Patterns!

When I was teaching at our local Adult Education program, I spent many hours making quilts, and then constructing patterns and writing instructions for my students. Several years into it, I realized  I could take these same instructions and publish them as patterns.

Please contact me at KristinOQuilts@gmail.com to purchase and for information about these patterns.

I love “liberated” techniques and find they are easy, fun and rewarding methods to make eye-catching quilts. The results often look more complicated than they are. The non-conformist approach to cutting frees my spirit and the process of constructing a quilt becomes more fun than almost any other quilt-related activity. We all need  more fun in our lives!

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The Four-Patch Bliss uses two contrasting fabrics and makes a 50″ x 50″ quilt.                  The Nine-Patch Hash quilt uses nine fabrics of various values for the blocks with contrasting borders. It is approximately 50″ x 50″.                                                                                                                                    The Garden Maze uses four coordinating fabrics, a background floral and finishes at approximately 60″ x 72″.

Each pattern uses “liberated” techniques, gives full yardage and step-by-step instructions. $10

An interest in my life are the books I read to my daughter when she was little. Since I now have grandnieces and a grandnephew in the family, I started a series of quilts based on well-loved children’s books. “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobokina and “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister are two classics that every child should know, enjoy and come to love. I hope to have more coming up in the series.

Here are the two patterns for Monkey Business, inspired by “Caps for Sale” and Fish Scales, based on “Rainbow Fish.” Each book and pattern are available as a set for $20, or you may buy the pattern separately for $10.

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Please contact me at KristinOQuilts@gmail.com to purchase and for information about these patterns.

 

 

Show UP!

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It’s a thrill –

These  small pieces are 7″ x 7″ – ‘ripple’, ‘meadow’, ‘mingle’ and ‘impression.’

 

Seeing my work on the walls of the Faulkner Gallery West at the Santa Barbara Central Library is quite exciting! When work is shown in a gallery setting it always looks better. I’m very proud of the work I have in this show; it represents several years of work. Even though the whole is quite varied, I’m hoping that viewers can see the connections between the individual pieces and the transitions hold the show together from the abstract to the representational pieces.

Work of various sizes, ‘Circa’, ‘Found Poetry,’ ‘Scratch’, ‘Tangent’,  ‘Tokyo Train Ride’, ‘Veritable’, ‘Spot On!’, and ‘Logo’

 

‘Coast’ on the left, ;Mountain’ on the right.

More work. I was very worried about not having enough work for the show – it’s a big room, 30′ long! But, I actually had to remove a piece and leave it out.

These are ‘Square Peg. Round Hole.’ ‘scrap and selvedge’,  ‘New Growth’ and ‘Moon River.’

 

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Top is ‘Noon’, ‘Sunset’ below.
‘Tattoo’ and details, ‘Hermes’ and ‘Kali.’

 

I started these pieces several years ago, mounted each on a white background. I’m so glad I decided to change the fabric and put them on a colored ground. Looks better!

These pieces are all 15″ x 12″ outer dimensions, ‘Jazz City’, ‘Pinnacle’, ‘Nucleus’, ‘Curve Ball’,  and ‘Six.’

 

 

Hanging Team

Hanging the exhibition – team is Mary R, Gloria, Mary I, Mike & Don.

With a lot of help from my friends –

Even though I prefer to work alone, I always feel the warmth of people who support and help me in many ways. Thanks to all the loving, helpful people who gave me encouragement and support me and the preparation for my solo exhibition.

Moving into the Future

Getting Ready

This has been a time of great movement, discovering new techniques, themes, ways of creating – and new discoveries about myself. I was juried into the solo galleries at the Santa Barbara Central Library; my show was set for April 2016.

And…here it is! Time to show up!

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Circa

As they say, ‘Be careful what you wish for!’ I applied several times to the jury for a solo show, and was accepted sometime back in 2014, with my exhibition scheduled for February 2016. And…life gets in the way. Total knee replacement in October forced me to trade with another presenter. I rescheduled for April 2016. Even with what I felt was continuous work towards my goal, this has been a lot of work mounting my first solo exhibition.

 

Whirlwind Weeks

Does it seem like time is moving faster than ever before? I suppose it is because my life is so very full — and rewarding! Time to get back in here and post what has been happening lately.

We had a wonderful Harvest of Colors, Quilt Show, at the Earl Warren Show Grounds, in Santa Barbara. I did quite well as a merchant, for my first time out. I had positive feedback on my quilts, patterns and kits. The most popular was my ‘Made in Santa Barbara’ cd pattern. It won a ‘Judges Choice’ ribbon in 2008 and now I have a pattern to share with others. Here’s photos to illustrate.

Kristin O Quilts booth at ‘Harvest of Colors.’

Another shot of our booth at Harvest of Colors Quilt Show. Jibberish Designs on the right wall, mine on the left and Roxanne’s table up front.

Fibervision, our art quilt group, mounted an exhibition at the Quilt Show, too. I had a gallery piece up, ‘Moon Over the Mountain Cabin’ and several smaller pieces and items in the attached boutique. We had great response from viewers and I understand the boutique sales also went well.

Here’s some of the handcrafted boutique items on display at our Fibervision exhibit at the Quilt Show. I have five items in this photo, the colorful pieces on the easels.

Fibervision boutique close-up.

I also won a First Place ribbon for my show entry, ‘Square Peg. Round Hole!’ I had entered it in the ‘Innovative’ category, but apparently, there were not enough quilts in that group, so it was moved to the ‘Small Traditional’ category, since it was based on a log cabin construction.

HereI am with my winning quilt. I posted another copy of this quilt in my first blog entry, ‘Countdown!’

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the Coastal Quilters Harvest of Colors Show a success. Also, thanks to all the other participants and exhibitors for the high quality of work shown. It’s a great group to be seen among.

Immediately after the show, my husband and I left for a week to Portland to visit our daughter and other family. We had the best weather and the best vacation. On our return within the next three days – I hosted my satellite group, hosted a house concert/potluck for The Syncopaths; a bluegrass band; and on Saturday night, heard Jake Shimabukuro at the LIbbey Bowl in Ojai – thus the whirlwind!

I’m working on new ideas in my current Collage Class at Adult Ed – pictures soon!

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Everything is up and looks great! It’s a huge effort to put on this quilt show – many small and big jobs taken by many dedicated people. Good work in the quilts, the display, the organization, the administration. I’ll take pictures tomorrow and post them of how things look.

My booth partner, Irellle Beattie of Jibberish Designs, has fresh innovative patterns and her stuff looks great. It was a pleasure to work with her today. She’s had some show experience and an idea of what our booth should look like, plus the hooks, hangers, clips, zip ties etc that we needed.

Huh? So it turns out I’ve been posting ‘pages’ thinking they were ‘posts.’ Now everything is out of order! It should be Countdown, Eleven, Nine, Six, It’s About Time, Three, Two and One. How do I get them back in order? Maybe not.

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SOLD! a quilt today to a friend to present at a Chumash ceremony for a couple who are renewing their marriage vows. It’s big, one of my very first quilts and has an old vintage look to it. (No photo, tho.) It will be used to wrap around the couple as they renew their vows. Sweet picture.

Finished nearly everything up for the Quilt Show today. Made cd’s, the cd cover, signs to id the quilts, price list, inventory, recharged the camera, cleaned out the back of the car and did the grocery shopping for this weekend – I have company coming on Sunday night after the show! I love this part of my life – I’m able to think and act ahead – preparation not procrastination that was such a big part of my life in the past.

I heard a good phrase in collage class recently, it was ‘Keep it fresh!’ That’s definitely the direction I want to move. Keep it alive and fresh and energized.

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Turns out I’ve been too busy to post! It’s those cyber-snags! I’m not knowledgable enough about scanning, editing, printing, publishing in this new (it’s actually been around for awhile, but I still feel new to it) digital world.

I started a new Adult Ed class with Tony Askew in collage. Went to class today with a piece I spent several hours on and wasn’t happy with, but once I saw it in front of the class with the other offerings, I reconsidered and felt it turned out ok. I’m learning about the materials – magazine paper sucks! I need more paper. Uh-oh! Is this like ‘I need more fabric?’ I’m in trouble.

I printed and packaged all my product last night. I scanned my last pattern today and hope to get it on a disk and packaged before Saturday opening. Here’s a few pics of items that will be available at the Quilt Show.

I hope I see you there!

Autumn River

Garden Maze quilt pattern

Eccentric Electric