Time to Sew: Secret Sewing
Tis the season! Secret Sewing happens several times a year for this rambler when it’s time to start piecing new unpublished patterns and designs. As I’ve mentioned I am blessed to be associated with Island Batik as an ambassador which has opened the door for pattern design.
Twice a year fabric companies and quilt related manufacturers gather to introduce new products at what is called Spring Market and Fall Market. Spring Market has a new location each year, and actually opens up tomorrow in Portland (more on that tomorrow) and Fall Market is always held here in Houston the week prior to the big International Quilt Festival. Markets are tradeshows for wholesale buyers and media leaders in the industry and not accessible to the general public – except through media!!! Many bloggers, shops, designers and quilt related folks will be posting their take on market across social media – so watch for the hashtag #springmarket2018 to be the first to see the new products.
This week I have begun my “secret sewing” for the Fall Market. I have two new patterns being released featuring two new lines of fabric from Island Batik that must remain “secret” until the big reveal. Oh, it’s sooo hard for a rambler to keep a secret! I can give you little teasers along the way but I can’t show the fabric or the pattern, sigh. But it’s a good secret and going to be worth the wait!
Tomorrow I will share the story behind this year’s Spring Market release of my newest pattern “Geese Over Galveston Bay” so stay tuned for that…in the meantime, here’s yesterday’s tease on Spring Market Quilt #1.
Time to Sew: Classes
After what seems like a long drought this rambler is teaching classes again! This month’s project has been Sugar & Spice, a pattern from Studio 180 Design that uses Deb Tucker’s tools, the Tucker Trimmer I and the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler.
There have been two classes this past week, in case you missed the post here are the ladies from the Thursday night class proudly displaying their 6″ Lemoyne Star block made by strip piecing with no Y-seams.
Being a night class, and this photo taken after 10 PM, don’t they look all fresh and pretty, their blocks too!
Some of us are night owls others are not. For those who aren’t, yesterday offered a daytime version of the same class.
Our class yesterday had six students and everyone had large group instruction then individual instruction as I have found students are always at different quilting skill levels, as well as some are smoking needles while others have a steady pace. My goal as a teacher is to teach where the student is at – in other words, no pressure to feel like you are behind or ahead – the important thing is to understand the technique, to learn how to read the tool instructions so when the student returns to their own studio they have the knowledge to continue the process to produce their personal quilt. Unfortunately one of the students had to leave early before I was able to have a photo of her to include as part of the class…sigh…I really like taking photos of my students – but we will see her in future classes!
I am sew proud of each of these ladies – they learned two new tools and three techniques in the class. Can’t wait to see their finished quilts in the future! I think we need to schedule some show and tell gatherings in the future – a class reunion! Wouldn’t that be fun!
We announced the following summer classes at TEO’s Treasures Quilt Shop. Registration is through the shop and class size is limited.
This pattern uses the Wing Clipper I tool and can be made in multiple sizes from a 13″ x 14″ mini all the way up to a 104″ x 112″ king. Students choose their size and fabrics. Students will learn how to make flying geese using Deb Tucker’s method of oversizing and trimming down to achieve success in keeping all their points, which are needed to create the chevron blocks in this modern pattern. Pattern and tool required for the class.
Love Links classes at TEO’s Treasures Quilt Shop, Thursday night June 14th, 6 to 10 PM, and Saturday, June 16th, 10 – 4.
North Star is a stunning quilt made using Deb Tucker’s Corner Beam tool (formerly called Spotlight tool). The quilt finishes at 52″ x 52″ and uses 1 1/2″, 3″ and 6″ corner beam units. While this looks striking in Black and White imagine it in Christmas colors or your favorite color! Christmas kits will be available at the shop! Pattern and tool are required for the class.
North Star classes at TEO’s Treasures Quilt Shop are scheduled for Saturday, July 21 from 10 – 4, or Thursday night August 2 from 6 – 10 PM.
Time to Sew!
My plans today are to sew under the tiki hut until it gets too hot and then move the sewing part of the operation inside the RV – but I think I will leave the cutting and ironing station set up outside. This will give me more room to work in the RV as well as help me “get my steps in” as I run out to use the rotary cutter or press those seams open!
Then I have big plans to join my island girlfriends at the Galveston Island Quilter’s Guild as we have our annual installation of officers and our “picnic” and of course a little show and tell! It’s been too long since I’ve been with the island gals and I’m looking forward to it!
This is Karen Overton The Quilt Rambler, hoping you have time to sew today!
What are you working on? Do you ever take classes or do secret sewing? Don’t forget to take a little time out for beautiful sunrises and sunsets!