Friday, October 24, 2014

Rebecca's Cotton and Steel Quilt


This awesome quilt was made by Rebbecca Maples. She is so sweet. She wanted me to go wild in the asymmetrical solid border, and keep the quilting in the center prints rather simple.


I had a BLAST quilting this quilt. What I did a little different this time was to quilt some of the quotes from the Cotton and Steel Selvages into the quilt. Above it says "Leap and the net will appear" then I quilted all around them freehand.



I used Quilters Dream Puff batting in this quilt to really make the quilting pop out. I love quoting on Puff batting. Above it says "Day dress"


Here is says "luminescence" and "Starlight"


On the bottom I put "Persistence Prevails"



I loved quilting this quilt. I would love to do 5 more just like it!

Have a great day,
Tia

Lori's Quilts


 Hey there!
Happy Quilt Market! I am not going this year. I had big plans to go and even have a booth with my fabulous patterns and kits...but nope. I am having a heck of a time getting all the fabric from Cotton and Steel. This retail/wholesale side of the business has been eye opening to say the least...as well as rather disappointing. But that is cool. I am learning quite a bit. I am learning that I have no control. That is fine, I will hopefully get the rest of my wholesale order and be able to make my dream happen next Quilt Market. For now lets look at what I do have control over. Quilting.

I quilted these two quilts for My friend and fellow KCMQG member Lori Lange. She had some ideas of what she wanted done to them and I had a blast quilting them.




I am really thrilled with how this Spool quilt turned out. 


 Double cross hatching in the blank blocks, some freehand loops and a wild freehand border.




There are 3 pairs of scissors as well. These were done with my Statler Stitcher, not freehand.

xo,
Tia

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2 Quilts For Kelly


I was super excited to quilt 2 fantastic Granny Square quilts for Kelly L. They were made of wonderful Denyse Schmidt fabric, and a print by Lake House Fabric (I believe ). Forgive me for these pictures. It was raining cats and dogs so my studio was so dreary.


I decided to challenge myself and quilt them each a bit different. This one I decided looked more masculine, so I just used double arcs in the printed fabric, echoing straight lines in the white and you can't tell, but the black and white sashing has serpentine lines.


For the straight lines I used my channel locks. I thought I was going to use my ruler to quilt, but quickly decided that was not going to work in my timeline. Channel locks were much better.



The second quilt I decided looked more feminine so I quilted it with paisleys, swirls and mazes. The sashing has a tiny feather/vine.


I used pebbles too around the cornerstones. I like how the quilting gives the block a secondary design.



These were AWESOME to quilt. Kelly said she used 5 inch charm squares to make the blocks. They were really big. Such a great impact. If you want to make a Granny Square quilt too. Blue Elephant Stitches has a great tutorial

xo,
Tia

It is fall!


It is Fall! My favorite season of the year. Last weekend we went to Red Barn Farm in Weston, MO. Sam and I first went for a preschool field trip when we were stationed in Ft We have gone for a couple years in a row and just love it. Oh notice since my husband has retired he has grown a beard. I like it.


The weather was just perfect. I am modeling one of my new (not really new actually. I have made this bag for years but I have finally written a lovely pattern for it and am teaching the technique at 3 Ladies Quilting Shope in Leavenworth next month. I am teaching several quilting classes in town. I have been so busy designing, writing and quilting that I am weary when it comes time to promote myself.


My boys are getting so big.


There was a pumpkin patch to buy a pumpkin or two.


Critters to pet. It was really funny listening to some of the other visitors talking about the animals. There are some pretty hilarious misconceptions out there!


And of course there were apples to pick!


Lots and lots of apples to pick!


We picked 2 little baskets full and I had the overflow in my bag. It was a great day.

We are also now a sport family. Ethan is playing tackle football and Emma is on her Jr High Volleyball team. We are so busy with these kiddos. Sam gets his time in sports next year...he is going back and forth between football and soccer. Fall is the best!

xo,
Tia Cutis

DVD review and Giveaway


Hey there! My wonderful Friend Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs has been super busy. She has made a great little movie with Interweave Press about Art Techniques for quilt design. She is giving away a copy of the DVD on her BLOG. Please go over today and leave a comment so you can have a chance to win.


Carrie is the sweetest lady around and is just bubbling with creative energy. Even though I have a zillion things going on in my life I took about an hour to sit down with her DVD, a pad of paper and a cup of tea. It is so nice to stretch your creative muscle a bit...so relaxing. Carrie is such an encouraging personality and she chats a bit about her process which I ALWAYS find fascinating.

You can also BUY your own copy of the DVD HERE. Well worth the money.


She even showed one of the quilts I made for her last Quilt Market. The pattern for this Modern Folk art Applique Quilt will be in the next Quilt Festival Magazine on the cover no less. Wild. The Paint Brush case I designed will be in the same issue. I love Carrie's art and quirky style. Her colors really appeal to me.



So...Go over Carries Blog! Leave a comment and get your creative juices flowing! You have to leave the comment on her blog. You can say something here too if you wish, but she chooses the winner.

xo,
Tia Curtis