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January 2017 Newsletter

Where I Have Been

Year started in Santa Cruz, Ca area visiting the Pajaro Quilters Association.  The workshops revolved around making my Generic Bird (pajaro in spanish) pattern.  Ideal pattern for a 1-day workshop.
Here are six completed birds. I am looking to the pictures of all the completed birds in the class.  That will be fun to share.

Craft University Classes

If you want to learn about Value, how to use it, how it relates to color and how to achieve amazing quilts, register for my class on  CRAFT UNIVERSITY called “UNDERSTANDING VALUE IN QUILT DESIGN”.
Sign up.  Use the button is below and use the Coupon Code  VALUE10 to get $10 off the class price.But now also the second class has been opened.  This is the “Heat-Set Applique” class.
Here is a link to the trailer for the “Exploring Heat-Set Applique for Quilting” class:
https://youtu.be/gcjFK8-FOLYand this is how quickly you will be able to create a quilt top with this technique:
https://youtu.be/977DwUWItGoTake a look and take the classes!

UNDERSTANDING VALUE IN QUILT DESIGN

 

EXPLORING HEAT-SET APPLIQUE FOR QUILTING

Where am I Going Next?

In case you are in the neigbourhood, come visit.  Here are my next three months:

February
Travel to  Quilters’ Anonymous and also a visit the Crazy Quilters of Federal Way in Washington state.

March
Off to Lancaster, Pa. for four days of teaching a number of workshops with the American Quilters Association (AQS), and also judging the show.  See below the list of classes I will be teaching in Lancaster.

For more information, please check out my website’s CALENDAR page.

Heads up about some 2017 workshops that require longer planning on your part.  Especially the below one as this is happening in March/April… just around the corner.

– AQS (American Quilters Society) – March 29-April 1 in Lancaster, PA.  Teaching many different 1-day classes
       3/29 – Value of VALUE lecture and Trapunto
                  Technique 1/2 day class
        3/30 – From Pattern to Quilt using the Amazing
                   “Heat-Set” Applique
technique full day class
         3/31 – Randomly Pieced Background and Envelope Edge-ings, both 1/2 day 
         4/1 – Reverse Applique 1/2 day class

Please click:
  2017 Lancaster AQS QuiltWeek classes    

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New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Christchurch, NZ  in October 5-10, 2017.  Make plans now!!!

Three classes offered, one designed for the New Zealand Symposium I call “A Bird View” introducing the “Free Edge” applique technique.  Also “Reverse Applique”, and a 2-day “From Photo to Portrait Quilt” Class focusing on people and animal portraits from inspiring photos.

Looking forward to many pictures and many great times from all these visits. Hope to see you there!
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A Different type of Applique

REVERSE APPLIQUE

In this applique technique, instead of applying fabric shapes on top of the background, you cut into the background to discover the shapes and colors below.  It is used in MOLA designs where they are hand stitched.  The technique I developed is done by machine and it also uses the same adhesive product I use in my extremely successful “Heat-Set” Applique technique.

It lends itself to stained glass, mosaic, and graphic type effects using fabrics.

Appears that this is becoming popular as I will be teaching it in March in AQS in Lancaster, in September when I visit the Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters, and even in New Zealand as one of my classes.

How is this done????  If you are in the area, come to one of the above classes.  Otherwise, to be able to offer it to anyone that would like to learn how to, I have written a “Book-on-CD” and make available as a CD or a Downloadable PDF.  This gives you ALL these options and the HOW-TO’s to do this technique and it includes a couple of patterns to practice on.  Step-by-step instructions with pictures guiding you to a quilt top you will be happy and proud of.

These are the patterns that you will see and have on the “REVERSE APPLIQUE” BOOK-on CD.

The Book-on-CD is available on my website at Book and Media for Sale and is called “Reverse Applique”.  It comes in CD form or a downloadable PDF file.

While on my webite, visit other pages such as Patterns for Sale. Plenty of patterns to choose from, as well as quilts to purchase, and other great products.

Happy New Year to ALL and wishing you a happy, healthy and very rewarding 2017!

December 2016 Newsletter

Just completed two new quilts for which patterns will be provided within a week or so.  These are quilts designed for the fall collection of Hoffman of California Fabrics coming out around June 2017.  This one is called “Arctic Eyes”  and it is 25″ w x 26″ h .

The pattern will have the Hoffman Fabrics id numbers so you can locate

 

them in quilt shops, but I also and always include VALUES. This way you can easily substitute or change colors.  In fact I am in the process of doing this Boy’s sister in a totally different color just by using VALUE substitutions.  Will share when finished in the next newsletter.
And here is the other quilt and I call it “Peter’s Garden”.  This pattern is also going to be available within a week or so.  Peter’s Garden is 26″ w x 32″h.

Both these patterns will have a chart for the Hoffman fabrics I used for all of you who want to do this exactly as it looks.  But I will also include the values so that you will be free to substitute any fabrics and any color you prefer.

Where I Have Been

December was very quiet, on purpose.  I needed the time to catch my breath and re-coup from my travels.  Time to place my studio and office in order and plan for the future.
Craft University Classes
If you want to learn about Value, how to use it, how it relates to color and how to achieve amazing quilts, register for my class on  CRAFT UNIVERSITYcalled “UNDERSTANDING VALUE IN QUILT DESIGN”.
Sign up.  Use the button is below and use the Coupon Code  VALUE10 to get $10 off the class price.
Please see this U-Tube intro to the class:
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE VALUE

And I am also pre-annoucing the next class that will be offered early 2017.
Since I cannot be in all places all the time in person to teach my most popular classes, CRAFT U will be offering my “Heat-Set” Technique Class.  So you will have two options:  My Book-on-CD and the online download of the class from CRAFT U.

You get a pattern from both.  The Book-on-CD has my Blooming Iris as part of the exercise.  CRAFT U’s online class will provide you with a pattern for a Kingfisher Bird to use in your practice. 

Preview the CRAFT U Class

More about the CRAFT U class when it opens for registration.  The class will be called “Exploring Heat-Set Applique for Quilting”.

Where am I Going Next?

In case you are in the neigbourhood, come visit.  Here are my next three months:

January
Travel life starts again early in January.  I will be visiting the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association in Santa Cruz, Ca.  To honor the Guild’s name “Pajaro” which means Bird in spanish, I will be teaching a BIRD CLASS which will combine my “Heat-Set” machine applique and a little bit about my “free edge” approach to bird feathers.

February
Travel to  Quilters’ Anonymous and also a visit the Crazy Quilters of Federal Way in Washington state.

March
Off to Lancaster, Pa. for four days of teaching a number of workshops with the American Quilters Association (AQS), and also judging the show.  See below the list of classes I will be teaching in Lancaster.

For more information, please check out my website’s CALENDAR page.

Heads up about some 2017 workshops that require longer planning on your part.  Especially the below one as this is happening in March/April… just around the corner.

– AQS (American Quilters Society) – March 29-April 1 in Lancaster, PA.  Teaching many different 1-day classes
       3/29 – Value of VALUE lecture and Trapunto
                  Technique 1/2 day class
        3/30 – From Pattern to Quilt using the Amazing
                   “Heat-Set” Applique technique full day class
         3/31 – Randomly Pieced Background class and  the Envelope Edge-ings, both 1/2 day 
         4/1 – Reverse Applique 1/2 day class

– New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Christchurch, NZ  in October 5-10, 2017.  Make plans now!!!

Three classes offered, one designed for the New Zealand Symposium I call “A Bird View” introducing the “Free Edge” applique technique.  Also “Reverse Applique”, and a 2-day “From Photo to Portrait Quilt” Class focusing on people and animal portraits from inspiring photos.

Looking forward to many pictures and many great times from all these visits. Hope to see you there!

A Different type of Edge-ing
THE BORDER-LESS EDGE

Some quilts do not required any border or bindings,  A well finished, clean edge is all you need.  Some call it the “Pillowcase” edge.  I call this edge the “ENVELOPE” finish.
This is an easy technique but it does have some pros and cons that you need to be aware of.   You have to quilt it at the right time since quilting distorts the quilt and the edges will not be square and straight.

Enveloping can be done on quilts up to 40″ on side.  Larger ones require a totally different manner of finishing and still give the edge that clean “envelope-like” edge.

And finally, if you are like me, you probably dislike to do hand work, but a binding on a quilt REQUIRES HAND WORK… UGH!!!
The “Arctic Eyes” quilt of the wolf, above, has a double border but in order to not have to apply a binding I finished it with the envelope technique.  So pretty much everything is done by machine.  And no binding seams to distract you at the edges.

How is this done????  I have written a “Book-on-CD” and make available as a CD or a Downloadable PDF.  They give you ALL these options and the HOW-TO’s to do an envelope edge for a small quilt or a large quilt.  Step-by-step instructions with pictures guiding you to a perfect Edge for your quilt – large or small. with or without borders.

The Book-on-CD is  available on my website at Book and Media for Sale and is called “Binding-less Envelope”.  It comes in CD form or a downloadable PDF file.

While on my webite, visit other pages such as Patterns for Sale. Plenty of patterns to choose from and a few Holiday Patterns you could choose for someone that you know that loves to quilt. They would make wonderful presents and even look great hanging off the tree.   Ruby Poinsettia is on page 3.  Cool Blue and Deck the Palms are on page 1.

October/November Newsletter

You might remember from my April Newsletter (Grace’s Blog) that this little guy was just being worked on.  I just had him on a board.  Here is the finished quilt.  Finally had some time to complete it.  I call him Breakfast of Champions“.  
The Hummer and the flower are done in my “Heat-Set” applique technique.  The background is something I am developing now.  It uses the same product as the “Heat-Set” applique so it is an appliqued background.  More about that when I develop it further.

The story about the edge-ing is that I had an appointment with my photographer but I had not squared this quilt or finished the edge.  I figured I can do that later. I can always crop the photo to suit the final quilt.  

BUT, once I saw the picture I loved that rough edge and decided to keep it. Not an easy task.  I finished the edges by doing facings all around it so the final quilt really looks like the photo.

Here is what he looked like then.
And here is just another quilt that I did finished a couple of weeks ago. Part of my Hoffman collection to be showcased in the Hoffman of California booth at the Houston Market October 29-31.  If you happen to be at the event, stop by the Hoffman of California booth and take a close look!
It is called Midnight Frolic.

Where I Have Been

September and the first part of October took me to Tucson, AZ., Buena Park, CA., and Denver, CO.   Fun Quilt Guild that I visited on those areas.
And so my cross-country Tulip Garden grows and grows.
Value continues
I have published yet another VALUE article.  This time in Quilting Arts Magazine.  Five pages of great information about Value, what it can do for you and how to use it.
If you get Quilting Arts Magazine- October/November issue, then look at page 34.
If you do not get it I have some I can send to you.  I will have them on my website for sale next week or you can send me an email so that I can ship one to you.  The price is $7.99 plus shipping.
Email me at gracerrea@gmail.com if you want one right now.  It is a wonderful article with nice picture and great information!
And while we are talking about Value, if you like the article, you will love the Class on Value from CRAFT UNIVERSITY staring November 6th.  Sign up.  Use the button is below and use the Coupon VALUE10 to get $10 off the class price. You can also get the link on the Home Page of my website.

Where Am I Going Next

November
November will start with a visit to the High Desert Quilt Guild in Ridgecrest, CA.  Later a visit to the Greater Houston Quilters Guild and the West Houston Quilt Guild both in Houston, TX.
And that should wrap up a very busy and in my opinion, very successful and fun year.  YEY!  For more info on where I will be, please check out my website’s CALENDAR page.Heads up about some 2017 workshops that require longer planning on your part:
– AQS (American Quilters Society) – March 29-April 1 in Lancaster, PA.  Teaching many different 1-day classes
3/29 – Value of VALUE lecture and Trapunto Technique class
3/30 – From Pattern to Quilt using the Amazing “Heat-Set” Applique technique
3/31 – Randomly Pieced Background class and the Envelope Edge techniques
4/1 – Reverse Applique– New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Christchurch, NZ on October 5-10, 2017.  Make plans now!!!

Three classes offered, one designed for the New Zealand Symposium I call “A Bird View” introducing the “Free Edge” applique technique.  Also “Reverse Applique”, and a 2-day “From Photo to Portrait Quilt” Class focusing on people and animal portraits from inspiring photos.

Looking forward to many pictures and many great times from all these visits. Hope to see you there!

Students’ Successes
Thank you Judy Mathieson (The Mariner Compass Quilt Artist and Teacher!) and Pat Deisch for the beautiful Apple from Judy and the amazing Morning Glory from Pat.  Beautiful work!

Keep them coming, I love to share students accomplishments to inspire and encourage you all.

Holidays Quilts!
I suspect you are already thinking or working on Holiday Quilts.  Here is one option.  Patterns are available on my website at Patterns for Sale.  And I have a few others that lend themselves to the Holiday Season.  You can do them for yourself or as presents.  Ruby Poinsettia is on page 3.  Cool Blue and Deck the Palms are on page 1.

Special Announcement!

My new CRAFT U Class:

“Understanding VALUE in Quilt Design”

Register Now!

Access to course materials starts 11/06/16 Anytime, anywhere, with computer, tablet or smartphone https://www.craftonlineuniversity.com/courses/understanding-value-in-quilt-design or go to Craft University https://craftonlineuniversity.com/courses and then search for Understanding Value in Quilt Design.

Understanding Value in Quilt Design

Whether you are a beginner and want to understand how the elements of art influence design; or you are advanced and want to take your skills to the next level, this class is created for you. At the completion you will understand how design is influenced by one extremely important art element: VALUE. Getting familiar with VALUE will enable amazing creations and is applicable to paint, textile, and really any media.

In articles, books, classes that you have taken, VALUE is not usually given a lot of discussion. Most attention is paid to Color. Yet Color is only secondarily important in successful design.

Specific to quilting, this class is a must know for both art and traditional quilters. VALUE is what makes beautiful things glow although most times, color gets the credit.

VALUE is the key to creating exceptional work. This class focuses on the important tools in creating inspirational botanicals, landscapes, and portraits. It will provide an overview of color harmony, color theory, the psychology of color and the expressive aspects of color and VALUE. Then, it will focus on VALUE, where and how to use it to create and emphasize a focal point, to set a mood in an art pieces, to create 3-dimensionality or to create amazing portraiture.

By the end of the class the student will realize that VALUE is the dynamic difference between good quilts and amazing quilts. You will see the world in a totally different way and you will start releasing the artist within!

And here is a discount coupon!

September 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

Just came back from Golden, CO. after taping two classes with CRAFT UNIVERSITY. One of the classes was my “Heat-Set” Applique class and the Kingfisher (above) was the quilt I developed to walk through and demonstrate the technique.  The second will be my VALUE class.

What a great experience!  I think that the worst part was getting used to talking to “students” in the ether by looking at this camera with 2 google eyes taped on it.

The crew, Ginger, Valerie, Dreux, Brad and Noelle were marvelous and so very patient with me.  Thank you all!

The VALUE class (4 lessons) will be released later this year in November.  The “HEAT SET” applique class will release early next year.  Announcements will come out when they are ready.

These courses will be “on demand”, meaning that you will be able to start the class as soon as you buy it, and you will have access to me, the teacher, via email as long as the course runs, which is as long as there is interest.

Speaking of VALUE, have you seen my VALUE MATCHING TOOL?

This is a VALUE MATCHING TOOL that I designed and made available to all my students.  The tool has the 3 primary and 3 secondary hues and gray in the middle.  I use an 8-value scale when designing, so each hue/color has 8 values around each opening.  The way you work it is by placing the fabric, or any item you want to match the color and value of, under the opening and then match to the value surrounding the opening.
I use the tool to find values for fabric I am working with.  Also I use it when I am looking at a photo and want to match or find what is the value of an area in the photo I want to reproduce in fabric. These tools are available on my website at Tools for Sale.  So in this example the pink/red fabric is value 2!

Another great “tool” I have that will explain in detail, and give you a LOT of information on VALUE is my book.  The first two chapters explain what VALUE is, how to use it, how to “valuelize” your stash, and then work with it.

Check this link:  “Impressionist Applique – Exploring Value and Design to Create Artistic Quilts”.

Where I Have Been

August was busy with a visit to the Pine Needle Quilters in Wrightwood, CA.  To think that the week after I was there, they were threatened with extreme fires and some of the guild members and friends had to evacuated.  I hope they faired well and are back in their homes.

Also in August I taught at the LA QUILT SHOW in San Pedro, CA.  My quilt, “Sunset on the Beach”  won the Viewers Choice awards.

Then to Golden, CO. to tape the CRAFT UNIVERSITY classes.
We taped 2 classes, a full 4 lesson VALUE class to be offered by CRAFT University in November,  The second class was my “Heat-Set” class.  It will be offered to the public early next year.  It is a 5 lesson class from a pattern to quilted end. “Soup to nuts”.  Great class and I look forward to announcing it.
Above is a picture of the crew (Brad, Noelle, Valerie, Ginger, and Dreux) and the filming studio.

Labor Day – Saturday was the day for my “INTRO TO THE “HEAT-SET” class” at the San Diego Quilt Show.  What a great and fun class.  We made a small tulip to learn the technique first.  Then we got busy making the “masterpiece” sample.  And here is the TULIP Garden the gardeners.

Where am I Going Next?

September
I’ll be traveling to Tucson, AZ.  I will be teaching at the Tucson Quilt Guild and I just might have a little time to visit the Saguaro National Park.October  
Off to visit the Acacia Quilt Guild in Buena Park, CA.  Then I will be back in the Denver area in Colorado to visit the the Arapahoe County Quilters and the Common Thread Quilters.November
November will start with a visit to the High Desert Quilt Guild in Ridgecrest, CA.  Later a visit to the Greater Houston Quilters Guild and the West Houston Quilt Guild both in Houston, TX.

And that should wrap up a very busy and in my opinion, very successful and fun year.  YEY!  For more info on where I will be, please check out my website’s CALENDAR page.

Heads up about some 2017 workshops that require longer planning on your part:
– AQS (American Quilters Society) – March 29-April 1 in Lancaster, PA.  Teaching many different 1-day classes
3/29 – Value of VALUE lecture and Trapunto Technique class
3/30 – Introduction to the Amazing “Heat-Set” applique technique
3/31 – Randomly Pieced Background class and the Envelope Edge techniques
4/1 – Reverse Applique

– New Zealand Quilt Symposium in Christchurch, NZ on October 5-10, 2017.  Make plans now!!!

Three classes offered, one designed for the New Zealand Symposium I call “A Bird View” introducing the “Free Edge” applique technique.  Also “Reverse Applique”, and a 2-day “From Photo to Portrait Quilt” Class focusing on people and animal portraits from inspiring photos.

Looking forward to many pictures and many great times from all these visits. Hope to see you there!

Students’ Successes

Thank you Bunky Frame and Clare Hunter, Jan Nielsen and Lyra Bobo, Maggie Cosner, Audrey Ferguson, and Monica Schurter.

Keep them coming, I love to share students accomplishments to inspire and encourage you all.

Unfortunately in the last few months I have had very few of my own accomplishments due to lack of time and travel.  Maybe with the holidays in latter part of November and December I will be able to share some of my own work.

April 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

(Blue Bird)

Hello and Happy and Healthy April 2016

What is Happening

Currently I am working on three separate quilts.  True to my style, all of them are in the focal point construction phase.  Background will come later and for all of them I need to figure that out.  No idea how it will ultimately look.

The Hummingbird will get a Honeysuckle flower for breakfast.  And the three Harlequin Tuskfish will get an underwater scene.  This is something I have been looking to do for a long time.

Most likely I will create my own background using my Randomly Pieced Technique (which by the way I have in “Book on CD” or Downloadable PDF form).

On the other hand, I am experimenting and developing a new technique for creating amazing and one-of-a-kind appliqued backgrounds using the Heat-Set product that I use in my “Heat-Set” Machine Applique technique.  I suppose I will call it “Randomly “Heat-Set” Appliqued Backgrounds” or maybe “From Scraps to Backs”.   I used it in in my “Golden Eagle” and a few other recent quilts.

Where I Have Been

Where did March go?  I think I travelled so much I lost time and place. I visited the Orange Grove Quilt Guild in Garden Grove, CA and also the High County Quilters in Palmdale, Ca.  Great times and wonderful students in both!

Then spent some time with Susan Brubaker Knapp taping a few segments for Quilting Arts TV.  The first will air around July and I will notify you what and when.

The small Blue Bird quilt in the top of this newsletter was created just for one of those segments and will be used in some future classes.  It is small, very easy and can be completed in a ½ day class.

Finally spent a wonderful time going back to New York in the upstate area that I know well.  Taught a 3-day workshop at the Hudson River Valley Art Center in Greenville NY.  We chose wonderful photos and learned how to create amazing quilt with them as inspiration.

When I left NY in 2000 I thought I would never see or be affected by snow again.  However, 2016 is my year of the snow.  First, due to snow in the mountains the meeting and workshop was cancelled at the Tehachapi Quilt Guild in February in CALIFORNIA.  It is rescheduled for May.

Then, in New York we had snow on Sunday morning, Not enough to affect us but enough to make me reminisce my life in the area 16 years ago.

Here is a collage of picture of what the ladies in the class did.  The theme was to take a favorite photo and create a quilt from it.

Where am I Going Next?

May 2-3 will finally visit the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters in California.
June takes me to Plano, Texas and then to the Santa Rosa and Sonoma areas in CA for more lectures and workshops.  Then a local to me visit to the Night Owls Quilters in Upland, CA.

July will be exciting too with a visit to Quilt Wyoming Retreat in Powell, WY right around the Yellowstone Park area.

Looking forward to many pictures and many great times from all these visits.

Students’ Successes

Thank you Suzon Stroud and Sally Kuck and Delores Dorland. Your Quilts are beautifully done and look wonderful!

January and February 2016

January and February 2016 Newsletter

(Ruby Poinsettia 33″ wide x 28″ high)

New addition to the patterns page, created with the 2016 Hoffman Christmas fabric collection.  

Out all the dozens of photos I took of Poinsettias this past Christmas I chose this one from the many pots displayed at the local Trader Joe’s.  

Quilts is approximately 33” wide x 28” high and was finished with my “envelope” technique.  Meaning no borders or binding.

Pattern for this quilt is available on:

Poinsettia pattern

Other new patterns ready for YOU

“View from Above” Quilt Pattern

For this landscape I chose a picture I had or a local view facing the ocean and right across from Catalina.


Pattern available on my website’s Patterns page:

View from Above Pattern

Quilt finishes at a 29” wide x 22” high quilt and is also edged with my “envelope” borderless and binding-less technique.  Interested in this technique?  I have a “book-on-CD” to show you exactly all the steps.

Border-less Envelope Technique – Book on CD

 “Hyacinth Macau” 

Hyacinth Macau is not a brand new quilt but it is a brand new pattern.  Quilt finished to approximately 26” wide x 36” high. 

 

The pattern will be available on my For Sale page this weekend.

This quilt is edged with what I call “bording” which is a Binding and a Border all in one step, with a 3-dimensional flange in between.

“Bordings” – Book on CD

Where I have been and where I am going

January started with a great visit to the “Citrus Belt Quilters” in Redland, CA.  In the workshop we did Threadwork, i.e., a little thread drawing and a little thread painting. 

February:  Unfortunately, my Tehachapi class was cancelled as the weather decided to dump lots of snow on the mountain.  I thought I would never be affected by snow again when I moved from NY to California.  Class was rescheduled to May. 

February 4 and 6th I will be in Hanford, CA at the Common Threads Quilt guild.

February 11 and 12 Is local time.  Visiting the Beach Cities Quilters Guild which right around the corner of where I live.  Nice to not have to drive long distance for a change.  

March 9 and 10 will be an awaited visit to the Orange Grove Quilters and then March 17-18 off to visit the High Country Quilters in Palmdale.

For more information please visit my Website Calendar 

Interview for the Hudson River Valley Art Center and teaching there March 30 – April 3,2016

Finally March 30 to April 3 I have wonderful multiple day retreat teaching a “soup to nuts” class in the Hudson River Valley Art Center in Greenville, NY.

Note:  March 30th is the arrival/check in day with a welcome wine and cheese reception at 6pm, followed by dinner. The actual class days are March 31, April 1, and 2. Then departure is after breakfast on April 3rd.

 In this class we will start with a photo, create a pattern for it and then, create a masterpiece using my “Heat-Set” machine appliqué technique.  Take a look my interview posted on the Art Center’s website.  It is my 3-Day “From Photo to Art Quilt” Class.
Come and learn how to create your own masterpiece and take a look at the interview:

http://innyourdreams.blogspot.com/2016/01/grace-errea-amazing-quilts-no-sewing-no_10.html

Quilting Arts TV (QATV) 

And just to squeeze one more thing in March, I was invited to tape a number or segments for Quilting Arts TV with Susan Brubaker Knapp. 

These will air on Quilting Arts TV around June and thereafter.  Will keep you posted on the dates and times.

January 2016

Hudson River Valley Art Center – Greenville, N.Y. – Grace Errea’s Workshop
3/30 – 4/3/16

About the location and the Art Center

The Hudson River Valley Art Workshops’ all-in-one workshop environment provides you with exceptional value and maximum enjoyment!

Our special program encourages you to relax, focus on your creativity, and thrive in the company of your fellow students and the instructor.

The workshop, lodging, and meals are all in one location at our historic inn, the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn, located in upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountain region. We’ve

Immerse yourself in your favorite materials in a wonderfully unique setting. The location is inspiring, the teachers are top professionals, and the accomodations are gracious and comfortable. Classes are limited to 18 or 20 students and the studio is available to you 24 hours a day.

About the 3-Day class Grace is teaching

Note:  March 30th is the arrival/check in day with a welcome wine and cheese reception at 6pm, followed by dinner. The actual class days are March 31, April 1, and 2. Then departure is after breakfast on April 3rd.

 In this class we will start with a photo, create a pattern for it and then, create a masterpiece using my “Heat-Set” machine appliqué technique.  Take a look my interview posted on the Art Center’s website.  It is my 3-Day “From Photo to Art Quilt” Class. 

Interview for the Hudson River Valley Art Center and teaching there March 30 – April 3, 2016

http://innyourdreams.blogspot.com/2016/01/grace-errea-amazing-quilts-no-sewing-no_10.html
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There is much more information on their website at the “Fiber Arts page:

Fiber Arts Page –  The HRVAC

and the Rates and Enrollment page:

Rates and Enrollment

November 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

“Belladona Trumpet” (32″ w x 24″ h)
The white and lavender-tinted, trumpet-shaped bloom that I see so often on my morning walks, provide a fairyland to moths, butterflies, long-tongued bees, hummingbirds and magical perfumed moonlit nights. This gives rise to some of the plant’s names, for instance, Angel’s Trumpet, Moon Lily, Moon Flower or Belladona (beautiful lady).

By contrast, the bristly fruit and stale-smelling leaves speak to another, more sinister side of the plant, to a dark and fearsome netherworld of poison and potential emotional collapse, physical sickness and even death. These parts of the plant have given rise to alternative names such as Devil’s Trumpet, Deadly Nightshade, Thorn Apple, Mad Apple, Hairy Jimson-weed, Stink Weed, Green Dragon and Locoweed.

Oh well! Can’t be perfect all the time.

Pattern is available now!

End of Year Travels

Many miles were logged by my car during October and the first week of November as I drove to Napa, Auburn, and Beaumont.  And last week I just returned from visiting the Seaside Quilters in San Diego.

I met tons of wonderful quilters and made many friends and great artists. I am hoping to receive soon a large number of photos of completed quilts from the workshops held in each place.

Students’ Quilts Section

Thank you Phyllis for your wonderful Poppy, and Donna for those three wonderful portraits you shared.

Art classes in Costa Mesa

I am putting together a schedule for next year, 2016, for Textile classes in the Costa Mesa Studio (2666 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA).

Due to Holidays and my work schedule, they will start in March.

This is a great opportunity for YOU to tell me what you want to learn or practice.  I have a few requests already:

1) Exploring Value
2) Pictorial Quilting
3) “Heat-Set” Machine Applique
4) How to create a pattern from a photo (this may be two sessions)
5) “Free Edge” machine applique (learn how to create wonderful 3-Dimensional birds with Free-Edge feathers). This will be a new class in 2016.
6) Take-Away (Negative) Applique
7) Quilting your Textile.  (New Class)
8) Randomly Pieced Backgrounds (create your own background by using an easy piecing technique)
9) “Bordings” and Facing (make borders and other edge-ings that are unique and make your textile piece shine)
10) Envelope Technique (If your piece does not need a binding, border or anything at all, this is the technique to know how to execute)
Note:  For classes 8, 9, and 10, if you cannot attend the class but want to learn the technique, order my CD for each technique or the PDF Downloadable files for each.

For the Costa Mesa classes, Send me an email or reach me through my contract page.

Each session is only $20.00, well worth the information you will get.  Some may have a small kit fee for items that I will bring.
At this time I am planning to have one Thursdays session/month (start 10 am sharp and end at 2:00 pm, with a lunch break at noon) and one Sundays session/month (starts at 1:00 pm sharp and end at 4:00 pm).

October 2015

October 2015 Newsletter

“COLUMBINE – WOODLAND’S TREASURE” (28” W x 28 1/2” H) and “DAISY” (20” S 15”)

A couple of “newies”

Above and below are two new quilts.  The Columbine was an experiment on trying to create a “low value” scene where the flower, albeit stands out as a focal point, but it very nevertheless gets lost in the woodland/background scene.  As usual, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE VALUE and keeping the values of the focal and the background close rather than a high value separation.

Daisy is my fourth quilt just finished for Shelly Heesacker.  Shelly lives in Oregon and has 5 felines, one canine, and one bunny.  I met Shelly when I was taping my episode #1303 of The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky.  Shelly is the Producer of the show.  She commissioned me to do small portraits of each of her crew.  Below see “Darlin” the bunny, William, and Jack.  And now Daisy.

September Travels

September was a long distance travel month to Lincoln, NE.  What a wonderful trip! I met a large number of wonderful ladies, quilters and now friends.  One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the  International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, which my VP of Programs from the Guild so graciously schedules and accompanied me.

As I was walking through the rooms enjoying the display when I suddenly remembered that, once upon a time, one of my quilts was acquired by this Museum.  After a little investigation, we found it!  My Morning Glory has been and is a resident of Lincoln, NE.

Students’ quilts section

Thank you Hester.  This wedding quilt you made using my “Heat-Set” machine appliqué technique is wonderful!

To all, keep sending your quilts and I will publish them.  They need not be one of my patterns.  Just inspired by my technique or my lecture.

Art classes in Costa Mesa

October and after, I will have one class on a Thursday and one on a Sunday each month.  This will enable a number of you who work during the week to still attend and learn, meet friends, do some textile work, and enjoy the time together.  Come spend 4 hours with me per session.

Please RSVP so I know you are coming!

 Trapunto (stuffed technique) Thursday 10/15/15.

 3-Dimensional appliqué Sunday 10/25/15.

For Description and Supply list, please see my Calendar’s Art in Costa Mesa October Calendar Entries.

Some more that will be scheduled in the future:

1) ”Free Edge” machine appliqué (learn how to create wonderful 3-dimensional birds with Free-edge feathers)
2) Quilting your textile
3) Randomly Pieced Backgrounds (create your own background by using an easy piecing technique)
4) “Bordings” and Facings (make borders and other edge-ings that are unique and make your textile piece shine)
5) Envelope technique (if your piece does not need a binding, border or anything at all, this is the technique to know now to execute.

Note:  For classes 3, 4 and 5, if you cannot attend the class but want to learn the technique, order my CD for each technique or get on my website and order the PDF Downloadable files for each.

RSVP me to sign up for the sessions by emailing me with the class date you are interested, and join me at these classes.

Send me an email or reach me through my contact page.

Each session if only $20.00, well worth the information you will get.  Thursdays I start 10 am sharp and we break at 2:00pm, with a lunch break at noon.  On Sundays I will start at 1:00 pm sharp and end at 4:00 pm.

Some sessions may have a small kit fee for items that I will bring.

Upcoming Travel

October is northern California time.  Visiting the Napa Valley Quilt Guild on Saturday 10/10 and Sunday 10/11.  Then onward to visit the Foothill Quilt Guild in Auburn, CA on Monday and Tuesday 10/12-10/13.

Finally to round off the month, to Beaumont, CA to visit the Pass Patchers on 10/21 and 22.

November is back to San Diego to visit the Seaside Quilters of San Diego on November 3-4, 2015.