August 13, 2017. In 2013-2014, six of us in the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild participated in a Round Robin quilt challenge. Each of us created the first block of a top and then passed the block and extra fabrics to the next person. It was a rewarding experience and resulted in six amazing and distinctly different quilt tops. I enjoyed working on each one and was delighted with the end result of mine.
July 21, 2017. During the last few weeks, I’ve been updating the Lily Street websites so that they are easier to use on mobile phones. With 4 websites to update, it’s been quite a chore. Within the next day or so, I should be able to get back to quilting and designing patterns.
Lily Street Patterns is now fully functional on a mobile phone. Patterns can be viewed and purchased with a credit card using Stripe. The process is almost the same as using your desktop.
June 28, 2015. After laying, in pieces, on the garage floor in San Jose for 2 months and then standing, assembled in Brentwood but otherwise untouched for another month, my quilting machine is now purring away in her new studio. It took a village–sons-in-law, daughter, husband and me–to disassemble, move and then re-assemble ‘the beast’. (It’s what we call her because she is strong and powerful and has a mind of her own.) I was a little nervous about turning it on and loading up a quilt.
After unpacking the last box this week, I made quilting my next priority. Wow, after a little leveling and some other minor adjustments, a trial quilt came out great! Happy, Happy, Happy!
Big changes coming up for me and my quilting machine. We’re moving from San Jose, CA to the East Bay to be closer to my family. Also, I will be cutting way back on my longarm quilting business. I want to have more time for quilting my own projects and to focus more on designing and digitizing patterns for computerized longarm quilting. The adventure continues…
The quilting stars were in alignment this week at the Wine Country Statler Retreat! Perfect weather, delicious food, the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch, my fellow longarm quilters and our two amazing teachers came together to make it an exceptional event.
In TJ Speiser’s classes, my current collection of patterns tripled! She showed us so many more ways to use what we already have.
From Georgia Stull, I learned a wealth of quicker, easier ways to do the work that I love doing.
After I catch up on some sleep, I’ll be back to work in my studio. I feel the Christmas rush coming on and I’ll be ready for it!
Karen Nyberg is a quilter and she is currently aboard the International Space Station. Here’s a story about the 9 x 9 block that she has made while in space: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-110113a.html. It includes a video of her experience and photos of the finished block. Quilting can be challenging–try it without gravity!
NASA, the International Quilt Festival in Houston and Karen Nyberg have joined together to create the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge. The resulting quilt will be displayed at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2014.
In 2012 and 2013, during the Labor Day week in September, I attended a Statler computerized longarm retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, CA. It’s a gorgeous place and we had wonderful teachers: Anita Shackleford and Joan Knight. I was given the opportunity to organize the retreat for 2014 and I’m very happy to be involved. In 2014 we will have two days of classes with TJ Speiser and Georgia Stull; both are beta testers and trainers for the Statler Creative Studio program. Early registration is now open at: www.lilystreetquilts.com/StatlerRetreat.
Now available at Intelligent Quilting, some new quilting patterns that I’ve been working on. Over the summer, I had a couple of custom quilts that I created designs for. The pair of quilts had Asian personalities so the patterns that I used were influenced by Japanese designs. I enjoyed the digitizing process and the way the …
I’ve been so busy re-working my websites, I forgot to post pics of my quilts at the San Mateo County Fair this June. ‘Mojave Sunset’ won a First Place blue ribbon and Judge’s Choice. ‘Fruit of the Bloom’ won Third Place in the same category: Pro Quilted, Computerized Design, Large Quilt. I was hoping that …