Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quilting Inspirations.

Quilting Inspiration 1
Clint and I made a quick getaway last week to Disneyland.  We figured it would be the perfect date without the kids and we were headed to California anyway for the San Diego Quilt Show, so we made it happen.

I have people ask me all the time where my inspiration for quilting comes from.  Well - it comes from everywhere.  I am constantly looking at my surroundings and finding things that I could quilt.  Even Mickey Mouse has swirls by him ;-)

Quilting Inspiration 2
If only I had time to quilt everything I see. Seriously.  I found this beautiful motif at one of the cinnamon roll carts at Disneyland and I loved the way it looked.  I always take pictures of anything I want to remember.

Quilting Inspiration 3
Mexican tiles are always an inspiration and I love the bright colors that are used in them. This was at a restaurant in Disneyland.

Quilting Inspiration 4
The tile work in Tower of Terror is right up my alley as far as quilting.  I am really into shapes. One thing I try to do is use these as inspiration - I always want to put my own spin on things.  I want the ideas that I get to help my own creativity and not just copy someone's creation.

Quilting Inspiration 5
I had to include this picture - he's totally adorable!

Quilting Inspiration 6
I found my five petal flower in San Diego.  I guess it is called Jasmine!?! Perfect name for this beautiful flower.

Quilting Inspiration 7
It is amazing what can inspire you when you just walk around.  I found this ship to be so beautiful and the background of the blue water and blue skies was amazing.  I always love seeing our flag raised and waving in the wind, especially today as we remember 9/11.
Quilting Inspiration 8
I loved the cement blocking as I was walking around.  I think people might think I am a little crazy when I take pictures of the ground ;-)

See that cute purse?  I finally bought myself a purse.  I have never ever bought myself a purse - ever!  I have always made a bag for myself or have just carried a clutch wallet. So, of course the first one I would buy is a quilted Vera Bradley Disneyland purse. 
I love it.

Quilting Inspiration 9
The biggest reason I love being outside is to see all of God's creations.  There is nothing like His handiwork and I feel inspired anytime I see something beautiful like this beautiful Hibiscus flower. 

Quilting Inspiration 10
That goes for sunsets as well.  I am never at more peace and my mind is never more clear than when I watch a sunset.  These are the times that my mind is going overboard with ideas for quilting.

So, look around you - find what makes you inspired and what gives you peace in your life. It is always good for your creativity.   

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

San Diego and winner of giveaway!

 So this last week I went to San Diego for the San Diego Quilt Show.  I had a wonderful time and met some amazing people.  Clint and I made a trip of it, so it was fun being together just the two of us. I was amazed at the beauty of San Diego - I hadn't been downtown before this week and I absolutely love it there!  

 I had fun in my classes and met several wonderful people.  It is funny that I still get a little nervous each time I teach, but I am getting better at it.  I had someone tell me that the minute I don't get nervous is the minute I stop caring - I liked that thought because I do care and I really hope for great classes and a good experience for anyone taking my classes.  

 One thing I wasn't prepared for was that the local news station came into my class.  You can watch the video here:  Warning - the reporter says "blanket" several times.  We all know it is a quilt!  Seriously.  Then, he wanted us to chant "we love quilting."  It's all good fun, but you can see how I really feel about chanting when I give two thumbs up and a sarcastic smirk! 
I was nervous at first on camera because he asked what machine this was and I knew it was a Handi Quilter longarm machine, but my brain stopped for a minute - you will see that and I think it was totally funny!
I had a lot of fun with the ladies and gentleman in my classes, thank you so much for coming!  
I spent a few days in California, but will share more of my adventures in a different post. 

Okay, to the giveaway winner from forever ago - so sorry about the delay.  Congratulations to Mimi from ModMimiQuilts for winning the QCR and Kit from the sisters at Sew Kind of Wonderful! Email me at judi(at)greenfairyquilts(dot)com and I will forward your info to Jenny!  Thanks so much! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Upcoming Classes!

Fantabulous Feathers and Motifs 
So, I have been preparing for classes the last couple of weeks.  I have some really fun classes coming up in San Diego next week and I hope to see you there.  I guess all summer it went unnoticed that there was an error on the sign-up page (just for my classes) that said the classes were sold out. Not many were able to sign up, I wish I would have known this so more people could have planned on coming.  It is what it is, but there is still room available if you happen to live in the San Diego area or somewhere close.  I still plan on having a great time and I have a lot to share to those who have now signed up.
This first picture is my Fantabulous Feathers/Fabulously Detailed Feathers and Motifs class. I am working out all of my descriptions for my classes, so the two titles of this class go together. I will share all I know about how to make awesome, beautiful feathers! This class will also be taught in Australia in October!  I hope to see all my Australian friends there! 
Secondary Designs 
This next class is my Background Quilting/Secondary Designs class.  Available in San Diego as well as Australia.  I am so excited for the chance to share quilting with all of you! 

I have also been working out my 2015 teaching schedule and as soon as I finalize everything, I will be sure to add the events to my Teaching/Events tab. I will say that I will be heading to the East Coast next April - so stay tuned for that! 

One more thing I am happy to say that we have all new pre-cuts in the shop like Horizon by Kate Spain and Lol by Me and My Sister Designs.  Check out all the new designs here.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sew Kind of Wonderful Bloghop and Giveaway.

Me and Jenny 
So, it is my turn for the Sew Kind of Wonderful Bloghop.  I have to say I love Jenny and her sisters so much!  I have had the best time getting to know Jenny over the years. We met through my blog and have been able to meet up at Market a couple of times.  She is the best!  Super talented too. I have to admit, I want to make every pattern she has come up with - if only there were more hours in the day.  

Since the first time I laid my eyes on Metro Medallion - I wanted to make it.  Seriously.  I love this pattern so much. Because of time, or lack of time I might say - I made a four block wall-hanging sized quilt. I wanted to have a quilt I could put on the wall and show off my quilting along with showcasing the Medallion block.  This quilt was really fast to put together.  The pattern is easy to follow and I whipped this up in two days, it would have been one day if I didn't have so many distractions ;-) Speaking of distractions - don't you think my little helper is cute?  Love this boy.  He was so excited to help me with my "yiddo kilt" as he calls it.  
This was the first time I really just grabbed random fabric from my shelves and put together very different colors than my usual bright color palette. I really love the light teal, grey, yellow and navy. I think the colors really work well together. 

Jenny loves curves and I love the designs she comes up with, but I have to admit that I love quilting straight lines.  I thought it was totally appropriate to mix our styles together.

One thing to remember is to not be scared if you are trying out curved piecing for the first time. I remember being totally intimidated by curves, but with Jenny's ruler and instructions - it's so much easier than I expected. 

Two different designs within the yellow fabric, I love how it turned out. 

I used two layers of cotton/wool batting and Glide thread for this small quilt.  I love this quilt so much!  The texture is just amazing.

This was a really fun project.  I really enjoyed it and I am so excited to that I get to keep it! Isn't the back lovely?  My favorite backing yet.

Pattern and kit 
Here's comes the best part of this giveaway - Jenny is giving away this pattern with kit to make Urban Birthday. These fabrics will be so beautiful! 

She is also giving away a Quick Curve Ruler to a lucky reader. Here's all you have to do - go here and look at all of Sew Kind of Wonderful's patterns and book, then tell me which one is your favorite.  Just one entry please.  I'll announce the winner in a couple days - or so..

Check out the rest of the Bloghop this week at the following blogs:

Wednesday August 27th -

Thursday August 28th -
 Friday August 29th -

And for one last thing - join the Sew Kind of Wonderful QAL!

It will be all sorts of fun!