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Quilted Lizard Tales
Holiday 2014

books, patterns and workshops

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Welcome to the Holiday edition of Quilted Lizard Tales. Thank you for your interest in my work and signing up to receive my quarterly newsletters. I am so excited that my teaching trips introduce me to so many wonderful people like you. For those of you who have taken workshops with me this year, I want to thank you for your enthusiasm in trying something new…..whether you made an Accidental Landscape,  a wacky log cabin block with “teeth,” a wild waves fabric, a Random Rose block or a Happy Village, you all succeeded beautifully. Bravo!
What’s Up?
Happy Villages – Expanded and Updated Edition
The 2nd edition of Happy Villages rolled off the presses in Hooksett, NH in early Fall. It includes updates to the suggested fabrics, a numbered template for the step shapes, templates for trees, potted plants, boats, etc., behind-the-scenes photos showing the fabric collage design process and many new villages to inspire you. Here is “River Town” one of the new villages.

Book retail price: $22
Sun-printing on Fabrics
I took advantage of the hot Summer sun in August to do some sun-printing on fabrics. My choice of paints is Setacolor transparent paints by Pebeo. They are heliographic, which means they are great for sun prints, among many other techniques! They are also easy to use and clean up with soap and water….a real plus!
Here is my granddaughter, River (age 19 months) painting her first t-shirt with setacolor paints. We placed fern leaves and flowers to create sun prints on her shirt. Her three older brothers had fun painting their own t-shirts too.
Here are some sun-print fabrics that I made using cheesecloth and rubber skid mats (the finished product on left, and drying in the sun on right).

It’s very likely that those grid-like fabrics will show up in a Happy Village fabric collage soon.
 
“Rambling Roses” New Quilt
In the Summer newsletter you got a peek at this quilt. I was still trying to come up with a name for it and finally decided on “Rambling Roses.” It measures 42” x 60”. It is part of my “Finding Center” series of quilts using my Random Rose blocks. The challenge in this piece was to include “S” wavelengths into the design to create a yin yang type flowing pattern.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will get juried into the American Quiters Society show in Paducah, Kentucky. Notifications will be sent next March. I will keep you posted.

 
The close up shows the text fabric that I made. All of the words are from my daily collage journals, a.k.a. morning messages. It includes a run on paragraph of words and phrases, which are both inspirational and fun.
 
“Rhythm & Roses” (44” x 47”) wins award
Speaking of shows “Rhythm & Roses” won a 3rd place award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas this Fall. It will be included in a one year travel exhibition of Quilts, Inc. shows (Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland), so you may get a chance to see it in person when it comes to your part of the USA.
 
A Random Rose Vest and a PocketBOOK!

During the year, many of you inspire me with your suggestions and ideas. For example, “Have you made a jacket yet with your Random Roses?”…or how about a skirt with the Layered Waves?...or how about a jacket with Happy Villages? 

I love a good challenge and am happy to say that I just completed one of the ideas by using the Random Roses as a “faux lapel” on a vest. Here I am wearing it with Linda and Sandie during a Random Rose workshop with the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild in Moline, IL. I used the Random Rose blocks from my Layered Waves book and combined it with my vest design in my Wearable Waves book.

It just so happens that these two wonderful women create purses from recycled hard cover books. I just HAD to buy the gray one to match my new vest. Isn’t it perfect!? Now I am inspired to try recycling old books into purses. Yet another creative outlet to try!
2015 Calendar

Quilt Symposium Manawatu, Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND Jan 17-21 (1/17-18Let’s Make Waves! 2 day workshop, 1/19 Scrappy Layered Log Cabin, 1/20 Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views, 1/21 Kiwi Villages)

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA Feb. 26 – March 1 (2/26 Happy Villages, 2/26 eve Still Makin’Waves lecture, 2/27 Accidental Landscapes:Beaches, 2/28 Random Roses)

Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN April 9-11 (4/9: Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture, 4/10:Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views 4/11:Happy Villages)

Shining Tides Quilt Guild, Mattapoisett, MA April 27 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes AM lecture/ Happy Villages 3 hour workshop in afternoon)

*Crosstown Quilters, Weymouth, MA April 28 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes AM lecture)

*Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, Merrimac, MA April 29 – May 1 tentative dates for Workshops TBD

Canton Village Quilt Works/Jackie Kunkel’s workshop studio, Winsted, CT May 16 & 17 (Sat. 6 hr Happy Villages/Sun. AM 3hr Scrappy Layered Log Cabin/Sun PM 3hr Random Roses)

Vermont Quilt Festival, Burlington, VT June 25-28 (Random Roses, Happy Villages, Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views, Let’s Make Waves!)

Chattahoochie Evening Stars, Alpharetta, GA Aug 2-3 (oops! My Edges are Showing lecture and workshop /TBD – Happy Villages or Random Roses)

*Cumberland Valley Quilters Association, Franklin, TN Aug. 4-5 (oops! My Edges are Showing lecture and Happy Villages workshop)

The Nite Owl Quilters Guild, Upland, CA Sept. 24 & 26 (9/24 Happy Villages & Accidental Landsacapes lecture and 9/26 Happy Villages workshop)

Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show, Poughkeepsie, NY Oct. 10-11 (TBD two lectures and two workshops)
 
* NEW since Summer Newsletter
TBD = to be decided

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.

Happy New Year and I hope our creative paths cross (again) in 2015!
 
Karen
 
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