Creating Celtic Knots and Endless Weaves

 

Over and under, round and round. Don’t let the lines touch.

I used to doodle little spirals on the sides of my notes in school. Once I even filled an entire page with the little loops and twists that weren’t allowed to touch. It became a challenge to create a design with as many loops and twists as I could.

It’s no wonder that I was fascinated with the artwork of M. Escher and Celtic knots. Escher’s tessellated images shifting from one image into another or the misdirection of his three-dimensional images were wonderful to stare at.  Celtic knots in their own way wove endless paths.

When I started quilting thirty some years ago, I loved the appearance of a well-done attic window quilt and did several for my children, with fish or dinosaurs behind the “windows”. When I learned how to machine quilt with my mom’s Singer Featherweight, I naturally shifted to stipple quilting, or “doodling” as I call it. Adding the quilted design over a quilted top became another passion for me.

Then, two years ago, I joined with Julia Deal of SEW Artistic to start creating and testing patterns.  We each wrote patterns and tested each other’s. That’s when I got the idea to try a Celtic knot quilt. I wanted to emulate the three-dimensional appearance of the drawings I so admired, and searched for a way to add the shadows and depth to create that richness.  The only Celtic knots I’d found created the over-under effect using appliqué, binding tape, or using multiple colors for the weaves.

Paper-piecing provided the complexity and the simplicity that I was looking for. I have been able to show more depth with the introduction of shadow fabrics.  MAM-130 Celtic Weave Quilt pattern is the first of my paper-pieced Celtic weave quilts.

You can check out the quilt pattern here.

There are more Celtic blocks in the works that will be interchangeable with the ones in my Celtic Weave. I’ve also been experimenting with creating a more realistic three-dimensional appearance. Like the Celtic knots, my passion for Celtic knots is endless.

 

By Mary Ann Sprague

 

You can see our full selection of MAM patterns here.

 

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Boo!!!

Trick or Treat…. Smell my Feet…. Give me something good to eat…..

When I was a kid, we used to chant this as we went from house to house. I remember us all
running around the neighborhood in our costumes. One year I was a robot… I made my costume out of a refrigerator box wrapped in tin foil. I had a small slit cut to see out of and a ‘deposit candy here’ opening with a pillowcase hooked to the inside of the box to catch the candy. This was one of those costumes that in theory was awesome, but the practicality of it…. not so brilliant. I could barely navigate front steps. It was hilarious! I thought it looked like a robot, but I’m sure I just looked like a huge box wrapped in tin foil hobbling down the street. It turned out to be unseasonably warm that year… so I baked inside of my toasty box… I could have been a microwave!

Halloween last year, my sweetie and I.
We are supposed to be Ragnar and Lagertha, but
I’m afraid we look more like Hagar the Horrible and Helga…lol…

Bat Mats

So let’s get to some spooky fun! I can’t wait to show you some of the fun projects I have for
you! I made a bunch of Bat Mats… they are so stinkin cute and are a great way to use up leftover scraps of Halloween fabric.

Wrap a Bat Mat around a bottle of wine for an adorable hostess gift…

Stuff a Bat Mat in a mug with candy for your friends!

Make a bunch of Bat Mats and sew them onto some orange and white bakers twine for a batty garland to welcome the little zombies that visit this Halloween.

Jack-O-Lantern

I love that fall is right around the corner. I am looking forward to the cooler days and the sound of the leaves crunching under foot. I am already thinking about Halloween and have been having fun doodling… I came up with this mischievous Jack-O-Lantern that’s sure to make your trick or treaters giggle. I’ve put the design on a tea towel from Dunroven but this design would be wonderful on a 10-minute table runner, apron or made into a mini quilt.  I pulled some festive fabric from my fabric stash, this is a great project to use up some bits and pieces you may have in your sewing room.  Let’s get stitching! You will need a copy of the pattern… Jack-O-Lantern can be found on the QuiltWoman.com website… Fabrics in the following colors, orange, orange print, black, black print and gold. I used Heat-n-bond lite, and Lana Wool in black from Aurifil. For cutting my pieces out, my applique scissors from Olfa work wonderfully.

I’ve traced all my applique shapes onto the paper side of the heat n bond. grouping together pieces that will be cut out of the same color.

I have all my pieces cut out and ready to iron onto my tea towel.

Using the pattern placement sheet as a guide, place your pieces onto your towel. Remember to peel off the paper on the back.

Then using a buttonhole stitch on your machine, stitch along the edges.

To add a little extra detail, I ‘drew’ my star like I would as a kid. Sewing from point to opposite point.

Instead of using my regular thread, I used Lana Wool from Aurifil. This thread is a bit thicker and requires a bigger stitch size. I adjusted my machine stitches accordingly using a 3.5 width and 3. length. Play around on some scrap fabric and see what you prefer to use with your machine.

~ Jack-O-Lantern ~

Hope that you like Jack, I think he’s adorable! Now I’m off to find some pumpkin spice coffee and do a little sewing. I hope you have a great day and find some time to do some sewing. Both of these patterns can be found on my website.

Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Belvedere

Click here to purchase the Going Batty Mug Mat pattern

Click here to purchase the Jack-O-Lantern pattern.

Click here to see the full selection of Quilt Doodle Designs patterns.

 

 

 

 

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Jeanne’s Bags

I’m Jeanne Nivard of Jeanne’s Bags and have been a quilter for 20 years.  After making quilts for my HUGE extended family, I needed to come up with new gift ideas.  Quilted purses were getting very popular so I tried my hand designing my own bags.  My family and friends loved them!  I am in love with fabric and still enjoy making my free-motion quilted purses.  The finished products are available online on my Etsy and Amazon-Handmade shops  A few local shops carry my purses and I still enjoy participating in local craft shows around the Holidays.

Purses are a very individual thing. We all love certain colors or design. That’s why patterns are so handy. I started putting some of my designs to pattern a few years ago. You can choose the fabric you like in the purse style you like. The same style purse can have such a change in mood just by changing the fabric. Best of all, no one else will have your exact purse since you pick out your fabric design. I see purses not only as a functional thing, but as a piece of art – functional art! See Jeanne’s Bags patterns here.

 


JULIA – Cross-body satchel. Zips closed, front zip pocket. Pockets inside.

VERONICA – Shoulder bag with pockets inside and outside. Grommets hold the handles.

DIANA – Small shoulder bag that closes with a magnetic snap on the diagonal flap. Pockets inside.

 

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Introducing BuzzSaw Shaw Woodworking

Owned and operated by Kenneth J Shaw of Holley, NY specializing in unique wood items. You may be familiar with his picnic table that becomes a bench, if not check it out online here.

   

Kenneth also creates truly beautiful cutting boards, planters, and wine serving racks in addition to furniture! With years of experience, it’s safe to say Kenneth has really perfected his craft!

   

 

If you missed him at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check out more of his work online at www.facebook.com/kenneth.j.shaw1 or on Instagram at #Buzzsawshaw. You can also email him at k1shaw@live.com or call (585)451-4845 with questions, comments, or to place an order.

All of his products are sure to be loved and will last for a very long time! They make fabulous gifts!

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JC Tees

Introducing…     Chris and Julie Brooks of Holley, NY have some great ideas for you! A family owned and operated business specializing in creating custom screen printed apparel, etched glassware, and personalized gifts.

They have you covered!

Do you own a business? They’ll use your logo to create promotional items! Do you have parents to celebrate on Mother’s and Father’s days, or birthdays? They’ll personalize a gift Mom and Dad are sure to love! Got kids involved in sports teams? They also do team uniforms, as well as fan gear for supporters in the stands! Got weddings to attend? Their etched glassware is an elegant gift for newlyweds! Holidays, reunions, backyard get togethers… you name the event, they’ve got you covered!

If you didn’t catch them at Holley’s June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jctees.wny to view more pics. You can also email them with your questions or for more info at jctees.info@gmail.com or just give them a call at (585)208-1429!

  

 

   

 

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The Quilters Calendar

Go From Local Teacher to National Teacher in Three Easy Steps!

With shrinking guild memberships (and budgets), the expense of hiring a big name national teachers, along with airfare, baggage fees and hotels, is something guilds are cutting back on. They are looking for local and up-and-coming teachers, and they are seeking ways of sharing expenses with other guilds – cooperating together to bring a teacher to both guilds.

So, you’ve designed some patterns, maybe even had a book published. You’ve taught at your Local Quilt Shops, done a few classes for local guilds, created your Teaching Brochure. You might have a website (or not) but you’re not getting attention from guilds across the nation. You want to expand your range of teaching gigs and you’re stuck… . How do you get the guilds’ attention to get those gigs?

There is an easy way and guess what—it’s free. Big name teachers are using it and so are up-and-coming teachers. Hundreds of guild members use this site to search through the profiles of over 150 teachers. They are able to search by state and by the teacher’s specialty. They can read the teacher’s profile–right on the site–and contact the teacher on the same page. Best of all, it works! Guilds send inquiries daily to teachers, and teachers like Maggie Ball, Cheryl Sleboda, Ann Shaw, and many, many more, have been contacted and booked to teach.

It’s not just Teacher profiles that guilds are looking at, either. There’s an online calendar with teaching engagements across the country, for 2018, 2019, 2020. Guilds can look at their state (or a nearby state) for any month to see who’s already booked to teach near them. They “piggy back” that booking, which saves money for both guilds (they split the travel expenses) and it gives the teacher double the earning power for one trip. It’s truly a win-win.

 

Are you excited? Want to be listed there? Submit your profile, sign up for the newsletter (to be informed when new features are added), and input any guild teaching engagements you have coming up so that other guilds can piggy-back that booking. It’s that easy! This is the number one way to have guilds find you.

Consider upgrading to a Premium Profile—it will show a photo of your best quilt; include your downloable brochure for the guild to click on; and other upgrades that make YOU stand out. Head on over to The Quilters’ Calendar today to get your profile in front of the guilds who are searching for teachers nationwide!

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Bio/Credit – Marguerita McManus is co-author of the best selling book Crazy Shortcut Quilts. She teaches nationally and presents video marketing and self publishing seminars at crafting trade shows. She lives in Alaska in the summer and her RV, roaming the states, in the winters. Contact her at MMQuilts@gmail.com www.margueritamcmanus.com

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Introducing Wine Bottle Wind Chimes and Lamps

Tracee and Bill David of Kendall, NY are the artists behind these beautiful treasures. Each piece is original and hand crafted with care. They keep many different designs and styles available in stock, samples shown below, but they also accept special custom orders.

Great gift for you or someone you love!

These items make great gifts, but hey make even better additions to your own home – have them customize something to match your décor! They’ll incorporate your favorite flower, animal, sports team, food/beverage, a monument, a person, or even a brand! They use liquor bottles also, and occasionally they do something different, like “flat work” on an old hand saw – what have you got laying around that they could turn into a work of art? The possibilities are truly endless!

If you missed them at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winebottlewindchime or contact them via email whoots1@aol.com or phone (585)331-2232 with questions, comments, or inquiries.

 

     

 

 

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Sweet Treats

Spotlight on local business, featuring  

Located in Brockport, NY, Liz Hamilton has channeled her passions into her licensed in-home bakery. A love that started in childhood led her to The Culinary Institute of America after high school, where she studied Baking and Pastry Arts. She continued to bake for friends and family while working in a restaurant kitchen and Wegmans Patisserie in three different states!

Liz took a little time off to start a family, but decided she wasn’t done baking – she even named her business in tribute to her daughter, Mackenzie (Kennie), who shares a love of sweets and baking.

Although KennieCakes & Confections is a “custom order” in-home bakery, meaning she is not a “walk-in” retail establishment, she offers lots of delicious goodies to choose from, none of which sit on shelves because it’s all baked fresh to order! Whether you want cookies, cupcakes or specialty cakes for birthdays, showers or weddings, she can do it! She’ll even provide Decorate-Your-Own Cake & Cookie Kits so you can invite friends and family to join in the fun.

  

Artfully crafted, each piece is beautiful…and did we mention delicious?! Check them out online at kenniecakesandconfections.com to place an order, and show your support for local business – two reasons to feel oh, so good!

                 

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New designer Sheri Rector

Introducing one of our new designers, Sheri Rector, of Rainbow Moon Treasures

Sheri has designed an extensive line of patterns, all with a unique style and flare. She has been quilting since she was a teen, despite being disabled since age 17 in a high dive accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury, fibromyalgia, back pain, etc. However, over the years her brain rewired itself to compensate for the damage. She now creates artwork in various forms with ease and finds complex geometric figures easier to remember than a paragraph telling a story!

Designing Patterns

Now in her 40’s, Sheri has finally found something she loves and is good at – creating designs and patterns. All of her patterns include many size variations from very small through King sized, with easy to follow instructions and easy to sew patterns, using single size squares only and no curves or diagonals. With so much versatility and variety to choose from, you’re sure to find something of hers you like.

  

Visit us at QuiltWoman.com to browse the full collection of Rainbow Moon Treasures patterns.

 

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Have you found a Quilted Heart yet?

No matter the answer, you should keep on the lookout. Why? Because it’s the newest way to brighten someone’s day.

You may be more familiar with the painted rock project, the concept is similar. Both involve stashing a little trinket, whether it is a painted rock or a quilted heart. The rocks are designed to be photographed and hidden in a new location for someone else to find. The hearts are meant to be kept and cherished.

Each heart has a tag on it reading, “I need a home.” And each one was hand crafted by someone in order to bless others with a simple act of kindness.

   

Sewing and Sowing

Participation is encouraged, whether through making hearts and hiding them, or by posting images of found hearts. Check out www.ifoundaquiltedheart.com to learn more, including the origin of the project as well as photographs of hearts that have been reported.

Happy Hearting!

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