Monday, March 11, 2013

Dallas Quilt Celebration Show

Dallas Quilt Celebration Show
 
These are pics of our booth at Dallas Quilt Show 2013. Everyone was super nice & we enjoyed being there.
 

 
We introduced several new patterns and designs.
 
Smiles by JG released the following patterns:
 
 
Stand Still
 
This wall hanging quilt is done with hand embroidery and embellished with hot-fix crystals.
 
 
 Cross with yoyos
 
This is a wall hanging quilt. Done with hand embroidery and
embellished with yoyos and pearl beads.  
 




 
Two Bunnies and A Chick
 
This is a pattern for two different bunnies and a chick. All made from yoyos.
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 11, 2012

What I've been doing....

I have been very busy. My website is now up and running. www.christyandco.us  Please let me know if there are any problems with it. I'm slowly adding more inventory.

I've been working on demos of patterns that I am stocking. And, I have been designing. I'll post more on the new designs later this year as I plan to present my designs at the Houston International Quilt Show in Houston this fall.

Here are some photos of the demos I have done.


Ok... I couldn't get the photo to rotate.




 This is a pattern I received last week by Crabapple Hill called Celinda Wickenblat's Spellbook I traced project and stitched the front in one afternoon. And, finished putting the book together the next day. This was a really fun and quick. The pattern comes with 3 pages of "spells". Of course, I thought I would add a few more pages.



These three adoreable stitcheries are by Shirley Hudson at Hudson Holidays. These were also quick, easy and fun.




This pillow is a design by Bunny Hill. I made it with wool, flannel, and homespun fabric. 



This is one part of three stitcheries from a pattern by Bird Brain Designs.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Coloring on Fabric




This is a pillow I made for my father for Christmas 2011.  My father had a brother who passed away at age 21 with lymphoma. His brother had a 1955 Chevy he restored. The fabric border and backing consists of the upholstery fabric his brother bought for the seats. My grandmother found the fabric last summer & gave it to me when my studio was completed. She wasn't sure that I would be able to use it for anything. But when she told me where the fabric came from, I had to do something with it. My oldest son drew the picture of the car for me. And, I traced it on to the fabric, colored the drawing, and stitched the outline. I used Derwent Inktense Pencils (watercolor).  I came across these pencils at a quilt show and wanted to try them out. The coloring can be set to become permanent.
 What I learned in this process:
Don't use too much water. It (the color) will bleed outside of the drawn line.
Yes, It is permanent after it has been wet & allowed to completely dry.
Other pencils and brands wash out or fade significantly when laundered.
And, I need more colors!!!






This it a pattern by Meg Hawley from Crabapple Hill Designs. I really do like her work!
The center piece is a stitchery that is colored with crayons. I traced the design on to the fabric, then colored it with crayons. Yes, I used regular crayola crayons (64ct box). This was a lot of fun to do. After coloring, I set the colors by using an iron and plain paper. The heat makes the colors permanent. I finished all of the coloring first, then did the stitchery.
Now, I need to quilt it. I haven't really decided yet on how I'm going quilt it.





Sunday, November 13, 2011

Back from Quilt Market and Festival

I went back to Quilt Festival after Quilt Market in Houston, TX. Both take place at the George Brown Convention Center in Downton Houston. The place is huge. There is no way to possibly see every thing in one day. I spend a total of five days there and I skipped a few areas.

I did take some more pictures.







This was one of my favorites. There was so much detail and the minature quilts were darling.


This was the line checkout for the Primitive Gatherings Booth. I attempted to go through the booth once. It was really crowded.


Back view. Yes, back view...


Front view of quilt. I took a class Show Quilts, From Start to Finish Beutifully-Longarm Demo/Lecture given by the two ladies ( Linda Taylor & Cheri Meineke-Johnson) that made this quilt. The class was on how to make a show quilt. They explained their process. Cheri makes the quilt top and passes it on to Linda. Linda does the Quilting. Then Linda gives the quilt back to Cheri to complete. Cheri does the binding and embellishments. Both gave tips from start to finish on making a quilt. I really did enjoy the class. There was a lot of information given.


This is the Penny Rug I finished from another class I took. It was given by Kathy Kansier, Pennies from My Heart. This was a fun class as well. In addition to the project, she discussed topics such as dying wool, fusibles, felting wool, history of wool & rug hooking, and designing your own penny rugs.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Quilt Market

This was my first year to attend quilt market.
INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!!
It is definitely what I expected and more. 

School House was:
Informational
 Busy
 NonStop
 Fast Paced
 Dangerous (Rolling Carts!!)

Sample Spree was:
Fun
Entertaining
Shopping
Not something I stood in line for 2 hours for. More like 5 minutes.


I did get to meet alot of people. I wouldn't even try to begin listing them at this time.

I, also, viewed the exhibits and took a few photos.
I'll try to post a few at a time.
I always take alot of pics.

Here a few of the photos I took.
I tried to get the credits, I apologize in advance if I have overlooked someone.




Closeup view. The details on this quilt are amazing! This quilt is all done by hand. Note the tiny rectangle tiles (all appliqued on) and the french knots.



This one speaks for itself.




Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Learning to make a quilt





This is my youngest son. He has been asking to make a quilt for himself for several months now. He has been through my fabric stash numerous times, picking out the ones he really likes. He has followed me through fabric stores and pointed at his favorite prints. I told him we would sit down and I would teach him how to make a quilt. After asking me numerous times to teach him, I found sometime to spend with him & completely focus my time on teaching him. I quickly realized he was not ready to make a project that required a significant amount of time. And, his sewing skills were minimal to zero. So, we decide his first project would be a potholder. He drafted his own design and picked out his fabrics. He liked using the rotary cutter (And I was a nervous wreck). He was given a lesson on safety. Repeated numerous times. Then he was educated on batting. He used cotton batting and insul-brite. Also, he learned about 1/4 " seam allowance.  He played around with the decorative stitches, and I let him be creative. I told him it was his quilt/potholder, his design, and he could do whatever he liked with it. For the border, we kinda cheated. He wasn't ready to learn to do it the "correct" way per quilt police. He never once asked me to finish it for him. After he finished he said, "That wasn't as easy as I thought it would be." He has proudly showed it off to anyone who has been around to visit. I haven't heard anything else about him making a quilt for his bed. Personally, I think he did a great job!!! And, I am very proud of him.