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.

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!

Give Your Creative Juices a Shot of Inspiration

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