Teaching at AQS Paducah!

Name BadgeA few weeks ago I returned from Paducah, Kentucky and had a great time teaching at the annual AQS 2018 Spring Quilt Week- Paducah.  If you’ve never been before – well then, place this city and the show on your list of must see adventures in the quilt world.

First, let me say how honored I was to be asked to teach two classes for AQS (American Quilter’s Society), and secondly, what a thrill to be teaching in Quilt City USA, Paducah, Kentucky!!

AQS and their staff do an awesome job of organizing the show, classes and other activities in the convention center and all around town.  There was so much to see – not only within the show but in the city as well.  Shuttle buses were readily available to take visitors in and around town to see all the sites available: The National Museum, Quilt in a Day & Hancock’s of Paducah quilt shops, more fabric shops and antique shops galore, historical and Civil War buildings and monuments, and the famed river wall murals along the edges of the great Ohio & Tennessee Rivers.

The show itself was fantastic and big…. staged in over four areas in and around the Schroeder Expo Center –  one of them being a huge tent as big as a football field known as the “Dome”.  And of course , lots and lots of quilts to see and lots and lots of vendors to shop from.

 

The exhibition quilts were fantastic.

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And adding to the excitement was the fact that my Dazzle Quilt (beautifully machine quilted by Teresa Silva- Quilting is My Bliss), was also juried into the show and on exhibit! Needless to say, I was beyond excited….

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“Dazzle” on Display at AQS Quilt Week-Paducah 2018

The first class I taught was my Wonky Strip & Easy Appliqué Mini Mod Dog class.  Twenty four eager ladies awaited me – I was a bit nervous – but they were all so fantastic and gracious!  Everyone enjoyed the evening and finished their playful pups – what a great time!

The next day was a day off for me so I went sightseeing – my first stop was the National Quilt Museum.  Special exhibits included Japanese Quilters Who Have Influenced the World, Minature Quilts and a special exhibit of quilts using the BowTie block.  Unfortunately no cameras were allowed but you can see some of the fantastic quilts by perusing the museum’s website.

After that I hopped back on the bus and toured the city – The famed river wall murals, the downtown area….

Then I was off  Hancock’s of Paducah, where I spotted several of our patterns that we had designed for Free Spirit Fabrics using Kaffe Fassett Fabrics hanging in the shop and kitted up !

The next day I taught my second class : Appliqué Stitch Lab.  Another sold out class and another eager set of ladies ready to rock machine appliqué.   They all did awesome, as evidenced by my ‘action shots’ below.  I was so proud of them – diving in without trepidation, and wildly selecting decorative stitches to embellish their appliques! Wow!  They were all super students!

And then in a flash – my time in Paducah was over and I headed home….but what a great time!  Thank you AQS and Paducah!

A Brite Idea – Pin for Accurate Placement of Foundation Piecing

Brite-Idea-LogoJust a quick tip for lovers of foundation piecing or paper piecing!

Sometimes I find it very hard to know exactly at which angle to place the next piece of fabric when paper piecing (or foundation piecing).  It’s completely understandable though – you’re placing fabric on the back side of the paper but sewing on the front side so when you flip the paper over to the sewing lines (especially if they are extreme angles) things tend to go awry – is the line pointing up or down?  To the right or left? Ugh!  And because of that – I’ve ruined my fair share of blocks or endured countless hours of seam ripping over and over and over again.

Until I started to pin…Now I place 2 pins like so (pics below) on the sewing line – that way when I flip the foundation paper to the other side to place my fabric, the pins are there to guide me as to the perfect angle so no more misplaced pieces or wasting lots of fabric  – voila!

Works every time!  Give it a try!! 🙂  Until your next colour fix!  Linda & Carl

A Brite Idea – Adding Quick Corner Triangles

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Here’s a nifty tip we recently shared over on Instagram the other day.  This tip comes in handy when making snowball blocks or flying geese units where the pattern calls for drawing a diagonal line on the WRONG side  and then stitching on that line – when you flip this unit up it appears as a triangle in the IMG_5472corner of the block you have stitched it to.  The problem I always had with this particular method was that when I stitched ‘directly’ on the line and then flipped the corner up, it never really matched perfectly – it was always a ‘hair’ short of matching the corner…that was until a student of mine shared this secret tip….

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When adding a triangle to a corner of another block (commonly referred to as the “quick corner triangle piecing method”) – switch your machine’s presser foot to the “Edgestitch Foot”.  (For Bernina gals – that would be the fabulous #10 foot.)  Move your needle IMG_3267position one notch to the right.  Now stitch directly on the diagonal line positioning the center guide on the edgestitch foot directly on the drawn line.  Your stitching will be just a hair to the right of the line (or
as some say ‘just above the line’), but when you flip and press the
corner of the square up to make a triangle it will perfectly match the upper corner of the block.

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Why you ask? Well, thread and the fold of the fabric take up precious space in your seam allowance, so when you stitch ‘directly’ on the drawn line, this prevents the corner from marching perfectly.

Additionally, many times you have to make several dozen (or in my case for a quilt I am now working on over 400 quick corner triangles   :-0 egads! ), and no one wants to spend the afternoon drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of 400 squares…So another tip. 🙂

By placing a piece of Washi Tape (or painter’s tape) along the center marking of your stitch plate, you can line up the top and bottom tips of the square with the edges of the tape and let that guide your stitching.  With a few practice runs, you’ll find that stitching directly down the center of this square is eazy-peazy every time and with no markings!

Try it and let us know what you think!

Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl

 

Welcome 2017!

20172016 was indeed ‘a year of real change’…and in so many ways, right?   Presidential elections, celebrities found and lost, international intrigue and domestic scandals, and personally for us – a colourful and most welcome change of pace: a new business, new projects started, older ones completed, lots and lots of UFO’s still languishing from previous years, all the while creating a new bucket list of new projects that will take me some 3000 years to complete (but hey-who’s counting right?) and many, many more ideas and projects  percolating and in the works….

Linder Logocustomer-montageAs hard as it was, the end of 2016 was time for Carl and I to say goodbye to our beloved quilt shop Linderella’s Quilt Works located in Southern Pines, NC.   Although we were sad to give up the daily routine of running the shop and familiar interactions with customers and long time friends (check out the montage photo to the right – you might see someone you know 🙂 ), it was definitely and personally time for a change up…..  Eight plus years and then some, is a long time in one job but it was time for us to reboot our creative juices and return to our first passion of designing quilt patterns and making colourful quilts….

However looking back on 2016, we are mighty proud of what we accomplished, keeping two full time business running at full speed and with no employees I might add.  We designed two new patterns now available for purchase : “Mod Dog” & “Splendor”

In addition to that, we designed a few dozen or so new patterns for some pretty well known fabric companies, such as Free Spirit Fabrics – one of which is now available in kit form at Hancock’s at Paducah entitled, “Flower Show”….

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Completed over two dozen or so various quilts or samples for Colourwerx and/or Linderella’s, including our popular “Rainbow Row” for the Row by Row Experience (pictured below on the right); and in addition, taught a full roster of classes  using many of our new designs as well as other projects at the shop or at other quilt shops in the area, in addition to prepping and hosting over a dozen demos and/or events throughout the year.

gotcolourNeedless to say, we are super excited to see what 2017 brings and look forward to once again, just as we did in 2008 with Linderella’s , fostering our new business from the ground up.  We have so many fun colourful, things planned for you this year:  new patterns, new products and kits, free tutorials, giveaways and of course, a few surprises.  image-1

We also have a full roster of new classes and lectures available to local quilt shops, guilds and national shows – you can check it all out here.  If you think your local shop or guild might be interested in hosting us, we’d appreciate your referrals…

So here’s to 2017!!  We hope you’ll continue to follow us on all your favorite social media sites and tell your friends to do the same….and just in case you didn’t know where to find us, here are some links:
“Got Colour” Newsletter
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

And refer your friends to follow along on this blog as well….

We are so grateful for all of your support this last year and thank you so much for allowing us to share our colourful, quilty journey with you!  We hope to see you all very soon!

Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl

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Recap of Houston Quilt Market – It’s About Time

I’m just getting back to blogging and writing a quick recap of our splendid time at the October Houston Quilt Market.   Truth be told – we’ve been just a tad busy around here lately….having spent the last month closing down our brick and mortar store, Linderella’s Quilt Works, and wrapping up a few odd ends here and there,  Colourwerx blogging had to take a back seat to everything else  (and yes, – I realize I am a year between blog posts, but hey-who’s counting, right?)

image-4Anyway, back to Houston….We had a single booth space just a few spots away from one of our favorite fabric companies, Free Spirit Fabrics.  It was a great spot and so much fun to be just “down the block” from some of our favorite people like Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Heather Bailey.

As usual, Carl did a great job designing the booth.  IMG_0555Like our previous booth at Houston (which I blogged about in “Colourwerx & Quilt Market”), Carl redesigned the 3-tiered truss system from a lightweight, metal EMT (electrical) conduit piping so that we could hang our quilts on drapery rings staggered apart for optimum viewing.  The big advantage we had this year was driving to Houston, image-12which meant we could take the entirety of the booth – piping, rugs, decor, displays and tables all in the car and all ready for set up in a day without having to leave the convention center.  It was great! and a big relief to know that we had everything we needed packed and ready to go when we got there.  The car was a bit cramped though and due to the 10 foot pipe extending from the front window shield to the back, I was resigned to the back seat for the ride-check out the photo to the right for my view for 16 hours there and back again!  It was spacious but still in the back.

image-5Carl also designed this nifty display table which was the talk of market…the table was a glass topped-metal bookcase purchased from Ikea -he added a image-6cheap  metal curtain rod with metal tie backs (bought at Walmart) and created a hanging rod on the front,  perfect for displaying a quilt – what a genius!. Then our friend Nancy at Shutterbug Graphix installed the Colourwerx vinyl letters on the glass top which Carl highlighted with a row of bright LED lights…it was all very theatrical looking and splendid. image-7

We debuted two new designs – “Mod Dog” and “Splendor” – both patterns are now available for purchase at your local quilt shops or on our website.  “Mod Dog” was a huge success and was clearly the favorite of of all of our designs by the shop owners.   We’ll also be blogging about these new designs and others soon – so stay tuned!

image-3An additional thrill was to have one have one of our commissioned designs featured in the Free Spirit Fabrics Quilt Gallery.  This was such an honor as this was a special exhibit set up by Free Spirit Fabrics to showcase new fabric collections with accompanying quilts (which will be offered as free patterns when the fabric collection is released.)
image-9We were asked to design and make a quilt for Nel Whatmore’s new collection “Rosealea.  “Rosealea” is a beautiful fabric collection chocked full of vintage cottage roses reminiscent of image-10English countrysides. To the left is our design titled “Roundabout”.   Carl designed this in the software program called, Electric Quilt 7 – I paper pieced it and Teresa from Quilting is my Bliss, did a magnificent job free motion machine quilting it!  If you’d like a copy of the pattern you can download it for free on the Coats Crafts website.

There were a dozen or so other quilts featured in the Free Spirit Gallery too – some of our other favorite designs  were Laura Heine’s The Dress, Tula Pink’s Designer Essential Solid,  Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan and Anna Marie Horner’s Loominous.

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And of course while we were away our trusty office manager kept a keen eye on all the activities at home.   All in all, quilt market is always so much fun and we are now looking ahead to Spring Market in St. Louie!

Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl

 

 

 

 

 

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Our shop, Linderella’s Will be Closing….

Have you heard the saying “Some of the best things in life happen when you least expect them…?” Well, something has happened and it’s of course, when we least expected it….The Linderella Brick & Mortar shop will be closing…..

cwlogowebAs many of you know – this past year we’ve had lots of pots percolating – operating two full time businesses – Linderella’s Quilt Works, the shop & Colourwerx, the design business. We knew at some point we would have to make a choice between the two – well, we’re excited to announce that one “colourful” pot – Colourwerx Designs – has recently boiled over with loads of exciting opportunities that we intend to pursue. Unfortunately that means just one thing…the Linderella brick & mortar store will need to close.

We are “Movin’ On Up” to something new and we hope you’ll join us to say goodbye to Linderella’s Quilt Works in grand “sale-abratory” fashion!!  In order to prepare for this – the shop will be closed Mon-Wed., November 7th-9th! But…

img_2623Starting Thursday, November 10th at 10am-
Our “Movin’ On Up” sale-a-bration to celebrate over 8 years in business will begin, and all Linderella assets will be liquidated! This will be fast, folks – so don’t delay!  You snooze, you lose!

*  Storewide – All Merchandise Discounted at 25% to 35%!!
(Online shoppers – stay tuned! What doesn’t sell in the shop will be made available online at substantial discounts in a few very short weeks – Yippee!)

* Beautiful designer quilting cottons discounted –
No moldy-oldies here. It is definitely worth the drive!

* All books, patterns & kits on sale – current titles!

* All notions substantially reduced! Blades, cutting mats, needles & thread – oh my!

* Fixtures, furniture & all equipment for sale –
sewing machines, sewing tables, irons, classroom tools & notions, custom fabric shelves, racks, decor, displays –
all first come, first serve basis!
**Note: Shop owners also welcome – by appointment – please call!
**All fixtures, furniture & equipment must be paid for in full at the time of purchase and picked up from the shop at your expense and muscle prior to the closing date – Failure to do so, will result in you forfeiting your monies and that item and it will be
sold to the next person!

So grab your friends and come on down to our Linderella”Sale-A-Bration” to close out our shop!
Starting Thursday, November 10th at 10am!

img_2621Just a little note from Linda & Carl ~
We appreciate each and every one of you, and will always cherish the memories we made with you these last 8 years. Please know that while we are sad to be closing our brick and mortar shop, we are also equally excited about our next adventures with Colourwerx and hope that you will continue to be part of our colourful quilting journey!

Thank you as always for your continued support! It has been our pleasure to serve you, and we hope to see you in the shop for our Sale-A-Bration on or after November 10th  – Happy & bright quilting always!