Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Screen printing the easy way.

I really like these two gear shapes and I use them in some of my quilts.


 I am thinking of using them as my "vocabulary" to explore surface treatments, using them either as a stencil to paint through, or as a stencil to mark shapes on a quilt.

I have a screen printing kit from Stencil Pro. It makes pink stencils, with no chemicals. You print out the image for your stencil on transparency paper, lay it on top of the stencil paper, put it in the sun, count to 25, take it inside and soak it in water. That's your stencil. Pretty much.

If you have a thermofax, that's quicker. I had to wait until it was sunny, and had to count to 25, which took concentration, as my neighbor came home. Had to wave at him. A car was parking on the other side of the street with blinky lights on it's hood, had to stare at the car for a bit in case the inhabitants were up to shenanigans.  I still have no clue who they were. We live on a cul-de-sac in a suburb of Chicago, so normally people who park on your street and leave their hazard lights on are not strangers.


Here are the four stencils I ended up with. There was a learning curve, I wasted another four. and if I do these over, I won't have the boxes around the gear, just have the gear.

I'm going to pounce them with chalk to be a quilting guide. And put some fabric paint and paint through them, like a stencil. And I'm going to get my BERNINA to embroider them. And my cutting machines to cut them out. Maybe.

Anyway, the amazing thing to me, is that this kit from Circuit Bridge was purchased in 2011, and the sheets are still just as active. It's me that wasn't using them....

Here's a link to my crafts class if you want to see one way to use stencils for quilting. In the class, I use a 1" square grid stencil I bought at a quilt show, to mark a quilting grid.

www.craftsy.com/ext/RobbiEklow_5176_H


Saturday, June 13, 2015

We're having ANOTHER drawing for my Craftsy class for free! The winner will be drawn on June 21, the night before the class launches on June 22.

Here's the link:

http://www.craftsy.com/ext/RobbiEklow_Giveaway

And for your entertainment, a few pictures of my latest quilt:






Monday, June 1, 2015

Craftsy!!

I've got a class coming up on Craftsy!!!! I'm really excited.

Here's a link to sign up for a giveaway, one winner will get the class for free.
The class if Fearless FreeMotion Quilting. I'll show you how I use felt samples to make it easier to practice free motion quilting on my Bernina. It's a great way to get started if you haven't free motioned before. I've been using this method for years in my "bricks and mortar" classes. (or is that flesh and blood? I don't know...)

http://www.craftsy.com/ext/RobbiEklow_Giveaway



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: http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/West/Classes/PNWQFFaculty/RobbiJoyEklow/index.cfm