Monday, February 20, 2017

My Interview with Alex Anderson of The Quilt Show


I was thrilled after Alex Anderson of The Quilt Show asked for an interview last fall on how I quilted their 2016 Block of the Month, Rajah Revisited.

Today, after making sure with Alex that I could post the video, I hope you can either click and view from my blog here, or if that fails, from their website at https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/25543-do-you-marinate-your-quilts-alex-talks-to-connie-potter-rajah-revisited-quilter.

My blog post at http://ppatchworks.blogspot.com/2015/11/featuring-tqs-2016-block-of-month.html goes through the actual quilting involved after some history on the original making of this historical quilt. Click on the link or simply go to my Archive dated 11/23/15 and read it from there.

Alex is so personable, fun and such a great facilitator! She put me at ease quickly, and pretty soon we were 'talking quilts' and having a great time...

What else do quilters do, after all?



  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Memorial Quilt for Andrew






Some time before Thanksgiving I was contacted to make a memorial quilt from eight, well-worn pair of jeans from one young cowboy, known here as Andrew.








Making long strips out of Andrew's jeans



He was born in Oklahoma to a loving set of parents and a sister who was two months shy of being three years old. When Andrew was just a few months old, his family moved to Wyoming where he would spend the next seven years of his life. 



The jean strips have been sewn into a simple quilt top







From the time he was very young, he lived a life of adventure. He knew how to ride a dirt bike before he was five, and shortly after enrolling in grade school, he participated and excelled in baseball, wrestling and football.







Before quilting, I quickly check thread color with the
binding and backing fabrics, and balance the tension...





When Andrew was seven, his family moved to New Mexico, Colorado and eventually back to Oklahoma where he continued in sports and dirt bike-riding, and found new pursuits such as hunting and - more especially - riding bulls at the rodeo.

I like the red thread!







His greatest joy was riding in the Fire and Ice Series, and had dreams of one day going to the Professional Bull Riding circuit. Watching him ride was sometimes scary for those who knew and loved him, but it was quite impressive to witness his bravery each time he climbed on a bull. 


The quilting begins with the pattern
 Boots, Hats and Horseshoes.







He loved the thrill of trying to stay on the bucking bull and always got right back up after going down. He was proud to be a cowboy!




Detail of Boots, Hats and Horseshoes.

An imperfection in one pair of jeans I could not omit.
 I reinforced the hole with a jeans underlayment.





In spite of Andrew’s appetite for adventure, he was gentle at heart. He would play with cousins when they were babies, hold up a rattle for them with a gleam in his eye and a shy grin while they reached for it. 



















Andrew was a good listener and befriended those who were teased at school. He picked people back up when they were down. He was a good friend to all, including his sister with whom he shared a special bond. 
















The finished quilt, sewn from jeans, quilted and bound,
with one of Andrew's pockets doubling as label and storage.

The two-toned backing in (what else?) cowboy motifs.

On December 29, 2013, at the tender age of 13, Andrew passed away as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. On the brink of becoming a man, it would seem that  Andrew had a lot of years yet ahead of him, but to those who knew him best, it seems that he lived more in his thirteen years than most people do in an average lifespan—a lot of living  was definitely crammed into his short journey through mortality.



The text for this post has been graciously submitted by Andrew's grandmother, who commissioned me to make Andrew's quilt just one week prior to Thanksgiving. She hoped I could complete it by Christmas to give to his mother. Just five days before Christmas, it was overnighted by his grandmother on the west coast to Oklahoma. Andrew's quilt arrived at his mother's workplace on Christmas Eve, and it was welcomed with tears. 
I think God intended her to have it. 
Every quilt has a story.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cindy Needham, creator of wholecloth linen quilts


I lost my autographed copy of Wholecloth Linen Quilts in the forest fire
that took our acreage, home and my professional quilting studio in 2013.
I've been looking for a replacement of the book ever since, which has been
difficult since it is out of print. Recently, I found one, and Cindy signed
 my second copy today. Blessings restored.
I met up with Cindy Needham again today at a workshop my guild provided. I initially met her in 2009 at a guild in another state, where I bought her book Wholecloth Linen Quilts after her lecture, which she autographed.

She is an incredibly talented designer and teacher, highly respected and awarded in the quilting world. I've been a Needham groupie since I began my longarm quilting business.  Those of you who know of Cindy's techniques may think that's a bit odd: being a longarmer and pulling design implementation from one who uses a domestic machine to create a wholecloth, which Cindy does. But I've found her designs universally adaptable toward any quilting process, which I believe is the test for truly great design.  

One of Cindy's creations at class today.
Cindy's quilted linen.




Cindy has been a quilter for more than 45 years - with the first 25 devoted to her first love of hand quilting she began in the 8th grade - and the last to her passion for machine quilting, when she couldn't keep up with all her quilt tops. Her book, Wholecloth Linen Quilts, published in 2007 by AQS, contains her own wholecloth patterns and designs.






Another of Cindy's creations.



Cindy says, In the late 90's I became a bit bored quilting on "regular" pieced quilt tops and decided to try my hand at quilting a tattered linen that was on my night stand. I marked it with a beautiful design, put it in my machine, and created the world's very first linen wholecloth quilt. It was a moment that changed my life forever. Not only had I created something fabulous out of an ordinary linen but it justified my huge linen stash! Now I had to make more of them!  


Cindy's wholecloth linen.






Passing on her love of quilting through teaching is a dream come true. In what Cindy calls a "Leap of Faith", in 2005 she left her full time job in the medical field to start teaching nationally for Superior Threads. She has written articles for Quilters Newsletter Magazine, American Quilter, Machine Quilting Unlimited, The Quilter and Machine Quilting.  Cindy received the national Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year award at MQX in April, 2011.

Blog followers know I have a passion for antique quilts. After purchasing Cindy's book, I discovered I could actually quilt vintage linens! I still purchased vintage quilt tops, but now I could also search for linens, with Wholecloth Linen Quilts being one of my 'go-to's' for quilting inspiration. I've written several posts on wholecloth quilting from the longarm perspective. Look through my blog archive, specifically the August, 2015 blog post The Vintage Tablecloth seen as a Wholecloth, featuring my quilt, at left.







Another of my vintage longarm quilted linens, inspired by Cindy Needham.




To learn more about Cindy, watch videos, purchase products or view her gallery of stunning wholecloth linen quilts, go to cindyneedham.com. And there's hope for the discontinued book I've featured today: Cindy now sells ebook downloadables, as well as updates :).

I was so happy to meet up with Cindy again! I just wish we could've had more time.  Perhaps another time!



Friday, December 23, 2016

From my Studio to Yours...Merry Christmas!


Thank you for a year that surpassed my imaginations.
It's been a lot of work to continue my quilting business in a new locale.
But you've all been so supportive:
quilt shops, guilds, both new clients as well as returning ones.
I look forward to seeing your new quilting creations in the New Year,
and helping you complete them.  I value your trust.

May God bless!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Second (and Final) Raffle Drawing for Free Longarm Quilting

Same rules apply (see previous post) 
except only the winning number (1896145) and following dates have changed:
I’m giving the winner (whose identity I know) until 10:00 a.m. PST on 10/31/16 (Halloween) 
to contact me via email or phone (see my "Contact Me" tab) 
when this raffle will be called to an end.  
Hopefully, it will produce a real winner this time!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

And the winner of the *Free Longarming Raffle is ...

*Free quilting services only. Raffle offer excludes products (batting and thread), binding service, shipping and WA state tax. 

(Entrants were told to watch their email for a subscription verification email within one week of drawing their ticket on 10/8/16 and given instructions on how to verify it. Only those who verified their subscription would receive this blog post via their email.  Raffle drawing winner has been drawn at 3:30 p.m. 10/20/16 and should be posted on my blog within 48 hours of that time/date).

Important:  The lucky person now needs to come forward!   If you drew Ticket #1896153 as pictured please contact me (click on "Contact Me" tab on my blog site at ppatchworks.blogspot.com.  I do have your name but for privacy reasons am not posting it here.  If I am not contacted by 10:00 a.m. on 10/25/16 I will redraw another number and repost.

Thank you everyone who participated!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Raffle for free professional quilting!

Sneak peek of a booth item
Clark County Quilters Stash Bazaar
Saturday, October 8th; 9-2pm
Salmon Creek Methodist Church
12217 NE HWY 99, Vancouver, WA
This is a reminder to get your free fat quarter at my booth (in the gym - look for my business sign) when you mention this post/email. I'll have quilt kits, vintage quilt blocks, So Fine quilting thread, rulers, stencils, seasonal items, wideback yard goods, fat quarters and yardage, quilt patterns, and more priced to go. Free admission and parking. Fat quarter available only to those present at the show.

Also, I'm holding a raffle for free longarm quilting, one quilt top any size, edge-to-edge only, quilting services only (offer excludes products, binding services, shipping and WA state tax). 

How do you register? Come to the show Saturday and fill out a raffle ticket with your email. I will subscribe you as a blog follower with the email you indicate. 

How do you know if you've won? Everyone will be notified by email as long as you activate your subscription when you receive the subscription confirmation email a few days after the bazaar. (If you don't receive the confirmation email during this timeframe please contact me BEFORE drawing day). The winning number will be drawn 10/20/16 and posted on my blog within 48 hours (I can't control Google), so keep your number handy! Your name will not be posted.

Don't live in Washington? You don't need to be present to register or win.  If you live at a distance and want to enter send me an email at ppatchworks@gmail.com and I'll draw you a ticket and send you the number.  

Good luck!