June 14, 2011

Crazy Quilt Twilt

Posted in Classes. Workshops & Lectures, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:57 PM by Shelley Swanland

It’s been a while since I posted and I thought it was about time to get started again. Alot has been going on. Although Cathedral Window Quilting has been my passion I have missed Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I bet you would never have guessing looking at some of my Twilts. ūüôā I have been doing quite a bit of that recently as well as more dyeing of¬†ribbon and rayon trim and Crazy Quilting. What a fabulous opportunity to use all the stuff I have been collecting.

So, my re-entry into blogging is a Crazy Quilt Twilt. I belong to a group of ladies that have totally inspired me so you’re going to be seeing even more crazy quilting and embellishing.

About a year and a half ago I started doing Quilt Shows with Georgia Puga from Georgia’s Quilting Obsession. It has been quite an adventure traveling all around. We ask ourselves frequently why we work this hard but we’re having a blast. Last month¬†I helped¬†move Georgia’s shop¬†to a new location in Beaumont, California. She can now be found at 709 Beaumont Avenue. There’s lots more room and I have classes scheduled there. Check out her website: http://www.georgiasquiltingobsession.com/index.html

Happy Quilting and Twilting!!

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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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September 1, 2009

Aloha Kaimuki

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 1:56 PM by Shelley Swanland

Aloha Kaimuki TwiltIt’s been a while since I posted but I am back now. I took some R&R, did some work and enjoyed the summer. It’s time to get back to my friends in the blogosphere though. Early in August, just after the Long Beach Quilt Show I went to Hawaii to visit my son, Raymond. He lives in Kaimuki, a little town just south east of Waikiki and Honolulu. Hawaii is such a beautiful place and it was fabulous to see him.Aloha Kaimuki Shells Detail I didn’t take any quilting related supplies with me other than a bit of handwork. Imagine my surprise that within walking distance of Raymond’s home I found the Kaimuki Dry Goods Store and a little bead store called Bead It.Aloha Kaimuki Flowers Detail¬† I collected supplies to fashion my Hawaiian Twilt completely by hand. The Dragonfly fabric became the focal point and I stitched the strips to each other by hand through the batting and backing.A K Kailua 2 W

Embroidery floss, flower sequins, beads, pearls and shells were added for embellishment. I rolled the backing to the front and stitched the binding by hand. I think this twilt will always have special meaning to me because while I created it I explored Kailua, Waikiki and Honolulu with my son.

 A K Waikiki 1 WA K Waikiki 2






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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 28, 2009

It’s Sweet and Simple this Twilt Tuesday

Posted in Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , at 7:45 AM by Shelley Swanland

Sweet & SimpleI just got back from the Seven Sister’s Quilt Show in San Luis Obispo, California and was worn out and didn’t have¬†a lot of time for this weeks piece. But, that just goes to show how quick, easy and satisfying these little Twilts can be.

I started with a embroidered paper pieced basket block from my unfinished project stash. This was a left over piece from a couple of little wall hangings I made at least 15 years ago. It was too pretty to waste. Simple & Sweet Detail

I sewed the lot cabin strips on through the batting and back as I worked my way out to the outer edges. There are several Liberty of London type cotton lawn. These are very soft, light weight fabrics with wonderful prints. The added flowers are plastic molded flowers from Australia that have just been waiting for an opportunity to shine. I was quite satisfied with this project.

I would love to see your Twilts. Drop me a line and I will be happy to link to your Blog or send me a picture and I will feature it here. For more about Twilts see Twitter Quilts….Twilts.

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.

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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.

March 26, 2009

A Cathedral Window Quilt in Process

Posted in Designs & Patterns tagged , , , , at 7:04 AM by Shelley Swanland

It’s another beautiful day here. I am off to help The Quilt Attic set up for the Glendale Quilt Show. I will also be squeezing a Workshop in at a local guild. If you happen to be at the show please come by and say Hi!

Myke on Asian Commons UnquiltedIt might seem like I am only working on Twilts these days and that might be partially true, they are addicting. This is a Cathedral Window Quilt that has already been pieced. My assistant, Myke, is holding it down while I baste the top to the batt and back. The next stage will be a grid and the final stage will be the rolling of the bias folds that form all the curves.
Layers of Lavender Class SampleUnlike the traditional method used to make Cathedral Window quilts, in my method the entire top is pieced before any folds are rolled. I will be finishing this quilt in the same manner as the Layers of Lavender Workshop sample.
There will be more to come as I make progress.

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!

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