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!
photo by John Palmer
Karen Nyberg, Quilter in Space (Photo from NASA TV)
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 custom patterns enhanced the wall hangings. And I have lots more ideas for more designs so I now have patterns for sale. Within the next few months, I will have them available at Lily Street Quilts. Until then, they can be purchased at Intelligent Quilting.
Both wallhangings will be on display at PIQF this week.
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 one of my quilts would win something but was stunned when I went to the show and saw ribbons on both of them!
I think I am adventurous when it comes to color selections but the high contrasting purples and golds of ‘Mojave Sunset’ were a stretch for me. I have my daughter to thank for her encouragement. We picked out fabrics for 2 bargellos at the same time and she helped me fill out the sequence of 20 fabrics. Until it was partially assembled, I still had my doubts. I thought that I would name it ‘Painted Lady’. She was the one who gave it the lovely and fitting name of ‘Mojave Sunset’. Thank you Natalie!
Her bargello is coming soon. Stay tuned for updates on her progress.
For the last couple of weeks, I ‘ve been working on giving my websites a new look: Lily Street Quilts and the new Lily Street Gallery. Let me know what you think.