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Book Signings

Book Signings

on May 24, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, book, Portland Quitl Market 2013, wichita kansas | 1 comment

  Book signings are the best!!! The guests (quilt shop owners and quilt industry peeps) get a ticket or a special pre-printed invite to receive a free signed book. They get to market, find the booth and time and start a small queue for the free prize. Lots of shops take the signed books – from all publishers and authors – back to their shops and usually raffle them off at some big shop event. It is a great promotional way to get the books into the hands of shop owners. I was lucky enough to do two signings, one at the publisher’s booth- Martingale Pub and one at United Notions Distributors‘ booth.   Hi Jan and Jo from Material Girls Quilt Shop in Wichita!!! Great to see you again. I was so happy to hear you like Hexagons Made Easy. For these signings, I actually demo of the technique featured in the book. I made the same type “steps” that a teacher would use in explaining the process in a quilt class. I made two sets and two lucky shop owners from the United Notions Book Signing will be receiving the “steps” in the mail when they return home from Quilt Market Portland. Hopefully this will help them easily have classes back at their shops. Thanks again for coming by and checking out the...

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Wonky Log Cabin Quilted

Wonky Log Cabin Quilted

on Jul 2, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, quilting, wichita kansas, WMQG | 4 comments

  Wonky Log Cabin Quilted Finishing up a small wonky log cabin UFO. I keep thinking “Oh, I just made that, so it isn’t a UFO. It isn’t like it has sat around a while unfinished.”? Ah but blog… blog… blog. I searched my blog to see when I took the workshop from Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie. … um yeh, OVER A YEAR AGO. Time to get that quilt top finished! I quilted it quickly on my mid arm frame. It is a Hinterberg Frame with a Juki quilting machine on it. It isn’t a longarm, but it totally gets the job done. Learning to quilt on it is very different than learning to free motion quilt on the domestic machine. I’m getting better though. The motif is just wavy lines, with some pebbles, swirls and 90degree meandering in some shapes. I ended up choosing a shimmer silver thread for quilting. Technically it isn’t white… but it also isn’t the RED that the workshop class and Jacquie recommended. Shame. I’m just not quite that brave. Lets talk quilt backing. Its a vintage sheet. It is rockin some yellow, orange, avocado and grey. Does it match the front….nope. I’m not too worried about that though. The tag on the quilt was still very read-able- 50% cotton, 50% poly “new no-iron muslin”. Ha. “NEW”? nice. I bound it just in time to have it hang in the the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild info booth at the larger WICHITA Common Threads Quilt...

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Common Threads Quilt Show

Common Threads Quilt Show

on Jun 20, 2012 in Blog, wichita kansas, WMQG | 0 comments

Tomorrow is the first day of the Common Threads Quilt Show. The show is every other year, put on by the local Wichita Prairie Quilt guild and is huge. In 2010 I think there were something like 900 quilts on display, no including vendor areas. This year they limited the quilts to (cough cough) only 500. I cannot wait to see them all. The Wichita Modern Quilt Guild is also having a booth at the show, just to share a few modern quilts and information about our meeting times. Come check us out! We have a fun little booth with all sorts of non-traditional styles represented. Pick up a postcard with our contact info and meeting times, take a gander at all the small quilts, and leave your email/contact info to be included in our group email...

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Secret Sewing

Secret Sewing

on May 1, 2012 in Blog, blogging others, book, quilting, wichita kansas | 0 comments

Around the studio, the floor is a mess and the machines are a hummin’. I tell ya, I’ve been working like a crazy person. I wish I could fill in the blog with all the pictures. Especially the quilts from my new book releasing late this summer with Leisure Arts…. but alas… I’m not entirely sure why the quilting industry as a whole is so secretive about revealing new projects/patterns/fabric lines, but it is. Those are just the rules. I have loads of things I cannot quite show you until the project is published, but for now, I thought I’d leave you with this sneak peek of a quilted project due out next spring. The whole quilt and pattern are set for publication in April 2013. That’s all I can say. :(? I can tell you, though, that when it is revealed, I think you are going to really like it. The beautiful soft white fabric is Art Gallery Fabric’s Pure Elements. The orange and red, which you can see, are Kona Solids. Are there other colors, yes. Can I tell you what they are … nope. It looks like 90 degree angles in there. Sure, can I tell you what they are or how big this “part” of the quilt is in real life … nope. Check out that machine quilting. Finally something I can share everything about!!! My machine quilter in Wichita Kansas, Evelyn, did an amazing job with her computer guided HandiQuilter long-arm. It is really the coolest thing ever to see a computer completely drive such a big quilting machine. I know there is alot that goes into running, owning, and maintaining a long arm, but that computer makes it look deceptively easy. Evelyn is the owner and chief over at CelebrityQuilting.com? The all-over square panto is a digital design, Karen’s Modern Squares is by one of the designers on...

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Pratt Quilt Show April 21-22nd

Pratt Quilt Show April 21-22nd

on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog, book, business, recycle, Seamingly Accurate, trunk show, wichita kansas | 0 comments

Come on out to the Pratt KS Quilt Show April 21-22nd! They’ll have plenty to see and shop and you can see most of the projects from Deploy That Fabric, as well as pickup a signed copy of the book. I’ll even bring a few of the eco-friendly Messenger Tote Bags. I will be bringing the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and patterns for you. Mark your calendars, call your friends and gas up the car. I’ll see ya...

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Quilt Room Tour – Prairie Quilt Guild

Quilt Room Tour – Prairie Quilt Guild

on Sep 12, 2011 in Blog, business, videos, wichita kansas | 2 comments

Saturday was the big Quilt Studio Tour, put on by the Prairie Quilt Guild. The guild sold over 200 tickets to tour 6 homes in the Wichita area. Thank you thank you to all the ladies (and 4 gents) who stopped by my studio. My studio was on the tour. I know you’ve seen a couple studio pictures on the blog before, but as with everything- the room is ever-evolving. For the tour, though, I actually had quilts displayed all over the living room and dining room of the house, as well as, having the studio clean and open to guests. (below) I arranged 4 quilts on my stair rail for display. Right when guests walked in, they could also see a couple sewing machines on my plant ledge. Other sewing machines are in my living room, on that plant ledge. You can see those in the video. I also laid quilts over the back of my couches, and I did end up covering the kitchen table with a quilt too. I’m telling you, there were quilts EVERYWHERE. Then, onto the studio. Studio notes: My design wall, is a cork board covered in flannel. My chair is a floor model from IKEA, covered with IKEA fabric. My large uniform fabric stash is now stored downstairs. All the bright fabrics are organized by color, in two (stacked) Target cubby organizer things. The neutrals and cut pieces are mostly in the closet. The “cutting line” for those large scissors is really just electrical tape. The black and white photo is of my grandparents, on their wedding day, July 6th, 1945. I have a big glass bowl on the window sill that holds a few scraps. And- my friend tells me she purchased the shelf buddies from this website http://www.collectionsetc.com/ I didn’t make every quilt on display in my home/studio. – – Wow. That was a bunch of disjointed sentences, right?? Then at 9a, the room filled with ladies and continued to have to have a pretty steady flow of over 200 guests, right up until 4p, when the tour ended. Y’all, let me tell you- there were more people at the Quilt Room Tour, in my house, than there were at...

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Nametags

Nametags

on Aug 21, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, wichita kansas, WMQG | 1 comment

I have been sewing like a crazy person all summer long, when I haven’t been sitting in the car. And, when I was in the car I was writing and in one case, giving an interview to Pat Sloan (from I-40!). Anywhoo-? I’ll be able to tell you all about those sewing projects, shortly. For now though, I took a little time for myself to make a new guild name tag. My other tags needed a bit of an update. This will make 3 total tags that say “JEN” all carried in my purse. Um… in case of a nametag emergency???? Maybe I’ll have enough one day to sew them all together and make a big JEN quilt. (Hum… that would be a pretty weird quilt, I think.)? I should throw in one or two JAN’s since people call me that all the time. I digress… So here’s what I did: I wanted to make some wonky improv pieced name tags for my mom and myself. I signed up to be on a Quilt Room Tours deal put on by the Prairie Quilt Guild and we need to have name tags for the event. In the picture, my name tag is quilted using a straight lines, about 3/8″ apart and then finished with a satin stitch (real close zig zag, like in the Drink Coaster Tutorial) to finish the edges. Since these are name tags, they are kinda small. I had to use a 1/8″ seam allowance and sew pretty slow to make sure everything turned out. The KArEN tag, for my mom, is about 8″ x 3″. And of course, used the Word Play Quilts for guidance. {{LOVE that...

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Design Wall

Design Wall

on May 5, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, sewing, wichita kansas, WMQG | 1 comment

Ok, the workshop with Jacquie was inspiring on so many levels. Mostly I want a design wall. … and thanks to the fine people at Goodwill, I now have one! I found a giant cork board there for $10. I snatched that baby up and proceeded to channel my Trading Spaces FAN days to wrap it in flannel. I {{heart}} Goodwill so much! I had to move a few wall-hanging quilts around, but not too worry, I’ll be putting those back up soon. That little orange flying geese block was also a friend inspiration. It was made after reading this post, from AnneMarie on GenX. Who knows what I’ll turn it into. I think it might become my WMQG secret sister swap gift this month. … well, after auditioning fabrics for the borders on my NEW design...

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Viscount Sewing Machine

Viscount Sewing Machine

on May 1, 2011 in Blog, sewing, wichita kansas | 36 comments

On the way to the spouses social last week, I spotted many garage sale/mulit-family sale signs. …at 5p in the evening on a Thursday… So I thought, “Oh those sales must be for tomorrow, maybe. Hum, if they were today, I bet they are picked over.”? That is always my thought if I roll past a garage sale after 12noon. =)? Anywhoo, as my assistant and I are driving there was a sign “Multi-Family BARN SALE.” OH MAN! I channeled my inner-American-Picker and swerved my van right into their grassy field, ahem, parking area. I’d never been to a barn sale! {{Remember, we are on our way to a social and need to be there by 5:30p.}}? If you haven’t seen the show, American Pickers, you’ll have to check it out. It cracks me up and they have their own lingo and everything. So my daughter and I spent the next 15 minutes looking as fast as possible at this HUGE barn sale and saying “Yeh, I’d pop on that.“? – Just like Mike and Frank. It was fun. Turns out the sale was to benefit one of the huge local private schools $chool$, and had donations from all over town, from MANY different families. {{gotta get to that social!}} But then I see it… The Viscount Sewing Machine. I have seen LOTS of sewing machines from all sorts of eras. I have never seen an orangie/pink one (lets not call it salmon) and I’ve never heard of the brand Viscount. Oh… this baby was coming home with me! And here’s a perk for a sale at 5pm- EVERYTHING was HALF OFF. I’ll let you keep reading while you guess how much I paid for this. This sewing machine is crazy heavy. It is missing a couple parts. I bought it. I brought it home and I plugged it in. Turns out, there are two plugs in the carry case, then you plug in the carry case to the wall. {{NEAT!}}? Right when the plug hits the wall, the needle starts going at, um, a thousand miles an hour. -Like an industrial machine- I checked to see where the foot pedal was and if maybe I was… sitting on...

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Prairie Quilt Guild- Standing Room Only

Prairie Quilt Guild- Standing Room Only

on Mar 11, 2011 in Blog, contests, quilting, wichita kansas | 0 comments

Here in Kansas, we’ve had some weather in January and February. Nothing to get panicky about, but it did happen to snow on quilt guild day, TWICE. (Which is crazy, can’t it just snow the day AFTER quilt guild???? Come on…) Anywhoo, the March meeting was the first meeting since early December. I think every quilter came out of the woodwork just to attend in the rain. AND this is only the “afternoon” meeting. Our traditional quilt guild is so large (800+ members) that they actually have an afternoon and an evening meeting. (Both are about the same size)? I was in the very back of the room, snappin’ shots with the iPhone. And today was the meeting where all the challenge quilts were revealed. The membership voted on the over 35 entries. In the picture above, you can see the top row of quilts displayed, there’s still a a BUNCH of wall-hanging sized quilts hidden from view. Our large group as an amazing amount of talented ladies. I’ll have to post again in April to let you know the 12 challenge winners. *hopefully with...

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Quilter’s World April 2011

Quilter’s World April 2011

on Mar 8, 2011 in accessories, Blog, Press, recycle, wichita kansas | 2 comments

I am so honored that Quilter’s World has published another purse design, of mine, for their “In The Bag” series in the April 2011 Issue. The purse is called the All ‘Round Tote and features a military uniform as the bag body and a fabulous large circle as the bag base. Complete with grommets, a scarf handle and semi-circle accents! It really is a very easy bag to make, either with uniform fabrics or with traditional cottons. The bag is big enough to hold a couple towels for the pool, a few skeins of yarn for soccer practice, or a couple items to take on an over-night trip. (above) That’s a screen shot from the Take A Peek Inside feature on the e-Pattern Central website. The bag in the magazine is made using an ARMY uniform + Kate Spain’s Fandango line of quilter’s cottons, by Moda. The picture below shows green BDU camouflage + Sandi Henderson’s beautiful orange fabric, by Michael Miller. Note: This picture was snapped at TWIST– the Yarn Store (that is such an understatement, they have every yarn-ish, roving-ish, knitting needle known to woman kind down there!!!)? So, the Yarn Store down in the Historic Delano District- Wichita KS. Check out the newest issue of Quilter’s...

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