Saturday, September 20, 2014

More Info About HexieLove!

The e-mails have been FLYING! WOW! I'm so happy about the response to the HexieLove magazine! I've had thousands of visitors on my blog in a short amount of time. This dream of mine is becoming a reality! I'm so thankful to all you for your excitement and interest.

A few days ago I purchased the special software I'll use to manage the magazine. It will handle subscribers, advertisers, and pagination. This may be more than you want to know! But I'm working hard behind the scenes to make this happen. The software is being set up this weekend and I'll start learning to use it Monday! I'll need to have hours of training to get proficient in the system, but I know in the long run it will make my life easier and more organized.

Here are some questions that I've been getting:

1. Do you have a list for people who want to subscribe?

No, I'm not keeping a list. Just stay tuned to the blog and to! You'll hear it here first when I'm ready to take subscribers! I'm hoping I'll be ready in the next couple of weeks.

2. How much will it be to subscribe?

Not sure quite yet, but I do know it will be under $20.

3. Are you accepting submissions?

Yes! If you have an idea, please send me an e-mail ( I'm always looking for new hexie patterns, both traditional or modern. Any tips involving hexies (no matter the technique) are always needed. Be creative - I'm looking for things that haven't been seen before. I'm also looking for small projects, such as bags, table toppers, pin cushions, etc. 

Every issue will have a Featured Hexie Artist article. No, you don't have to be "famous" in the quilt world to be the Featured Artist! If you've made an amazing hexie quilt, let me know!

Every issue will also have an article on The Modern Hexie - do you make modern quilts with hexies? Let me know!

4. Do you pay for submissions?

Yes! Okay, it's not a fortune - so don't expect to get rich! But I know that I have to pay in order to get quality submissions!

As Dolly Parton said,

"If you're going to DREAM, you're going to have to put some WINGS on those dreams, and some FEET and some HANDS. You can't just sit around and THINK of all the things you WANT to DO."

Thanks for sharing my dream!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Recent Hexie Quilt

You may remember a few weeks ago…I was working on a quick little quilt to enter into a juried show. It did not get into the show, so now I can share it with you! I think it's kind of cute…

This was made for the Farm to Fabric Challenge - celebrating fabric made here in the US.

I think I'll hang it in my studio!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Story of a Dog and a Pair of Glasses

Once upon a time, there was a quilter who love to do handwork, specifically hexies. (That would be me!) She had a sweet dog who was often mischievous. (That would be Cooper.) But he was more than a year old now and seemed to be calming down a bit.

The quilter traveled to Chicago in June where she taught some quilting classes. She had heard of the amazing Craftoptics glasses and happened upon their booth at the quilt show. She fell in love with their product! 

These glasses are made using your own prescription. There are telescopic lenses that allow you to see your work SO much easier. There's even a light that you can mount on top. My favorite part about the Craftoptics glasses is that I can look down to sew, then look up and clearly see the TV. (Yes, the quilter in the story loves to watch TV when she sews.)

So the quilter ordered a pair! When she got home from Chicago, she e-mailed her eye doctor's info to Craftoptics and they, in turn, obtained her prescription. A couple of weeks later, her new glasses were delivered. She loved them even more than she thought she would!

A couple of weeks later, the quilter went upstairs to her studio for a mere 10 minutes. Her Craftoptic glasses were carefully packed away in their beautiful case and placed on a table.  Her dog, Cooper, was taking a nice nap.

When she came back downstairs, this is what she found:

 Note all the bite marks on the lenses.

Totally DESTROYED! The quilter texted her husband, "Maybe we need to find a new home for Cooper."

"No, we love him too much," he replied. "Order a new pair of glasses."

What to do? Well, the quilter had a very busy summer. She was preparing to teach several classes at the AQS Show in Chattanooga. And she was starting a magazine. And she was a bit embarrassed to call Craftoptics to tell them her story.

September rolled around. The quilter taught her classes at the Chattanooga show, telling her students stories of her life, her dogs, etc., while they worked. On the last day, she finally had a chance to walk around the show, looking at the quilts, and shopping with the vendors.

Then in front of her stood the Craftoptics booth! She immediately bowed her head in embarrassment and said to the person in the booth, "I need to talk to you."

Kate (yes, we're now on a first name basis) looked at my name tag and immediately said, "Your lab chewed up your glasses!"

"How did you know!" the quilter asked. Kate even knew his breed!

"You told the story in your classes. Many of your students have been by to tell me! Thanks for sending my way!"

WOW! The story ends very happily. Kate is sending the me a NEW pair of Craftoptics at no charge. My new Craftoptics will arrive in a couple of weeks. And I will be keeping them closed up in a cabinet when not in use.

More from Chattanooga tomorrow...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Painterly Little Art Quilts

One of the classes I taught in Chattanooga was Painterly Little Art quilts. We use snippets and chunks of fabric for our paint. Yes, I had a Star Student who came with her fabric snips and organized in ice cube trays! I'm going to steal this idea…

One of my students worked on a portrait of her husband, whom she lost just 3 months ago. Her little quilt progressed well during our time - when class was over, we all marveled at how she had captured him. She didn't know she was an artist!

And this little landscape - oh, so nice! She didn't lack much when class was over.

This little project came along nicely - some carrots in the ground - very sweet.

Tomorrow I'll share the fabulous quilts from one of the special exhibits.

Quilt Like an Egyptian!

I was thrilled to be able to see the work of the Egyptian quilters at the AQS Show in Chattanooga. This gentleman sat and appliqu├ęd during the show. I was amazed at how fast he worked - his needle was FLYING!

Below are a couple of my favorite Egyptian quilts at the show. Yes, they were for sale - look at the tags for the prices - VERY low prices for such intricate quilts!

So many pictures to share from my week - more to come later today.

One of my students asked me how I go about unpacking after a big trip like this. Here's my stuff ready to be loaded in my car as I was leaving Chattanooga -

She really wanted to know! So here's the way I do it:

1. Unload car completely and put everything in one spot - our dining room. The dining room table is a great spot to sort it all.

2. Collect my dirty laundry and get the washing machine fired up!

3. Find the money that I have made (I stash this in a few places during my trip - don't want it all together). I put all the cash and checks in an envelope and put it aside. Hubby will take it to the bank and make the deposit.

4. Gather all the business cards I collected during the trips. These are very important to me - they represent people I've met. Many of them I'll be e-mailing this week.

5.  Sort all teaching supplies and quilts. I have a pile of stuff now at the bottom of the stairs ready to put away in my studio - that's one of my goals today!

6. Hang any clothes that are clean (those I didn't wear on the trip). I alway overpack in case I spill coffee down my shirt or have some other clothing catastrophe.

7. Put away suitcases and rolling carts.

8. By now the washing machine cycle has ended and I can put in another load.

Whew! Glad that's all done!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chattanooga Report

Today was my full day class on HexieMania! What fun we had! This quilt is going to be gorgeous!

And I love this student's striped effect - pretty colors, no?

I had a mother/daughter team in class today. They worked together to make one quilt using fabulous Kaffe Fassett prints. They had matching dachshund tattoos - LOVE!

Did you know there was a baby squirrel at the Chattanooga show today?  Don't worry, it wasn't on the loose! It was nicely tucked away in a box in a tote bag on someone's arm. Who does this belong to? I'll never tell!

I enjoyed being part of the Author's Roundtable this evening. I met other AQS authors - always fun! The moral of the presentation: if you've got an idea for a quilty book, SUBMIT it! You never know….

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello From Chattanooga!

I'm too tired to upload photos tonight, but I'm having a great time! I've taught Painterly Little Art Quilts (6 hour class) and Wonky and Wonderful (3 hour class). I've given a lecture: "Let's Hexie!" I also participated in the All Star Review in which several of the teachers did a 10 minute demo in front of an audience. Afterward the attendees can buy our products - for me, that's the book, Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts that I wrote with Peggy Rhodes.

Dozens (it seems) of my Birmingham Quilt Guild friends are here - so nice to see old friends! In fact, two of them were in my class today.

Tomorrow I'll be teaching HexieMania (6 hour class). Then I'll participate in an Author's Roundtable for quilters who think they have a book idea.

Saturday I'll have the morning free. I plan to visit some of the bigger vendors to give them information about advertising in HexieLove. In the afternoon I'll be doing a circle-to-hexie demo for AQS. And if it's not too late, I'll load up the car and head home!