Quilt Week in Central Oregon

 SOQS 2017

SOQS 2017

Are you ready for Quilt Week?  This is the biggest week of the year for quilters in Central Oregon and for thousands of visitors from all around the world leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 14.  Activities happen all week, starting with the Quilt Walk Kickoff tomorrow, Sunday July 8; through a week of classes, lectures and events; and even past the show itself to Quilt Show Sunday on July 15.  It's sure to be a fun week.  I will be in Sisters for the show on Saturday and on Thursday to go to some artist receptions and meet friends.  It should be lots of fun!  Here's a link to the Show Guide.

I will have 7 quilts in the show this year, including several for sale.  I have quilts in the Storybook special exhibit, the Central Oregon SAQA special exhibit, and the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild special exhibit "Periodic Table of the Elements".  There are also 4 in the general show that are for sale.  If you see something that you like here I suggest you contact the show directly as they already have my quilts.  

 African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

 Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

 Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

 Aussie Medallion (for sale)

Aussie Medallion (for sale)

 Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

 Walking the Dogs (for sale)

Walking the Dogs (for sale)

 Wild Abandon (for sale)

Wild Abandon (for sale)

I'll be posting here about all the activities, but here's a few photos from last year's show to whet your appetite. 

 Stitchin' Post 2017

Stitchin' Post 2017

 Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

 Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

 Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017

Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017

New Work in the Shop

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I have finished several slow cloth pieces to add to the shop.  A couple have sold already, so if you're interested, please check it out soon.  Speaking of the shop, I've also added a bunch of new items including original paintings, hand painted greeting cards, stickers, printed greeting cards, and some hand stitched wearable art cuffs.  As a reminder, handmade blank art journals, project bags, and pillow covers can be found in my KMS Handmade shop.  I have changed all shipping options to free for domestic shipping and a small upcharge for Canada and Everywhere Else.  I hope that makes it easier for those outside the US to purchase from my shops.  If you feel so moved, I'd love it if you'd share my shop info with friends.  Thank you!

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These handmade cuffs were fun to make with vintage linens and some hand embroidery.  Check them out in the shop to see all sides.  

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 Night Tree detail

Night Tree detail

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 Sail Away detail

Sail Away detail

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 Cloth Weaving Sampler

Cloth Weaving Sampler

 Pink Silk

Pink Silk

 Sunflower

Sunflower

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 Sunrise over Haleakala

Sunrise over Haleakala

Out of the Closet

 Inspired by Paul Klee

Inspired by Paul Klee

March was a busy month in the studio.  I made a goal to complete a bunch of UFOs that had been taking up space in the closet and I managed to get through 6 of them before having to move on to other projects.  The first one was an old project from a Rosalie Dace class 5 years ago.  This was a 5 day workshop where we were inspired by the artwork of Paul Klee.  This piece was a real favorite of mine until I started machine quilting it.  I made the mistake of doing that very heavy quilting in the circle and despite trying everything I could think of to flatten it out, I was never able to.  I started hand quilting the radiating lines, then added machine quilting between.  I also blocked it like crazy and nothing worked.  You can see that I didn't complete the hand quilting on the left side.  In the March madness of UFO completion I decided to do the binding and leave it as is.  It's wonderfully soft and I still love the design.  I'm not sure it will see the light of day, but it's now complete.

The second UFO finish is another one inspired by Paul Klee (Little Painting of Fir Trees).  This was also from the same workshop with Rosalie Dace.  In this case, the top was done except for some organza overlays that I had intended to hand stitch over the top.  It was that part that kept me from finishing it, so in the end I just quilted it as is.  I think this is more my style and I really like how it came out!

 Inspired by Paul Klee's Little Painting of Fir Trees

Inspired by Paul Klee's Little Painting of Fir Trees

 Studio dog Scrabble

Studio dog Scrabble

Quilt number 3 was this Starry Owl quilt.  The blocks were mostly done and I just needed to combine them in to this small community quilt that was donated to the guild.  

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Starry Owls

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Quilt number 4 is called Autumn Baskets and it's a wall hanging.  These blocks were started several years ago when I taught liberated basket classes.  All the blocks were finished except for one.  I had to frame the blocks and put them together.  

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Autumn Baskets

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The fifth quilt is another owl quilt and will also be donated to community quilts.  This one required more work as I had only the smaller squares that you see above.  I added strips to make each block 9.5 inches square.  This is a favorite size for charity quilts because I have a 9.5 inch square ruler, so cutting to size is super simple.

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When I'm making a charity quilt I like to keep things simple and having blocks of consistent size help with that.  I know that most people work with consistently sized blocks on a regular basis, but when you are a liberated/improv quilter you are often working with various sized blocks which is fun to do, but requires more time to puzzle together.  On this quilt I also used many of my most vibrant, rainbow colored hand dyed fabrics. I think these are beautiful, but I almost never use them in my regular work, so I was happy to use them on this bright and cheerful quilt.  I hope it brings some cheer to a child in my community.

 back of the owl squares quilt

back of the owl squares quilt

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 My Happy Stars

My Happy Stars

The last quilt for this March madness UFO series is called My Happy Stars.  It was made from some star blocks that were already finished. I also had some colorful curvy shapes made with wedge shaped pieces.  I ended up cutting those down to rectangles to frame the stars.  I really like how this came out and when I showed it on Instagram lots of other people liked it too.  In fact, one person asked about purchasing it and I was happy to take her up on it.  She even got naming rights!  I hope she likes it for many years to come.  

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2017 Holiday Tails Art Fair

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Hello Friends! 

I am working like crazy to get ready for the Holiday Tails Art Fair this weekend.  I finished up these ornaments above and below.  Some of them will be for sale at the fair. I want to keep a few, but it's hard to decide which ones to keep!   The Folk Art Friends ornaments above were an alternate colorway I put together to show the variety of colors and stitch you can use.  These were printed with brown ink on ivory linen.  The ornaments below were created with free hand embroidery on wool.  The free form embroidery is tricky and I kept wishing I had lines for guidance, but I like how they turned out.  I now admire even more the work by some of the embroiderers I follow on Instagram (especially Adam Pritchett).

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In other news, I have been learning some new bookbinding stitches over the past month or so.  These are really fun to make.  The first two photos show some of the postcards books I made. I used modern art and quilt postcards from my stash.  

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The newest type of stitch I've learned is called the buttonhole stitch.  This stitch is created with a delightful little cutout in the spine of the book.  These are truly lovely, special journals.  All of my journals have been created with acid free artist's paper.  Some have drawing paper, some have heavier paper suitable for wet media.  Some have a variety of paper for those who might want to experiment.  All of the journals come with a handwritten label indicating which paper is which in case you find something you want to get more of.  These are all for sale in the shop for the next few days.  I'll close the shop starting on Friday for the weekend when I do the art fair and unsold items will be re-listed on Monday December 11.

PS- I managed to finish the quilt from the previous post and submitted it along with two others for QuiltCon.  I'll post about them when I get a chance after the art fair.

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Christmas Goose

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I'm all set up at the Christmas Goose at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  The show runs Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-4.  It's one of the best holiday shows in town, so I hope you'll stop by if you are in the area.  There are so many good vendors too!  I regret that I didn't get a photo of Cheryl's table, but her Silly Dog Art Glass looks fantastic.  There are also the most amazing soaps at the table just to the left of mine.  Lots of good stuff.  

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