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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!

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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

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quiltcon 2015 recap

March 9, 2015

When we got back from Austin, I was so worn out, I didn’t get around to posting about the amazing time I had at QuiltCon 2015.  Originally created by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon was the first modern quilt show of this magnitude, with over 40,000 attendees this year.

Our flight home was canceled because of an impending ice storm in Dallas, so we wound up staying another day.  What started as a headache and an inconvenience turned into a fun extra day for Ryan & I to see more of Austin together, and of course, eat more BBQ.

QuiltCon was the first juried show I’ve ever been a part of, so I was anxious for the show to open so I could see my quilts on display.  Ryan came with me the first day and we walked around the show, checked out the vendors, and saw some absolutely stunning quilts.  After seeing everyone’s work, I could hardly believe that 4 of my quilts were accepted into this show.  They were all so – beautiful!  I knew I had finally found my crowd of quilters.

My favorite entry, “Modern Sunset,” was the first quilt of mine that I spotted.

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Me and “Modern Sunset.” I made this with all hand-dyed fabrics!

When you first entered the hall, you were greeted with this amazing quilt, “Eames Blocks.”  Designed by Lorena Marañón, pieced by Jen Carlton Bailly, and quilted by Gina Pina, it was the grand prize for the MQG raffle.

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“Eames Blocks,” QuiltCon 2015 Raffle Quilt

I went to classes and lectures with some of my favorite professionals.  Angela Walter’s lecture on machine quilting sold out!

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Machine quilting lecture with Angela Walters

I took a block printing class with Lizzy House, my biggest hero!

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Lizzy House and me!

My “Absent Minded” quilt was hiding off near more vendors and took me a while to find!  I love the striped accents in the binding.  Definitely doing more of that soon.

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My “Absent Minded” quilt

The highlight of the trip was on the last day of the show, when I walked past “Turn Down For What” to see that it had sold!

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“Turn Down For What” is SOLD!

In case you didn’t see my first post-modern quilt, here’s the story beind “Turn Down For What”

There were so many beautiful, well-executed, finely crafted pieces at QuiltCon.  I’m already waiting on pins and needles for QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena!  Not only do I get to experience the best show on earth, but I’ll get to visit California for the first time!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the QuiltCon 2015 show:

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“CPU” by Katherine Jones.  Winner of the Panasonic Bias Tape Challenge!

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“Modern X” by Christa Watson

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“Deux” by Colleen Wootten

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“Face #1″ by Melissa Averinos.  Winner of the Judge’s Choice Award!

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I just submitted to quilt national 2015!

September 11, 2014

I’ve attended the Quilt National show at the Dairy Barn Arts center more than a handful of times over my teenage years. We used to visit our family friends in Athens, Ohio, where the show originates every other year.  As my interest in quilting grew, I found myself inspired by the skillful and innovative work demonstrated at the show, dreaming of the possibility of entering the show myself someday.  That day came today, when I submitted my application online.

Making its debut, is a wall hanging that I call “Southern Sunset.”  I hand-dyed all of the solid colored fabrics, improvised the top, and quilted it with modern echoing and straight lines.  I’m really happy with the end result.

Here she is – after months in the making!

 

Modern Sunset, 31″x39″.  Hand-dyed cotton solids, blended batting, thread.  Completed July 2014.

 

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hand dyed solids + curves

July 27, 2014

I decided to start hand dyeing some solid fabrics.  Sometimes I’m looking for the perfect solid shade and I just can’t seem to find it.

 

dyed solids

These days I’m really into modern colors – teal, aqua, red, coral, orange.  Mixed with black and white, of course.

 

I started making these curved improv blocks on my (brand-spankin’ new!) design wall.

 

design wall

 

The blocks are coming along nicely.  I haven’t decided how to sew them together just yet.  Trying to stay as loose as possible and keep improvising until something awesome emerges.  Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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fabric overload

July 13, 2014

I decided to do some cleaning in the studio. I made a ton of quilts from my existing fabric earlier this year, but I still had so much fabric that I just wasn’t using. So I started a new Etsy shop just for destashing – http://olivetreefabrics.etsy.com. I’m selling a bunch of really nice stuff that I just don’t have the time to use. Right now I’ve got a lot of fat quarter bundles that I curated, as well as some rare charm packs and yardage. I’m planning on putting together some design rolls, too, so watch out for those in the near future! Who knows – I might put together some scrap packs, too. I’ve got a lot of extra fabric around here.

 

destash

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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