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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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“Turn Down For What” – The Making Of

February 20, 2015

turn down for what instagram

 

“Turn Down For What” was my first venture into post-modernism.  I wanted it to be exaggerated, wild, and a little campy.  You don’t turn this quilt down.  Only up.

I got the idea while finishing up my other entries for QuiltCon 2015, and the entry deadline was approaching fast.  Sacrificing sleep, and my sanity, I was determined to get it finished in time.

I used machine appliqué for the lettering and managed to finish the top in about a day, and when it came time to load it up on my quilting machine, I was convinced that I’d be in fine shape to finish before entries were due. I fired up my machine, an old Singer Industrial that had been modified and stretched into a 16″ longarm.  Tough as nails, easily fixable, and ridiculously durable.

I’ve made hundreds of quilts with it and haven’t had any problems.  That is, until it was time to quilt “Turn Down For What.” The motor sounded fine, the stitches looked fine, but after about 5 minutes of sewing, I noticed that my fingers were tingling.  Convinced that my mind was playing tricks on me, I persisted, until I experienced my first heart palpitation mixed with a buzzy feeling that’s hard to describe.  After that, I realized that the tingling was very much real, and it appeared that my Singer was shorting out and producing a live current that was traveling down the machine body and out through the metal handles.

My machine was shocking the crap out of me while I was trying to sew.  It was no joke either – my husband got out the volt meter and confirmed my suspicions – 110 volts running directly through the metal frame.

My machine was, in fact, trying to kill me.

I was faced with two options: finish the quilt with the machine shorting, (possibly resulting in a fire and/or death), or give up on “Turn Down For What” and wait for parts to replace all of the faulty 1940′s fabric-covered wiring. Determined to get it finished, I knew I wasn’t going to stop.

Luckily my husband (an electrical engineer) had a pair of high voltage gloves for me to wear.  This would protect me from the current, and would allow me to finish.  No guarantees that the machine wouldn’t burst into flames, but I was still willing to chance it.  “Turn Down For What” was meant to be in QuiltCon 2015.

I put on the gloves and kept going.  No more tingling, but the fear of an electrical fire kept me on edge.  I retrieved the fire extinguisher from upstairs as a cautionary measure, and perched it on my frame as a reminder of the risks I was taking to finish.

I kept quilting.  The machine did not burst into flames.  High voltage gloves were a huge success.  “Turn Down For What” got completely quilted, and I’m still alive to tell the tale.  Even better – it made the cut for QuiltCon 2015 and I got to see it hanging in the show earlier today.

The story ends with my husband rebuilding the entire machine so it’s as good as new.  No more shorting and it runs better than ever.  I’ve been considering getting a new machine, but now I’m having a really hard time justifying it because my totally-rebuilt Singer runs perfectly.

I’m here at QuiltCon in Austin, TX right now having a blast, and I couldn’t be happier to see the photos of “Turn Down For What” sprinkling the #quiltcon page on Instagram.  Despite the risks, no regrets.  Everything worked out like it should have.

Turn down for what?

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see you at quiltcon 2015!

December 11, 2014

I am, first and foremost, a Modern Quilter.  My long-time love for quilting combined with a new style when I went to architecture school.  The cleanliness and precision of it all. It’s inspiring.

At some point I found out about the Modern Quilt Guild and QuiltCon and I knew I had found a place where my work fit in.

After becoming a MQG member, I entered 9 quilts into QuiltCon 2015.  I’m not good at making cuts, so I entered them all.

The moment I checked my email, I saw a list of messages that began with, “Thank you for entering…”  Never a good sign.  For a split second I was filled with dread until I scrolled down a bit further to reveal FOUR messages beginning with “Congratulations!”

Some of my latest quilts are, quite frankly, insane.  The craziest of my submissions are the ones that made it, which fills me with an indescribable pride.  My work is evolving before my eyes.  I’m excited to see where I go next.

 

#1 – Absent Minded, 2014.

absent minded by lauren palmer

absent minded, detail, 2014.

 

#2 – Modern Line Study, 2014.  Made for the Panasonic Bias Tape Challenge.

modern line study, 2014.

modern line study, detail, 2014.

 

#3 – Modern Sunset, 2014.

modern sunset, 2014.

modern sunset, detail, 2014.

 

#4 – Turn Down For What, 2014.  Lil Jon, he always tells the truth.

turn down for what, 2014.

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Fall sale!

September 9, 2014

In celebration of my brand new site, and my favorite season coming up, I’m having a sale!  Enter the code FREEFALLSHIPPING14 to receive free shipping on any order placed on the all-new http://shop.olivetreetextiles.com.  This includes domestic AND international orders!  Enjoy!

 

grey chevron camera bag

 

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hey quilty!

May 28, 2014

Last month I got an email from Mary Fons, the editor and creator of Quilty Magazine. She asked me to submit some designs for use in an upcoming issue, and turns out they didn’t just want one quilt – they wanted two!

 

My debut is happening in the Sept/Oct issue and I couldn’t be more excited. My “Airborne” quilt will be featured then, and my “Mountainscape” quilt will be in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue.

 

airborne

 

mountainscape

 

I can remember looking through Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazines during my teenage years and wishing that I was talented enough to have one of my quilts featured. Now, years later, my dream is coming true!