A quarterly newsletter from Karen Eckmeier
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Quilted Lizard Tales
Books, Patterns and Workshops
Accidental Landscapes,
Wearable Waves, Wiggles & Waves
and Happy Villages
Welcome and thank you for signing up to receive my quarterly newsletter! 
I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love, which is creating fabric art and then sharing it with all of you in the form of workshops, videos, books and patterns.
It’s an awesome journey. 
Thank you for being a part of my adventure!
Fun with Fabric Strips
Tree Loom
Last year I set up a “Tree Loom” outside my studio window, between two trees. I used two branches from the woods as the top and bottom beams. It did surprisingly well through the harsh Winter, however the warp twine totally disintegrated and the weaving was looking pretty tired (see photos below).
This time I used a poly blend rope in bright colors to warp my tree loom. The weaving starts with leftover binding strips and 2” fabric strips from assorted projects. I re-used the pink ribbon with the polka dots from last year’s weaving. It was wrapped around a birthday plant, which celebrated a big year for me, so I was happy to use it again as an accent (see close-up photo in the beginning of the newsletter).
Next month our grandchildren from Pennsylvania will arrive and we will complete the weaving with more fabric strips, flowers, leaves, ferns, grasses, acorns, sticks, twigs, etc…. anything goes! More photos to follow in the next newsletter.

A new addition to my little Zen Garden is a laughing Buddha. Perfect!

FALL 2017 Newsletter link (with original tree loom and story):
Two Quilts Juried
into International Show
I am so excited! This past week I received the wonderful news that both of my new quilts: Turning Over a New Leaf (42” x 57”) and Into the Light (48” x 62”) have been juried into the International Quilt Festival: A World of Beauty 2018, Houston, TX November 8-11.
Into the Light is a large log cabin-style block study using my topstitched curves piecing technique.  The small triangles are machine appliqued with a blanket stitch. The logs are arranged in a format similar to the Courthouse Steps log cabin design and gradate from dark to light in both warm and cool colors, and also from black to white. 

On a deep level it represents the search for truth and reality. Searching for and staying in the light of the present moment. 

On a much lighter level…. I think it looks like a giant butterfly! The perfect representative for hope and life. That was a happy accident.
In the Spring 2018 newsletter you were able to see the process shots of both quilts. What I didn’t show you was the little lucky lizard that I hid in each quilt. Many of you know that I hide a little lizard for good luck in my larger competition quilts. It’s working so far!! Just getting juried into the Houston show is an honor, so the lizards have already done their duty! 

Below are close-ups of where the lizards are hiding in each quilt. See if you can find the exact location of each lizard in the actual quilts if you are in Houston. Otherwise I’ll show you in person when I visit your guild to teach a workshop.

Spring 2018 Newsletter link (with process photos of both quilts):
Look very closely to find the lucky lizards hidden in the quilts!

Maine & Nova Scotia
High on my list of places to see has been Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. So my husband I decided to make it happen this past May. We drove over 2500 miles from Kent, Connecticut to the tip of Cape Breton Island and back home, with stops along the rugged Maine coast. It was worth every mile in the car.

Here are a few highlights from the trip, which doesn’t include all of the delicious seafood we enjoyed. Yum!

I saw a sign on the lawn of a quilter’s residence in Maine that cracked me up!

Sure wish we had turned back to take the photo. What a combination of items for sale.

Here is my drawing of the sign.
Inspiration for Accidental Landscapes
Inspiration for Happy Villages
Colors and Lines
New Quilt in Progress
Working Title: “Color Twists Released”

Here is the beginning of my next challenge. I want to take Color Twists to a new level (Color Twists are topstitched curves from my new book Wiggles & Waves: Free-Form Curves).
Color Twists in Wiggles & Wavesbook link:

In the photo you can see that I have 6 Color Twists with black backgrounds made. The fabrics for 29 more Color Twists on black have been cut into squares and are ready to be cut into arcs, press the edges toward the back and topstitch. Next will come Color Twists on gray and then Color Twists on white.  

My master plan is to “unravel” the Color Twist blocks, so that by the time they reach the white area, only a few recognizable bits and pieces will be left of the original Twist block…..I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
Teaching Calendars for 2018 - 2019
In a few days I will be teaching at the Maine Quilts 2018 show in Augusta, Maine. I hope to see some of you there!

Here’s a link to what I’m teaching. The two Accidental Landscape classes are full and so is the Happy Villages class, however there is still room in the Quilted Waves Vest class (warning: a lot of prep work is needed for the vest workshop, so it won’t be easy to just sign up at the last minute).
There are a few updates to the 2019 calendar, which are indicated by the *

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  
Maine Quilts, Augusta, ME July 26-28 (7/26 AM/ Accidental Landscapes: Beaches, 7/26 afternoon/ Accidental Landscapes: Mountain Views, 7/27 Quilted Waves Vest, 7/28 Happy Villages)
Belknap Mill Quilters Guild, Gilford, NH Sept. 12-13 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture/ Happy Villages workshop)
Coastal Carolina Quilters, Surfside Beach, SC Sept. 17/18 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)
Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, Roswell, GA Oct. 4-5 (Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture and Happy Villages workshop)
Village Squares Quilters, Scarsdale, NY Nov. 13 (Lecture at noon TBD)
Quilted Ewe (store),  New Hartford, CT Nov. 17 (Happy Villages workshop)

2019 Calendar
*NEW or updated since SPRING 2018 newsletter
Warwick Valley Quilters Guild, Warwick, NY Jan. 15 (Color Twists & Leaves workshop)
Cypress Creek Quilters Guild,  Tampa FL Feb. 11-12 (lecture and workshop TBD)
Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show 2019,OH March 6 – 10 (workshops/lecture TBD)
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 May 4-5INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT OF 10 QUILTS
Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA May 20-21 (lecture and workshop TBD)
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)
A Hiking Footnote (pun intended)
Here is a cairn that is very different from those found on most hiking trails.

It is a Bates Cairn found on Acadia Trails. Unlike the usual balanced stack of rocks, two rocks are placed to leave a space, which is positioned to point toward the trail.  Another rock is placed on top of the two to create a bridge. The final rock on top is also positioned to point the way.
this isn't really the end of the trail
....just time to start another adventure on a new trail. 

Happy Trails until we meet again!

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