Monday, November 27, 2017

City Arts Classes!



I am so pleased to announce that I will be teaching at City Arts in my own home town of Wichita, Kansas!  I remember going to City Arts with all of my children on field trips and it is such a fun place to be.  I taught crazy quilting from my home for 17+ years and I have taken break from that the last few years.  I have missed teaching locally and I am ready to get back into it!

I will be teaching two different classes this spring, so I'll list the class descriptions here on my blog with dates and prices.  If you are interested in enrolling either of the classes, you may email at valbothell@gmail.com or you may call me at 316-722-9578.

Crazy Quilt Heart Class





This is a sweet wall hanging that I made for the dedication page of my new book, Joyful Daily Stitching Seam by Seam.  In this class you will learn basic crazy quilt piecing and beginning embroidery stitches as well some silk ribbon embroidery stitches.  This is a great class because you will everything you need to know to start crazy quilting!  The price of the class is $90.00 and there is also a $45.00 kit fee for a total of $135.00.  The class meets on Saturdays from 1-3 pm starting January 20 and running through February 10, for a total 4 two hour classes.  You may have it done just in time for Valentine's day!

Crazy Quilting with Wool


This is a project I made for my first book, Quilting...Just a Little Bit Crazy.  It is a fun wool project where you will learn how to piece thick felted wool pieces into a crazy quilt style.  You will also learn crazy quilt embroidery stitches.  The price for this class is $90.00 and after enrolling you will receive a class supply list so you will know what to bring to class with you.  The class meets on Saturdays from 1-3 pm February 17 through March 10th for a total of 4 two hour classes.  This is one of my favorite classes, wool is so fun to embroider on!

If you are interested in purchasing either of the books I have written, I can sell you an signed copy!  They are listed on the right side bar if you would prefer to buy on on Amazon.

Have a great day!


 




Friday, November 3, 2017

A Crazy Quilt Block for Studio e Fabrics


This summer, Pepper Cory called me and asked me to make a 16 1/2'' block for her.  The only rule was that I had to use the Peppered Cotton Fabrics  she designed for Studio e Fabrics. I l thought its sounded like a fun project and I loved the idea that there was only one rule, so I had the freedom to do what I wanted.

I think Pepper was surprised when I picked out all green fabrics, but it is a current design mode I am in right now.  I use solids for my fabrics and then I use contrasting threads so my stitches really pop.  If I am going to go to all the work of spending hours doing embroidery, I really want to be able to see them!

So here are the colors that I picked:


I was so pleased when they came and I got right to work with them making a fan block.


I chose pink threads so that they would contrast and show up really well on the fabric and it was so easy to embroider on it.


Here is a close up of the fabric.  I just loved the feel of it!



I was honored to be asked to work on this project and here is a list of the other designers that participated in the projects.

They are from:
Sue Pelland Designs; http://suepellanddesigns.com/
Janice Pope of Anything But Boring Designs http://anythingbutboring.com/
Valerie Bothell; www.valeriebothell.com
Robin Koehler; http://nestlingsbyrobin.com
Barbara Black; http://bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com/
Kelly Ashton; Kellyquilter.com
Susan Marth; http://www.suznquilts.com/
Kathy Delaney Quilter; http://kathydelaney.com/
Bonnie K Hunter; http://quiltville.com
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald; https://www.colourfulstitches.com/
Pepper Cory; http://www.peppercory.com/


Have a great day!






Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello there!

Hi there!

It has been awhile since I have done a blog post, but it doesn't mean I haven't been stitching!  For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been working on a large project that turned into a book!  I began a Face Book group called Joyful Embellishments to encourage everyone to stitch daily.  Sometimes when I am working on a large project, it seems overwhelming, but I found that if you make a daily stitching goal for yourself the project becomes manageable, at least in my experience!

After I started the Face Book group (which you may join at anytime!), I decided that I wanted to start a crazy quilt where every stitch on it was different, not one seam would be the same.  I decided on a goal of 250 different seams but as that goal came to an end, I pieced more blocks and I ended up with over 500 different seam treatments on my crazy quilt.  It was so much fun to challenge myself as I did one or two seams a day.  I am so pleased that what started out as a personal challenge, became a book and I hope that it will encourage you to do some daily stitching also!





Have a great day!


Friday, March 4, 2016

March Challenge Block



Here is the March challenge block!  It is filled with Fly Stitch, Blanket Stitch(2 variations), Chevron, Cretan, Lazy Daisies, Herringbone, French Knots and Silk Ribbon Flowers.  If you haven't joined in on the fun on my Face Book group it is never too late!  Here is the link: Joyful Embellishments.






Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Challenge Block of the Month!




It's been awhile since I have blogged, but I have been busy posting away on my Joyful Embellishments stitching group on Face Book.  It is never  too late to join, and here is the link to the group: Joyful Embellishments

We are going through all of the stitches that we did last year, all 250 of them!  Some of the members did their stitches on actual crazy quilt blocks and others did them in a Stitch Book that they made out of muslin or linen.  If you join the group, you can go through the photo albums and see the beautiful stitch books they made!

For those in the group that have already done all of the stitches, I decided to offer a Challenge block of the month.  Usually the block will consist of the original 250 stitches that I posted last year but once in awhile I will throw a new one in the mix!

Here are the pictures of the block for the month of February.  It is a sample block that I made for the class I will be teaching in Oregon next month.  They aren't as clear as I would like them to be, but the block is in Oregon so I can't retake them!


Here is a full shot of the block.


Close up of the block.



This is the upper left hand corner.



The lower left hand corner.



The upper right hand corner.






The lower right hand corner.



 The center of the block.

You don' have to do your block like mine, but maybe this will give you some inspiration to make a block of your own using some of the ideas here!

Talk to you later,


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What I have been up to....



So, I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks and I thought I would give you an update on what I have been working on.  I have continued to work on my cross wall hanging and it is really shaping up!



 Here is a close up of the flowers that I did in silk ribbon on the cross.  They are a bullion tipped lazy daisy and it is so much fun to do them with silk ribbon.  They remind me of lilies which is what I was going for.


 

I have also been working on a Double Wedding Ring quilt.  After working on this one for over a month, I have found that a Double Wedding Ring quilt is not for sissies!  I'll just say that using striped fabric has caused some reverse sewing on more than one occasion!  (A lack of planning an overall design may have caused a little reverse sewing also!)  After I work on this quilt for a day or so, I have to get back to crazy quilting just to keep my sanity!  Does that make sense...not sure....
 

The Joyful Embellishment group that I started is going very well!  We have over 400 members and I have been so inspired by all the work being done by all the members of the group.  The photo above is a collage of the stitches we did on the third week and the photo below is a collage of the stitches we did on the fourth week.


If you would like to join  in, you may do so at anytime!  It is never too late and this month we are working on 20 different variations of the herringbone stitch.

At the end of each month, I have a drawing to give a lucky winner of the group some goodies and this month's winner was Robin Waybright!

If you would like to join the fun, here is the link to my Face Book group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later,






Monday, January 19, 2015

Second Week of Joyful Embellishments!


 This is a collage of the second week of Joyful Embellishment stitches.  We are having a great time and I just love seeing all the other stitches that are being done by other members of our group!
 

Here is an update on the project that I am working on.  The whole idea of the Joyful Embellishments group is this:  if you do one seam a day, 5 days a week, by the end of the year you will have 260 seams done!  Depending on how big your crazy quilt is, you could complete a whole one in just one year.

If you would like to join us, it isn't too late!

Here is a link to our group:

Joyful Embellishments

Talk to you later!