Monday, May 4, 2015

Quilt Week Paducah 2015-Heartland Lace Guild

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

This year Mom and I discovered a new event during Quilt Week, a demonstration and exhibit by the Heartland Lace Guild.

Heartland Lace Guild

One of the newest crafts that Mom has tried is needle tatting, which is similar in many ways to lace making or shuttle tatting. When she found this demonstration and exhibition was going on (and apparently  had been for the previous six trips to Quilt Week), we knew we had to stop by. Mom was hoping to chat with someone who had experience with needle tatting, and get some feedback on on the work she'd been doing on her own. 

The Guild had a very nice exhibit set up, including display boxes explaining the cycle of getting cotton seed to cotton thread and silk from and egg to thread.

Heartland Lace Guild
Cotton Seed to Thread.

Heartland Lace Guild
Silk from Egg to Thread.

They also had a great display of items created by their members. On the far left in the below picture we can also see the set-up of one of their members who is working on a cute little hedgehog! It was fun to watch her work for a bit and ask her questions about the process. 

Heartland Lace Guild

This was a great addition to our Quilt Week schedule, and we can't wait to go back again next year!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma-Quilt Week Shopping Edition

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

Crafty Comment Karma

To kick off this week's Crafty Comment Karma link-up I'm sharing a few of the items I picked up in Paducah during Quilt Week! I'm not going to share every purchase, but just few of the places we visited and the things we picked up.

Let me start by saying that Mom and I have gotten MUCH better about not going overboard and being more selective about our purchases. We have not had a repeat of Quilt Week 2013 when we  (combined) ended up with 150 yards of fabric; and that's not even counting the non-fabric purchases.

Hancock's of Paducah

Our first stop each and every year is the amazing Hancock's of Paducah. This company has a huge store, and during quilt week they mark hundreds (thousands?) of bolts down to prices around $5-7/yard. There truly is something for everyone in this store.

It was also super nifty to see their professional cutting station in the back. A large portion of their business is through online orders so they have to be efficient and their cutting to get shipments out quickly.

Hancock's of Paducah cutting table

Since this is our seventh year of the Paducah show, I'd like to think that Mom and I have the Hancock's shopping experience down to an art. 

We have three rules: 
  1. If you see it and even THINK you might want it you put it in the cart. Otherwise some other wise quilter will snatch it up!
  2. You go through the fabric in your cart MULTIPLE times before going to get it measured or cut. You always end up with more than you need/want, and sometimes I've even grabbed multiple cuts of the same fabric and not even realized it. 
  3. You stop (to follow rule #2 and then check out) if you are feeling tired, hungry, anxious, grumpy, claustrophobic, frustrated or impatient. A huge warehouse with hundreds of excited quilters is NOT the place to be when you know you need a snack break. 
Hancock's of Paducah fabric

In addition to fabric, another thing we always seem to come home with is books! Again, we've gotten much better at not going overboard with every amazing pattern or quilt book that we see, but a few always seem to sneak into our bags.

books from Quilt Week

And then there are always the odds and ends, the new notions or fresh paper pieces. 

Mom insists that this iron cleaner is the best thing since sliced bread and insisted on buying one for me. I'm excited to see how it works on an iron that has fused lots of 1/4" fusible tape in the writing of Contain It!

Bo-Nash Iron Clean

I'm pretty excited to branch out to diamonds and also try a smaller hexagon with my English Paper-Piecing! 
Paper Pieces

Again, these are just of the few things I acquired this year. Shopping at Quilt Week can definitely be an overwhelming experience. There seems to be a fabric store, shop or vendor around each and every corner not only at the show itself but all throughout Paducah.

Fabric Sale

And now.... onto the link-up!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#35

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

It still counts as a work in progress if I just started it this week, right? We're going to roll with that...

Even though I have (what feels like) 101 UFOs languishing in a pile, I felt inspired to start a new project this week and ride some of that "new project energy" along with my Paducah energy! This is a pattern for a little wall-hanging that I'd picked up during a trip home to Omaha in 2013.

The pattern is called "Chip" and is by Carrie Nelson with Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. I've never used a pattern from this company before, so I made sure to read it all the way through a few times before cutting into my fabric.

Chip Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

I was excited to find that my super-smart self from two years ago packaged all the fabric and the pattern together in one ziploc bag. The pattern calls for 2.5" squares, but I'm using the Moda Mixed Bag charm pack instead. 

Chip Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

This was my first time cutting fabric in my new studio space, and there were some logistical challenges I hadn't expected with my set-up, but I did manage to get everything cut. And fixing some of the space problems has been added to my weekend to-do list. 

Moda Mixed Bag Chip

Last thing before I called it a night was to mark the center line for making half-square triangles. I put on an audio book (checked out from the public library on my iphone) and whizzed through all 48 squares in no time at all! Next step- sewing!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts!

Looking for another link-up? Our weekly Crafty Comment Karma runs Friday-Friday, so there's always a chance to link-up and share! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Quilt Week Paducah 2015-The Schedule of Events

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

This last week Mom and I attended our SEVENTH annual American Quilter's Society Quilt Week show in Paducah, Kentucky. If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram (PrairieSewn on both), you'll have seen lots of pictures of our four day adventure.

Without (hopefully) going overboard, I'm going to share some of the hi-jinx that we got up to! Here are the posts to look for over the next few weeks:

  • Exploding the Square: NOTAN Design Class with Cathy Miller (aka the Singing Quilter)
  • Pansy Basket Class with Faye Labanaris
  • The Heartland Lace Guild
  • The Energy and Inspiration of Quilt Week

There is A LOT to take in during Quilt Week, and it can be hard to make sure you're seeing everything you want to and still having time to eat, drink and sleep! Anyone who knows me knows about my love for color-coded schedule, so it didn't surprise my Mom when I handed her a Quilt Week color-coded schedule our very first year. While scheduling our vacation in 30 minute blocks sounds a little crazy, it turned out to be insanely helpful. 

While our schedule isn't set in stone, we have found that more-or-less following it helps eliminate the stress of trying to ensure we don't miss anything. It serves as a list of what activities are anchor events (classes, demos for Contain It!, performances) tied to a certain time and date, and what other things we need to get to sometime during the week. Here's what was on our schedule this year:

Wednesday, April 22
- Hancock's of Paducah Visit #1
-Contain It! Demo
-Meeting with the American Quilter magazine managing editor
-Exploding the Square-NOTAN Class

Thursday, April 23
-Hancock's of Paducah Visit #2

-Rotary Show and Vendors at the Civic Center
-Heartland Lace Guild Exhibit and Demos
-Shopping in Downtown Paducah
-Yeiser Art Museum (where a friend from high school had her work on display for the second year)
-Kitchen Witches play at the Market Theater (we go to their show every year now!)

Friday, April 24
-Pansy Basket's Class
-Performance by Ricky Tims at the Carson Center
-Seeing the Quilt Show itself

Saturday, April 25 
-Hancock's of Paducah Visit #3
-Contain It! Demo

Friday, April 24, 2015

Craft Comment Karma-Quilt Week Edition

Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter

Welcome to the Quilt Week edition of Crafty Comment Karma! Mom and I have been having a blast all week in Paducah, Kentucky for the annual American Quilter's Society. We'll do more a more in depth recap when we're back home, but here are a few pictures from our first day. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (PrairieSewn) to see all of our hi-jinx in real time! 

Cutting table Hancock's of Paducah
Professional cutting table at Hancock's of Paducah.

Prairie Sewn Studios Author Showcase
Linda (Mom) giving a demo for Contain It! 

NOTAN class with Cathy Miller
NOTAN class practice with Cathy Miller. 
And now on to the link-up! Link up your crafting, quilting or sewing post below and comment on the posts of at least THREE other bloggers! Help build up our positive community of crafters online by encouraging each other.