Tag: Tula

Meet the Calico Needlers

The Calico Needlers Quilt Guild meets in Saint Peters, Missouri at the St. Charles Library. This day-time guild meeting starts bright and early at 9:30.

Even so, the room was filled with friendly quilters.

The Calico Needlers Quilt Guild is a fun group of quilters!

Everything about this event was smooth sailing! I am grateful for their kind welcome and hospitality and the ease of setting up everything from technology to hauling my wares!

For starters, each guild program presentation begins with selfies of the group. I am currently without my selfie stick, so disregard the mop of gray at the bottom of these pics!

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It’s always a “Good Morning” when it starts with guild!

Likened to eating dessert first, we had the program straight away.

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Enthusiastic quilters!

In Our Quilting Journeys, I challenge quilters to ponder their own journeys.

Take a quiet moment, maybe over a cup of coffee or tea, to think about who has influenced your quilting journey.

First, many quilters have family quilters who either directly or indirectly expose us to the craft. In other words, “we get it honestly”!

Furthermore, our quilting journeys are influenced by many things, like shops we frequent (they choose what we see), friends, emails, sales, free shipping offers, retreats, and even Show and Tell!

There’s never a wrong reason for making a quilt!

As expected, much of the program is dedicated to sharing my quilting journey, which I often refer to as a “very curvy quilting journey”. With the newest curve in my journey being repeat pattern design, I remembered just days before the presentation a big influencer on the latest curve of my journey: Tula Pink.

Several years ago, at the Fall Paducah Quilt Show, fabric designer Tula Pink was the featured guest. We were fortunate to get tickets to “An Evening with Tula”. When Tula began her talk, she announced she was going to tell us the process of how she designs fabric. I guess I had been thinking about it back then because I took out pen and paper and made notes. She mentioned she uses Adobe Illustrator, a vector software for digitizing her designs.

Later, when I needed to update my laptop, I told the computer guys I would be getting Adobe Illustrator. I didn’t have a clue what it was or how incredibly powerful and involved this software was. But it was in my Tula notes!

Sometimes we are surprised by the memories we gain by quiet reflection.

The power point/trunk show continued with pattern quilts and what influenced me to make them.

The Calico Needlers meeting continued on, with business and pleas for volunteers – a common thread amongst guilds. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stick around for Show and Tell, my favorite part of any guild meeting! But I must say these quilters were most helpful and gracious to me as a speaker. Aren’t quilters the best?

While in the area, I made a stop to Batiks Plus and, eureka, I found a gem!

Hidden away, under another bolt of fabric was this bolt of Crystalia, the Hoffman digital spectrum fabric used in my original Phoebee pattern! Phoebee is the gal that started it all and helped me discover how to use BOTH beautiful sides!

See more about Designing for Hoffman Fabrics HERE.

Read more about Phoebee HERE.

A special note of gratitude to the quilt holder gals! You did a great job!

Finally, a big thanks to my new friends in Saint Peters!

Remember to enjoy YOUR quilting journey, Karla

Six Favorites from Quilt Market

This is my first time to go to market and it is literally jaw-dropping!

Here are my six favorites from quilt market in St. Louis!

So I walk in, prepared, ready to take on the quilting world and figure it out. I take three steps inside the auditorium and promptly forget my name. My biggest ideas seem pint-size. Make that pea-sized!

Tula’s booth speaks for itself. Very professionally done, so the colorful artwork makes up for the lesser displays.

Initially, I visit all the booths, getting a feel for how market works. It seems the larger names and established companies prefer the inner sections.

Simple Simon and Company

Next in my quilt market favorites, is the booth shown above featuring their new line of fabric, “Just Add Sugar”. Due to the lighting in the auditorium, this photo doesn’t do this booth justice. So much work and detail went into this display that is hard to capture in a photo. For instance, this booth smelled delightfully of lemons!

Lori Holt’s Bee in My Bonnet

Lori’s blog was one of my first experiences with reading quilting blogs. I especially admire her consistency in colorations and design. I don’t recall an entire booth, but seeing this quilt up close was fun enough!

The “bag guy” at Shannon Fabrics

Next up was the “bag guy” at Shannon Fabrics. There are lots of freebies and fun stuff at market. I loved the Llama!

I could stand in her booth all day…just trying to soak up some Laura Heine magic! She designs spectacular quilts by combining interesting fabrics by collage.

Notice the almost wild combination of fabrics in Phoebee’s background? I think I gained the courage to combine them by standing in Laura’s booth!

Learn more about Phoebee and the start of using both sides of fabric HERE.

Pretty by Hand by Kristyne Czepuryk

Pretty by Hand

Soft and delicate, this booth is a pleasant and calming place to be. A new designer, Kristyne is friendly and encouraging.

To conclude, there are so many fabulous booths, it is hard to choose a favorite! Please keep in mind that the lighting of the convention center doesn’t do these pics justice! I encourage you to check out the websites of these companies (click the pictures for links) and see their beautiful work.  And if market is ever near you, GO! You’ll be glad you did!:)

Enjoy your quilting journey!