Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Enchanted World of Ellen Anne Eddy

I love the enchanted and wonderful fabric and thread artistry of Ellen Anne Eddy.  Perhaps you have had that special experience of taking one of her classes at a quilt guild or a conference.  Ellen Ann's first book, Thread Magic - The Enchanted World of Ellen Anne Eddy, is a classic text on free motion and fiber art.
823-10 Jazzed: Hearts on the Line
823-10 Jazzed: Hearts on a Line

Inspired by nature, Ellen Anne Eddy has taken her fiber art beyond free motion embroidery.  She says, "I have three layers or more of fabric stitched, so technically, I quilt.  But I recognize that I'm pretty far away from my grandmother's flower garden.  I say I draw in thread.  That's only partially true.  Having worked my whole life in fiber, I do draw with my sewing machine better than I ever could by hand, but I also paint in layers.  The worlds I build start with cotton dyed so that moon and sun light pour through the surface.  I paint in layers of sheers, cut to make the dimensions of water and under brush.  One layer builds on to another layer.  Only instead of paint it's nylon sheers and dyed cheesecloth.  The animals are realistic within their basic forms, but they are almost always people I am dealing with or self portraits.  It's not deliberate.  It simply happens if I am true to the work and my heart.  I am often shocked to recognize myself, my friends and my family in my work when I'm finished."
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Ellen Anne does not do computer embroidery... her work is all done using a simple straight stitch or zigzag, depending on the thread, and totally hand guided.  She works with both commercial threads and pearl cottons she dyes herself.  Then they are stitched into the surface and often covered in other layers of sheers, creating a landscape whole.

Ellen Anne believes EVERYBODY is an artist... and if you want to learn more about her work--be sure to visit her website at www.ellenanneddy.com

NOW is a great time to be inspired by Ellen Anne's work --- because she is having a "Raid My Stash" sale in her Etsy Shop.  Not only is she selling some of her books, hand-dyed fabrics and thread - this is a rare opportunity to purchase original art from a world famous fiber artist.

I'm so excited!  Watch for Ellen Anne as a guest blogger in the very near future!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Freddie and Friends

Meet Freddie's Friends  -

Eliza the Chickie . . .  
Penny the Penguin . . .

Scotty the Sea Turtle, Ronny the Robot and Gabby the Gobbler.

At Spring Quilt Market I loved finding these colorful personalities that are sure to delight kids.  These adorable creatures are designed by Ingrid Pinto, who's nickname is Freddie.  Ingrid or Freddie has a real knack for designing wonderful squeezable creatures.  These lovable little guys are terrific beginner sewing projects because of the raw edge finishes . . . then combine all the different fabric colors and pretty soon a new little personality is stitched.  This looks like fun!

Freddie also known as Ingrid :)

Thanks Freddie for sharing your friends and designing the patterns.  Find more patterns of Freddie's Friends at www.freddieandcompany.com.  I want to stitch up a couple new friends myself and share the fun!



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

If you love to quilt, put June 26 - 29, 2014 on your calendar for the next Shipshewana Quilt Festival in beautiful LaGrange County in northern Indiana.  You may know that I live in the Chicago area, so driving to Shipshewana is an easy 3 hour drive.  More importantly, once off I-80 is the beauty of green rolling hills, country homes with bucolic lawns, and sightings of horse drawn carriages.  LaGrange County is the picturesque home of Amish and Mennonite communities.  

Merging Pathways at The Essenhaus

For four of five years, I have been pleased to participate as a Schoolhouse instructor at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  This year I taught five SCHMETZ needle education classes out of 102 sessions throughout the day - what a whirlwind of a day.  :) 

Shop Hop Prize at Yoder Department Store

The Shipshewana Quilt Festival includes the Shipshewana Backroads Shop Hop.  What's cool about this shop hop is that all the stores are within a 20 mile radius.  And what's this mean?  More shopping,

Quilt Shopping in a Boutique within Davis Mercantile 
more quilt viewing,
Cuddle Corner in Davis Mercantile
more time to explore the beautiful and gigantic quilt patterns and gardens

and more leisure time to eat. 

One of my favorite foods in Shipshewana is a peanut butter and honey and/or marshmallow spread on home-baked bread.  Yummm!  Don't even try to quilt with sticky fingers!  The Essenhaus Noodles are made on-site and are mighty fine too.

For 2014 plan to enter your quilts in the festival for over $10,000 in cash and prizes, book hotel rooms, gather your quilty friends and enjoy plentiful shopping and relaxation with friends.  The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is a delight.