Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Block Breakdown #2 - Nine Patch

Every month on the Gammill YouTube channel I'll be sharing a different block showing several quilting variations.  I'll make sure to share the link here as well.  You can always click on the Block Breakdown links (located in sidebar) to check if you've missed any.

Here is Block Breakdown #2 - Nine Patch

Let me know how you're liking the series and if there are any specific blocks you'd like to see.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Houston Quilt Festival

I'm am thrilled to be part of this year's faculty at Houston Quilt Festival.  I have the honor of sharing four classes with all of you. Yes, Quilt Festival is still happening, you can read all about it later in this post.

Friday's classes:

Unfortunately, Build-A-Stitch is sold out.
But there is still room in Build-A-Stitch 2, which covers 20 more stitches.  And no worries, Build-A-Stitch is NOT a prerequisite for this class.

Saturday's classes:

Lots of ruler work in Pop Those Lines but, when we combine it with fun background fills some amazing things happen!

Spunky Funky Feathers is full of super fun and super whimsical feathers.  The best part... all of these feathers have ZERO backtracks!  
With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, everyone is wondering about this year's Quilt Festival.  Is it happening - there is no doubt about it.  Here is IQA's recent Facebook post:

Important note regarding the IQA Judged Show at International Quilt Festival
We would like to thank all who have sent messages of support to us in response to the devastating flooding taking place in our home city of Houston. We are happy to report that all of our staff and volunteers are safe, that our office did not suffer any hurricane- or flood-related damages, and that all the quilts sent in for the judging that is still taking place this week are safe and secure.
Our office has reopened with limited hours as of Tuesday, September 5. Please be patient in receiving a response to calls and emails as we catch up on work and correspondence.
We have also heard from many people asking whether they should cancel their plans to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival or the IQA Winners Circle Celebration. We want to assure you that there is no reason to cancel any travel plans, as the show is still scheduled to go on.
Festival is nearly two months away, and we have full confidence that our city will bounce back quickly, as it has always done. Also, neither the George R. Brown Convention Center nor the Downtown Houston hotels were damaged in the flooding.
Many others have not been so lucky, and we ask that you keep Houston and all areas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts, and, if possible, consider making a contribution toward organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.
If you are interested in making a donation to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, please consider the Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, or the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett.
Some people are questioning if Houston and IQA really can pull things together in our badly hurt city so that Festival can be held. We understand where those doubts are coming from. Our best answer to anyone with doubts is this: as the founders of the International Quilt Association, we promise you that the display of our Judged Show at Festival WILL go on!
But our second best answer can be found in the commentary piece below for the Austin American-Statesman written by a non-Texan. It brought us to tears. We hope it will help you understand why we can make our promise: The show WILL go on.
Thank you!
Karey Bresenhan & Nancy Puentes
International Quilt Association

So, with all that - hope to see you in Houston!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jan's Tablerunner

Yesterday I quilted Jan's table runner -- it turned out super cute!

And a detail pic - she always has the best embellishments on her pieces:

And just a peek at the back:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lori's Paradise in Blooms

Finally!  I have finally finished Lori's Paradise in Blooms quilt.  The pattern is by Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx.  I feels like I've been working on it forever.  I had some back delays, a few rain delays, as well as a travel delay, but today I managed to finish.  The rain even held off long enough so I could run out and snap a decent picture.

A couple of detail pics (more on the CLQ facebook page while it was in progress):

And, of course, a peek at the back:

Monday, August 21, 2017

Block Breakdown #1 - Ohio Star

Every month on the Gammill YouTube channel I'll be sharing a different block showing several quilting variations.  I'll make sure to share the link here as well.  You can always click on the Block Breakdown links (located in sidebar) to check if you've missed any.

Here is Block Breakdown #1 - Ohio Star

Monday, July 24, 2017

Another Millefiori!

You might remember Diane's beautiful photo millefiori quilt... well here's another beauty of hers that I managed to squeeze in:

Again, make sure to follow The Quilt Show for an upcoming episode to see more of Diane and her quilts!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nakita's Whimsical Quilt Garden

What fun I had working on Nakita's Whimsical Quilt Garden (pattern by Piece O'Cake Designs).  It is such a happy quilt and Nakita's choice of fabrics was perfect!

And some detail pics:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

So I just found out there are a few spots left in a couple of my classes at Quiltweek Grand Rapids.

This is good news for you -- if you were thinking about it, here's your chance!  Here's a link to all my classes:  http://www.quiltweek.com/portfolio_tags/grr17-karen-marchetti/

Scrollwork - Wed 8:30-11:30 am
In this class, I share several variations of the basic scroll as well as how to use them in more than just sashings.  Students will have a lot of curly, scrolly fun all while adding a bunch of scroll options to their go-to stitches.

So here's a peek at some of the stitches from class.

Spunky Funky Feathers - Wed 1:00-:4:00 pm
This class will stretch your creativity as you learn these fun, zero backtrack, whimsical feathers.  While these aren't your traditional feathers, they sure are fun and can fill space rather quickly.

Again, a peek at some of the fun from class.

Build-A-Stitch 2 - Sat 8:30-11:30 am
An additional 20 stitches utilizing the same muscle-memory and confidence-building technique as the original Build-A-Stitch class.  Build A-Stitch is not a pre-requisite as I'll cover the basics of the technique at the beginning of class.  You will have an even larger library of stitches after this class!

So to check out the class link and maybe I'll see you there - I look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Diane's Millefiori Quilt

If you've been following along on my Facebook page, you've seen little peeks at Diane's beautiful millefiori quilt.  Well, it's finished, and it is awesome - I love how she incorporated family photos!

Here are oodles of detail pics:

And, of course, a couple of peeks at the back:

If you're patient, you'll be able to see this beauty on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky as Diane will be filming her episode soon!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kris's Brilliant Beauties of Joy

Well, Kris's second quilt, Brilliant Beauties of Joy (another Jacqueline de Jonge pattern), is finished. I'm a few days late in finishing it up... last week I threw out my back.  If you've been following on Facebook you already know all about it.  Anyway, what strenuous activity was I doing to throw out my back?  Bending down to get a pot out of the cabinet.  Yep, that is it!  A lot of you have commented how very common this back busting is -- while drying your hair, tying shoelaces, sneezing - so at the very least I feel better about just bending.

I did take a few days to try and rest my back.  I started on my Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics Van Gogh Challenge (you'll be able to read about that on my other blog after August 1st).  Since it is all freeform hand applique it required me to sit which, with the aid of a pillow, wasn't too awful.  The last few days I have worked on Kris's quilt slowly, very slowly.  I am thankful that my frame is very high and it enabled me to lean on it, a lot.

Okay now, that's enough jabbering, here is Kris's Brilliant Beauties of Joy:

And a couple of detail pics:

I apologize that the pics aren't my usual, but there was no way I could get down on the floor to pin the quilt to the board and carry it outside - I like the feeling of the back getting better.  You'll all have to settle for draped over the frame.

Have a wonderful 4th -- be smart, stay safe, and have fun!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Kris's The Colourful Quilt

Here's the first of Kris's two awesome quilts (the next one isn't finished yet):
The pattern is The Colourful Quilt by Jacqueline de Jonge.  You can check out more of Jacqueline's amazing designs here:  http://www.becolourful.com/the-rainbow-collection.html

And, of course, a bunch of detail pics:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Deborah's Eagle Quilt

I've been struggling with rain delays (like every rainy season) but, finally managed to finish up this awesome quilt today!

And a couple of detail pics:

Now to hurry up and load the next one before... rumble!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

AQS Grand Rapids

I'm excited to share that I'll be teaching at AQS Grand Rapids this August.  

Here's a link to my classes - check them out if you're planning a visit, I'd love to meet you in class and share some quilty awesomeness!  

Don't wait too long, registration is open and I've heard classes are beginning to fill!  Hope to see you!