September 29, 2009

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Twilt

Posted in Shows, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 8:16 PM by Shelley Swanland

Lompoc Mini QuiltJust a quick check in as I head out for another quilt show. I had a fabulous time at the “Garden Party Quilt Show” in Lompoc, Ca this last weekend. The members there are just the best. They treated us all so well and we enjoyed all of there lovely quilts. There was a Mini Quilt Raffle and when I walked in and saw around 35 Mini Quilts all around 12″ x 12″ I thought I was in Twilt Heaven. Quilters Etc has a DVD of their quilt show available and it includes the Mini Quilts. I had to bid on a bunch of them and usually I am not that lucky but luck was with me last week end and I won this Mini Quilt that qualifies as this Tuesday’s Twilt. It was made by Kathi Costa Downey of Lompoc and is hand pieced, appliqued and quilted. Click on the picture to see a larger view of Kathi’s handwork. A big Thank You to the members of Quilters Etc for a wonderful show and a special Thanks to Kathi for making this Mini Quilt so I could win it. Yeaaa!

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July 29, 2009

Fun Times at Quilt Festival Long Beach

Posted in Shows tagged , , , at 8:37 AM by Shelley Swanland

Make It University 2009 #1The International Quilt Festival Long Beach was last weekend and I worked at the show doing demos at The Quilt Attic. I saw lots of friends and made some new ones. The quilts were great. The vendors were too. It’s a show definitely worth attending.

Make It University 2009 001We were located right accross from Make It University, sponsored by Quilt Art Magazine. Thats Pokey in the blue shirt. On Saturday night they had a 60’s contest. and the participants had to make something they could wear or carry out of the provided materials. They also had to sing and dance for additional materials and help. I have to admit we were dancing and singing along a little. And did I mention, there were fabulous prizes involved.

Make It University 2009 #3Who says quilter’s can’t party?

I did squeeze in a couple of the classes at Make It University. I’ll have more about that in my next post.

May 4, 2009

Back From My Travels

Posted in My Designs, Your Work, Shows tagged , , , , at 9:12 AM by Shelley Swanland

Seven Sisters QS 2009The last two weekends have been busy for me April 25 and 26 I was at the Seven Sisters Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo, California. I have family up there so I was able to see family as well as enjoy seeing old friends and meeting new ones.Patricia Corley

Patricia Corley had a quilt in the show, “Butterflies”, that she made in a Machine Stitched Cathedral Stars class that I taught a few years ago and you know how I love to see student work. Inland Empire QS 2009

This last weekend May 1 and 2 I was at the Inland Empire Quilt Show in Norco, California. There were a lot of wonderful quilts in the show and another student’s work, Jeanie Stellrecht’s “Cathedral Star”. Jeanie was in a Cathedral Window Stars Table Runner class I taught at The Fabric Patch.

Jeannie StellrechtVending at quilt shows is quite a bit of work but I always enjoy visiting with quilters, vendors and friends!Jeanie Stellrecht Detail

April 17, 2009

Memories and Merlot for Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2009

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Designs & Patterns, Shows tagged , , , , , at 12:44 PM by Shelley Swanland

Memories & MerlotAmy at Park City Girl came up with this fabulous idea to do a Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I read about it and wholeheartedly decided, I’m in!

“Memories & Merlot”, 56″ x 64″, is a variation of my Cathedral Window Technique. The center features single 3D squares  I filled in the edges of the center and the border with 3D triangles and felt that really gave the quilt it’s Cathedral Window feel. Memories & Merlot DetailThe quilt was stitched in a grid and the bias folds of the 3D squares and triangles were rolled and stitched at the quilting stage. It took me a while to finish, being one of those projects that I would set aside when other more pressing projects came along. Life got in the way as well, three moves in two years. Lots of memories of those times. The fabrics are all yummy batiks, different prints in the same color ranges and it does gradiate lighter in the center to darker at the outer edges. It took me ages to come up with a name. The Redish colors always made me think of wine and I do like my wine…..oops, did I say that out loud? Shiraz is my favorite but a good Merlot is very acceptable.

Click on the pictures and it will take you to high resolution ones on Flickr. Maximize the browser and you will get a larger picture.

March 30, 2009

Fun Times and Some Good Stuff

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, My Designs, Your Work, Shows tagged , , , , , at 8:06 AM by Shelley Swanland

The Raincross Ladies hard at workJust back from Glendale and my workshop in Riverside. The ladies of Raincross Quilt Guild asked me to do a Lotus Lullaby workshop. We had lots of fun and everyone finished piecing their block.


Raincross QuiltersIt was a big success and I plan to offer the Lotus Lullaby workshop actively in the future. I had to skip Saturday at the Glendale show to do this workshop.



Stuff I bought at GlendaleThe Glendale Quilt Show was wonderful and well attended and I used my free time to scout out some new embellishments for my Twilts. Didn’t I find some yummy stuff? Remember, tomorrow is Twilt Tuesday.

February 24, 2009

South Bay Quilt Show

Posted in My Designs, Your Work, Shows tagged , , , , at 11:35 AM by Shelley Swanland

Oriental Table Runner by Nancy PayneThe South Bay Quilt Show is held in Torrance, California every year around this time. This year I covered the show in Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations booth. She has a fabulous store in Palm Desert, California. We all had a great time. When I had an opportunity to look at all the wonderful quilts I came across a piece that one of my students made when I did a Lecture and Workshop for their guild in the summer. I just love finding student work. Nancy Payne got creative with the actual class project. Her piece is an original layout of my Parchment & Black Lacquer design and she called it Oriental Table Runner. Great job, Nancy!

February 18, 2009

Hemet Quilt Show

Posted in Shows tagged , , , , at 9:43 AM by Shelley Swanland


Last weekend was the Annual Valley Quilters Guild of Hemet, California Quilt Show. As usual they were wonderful hosts. It’s a small show but well worth coming to. It was an opportunity for me to see many of my friends and I really enjoyed it. I had a little booth.

The quilts were fabulous!


February 9, 2009

Road2CA Update

Posted in Shows tagged , , , , at 8:14 AM by Shelley Swanland

Road to California was a great show. I have demonstrated techniques at The Quilt Attic booth for about six years in a row. It is always fun to see everyone.




The last two years I have taught classes. I had two classes this year and I had fabulous students.  Unfortunately I only remembered to get my camera out for one of them.



Road to California always has fantastic quilt displays, lots of great vendors, workshops and events. Mark your calendar for mid-January next year.


I look forward to seeing you there!