Visit KayLynn Designs in Rochester this June

KayLynn Designs will be vending at the Genesee Valley Quilt Fest at the Rochester Institute of Technology Gordon Field House, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY, June 2-4. I will be teaching my workshop, I Can’t Cut It Up and presenting my lecture, The Quilts of Upstate New York as a part of the show’s program.

The workshop on Saturday is designed to guide participants through the design process to create a quilt using their favorite panel or large print fabric. As I write this, there are still openings in the workshop and the lecture. Each participant in the class will design a unique quilt to make best use of the fabrics she brought. Go to www.geneseevalleyquiltfest.com to sign up! Email me at info@kaylynndesign.com, if you would like more information about the workshop.

The lecture on Sunday features my collection of both antique and contemporary quilts created in upstate New York with insights into the regional traditions and influences that affect our quilted creations. You are able to sign up for the lecture ahead of time, but walk-ins are welcomed as long as space is still available.

The Quilt Fest includes over 600 quilts and 62 vendors, lectures each day of the show and much more. If you plan to attend the show, enter your email to get the coupon below. Print out or download our coupon to your phone and show it to us at the show to receive a 20% discount on any purchase over $20 at the KayLynn Designs booth. Hope to see you there. Get some friends together and make it a road trip!

If you cannot attend the show, use the coupon for the same discount when ordering from our website, www.kaylynndesign.com during the weekend of the show, June 2-4, 2017.

Other Happenings this Spring

Three weeks ago our 3rd grandchild, Evin Thomas, was born. It was wonderful getting to meet him last week and seeing those bright eyes light up as he heard Mom and Dad’s voices. We all took turns holding him, feeding him and marveling at the miracle of new life. In Spring every year we see new life with the blooming of flowers and trees, growth of the grass (even though it has to be mowed) and the birth of baby animals. It was just much more evident this spring with Evin’s birth.

I have developed two new patterns, Interwoven and Color Play. Both reflect the joy we find in life, color, and fabric play. Both are also designed to use pre-cut or stash-cut strip packs and/or ombré fabrics using simple construction. Interwoven includes a Full/Queen size pattern and a Baby Quilt version. Color Play includes two variations of the design, one simple and the other a little more complex. Color Play is Full/Queen sized. See the picture below. 

 

Recently I taught a private class for a group who all wanted to work with ombré fabrics, but didn’t know what to do with them. We had 7 students working with 5 different patterns, which was a challenge. But, it was great fun and reminded me of why I teach! The quilt pictured above is a baby quilt size Interwoven. Note that Jo, one of the class participants, played with my design and inserted an orange segment into several strips giving it a terrific “pop” of color. She also strip-pieced the background segments (unlike the pattern which uses solid background segments) for increased texture overall. It’s always exciting to see what students do with my designs.

Paula, pictured below, was the person who organized the ombré class. She worked with 6 different half-yard cuts of ombré fabrics that shaded light to dark across the width of fabric. Pictured here is the Color Play top she created. Note the wonderfully shaded pattern created with carefully planned fabric placement.

We will have both of these new patterns available and sample quilts for you to see at the Genesee Valley Show June 2-4. They will be available as downloads from the website as well.

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!

Upcoming Classes & Shows

It’s the second week of October and the leaves are in full color, especially up in the Adirondacks.One of the joys of living where we do is being able to take a short drive and see such natural beauty.The color is inspiring.And, so when I head to Old Forge on the western edge of the Adirondack Park, I will not be thinking about the fact that we might have frost tonight.I’ll be thinking more about the color, the wonder of nature and how thankful I am for living in such a place as upstate New York.No, I don’t love the three foot snow falls, but most of the year it is a great place to be. 

Kathryn will be at View Gallery in Old Forge (www.viewarts.org) to serve as the awards juror for Quilts Unlimited, an annual show the gallery has hosted for a number of years.The quilts were juried into the show, and now I am honored to award cash prizes to the best of the best included.I will also be presenting my talk, “Cleaning Up the Leftovers” which is my take on what to do with UFO’s and the leftovers we seem to always have following the completion of a quilt project.It will include a trunk show of some of my solutions – from notecards to bed size quilts, with many art quilts along the way.A luncheon is also offered.To sign up for the luncheon and lecture, go to their website (link above) and sign up.In addition I will be offering private quilt appraisals from 2-4 that afternoon.

My quilt Autumn Breezes is a result of “cleaning up the leftovers” and is included in the Quilts Unlimited exhibit at View.The central rectangle was made in a workshop where I learned to do reverse appliqué “mola” style.It sat around for several years before I set it with the Marimekko fabrics leftover from a pair of curtains I made.I then hand quilted it. 

In addition to Quilts Unlimited, View also has an exhibit of Log Cabin Quilts including traditional, contemporary, and deconstructed quilts running through the end of October.Join us this weekend, enjoy the drive to Old Forge and see the creative efforts of many talented quilters from around the country. 

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During the rest of October Lynn and I will be teaching at Gloversville Sewing Center in both Gloversville and Saratoga Springs, NY, and at Pookie’s Fabrics in Troy, NY.At GSC I’ll be teaching Roads to Everywhere, Ladders to Heaven in Gloversville, and Hand Quilting at the Saratoga Springs shop.More information is available on their website.On October 26 at Pookie’s, Lynn and I will present our lecture Amish Shadows Light Reflected, based on our first book, with a trunk show of the quilts from the book.I will be teaching a class based on the book on Thursday evening and Saturday during the day.To sign up for any of these events contact Charlie at Pookie's

Both the Amish Shadows and Roads to Everywhere classes are based on the designs in our books.Each student is asked to purchase a copy of the book, but then they are able to choose the project they want to work on – large or small – beginner or advanced.Yardage and tools needed for each project are listed in the book, so you have all the information you need to take the workshop. 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events!

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!

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Renew, Refresh, and Relax This Summer

Summer is a time for vacations, visiting family, gardening, relaxing and quilt shows! Some of my favorite vacation memories are of when we were on Cape Cod, Washington, DC, or traveling through Indiana on our way to Chicago, and stumbled across quilt shows. My family was indulgent and let me stop to see the quilts. It has always struck me how different regions of the country foster different quilts. The trends in piecing or appliqué are unique, even in this day and age of internet communication.

KayLynn Designs

August 6th & 7th, Lynn and I will travel to Lake Luzerne, NY for the Hudson River Piecemakers Quilt Show. I have judged this show since 2008 and always look forward to seeing their newest creations. KayLynn will be vending throughout the show. I am offering appraisals and I will present my lecture, “Don’t Throw It Out – Save That Quilt!” Repair and restoration techniques are presented and I will demonstrate some methods for giving a quilt a few more years of life. Some quilts cannot be saved, but often they can be reproduced, so we will also talk about how to create a new “old” quilt. There is a per quilt fee for appraisals that will be shared with the guild. Contact us to schedule an appraisal or for more information.

The Hudson River Piecemakers have members from throughout the east/central Adirondack Region, bringing their own distinct style and techniques to us in this show. It’s only an hour from Albany and well worth the trip.

Summer is also a time for county and state fairs. Lynn and I were at the Saratoga County Fair last week for a book signing. Several local authors were participating and we were in the Home Arts Building. All the quilts from this year’s Fair were hung from the rafters above us and we were surrounded by paintings, garments, photographs, embroidery, hooked rugs and other craft and art items. It was a wonderful two days sharing our quilt patterns and books. If you can’t make it to Lake Luzerne, find a show or fair close to where you live or while on vacation. See what other quilters are doing. You will come home refreshed and inspired to get back into your own quilt projects, or to start some new ones!

Peace,

Kathryn

Upcoming Events - Jan. 2016

Kathie and Lynn will be guests at the January 8th QUILTS, Inc. Guild Meeting in Delmar, NY.  They will be presenting “Quilts through the 20th Century” Lecture and Trunk Show and “Who, What, Where, and Why Do I Need and Appraisal” Lecture. They will also be selling books, patterns, and notecards. Members of the guild can also have quilts appraised at this meeting! QUILTS, Inc. meets on the second Friday each Month and is held at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY from 9:45am to 12pm.

Hope to see you there!