Category — Life
When it comes to the weather outside, this time of year always feels like two steps forward, one step back. Last week we had a great day with temperatures in the 50’s, only to be followed by a day of wet, heavy snow.
When that latest layer of snow melted and I just felt defeated by Winter, I looked out by our woods and saw these.
The daffodil bulbs I planted last Fall, starting to pop up. I am telling you, this mess of mud and leaves and tiny bits of green has been so good for my soul.
I’ve been trying to make sure the kids get some outside time on those warmer days. Between that and a sewing deadline that I can’t share right now, I don’t have a finished project to show you this week. But I have accumulated some new fabrics recently and they inspired me to take a little break and build a project pile from my stash.
I pulled some coordinating prints from my stash, including some new fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter’s Mormor, Skinny Laminx’s Up, Up & Away, Eloise Renouf’s Bark & Branch, and Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.
I made a block from my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. I’m thinking of using one color family per block…we shall see!
Back to work on deadlines! And fingers crossed for a warmer week!
March 17, 2014 26 Comments
What a weekend! Between the two Pottery Barn quilting trunk shows on Saturday, my son’s 5th birthday party on Sunday (at Chuck E Cheese’s no less), and daylight savings time, I’m pretty much running on fumes. But oh, what a great time we had on Saturday. I thought I’d share some photos from the trunk shows. I didn’t bring my “real” camera, just my iPhone. I thought it’d just be too hard to manage keeping track of the good camera – and that was the right call because we were busy – but I do wish I had brought someone with me to take nice photos. Live and learn!
When we arrived at Pottery Barn in Naperville, this sign was out front with balloons! Really exciting! We met the store manager who was just exceptionally nice and welcoming, it really put my nerves at ease! We decided that we’d have more room to set up on the second floor and brought all our things up.
There were these awesome railings that overlooked to the first floor. We were able to drape all our quilts on them – you could see them from below as soon as you walked into the store.
We treated the event as a meet and greet. It was so much fun to talk to everyone one on one, answer questions, let people come and touch the quilts. Lots of quilters visited, some planned and some just happened to be in the store without knowing about the event. We met people from all experience levels – from expert long armers to women who sewed but were looking to learn to quilt. The hour flew by – it was just such a great time!
We packed up the quilts, loaded up the car, and drove to the Oakbrook Pottery Barn to set up for round two. This store was one floor (so no railing) and really long with different nooks and sectioned off areas. We were placed in a side bedding area, so deciding how to display the quilts was harder. But luckily they had a Visual Stylist (fancy!) who came over to help us. He was an expert quilt hanger.
If anyone is looking to display quilts like this at home, it was really a great set up. They had installed a nice, solid curtain rod. The stylist took the quilt by the corner and folded that over the back of the curtain rod. Then he used super heavy duty clamps to clamp the corner to the back of the draped quilt.
I am guessing you could get the clamps at a hardware store. Lee had a hard time even opening them when we took stuff down, so they were pretty strong. We also hung some quilts on a coat rack!
We met even more quilters at this stop, and again we were able to talk to everyone one on one. I know I’ve gushed this entire post, but I really can’t stress enough how fun it was to get to share our quilts with a new audience and in this setting. And look, they let us each take home a sign! You better believe that’s now hanging up in my sewing room.
I just want to thank everyone who came out to visit as well as Pottery Barn for inviting us to share our quilts at their shops. We have 2 more trunk shows planned – Lee and I in the Milwaukee area and Katie in Arlington, VA on March 22nd. If you happen to live around those cities, I hope you will come!
March 11, 2014 30 Comments
I have some very fun news to share with you today! Last December, just after Christmas, Katie, Lee and I received an email that was probably one of the most exciting things to land in my inbox in a very long time. Someone from Pottery Barn’s corporate office had seen Vintage Quilt Revival and wanted to know if we were interested in sharing our quilts in some local stores as an event. I think all three of us were in shock. Seriously, I thought maybe someone was pranking us! But it was true!
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our quilts and ideas on design with a larger and potentially new-to-quilting audience. I really hope that if you live in the area, you will stop by. I also think this might be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the world of quilting and handmade, in a familiar and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, the Chicago and Arlington events are serving wine – if that motivates anyone!
Lee and I will be sharing our quilts together in both the Chicago western suburbs and Milwaukee area on the following dates:
Pottery Barn, Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL
Saturday, March 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, IL
Phone: 630. 572.3307
Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Katie will be sharing her quilts in Arlington, Virginia on the following date:
Pottery Barn, Market Common at Clarendon – Arlington, VA
I hope to see some of you there! And I’d love for you to spread the word if you know of anyone in our area.
February 13, 2014 51 Comments
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Cedarburg, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. Saturday I participated in the Menu of Modern Event. Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I each spent some time talking to the group about our quilts, design and color. We also had a Q&A panel session and book signing. What a great group! It was a lot of fun to meet several of you. The museum itself is in a restored barn with areas for classes, exhibits and a gift shop. So cute! I’m thinking I need to take my mom up there next time she is in town.
Sunday, Lee and I stayed for Jacquie’s class on the Slice and Insert technique. Somehow I’ve never taken one of Jacquie’s classes and this was the absolute perfect opportunity to spend some time learning from her amongst friends.
She spent a lot of time talking technique and sharing class samples.
I am in LOVE with her red and white plus quilt. Don’t be surprised if you see me make one of these in the future!
I brought several shades of turquoise for my block backgrounds, and ivory + black prints for my strips. Here I am “auditioning” my first block.
This is how the final fabrics and placements turned out.
After I got the hang of it, the blocks came faster. I ended up making 3 for the day.
Here’s Lee, Jacquie and I – in what Jacquie called a Vintage Modern Sandwich! Ha!
It was a great weekend and reminded me how much fun it is to get together with friends and sew. If only there was more time in each day, right?
January 15, 2014 21 Comments