Monday, September 3, 2018

Her Majesty!

UGG! I LOVE summer so much I always get a bit bummed when Labor Day rolls around. Anyone else relate?  I get so much accomplished in the summer, as far as new ideas, and new products. ( I just finished a new quilt that I'm just giddy over... Stay tuned, it will be a few weeks as we get it quilted up and the products and patterns ready)
 
One of my other finishes this summer tough, is my MAJESTY template and HER MAJESTY quilt pattern!
This Majesty quilt block, as all of my template sets, have many variations in the way you can sew them together. I love that you can make more designs with one template set, then you can with some other quilt blocks.
On the left is shown as it is in the Her Majesty Quilt.  

Or pieced this way, as a second configuration.
 
Or even a quarter of the block and used as a border. LOVE!
Get your curves on with this fun MAJESTY set! It makes lovely scrappy quilts!  I'm hooked!
Templates only ( with basic piecing construction) click here
Majesty Template and Her Majesty Quilt pattern set click here 
Already have the templates and just need the pattern? click  here

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

OH MY.



August is my time to reboot. It's family time.  Even though everything I do is family time based, August is a time when I really unplug, look at what I've done the past year, and then start looking toward projects that are upcoming.  September is actually the start of my next year of work. Re-energizing the brain, seeing what I can do next, and how can I get out and mini golf a few more holes and walks long the beach and can some tomatoes, all at the same time! ;-)

This year, fall is ... well, loaded for me personally because I am
preparing to send my daughter off to University! Those who have been following along with me all these years, can you believe it??

I'm not entirely sure I am ready for that, but it's coming anyway!  I have spent this last year, traveling less, and focusing on projects and events that have kept me home more... Or, I've taken her with me. We do love a good road trip. ;-)

I'm so proud of my girl.

In my very first blog post in Sept 2008, B had made a bunch of drawings that she wanted me to make into toys that she could sell to raise money for www.lovewithoutboundaries.com.  Ten years later she is still a go getter and self starter.  I'm so excited for her to to find her path.

I'm one lucky mama.

One thing I have always told her is to make note of the things in life that bring you complete JOY. I have focused my life, that if something wasn't bringing me joy, I'd change things to make JOY happen.


So I have a few changes coming.
One change, is that we are shifting our store  this week to a LARGER space on the same floor I am currently on. YAY!
So when you come to NYC to visit, Address is the same, just moved across the hall to give us a bit more space. It's been a JOY having you come to me, to say Hi, and talk quilts!
So, As of Thursday August 24th, we will see you in #803, instead of #811!  Don't expect the shop to be all organized yet... We are just shifting over, and I will deal with making it all cute again, once I'm back in NYC after Labor Day. haha! ( I still have a few days of vacation left!)

Other changes.
You will see more 3-5 day classes in 2019, and another road trip.  So check my teaching calendar at the bottom of this page (click here) GRAB A SPOT in my classes, join a guild so you can participate! Because in 2020, I will be traveling even less.  2020 is a big year for me personally, (50!) and I plan on doing some other things that bring me JOY.  So get those class spots now! You can see that even in 2019 many of my longer classes are SOLD OUT.

I will add more 3 day retreats from my home, and individual classes from my home ( just not on the road for 2020).  So sign up for my newsletter, as that is where those details get announced, scroll to the BOTTOM OF MY WEBSITE, there is a box to sign up for my newsletter... or a pop up may display saying sign up... DON'T MISS THESE CLASSES.

**Also, in guild that will be having a show in 2020 and it's drivable for me?  I am up for vending/lecturing/exhibiting and teaching multiple classes.  ( not just one class here and there) hit that contact page on my website!

That's it for now...  Gotta plan some friend retreats, and fun trips with my friends & hubby for 2020. ;-)

Wish me luck Saturday! Dorm drop off day.  oh my word.....!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer time!

I've been relaxing at my house for the summer, which means, cleaning up my tiny studio here on long Island... Every summer I go about trying rearrange the space to maximize it's small space and clean out all the other STUFF that accumulates all year long! How does that happen?  ( I have no idea!)

Summer is my favorite time to sit back, and dream up new projects and ideas!  My best work is done while getting my nails done, or even a massage. ;-)  Or walking along the pier having ice cream...(hey, you never know when ideas will hit!)    I'm working on many new templates and patterns right now!  I tell you, having a few weeks down to rest up, makes the ideas flood right in! 

Just wait til fall: Lots of new goodies!
Be sure to keep an eye at VFWquilts.com  for new products!


This is also a time when I love to work on my commission quilts.  I love designing for others where I can do whatever I want, make it as complicated or difficult as I can to make a beautiful gift for my customers.  This is a quilt for a collage artist... I had several ideas come together and figured, she of all people will truly appreciate the joining and layering of ideas in one quilt! Many of the fabrics were chosen by her, and my job is to make them live happily together, and fit a story I put together based on some writings by my customers about people in their family.  I have a back log of these works, as they often take me longer to get made, among all my regular deadlines and travels.

My newest template set has been such a hit, I was asked to add another class at:
I LOVE teaching here!  I have two classes next year there. A five day Double wedding Ring class which is sold out.  And now this class!  A four day Cottage tulip class!  You will get so much done, build skills, master skills and make some gorgeous quilts!  Class registration opened Tuesday afternoon, and we only have three spots left. I highly recommend grabbing a spot ASAP! It's about 1.5 hours drive from Minneapolis airport in Downsville, WI, which is right near Menominee, WI (Univ of WI : Stout) ...and its GORGEOUS! check out her website for details.

September 26-29th, 2019

Cottage Tulips
Make a big, beautiful statement with vintage-inspired circular tulip blocks. Build a colorful, fat-quarter friendly quilt one block at a time! We will learn tips for successful block construction based on my Cottage Tulips Acrylic Template Set. Master Y-seams and curved piecing; build confidence in color and design all through PLAY!
Kit fee: $30 for VFW Quilts’ Cottage Tulips Template Set (if not previously purchased.)
or
$245 for the complete Cottage Tulips Kit
Includes pattern, template set, and fabric for top and binding.


Need another opportunity for class? 
(My other favorite place to teach: I'm there TWO weeks next year!)
California: Empty Spools Seminars
February 24-March 1, 2019



To the Nines Improv -  CLICK HERE

Focusing on your intuition and trusting it to make a great quilt, we will explore some clever, intuitive design. By working within a limited color palette and a few simple design parameters, no two quilts will look alike! We will learn tips for successful block construction based on my versatile Victory Block Acrylic Template Set. Using negative space and your improv elements, we will add design principles to complete an efficient and effective overall design. Skill build, tweak your sewing skills, work on trust and intuition, how you look at projects and designs, and build fabulous quilts! Don't miss this class! Much like my Double wedding ring class, your eyes will be widened!

Kit Fee: $25 for my Victory Block Acrylic Template Set (if not previously purchased.)


I sure hope you can make one fo these events!  These are the places to catch me, unless you are flying to NYC!  FYI, my 2020 teaching schedule will be cut waaaay back... I hope to do some more personal travel that year, and work on some special projects for myself.  So don't miss these classes in 2019!  All my other classes for 2019 are sold out!


Monday, June 18, 2018

What's up?


Hello Friends! Long time no talk!
I attempted to take a "easy" spring as I had a lot happening personally. 
Like.... A big special project, that you will hear about soon, New Quilts, 


and, this peanut....Had a big Birthday, and...


Graduated!
Can you believe it?  She went and grew up on me...

So, I have stayed pretty close to home, teaching and doing retreats here in NYC, 
besides getting off to the Iowa Quilt Museum for my exhibit opening.

So now that school is wrapped up with a neat and tidy bow, 
She started working for me for the summer, before heading off to RPI in August.  (!!)

Which means, I am packing up for my summer Work Road Trip!
This year I (we) am heading to Des Moines for a week of classes, then a quick hop over to Winterset Iowa, to teach at Piece Works Quilt Shop, and then to give my Lecture on Creativity & Play
at the Iowa Quilt Musem among my quilts!
Please come!


Friday, June 29 at 5:30 PM - 8 PM CDT
Iowa Quilt Museum

I hope to see you there!
More to come!


AND...

If you haven't popped over the website lately, 
we have many new patterns, and bundles!
(Update your solid stash with our large affordable bundles!!)



Three Generations! 
:-)

more later! I gotta pack!
V



Saturday, April 21, 2018

IQM!


I've made it to Winterset, Iowa for the opening event of my exhibit

Evening Event 5-8pm Sat. April 21st! TONIGHT!
come!
Goosebumps? Check!

It's been amazing to look back to works I did long ago, and where I am now...
I included work from 1983, 1992, 2000, and up through til now.
I love seeing how something I was doing then is still appearing in my work now...
Somethings can change, but a real basic theme, of looking , improvisation and tradition keeps ringing through.
I do hope you will get to see the exhibit, and the Museum!

Thanks Marianne Fons for taking me around town, and asking me to do this! And for all the folks involved with the Iowa Quilts Museum for giving me this opportunity. Thank you so much!







Sunday, April 15, 2018

This week! Paducah, NY, Iowa, oh my!

What a week!  The last two days I was in Troy, NY, where B will be 
attending University at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in August!
WHAT!
I know, right? She's all grown up!!

Tomorrow, I fly to Paducah, so I can teach Herringbones on Tuesday and then MC the awards ceremony again Tuesday evening, (like I did last year,  which you will be able to watch online, got to quiltweek.com, click contests, then click QuiltTV Tuesday 4:30pm I will post a link when I have a direct one) then I fly straight home Wednesday morning, for B's PROM on Wednesday night, then attend a Memorial on Thursday, and a flight to Des Moines on Friday to the Iowa Quilt Museum, (which opens Tuesday by the way) 

For my Opening Party Event  for Playing with Purpose! on Saturday evening!  
Will you come?
PLEASE!!!  It will be so fun!  

*Opening night party (I will be there!)
 is Saturday April 21, 2018 from 5-8pm.
Iowa Quilt Museum
68 E. Court Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273
515.462.5988
Closed Mondays
10:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 - 4:00 Sunday



Monday, April 9, 2018

STAR STORM MINI!!! NEW!!!!



NEW!! Star Storm MINI!! 40” x 40”!!  My BestSelling Star Storm Quilt is now in 80"X80" and also the new SMALL version in 40" X 40"!  SO CUTE!! 
Visit my updated website for more goodies!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What new with you?




Hello my Quilty friends!  I have news!  I am honored to have an exhibit opening at the Iowa Quilt Museum, April 17th, showcasing works of my 35 years of being a Quiltmaker!
You shrug at the 35 years, But Yes, With a Birthday just days away, I can confirm.  LOL
(Why do the years fly by?)
My first quilt, some early work, all the way through til now!


*Opening night party (I will be there!)
 is Saturday April 21, 2018 from 5-8pm.
Iowa Quilt Museum
68 E. Court Avenue
Winterset, IA 50273
515.462.5988
Closed Mondays
10:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 - 4:00 Sunday


Please come! It will be so much fun to share stories!  I'd love to see you there!

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In other news!
My website has been given a fresh new look! 
You can also follow my Instagram account over there if you are not on Instagram! (scroll to the bottom) 
Hop on over and see all the goodness!
We have some really fun new items coming soon, So sty tuned!
Below is one of my newest templates, called Pavement Puzzle!

 I have been playing with a two color option, But keep playing it up by cutting other fabrics! I have a hard time just making a quilt two colors! Even though I love the look, the urge to throw something else into the mix is just so tempting!  See below?


Ultimately, I went with the Rainbow collection bundle, Available in the shop. (and my NYC store!)   I do love how a pattern can change so easily into something really exciting, just by posing in some fun color choices!


I hope to see you in Iowa! Or any other of the events I will be at this month!
I will be teaching one class, and Again,(my second year)  hosting the 
Paducah Spring Awards ceremony which will be shown live, online!

Iowa Quilt Museum opening event April 21st. see above!
Winterset, Iowa

NJ Quilt Fest - VENDING!  April 26-29
Come by the booth and say hi!

Northern Star Quilt Guild Show - May5-6 Exhibiting, Lecturing and Vending!

Don't miss these last few spots in the classes at my home.  
 (spots go fast! Grab them quick!)


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