Event, Featured

Pam at Amherst Quilt Guild Show 2018

Pam’s Demo Schedule for Amherst Quilt Guild 2018

Finishing on a Frame

Friday, April 20, 2018  1:30 – 1:45

I will be showing you my technique of taking a quilt and attaching it to a stretched canvas to hang on the wall.

Quilting from a Photo

Saturday, April 21, 2018  11:30 – 1:30 and 2:30 – 3

I will be showing you my process of developing a pattern from a photo all the way to just before framing.

 

At the Amherst Quilt Guild Show from Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22.

Which will be at the Buffalo Heritage Village

3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY  14228

Come and see the beautiful quilts and see some demos!!

 

memory quilt

Not Just for T-Shirt Quilt – Part 2

Last week I finished the front of the Hankie/Memory Quilt that I have been working on.  IMG_5463

My goal is to finish this by April 1.  Today I prepared the remainder of the hankies (13) for the back, designed the back, and was able to put the center part together today.

Tomorrow I have a 16″ border to put on that will have other hankies on it as well.  The final quilt is going to be around 100″x 100″.

I didn’t realize how big that is!  It’s huge!!!  When it is complete, I will have to be creative in how I lay it out for photos.  I really don’t have enough room in my house to lay it flat.  Yikes!!  I don’t have to worry about that until next week!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Thank you for reading this blog and visiting my corner of the internet!!

Pam

art quilt, Event

Spring Craft Show!!!

Wow!  Can’t believe this weekend is the Sweet Home High School Craft Show!!  I’m so excited to see everyone!

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The photos above are showing some of the new items that will be on display at the show.

 I’ll have some small pin cushions that I hand painted and stuffed with crushed walnut shells and wool.  I started with extremely thinned paint for the background colors.  I love the way the colors bled into each other.  Then painted the tree on top.  Today is the day to complete the tree cards.  I still have to add batting, quilt them, and sew them onto a card!  OMG!  I can’t wait to see how they look!!

The show is this Saturday, March 17 from 9-4 at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York.

Mention this blog and I will give you a small thank you gift for reading my blogs and supporting me!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Have a great day!

Pam

 

 

Skills and Techniques

How Long Does It Take?

Just a fun little story to start today:  My cousin (who did not know how to sew at the time) came to me in November to make quilts for her immediate family for Christmas.  I asked her how many quilts are you thinking of doing?  She said, “About 10 twin size quilts.”  This with us spending only about 2 hours per week on them.

When I’m talking about my quilts, one of the first questions that is asked is:  “How long does it take for you to make a quilt?”

To help you all be a part of my world for a bit, I would like to share with you the time it takes to make a quilt and my thought process for how I come to the price I charge.

There are certain factors I consider when pricing a quilt:  cost of materials and labor.   I don’t want to dwell on labor charge with this line of work, however, keep in mind this does fall under the skilled labor work category for me.  I do this for my job and not a hobby.

The size will vary the time I take on each piece, so that is why I am giving you the specifics of what I am working on to give you a good idea.

This quilt that I am showing you is all t-shirts (Top and Back) and it is 88″ x 88″.  The only added materials I added in this quilt was batting and thread.  I am still working on it so there is no finished product photo today.  I’ll add one when it is done.

 

The first step is preparing the t-shirts which takes about 4 hours.  In that time, I have to rough cut the shirt, iron stabilizer on the back, then cut to size, and plan the layout of the t-shirts and the design of the quilt.

Next is sewing everything together and pressing.  Not hard…..all straight lines.  It’s amazing how long it really takes….another 5 hours.  Now I have a front and a back of a quilt totally sewn.  I don’t do this all in one day.  It is vary tough on my 52yr old body.  I do it in steps over about a 1-2 week period at the shortest amount of time.

 

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Now, is putting it all together.  The technical term is “sandwiching”.  This is when the top quilt and the back quilt are sandwiching the batting and pin basted together (the little colored dashes in the photo above).  This took me about 1 hour.

The final step is quilting.  This is the stitching that goes through the quilt sandwich to hold it together.  On this size quilt, it takes me approximately 5 hours.

So on an 88″ x 88″ quilt (about a twin size quilt):

Total hours worked:    15 hours.

Adding the skilled labor/hour rate (not as much as a mechanic or general contractor), and material cost.  That is how I come up with my final price.

I hope this helps enlighten you to the time that is involved in this type of work.

Thank you for reading my blog today and visiting my corner of the internet!

Have an amazing day!

Peace – Pam

Skills and Techniques

All About That Thread!

bottom-line-quilted-feathers  Sharing my knowledge of threads with you. Click on this link to read: All about that Thread 

I found Superior Threads to have a vast amount of articles to educate the public on threads, needles, tension, etc.  Here’s their link: Superior Threads Website

They also had on their site a chart of what threads to use for what project and here’s that link: thread-selection-guide

Hope you learned a lot!  I learned that I have more to learn about threads!!!

Thank you for reading my blog and for visiting my corner of the internet!

Pam

 

art quilt

Best Fabric Painting Yet!!

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Finished painting this portrait quilt!  I wanted to share it with all of you, because it is the best I have done to this date!!  I’ve added photos to show the process of the painting.

All of the fabric pieces were cut, glued, and sewn down before I started painting.  Details were painted on each piece.  Every time I do a piece, I learn more and more.  This time around, I learned more about values.

Actually, this trick was mentioned in Quilting Arts TV just this week (I don’t know the episode number).  They said to use the camera on your phone, bring it to black and white to find the values.

So, I printed the actual photo I was painting from in black and white, and used the camera on my phone to take photos (in black and white) of each step to get the values correct!  It helped so much!!!

There was another very important lesson that I learned.  After painting with acrylic paints, make sure you want to quilt in that spot.  When a quilt stitch is ripped out, the hole from the needle and thread will remain in the painted fabric.  I’m still working on closing up the holes by painstakingly using a pin to move the threads around the hole to close up each one.  Then steam from my iron to help keep it there and take out any wrinkles I have caused.

Instead, I have learned that a little quilting on these types of quilts goes a long way.  The “free motion” quilting enhances visual movement while prevents physical movement of the fabric.  What I really want to stand out is my painting on the fabric.  The free motion is there to enhance the painting.

It’s a long hard lesson!!!  You can bet I won’t do that again!!!

Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinion (or suggestions to correct this issue)!

Have a wonderful Day!!

Pam

 

art quilt

CUSTOM BABY PORTRAIT

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I am absolutely in love with doing portrait quilts!  Tracing from a photo to find all of the hues, shades, and shapes.  Then choosing the fabric that will block the colors for the piece.  Finally painting as a fine art painter would do to show shadows, dimension and details.

At this point, I have just finished painting the shirt and wanted to share with you my process of this piece so far.  I will share the rest of it soon.

The final piece will be on display at the Sweet Home Craft Show in March and in the Amherst Quilt Guild Quilt Show in April.  You can see it in person there!!

Thank you for reading this blog in my corner of the internet!!

Peace – Pam