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!