Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Studio Visit

Last week I decided to totally rearrange my studio so the space would work better for me. Here are the photos of the new arrangement. It took all day last Friday to shift the large, heavy, cumbersome pieces of furniture around. Then I had to refold and stack all the fabric on Saturday. Sunday a film crew from The Quilt Show came to film a studio visit. The segment will appear sometime after Nov 1, 2015. I will let you know when as soon as I know. It was an exciting event.
Step into my studio, this is how I store my fabric, Ikea cubes with fabric wrapped around my 8" Creative Grids© ruler, then slip off the ruler, fold in half and stack. Easy and efficient.
This is the first vignette you see when you enter the studio. My sewing table is in the center of the room with my computer in the corner by the window. The ironing station is between two windows looking over Connecticut Avenue (the view is mostly of the traffic). The quilt hanging over the ironing station is Columns and it is in my Curvy Log Cabin Quilts book. www.jeanannquilts.com
Another view of my sewing, shipping, computer station. The pie safe is my shipping department holding all of my Creative Grids© rulers. The Hoosier cabinet holds office supplies. The 3 quilts on the wall use my 8" log cabin rulers. The shelf over my computer holds some of my stitch birds that I have collected over the years. Jelly Rolls fill in the open spaces. Quilts are stacked everywhere.
Here is the cutting station. Notice the fabric stored neatly in boxes. Also the TV in the corner for entertainment and the rulers in their ruler racks so everything can be accessed easily. The log cabin quilt was made with my 12" Log Cabin Trim Tool and it is the cover of my second book,
Quilting A Circle of Ninewww.jeanannquilts.com
What was my dog Chloe doing while the entire studio was rearranged? Napping on the sofa of course. Here she is on her vintage quilt, resting her head on a vintage redwork pillow. Chloe always sleeps with her head on a pillow. Some days I wish I was Chloe. Except Chloe can't sew.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Capital Quilts Workshop

I had my first teaching gig at Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD www.capitalquilts.com on Tuesday. The shop is the closest to my new home in Washington DC. And it is a very nice shop with lots and lots of fabrics, a Janome dealer to service my machine, the ability to rent time on their longarm quilting machine as I had to sell mine before I left Georgia. I am very lucky to find a quilt shop that meets all my needs and it is located so close to home. Another plus, the owner Alison, and the staff and other teachers are very friendly and welcoming.

I taught the Rainbow Swirls curvy log cabin project. In just 3 hours all of the participants managed to make 8 blocks. Of course they did their homework, coming with their fabric cut according to the supply list. They were ready and eager to rev up their sewing machines and start stitching after a short demo on how to sew the strips and trim the blocks.
Hilary is chain piecing her blocks
Feli and Pat are chain piecing their blocks
Feli is trimming her blocks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another day...2 more quilts

Here are the quilts that were finished on Tuesday. Actually 3 quilts got their binding but you have to wait to see the big reveal of quilts 3 and 4. I got ahead of myself a little bit, by putting the binding on a quilt for scheduled for Wednesday.

Back to Tuesday. newly finished is Hex-A-Dizzy, named for Dizzy Gillespie the great jazz musician.

Tuesday afternoon the Ragtime quilt was bound. I have often said that when a quilt top is pieced together it is just a rag until it is quilted. This one especially looked like a rag before it went to my longarm quilter, Susan Bentley of www.suzquilts.com. Believe it or not it has only 3 different blocks to create the overall design. It may look complicated, but putting it together like a puzzle proves it very easy to make.
After making the hexagon blocks I realized the same jelly roll fabric collection was used for the hexagon quilt on the cover of my previous book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya. All I can say is this, "If you have a fabric you love, stick with it!" It looks like a winning hexagon duet. The first book is still available from my website www.jeanannquilts.com but supplies are getting low.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sneak Peek - Monday

      My first Jelly Roll book, Jelly Roll Jambalaya is so successful I have been asked to write a sequel. I think this one will be called Jelly Roll Jazz, but it could change. Here are the first two quilts finished for the book. I picked up six beautifully quilted quilts from the longarm quilter late yesterday. Now I have to get to the sewing machine, get the bindings on and get them to the post office to ship to the publisher www.landauercorp.com
Because it's a "sneak peek" you are seeing just 1 quarter of the folded quilts. Two more to come every day this week! Watch this space to see what's up next.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quilt Market Minneapolis

This past weekend I flew to Minneapolis early Saturday morning and back to DC late Sunday afternoon. I went to Quilt Market to promote my ideas for new books and rulers. It was a very successful trip so watch this space to see the roll out of multiple new books and rulers from this fall to next spring. I have a list of several deadlines so I will be sewing like a crazy lady to get it all done. All will be revealed as each phase of design work is completed and released. Until then, its all a secret.

Here are views of how I was represented at Quilt Market...

My first stop was Checker Distributors to see my Creative Grids© rulers and Cut Loose Patterns. First thing I noticed was this poster featuring the top 20 pattern sales. 10 of the patterns use my rulers to make the quilts. I designed and made 6 of those projects. The top 3 patterns are my quilts. Big grins.
This is the Landauer Publishing booth. The curvy log cabin quilt on the left is the cover of my new Curvy Log Cabin Quilts book and the quilt with the circles and flying geese on the right was made by my sister Janet Houts and its the cover of our new jointly authored book, Best of Circle of Nine. Both books are available on my website www.jeanannquilts.com

I also design free to use (FTU) patterns for Andover Fabrics www.andoverfabrics.com. There is a menu across the top of the home page so just quilt the link "free patterns". Had a very nice chat with Daryl, the marketing director about quilts I am designing for some of their new fabric collections. These patterns will appear over the summer and next fall. As I finish the quilts, I will post their photos here and direct you to the free downloadable pattern on the Andover website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wiregrass Quilters - Albany Georgia

Here are photos from the workshop I taught last weekend for the Wiregrass Quilters. They have a wonderful big room so everyone gets a big round table for themselves unless they choose to share. This is the second workshop I have led for this group...a lively, friendly bunch of quilters who are a delight to be with. I'll go back anytime I am invited. I love teaching workshops.
Everyone was teasing Cathy about her chaotic workspace but it looks very much like my own sewing studio at home while I am in the middle of a quilting project.

Plenty of table space for everyone in this workshop space at Grace Baptist Church in Albany.

These two sisters often take workshops together. Note how organized their workspace is.

A group of blocks showing how different they look with each choice of color and fabric pattern.

Two blocks that will become part of a Carousel quilt. Blue and yellow always play together well.

An unlikely pairing of bold prints with a red, gray, white and a touch of blue.
 
Bold solids make a dramatic choice for this start of a star block.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Field Trip - Capital Quilts

It isn't warm in DC but at least it's not snowing. Yesterday I made a field trip, driving 11 miles north to Gaithersburg MD, to visit my new and nearest quilt shop, Capital Quilts www.capitalquilts.com. The occasion for the trip was to visit Hilary Hastie's Circle of Nine Workshop using our latest book, Best of Circle of Nine.


Hilary's quilt and pattern is Teddy Bear's Picnic. She used preprinted panels for the main squares or blocks and simple squares for the spacers. Capital quilts sells my books and rulers so if you live in or visit the area, you must visit! They have two huge rooms full of fantastic fabrics, all kinds of notions and they sell my favorite sewing machine, Janome. 
Jean Ann and Hilary
Here are some photos of the class and the quilts they made using Hilary's pattern. 

Cathy's quilt using a warm bear/brown for the spacers.
Nina's quilt using a delightful juvenile panel print of jungle animals.

Class snapshots - Capital Quilts, Gaithersburg MD