Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Website!

I am so excited to announce that I am making a Tia Curtis Quilts Website! You will be able to shop for fabric, and my patterns in one spot as well as select edge to edge designs for the quilts you send me. I can't wait to show it to you! I am putting together an email list now so I can keep in touch with you. I promise not to sell it or spam you. If we have not emailed one another before now and you wish to be added to my list please just shoot me a quick email and you will be part of my tribe!

some quilts I quilted for Ruthie

Hi there! I wanted to pop in to show you some quilts I finished for Ruthie a moth or so ago. One is custom and the other is an edge to edge.

Ruth's combined these lovely twilled pieces with her stunning Kaffe Fassett fabric.

Twilling is a type of hand stitching that creates the wonderful raised motifs. She didn't want them heavily quilted so I just outlined them to they wouldn't puff up after the quilt is washed.

I combined swirls in the background with straight lines in the churn dash blocks.

This next wonderful quilt was one she worked on at a Kaffe Fassett workshop at Missouri Star Quilt Company. I loved her stories about the workshop and Kaffe and Brandon Mably.

She wanted a pretty dense all over design so I used Arches. I LOVE Arches and would happily use it on everything.

Have the best day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2017

Good Morning Folks!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at KCRQF again next year! They have such a great lineup of teachers and vendors, I am so pleased to be among such great company. I am scheduled to teach 5 classes. It is going to be one busy weekend!

 My 3 long arm classes are; 1) Quilt as you Go on the long arm (QAYG), 2) Welsh Borders on the long arm, and 3) Swirls, Feathers and Lines.

I am also scheduled for two domestic machine classes. 1) Free Motion quilting  and 2) Rope Bowl.

I am so excited! I have been working away on samples and hand outs and getting my class kits together. This will just be the most fun.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask! I will be adding pictures of class samples later so you can have a visual to go with the class descriptions.

Please come join us in Kansas City next June! I would love to meet you and get to know you all better!

Tia Curtis

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Susan's Dear Jane Quilt

As Quilters we all have quilts to make on our bucket list. I personally have probably 2 pages of bucket list quilts to make, but I just don't seem to have the time, which is fine. I am happily busy quilting quilts for folks and that is such an honor and joy. I love being able to work from my  home and spend the summer with my family. I quilt in the morning and go to the pool after lunch. Not a bad gig. 
Well, lets talk about the Dear Jane quilt. The first time I heard about this stunner was in 2006. My husband was deployed to Iraq, I had 3 kids in diapers and I was new to quilting. I was in the obsessive phase of making quilt after quilt. I made them for all my friends and family and I haven't really slowed down since. I was part of a quilt group with my church. At the time I was in my late 20s and the rest of the group was all easily double  or triple my age. They knew SOOOO much! I am so blessed to have fallen in with them. The leader of the group was working on this amazing quilt that was made up of a zillion tiny squares and whenever she would bring it to the group all the older ladies would stand around it and murmur words of awe and adulation. It was almost a holy thing. I, not knowing much at all about the whole process and how FREAKING complicated it was, fell in love with this quilt.  Judy patiently told me about it and explained what a Block Of the Month was and that there were Online quilt shops that would send me the fabric to make several blocks each month. All I had to do was pay them a little money. I was hooked. As soon as I got the kids down for bed that evening I booted up my computer and signed up for the next Dear Jane BOM which would begin in a couple months. It would be a 24 month project. I was so excited and being newly out of the Army I was such a task oriented lady, I just had no doubt at all that I would easily keep up with the program. 

Well, my husband got home from Iraq and we moved to Alice Springs, Australia and the blocks kept coming....and coming and coming! And I got behind. In 10 years I have only made 33 blocks. They really are maddeningly fussy. Especially since I have broken up with precision piecing. 

Fast forward 10 years. I am quilting day in and day out. Each quilt fabulous in their own way. I received an email from a client who wanted me to quilt her Dear Jane quilt. All I could think was what a motivated lady she must be to have the intestinal fortitude to power through all the blocks. Susan sent her quilt to me and it was just stunning. I had such a blast quilting this beauty. And now, since I quilted one Dear Jane quilt I figure I had mark it off my bucket list right? Or maybe I should drag the sack of organized BOM blocks in ziplock bags out and get to it.

I knew there would be miles and miles of stitching in the ditch and that alone would probably be fine for this quilt , but I wanted to do a little more...but not too much. I did a great deal of echoing the blocks and some tiny feathers here and there.

I made melons into wee little Welsh leaves.

Tiny corner blocks and pearls were quilted in as well as mini piano key borders.

After I found my stride it was just so fun to quilt this quilt. I didn't rush it and did about 2 and a half rows a day.

The corner diamonds really threw me as to how to quilt them. I had to physically force my self NOT to swirl them. I am trying hard to rein in the swirling.

Susan is going to bind the quilt with a traditional scallop so that will look lovely right beyond the pearls.

I quilted a little bouquet of flowers in the basket, but they are hard to see in this picture.

I had such a good time quilting this quilt. I hope Susan loves it even more now that it is ready to be used.

What a masterpiece. What are you working on? Is a Dear Jane on your bucket list?


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Some Wall Hangings for Carla

Here are four wall hangings I quilted for Carla. 

A butterfly quilt for Taylor

Hi there!

It seems like it has been ages since I blogged. I keep thinking I will find the time, but when I have a lull I just don't have the energy to blog especially when just posting on Instagram is so darn easy! I can only talk about myself and what I am doing so much. With that said I do want to show the quilting on the last couple quilts I got to work on.

This butterfly quilt is one I quilted for Taylor. She wanted to butterflies to be flying through windy clouds, but she wanted to clouds to look asian. Luckily she sent pictures and I did my best to quilt Asian clouds.

All the quilting in the body of the quilt was hand guided, and Taylor did not want it densely quilted.

The borders were done by the computer. She wanted Ginkgo leaves and a basket weave. No problem.

The butterflies were very fun to quilt.  The whole quilt was fun to work on and took about a week.

Tia Curtis

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hi there from the quilt lair!

Hey there! I have been busy quilting away. April/May is always a big quilting time for me. I cut back on the amount of quilts I did this Market and I have been pretty pleased. I love quilting for market, it is so cool to quilt for quilt market, but the stress of getting things done super quick is tricky in what should be a pretty laid back job. 

So let me show you some of the quilts I have quilted since my last blog post. Only 2 of these are market quilts and I think all are custom. I did a heap of E2E quilts, but for some reason those don't jump in front of the camera like the custom ones do.

This first one was For Kolleen here in town. I did really cool quilting but it is hard to see because me camera lens had a smudge on it. Huzzah!

I took these pictures of Heathers quilt on the same day with the same smudged camera. I custom quilted feathers all around the blocks.

This one I did for me. YAY Me! The quilting is Welsh inspired and the quilt itself is just a simple Ohio Star. The grey background fabric is Essex linen and the rest is either hand dyed by me or a piece of hand dyed Ombre by Marcus brothers.  The quilting really stands out because I used 2 layers of batting. Wool as the top layer and blend as the bottom layer.

I had the best times with these borders.

I made this leaf too big, so it became a snake

My favorite border is harder to see..I will take more pictures later after the rain ceases and I have the quilt bound.

I quilted this one for Kari. It was tricky to figure out how I wanted to quilt it, but after I committed I just loved it!

This is a Quilt Market quilt for Latifah Saafir out of her new fabric line Grafic. I have had a quilt crush on her FOREVER and was so excited to quilt for her. And I got to quilt a Glam Clam quilt! I have wanted to quilt one of these FOREVER. She has the most awesome acrylic templates to go with this pattern (and a bunch of other patterns as well. And she was so kind to send 2 templates along with her quilt. Now I just need to find the time to make myself a quilt with them!

So, I quilted this one with echoing arcs and bricks and was just super fun to quilt.

I finally finished this order of baby quilts for twin girls. I think I started it 2 years ago? Luckily the quilts are big enough to work as toddler quilts.

The backs have the girls names pieced. The first twin had a pretty short name, the other twin had a LOOONNNGGG name. I like the contrast with the fabric I used in Larkyn's quilt better.

 The front of Larkyn's quilt is pretty cool too. More of my large Appliqué study.

Lyra got a big star. Still cute.

And the last custom quilt I finished was this one for Gina Martin. It is a secret quilt, so this is just the back. I will show more pictures after Quilt Market.

OK, quilts need to be quilted I will pop back later. Have a great day folks!