Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quilt Round Up, 2014

I'm going to start putting up images of my quilts, starting with the ones that toured in Quilt shows this year. 

It's About Time ©Robbi Joy Eklow 2013 
70x70" long
This quilt has been part of these juried shows:
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival,  Hampton Virginia 2014
American Quilter's Society, Paducah Kentucky 2014
American Quilter's Society, Grand Rapids, MI

Delightful Spirals  ©Robbi Joy Eklow 2013
30"x 46" long
American Quilter's Society, Paducah Kentucky 2014
Awarded: Second Place Small Wall Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted

 Happy @Robbi Joy Eklow 2014
62x68" long
World Of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston Tx 2014
Awarded Second Place, Art Abstract Large

Spiral Flower Fantasy ©Robbi Joy Eklow 2014
49x39" long
World Of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston Tx 2014
Awarded Honorable Mention, Art Abstract Small

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall is here and so are my fall workshops. I'm packing up my suitcases, I'm almost ready to roll.

I'll be teaching three classes at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Here's a link to my list of classes at the show.

And then in October, at the MQX Quilt Festival in Portland:

And then in November, at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Here are some of the quilts made by the women taking my classes in Taupo New Zealand this July at the quilt Symposium:

Jo's quilt. I was very lucky to have Jo in class, what a nice person.

Aren't Marie's color choices delicious? She was very nice too.

I loved Lee's color choices too. Fall colors are often my favorites. Lee was very nice to me too.

Catherine did a nice calm version, I love it. And her too.

This color scheme reminds me of Gypsy wheels. Lorraine came all the way from Australia for the symposium. Another nice person. (Are you seeing the pattern here?)

Jennifer's quilt. I'm sorry I'm not putting last names on these, I am zooming in on everyone's name tags and the last name font is just too small! In any case, isn't this an awesome quilt? And Jennifer was not bad either.

Mary was the enabler for the trip to see Mr. Wright. I "helped" her pick out the fabric (while piling bolts of batik on the class Angel).

Isn't this center lovely, and the next picture has all the other parts.

It looks almost like a quilt salad, with red tomato slices and green gears...

Tracey did a great job and her hand dyed fabrics are really good. It was nice getting to know her. Also met her Mom who is very proud of all the great stuff she does.

Diana! Nice Job!!! This is my favorite color scheme lately.

Christine! Love the colors and the gear in the center.

I think this is Jill's. I love love love the dots.

Another fine example.

Tanya? Isn't the sun shape cool?

I love the spirals against the purple. Peggy made it really interesting.

I was so busy taking the picture, I forgot to get the quilter's nametag. I love the colors.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Classes in Portland

Check out my classes in Portland at the Machine Quilter's Exhibition in Portland, Oregon in October.

There is one space left in W227-13 Free Expression Fused Buffet.

A few spaces in the other two:
W339-13 Art Deco and Flower Fused Components
W425-13 Expressive Unmarked Free Motion Quilting

I've never been to Oregon, so I'm very excited to go, besides that, I love working with Mary Schilke Shilke and Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio.

AND my daughter Samantha is going to come to Portland to visit the show! Yay!

Here's a link:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yes, I know my blogging efforts are pathetic. Sorry.

A quick note that there are still spaces in a five day workshop I'm doing with Quilting Adventures in Texas next month. There is still time for you to sign up.

The workshop is officially to design my kind of quilts, but if you just want to hang out and make a quilt without having to design, that's fine too, I'm bringing a bunch of patterns.

Check it out here

I promise to start updating my blog on a regular basis! (yeah, I know I say that all the time...)

Here's a picture of a new quilt in the meantime:

This quilt is named "Spirals" (yes, I know that's very original). I used the Accuquilt Go! to cut most of the shapes. I designed a die for them, I used that for some of the parts, and then used other dies they have for other parts, and then I used my computer to design some of the OTHER parts.

I do have a pattern for this, and it's available in my classroom when I teach. So far, I'm not selling this separately, although I might do that in the future. You don't have to use any dies to make the quilt, all the shapes needed are included in my pattern and they can be traced and cut out by hand.

In the meantime, this quilt is going to go to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, with the Mancuso Brothers. I've taught there the last two years, and judged, so I didn't enter a quilt in the show. This year, I'm teaching for them in Denver (DNQF) and in Pennsylvania (PNQE), so I submitted this quilt to the show.

I hope you are having a lovely winter. Or summer if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My trip to Alaska.

Day 1/Destination Fairbanks:

The Log Cabin Quilters of Anchorage and the Cabin Fever Quilters of Fairbanks invited me to come teach for them.  I had a great trip, and I'm going to share some pictures.

Alaska Airlines has a six and a half hour non-stop from Chicago to Anchorage. I will then fly another hour to Fairbanks. I loved the flight from ORD to ANC.

First off, they had wifi, and it only cost $5 per flight, if you are flying to Alaska. I signed up and posted to Facebook. Then, I realized I could move towards the back of the plane and have my own row. I did that and when I started up the iPad again, there was no internet connection. The screen kept apologizing for not providing an internet connection and urged me to try again in a few minutes. It told me that the connection would not work if we were outside the US

After about 15 minutes, I went to the back of the plane and asked a flight attendant if I had lost wifi because I moved too far back and was out of it's range. No, we were over Canada. And the service was only good over the US. I should have thought about that, the captain did say we were going over Canada. (A glance at the map would have clued me in...) The service, GoGo did send me a coupon for a free session in the future, I didn't use it on the way home.

The one hour flight to Fairbanks rolled back from the gate on time, but then we sat there for a while. Then we rolled back to the gate and the captain announced that there was a maintenance issue with the plane and we were to debark and we could come back on when they had made the repair. On the way out, as part of my effort to be as cheerful as I can on a flight, I thanked the Captain for not flying us over the mountains in a broken plane. The captain said "We couldn't go anyway, the plane wouldn't start." Aha.

I called Betsy in Fairbanks, to tell her I'd be at least 45 minutes late and we agreed that I would just call her when I landed, as she was so close to the airport. Not a problem.

I called Brian to tell him that I was in Anchorage, and leaving eventually for Fairbanks. He thought the airport was probably very small, but I told him he was wrong indeed. And here are some of the pictures  I took while at the Anchorage Airport.

One of the several souvenir stores in the terminal. I had a feeling I was going to see a lot of bad puns for business names.
A view out the window of the terminal. 

There was a plane hanging from the ceiling at the gate. It's a Cessna 172, which is the most popular private plane. Or maybe the most popular single engine plane. One of those. I "flew" one for my 41st birthday on a discovery flight. The real captain had a second steering wheel and other controls. I loved it, but I am too short to be able to fly this airplane, I can't see over the dashboard and reach the pedals at the same time.

I tried several times to make a scared face and have the stuffed polar bears be in the background. 
I checked the departure list and noted that they had several flights to Dutch Harbor. Brian loves "Deadliest Catch".
Finally we flew to Fairbanks, in a very crowded plane, 737. The view outside was amazing. I didn't take pictures though. But the people around me were very generous sharing the information, telling me the names of the rivers we were flying over. 

So, that was Day one.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A few shots of my studio

Here are some pictures of my studio.

The wall units are a combination of Ikea Stuva and Ikea Besta. The Besta units come in many more combinations than the Stuva, but the Besta doors were not what I was looking for. I discovered that the Stuva doors would fit on the Besta frames.

So, below are three Besta 25 x 25 x 75" high frames. With three sets of Stuva doors.
I could have saved some money buying wider Besta units, instead of three narrow units, but it was easier to get these home. (In my Prius) And I had to build them on my own, so the narrower units were doable. I used those furniture disks under the units to maneuver them in place and then I left the sliders under them.

You can see two more sets of Stuva doors, those are one two 25 x 25 x 25 units, I meant to buy shallower, but I bought those. 

The purple boxes on top are from ikea too, Skubb. They come in purple, white, black, at least for now, in many different sizes. They are made out of fabric, and the bottom zips open or closed, so you can collapse them. I used the Circle die from Accuquilt, to cut out some circles to use as tags. Stray fabrics land in the containers, one has lamé, another has silk, one has scraps. 

I also have this amusing clock. It is not from Ikea. I ordered it from Pamela Allen, the designer.

Years ago, I bought two of these units. At ikea. Of course! They were meant to be shoe storage. And the green doors reverse to be blue. Depending on my mood, they can be bookshelves, storage for Accuquilt dies as they are here, printer stations. Etc. The did have short plastic legs, but without the legs, the unit fits under an old dining table. Ye olde dining table is cherry, it's gorgeous, and I got it at Carson Pirie Scott, as a clearance item. It's 36high, 40x72. And there is a leaf that I can't lift. You can't see the table in this picture, you'll have to trust me that it exists. You can see one leg of it here. I have covered it in multiple layers of ironing board cover fabric, felt and canvas, so I can iron on the whole table.

This is from ikea too! From the kid's section. It was about $5. It's meant to hold a roll of paper, but I took a bolt of Wonder Under off the cardboard, rolled it up and I keep it on my worktable.
I hope you found that inspirational!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Horror Vacui Or Cenophobia?

I learned about this term during a lecture at the School of The Art Institute. Professor Yood was talking about Chicago artists and one of the characteristics of an artist from Chicago is often "horror vacui".
If you look at the wiki article and then again at my quilt, my quilt seems almost empty in comparison.

I don't really think I'm unstable, but I am enjoying adding more and more detail to this quilt top. I'm putting this image up now, which is a few weeks old, so that I don't wander upstairs and work on it and forget to come down and update the picture on my blog.

I've decided that each section should have at least two details within each band. For example, see the purple triangles around the upper right circle? Those need to have another shape on them. And I'm going to put more circles on the curvy bands, one has turquoise curves on purple (Upper right corner), another is the turquoise against the orange. I have no clue how I will quilt it, I might even bead around each shape.

 I've been working on this quilt for at least a year, maybe two even. I'm taking it slow and enjoying it. These shapes are all fused, no turned edges for me!

Here's a link to the wikipedia entry

What do you think? Have you ever obsessed over a surface?