If you’re ready to add another tool to your quilting arsenal, graffiti quilting is an awesome one to have. A few years ago (when I was prego with Gemma), Karlee Porter visited our guild to teach her Graffiti Quilting workshop. Also, I love Guns N Roses. I just saw them in concert a few days before this, so the shirt I bought there was getting some heavy use! Ever since I found Karlee, I’ve been a serious fan girl–so I jumped at the chance to take the class. I learned so much from that workshop and the techniques Karlee taught stuck with me and influence my personal quilting style.Continue reading Get your Graffiti Quilting on!
|“Explosion” printed tapestry designed by Karlee Porter (picture from Karlee’s website)|
|The back of the quilt (Tula Pink wide back)|
This picture!!! I had the awesome opportunity to take a 2 day workshop from THE Karlee Porter. The workshop was in Castroville at the Quilt Shop, and I swear, it was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. Most of the time, when I take a workshop and the person putting it on says there will be about half a day of lecture, then we get to play… I’m usually a little dismayed. But Karlee had an awesome program that I left with PAGES of notes and drawings for inspiration. And it wasn’t like I was just writing stuff down to busy my hands. I’ve referred to those notes and drawings at least a dozen times in the short weeks since I took that class.
Karlee was so gracious in letting us ask unlimited questions, take pictures of all the samples she had, and she even did a trunk show at our SAMQG guild meeting. This is one of her masterpieces–I believe it’s called “Russian Mosque”, that literally takes your breath away.
The principles Karlee taught can be applied to a domestic machine, sit down quilter, or longarm. Since I started out quilting my quilts on a domestic, I liked that. However, since I’ve been doing most of my quilting on a longarm in the last year, it took a minute for my brain to catch up that my hands were moving the fabric and not the machine 🙂
After Karlee taught us her important principles of successful graffiti quilting, she turned us loose and we were able to apply those principles to some small class samples. This was the sample that I worked on, and although I’m not nuts about the thread colors I selected, I did like the high visibility of it.
And of course, I had to include a picture of me and Karlee! Not sure what I’m doing with my hand…is that a hook? Anyway, I was seriously beyond excited that I had the opportunity to hear Karlee in Texas–and can’t wait to keep working on my graffiti quilting skills.
In the midst of tragedy, I am relieved that I belong to a group of people that goes out of their way to show love for others. The group I’m talking about is the Modern Quilt Guild. And even more specifically, the San Antonio chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. The Orlando MQG organized collections to accept in progress quilts and completed quilts to show support and love for some of the people affected by the Pulse night club shooting. I hate that I’m even writing a post about this, because it’s so disturbing the amount of violence we hear about on a daily basis on the news…but I want to focus on giving back and showing support for our fellow human beings.
The SAMQG members are SO giving and generous with their fabric and time, that we’ve had a plethora of blocks constructed (most using the Heart pattern tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew). A few charity sew-ins, and we’ve finished (I think) 5 quilts!
I had the great opportunity to quilt a few of these, and wanted to discuss charity work in this industry. I’ve done a little bit of charity sewing in the past, but not really donated much of my time or resources prior to getting my longarm. And once I started donating my quilting, I kind of just rushed through the process, doing a stipple or some quick meandering design to get that top off my frame as quickly as I could. But one night, I started thinking about the recipients of these rushed through pieces I had worked on. Was I proud of the work I was doing on them? No. Absolutely not. I was just FINISHING THEM. There was nothing special or generous about what I was doing to add to the quilt. And maybe those recipients don’t even look at the quilting. But it really got to me that I was doing about 2% of my best work on something that was supposed to be making someone happier. I decided to start doing my best work on every quilt top. Whether it was a paying customer or not. If I’m going to commit to working on something, why would I give anything less than my best? And besides, if you want to look at it from a really selfish angle, it’s great practice and helps develop your skills even further.
I really love the graffiti quilting style, and chose to do that on this quilt. These blocks were pieced together by so many different people, with such love and compassion in their hearts. It really does give me a little bit of hope for humanity.
Anyway, my two cents for the day is to think about where your heart is when you decide to do charity work. If it’s in your heart, put your best foot forward and really give all you have. Otherwise, what are you wasting your time for?
I am always blown away by the awesomeness of the quilts my clients bring me. This one was especially fun to quilt…
I have a friend that I had the honor of quilting a special quilt for. The pattern was JayBird Quilts “Science Fair” pattern in some gorgeous Kate Spain fabrics. I’m not sure that I’ve had more fun quilting something with such a fun concept. My client had discussed her thoughts about having the colored/patterned hexagons be quilting with straight lines and lots of structure (kind of like science class). And the remaining white would be quilted like a daydream, rising up from the structure of the science class. Such an ingenious idea for a quilting layout!
So the bottom of the quilt, close to the clustered patterned fabrics, was quilted in a lighter thread than the top, with slightly less dense quilting. The more white fabric there was, the denser the quilting got–and thread colors changed to get gradually darker towards the top as well.
And the back of the quilt had beakers pieced into it. Come on. It doesn’t get any better than that!