Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Creating with Carrie's Paint Fabric

Hey there! If you are on the blog hop welcome! I am Tia Curtis, a long arm quilter and quilt designer. I am also a friend of Carrie's. I pretty much dig her. We met at quilt market a couple years ago and what struck me first about her was this her kindness and a special thrum of intense creative energy just below the surface. Well, when she asked me if I wanted to sew for her again for quilt market I said YES! She sent me her awesome PAINT fabric and each print was better than the last. I wanted to do justice to each print and many of them screamed APPLIQUÉ ME!!!! So I did.

First up we have this wonderful Paint brush case. My best friend Sharon Smith had one like it that was old and torn. She found at a yard sale about 20 years ago. She brought it to me and wanted to know if I could use it to draft a pattern for another one. I have made several over the years and the pattern has developed a bit. Now that I have it the way I like it best I have been meaning to do something with the pattern, besides just making paint brush cases for friends and my daughter. When I saw Carrie's fabric I knew Paint was the perfect collection for this design.

I did a bit of hand quilting while my husband was making dinner and used one of my old Camp Follower Bag business tags in the binding. This is a great design. If it doesn't get picked up at quilt market I will release a PDF pattern for purchase.

The next project was a little needle turn appliqué wall hanging. At first I thought I was going to make a BIG 4 block appliqué  (like the beautiful antique ones I saw at the quilt study center in Lincoln, Nebraska) but even I couldn't make that happen in time. I will make one later though. I thoroughly LOVED working on this project. There is something magical about doing hand appliqué in a quiet house. It really helps focus my mind. I think I had menus planned for the next 5 weeks! I designed this quilt to be pretty simple and approachable for a new appliqué quilter...someone just wishing to dip their toes into simple shapes.

Here it is all finished. I custom quilted this one. It is so hard to pick my favorite print! I love the color wheels for fussy cutting, the text is great because it is just awesome and the new colors are fabulous.

Last but not least I made this big Cross and Crown quilt. This was actually all I was going to make but I got swept up in Carrie's wonderful Paint fabric! I couldn't help it! I used the Weave print for the big parts of the tulips (or crown I guess, but I always think they look like tulips) and I added an appliqué  vine in the center cross portion. All but the bias vine is fusible appliqué. WAY faster than needle turn. If this pattern isn't picked up at Quilt market I will write it up as a PDF for here as well. I love the idea of blowing up a classic quilt block into a large bed sized quilt. It is fast and fairly simple, you just need bigger cuts of fabric.

For the quilting on this one I used an edge to edge. I couldn't narrow down what I wanted to do to it with the time I had left, so and edge to edge worked well but still looked naked. My daughter sketched out some leaves and I quilted them on the vines and viola! It was ready.

Here is a better shot of the leaves! Umm. I love them.

OK, so I know you are here to win some fabric right? Well, leave a comment below about which print  form Paint you think you will do the most with. The paint brush print is perfect for fussy cutting too by the way! I will choose a winner Saturday and Carrie will send you an Charm pack! Start saving your fabric allowance folks. This collection of fabric it fabulous!

Tia Curtis

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Monday, April 14, 2014

A pretty quilt

Hey there! I just finished a quilt I can show you! Isn't this a pretty one? I just love the prettiness to it. It is a modified Dresden Plate with some fun dimensional piecing in the centers.

I custom quilted it so the folded bits would pop.

Here is a better shot of the "pop" of the folded parts.

And a gratuitus shot of the back.

I did a wide border of my favorite quick feather...a hooked feather.

OK, back down to the lair! It was great seeing you...I will be back soon I hope!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Jersey Beauty Block - a quick and dirty tutorial

Have you ever seen a New York Beauty quilt Block or quilt for that matter? Totally on my bucket list. They blow my mind. I even made a tiny New York Beauty quilt once......and then I gave it away as a quilt swap. I have always wanted to make my own New York Beauty quilt though...but not quite as rigid as the paper pieces make them. I love craftsy.com and I have loved taking classes from them. one of my very favorite classes was one by Sarah Fielke. In the class she showed how to make a New York Beauty quilt block ( a Not Quite a Beauty) whack I thought was so much more beautiful than the standard New York Beauty Blocks.

Well, I tried and tired to get it right and finally settled on the New Jersey Beauty Block (or at least that is what I am calling it).  I have been to New Jersey once. And New York Never. Crazy I know...well I may have flown through a couple times while doing meddevacs, but those times don't really count as I never left the airport and was just looking for a soft chair to curl up in and try to sleep in or trying to get my patients comfortable enough so they could rest.

I have ben playing with my New Jersey blocks trying to decide what orientation I like the best...There are too many great ways to make the block so none is better than another. I took some pictures while making the blocks and even made a video. I am not sure if the video will come out. My fingers are crossed. I fiddled with my camera and can't get it to return to the previous great quality pictures it was taking. Now everything looks blurry...or I am drunk?

I didn't do the spike parts for this block...just the curves. I love it and can invision it a hundred different ways!

As I was making the blocks I decided it was easiest to start with 5 long triangles or wedges and 4 background pieces.

Sew with a quarter inch seam the first two blocks. No sweat right? It gets harder...

For the second wedge you will really have to make a dramatic angle. It feels wrong, but just do it!

Make sure you trim off the background leftover bit each time.

This was the first block I made where half the spikes didn't develop...so ignore that...just focus on the nice curve I am trying to make here. Lay your spiky block part on top of the inner curve bit

Make a gentle curve with your rotary cutter. Be careful not to cut off your finger tips. You can do this. You are an Adult.

Do the same thing with another inner curve.

If you feel wild make even one more curve! See if the video helps. I hope it loads. I will try to fix it if is doesn't. I don't want you to miss any of the drama.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quilt Posse meeting info

Hey there! I hope you are all well and enjoying a taste of spring. I am busy doing all sorts of things, but I can't show most of them right now. Bummer I know. The FT Leavenworth Quilt Posse is meeting at my house on the 2nd of April at 1000. If you are in town please come by email me and I will give you details on where I live if you want to come. We will be doing free motion quilting on domestic machines then making them into bags. It is going to be super fun, and there is no charge...just your company and maybe bring something for lunch to share. The bags we will be making are like the one above. My favorite zipper tricks, and some bag making tips. Super fun! So you will need:

  • a 14 inch closed sport zipper
  • 2 fat quarters (or some pieced blocks/or a little quilt equaling 18x22 inches) 
  • pretty cotton thread
  • sewing machine with a quilting foot and the machine manual if you don't know how to do a bit of free motion quilting
  • A zipper foot for your sewing machine
  • an 8 inch piece of trim or fabric or leather for the handle if you want one.
  • **If you don't have a quilting foot, or aren't confident in your sewing machine please let me know and you can borrow one of my extra machines. I have several vintage machines that are very fun to quilt on. Reserve one and I will have it set up for you. If this pertains to you, show up at least 1/2 hour early so I can teach you how they work.  
I will provide batting as I have HEAPS leftover from quilts.

This is going to be super fun! I normally charge for this class, so you will be getting a great deal! Please RSVP so I know if you are coming or not.

This is the block for the month of April. Its name is Garden Walk. I gave out templates for it at last months meeting, but I can give them tuesday when you come, or you can email me and I will get them to you that way. We will not be working on the block at the meeting like we normally do. But is it really easy so I am confident you can make it by yourself. 

OK, back to the quilt lair!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Here is some of the quilting I have been doing for quilt market. You may recognize Carrie Bloomston's (Such Design) next fabric collection. It is named Paint. I love it and Carrie is pretty much the sweetest human being I have ever met. I finished these 3 pieces pretty quickly. I didn't bathe for 3 days, I haven't made dinner in I don't even know how long (thank goodness my husband likes to cook) and I also have barely been sleeping. I am so happy this lot is out the door and on its way to Carrie. I have so much more I want to make with her fabric! it is so wonderful! I will show better pictures later.

latest quilts

I have been crazy busy lately. Here are 4 quilts I finished recently. This top one is Pam's Irish Chain that I quilted with a digital feather I have been wanting to use for a while.

This quilt is one for my mom. I gave her a pack of Liberty of London fabric for Christmas last year and she used them in this quilt. I LOVE the border print she used, but she does not know what it was.

This is a back view of how I quilted it.

This is a neat quilt for Debbie. She wanted me to custom quilt it however I wanted. I must admit I was a bit stumped...

In the end I took inspiration from the fabric in the blocks.

This is a very happy scrappy trip along for Leona. I quilted it with a dizzy edge to edge. Basicly it is spirals.

This is the back.

Pretty fun variety of quilts.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Another Peek in the Quilt Lair

I know I am not the best blogger around. I used to be better, but if I am not blogging that just means I am working away down in my studio, or The Quilt Lair as I like to call it.

I am quilting this pretty Double Irish Chain for Pam. It is quilting up like a charm!

And then over on the other side of the studio I am getting to work with this awesome fabric! I am making some samples for the very wonderful and inspiring Carrie Bloomston to take to quilt Market. This is her new collection "Paint" similar in color to her first collection "Collage". I am pretty crazy for it and I just can't decide which print I like the best.

You can see the things I made last year for Quilt Market out of Carrie's Collage fabric HERE. So fun!

I finished this Hero Bag. It needs its own blog post.

All these quilts are finished and need to been cataloged. One is my moms quilt, 2 are Quilts of Valor and the 4th is just waiting on the go ahead to mail out.

And my two little boys had birthdays last week. They are now 9 and 11. I can't believe it. When did they get so big? That young lady at the end of the table is my 12 year old instructing the party goers  how to decorate their cupcakes.

So much goodness has been going on around here. Ok, now back to business!

Quilt Quilt Quilt!!!!!

Tia Curtis