Friday, February 26, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Latifah Saafir

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Latifah Saafir. Latifah is known for her fearless approach to sewing curves and her boldly modern quilts. The Glam Clam quilt pattern (available as a free PDF download!) is a modern take on the clamshell shape. To get a feel for her teaching style, check out her Glam Clam tutorial on YouTube.

Here are a few great quilts of Latifah's (all images from her website, http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/):

Rocket 88

The Big Log
Play Around the World
Molehills
Convergence
First Kiss
Latifah has many new patterns in the works and an innovative clamshell ruler. I'm most excited to see the release of her line of patterns intended for children, appropriately titled "Quilt Cadets." You can see more of her quilts and patterns on her website, http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Monday, February 22, 2016

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Luke Haynes

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.



This week, we feature Luke Haynes. Luke is known for his portrait quilts and unique improvisational style. As an artist, his work has been featured in many galleries across the United States. Here are just a few of his most innovative works (all images from lukehaynes.com):



He also currently has an exhibition of 50 quilts in Los Angeles, CA. These 50 quilts were all made with log cabin quilt blocks used in different ways. "Log Cabins of Donald Judd" refers to the minimalist exhibition by Donald Judd, "100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986." Through strict size-constraints, utilizing the same block in many ways, and only using recycled textiles in black, white, and red, Luke has created an incredible display of quilts.


For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Vice Versa Block of the Month - February

Hello, everyone! For our 2016 Block of the Month, the Vice Versa quilt, we're going to share a blog post with you every month to show off our blocks, give you tips and tricks, or lend suggestions on how to make sewing that block a smoother process!

For all of the blocks in the Vice Versa quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

Shoofly

The Shoofly block is one of the simplest blocks in the whole Vice Versa quilt so we're starting off pretty easy. Here's how our two coordinating blocks finished!


On pages 42-43 of Sister Sampler Quilts, you can find the super easy instructions for this block.

AnneMarie included a handy tutorial for two-at-a-time half-square triangles in the back of the book on page 108. I use a pencil to draw my diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric, since it typically leaves a pretty light mark.

I like that she included the Half-Square Triangle equation in the tutorial--we won't need it in this quilt, but I know it will be useful in the future when I'm attempting my own quilt math.

That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing all of your finished blocks on Instagram! We're using the hashtags #viceversaBOM, #PCFviceversaBOM, and #sistersamplerquilts.

Until next time,
Hayley