Starting this Sunday, August 21, for one week only, until August 28, you can watch The Quilt Show for free without joining as a Star Member. This is by invitation only for my friends and family so you can visit my quilting studio.
I recently received an email from Colleen Sholtis sharing photos of two quilts she has made using pattern designs from my book, little Log Quilts. jeanannquilts.com Colleen chose very different, but very effective and dramatic, colors than the ones I used in my quilts. Here are Colleen's quilts and color choices:
Two years ago, just before I moved to Washington DC ad an apartment that was half the size of my house in Georgia, I gave lots of accumulated quilting "stuff" away.
A friend, Michele Bausch, collects antique quilts...some finished and some not. Since I could not bring my unfinished vintage quilts with me I gave them to Michele. Here is one she is working on now. I love the string piecing since I do so much of it now, but not one in this pattern. It looked a lot like a rag when it was an unfinished top needing some mending. Michele's quilting has brought it to life.
Here is Michele's note to me that came with her photo: "I thought you might like to see what I am doing with one of the beautiful quilt tops you gave me. This is my current hand work project. Joe and I have two fairly long trips planned before the end of the year so I will be working on this unusual quilt from here to Arizona and back and during a three week cruise in the Caribbean. Thanks for trusting this beauty to me." Michele
It's almost here! My appearance on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I won't be interviewed by them...instead you will get to visit with my in my quilting studio in Washington DC. It is in my 800 sq ft apartment and occupies just over 1/4 of my living space. Since I spend most of my day quilting...having most of my space devoted to quilting makes sense.
My daughters are eager to see the program because they have never seen my studio so clean and they doubt it will ever happen again. My daughter here in DC helped with the cleaning and organizing (she once visited me and arranged all the food in my pantry in alphabetical order). My son-in-law helped worked hard to hang up all the quilts. They are still on display.
I was interested in seeing how much a pile of quilt blocks weighs before they become a quilt. Here is a pile of 4" Log Cabin blocks ready to become a quilt. I made them using my new 4" Log Cabin ruler jeanannquilts.com
So...how much do they weigh? 8 ounces. What do 64 log cabin blocks look like when they are all piled up on my postal scale?
And this is what they look like when the quilt is completed. They do weigh a bit more than 8 oz now with the addition of border, batting, backing and lots of stitching.
It's A Puzzlement quilt, another Cut Loose Pattern designed to use with the 4" Log Cabin ruler.
August 14th, in just about a month, I will be featured on The Quilt Show. The staff from this computer based show featuring Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms paid a visit to my home in Washington DC in July of 2015. Now just over a year later the episode with my studio visit will run for everyone to see. I am very excited. This week I had to send some additional photos of me, during my early quilting years. Here they are...
This photo is from 1986. I am holding a Nine Patch quilt I made that year. It is the first photo I used for the editor's letter at the beginning of my tenure as editor.
This photo was made just a few years later. I think about 1989, but I am not sure. The quilt is made using entries in our annual block contest.
This photo was taken last year in my studio here in Washington DC. My studio has never been so clean.