The Mystery (Quilt) is Solved!

 A stack of blocks created by Mystery Quilt Participant, Melody R.

A stack of blocks created by Mystery Quilt Participant, Melody R.

This last weekend KayLynn Designs hosted its first Mystery Quilt Weekend. It was great fun. We met some new people, made new quilting friends, and watched the quilts develop through the various stages of the mystery. One participant said she enjoyed the weekend very much and especially appreciated the fact that the pattern was less complex than some mystery quilts she’s done before. She was able to get each step done within the time framed allowed. Here are some pictures of how the quilts evolved.

Thanks to all who participated and we hope you with sign up when we do it again!

Kathryn has designed several Mystery Quilts for the QUILTSchenectady (NY) Guild, but this is her first online mystery. In the pictures you can see how different each person’s quilt is depending on the fabrics chosen. It’s always exciting to see what other quilters choose to work with – they are all beautiful!

 A row from the Mystery Quilt assembled from Lynn Makrin.

A row from the Mystery Quilt assembled from Lynn Makrin.

 The finished Mystery Quilt top, Garden Maze by Kathryn Greenwold

The finished Mystery Quilt top, Garden Maze by Kathryn Greenwold

The pattern name is Garden Maze and it will soon be available in our shop. You won’t have to wait to see what the next step is, although that’s always been what I enjoyed about a Mystery Quilt. 

The snow is receding a bit and spring finally seems to be just around the corner. And, with that, we are going to be busy in the coming months. Next Sunday, February 26, Kathryn and Lynn will be leading a workshop at Pookie’s Fabrics in Troy, NY. The focus of our workshop is Italian Tile, from our first book, Amish Shadows Light Reflected. Space is still available in the workshop. If you do not want to begin a queen size bed quilt, you are welcome to choose any quilt from the book to work on during the workshop. Because all of the basic construction is the same for the patterns in the book, we are able to assist you in the project you would like to work on. Call the shop (518-272- 6479) or go visit their website to sign up. Signed copies of the book are available at the shop or from Lynn and Kathryn.

On March 6th and & 7th we will be at QUILT North, Clifton Park, NY. Monday evening, the 6th , at 7 PM, we will present the lecture, Quilts in Upstate New York which includes a trunk show of antique and contemporary quilts from around the state in addition to Lynn and Kathryn’s own creations inspired by the history and diverse quilting traditions in this part of the country. On the 7th , Kathryn will lead the workshop, Pathway to Friendship, which is one of the quilts in our second book, Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven. As with the Amish Shadows workshop, if you do not want to tackle a bed size quilt, you may choose any project from the book to work on. For more information about QUILT North and information on how to sign up for the workshop, go to their website, www.quiltnorth.org and click on Meetings and/or Workshops at the top of the Home page. Kathryn will be teaching at Gloversville Sewing Center, at both locations (Gloversville and Saratoga, NY) during March. For more information about the classes offered and dates, go to their website. On March 27, Kathryn will travel to New Hartford, NY to lectures to the Mohawk Valley Quilt Club there. Check out their website, www.mohawkvalleyquiltclub.com for more information.

We hope to see many of you at these upcoming workshops and lectures.

A New Year

I have never been able to keep a New Year’s Resolution, so I never make them.  But I do start each year with a desire to learn something new – to do something I’ve never done before.  That doesn’t mean I’ll go rock climbing or sky diving.  But I will experiment a little with new quilting techniques, develop some new patterns, and lead workshops for new shops and guilds.

In addition, this spring, our grand-daughter has decided to move close to us and begin her college work here in Schenectady.  We will be helping her get established and find her way in a new place and new endeavors.  It’s an exciting time, to see her blossom as an adult and begin her studies in Social Work.  

KayLynn Designs will be hosting its first Mystery Quilt Weekend next month!  We will launch in the next week or so.  You will be able to sign up and then download yardage requirements and cutting instructions so you can be ready to sit down and sew all weekend.  The quilt is a new KayLynn design.  You have the option of completing it in Twin or Throw sizes.  The piecing is simple, traditional and it lends itself to many color combinations.  

The Mystery will be unveiled during President’s Day weekend, February 18-20.  Watch Facebook and the website for the formal launch announcement and I hope you will join us for this challenging and enjoyable weekend.  

Other events and workshops are also coming up in February and March.   

In February, in addition to our Mystery Weekend, Kathryn will lead a small group in ways to use ombré fabrics for quilts.  A variety of possibilities will be explored.  It’s an exciting prospect – we will go into it with fabrics in hand and not be certain of what the end result will be, but I’m confident some wonderful quilts and wall hangings will be created.

On February 26 Lynn and Kathryn will be at Pookie’s Fabrics in Troy, NY.  Call or go online at www.pookiesfabric.com to sign up for Italian Tile (one of the patterns from our book, Amish Shadows Light Reflected).  Spaces are still available in the class.  If you haven’t been to Pookie’s yet, stop by sometime soon.  They have a wide variety of fabrics including landscape, children’s prints, wide backings and African prints that are wonderful.  

On March 6 we will present the lecture, Quilts in Upstate New York at the QUILT North Guild meeting in Clifton Park, NY.  This is a walk through the last 150 years of quilting in New York State.  

Kathryn will teach Pathway to Friendship (a pattern from our book, Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven) for QUILT North on Tuesday, March 7.  Go to their website, www.quiltnorth.org for more information or to sign up for the workshop.  

Try something new this winter – a new technique, take a class from a different instructor, add some embroidery to your next quilt – or do something completely different.  Perhaps some of you might try rock climbing or sky diving.  Let us know if you do!  

Signs of Life

This week has marked the definite change of seasons.  It’s getting cold enough to frost overnight and it snowed and sleeted today.  We’ve brought in all the plants that I want to winter over and put the hoses away.  The wind has blown most of the leaves down, so raking will be our next task.  And we’ve been watching the Cubs and Indians (go Cubbies!) playing in the World Series.  It must be fall.  

The teaching schedule is winding down a bit too.  But the good news is that with the change of season, there will be more time to spend at home sewing.  I’m beginning to work on some new patterns including a Mystery Quilt Weekend that KayLynn Designs will host online this winter.  Sign up for our newsletter to get updates about the Mystery Quilt Weekend and watch for details in future posts. 

At times like this I also spend time reading and exploring new ideas.  Something that has interested me throughout my artistic explorations is the influence of culture and tradition on my art.  We have strong traditions in quilting that came to the United States from all over the world.  Many of our favorite quilting patterns involve spirals and circles.  Our pieced blocks are dominated by squares, triangles, and circles and many of the block patterns form an “X” pattern, diamonds, squares, or circles.  Have you ever wondered why?  

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One of those books I picked up during a “down” time was Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them, by social anthropologist, Angeles Arrien.  What I learned was that there are simple graphic design elements that throughout time and across cultures have carried with them similar meaning.  Those designs are the circle, square, triangle, spiral, and equidistant cross.  My workshop, Signs of Life, is based on this idea.  Dr. Arrien’s study of these universal shapes will help you understand why there are certain patterns you are drawn to, or that you find easier to work with than others.  

Join us at the Gloversville Sewing Center in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, November 3rd for Signs of Life.  We will look at these universal shapes and what they mean within our quilting traditions.  Each participant will then create an individualized wall hanging based on their understanding of these design elements.  For more information and to sign up for the workshop, go to the GSC Website.  Past participants in this workshop have created both art quilts and traditional designs.  It’s open to any skill level – you will be able to design something within your quilting comfort zone.  Come explore and learn a little about why you quilt the way you do.  Hope to see you there!

Fall Lectures and Shows

The summer is winding down, our overnight temperatures are cooler, the days are getting shorter, and kids are heading back to school.  As the fall begins, the KayLynn Designs schedule of lectures and teaching is ramping up.   September begins with Kathryn making a visit to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT (near Burlington) to accompany a quilt that is being donated to their collection.  The quilt was made in Plattsburg, NY in 1933 and won 3rd place in a Regional Competition that led to it being exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair.  The family making the donation wanted to have it placed in a collection that could be seen by more people and a facility that could care for it properly.  The Shelburne Museum was our first choice because of its proximity to Plattsburg and the quality of their textiles department and displays.  Anyone interested in quilt history should make a trip to the Shelburne when you are in the area.  Check out their website www.shelburnemuseum.org. We will have a great day.  

KayLynn Designs Kathryn Greenwold Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Pattern

On September 17th Kathryn will travel to the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild meeting in Lake Katrine, NY.  Doors open at 9:30 AM and the meeting begins at 10.  Kathryn will be presenting her trunk show, The Quilts of Upstate New York.  The lecture is accompanied by a trunk show of Kathryn’s collection of New York state quilts - both old and new.  Guild members are encouraged to bring in their quilts that were or may have been made in New York State.  This always adds a great deal to everyone’s experience.  By the way, their show, Quilts in the Valley will be held October 8 & 9, 2016 at Rondout Valley Intermediate School, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY.  For more information, check out their website.  

KayLynn Designs Courses Our Class, Signs of Life, is based on this book of the same title by Angeles Arrien. Visit www.kaylynndesign.com

Later in the month Kathryn will be teaching at Gloversville Sewing Center (www.gloversvillesewingcenter.com) in Gloversville, NY.  On September 22 she will teach Signs of Life: Quilts as Meditation.  This workshop explores 5 universal symbols and leads the participants in a personal exploration of their meaning.  This workshop was inspired by the book, Signs of Life, by Angeles Arrien.  Each participant will then make an individualized wall hanging or meditation mandala based on 3 of the 5 symbols.  On the 24th she will lead the workshop, Impressionist Landscape.  Beginning with a landscape photograph, participants will create a small art quilt using small bits of fabric, as the Impressionist painters used small brush strokes.  Go to the GSC website for more information and to sign up for either of these workshops.  

KayLynn Designs Impressionist Landscape Workshop www.kaylynndesign.com

Last, but certainly not least, Kathryn and Lynn will be participating in the Quilters United In Learning Together-Schenectady (www.quiltschenectady.org) Autumn Inspiration Show on October 1 & 2 at Proctor’s Theater (www.proctors.org) in downtown Schenectady.  For more information, contact us at info@kaylynndesign.com.  KayLynn Designs will be vending and both Lynn and Kathryn have quilts in the show.  More than 200 quilts will be exhibited and over 20 vendors are scheduled to participate.  Come see KayLynn in the lower level of Proctors.  

Maple Leaf Table Runner For fun, on September 16 Kathryn will be doing some ice dyeing with a local art quilt group.  Watch for pictures of our end results in our next post!  

One more announcement we would like to make is that we will be launching our first Mystery Quilt Weekend this winter. It will be on online, interactive event complete with tutorials, videos, and a private discussion group for participants! Keep an eye on our Facebook Group for details about the event!

Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven

The New Book from KayLynn Designs!

KayLynn Designs new book, Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven 2016 Quilt Pattern Book
KayLynn Designs new book, Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven 2016 Quilt Pattern Book

We are excited to announce the release of our second book, Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven, available today in the KayLynn Designs Store!In our first book, Amish Shadows, Light Reflected, we used the traditional Amish Shadows block to create 10 new settings.For this book, instead of using one block, we have worked with a group of blocks that have similarities, but have many different names and color/fabric placement options.The best known of these blocks are Jacob’s Ladder and Road to California.But there are Roads to Oregon, Paris, Chicago, Ohio, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, just to name a few.The Roads to Chicago and St. Louis block names came from the World’s Fairs held in those two cities.Most of the other “Road To” names came from our national migration east to west, first to Ohio, then the Midwest and finally the West Coast.

Almost as soon as our first book, Amish Shadows Light Reflected, was published, we began working on this project. A number of ideas were explored, inspired by an antique Jacob’s Ladder quilt Kathryn found in an antique shop.We played with various blocks and Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven began to take form. Jacob’s Ladder and the many different “Roads to...” designs provided opportunities to modernize, resize, and collaborate to create the 11 Projects included.

The blocks are simple in construction using Square, 4-Patch and Half-Square units.We have enjoyed our exploration of these blocks and hope you are inspired as well.We encourage all of you to play with the blocks and create some new settings on your own.

Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven Quilt Pattern Book by Kaylynn Designs - Railroad Crossing - Design by Lynn R. Makrin
Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven Quilt Pattern Book by Kaylynn Designs - Railroad Crossing - Design by Lynn R. Makrin

The KayLynn partnership took on new meaning for the Projects in this book. Half of the designs were create by Kathryn and half by Lynn. Each of us had different ideas, making this book richer in content and broader in creative possibilities.

Kathryn and Lynn would like to thank Mary McNamara, Mary Ellen Tardiff, Mary Albers, Deb Kreifels, Lynn Lauzon-Russom, Cara Molyneaux, Lee Poremba, Eileen McNabb, Noel Payton and Carrie LaCroix-Pan for testing our patterns and creating many of the beautiful quilts pictured in the book. Thanks also to Eileen and Tom McCabe and Kathie Lutz who edited the patterns, Barb and Steve Rothe who lent us their home for photography, and Melanie Markham who did the final layout for the book. Without these wonderful people's hard work, creativity, and artistry, the book would not have been possible! 

Please contact us at info@kaylynndesign.com if you are interested in booking the Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven Workshop where we walk through block construction and design options!