Breaking news! How much money did the 2nd edition of Festival’s Pet Postcard Project raise?

Clarence

My Friends For Life rescue pooch Clarence was just as nervous as I was to hit our goal of $40,000 in our second year of Festival’s Pet Project.

 

I admit…when I set a goal of $40,000 in our second year to raise funds for Festival’s Pet Project where 100% of the proceeds go to Friends For Life, Houston’s only no-kill animal shelter and rescue organization, I was rather anxious (and a little dubious) that we might hit this goal.

 

But thanks to the generosity of quilters from around the world who made more than 1400 fabric postcards, to those who purchased postcards at Quilt Festival, and to those who additionally donated money, in total we raised…

 

 

 

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WE RAISED $40,666.18!!!

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR HELPING US GET TO THIS AMOUNT!

 

Thanks to your support, animals who wouldn’t have had a chance at life, will. They will be spayed/neutered, medically attended, cared for in foster situations, and find forever homes.

 

We will break down these numbers and give more information shortly of where exactly this money will go, but I just had to share this really fantastic news!

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Clarence Nellie

With Gratitude: Book Giveaway for Pet Postcards Donated!

Update:

Winners for these books are:

Pauline Salzman

Debbie Williams

Laurie Russman

Please email me your address and you will each get one of these books!

 

Quilt Market and Quilt Festival are now over, and yes, I had every intention of blogging during the shows, but I was constantly on the go, running all over that massive George R. Brown convention center the entire time, and when not on my feet…I simply crashed.

We will have the final numbers for the Pet Postcard Project early next week, but in the mean time, I want to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who sent them in! At the last tally, we received more than 1200 postcards, but that was before so many people dropped off postcards at the show, too.  I can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time to create them and everyone who made a monetary donation!

In thanks, I thought to host a book giveaway, and give away three books to three different recipients.

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Inspired

I am giving away these books to three people who either created and sent in a postcard, made a donation, or purchased one (or more). If you did one or more of the above (and yes, this is on the honor system), then answer the following question and I will pick three winners on Monday.

Question:  We are now officially entering the holiday season, and Thanksgiving (my very favorite holiday) is just three weeks away! So what are you thankful for?

Me: I am thankful for my family, including my quilting family. That includes my coworkers (past and present), as well as all of the quilters who have been a part of my life over the years.

You?

Fall 2013 Make It University! Schedule

Can you believe Fall Festival is only 20 days away? I certainly can’t! We are actually packing up our offices next week to move into the George R. Brown Convention Center, so wanted to be sure to share the Make It University! schedule before I pack up my prayer flags.

Prayer Flags 20 Days

A sampling of my prayer flags I will be trading at our Trading Post at Make It University!

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Make It University!(TM) 2013

Want to take an hour-long workshop from one of today’s top quilters and fiber artists? Make It University!(TM) is back in Houston! Learn a new skill (or two) and make a whimsical project as a show keepsake or gift for someone. No pre-enrollment; just pay $10 at the door (first-come, first-served). Tickets available all day (for that day’s sessions only) until the class space is sold out. Schedule is subject to change.

Make It University!(TM) is located in the middle of the exhibitor section, right across from the Information Booth on “Main Street.”

Wednesday, October 30 (Preview Night)

5:30-6:30       Sweet Sakura Flower Brooch – Julie Creus

Make an Asian-inspired Sweet Sakura Fabric Flower Brooch to complete in just one hour and show off to all of your friends!

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7:00-8:00       Text Messages – Enid Weichselbaum

Using scrapbooking letters and textile paint, learn to create small quilts that really communicate!

8:30-9:30       Get Pet-Ty! Playful Pet Postcards – Pokey Bolton

Have a frolicking good time in this workshop as we create, stitch, and stamp fabric postcards that have gone to the dogs (and cats).

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Thursday, October 31

10:30-11:30 Embellishing with Foiling – Barb Forrister

Add a little sparkle to your next project by embellishing with foil­­—a great way to add shine to your creations!

12:00-1:00    Label It! – Leslie Jenison and Michele Muska

Join this fun and hands-on labeling workshop where you’ll see examples of easy and creative quilt labels, and then with supplies provided, create your own unique label for your quilt!

1:30-2:30       Wool Needle Case with Hand Embroidery – Catherine Redford

Create a beautiful and handy needle case embellished with decorative embroidery stitches.

3:00-4:00       Burlap “Artscape” – Janelle Girod

Make a mini-art quilt using cheesecloth, hand stitching, beading, and more, then mount your “artscape” to complete your picture-perfect piece!

4:30- 5:30      Fun and Festive Fabric Beads – Trix Buhlmann-Epple

Create fashionable fabric beads that can be used in jewelry to dress up your daily couture.

6:00-7:00       Silk Fantasy – Ruth Chandler

Wear your art out by creating a small silk pin embellished with silk carrier rods, roving, and a few funky hand stitches.

Friday, November 1

10:30-11:30 Light Up Your ATCs! – Cheryl Sleboda

Learn to work with LED lights to create whimsical ATCs (artist trading cards) that will light up a recipient!

12:00-1:00    Playful Prayer Flags – Jamie Fingal

Play with pre-fused fabrics, wool felt, and embroidery thread to create a prayer flag in your own personal style.

1:30-2:30       Trim House Ornaments – Michele Muska

Create sweet little house ornaments using colorful trims and embellishments.

3:00-4:00       Batik Beauties ­­­– Judy Gula

Embroider a small batik panel, then mount it to a painted canvas to create a small fiber treasure.

4:30- 5:30      Mixed-media Ornaments – Kristin Rodriguez

Create a one-of-a-kind ornament learning to use unusual items such as cheesecloth, ephemera, yarns, lace, perle cotton, buttons and more!

6:00-7:00       Get Pet-Ty! Playful Pet Postcards – Pokey Bolton

Have a frolicking good time in this workshop as we create, stitch, and stamp fabric postcards that have gone to the dogs (and cats). 

Saturday, November 2

10:30-11:30 Yo-Yo Flower Pin – Catherine Redford

Learn to make a fabric yo-yo and turn it into a unique flower pin by embellishing with colorful buttons and beads.

12:00-1:00    Mixed-media Ornaments – Kristin Rodriguez

Use cheesecloth, ephemera, yarns, lace, perle cotton, buttons and more to create a one-of-a-kind ornament!

1:30-2:30       Felted Flower Pincushions – Jamie Fingal

Create a floral, funky pincushion from recycled tins and washed wool that is ideal for travel and your studio table!

3:00-4:00       Mighty Mug Rugs – Pokey Bolton

With pieced fabrics and decorative threads provided, create a sturdy (yet colorful) mug rug for your afternoon cuppa’ tea!

4:30- 5:30      Embellishing with Foiling – Barb Forrister

Add a little sparkle to your next project by embellishing with foil­­—a great way to add shine to your creations!

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6:00-7:00       Burlap “Artscape” – Janelle Girod

Make a mini-art quilt using a variety of embellishments, then mount your “artscape” to finish your picture-perfect piece! 

Sunday, November 3

10:30-11:30  Mixed-media Ornaments – Kristin Rodriguez

Create a one-of-a-kind ornament learning to use unusual items such as cheesecloth, ephemera, yarns, lace, perle cotton, buttons and more!

12:00-1:00    Pentagon Fabric Bowls—English Paper Piecing ­– Kim DeCoste

Baste fabric to pre-cut pentagons, then whipstitch together to make these adorable little fabric bowls that will be the talk of your table

1:30-2:30       Mighty Mug Rugs – Pokey Bolton

With pieced fabrics and decorative threads provided, create a sturdy (yet colorful) mug rug for your afternoon cuppa’ tea!

The Trading Post at Make It University!(TM)

Don’t forget to stop by the Trading Post at Make It University!(TM) where you can trade your ATCs (artist trading cards), prayer flags, mug rugs, and inchies. Bring and trade as many items as you’d like. This is a very lively section of the show floor, and a great way to share new quilt, surface design, and embellishment ideas with other quilters!

For a full list of items to trade along with tutorials, see this particular blog post.

Happy Friday!

Hold Your Horses! Look What the Cat Dragged In!

Quilters and crafters, the receive-by deadline for pet postcards is just two weeks away and you would make me happy as a clam if you would engage in some (quilting) monkey business, let your (crafty) cat out of the bag, and stitch up some postcards!  And if you tell me you don’t have time, you are barking up the wrong tree!  Frankly, that’s hog wash! So don’t be the black sheep, be the cat’s meow and make some!

Ok, ok, enough with the cliches, but sometimes I can’t help but…unleash my love for them.

For all of the details for how to submit pet postcards to raise $40,000 at Quilt Festival for Friends For Life, Houston’s only no-kill shelter, just click this link. And if you are coming to the show, you can bring your postcards with you and drop them off at the Pet Postcard Wall in the Special Exhibits area. We welcome as many postcards as we can get, but we also want to make sure we have enough for our starting bank, so we really appreciate them coming in advance to our offices.

Now it’s time for a little pet-ty eye candy:

Diane Herbort

Cat high on catnip by Diane Herbort

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Shannon Conley

Sweet set of postcards by Shannon Conley

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Kind Kitty

Hand-embroidered kitty with mesmerizing eyes (made by anonymous)

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Kathy York

Love how this pup is looking up (wistfully) at a home. Postcard by Kathy York

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Friends Kathy York

Kathy York also shares her machine satin-stitching talents with these kitties.

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Earlier this week I visited the Friends For Life shelter for an afternoon to stitch postcards with their volunteers. It was a fun few hours of convincing people who were nervous to stitch that they could stitch, and it was even more fun doing so in a rescue facility! I loved the sign they put out front:

FFL craft day sign

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I encouraged everyone to use the Friends For Life logo as a template for the postcards. (And you are of course welcome to use it too.)

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And when all was said and done, we made about 15 postcards! 

Pokey Bolton Meredith Wierick Melissa Taylor

From left to right: Meredith Wierick (Communications Manager), Me, and Melissa Chan Taylor (with baby), resident trainer who trained my Clarence. I had to laugh at the juxtaposition of cat traps and machine threads in this shot.

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I also got to visit with Marie for a bit. She has had a very hard life, and has been in the Friends For Life program longer than any other animal. She is the sweetest dog, always so grateful for a little human touch; I hope she finds her forever family soon.

Marie

So on behalf of all of Houston’s animals in need, I hope you won’t let your (creative block) get your goat, and you’ll send some postcards in. :)

Here it is…OPEN STUDIOS Schedule for Fall Festival!

Open Studios presented by CRAFTSY is back!

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Want to watch and learn quilting tips and tricks from today’s top fiber artists? Come to this specially constructed area located near the food court to watch artists work in real time! Four artists will be working simultaneously under the categories of “Quilt,” “Stitch,” “Embellish,” and “Paint.” Stop by to learn a new technique or two! Schedule is subject to change.

Open Studios 2013

Art from left to right by Barb Forrister, Maria Shell, and Diane Doran

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Thursday, October 31

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Pokey Bolton Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Printing with Found Objects

Embellish Studio Julie Creus Fabric Flower Brooch

Stitch Studio  Frieda Anderson Machine Quilting the “Home Sweet Home” Quilt

Quilt Studio Judy Coates Perez Machine Quilting for Art Quilts

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio   Maria Shell Painting with Your Rotary Cutter

Embellish Studio  Sue Purdy Spray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with Crystals

Stitch Studio  Marlene Glickman Creative Fabric Collage

Quilt Studio Susan Brubaker Knapp Thread Sketching

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Jamie Fingal Stencils, Fabric, Paint-GO!

Embellish Studio Cheryl Sleboda Cartooning for Quilters

Stitch Studio  Timna Tarr Paper Piecing

Quilt Studio Leslie Jenison Free-motion Quilting

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Ana Buzzalino Coloring Fabrics with Inktense Pencils

Embellish Studio Catherine Redford African Folklore Embroidery

Stitch Studio  Anita Grossman Solomon  Making It Simple® Cutting & Piecing Tips

Quilt Studio Sarah Ann Smith Free-motion Quilting

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Cartooning for Quilters with Cheryl Sleboda (Image of Lady Mary from “Downton Abbey”)

Friday, November 1

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Enid Weichselbaum Simple Silk Screening

Embellish Studio Barb Forrister Creating 3-D Floral Patterns

Stitch Studio Debby Brown Blended Thread Free-motion Embroidery

Quilt Studio Catherine Redford Wrapped in Scraps

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio  Victoria Findlay Wolfe  Painting With Scraps: Making Your Own Fabric

Embellish Studio  Sue Purdy Spray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with Crystals

Stitch Studio  Andi Perejda Hand Quilting

Quilt Studio Maria Shell Artful Machine Quilting

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Leslie Jenison Monoprinting with Stencils

Embellish Studio Marlene Glickman Hand-dyed Silk Greeting Cards

Stitch Studio   Timna Tarr Appliquéd Circles

Quilt Studio Jamie Fingal Free-Motion Quilting

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Judi Hurwitt Monoprinting with Gelli Plates

Embellish Studio  Laura Wasilowski Hand Stitching Fused Art Quilts

Stitch Studio   Liz Kettle Free-form Embroidery

Quilt Studio Ebony Love Die-cut Foundation Piecing

Saturday, November 2

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Judi Hurwitt Creating Your Own Stamps

Embellish Studio  Becky Navarro Using Found Objects and Everyday Tools for Embellishment

Stitch Studio Ebony Love Stitched & Painted Quilts

Quilt Studio Judith Trager Machine Quilting

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio  Susie Monday Water-Soluble Crayons for Screen Printing

Embellish Studio  Ruth Chandler Modern Hand Stitching

Stitch Studio Maria Shell Piecing with Prints

Quilt Studio Diane Doran Layered Imagery & Stitch

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Susan Brubaker Knapp Whole Cloth Painting

Embellish Studio Maria Shell Artful Appliqué

Stitch Studio Kristin Rodriguez Photo Transfer to Stitched Art

Quilt Studio Wendy Butler Berns Embellished Postcard Quilts

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Cyndi Souder Block Printing with Wooden Blocks

Embellish Studio Cheryl Sleboda Light Up Your Quilts!

Stitch Studio Debby Brown Blended Thread Free-motion Embroidery

Quilt Studio Liz Kettle Using Specialty Threads in Quilting

Stitch dancing

Stitched art by Liz Kettle

Sunday, November 3

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Pokey Bolton Layered Imagery

Embellish Studio  Linda Hardy Mixed Media Collage

Stitch Studio Catherine Redford YoYo Ma Ma!

Quilt Studio Cheryl Sleboda Experiments in Dimensional Sewing for Quilts

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio Cyndi Souder Block Printing with Wooden Blocks

Embellish Studio Judi Hurwitt Make Your Own Beads

Stitch Studio Janelle Girod Silk Fiber Explorations

Quilt Studio Diane Doran Layered Imagery Meets Stitch

Hope to see lots of you at the show!

How to Make Pet Postcards

Take our Pet Postcard Pledge!

Fabric Postcard

Want to make a pet postcard for a worthy cause to save animals’ lives at the upcoming Quilt Festival to benefit Friends For Life? Pet postcards are a snap to make and as varied as art quilts in terms of styles, techniques, and materials;  the only guidelines are they are 4″ x 6″ in size, and  typically have a piece of card stock glued onto the back in case someone wants to send it through the mail (although you certainly don’t have to have card stock).

So flex some creative muscle, and create and donate your pet postcard to a worthy charity! I have shared directions for how I made mine, but other examples of other styles are featured below my instructions to give you a little more inspiration!

Materials:

• Picture of pooch or another beloved pet

• Image editing software or a smart phone app that is able to convert pictures to a black and white photocopy

• 4″ x 6″ piece of cardstock for the backing

• 4″ x 6″ piece of stiff interfacing such as Peltex or Timtex

• Fabric scraps for your postcard composition

• Fusible web

• Light box or a window with strong outdoor lighting

• Water-soluble transfer pen or pencil (or a black felt-tip marker if you want the traced lines of your pet to be visible)

• Iron and ironing pad

• Sewing machine with free-motion capabilities

Directions:

  1. Find or take a digital image of your pet(s) that will make a good composition for your fabric postcard. I chose this picture I took on my iPhone of Clarence and Nellie, my two adopted dogs I got from Friends For Life, and thought it would make a good vertical composition (without the muddy paw prints). Photo of Clarence and Nellie
  2. Convert your photo to a black and white photocopy using image editing software such as Photoshop® or one of the many apps available on smart phones.
  3. Apply fusible webbing to the backs of the fabric scraps that you would like to use for your postcard.
  4. Print the photocopy of your picture and tape it to a light box or window.
  5. Tape your fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the photocopy and trace your pet image onto your fabric. Be sure to include all of the defining body parts, and not just the animal’s silhouette.
  6. Cut out your pet image. Cut out 
  7.   Decide if you want to do anything to the background fabric before you fuse your pet image on top, and fuse the background fabric to the interfacing. Note: I chose to mimic the wooden slats on my porch by simply thread sketching lines, then added a polka-dot doormat in the back.
  8. Place the cut-out pet images on top and fuse.
  9. Free-motion stitch over the traced lines of the pet.
  10.  Place the card stock on the back of the postcard composition and satin-stitch along all four sides.
  11.  On the back, sign your name and title your postcard.

Here are some other examples of pet postcards I have received recently:

Lisa Chin

Guide dog cutie by Lisa Chin

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Jamie Fingal

Coffee-loving pooch by Jamie Fingal

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Marsha Leith

“Marti Says Hello” by Marsha Leith

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Jen Eskridge

” Buddies” by Mod Quilter, Jen Eskridge

For our upcoming Festival Pet Project event, here’s how you can help:

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1. Make as many 4″ x 6″ fabric postcards (that are no more than 1/8″ in thickness) as you would like to be featured and sold at International Quilt Festival this upcoming fall.

2. We want you to get pet-ty! We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards but we certainly welcome and would appreciate other themes as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as we can! On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

3. We will sell the postcards for $20 each at Festival, and all of the proceeds will go to Friends For Life.

4. These postcards can be mailed to the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Please note: this is a receive-by date! We will of course accept postcards during Quilt Festival but want to have a large starting bank of postcards so would love it if you mailed them in advance!

5. You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival.

Please mail them to:
Pet Postcards
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

6. Come to Quilt Festival and buy as many postcards as you are able!

Bethanny, a shelter doggie I met this weekend at Friends For Life will be very grateful for your quilted donation and help!

Bethanny

Trading Post Tutorials

Fall is officially upon us, which means Fall Festival is just around the corner! Who (besides me) is excited and counting down the days?

Prayer Flags

Two prayer flags I have made so far to ring in autumn, my favorite season. I dyed a vintage table runner, and cut it into several 5″-wide pieces to create individual flags.

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If you are coming to the show, not only do I hope that you are making Pet Postcards for our Pet Postcard Project fundraiser, but we also have some fun opportunities for our Trading Post, where we invite you to trade your ATCs (artist trading cards), Inchies, Mug Rugs, and Prayer Flags. Sharing a bit of your art with other show attendees is a fantastic way to explore new techniques (without committing yourself to a large quilt), and also bring home some (free!) handmade mementos by other quilters. There is no limit as to how many items you can bring and trade. There are no rules for the Trading Post, except to trade like-items at the show (i.e. if you want to trade out your Inchie you brought to the show, you must trade it for another Inchie, not an ATC, prayer flag or mug rug).

All four of these small trading projects are a snap to make, and a great way to use up scraps and embellishments. We invite everyone to use all kinds of media and techniques–don’t feel you must stick entirely to fabric!

4 Simple Projects for Trading

Prayer Flags

Prayer flags can be as sturdy or delicate as you like, but keep in mind that it is quite possible the recipient will be placing your prayer flags outside, such as hanging off the railing of a front porch. Prayer flags are celebrated and cherished for their frayed, weathered look, so feel free to upcycle those vintage table lines too worn or stained for daily use.  The suggested size for this particular prayer flag trade at Fall Festival is in the range of 5″ w x 6″h, and make sure to stitch a sleeve across the top for a piece of cording or string to slip through. Some of my very favorite prayer flags are by Vivika Denegre, who challenged herself to make a prayer flag every day for the month of June a couple years ago. She recently told me that she spent just one hour each day making them, using materials she had on hand.

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A sampling of Vivika Denegre’s prayer flags she made in 2011.

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Simple two-step construction instructions:

1. Cut your background fabric to size, about 5″ x 6″ for this trade, and fold over the top by about 1″ to the back. Machine stitch closed to create the sleeve at the top. Don’t worry about the fabric fraying along the sides, that’s part of the prayer flag’s charm!

2. Now the fun part: time to stitch and embellish! You are limited only by your imagination for materials and techniques. Feel free to combine paper and fabric, too!

For more prayer flag inspiration, visit Vivika’s prayer flag blog where you will find lots of inspiring examples.

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) 

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ATCs give you a good excuse to use up fabric scraps and share a bit of your art with someone else. Only guidelines are they are 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size, and are signed on the back with your name, date, and contact info (if you would like the recipient to contact you).

I find it easiest to make a batch of ATCs at once, creating and machine stitching on a larger piece of background fabric that I later cut up into individual ATCs.

Suggested materials to make a batch of ATCs:

• Fabrics for the front of your ATC

• Approx. 9″ x 12″ piece of craft felt or batting

• Fusible web or fabric glue

• Fabric scraps (cottons, laces, and sheers) in various colors
• One larger  piece of backing fabric the size of your top fabric to cover the back side of your batting
• Threads and embellishments
• Sewing machine
• Rotary cutter, quilting ruler and mat
• Iron and ironing board
• Embellishments (beads, buttons, trims)
• Fabric scissors

• Cardstock

My ATC Recipe:

1. Create your larger background fabric that you will later cut up into individual 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces. You could wholecloth dye, paint, stamp or stencil, or piece the background. (This is also a good project to use up unfinished blocks that you don’t think will ever get into a quilt.)

2. Baste the top fabric to batting or felt, cut to same size. Before cutting into individual ATCs, I like to practice my machine stitching and free-motion the background at this point.

3. Cut the top fabric and batting into individual 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATCs.

4. Make them personal! Add motifs or designs using raw edge appliqué, hand stitching.

5. Cut the card stock to size, and glue to the back. Sign and date your ATC.

Inchies

See the above instructions for creating ATCs, except the finished size is 1.5″ square. Inchies are perfect for wearables–they make terrific brooches as well as charms for bracelets and necklaces.

Mug Rugs

Mug rugs are small(ish) patchwork placemats approximately 6″-7″ in size for a cup of coffee or tea and a small snack to rest on while stitching in your studio. For a host of mug rug tutorials and styles, visit this mug rug page!

We hope you will be creating and bringing a lot of stitched art with you next month to Quilt Festival!

Show & Tell: Pet Postcards Are Arriving!

I’m having a ball opening my mail at Quilts lately as the postcards for our second year of our Festival’s Pet Project to benefit Friends For Life, Houston’s premier no-kill animal shelter are starting to arrive. Last year we raised more than $20,000 to save animals’ lives, but I am aiming to double that amount at this fall’s show!

Some of the cards we’ve received in the last week:

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Cat with pearly eyes by Jeanne Palmer Moore.

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Jeanne Palmer Moore dog

A dog who likes fonts as much as I do: Happy button-eyed dog munching on a bone by Jeanne Palmer Moore.

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Juanita Olson

A very obedient, ball-loving, retrieving, smiling, needle-felted pooch by Juanita Olson.

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Sue Bleiweiss

A free-motioned Scottie (although some may question to be a miniature schnauzer) about to chomp on a tasty bone by Sue Bleiweiss.

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Casanova and Romeo

Yesterday I went to Friends For Life to drop off some posters and postcards on my lunch hour and visited with some of the animals. Above are Casanova and Romeo, two older cats who were surrendered by their owner. These sweet, docile siblings have been there for way too long, and if I didn’t have a household of critters already, I’d take them. I hope they get to enjoy their golden years in a loving home!

Crazy kitty

As I was leaving the shelter, this one kitty tried very hard to get my attention.

Almost got you!

Almost got me.

Get you!

Trying again!

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Clarence

When I was leaving, I met a dog getting some 1:1 training whose name had me laughing because I thought I was the only person on the planet who had named my dog after an E Street member. Meet Clarence.

Clarence at backdoor

Then I went home for a quick bite for lunch and met my own Clarence (formerly Toby) that I got from Friends For Life, who was a little mad I wanted to eat my lunch in peace.

All the details for our 2013 Festival Pet Project can be found here!

Quilters, It’s Time To Get Busy…Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project Is Back!

Fabric Postcard

My fabric postcard of Nellie and Clarence, my two adopted pooches from Friends For Life

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We are thrilled to announce the second annual edition of Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project!  Friends for Life, Houston’s fastest growing No-Kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will again be the beneficiary shelter!

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Frieds for Life LogoSeveral of us at Quilts have adopted animals from Friends For Life, an organization I admire very much for the work, education, and outreach they do for Houston’s most vulnerable animals who would very likely be euthanized if they weren’t in their program.

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Salise Shuttlesworth, Founder and Director of Friends For Life and I are each holding up a fabric postcard from last year’s benefit.

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Some may remember that we raised more than $20,000 total last year at Quilt Festival for Friends For Life by selling hundreds of donated fabric postcards for $20 each, and this year I am hoping to far surpass that amount! We are inviting YOU for this fall’s show to make fabric postcards to help us achieve this goal.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Make as many 4″ x 6″ fabric postcards (that are no more than 1/8″ in thickness) as you would like to be featured and sold at International Quilt Festival this upcoming fall.

2. We want you to get pet-ty! We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards but we certainly welcome and would appreciate other themes as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as we can! On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

3. We will sell the postcards for $20 each at Festival, and all of the proceeds will go to Houston-based animal shelters.

4. These postcards can be mailed to the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Please note: this is a receive-by date! We will of course accept postcards during Quilt Festival but want to have a large starting bank of postcards so would love it if you mailed them in advance!

5. You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival.

Please mail them to:
Pet Postcards
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

6. Come to Quilt Festival and buy as many postcards as you are able!

If you would like to see some examples of fabric postcards (of the feline variety) we received last year, click here.

The good news is the postcards are starting to come in, and we would love to sell hundreds (thousands?) of them to raise a record-breaking amount to save animals’ lives.

Postcard wall

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I’ll be making lots of postcards over the summer months as I quilt poolside (while taking breaks with my little swimming buddie)!

Nellie swimmingWill you be taking the postcard pledge? I hope so!

Quilt Festival Chicago–Open Studios Pix & Breaking News for Fall Quilt Festival!

SPE and Piececorps

Our Special Exhibits team and Piece Corps crew, who help hang all of the quilt exhibits, celebrate a great show!

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I’m back from Chicago in body…but not quite in mind or spirit yet as I recover from a busy and wonderful show! The Open Studios section of the floor (where I spent all my time) was hoppin’!

Some highlights–let the pictures do the talking:

Open Studios packed

The Open Studios structure was packed on three skids and sent on the truck from Houston. (It took a few hours to assemble.)

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Open Studios Progress

Making progress!

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Judy Murrah OS finished

Assembled and propped! That’s Judy Murrah waving through the Open Studios window as she prepares for crowds on Preview Night.

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Michelle May

Michelle May, known for her Folk Art Fusion(TM), was new to Open Studios, and her embroidered, folk arty pieces featuring bunnies and other adorable creatures were a huge hit (as was her hat).

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Catherine Redford

Catherine Redford’s woven-scraps-turned-table-runners and baskets delighted attendees.

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Laurie Ceesay

Laurie Ceesay’s colorful portrait quilts have glossed many a page of Quilting Arts Magazine in the past, but it was even better to see her quilts in person! She was pretty sparkly herself…

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Laurie Ceesay's design wall

More of Laurie’s quilts and sketches on the design wall.

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Maggie Weiss

Famous for her thermofax screened imagery, Maggie Weiss was very generous with her tips and techniques for successful screening.

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Dinosaurs

No matter what the scientists say, dinosaurs are not extinct! (At least screened ones.)

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Ebony Love

Ebony Love made die cutting for quilting look like a sheer snap!

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Emily Lang

Emily Lang, new to the quilting scene, demo’d her improvisational piecing techniques.

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Cheryl Cartooning

The ever-smiling Cheryl Sleboda demonstrated a number of techniques during the show, including how to create cartoons and turn them into quilts. See the two women in the circle? That’s Cheryl’s drawing of her and me from the recent Quilting Arts TV taping. (You gonna quilt that, Cheryl?)

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Downton Characters Cheryl Sleboda

Cheryl’s cartoon quilt renderings of some of the “Downton Abbey” cast. See if you can figure out who is who…

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Sauteed Mushrooms

Some of my fabric foodie postcards that were for sale to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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PlayStation

We thought it would be fun to have a little creative play station with fabrics and goodies next to our ATC (artist trading card) wall, and a number of attendees were quite industrious during the show!

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Pokey Bolton Chicago

OK, I couldn’t help myself. During one of my monoprinting sessions, this little bundle of cuteness was quite intrigued by how messy I got. I asked her if she wanted one of my pieces of fabrics and she chose the lobsters. A girl after my own heart. Meet budding quilter, Sofia Worley.

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I said I had some breaking Houston news, so here goes. Guess what is coming back this fall?

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