Earlier this month I was invited to teach a 2 Day Hawaiian Wall Quilt Class. This class was in the Blocks to Bolts Quilt Shop in Albany Oregon. In this class each participant was able to select a Pacific Rim Quilt Company Pattern and learn all about making their selected patterns. READ MORE >
Our last weekend after the clinic in Ecuador was spent in Mindo. Mindo is about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Quito and might as well have been in another world. This was not the city of 2 million at an elevation of 10,000 feet but a small little community of about 3,000 in the rain-forest at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. It was much warmer and so much wetter. We experienced rain falling from the sky as I have never experienced it. Our accommodations were a thatch roof lodge which was absolutely amazing in every way. We visited a chocolate factory, butterfly enclosure and went on cable car ride to see some waterfalls and a hike. This finished off our incredible adventure in Ecuador.
I came home so inspired and full of ideas for future quilts! Stepping outside my box is always good for me.
While at Spring Quilt Market in May of 2018 I was able to attend a lecture given by Pepper Cory. Pepper is an accomplished quilt artist, collector, designer and teacher. I was very impressed with the class and the information she shared.
This class was called Deep Work. The name comes from a book by Cal Newport which she used as a reference. Deep Work is the ability to focus without distraction on a task. It will push your abilities to their limit.READ MORE >
Have you ever feel less than satisfied with a quilt you made or something you have created? I am finding that there is a little voice that has been telling me it isn't good enough and at times it is stronger than others. It seems this little voice shows up after I have been very productive and thought I was happy with my work. The self doubt can be a motivator to some and not to others. How many times have you made something and that little voice said it isn't good enough so you did not finish the project? I think we are our own worst enemies! READ MORE >
I just love how the quilting world draws people together! Here is a story that illustrates just that. I have known a woman in our community through my husbands involvement with Rotary International and would always chat with her when we were at the same social events for the last 10 years or so. In passing several times we have chatted about how she collects quilts and how special they are and what incredible works of art they are. This spring we again were at a social gathering and began visiting about quilts and I told her about how Mark and I had purchased Pacific Rim Quilt Company and inquired whether she had any Hawaiian Quilts. She had not collected any Hawaiian quilts but
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Have you checked out Quiltfolk? The new community supported quarterly magazine? I received my third issue last weekend. I loved the first and second but I have to say the third is perfect for those of us who love Hawaiian quilting and Hawaii! I do not consider this a magazine but a quilting travel book. The stories are well written
I am happy to announce that we have put together a new customer Gallery!READ MORE >
We are frequently asked if a wall-hanging pattern can be enlarged for a bed quilt. Or, if a bed quilt pattern can be reduced to make a wall-hanging. Here are our thoughts and suggestions.
Have you checked out Quiltfolk? The new community supported quarterly magazine? I received my second issue last weekend. I loved the first issue but I have to say the second is incredible. I do not consider this a magazine but a quilting travel book. The stories are well written and I love the photographs. I sat down to read it and could not put it down until I had read the entire thing. They took me to Iowa right along with them!
The first issue is about Oregon, the place I have called home for the last 30 years so I was familiar with what they were talking about. The second is about Iowa, a place I have never had the pleasure to visit. I now would love to visit, shop and meet the wonderful people who have been interviewed. It is so inspiring to read the stories and feel a connection. Each issue will take you to a new or familiar state. Issue 3 is going to be about the Hawaii, quilting history, shops, designers, quilter's and much more. I can hardly wait to see this one.
My favorite part of the quilting world is the instant connection. I think it comes from doing something you love and are passionate about.
Do yourself a favor and check it out. Think of this as a fine quilting travel book not just another magazine. With it's 160+ pages of inspiration it is well worth the money! If you use the coupon code: SHOP1076 you will receive a 10% discount.
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Are you in a creative slump? I know we all feel that way periodically and here is a series of articles Janice Lee Baehr wrote for us. This is a compilation of ten articles published in our e-newsletter in 2015 an 2016. We do believe creativity benefits you and the entire world we put these articles together in an easy to print and save format.
Our continuing desire is to kick-start or to stimulate, YOUR creative juices! ENJOY
I have to admit one of the best things about travel is the fact that I have time to applique! I do not have as much time as I would like when it comes to appliqueing. It is one of my favorite things in the quilting world.
I was lucky enough to fly to WyomingREAD MORE >
The evolution of Hawaiian quilts is a bit obscure. There are few facts, much conjecture, and a wealth of stories. One well-known fact is that in 1820, when missionary wives arrived in Hawaii, they brought with them their pieced and patchwork (now known as applique) quilts from the eastern seaboard of the United States. They also brought an insistence that natives be clothed. The hasty construction of a muumuu left few scraps for piecing a quilt. Since Hawaiian women had been making kapa cloth for clothing and bedding for hundreds of years, they were used to working with large pieces of fabric, or kapa. So, to them, it made little sense to cut a large piece of fabric into pieces, just to sew the pieces back together again to make a quilt. A more logical approach was to work with a whole piece of cloth.