Quilts, Trees and a Fall Weekend Outing!

IMG_2314If you are plan to attend the quilt show, Quilting in the Garden this weekend, (Sept. 28-29) in Livermore, CA – you are in for a treat!

Laura and I have quilts that will be part of a very special exhibit. The exhibit celebrates the work of a creative group of women that we are part of, Grateful Threads. We meet weekly to share, inspire and support our “quilty” habit. We chat, we sew, but mostly we embrace a passion for textiles and creativity.

The past two years we have had Rosalie Dace, quilt artist extraordinaire and inspiring teacher, visit our group for workshops. The quilts in the exhibit are from these two workshops. One of the workshops focused on trees, which seems perfectly appropriate for Quilting in the Garden, that feature beautiful, old California Oaks throughout the venue.

Here are a few snippets of the quilts that Laura and I will have in the exhibits. Just a teaser, to peak your interest. I will post the entire exhibit next week.

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A little peek of Illumination by Laura Nownes.
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A little peek of Welcome Home by Pati Fried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And… if you are in the area – be sure to save time to visit

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More Info Here!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Fall is here and so are we!

“Time flies when you’re multitasking.” ― Bert McCoy

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It has been a long time since we have posted on See How We Sew. Laura and I have definitely been multitasking, although in different aspects – Laura with her beautiful new grandchildren, and me with who knows what. Even though we have not been blogging, we still manage to meet each week or so to catch up and do a bit of stitching together with friends. We talk about the blog, and our loyal readers, and know that it is a blessing that you have all stuck with us through this lull in our writing.

And so..

It is time. It is time to get reacquainted with our wonderful See How We Sew followers. You have stayed with us through this long break, visited old posts and sent messages to us through Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for being such loyal friends! We have definitely felt your love at See How We Sew (SHWS).

The blog world has changed so much over the past two years. Laura and I have been discussing how to reshape our blog to not only stay current in this fast moving quilt and textile world, but to also give our readers what they are wanting from an online quilt source. We have ideas – new topics, guest bloggers, video tutorials and event calendars, but we would love to hear from you!

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What would you like to see from SHWS?

What are topics or techniques that interest you?

Do you follow SHWS for ideas, inspiration or information? Or all?

Are you more drawn to short, eye candy posts, or in depth topics and resources?

I look forward to hearing from you and catching up!

Laura and I will be part of a special exhibit this coming weekend at Alden Lane Nursery, in Livermore, CA. If you would like to stop by to say hello, you can catch us on Saturday at Quilting in the Garden.

I will be posting a bit more about the exhibit on Thursday, so stay tuned!

Hugs and happy fall wishes to you!

Pati

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Just a quick note to let you know about some of my upcoming classes. I hope you will consider joining me, or passing along to someone that may be interested.

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This is a series of classes for beginning to intermediate quilters on quilt basics and exploring new block design, by understanding grid formation and improvisation. Students may sign up for one class, or take all 3.
#1 Basics – Saturday, April 21
#2 Block Building – Sunday, April 22
#3 On to Improv – Sunday, April 29
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Quilt Labs
Bring your own project to work on, and enjoy the company of other quilters. I will be there to help, inspire and cheer you on to completing your project. Every 4th Wednesday of the month at Bay Quilts.
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July 25
I know Laura and I have been a bit quiet lately with the blog. We have both been busy, but I promise to have lots of new things to share with you soon!
Hugs and good wishes,
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The Power of 12

12 women commit to creating 12 works of art in 12 months, each piece measuring 12“x12“. Multiply that by 3 different groups participating, and you have 26 amazing individuals with 26 different perspectives.

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I am so excited (and proud) to be a part of this exhibit!

I spent today helping with the set up for this exhibition. It is a truly impressive collection of work. If you live in the Northern California area, this is one show you should make time to visit. The Opening Celebration will be this Sunday, Dec. 3, but the show will be up through the month of December.2017 12x12 Bay Quilts 5x7 email

So, exactly what is The Power of 12? In my case, it was an opportunity to explore a different technique or idea each month for a year. The commitment forced me to be accountable, to take it seriously, but most of all, to allow myself to “play” each month on a small, doable scale.

This year long project is sponsored by Textile Dream Studios. Sue Fox and Jo Magaraci have done an incredible job of curating this exhibit, and for that matter, sharing their creative energy and motivation over an entire year of motivational meetings! Those monthly meetings offer a great opportunity to develop a solid Art/Maker Practice. Participants have chosen to explore new materials or techniques, develop work in a series, and even delve into “uncharted territory”.

The philosophy behind the 12×12 Challenge is the belief that each of us has the inherent ability to create a vibrant and satisfying Art/Maker Life for ourselves. We believe that individuals have the power to uncover their own creative paths, and that by immersing oneself in an environment which promotes both self-reflection and personal determination, interesting results will follow.

And those interesting results are being celebrated this month. I hope you can join us. If you are not local, stay tuned to my Instagram account, patifried, and I will be sharing photos of the opening celebration and some of the amazing work on display.

Have a good week!

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Embroidery Workshop with Debby Schnabel

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Close up of Debbie Schnabel’s freeform embroidery.
The annual event, Quilting in the Garden, was held a few weeks back. Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA. hosts this wonderful quilt show. If you have followed our blog for a while, you know that we have covered many of the past shows. It is a gorgeous venue of quilts hanging in majestic oak trees at a beautiful nursery, filled with fall festivities.

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Quilting in the Garden also hosts classes the week before the show, with some truly talented quilt teachers. This year, Laura and I (along with a few of our quilty friends), were fortunate enough to take a hand embroidery workshop with the very talented Debby Schnabel.

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Let’s just digest that for a moment. An embroidery class, with a talented teacher, filled with classmates that were our quilty friends, doing handwork, at a quilt show venue, in a beautiful nursery, that just happens to be filled with massive old oak trees – on a gorgeous fall day.

Got that? Needless to say it was wonderful.

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Debbie Schnabel’s creative threadwork.
Here is a peek at some of Debby’s intricate work. You can see more of her work on her website at https://debbyschnabel.com.2017-09-22 12.35.13

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And here are a few peeks of the student works.

terri embroidery sampleTerri Carpenter, longarm quilter of Hello Stitch,  played with some improvisational clamshells.

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My table mate and good friend, Karen McArdle, took her project on a plane ride the next week, finished it up, and gave it as a gift! Lucky recipient!

Linda Lambert embroidery

Laura’s table mate, Linda Lambert worked on this whimsical little project.Alex Anderson sample Here’s the cheery piece Alex Anderson was working on.

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I decided to play with paisley’s and background texture. My 1st paisley was a bit lopsided, but I figured it out on the second one!

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Laura made this sweet vine and berries piece. She was so inspired that she pulled out some of her favorite embroidery books. Any of these look familiar?2017-10-12-15-35-03

Some times you just need a bit of inspiration to look at an old favorite craft in a new light. Something you did 10 years ago may take on a whole new look with what you are inclined to do today. I know it really got the ideas flowing for me! I can’t wait to incorporate this in a new project!

Hope this inspires you to pick up a needle and thread and do a bit of play yourself!

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Summer Retreat

Since I generally sew alone in my quiet little space, an occasional getaway of quilting with a group of creative people can be especially energizing.  Not only can the experience be extremely fun and relaxing, but can also provide the needed  time to work on projects and share ideas. While I was away at the same retreat Pati wrote about in her last post, I had the opportunity to work on a quilt for my new grandson. My daughter requested that I make a fox quilt for him. How could I possibly say no when she showed me Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman.

Here is my baby version of this design. This was a perfect retreat project, both fun and easy to make. It will be machine quilted with a pinkie backing, just perfect and snuggly for our new little guy. Thank you, Elizabeth for this adorable pattern.

Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

Since this post is short and sweet, I will share with you some eye candy from Quilt 2017 by the San Francisco Quilt Guild. Please click here to see the images on The Plaid Portico, taken by Carol van Zandt. There are 3 separate posts so you will want to take time to enjoy them all.

Hope you all all enjoying a relaxing and creative summer. Until next time,

 

 

 

Getting Back on Track

I am sure you have noticed that we have not been posting on a regular basis for quite some time here at See How We Sew. Sometimes, life just has a way of taking you on a different course. Laura, Darci and I have all been experiencing this lately, each enjoying happy, new adventures, and simply taking a break on the social media platform for a bit. All is good, and the positive side is that this has allowed for a lot of interesting new topics to share with you this summer!

Laura and I attended a retreat a few weeks ago with a group of wonderful quilters. It was in a very peaceful, serene setting in the Sierra foothills. It was nice to have time to just sew. No deadlines, no stress, just 4 lovely days of sewing and creating. Laura took some beautiful photos of the property, while she was on her morning walks.

It would be hard to not be inspired while in this setting.

There was a beautiful quartet of quilts hanging in one of the conference rooms. A gift from the Foothill Quilters Guild, in Auburn, CA.  The design, concept and workmanship was just stunning. I wanted to share them with you.

Earth, Air, Fire and Water – Created by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr.

Adapted from an original card design by Sr. Paulette Kirchensteiner H.M.

Earth by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Air by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Fire by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Water by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Earth by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Earth by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Air by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Fire by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Fire by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Water by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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Water by Margarita Wilcox, Machine Quilted by Shari Bahr
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What a wonderful series of work, and the perfect location for them to be viewed in.

In our next post, Laura will share what she worked on during our retreat. It was so much fun watching this project go together!

Have a great week!

 

Uncommon Threads – Part II

As promised in my last post, Uncommon Threads – Part I

Here is part II of the art quilt exhibit, Uncommon Threads. Grab your cup of tea and get ready for your Wednesdayinspiration!

Yosemite Falls by Vicki DeMeter

 

White Daisy by Mary Beth Branca

 

Uehara Garden by Mary Anne Fitzgerald

 

Zen Bird by Suzi Dillinger

 

Turbulence by Margaret Winter

 

Sunset by Margaret Winter

 

Not Everything is Black and White by Mary Beth Branca

 

Of Space and Time by Mary Anne Fitzgerald

 

Portal of Yesterday by Virginia Standley

 

Sea Turtle by Suzi Dillinger

 

Stele Tears from Mardin by Ileana Soto

 

Double Delight by Margaret Winter

 

In the Garden by Mary Beth Branca

 

Ice Flower by Sue Harris

 

Heaven on Earth by Linda Pawlowicz

 

Habitat Under Fire by Ileana Soto

 

Grounded Angels by Linda Pawlowicz

 

Giant City in the Fall by Suzi Dillinger

 

Bliss by Pat Eyler

 

34 Pinecrest Ave. by Sue Harris

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these beauties as much as I did. Thank you, members of the The Creative Fiber Artists. Your work is beautiful!

 

Uncommon Threads – Finding Inspiration in a Recent Art Quilt Exhibit

A few weeks ago, I met friends for lunch and had the opportunity to see their wonderful works on display at the Village Theater & Art Gallery in Danville, Ca. They were part of an exhibition called Uncommon Thread,  whick featured unique art quilts created by a local quilting group, The Creative Fiber Artists. The quilts covered a wide range of topics and were interpreted in creative and imaginative ways. It was a great show.

I have become extremely interested in art quilting lately. This was an opportunity for me to enjoy a variety of mixed media and textile explorations which step out of the mainstream quilting style. I loved the show so much, that I took photos to share with our readers! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I, for one, am filing this under inspirational ideas!

 

Kadinsky in the Kitchen Study by Cyndy Rymer

 

Complimentary Colors by Pat Eyler

 

Aquatic Splendor by Vicki Demeter

 

Aquatic Splendor, close up by Vicki DeMeter

 

Asian Influence by Mary Beth Branca

 

Asian Influence close up by Mary Beth Branca

 

Circles, Circles, Circles by Sue Harris

 

Do Purple Cows Give Purple Milk? by Lynne Douglas

 

Enchanting Ella by Lynne Douglas

 

Global Alert, Artic Melt by Ileana Soto

 

Global Alert, Artic Melt close up by Ileana Soto

 

Gorgeous Gerty by Lynne Douglas

 

House of Whimsy by Pat Eyler

 

It’s 5 O’Clock by Virginia Standley

 

Lynne Douglas, The Great Escape

 

Lynne Douglas, The Great Escape, close up

 

Majestic Mt. Diable by Cyndy Rymer

 

Boundless Energy by Margaret Winter

 

Dancing in the Breeze by Margaret Winter

 

Dancing in the Breeze by Margaret Winter

 

Purple Haze by Cyndy Rymer

 

Rose Revisited by Vicki DeMeter

 

Rose Revisited, close up by Vicki DeMeter

 

Springtime in Vermont by Lynne Douglas

 

Thoughts of Japan, close up by Virginia Standley

 

Pretty awesome work, right? Stop in again on Wednesday and I will share the 2nd half of the quilts in this show.

Have a great week!