Thursday, August 18, 2016

More Quilts

Hi there Everyone!
I hope you are all doing well. I have been busy these last few weeks of summer. My website is up and live. Thank you all so much for visiting it and looking around. The feedback has been great and I am so happy it has been helpful to you all to be able to pick your own e2e designs from the multitude that I have available. I will be adding more, so check back often. I had to stop for a while because they all started looking the same. 

My kids went back to school this week and I have been feeling a little lost without their racket and squabbling. The Long arm has been stitching away though and I have many wonderful quilts to work on and a couple patterns to get finished up and published on the website. My husband is in charge of the technology side of our business and is eagerly awaiting me to put on the finishing touches so he can hit the publish button.

Lets look at some pretty quilts! This is a chevron that I finished a bit ago for Nancy. I may have already blogged about it.But lets look at it again. I quilted another gorgeous quilt for her, but I failed to get a single real picture of it before giving it back to her at KCMQG last week.

I LOVE these vines. They are so wild and whimsical. Easy and quick to do too. In the Kaffe Fasset fabric I did rather simple quilting.

Here is a little wall hanging I quilted for Lori. Don't these flowers look like a pretty bunch of  ranunculus? It was very fun to quilt.

I especially love that last border quilting. This design is in Jodi Robinson's little book. I just love how fun it was to quilt.

This will be the first quilt pattern I publish independently. I have many patterns in books and magazines, but I am excited to offer exclusive ones on my own. I didn't choose contrasting flowers/background very well and that is frustrating, so I had to try to outline the appliqué with black sketchy quilting.

This is a custom job I did for Kelly and the quitl shope she works at The Modern Quilter in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be a Block of the Month. The pictures don't do it justice, but I was loosing my light and had to take some quick pictures before I jumped in the car and dashed off to Kansas City for guild.

I had this massive blue open space to quilt. I chose a big blue vine/feather and some swirls.

Its so hard to see, but the main blocks have echo quilting or some curved cross hatching.

This was a really fun quilt to work on. I have also been flying through edge to edge quilts too. I did 3 yesterday and 4 more over the last 2 days.

Well I hope you all enjoy your last bit of summer and if your kids are in school too I hope you can get some sewing done just for the fun of it!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Mighty Savannah

Hi there! I got to quilt another quilt on my bucket list! When my friend Stephanie called me and asked me if I was interested in quilting her Savannah Lion quilt she was making for Cherrywood Fabrics I didn't hesitate to say YES!!! This is a quilt I have seen floating around the internet and I have loved it. I knew I absolutely did not have the patience to make it, but I was dying for someone to have me quit theirs for them.

I knew just how I wanted to quilt it! I wanted straight lines in the face and a wild mane.

For that fantastic teal and aqua background I quilted small scale grid and swirls (which I am totally crushing on at the moment).

The eye got a swirl. I do wish I would have used black thread, but oh well,

I love this quilt. Wool batting, 4 5 different colors of thread and I think 5 days of quilting. I probably could have done it in 3 days, but my kids kept having to eat and I kept having the sleep at night and the pool called a couple times to ask where we were (not really, but we did go to the pool. It is summer after all.)

Have the best day ever!
Tia Curtis

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tia Curtis Quilts Website is now live!

Hi there folks!

I am so happy to announce that my new website is live. You can choose from hundreds of Edge to edge (E2E) designs for your next quilt. All but 3 are $.02 cents a square inch. The price includes cream or white thread. If you want a special color thread that is fine to, I will just need to order it for you. My E2E turnaround is pretty quick still. The custom work is what takes so long.

You will still need to email me so I can send you an order form. I do like to talk with clients a bit before they send me their quilts.  I like to have a mental triage going. You can contact me through the contact page of the website, or you can just email me directly. Its easy. Have the best day folks! If you are poking around my website and notice something crazy that clearly does not belong there please let me know and Stu or I will fix it.

I still have a ton of designs to load up but they were all beginning to look the same so I called it quits for the time being, Next items to add to the website are patterns. I have written so many over the years, I just need to get them looking uniform so they will be pretty for you.

Have a great day folks!


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?