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
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Spring has finally sprung in New England. April is bringing it’s share of rainy days, which I LOVE for staying inside to quilt!

This year celebrates my 20thanniversary of experimenting with my layered topstitch piecing technique to create curves and angles. I am still having so much fun with the possibilities….from landscapes to log cabins to waves to wear! Here’s what I have been up to in the last few months.

"Turning Over a New Leaf" (2018)

The finishing touch is a wiggly binding, which makes it approximately  42” x 57”. Here are a few shots of the process of making the Layered Leaves, a close up of the “Twirls” with Kaffe Fasset millefiori centers and the full quilt.
New Skirt and Jacket 
Do you remember the fabric selection from the last newsletter? Of course you don’t, but in the next photos you will see what they look like as my new “Wild Women” jacket and skirt. (Wearable Waves book: pages 54 -59).

Most people are totally surprised that my Wearable Waves jackets are based on a sweatshirt. It’s an easy pattern piece, simple to take apart and put together again AND it’s a comfortable fit. Here’s the process.

HINT: First before you do anything, go to the local office supply store and get a spiral ring binding punched into  your book binding. It only costs a few dollars. This keeps the book open to the page you want and also preserves the binding of the book.
Cut open the sweatshirt and re-baste the shoulder and arm seams as instructed on page 13 in the Wearable Waves book.

Add large pieces of fabrics for to cover the sleeves, front and back.
Make a few “wavelengths” – topstitched curves and triangles.
Add these wavelengths to the larger pieces of fabric on top of the sweatshirt patten base. Once the sweatshirt is covered, pin baste the fabrics to the sweatshirt and turn over to trim. Ready to quilt. 
Quilt, re-stitch side seams, add binding to finish the edges
and have fun wearing your waves!
Directions for the skirt are on my YouTube channel under Sweet Summertime skirt.
Next Quilt... being quilted now

“Into the Light is a very large Layered Log cabin block (topstitched with gentle curves) with a gradation of warm and cool colors on the top and bottom and a contrasting gradation of black to gray to white on the sides.

I started quilting  on April 6…..each day I do 2-4 hours of intense quilting, so I’m up to 46 hours of quilting so far. I hope to finish next week, because the deadline for the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX is May 31. That’s still a month a way, but I will be teaching in Georgia, New Jersey AND be away on vacation for 2 weeks in May, so time is of the essence to finish soon!!

Here I am pinning the sections together and here’s a close up of the quilting. In the close up photo, you can see that I added little triangles to add movement and energy to the piece.

More to follow in the Summer newsletter. 
Teaching Calendars for 2018 - 2019

Once again there are many updates and NEW workshops for 2018 and 2019, 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 
 *NEW or updated since WINTER 2018 newsletter

Savannah Quilt Guild, Savannah, GA May 11/12 (Wiggles & Waves lecture{2018 updated version of “Still Makin’Waves} and Accidental Landscapes:Beaches workshop)

Hunterdon County Quilters Guild,  Readington, NJ May 18 (AM oops! My Edges are Showing lecture TBD, 11-4:00pm Happy Villages workshop)

Courthouse Quilters, Frenchtown, NJ May 20 (PM Accidental Landscape: Mountain Views/EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscapes lecture)

Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI June 7-8 (6/7EVE Happy Villages & Accidental Landscape lecture 6/8 AMAccidental Landscapes: Beaches workshop)

The BOLT Quilt Shop, Monroe, CT June 16 (Large Logs workshop)

Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT June 21-24 (all NEW WORKSHOPS…6/21 Wiggles & Collage workshop, 6/22 Color Twists & Leaves workshop, 6/23 No-Bake Cake workshop)

The Color Twists & Leaves workshop has a few spots still available. but the Wiggles & Collage and No-Bake workshops have LOTS of spaces. Please sign up and I promise we will have a great time making gentle topstitched wiggles and waves!
*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
*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)…possible workshop on March 16.
Sun City Texas Quilt Guild, Georgetown, TX April 11 (am workshop and pm lecture TBD)

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 4-5 INVITATIONAL 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)
All the best to you until our creative paths cross in the future!
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