Thursday, January 17, 2019

adventures book tour: Folksy Friends

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

QUILTER: Kathleen Riggins
QUILT: Folksy Friends

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

Tell us about yourself! What’s something people might not expect (or already know) about you?
I’ve been sewing since I was 3 years old, and have considered myself a “quilter”since I was 14. I live in Alberta Canada, where I work in my families quilt shop as well as longarm quilting in my supposed spare time, as well as traveling to teach free motion quilting. Something you might not know about me… I haven’t worn matching socks since I was in elementary school. 

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

Can you provide some background on how you approach quilting customer quilts generally? What types of things do you typically consider?

Basically…when a customer want’s me to quilt for them, that’s the last decision they make :D I get to decide everything, from design to thread to whatever else. There are two pricing options, one for single thread, and one for changing thread colours. I don’t give my customers a lot of choice. 

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

What influenced your quilting choices for this particular design?
I wanted the octopus to be the focal part of the quilt, so I used the diamond in the quilting to emphasize him. 

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

Sarah had mentioned another quilt that I had done that was a particular favourite, so I was inspired from that quilt to use different designs in each piece of background fabric. I also matched thread very specifically to each background- I think I used more than 10 different cream coloured threads in this quilt.

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)
Were there other ideas that came to mind? Are there any alternative quilting schemes you’d care to share?
I really didn’t have any other plans :D I tend to go with the first thing I think of.

Any specific tips or resources for our readers who might be struggling with how to quilt this (or other) designs?
Just do it! You can practice forever, but until you do a quilt, you hit a plateau. As well, breaking the background into each different piece helps, as you don’t have to be scared by a giant negative space, rather just fill in each little square.

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

What machine do you quilt on?

I have an APQS Lucey. 

How can our readers keep up with you on social media? (website, blog, instagram, etc.)

Instagram @kathleenquilts, or kathleenquilts.com!

Photo by C&T Publishing

Saturday, January 12, 2019

adventures book tour: Prickly Path

QUILTER: Angela Walters
QUILT: Prickly Path

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

Tell us about yourself! What’s something people might not expect (or already know) about you?
I live in a rural community and have a bunch of kids....and by that I mean goats!! I love how cute they are, they are a great stress relief!! 

Can you provide some background on how you approach quilting customer quilts generally? What types of things do you typically consider?
I like to know what the customer loves most about their quilt. Is it the pattern, the fabric choices, or the quilting they want to be highlighted the most?

Photo by Eric Lubrick (ericlubrick.com)

What influenced your quilting choices for this particular design?
I loved all of the negative space in this quilt to really allow my imagination to take over! I thought the different quilting in each white space really highlighted the beauty of this pattern!
Were there other ideas that came to mind? Are there any alternative quilting schemes you’d care to share?
Not really! LOL!! 

Any specific tips or resources for our readers who might be struggling with how to quilt this (or other) designs?I would say to draw out your designs first and plan where you are going to go before you are going there. I love to take a picture on my phone and then use an app on my phone to audition different designs in the spaces. You could also print out a picture of your quilt top and try drawing out different designs. 

What machine do you quilt on?
I use a Handi Quilter Avante! I just love my longarm!! 

How can our readers keep up with you on social media? (website, blog, instagram, etc.)
You can find me on Quiltingismytherapy.com. I am also on Instagram as @Angelafmq and Facebook at Machine Quilting by Angela

Photo by C&T Publishing

Thursday, January 10, 2019

adventures book tour: Snooze


 Karlee Porter is amazingly talented. 'Nuff said.


QUILTER: Karlee Porter
QUILT: Snooze


Tell us about yourself! What’s something people might not expect (or already know) about you?
I am a Native Utahn, Wife of almost 10 years, and a mother of One. I am an absolute quilting fiend and just tolerate all the other parts of the process of quilt making- which is why most of my quilts are whole-cloth. I don’t mind piecing or binding, but for me, quilting is where the magic happens. Some random things you may not know about me, in no particular order:

I am an avid Stand-Up Paddleboarder. I love to be outside in the sun. I am also a passionate hand-letterer and writer. I can put my foot behind my head and my fingers are double-jointed. I am exceptionally good at writing raps, but I don’t really enjoy rap music. I get way too much satisfaction when putting things in rainbow order, and in another life, I would be a professional dog trainer. Thats probably enough things that you wouldn’t expect from me… haha.

Can you provide some background on how you approach quilting customer quilts generally? What types of things do you typically consider?

The very first thing I consider is the client's desires. Some clients know EXACTLY what they want, and just need me to be the vessel that executes it (which I love) and other clients put quite a bit of faith in my quilting intuition. I love making the quilting process a collaboration for the quilt top maker, because after all, they are more important than I am. I also try to be mindful to HOW the quilt will be used, because in that case- density is everything. For “Snooze”, I really just loved this process because I truly feel like it encapsulated a true collaboration between Sarah and me. I love that she wants me to let my quilting work shine, but in a way that compliments HER design work so gracefully. It’s funny, because growing up (and even still) I consider myself a pretty solid Alto singer. Not great on my own, but when backing up the right soprano, can bring tears to your eyes. I love being the solid wingman when I quilt, and I just feel like Sarah and I jive so well when combining our aesthetics into a cohesive quilt. Sarah, I’ll back you up any day.


What influenced your quilting choices for this particular design?
The goal with “Snooze” was to really accentuate the piecing design that was already there. We had a very deliberate conversation about wether or not I would quilt clock hands into this piece, and decided against it because we agreed that the theme of the quilt was about losing track of time. I loved that I got to accentuate the clock face with Graffiti Quilting going outward, but only 2 rows worth. I think that was a smart decision because again, it kept the focus on the Z’s- which are the star of the quilt.


Were there other ideas that came to mind? Are there any alternative quilting schemes you’d care to share? (can include drawings/sketches or just descriptions)

Like I stated above, we toyed with the idea of making it look more like an actual, illustrative clock. I am glad we didn’t. I feel like this quilt turned out exactly how it needed to be. I also want to point out that through this process, as I would draw various quilting suggestions and send them to Sarah, sometimes we both just knew when things were off the mark, and it was so easy to correct them without any weird tension. I think for me, it makes me appreciate her work even more, just because she is such a phenomenal human being.

Any specific tips or resources for our readers who might be struggling with how to quilt this (or other) designs?
Tips:
-Don’t be too hard on yourself.
-Don’t feel like you have to keep your quilt the same orientation the whole time. This is a circular design, if you need to rotate your fabric to feel comfortable, do it!
-If you are super worried about your quilting skills, perhaps try quilting something similar to this, but with blending thread.
Resources:
-Pick up my best-selling Free-motion quilting technique book “Graffiti Quilting”.


What machine do you quilt on?I have a few different quilting machines that I use, depending on the project that I am working on. My entire quilting machine line-up is Handi Quilter, and this particular quilt was done on my HQ Infinity 26” Longarm


How can our readers keep up with you on social media? (website, blog, instagram, etc.)
Blog: www.KarleePorter.com

IG: @karleeporterdesign
Facebook: Karlee Porter Design



January 7 – 26, 2019
Monday January 7 - Plant Lady
Heather Givans (@crimsontate | crimsontate.com)
Featured Quilter: Marion McClellan (@myquiltdiet)
Tuesday January 8 - Graffiti FPP
Wednesday January 9 - Design Prompt No. 1 - Learning by the Letter
Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) (@giucy_giuce)
Thursday January 10 - Snooze
Featured Quilter: Karlee Porter (@karleeporterdesign)
Friday January 11 - Design Prompt No. 2 - Traditional with a Twist
Saturday January 12 - Prickly Path
Anneliese Johnson (@eyecandyquilts | eyecandyquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Angela Walters (@angelafmq)
Featured Fabric Designer: Alison Glass (@alisonglass)

Monday January 14 - Design Prompt No. 3 - Objects
Alison Robins (@littleislandquilting)
Tuesday January 15 - Voodoo Feathers
Jennifer Sampou (@jennifersampou | jennifersampou.com)
Wednesday January 16 - Design Prompt No. 4 - Creatures
Anne Sullivan (@playcrafts | play-crafts.com)
Thursday January 17 - Folksy Friends
Raquel Olivo (@raquelsews)
Featured Quilter: Kathleen Riggins (@kathleenquilts)

Friday January 18 - Design Prompt No. 5 - Think Outside the (Square) Block
Saturday January 19 - Fireflies
Sarah Lauzon (@cera.bee | sarahjlauzon.com)
Featured Quilter: Rachael Dorr (@rachaeldorr)

Sunday January 20 - Sunday Book Review!
Sarah Ashford (@sarahashfordstudio)
Tuesday January 22 - Design Prompt No. 6 - Repeat Designs
Wednesday January 23 - Jungleview
Merran Fryer (@123bluejumper)
Thursday January 24 - Design Prompt No. 7 - Single Foundation Paper Piecing
Jamie Swanson (@jamiemswansonquilts)
Friday January 25 - Double Diamond Wedding Ring
Elisabeth Hardy (@elisabew | elisabewquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Andrea Munro (@practicaldazzle)

Saturday January 26 – Recap and Photography

Eric Lubrick (@ericlubrick | ericlubrick.com)

Monday, January 7, 2019

adventures book tour: Plant Lady

The book tour kicks off today with Heather Givans, so be sure to visit her (@crimsontate | crimsontate.com) to see what plant-inspired goodness she's working on!

In the meantime, I thought it'd be fun to feature mini-interviews throughout the tour with each of the six brilliant quilters who quilted tops for the book.

Photo: Eric Lubrick

First up? Marion McClellan (aka @MyQuiltDiet), who quilted Plant Lady (aka THE COVER QUILT!)

Photo: C&T Publishing

QUILTER: Marion McClellan
QUILT: Plant Lady

Tell us about yourself! What’s something people might not expect (or already know) about you?
My name is Marion Ford McClellan.  I was named after my amazing grandmother.  I started longarm quilting in May of 2015.  I come from a whole family of artists.  I had wondered my whole life where my inner artist was.  I found her the day I started longarm quilting.

Can you provide some background on how you approach quilting customer quilts generally? What types of things do you typically consider?
When I quilt for a customer, I ask them to show me things I have done that they like.  Most importantly, I ask them to share any quilting motifs that they don't like.  Knowing what they do not like, is the most important thing.

What influenced your quilting choices for this particular design?
In any quilt, knowing what the "star" of the quilt is, is key.  For this quilt, it was obviously the plants.  I needed to chose motifs that lended to the beauty of the focus of the piece.  I chose to make the "shelves" all of the same.  I chose dense quilting for behind the plants to make them pop.  I kept the quilting sparce on the actual plants so they would appear to pop off of the quilt and really stand out.  The trick with quilting, is that it is meant to enhance the artistry of the designer, not take over the design.

Any specific tips or resources for our readers who might be struggling with how to quilt this (or other) designs?
It is always best to focus on motifs that you do well and then gradually build on them.  If you are really good at stippling, then fool around with the size of the stipple. Once you are feeling confident in the stipple, add some loops.  Most quilting motifs build on eachother.  As you gain more experience, you will be able to add in new motifs.

What machine do you quilt on?
I quilt on a Gammill 30" 

How can our readers keep up with you on social media? (website, blog, instagram, etc.)
Instagram: @MyQuiltDiet  
Blog: myquiltdiet.blogspot.com

Photo: Eric Lubrick


January 7 – 26, 2019
Monday January 7 - Plant Lady
Heather Givans (@crimsontate | crimsontate.com)
Featured Quilter: Marion McClellan (@myquiltdiet)
Tuesday January 8 - Graffiti FPP
Wednesday January 9 - Design Prompt No. 1 - Learning by the Letter
Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka Giucy Giuce) (@giucy_giuce)
Thursday January 10 - Snooze
Featured Quilter: Karlee Porter (@karleeporterdesign)
Friday January 11 - Design Prompt No. 2 - Traditional with a Twist
Saturday January 12 - Prickly Path
Anneliese Johnson (@eyecandyquilts | eyecandyquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Angela Walters (@angelafmq)
Featured Fabric Designer: Alison Glass (@alisonglass)


Monday January 14 - Design Prompt No. 3 - Objects
Alison Robins (@littleislandquilting)
Tuesday January 15 - Voodoo Feathers
Jennifer Sampou (@jennifersampou | jennifersampou.com)
Wednesday January 16 - Design Prompt No. 4 - Creatures
Anne Sullivan (@playcrafts | play-crafts.com)
Thursday January 17 - Folksy Friends
Raquel Olivo (@raquelsews)
Featured Quilter: Kathleen Riggins (@kathleenquilts)


Friday January 18 - Design Prompt No. 5 - Think Outside the (Square) Block
Saturday January 19 - Fireflies
Sarah Lauzon (@cera.bee | sarahjlauzon.com)
Featured Quilter: Rachael Dorr (@rachaeldorr)

Sunday January 20 - Sunday Book Review!
Sarah Ashford (@sarahashfordstudio)
Tuesday January 22 - Design Prompt No. 6 - Repeat Designs
Wednesday January 23 - Jungleview
Merran Fryer (@123bluejumper)
Thursday January 24 - Design Prompt No. 7 - Single Foundation Paper Piecing
Jamie Swanson (@jamiemswansonquilts)
Friday January 25 - Double Diamond Wedding Ring
Elisabeth Hardy (@elisabew | elisabewquilts.com)
Featured Quilter: Andrea Munro (@practicaldazzle)


Saturday January 26 – Recap and Photography
Eric Lubrick (@ericlubrick | ericlubrick.com)
Photo: Eric Lubrick