Tula’s Raindrops

Let’s switch gears today, instead of the Urban Decay quilt that I blogged about yesterday, I am going to share Tula Pink‘s Raindrops quilt.

This quilt is one of the quilts in her book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.
Tula Pink Raindrops quilt with modern machine quilting

As usual, I looked to the quilt top for inspiration for the quilting design. In the background, I quilted swirls with random raindrops thrown in. I didn’t mark it or plan the spacing of the raindrops, I just quilted them in as I went!
tula pinks raindrops quilt

To give the quilt a “wet” look, Tula pieced the quilt with Radiance fabric from Robert Kaufman. According to their website, it’s derived from a cotton silk blend, this fabric has the sheen and look of silk with the added benefits of cotton.

I was a little apprehensive about quilting a different kind of fabric than normal, but I didn’t need to be. It was a dream to quilt! I didn’t have to change needles or thread, it was business as usual. Well……there was actually one unexpected pitfall…..
quilting on silk fabric

I couldn’t stop touching it! It took me much longer then it should have, because I kept stopping to feel the texture of the quilted fabric.

For one of the first times in my life, the back of the quilt doesn’t show the quilting near as well as the front!
prince charming fabric quilt back


So the moral of this quilting story is: quilting a silky cotton fabric, such as Radiance, is easy….just very, very distracting (but in a good way!)

I love quilting quilts made of  different types of fabric, such as  fleece, voile, and linen. How about you?

Happy Quilting!


Wanna get lazy??

Thanks for all the sweet comments on the Quiltcon classes. If there is anything I love more than quilting, it’s talking about quilting! I hope that some of you will be able to join me!

Today, I am sharing some quilts that I quilted for Joan of Lazy Girl Designs. I actually quilted these last year, but I just hadn’t got around to blogging about them…..oops!    Yesterday as I was wasting time on my blogroll (I’m not even going to pretend that it is productive in any way!), I noticed that Joan was having a giveaway on her blog and that was the kick in the boohiney that I needed to blog about these awesome quilts!

lazy girl quilt- longarm quilting
Bamboo Quilt Pattern by Lazy Girl Designs

First, let me tell you about the ruler. (By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post, just me gushing over a favorite product!)

Lazy angle ruler

All of the blocks in her book, “Lazy and Loving It” are made using her lazy angle ruler from Creative Grids. Since I spend way more time quilting than piecing, I am not one to seek out specialty rulers. But one of the perks of quilting for Joan (besides the delish brownies that she sent me….what can I say, she spoiled me!) was a copy of her patterns and a ruler. I love the concept of it and actually got to use the ruler once, before my mom borrowed it…..and kept it. But in fairness, I have to admit that my mom makes quilt tops for me, so it’s a good trade.

back of bamboo quilt- longarm feathers Back of Bamboo Quilt

If you check out Joan’s blog, you will see a demo of the ruler and more of the quilt patterns that use this ruler. Julie, of Jaybird Quilts, has several patterns that use the ruler as well. Which means that this ruler can make a whole lotta’ different quilts!

lazy angle ruler quilt- machine quilting Pattern by Lazy Girl Designs

But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can head on over to Joan’s blog and try to win one for yourself!

lazy girl designs, beach ball quilt
Beach Ball quilt pattern designed by Lazy Girl Designs

On a different subject, I am all packed up and ready to head to Rhode Island tomorrow for MQX.  I feel a little bit like an office worker getting all the handouts together, but I am happy with how they turned out.

quilting class handout- machine quilting for the modern quilt

Now all that’s left to do is get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow and catch a plane.

 Happy Quilting!

Quiltcon…here I come!

Quiltcon quilt show

So…..are you signed up to receive the Modern Quilt Guild newsletter? If so, you may have seen the newest Quiltcon announcement.

I am going to be teaching at Quiltcon!

I will be joining other esteemed teachers, such as:

Denyse Schmidt
Amy Butler
David Butler
Malka Dubrawsky
Elizabeth Hartman
Anna Maria Horner
Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
Ellen Rushman
Marcia Kaylakie
Penny Layman
Sherri Lynn Wood

I will, of course, be teaching classes and giving lectures on machine quilting. Whether you quilt on a longarm or a domestic sewing machine, these classes will help you feel more confident quilting your masterpieces! As soon as the schedule is out, I will update my Classes & Lectures page.

As if that wasn’t enough…there is another announcement that is as equally exciting! Meander Publishing, the publisher behind Machine Quilting Unlimited, a magazine that I have had the privilege of writing articles for, has announced the birth of their newest magazine,

Modern Quilts Unlimited

modern quilts unlimited- a modern quilting magazine

According to their announcement:

Modern Quilts Unlimited will offer quilt, accessory and home decoration patterns by exciting new designers, interviews with the innovators in this field, machine quilting tips plus quilts and projects made by those who find that this new genre of quilting fits their needs and lifestyles. The premier issue will be available in the Fall of 2012. It will feature 12 patterned quilt, home dec and accessory designs, an interview with Jacquie Gering, a look at the Modern Quilt Guild, a Back to Basics section, machine quilting ideas from Angela Walters, the latest in modern fabrics and tools, and much more. Modern Quilts Unlimited will be published four times per year, February, May, August and November.

Modern Quilts Unlimited is also a Platinum Sponsor of Quiltcon!  Be sure to check out their booth (3236) at Quilt Market for more information. You can also sign up to receive updates about the magazine on their website.

modern quilts unlimited- modern machine quilting

Besides being a huge fan, I am so thrilled to be playing an active role within Modern Quilts Unlimited! I will be contributing a regular column about machine quilting for the modern quilt and I will also be handling the blog for the magazine. I am going to be a busy girl for sure.

This is such an incredible time of transition for me! As I take on more teaching engagements and expand into other areas of the quilting industry, I can’t help but be giddy about the opportunities that the future holds for me. In fact, I will have another teaching announcement to share within the next few weeks! I am so thankful to everyone who has been so supportive!!

Happy Quilting

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