Snowmageddon 2017
Jan 15th, 2017 by Wendy

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Before the Snowmageddon Saga begins, I have to start with this photo of a traveling snowman, spotted at the pet supply store in east Bend. Lots of us took photos- what a bright spot in our day!!!

I’m afraid to ask “What could happen next?”, because when I asked my husband that on Friday afternoon, we were forced to evacuate our house a few hours later because our carbon monoxide alarm had gone off at 10:30pm. We were told by the 911 operator to walk out now, but when you are in PJ’s, and it’s close to zero degrees outside and you have two cats, and you don’t know if you can go back in…..well, if you’re me, you do take time to put on good boots, a warm jacket and try to grab the cats. One went into the carrier while the other hid and was left behind, but after an hour or so, we were allowed back in the house— with the water heater and furnace turned off. Our garage was toxic, but the levels in our house were minimal- the garage got aired out with the door open, and our house similarly aired with open windows and ceiling fans going.

So with trepidation, we do wonder what is next. Here’s the story so far: it’s been snowing, and snowing, and snowing in Central Oregon. Bend is just about as poorly off as we are in Sunriver. The only reason the fire department could open our garage door Friday night is that we had the garage door opener and springs replaced that afternoon. See The List below.

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From left to right:

View from our car, heading out of our garage towards the street. Don’t see the street? Straight ahead is the pile of snow from plowing our street, with a snow cluttered driveway and street at the base of the snow hill.

This is the front of our house. The mound? That’s David’s truck.

This is the back of our house. Notice the snow mound on the deck and roof.

This is the front of our house from across the street. The snow pile in the  middle is “common area” on our cul-de-sac.

 

Of course, we’ve never seen this much snow on our roof in the over 20 year’s we’ve lived here. Oh sure, we’ve gotten a lot of snow in the past, but not all at once in a few days. Of course, with all of Bend, Sunriver and the rest of Central Oregon eager to get snow removal, we couldn’t find anyone to clear our roof. Then we did- on Friday- and our roof is now clear of snow. But that snow has to go somewhere!

 

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What has happened already? In the previous post I mentioned the ongoing vein saga (procedure postponed because of illness, to be rescheduled), the Influenza A, the follow up bacterial secondary infection (last antibiotic today) and then just before Christmas, the 12 year old stove’s control panel stopped working.  Because the space for the drop in stove in the center island is small (and appliances are bigger now), we had the choice of remodeling the kitchen or replacing the control panel. Guess what we did? ($$ not $$$$$$$$$$$$)

Then the roof clearing- it was both a bargain and a chunk of money. ($$)

Then on Thursday, with me feeling better, we planned to go to Bend and do errands. Not knowing our gargage door was frozen to the ground in a spot outside, we opened the garage door from the inside. Sproing and POP!!!! Oh yes, a spring sprung (broke) and so did the garage door opener. Okay, it was old when we bought the house 20 years ago, but come on…. did it have to break now? We were lucky to get it replaced Friday afternoon($$$)

Now the carbon monoxide problem. Our furnace, a year old, will shut down before it vents carbon monoxide, we learned when the furnace tech guy came out Saturday morning ($). He declared the furnace fine and turned it back on. So far so good with the furnace, but the hot water heater is the only culprit left for the carbon monoxide.

And it is old too. We installed it over 20 years ago now. We’ve learned that is old for a hot water heater but geez, the time has really just flown by without a problem, until now. We’ll find out Monday why the hot water heater is spewing carbon monoxide, but we hope it’s coincidental/old age and not because of the snow clearing on our roof that triggered the problem by way of the vent. Those guys worked really hard for several hours.

 

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This is the entrance to our house. Our house is surrounded by snow drifts, because like I said earlier, the snow from the roof had to go somewhere. Rain is in the forecast, so we are afraid to ask “what’s next”, because if it rains and rains and rains, then we’ll have too much water. I’m going to do a bit of sewing and wait for Monday to secure a plumber (none available over the weekend)….

December 31, 2016
Dec 31st, 2016 by Wendy

What a crazy year! But enough about that. (I’d rather forget blood clots, Influenza A, the loss of Leonard Cohen, and so much more…)

Next month I’ll have the totals for my annual List Letter, totaling up creative endeavors, movies watched, books read and more. As a list maker, it’s easy to add up all the things NOT done, so years ago I started listing all the accomplishments. Much better for my state of being—

And now, for the Christmas Stockings made for my son’s family for their first Christmas in their first home.

I ordered fabric from Spoonflower, from “pet friendly”, to make the two corgi themed stockings. Then since I’m a cat person, I had to make a cat themed stocking too! Go to spoonflower.com and search by theme, design or by designer. I love the fabrics by “pet friendly” and she says she can scale up or down the patterns, change the colors, all sorts of stuff, if you’ll only message her. Next time I order, I’ll order something other than the basic cotton, which is a bit on the thin side. It arrived promptly and washed beautifully (I followed their instructions).

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I ordered the corgi’s in sweaters and the text fabric (eat sploot frap repeat- which means something to corgi owners). I had the cat fabric on my contemporary Japanese (and look alikes) shelf. I rustled through my fabrics for the stocking top band, heel, toe, and lining,  but only found one I liked. I hit a local store and found some Christmas fabrics on sale- woo hoo!.

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The cute corgi’s in Christmas Sweaters turned out to be smaller than I imagined. Spoonflower does have photographs with measuring tapes on two sides, so you can imagine the scale, so I think it was my problem. Next time I will probably order a sample swatch before making the final order.

 

Meanwhile, I caught Influenza A in Salem, meaning I spent a week in bed without doing any of the family get togethers, including going to Portland to wake up Christmas morning with Lucas and Colleen and my grand puppy Korben, meeting up with friends, or going to the Bolt Fabric Boutique Sale. But, my sister-in-law kept sewing E’s all along, as I watched from afar. Her daughter is E crazy and she wants a very specific color story for her new bed quilt. There are two styles of E’s with some mirror image blocks. We are calling it “Etaupia” or “Etopia” or???

Here is what we have so far:

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And now, time for a toes up rest. I’m still getting over the influenza, and then I think I’ll be getting over the getting over—- See you next year!

Winter Wonderland
Dec 18th, 2016 by Wendy

After a mild start to winter, we had over 20 inches of snow in less than two days!!! I’ve been determined to keep the birds happy with suet, full feeders and peanuts & corn. Other critters- rabbits, squirrels- are happy too…

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I’ve been going on my First Thing In The Morning walks, even when it’s ZERO degrees, like today. When it’s really cold, there are no tracks in the snow. But tracks become abundant when it warms up a little. These could be dog tracks or coyote tracks- we have coyotes in Sunriver and believe it not, they do like using the bike paths. No year around dogs on our street, but there have been some vacationing dogs recently. In a comparison of dog vs coyote tracks, I think these just might be coyote- the toes are close together and you could draw an X in the space between the bottom of the toes and the pad. My Morning Walks have shown me there is much more wildlife here than we get glimpses of once in awhile…

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Indoor kitties get curious about the snow— but Cooper (seen digging in the snow) and Izzy (she lasted two seconds) are generally found in front of or on top of a heater vent. Don’t think they’d like it outdoors!

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It’s a good time to wrap a gift or two while drinking a hot cup of tea.

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Our stove/oven electric range took this time to become unresponsive- the oven wouldn’t turn off, with beeping, and an F1 error message. It’s most likely the control panel. A week cooking on the BBQ, reheating leftovers in the microwave, trying Trader Joe frozen Indian foods, and so on make us hopeful the repairman can get to the bottom of the problem quickly. I have been microwaving my egg in the morning- with cheese and ham- served on toast. Somehow it’s just not the same as a fried egg. But we have electricity and heat!!!

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It’s all Grand
Dec 11th, 2016 by Wendy

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This is my grand puppy, Korben, who is almost a year old now. He’s a Cardigan Corgi and adorable. He is everyone’s best friend. I helped Korben send his Peeps a Christmas card- they will love it.

My coauthor and friend Pat has a human grandchild, born in October to proud parents Jocelyn and Trevor. I started to wrap the baby books I selected for Evelyn when I thought- why not  make a simple unlined tote bag for the books? I’m known for complicating things, and yes, one thing led to another: the finished tote bag is lined, with reinforced bottoms (inside and out), and so on and so on. I used linen/cotton blend fabrics (purchased at BOLT Fabric Boutique in Portland, Oregon)- it’s a sturdy tote bag! You can see the quilt Pat made for her granddaughter in the photo too!!

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Above: See 1) the batting at the top and bottom of the bag, reinforced with the lovely Bernina Stitch #4 (altered to stitch a mild wavy line), 2) the faux serge stitch on the seams, 3) the handles already inserted in the seam between the main body of the bag and the top of the bag.

 

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Above: There so many ways to make a lined tote bag with a handle! For this bag, I turned it right side out through a small opening left in the seam connecting the lining and the tote bag (photos 1 & 2). In photo #3, you can see the two bags, end to end. Photo #4 shows my advance planning- so the red outer fabric wraps over to the inside. And oh yes, I reinforced the bottom of the lining too- with canvas on the wrong side, stitched with my fave #4 stitch.

 

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Above: Here is the finished bag, with a sneak peek of the inside. I bought the rabbit/heart fabric in June 2016, found in the remnant pile at BOLT. I had no idea what I’d do with it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I don’t usually buy “on speculation”, but I’m so glad I did! And there is fabric leftover— what’s next?

Unstoppable Forces
Nov 28th, 2016 by Wendy

Structure. Chaos. Flow. Balance. Discover. Make. Repeat.

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It could be 8 years ago that I started a zipper quilt, with grandiose ideas for a coral reef (of zipper coils) and stitched sea critters. Pat Pease transformed that quilt in our UFO Make Over Challenge, but I still liked my original line drawing. And so I came to gather fabrics, create a stitched thread web, prepare a quilted background and before cutting up the stitched web, tentatively position it.

 

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“Unstoppable Forces”, 10″h by 7″w. I’m submitting it to the Studio Art Quilt Associates 2017 Trunk Show exhibit, which will debut in Lincoln, Nevada next spring with the SAQA National Conference. I’ve sworn off deadlines, and yet I’ve entered photographs of quilts for consideration in 2 books and a juried quilt show (bad news, I’m afraid), and now this. I’ll just say no more giant deadlines, but mini-deadlines are the stuff of life.

(Note: My quilt did not get accepted into the juried quilt show, which had over 500 entries and 23 accepted quilts. That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’m reminded of the year I learned to ski at the advanced age of 31. One day I bragged that I had not fallen down all day. My then boyfriend-now husband-told me I had not tried hard enough! If you’re going to enter shows, you will get the letters of regret sometimes.)

 

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Speaking of unstoppable forces, my niece, on my husbands side of the family, is certainly all that and more. Can you guess her first initial? She requested an interlocked E block for a quilt for her bed, so her Mom and I are obliging. These are the two E blocks (my design)- you can imagine the mirror image versions- making 4 types of blocks. Only 49, 10″ by 12″ blocks— we have some sewing to do!

 

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Meanwhile, it’s winter here! We got our first 1″ of snow, that stuck for a few hours, and last I looked, it’s snowing again. Two Cats- One Box: do they sleep in their beautiful faux fur cat baskets? No they do not. Give them a box, any size, filled with crinkly paper, and they are happy!

What’s Next?
Nov 11th, 2016 by Wendy

Look for the Sulky Webinar “Creative Quilt Challenges” with Pat Pease and Wendy Hill, November 16th. If it is full, you can watch the recorded version at another time.

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Meanwhile, I’ve been doing neglected chores, reorganizing the sewing room, and poking around for something to make. On my list: wind chime using lipstick covers; Christmas stockings; oven mitts and potholders; more “shape shifting” ideas; and so on.

I’ve only recently appreciated the duality of the way-in 1971-I made traditional quilts and accepted a commission to make a quilt like the floor of the Taj Mahal, 120″ by 130″, in black and white no-wale corduroy. The lines between tradition and original designs have always been blurred for me.

From the beginning, I hung my bed-sized quilts on the wall until they were needed as blankets. In 1986 I made my first non-functional quilt, intended to be seen on the wall. I’ve always appreciated quilts as craft and art.

Below: On the left- my only photograph of the Taj Mahal Quilt. On the right- “Bricks Gone Wild”- my first non-functional quilt intended to be seen on the wall.

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I think that’s why I don’t understand time spent on trying to categorize people and quilts- artist or crafter? bed quilt or art quilt? The lines are blurred, categories overlap, inspiration and creativity have nothing to do with boundaries. 

I’ve been fooling around with an old “interlocked braid” pattern, that goes back to the early 1800’s. You might be more familiar with the short cut braid pattern, in which the sides get squared-up and assembled in one long seam. The interlocked pattern is riddled with partial seams, forming a zigzag pattern.

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On the left, is my first trial, with larger rectangles (FS 3″ by 6 5/8″). After all the partial seams, I felt the zigzag got lost. Also, the rectangles seemed too jumbo sized.

Keeping the same approximate ratio, my second trial with smaller rectangles (FS 2 1/2″ by 6″) worked better. But I added a narrow strip of fabric to enhance the zigzag (sold color for the black & white rectangles; black & white flower for the print rectangles)—and I really like it.

Is the black & white flower fabric too busy? Will it get lost in the assorted prints? It is busy, and it might get a bit lost, but I like the effect. It’s a simple repetitive pattern (all rectangles), so it’s good for the brain to work a little bit to find the pattern. In my opinion, anyway.

We have 3 people playing around with this pattern. One suggested calling the group The Friendship Braid. It has a nice ring to it!

Part 2: Creative Quilt Challenges at PIQF 2016
Oct 24th, 2016 by Wendy

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Come early to the Pacific International Quilt Festival to be first in line or come a bit later to miss the crowds.

The twenty special exhibits have their own area in the convention hall. We had an “end aisle” on a main walkway near the women’s bathroom— how great is that?!!!

Our 30 feet of back wall, with 24 feet of side walls, didn’t go as far as we hoped. We added a half wall at the 20 foot mark. PIQF provided black curtains, rods, telescoping rods, S hooks in 3 sizes, and a work table. It took Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday until 3:55pm to get all the quilts up. Five minutes to spare!!! Woo Hoo!

From Left to Right: Here is the first 20 feet of the booth. On the right is the half wall, with the door way to the last 10 feet of the booth. The quilt names go from left to right top first, then bottom row.

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Photo #1: ColorBlind, 2013, Wendy Hill

Photo #2: Color Blinded Again (reversible quilt); Bright Hopes, 2013, Pat Pease; Georgi’s Garden, 2016, Wendy Hill; Cut Up, 2013, Pat Pease; A Change of Heart, 2015, Pat Pease & Wendy Hill

Photo #3: Bright Hopes, Georgi’s Garden, Silent Reflection, 2013, Pat Pease & Wendy Hill; Cut Up, A Change of Heart; Lightening Strikes, 2016, Wendy Hill

Photo #4: Silent Reflection; Lots of Trout, 2016, Wendy Hill & Pat Pease; One Orange Dot, 2013, Pat Pease; Lightening Strikes, Echino Yet Again, 2013, Pat Pease; Stepping Out, 2015, Wendy Hill

 

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Photo #5: Confluence, 2015, Wendy Hill; Cairn Study 3, 2013, Wendy Hill

Photo #6: Marsh Scene, 2013, Pat Pease;Evey’s Quilt, 2016, Pat Pease; Snow Strings, 2014, Pat Pease;  Jocey, 2016, Pat Pease

Photo #7: Left Side- Evey’s Quilt; Ripple Effect, 2014, Wendy Hill; Square Dance, 2013, Wendy Hill & Pat Pease; Pass It Forward, Bolt Fabric Boutique, 2016; Right Side- Shape Shifting Challenge, see below

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We invited 10 people to participate in a group challenge on the theme “Shape Shifting”. The rules? Please interpret the theme, 20″ by 20″ maximum size, any materials or methods, mixed media okay. It’s fun to do challenges with your local friends, but with the miracle of the Internet, you can connect with people around the world!

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From left to right:

Row #1: Opening by Christine Drumright, New Mexico; Genesis by Maggie Vanderweit, Ontario, Canada; Day Shift by Judith Garnett, Oregon

Row #2: Peace of Nature by Barb Frances, California; Magma Displacement by Susan Howell, Minnesota; Encryption by Pat Pease, Oregon

Row #3: Command+Option+Shift by Ann Marra and Timothy Ely, Washington; All Life Matters by Karla Rogers, California; Evolving by Tawnya Romig-Foster, Colorado

Row #4: Hot Flash by Maria Shell, Alaska; U-Turn by Wendy Hill, Oregon; Ohio Shifted by Tierney Davis Hogan, Oregon

 

All of the quilts deserved a bit more space, but our 30 foot booth at PIQF was already a generous piece of landscape at the show. We were ambitious! We had quilt signs, plus most quilts had technique or in-progress photo signs too.

We met a LOT of people: thank you to everyone who spent time with our quilts and us, Wendy (on left) and Pat (on right).

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Part 1: Creative Quilt Challenges at PIQF 2016!
Oct 23rd, 2016 by Wendy

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On October 10th (Happy Birthday To Me! See my Monster Pen gift?),  Pat Pease and I drove to Santa Clara, California for the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2016, with a car loaded with our exhibit quilt & stuff and our personal luggage.

 

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We started to set up in the afternoon of October 11th, then finished the next day with 5 minutes to spare. The Mancuso/PIQF crew is really great- with special thanks to Jared and his mother Penny- and a couple of other big strong guys whose names I didn’t learn.

 

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We stayed at the Hilton Santa Clara, room #218. The sign on our door indicated that if we pushed the button, our room would be activated for warning lights in case of emergency. We’d never seen that before but we didn’t push the button to see how it worked. We were upgraded to the “executive lounge”, with unlimited breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, eggs, old fashioned oatmeal and so on and unlimited appetizer buffet in the evenings. Woo Hoo!

In 2013, we experienced miles of cars running the red light at this intersection. That didn’t happen this year, so maybe the warning sign is a deterrent!

 

More food photos!

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We ate at the Pho Queen a total of three times (first two pictures) and I ate at Pho Hoa once (last 3 photos). We bought food at the grocery store for meals and snacks. And we enjoyed the breakfast and appetizer buffet. There is a LOT of good food in the Bay Area.

 

Next time, Part 2, with photos of our exhibit and some of the people we met.

Creative Quilt Challenges & Pacific International Quilt Festival
Sep 16th, 2016 by Wendy

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Our book (by Pat Pease and I, Wendy Hill) began with our obsession for the reality television show, Project Runway. (For all fans out there, you probably know that Season 15 started yesterday!). In 2008, we challenged ourselves to make “something” based on the Project Runway challenge theme of the week/episode.

For the Unconventional Challenge, we had to make something with materials purchased at a grocery store. Pat made a very small quilt using sushi grass, other plastics and stuff. I made a tote bag using Tyvec envelopes, mop strings, plastic bags from the produce aisle, grapefruit bag netting and more.

Okay, we couldn’t keep up after just 2 or 3 weeks!!! But that didn’t stop us from doing challenges together. In 2011, we pitched a special exhibit, “A Natural Affinity…” to the Mancuso Brothers for their annual Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara. The answer: YES, for October 2013. Oh boy- we had almost two years to work on our quilts. Famous last words, because the first year went by in a flash. But we “made it work“, just like Tim Gunn tells the Project Runway contestants.

 

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The folks at C&T Publishing visited our booth at PIQF 2013, took us out to lunch and announced “we want a book!” The rest, as they say, is history. We signed our contract in early 2014. Our manuscript package arrived at C&T about a year later, in 2015. Then boxes & boxes of our book, Creative Quilt Challenges, chugged by cargo ship from Hong Kong to  the warehouse, arriving in early February 2016.

Back in early 2015, we pitched a “full circle” follow up exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival to be held in October 2016. The answer: YES! Our exhibit, “Creative Quilt Challenges“, will feature book quilts plus many new challenges by us and others. 

Come back to see sneak peeks and previews of our special exhibit. Better yet, please visit us at our booth, in the special exhibit section, of the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, October 13-16, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Sew Yourself Silly with Bias Covered Curves!
Aug 20th, 2016 by Wendy

 

 

In 1983, I  covered the curves on Grandmother’s Fan blocks- instead of piecing the curves–  for the first time. I used ribbon, not known for wanting to stretch around curves, but it worked. I made two extra long twin bed quilts, each 60″ by 100″. I apologize for the photo quality- these are my only photographs.

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I liked the way covered curves gave more opportunities to mix up fabrics while offering a short-cut to piecing the curves (and having it look professional). Anybody, no matter the skill level, can cover curves, which opens up a door to a big room of curved quilt block and free-form curved patterns. In the early 1990’s, Threads Magazine featured the work of Koos van den Akker, who (at that time) combined unlikely fabrics- such as leather with Liberty of London, with free form curves, covered with self-made bias tape. Very Cool! (Google Koos van den Akker to see his work; he died in 2015 at age 75.)

In 2001, I drew something like 60 individual free form arcs blocks, thinking I would piece the arcs together. I woke up with the idea to cover the curves instead- something I had not done in awhile. I loved the first blocks! I ended up making two quilts with the blocks – one pieced & quilted (Roads Not Taken) and one quilted block by block, assembled with satin stitching (Entanglement).

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In 2004, I pitched a book proposal to C&T about covering curves with self-made bias tape. It was accepted; I had a year to complete the manuscript package (fall of 2005). The book arrived from Hong Kong in time for fall International Quilt Market in Houston, 2006, and I got to be there with C&T to promote the book (my 4th IQM!)

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Do you have something to share with the world in a book? Would you geek out at seeing the ISBN number assigned to your book? Would it make you smile to think of a copy of your book at the Library of Congress for all time? Then you should consider trying to get published.

Step 1: Get the book proposal guidelines from the publisher. I highly recommend C&T Publishing. All statements below are based on my experience with C&T- other publishers methods may vary.

Step 2: The more effort you put into your book proposal, the clearer it will be to the editors at C&T (and it gives you a head start if your proposal is accepted). The proposals  get assigned to an editor, who passes it around with a checklist to other editors on the acquisition committee. The committee meets every “x” number of weeks, so it might take several weeks to months to hear the news.

Step 3: If your proposal is accepted, you will work with the acquisition person to define your book in the contract and set up the mini and final deadlines.

Step 4: You will have “x” amount of time to complete your manuscript proposal. I’ve always had about one year, although I’ve heard of authors who agree to less time. You will receive your Author Guideline packet, at least an inch thick, detailing how to put together the manuscript, the images, the how-to samples, and so on. The better you follow these guidelines, the better the final outcome will be.

Step 5: The clearer you can write and organize your text, images, illustrations and overall message of the book, the better your team at C&T will be able to give your book your voice.

Step 6: You aren’t finished after turning in your manuscript package. Now begins the second year, with timelines for opportunities to give feedback about the cover, the styling of your book, and the editing. Again, the better you are at giving this feedback, the better your book will represent you and what you want to say.

Step 7: The book goes off for printing, in Hong Kong, and after some weeks, comes back into the United States. Woo Hoo!!!!

Of all the techniques I’ve written about (thread texturing, reversible foundation piecing, stitched thread-web 3D constructions and bias covered curves), I’ve probably used bias covered curves the most, with thread texturing & 3D constructions coming in at a close second. Here are a few of the quilts I’ve made after Easy Bias Covered Curves arrived in stores in 2006:

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 Bubble Bath Day, 2006: This is my own variation on a traditional block called “Leatha’s Fan”

 

 

 

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 Falling Into Liquid, 2003: This original design uses bias covered curves  to create the surface design in the blue circle and around the  circumference of the entire circle. This quilt is part of the permanent  collect of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (inducted 2005).

 

 

 

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 Yellow Fever, 2009: I used zippers and bias tape to cover curves. This quilt was part of the  “Color Cascade” special exhibit, which debuted at the 2010 Pacific International Quilt Festival,  then traveled all over, including Alex Anderson’s Garden Party event in 2011, the Sisters Quilt  Show 2011, and more.

 

 

 

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I made a reversible baby quilt for one of my son’s teachers in 2006. It’s a terrible photograph,  but a good example of adapting a traditional block with bias covered curves.

 

 

 

 

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In 2007, my love of the color “taupe” collided with the fun of using bias covered curves. With  21 different quarter-circle blocks and different widths bias tape, the (auditioned) random  layout lets all sorts of things happen. Taupegraphical got included my article “Taupe, More  Than Just Brown”, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine #394/July-Aug. 2007 (and the Electric Quilt  Co. CD-ROM with QNM) and was juried into Quilts: A World of Beauty 2007, Contemporary  Colorations: The WOW Factor (National Quilting Association) 2008, and Quilts=Art=Quilts, Auburn, NY 2009 and Fabrications- the Art of Quilting, Bend, Oregon 2012.

 

 

 

OutFarInDeep_full_LR

 

Out Far, In Deep” 2007. Another taupe quilt with colors, I played around with the musical idea of repetition of melody, only with visual motifs. This quilt debuted at the Sunriver Quilt Show in 2007 (Shaker Challenge), then got juried into the World Quilt Show XII in New England 2008, and the American Quilters’ Society 25th Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. QuiltMania Magazine featured it as a project in #73 then included it in their collection of quilts at the 15th European Patchwork Meeting 2009. It was also included in two gallery showings, DIVA in Eugene, Oregon 2009 (Solo exhibit “Wendy Hill: Not Always Linear) and Art in the Atrium, curated by Billye Turner,  in Bend, Oregon with the Lubbesmeyer Twins, Linda Spring and Alice Van Leunen).

 

I’ve always pitched book and magazine proposals with the belief I have something to say that will add to the body of knowledge in the quilt-fiber art world. After Easy Bias Covered Curves, I thought I’d said it all. But then came an exhibit of challenge quilts with collaborator and friend Pat Pease at Pacific International Quilt Festival in October 2013. The folks at C&T Publishing took us out to lunch and pitched the idea of a book to us. About 2 1/2 months later, we submitted our proposal to C&T and they said YES. That led to my fifth book, with Pat Pease, in print and in the USA as of February 7, 2016.

Creative Quilt Challenges

 

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