Amazing Quilts by Grace

Quilts and Workshops by Grace Errea

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.

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