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Quilted Lizard Tales
FALL 2018

and Workshops
Thank you for joining me and allowing me to share my quilts
and fabric techniques with you!

This issue you will give you a behind the scenes look at my newest quilt “Swept Away,” a link to a new YouTube video entitled “Accidental Landscapes Magic,” some exciting quilt updates and my national teaching calendar for 2019
Our Fall sunset view in Connecticut with the oaks still hanging on to their leaves. After the high winds over the last couple of days, most are on the ground now!
New YouTube
Accidental Landscapes Magic

If you have taken a workshop with me or made an Accidental Landscape on your own, using either the book or the pattern series, you already understand the basic concept of an Accidental Landscape. Fabric strips are free-form cut with the rotary cutter and arranged serendipitously to create a landscape. There are hundreds of variations in which the layers can be placed to accidentally create a scene.

In the video I show you the magic of how changing a few strips can transform a beach scene into a mountainscape…and a few other surprise destinations!

Here is a link for you to do some traveling without leaving the comfort of your home.
International Quilt Festival: A World of Beauty 2018, Houston, TX November 8-11

Turning Over a New Leaf (42” x 57”) won a 2nd Place ribbon (left)

Into the Light (48” x 62”) won a 3rd Place ribbon (right)

Both were juried into the Pieced/Small category. I am so excited and honored! It's a nice way to celebrate 20 years of playing with my topstitch piecing technique. More to come, I promise!

Directions on how to make the twirl blocks and the leaf blocks featured in the "Turning Over a New Leaf" quilt are in my Wiggles & Waves book.

Rowen’s Star Wars Quilt

I had such fun collecting Star Wars fabrics for my grandson’s birthday quilt.

I used my Large Layered Logs blocks (layered topstitch piecing from “Wiggles & Waves” book) and featured one of the theme fabrics in the center and the other theme fabrics in the layered logs.

Although not intended, I was very pleased that if I used my imagination each block looked like the “Tie Fighter” jets in the movie!

Notice that Rowen is wearing both a Star Wars t-shirt and a shirt that match his lap quilt (thanks to my daughter’s excellent planning that day!). 

“Swept Away” (working title was “Color Twists Released”) 
45” x 67” Finished Sept. 29, 2018

In the Summer Newsletter you saw the first 6 Color Twist blocks. My challenge was to gradate the Color Twists from black to gray to white backgrounds.

In addition I wanted the blocks to gradually lose some of their basic structural elements and begin to disappear…in other words to get swept away. I certainly got swept away with every aspect of this quilt!

NOTE: Color Twist blocks are topstitch pieced. Directions to make the blocks are in my Wiggles & Waves book
Here are the twists and turns of the design process:

The Color Twists on black are finished and the Color Twists on gray are added.

Next come the Color Twists on white.
At this point, the top row seemed to end too abruptly (see photo above), so I added a “swoop” to continue the curve upwards and over.

I also added a row of “ghost” blocks (plain fabric blocks, to be outline quilted like a Color Twist block). 

In addition, I was not happy with the straight lines where the gray blocks met the black blocks (refer to above photo again), so I added curved edges to soften the curves (left side and bottom right).

Borders were added and here I am basting in the “Bastement” (an ordinary basement becomes a “Baste-ment” when you use it for that!).

Next came a solid month of quilting!

P.S. for my non-quilting friends/readers, BASTING is the process of thread stitching the quilt top, batting and back fabric to prepare it for quilting.
When the quilting was almost finished I was not happy about the top row of ghost blocks. The blocks simply disappeared too abruptly and the other blocks had not fragmented into smaller pieces as much as I had hoped they would.

It was too late to go back to the drawing board, so I  decided to experiment with painting certain sections of the block (not on the actual quilt of course, but on samples). After some trial and error with fabric paints and pencils I realized that the color either bled past the quilting lines or it rubbed off. Not good! I was not very happy with myself at this point!!!!!!!!!
I decided that thread painting would be the safest bet and it worked nicely.
Thank goodness! Here are the “ghost” blocks before and after the thread painting.
"Swept Away" in full size: 45" x 67" 

The close-up shows the wonderful surface texture created by the topstitched blocks and quilting.
I almost forgot to show you where I hid my “lucky lizard” in this quilt.
Here’s the hint, he is in one of the purple/gray blocks….camouflaged in the lower right arc.
Circle of Friends 
Here is a wonderful interpretation of my “Colorific Quilters” pattern from my Circle of Friends series of fusible flora, fauna and critters. 

This pattern is a kaleidoscope of fusible friends and fashion. Sandra Norman’s version is a tribute to Girl Scouts. Super in every way. Thank you for the inspiration Sandra!
The Colorific Quilters pattern features your quilting friends, but with a little change here and there it could be a knitting group, book club, hiking group, etc… Use your imagination like Sandra did and make a tribute to your favorite group of friends or family.
Here is a link to my website page, which has all of the Circle of Friends patterns about half way down the page.
Teaching Calendars 2018/2019
This past Summer I taught workshops at the Maine Quilts Show in Augusta Maine. One of the workshops was the Quilted Waves Vest. Here are my happy and very amazing students modeling their “in-process” vests. Looking mighty fine!

Directions are in the Wearable Waves book. All jackets and vests are based on a lightweight sweatshirt, which is also the pattern. The fun begins when we create the topstitched curves, triangles and angles! 
I hope that one of the workshop dates and venues will work in your schedule so we can meet again or meet for the very first time.

If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please contact the guild or organization to get prices and registration information. If you need help contacting one of the venues, just let me know and I would be happy to give you the name of my contact person.
2018 Calendar  (what’s left of the year)
Village Squares Quilters, Scarsdale, NY Nov. 13 (Wiggles & Waves Lecture at noon)

Quilted Ewe (store),  New Hartford, CT Nov. 17 (Happy Villages workshop)

2019 Calendar  
*NEW or updated since SUMMER 2018 newsletter

*Apple Valley Quilters, Southington, CT Jan 9, 2019 (eve. lecture “Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages)

Warwick Valley Quilters Guild, Warwick, NY Jan. 15 (Color Twists & Leaves workshop)

*Coastal Carolina Quilters, Surfside Beach, SC Jan. 21-22 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop) RESCHEDULED from SEPT. 2018

Cypress Creek Quilters Guild,  Tampa FL Feb. 11-12 (lecture and workshop TBD)

*Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show 2019,OH March 6 – 10 

                 I’m the featured national teacher for this event. 
5 workshops and 1 lecture: Accidental Landscapes:Beaches, Large Logs, Color Twists & Leaves, Quilted Waves Vest, Happy Villages / Wiggles & Waves lecture) 

Registration begins November 15.
Quilters of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, NY March 15 (lecture TBD) 
Byrne’s Sewing Connection (store), New Britain, PA April 2-3 Tues. EVE “Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages Demo/Presentation, Wed. AM “Accidental Landscapes & Happy Villages Demo/Presentation”, Wed. Afternoon: 3 hour Accidental Landscape workshop (TBD).

Sun City Texas Quilt Guild, Georgetown, TX April 10 -11 (4/10 6 hour  Happy Villages workshop, 4/11:am, Large Logs 3 hour workshop and 1:00pm Wiggles & Waves lecture)

Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild,TX April 12-13 (4/12 6 hour workshopTBD, 4/13 AMlecture and 3 hour workshop TBD)

Material Girls Quilt Guild, Miamisburg, OH May 2-3 (lecture and workshop TBD)
Northern Star Quilters’ Guild 40thAnniversary Show,Danbury, CT

*Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA May 20-21 (Wiggles & Waves lecture and Color Twists and Leaves workshop)

Quilter’s Unlimited Show, Chantilly, VA May 31-June 2 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Accidental Landscapes:Mountain Views workshop and Quilted Waves Vest workshop)

Colonial Quilters Guild of Bethlehem, PA June 11-12 (6/11 EVE: oops! My Edges are Showing and  6/12 Happy Villages workshop)

Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild, MD October 8-9 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)

Apple Valley Needle Threaders,Berryville, VA Oct. 10 (lecture and workshop TBD)

Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Lewes, DE November 4-5 (lecture and workshop TBD)
Happy Holidays! 

All the best until our creative paths cross again!

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