Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Handbook Updates 2015

This is the best way to reach EVERYONE regarding the handbook updates.

I wanted to let you know that I sent out the new 2015 handbooks this morning for those of you who are entitled to updated handbooks each year.   You should have a newsletter in your in-box with all of the links.  If you did NOT get the newsletter with the links, and you are signed up for updates, please let me know.  I will check my Constant Contact directory and make sure I have everything typed correctly.

The Linen Wholecloth Quilts updated handbook has not yet been rewritten and I plan on having that available by the 2nd week of February.

If you have the Designs Collection, i.e., Oldies But Goodies and New & will NOT be getting updated handbooks this year.  Those were newly written last fall so you already have the new books.  You will be getting updates to this collection next January and will be getting a BUCKET LOAD of new designs then! 

This is always a HUGE undertaking for me each year...LOVE the new updated handbooks but boy am I ever glad when they're done!

Hugs, Cindy :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wholecloth Design Ideas!

For those of you who are patiently waiting for handbook updates, I'm happy to tell you I'm down to the last three books...whew.  This is always a grind but well worth it in the end.

I'm right in the middle of Basic Wholecloth Quilts and am adding a chapter on how to use The Ultimate Stencil to design wholecloth quilts.  I thought it was such good information I wanted to share with all of you too.  I have copied the pages directly out of the new handbook and these shots will also be part of my new easel demo for my designing workshops. 

For those of you following the design ideas I've been posting, remember I am posting my blog photos directly onto my Ultimate Stencil  Pinterest page in case you want to access them that way.   My Pinterest button is on the home page of my website.

I've been teaching you how to draft your designs on the paper Master Grids first.  I've taken a basic square, divided it using the drawn lines and filled with feathers.

When creating a wholecloth quilt I instruct my students to fold their fabric in half lengthwise and widthwise, press the folds into a firm crease  and then use these lines to line up their stencils.  In this case you would line up The Ultimate Stencil on your horizontal/vertical lines, draw the guidelines you need, and then fill with your chosen design.  See how pretty this block is repeated for an overall wholecloth design???

Here's another very simple block also filled with feathers.

This time I've repeated it "on point" still using the horizontal/vertical lines as my guide.

This design was drafted using the circle Ultimate Stencil.

And this is how it looks repeated overall.

Now that you have the idea, let's combine a circle AND a square and repeat them both for a wholecloth quilt.

Love how this one came out!  I'm still very jazzed about all the possibilities and LOVE being able to share and teach as I go.

Hugs, Cindy

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Ultimate "Star"

I am FINALLY able to post a progress report on my newest star quilt.  I work best on a tight deadline and I desperately want this piece done before my engagement at Quilting in the Desert in less than two weeks.   I also want it to accompany me to Dubai next month.    I'm actually going to make that deadline!

I was working on it for a couple hours this morning, took a break and came back to my room and was captivated by how pretty it looked sitting in my machine so I took  photos from my point of view. 

I love the little circles.  I put in some baby clamshells and have beaded them with little gold beads.

There are four of these corners and I am filling them with tight echoing and baby feathers.

I am just starting a round feather wreath that will go around the entire outside of the piece tucking underneath the linen corners.  This is being done with a very heavy silk thread.

Obviously this piece is still in it's awkward "puberty stage" but I am VERY happy with how she is turning out.

When I was going thru the photo folder I came across these beginning pictures and wanted to share.  This is when I was just getting The Ultimate Stencil project going and learning what it could do.

I laid the stencil down in the middle of my piece..

marked the lines that I needed and drafted the center star pattern...

and quilted the main outline.  Very cool!

By the way, the huge star going around is actually a commercially cut stencil thru
Quilting Creations...It's NH131 and NH132.  

When I originally designed this large stencil medallion a few years ago,  I used the very same grid system on my drafting table that has since become The Ultimate Stencil.  Funny how things come around.  And now you know why I've named this quilt "The Ultimate Star".

Hugs, Cindy :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Classroom...Part II

Okay, I promise I won't be bugging you again about these shapes but I just HAD to share these with you too.

I've finished the filler's portion of the Feathers Handbook and wanted to show a few more designs that were created with the Ultimate Stencil.

Creating a perfect diamond in any size is very easy with the square Ultimate Stencil.  I've shown three different ways to fill this shape with feathers.

And here's melon shapes created using the circle Ultimate Stencil...

Remember I'm adding designs to my Pinterest page if you need a quick inspirational fix. 

Hugs, Cindy :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Classroom Time...

As you know I'm right in the middle of updating all my's that time of year.  Many of you will be receiving the links to your  updated purchased books by the middle of January.

I'm about 3/4 of the way thru the Heirloom Feathers book and decided to redraft all of the feathering designs using the Ultimate Stencils as my guide.  Since this stencil set is new to ALL of us,  I wanted to share what I'm learning and also give you a sneak peek into some of the updates.

The Heirloom Feathers handbook teaches you how to take simple shapes that are ordinarily found in pieced quilt tops and divide/conquer them to create beautiful quilting designs.   I provide six different options for quilting each of these basic shapes.

One easy way to divide/conquer a square...use the square Ultimate Stencil and draw diagonal lines.  Using the circle Ultimate Stencil draw your arches or just sketch them in yourself.

This is how it may look filled in with feathers.

Using the square Ultimate stencil you can create a perfect triangle.  Divide it in half using the vertical line as your guide.  Draw arches on either side..use the circle grid or just sketch them in.

This is how it may look quilted.  Here's another example of a triangle...

Here's an example of an elongated triangle using the square Ultimate Stencil...

Notice that I didn't use the angled lines at all.  I was impressed with the fact that I could use the angles/square lines as a guide only.  Here's another example...

Circles are always a bugger to's two easy ways to divide a circle using the circle Ultimate Stencil as your guide....

I hope you enjoy the inspirations I am providing to you in my "Blogger Classroom".  I  felt it was important to inspire you as I'm learning myself...I was having a lot of fun today drafting these new designs and wanted to share.

If you want photocopies of the paper Master Grids they are available on the FREE 27 page handbook that is available to you on the home page of my website.  I am also continuing to add Ultimate Stencil ideas and inspirations on my Pinterest page.  You can access that at any time by clicking on the Pinterest button on my home page.

If you come up with inspirations using these stencils please share!  I would love to pass on your ideas.

Hugs, Cindy :)


It seems I have been so buried and busy getting The Ultimate Stencil launched to the world I have had no time for sewing.  I've desperately missed it. 

I took Christmas Eve and Christmas Day "off" and spent my time working on the two quilts that have been ever so patiently waiting for me to touch them again.  Our holiday time is spent in the evenings with our family so Kent and I have quiet time during the day to do whatever we wish. 

This past February, after returning from Dubai, I found this amazing linen on Ebay.  Some of you may remember my posts showing the before/after.  The picture of this piece was "WHITE" on Ebay.  When she arrived she was chocolate brown with a LOT of damage.  I was pretty upset but hopeful I would be able to save her.

I have never seen embroidery and lace work like this before and felt a responsibility to save as much of her as I could.  To make a very long story of my process much shorter, I soaked her for nearly two days...had to remove the outside border edge because of extreme damage...had to add a fusible stabilizer just so I could actually quilt this...added a heavy crocheted lace edging...and this is the result!

This piece was mounted on vintage linen.  I am ditching around all the embroidery and then very tightly filling in with microechoing around every single piece of embroidery.  There are so many chunks of the original fabric gone that I am adding some vintage organza scrounged from another linen piece...placing that on top of the missing chunks, and then tightly echoing down.  This helps to fill it in.

I know I am altering a beautiful historic piece BUT I have preserved it to a state where others may enjoy the absolutely exquisite work of the original maker.

I have an extensive trip planned in February to Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and have some obscene plane time coming up.  I am working on this backwards, i.e. I've done the edging, binding, hanging sleeve and signature linen now so I can do the handwork and beadwork on the plane.

I've named this piece "Cinderella".  I feel I've rescued her from the ashes and made a beautiful princess out of her!

Oh by the way...I wanted to introduce you to newest member of our family, "Ruby".  Last Christmas I had to put my Labrador Katie to sleep.  Everyone knows how hard that is to do.  I've been searching all year for just the right dog to replace her and found her at the SPCA on Saturday.  She's perfect and amazing.  Within moments of bringing her home she went to my sewing room and snugged up in the bed under the counter where I work (Miter usually sleeps there).    It's been a tight bond ever since.

Hugs, Cindy :)