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i’m writing a book!

April 29, 2015

While I was at QuiltCon, I got in touch with the wonderful folks over at C&T Publishing and showed them some of my work.

Turns out, they liked me, and my quilts, and my ideas, and now I’m writing my first book for them!  I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve always loved their Stash Books division, and now I get to be a part of it myself.  Wow!!

I can’t talk about the details just yet, but I can say that I’ve got plans for some cool new stuff that I can’t wait to reveal.  Writing a quilting book (err, well, any book) is an excruciatingly long process, but, I have no doubt that my hard work will pay off as soon as I get to hold a copy in my hands!

diy, fabric, quilts, tutorials

flying geese quilt block tutorial

April 17, 2015

Last week I taught a class at my favorite quilt shop in the whole world, Q-First in Quilting, which also happens to be about a mile away from my house in Lexington. (Lucky me, right??)  In class I taught my favorite method for making Flying Geese units using squares – 1 larger square and 4 smaller contrasting squares, strategically stitched together to produce four Flying Geese units all at once.  Instead of having to tediously cut tiny triangles, or waste yards of fabric by using rectangles and squares, using this method will save you time, and will hopefully help you fall in love with the Flying Geese block.

Click here for my step-by-step tutorial, and check out my other free tutorials here

flying geese step by step

diy, studio, tutorials

tutorial: diy recycled crochet rug

January 13, 2015

I made a rug.  My scrap bin was full, and I needed to get rid of it.  I had a lot of 2.5″ wide strips from extra quilt binding, so I decided crocheting the strips might be a cool idea.  Turns out, it was!  I wrote a tutorial on my process so you can make your own recycled crochet rug, too.

Click here for the tutorial, and check out my other free tutorials here

 

recycled crochet rug

diy, quiltcon, quilts, tutorials

quilt sleeve tutorial

January 6, 2015

Adding a quilt sleeve is really easy, I promise.  If you want to enter quilt shows, or just want to hang your quilt on a wall, my quilt sleeve tutorial will walk you through it, step-by-step.  Today I added a sleeve to my smallest piece that’s headed to QuiltCon 2015, and decided to write a little tutorial on my process.

Click here for the tutorial, and don’t forget to check out my other free tutorials!

quilt sleeve tutorial 17

 

 

I hope this was a helpful tutorial for those who might not know how to add a sleeve to their quilt.  This is only one method, but I love it because of the extra space that allows the quilt to hang flat.  Now, back to more sleeve-making for me!

 

diy, studio

new quilting studio

November 21, 2014

In the early fall, my husband and I embarked on our first major home improvement project: my quilting studio.  We painted, rearranged, and installed 400 square feet of ceramic tile in our basement.  It took the better part of 6 weeks for us to finish, and in the beginning of October I was finally able to move back in.  Before, the entire room was painted a weird cream color – including the fireplace, which I must say looks WAY better when it’s contrasted with the walls.  The yellow is called “Sheer Apricot” and it turned out just like I wanted.  “Studio Taupe” is the color on the fireplace.

 

olive tree textiles studio space

Somewhere during all of this madness, I submitted an entry to Quilt National, which was rejected.  At first I was really bummed, but I never figured I’d actually get in on my first try.  It was a warmup for other things.

 

 

diy, fabric

shibori

July 5, 2014

I decided to start dyeing my own fabrics. I’ve never tried it before, but I decided to give it a try when I accidentally bought some white Kona cotton labeled as “prepared for dyeing.” My first bit of research led me to a Japanese technique called “shibori,” which refers to the process of folding, scrunching, tying, or otherwise modifying the fabric to resist dye in certain places and accept the dye in others.

 

dyed in bucket

 

I did the typical tye-dye roll up, and then I got creative and tried some different folds and clamping methods. The results were always interesting and beautiful in their own way.

 

shibori roll up

 

shibori studies in blue

 

shibori red

 

 

Now I have about 30 yards of hand-dyed fabric. Not sure what I’ll make from it just yet, but I know that whatever it is will be very cool.

 

shibori stack

 

I’ve been posting about this non-stop on Instagram – follow me! @olivetreetextiles