how the colors match my concert photos!

in quilting,

Debbie

P.S. Sorry last weeks post didn’t show up on FaceBook, not sure why…?!?

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Two Tip Tuesday – Syracuse

Today I took my booth space in Syracuse from this…

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to this!

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Setting up a booth takes time.   I’m one tired girl tonight.  Time for some quick tips and sleep so I’ll  be ready to greet many quilter’s tomorrow.  I hope you might be one of them.  If you are at the show, come by and say hi.  You can find me in booth #1509!

Thank you to the four people who commented on last week’s post.  I’ll be contacting you in the next few days to send you the new Shoo Fly pattern.

Last week I started sorting and trying to reduce the piles of my quilting things.  I really need to get all the fabric under control.  I’ve decided to take some of the leftovers and cut them into 5″ squares.  One of my guild’s challenge is to do something (we don’t know the rules yet) with 5″ squares.  So, a good way to make a start in the leftovers.

#1 – pick a size and cut leftovers into specific sizes.  (My recommendation is 5″ squares and 2 1/2″ strips.  Why those measurements?  There are many books focusing on those numbers.  And for me…I already own them!)

#2 – Store projects in clear plastic bins.  Be sure to label them.  Then if you are going on a retreat or to a friend’s house to sew…you can grab the bin and go sew!

in quilting,

Debbie

 

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Two Tip Tuesday

AQS Quilt Week in Syracuse, NY is just around the corner!  July 27-30.  I’ll be vending again this year.  Come see me Booth#1509 (right behind the AQS booth).  I’ll be demo-ing Brilliant Bindings and I’ll have all my new “By The Numbers” quilts and the patterns.  I’m super excited to show you my favorite…Shoo Fly Picnic!

Shoo Fly Picnic. D.W.

Shoo Fly Picnic. D.W.

It is a super easy shoo fly block and includes directions for making a tarp backpack!  The tarp protects the quilt from the ground and it folds into a backpack for easy storage and carrying the quilt.  Come check it out or visit my website to purchase the pattern.  Wendtquilting.com

I will be participating in the “I am AQS” special so if you are an AQS member, be sure to ask what my special is at the show!  I will also be in the Learning Center at 1pm on Friday with a demo/talk on “Bindings Are Not Boring, They’re Brilliant!”

Question:  What do you like most about going to quilt shows?  Leave a comment with your answer and I’ll draw four lucky winners for a “Shoo Fly Picnic” pattern.  To also be added into another drawing for a chance to win a #4 pack of four fat quarters  from “Done by Three” bright quilt and the pattern, tell me what you shop for at shows.  (if you are outside the USA and win…we’ll work something out!)

 

"Done by Three". D.W.

Bright “Done by Three”. D.W.

Several Quilt Show tips have been given before.  So here are some…but did you know tips…

#1- Many shows have charitable organizations that are there selling quilts, handmade items and raffle tickets.

#2- Buying a Multi-day pass is often cheaper.  And what’s not to like about coming another day, for another look.

#3-  Sometimes local restaurants give show specials.

#4- Vendors are hard working quilter’s …Don’t snap photos without permission.  Many designs are copyrighted patterns.

in quilting,

Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Sightseeing delay

Hi quilting friends.  Summertime in New Englad is now upon us!  I was out sightseeing yesterday with limited internet access on the ferry to Nantucket.  But look at the view…

Nantucket Bay

Nantucket Bay

My sister was visiting from Missouri and we had an awesome trip to Nantucket!  Those amazing colors of the photo above would make a great start of a quilt (previous tip on using nature for inspiration!)  and my mom pointed out the match of hat to sky, shirt to sea and shorts to sand.  LOVE it, and unplanned.

My inspiration this week comes from a visit to “The Breakers” in Rhode Island.  Everywhere I looked in the mansion of the Vanderbilts, I saw quilting patterns.  Both piecing and quilting!  From floor…

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Wood parquet in “the Breakers”

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Marble floor in “the Breakers”

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Tile floor on balcony of “the Breakers”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to ceiling…

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to things in between…

Woodwork in "The Breakers"

Woodwork in “The Breakers”

Beautiful window treatments!

Beautiful window treatments!

#1- Simple parts make amazing designs!

#2- look to outside crafts for inspiration!  (Tile work, wood work, stained glass patterns, even draperies!)

in quilting,

Debbie

 

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