Houzz and QuiltCon 2015

iQuilt by Kathy York, Best in Show QuiltCon 2015

iQuilt by Kathy York, Best in Show QuiltCon 2015

Quite a stir in the quilt world when Houzz published a very long and complimentary article on last weekend’s QuiltCon 2015. Lots of pictures from the Modern Quilt Guild conference and show.

Update on window display at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

Window display at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

We did a quick drive by last weekend to see the window display at the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Other than the billion police cars surrounding the Center, parked in every conceivable spot (quite glad really, the contents of our display were properly guarded!) – it was a terrific show. People were actually stopping and looking in the window. I took some fast shots which didn’t come out very well, I hadn’t taken into account the bad glare and reflections. Oh well, you get the idea……

Royal Crustacean Cellini spiral necklace displayed at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

In amongst all the other yummy work is my Royal Crustacean Cellini Spiral.

Summertime Donut necklace displayed at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

A better shot of the Summertime Donut necklace.

Summertime Donut necklace at the Justice Center, Portland, Oregon

And again, in with baskets, scarves etc.

There are 60 feet of display area – a lot of very nice items to see.

Mettler 60wt – more new numbers and color names

Country Red Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0504 (Old no 240-600)Cranberry Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0918 (Old no 240-601)

More newly numbered Mettler 60wt cotton 220 yard spools in the store. Country Red 9240-0504 (Old no 240-600) and Cranberry 9240-0918 (Old no 240-601).

Gathering of the Guilds window display

Cellini spiral necklace inspired by Royal Crustacean fractal art quilt. Made with seed beads and garnet chips. Cellini stitch beadweaving. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.Netted embellished donut strung on embellished, twisted herringbone rope. Made with emerald donut, magatamas, delicas, and seed beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.Chrysogonum, gold and green necklace - cubic right angle weave bead stitch. Made with seed beads, crystals, and glass pearls. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
3 of my necklaces are on exhibition in the window of the Justice Center in downtown Portland. They are on show from February 1st to March 1st 2015. This is part of the hayuge Gathering of the Guilds which happens every year in April at the Oregon Convention Center. Very cool.

Braided Coral Bracelet

Braided coral bracelet. Beadwork - square stitch, fringing, and stringing. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Braided Coral Bracelet. A second piece made from the box of beads from the 2014 TOHO design challenge. This piece came together so quickly I could hardly believe it. Sometimes it happens this way – not often enough!

This is what it looks like opened up:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Very pretty and delicate. And I loved how the colours worked.

New Mettler 60wt silk finish cotton thread spools

White Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-2000 (Old no 240-W2)Black Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-2000 (Old no 240-S3)Oat Straw Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0260 (Old no 240-515)Kelley Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-0260 (Old no 240-549)Byzantium Mettler Silk Finish cotton thread 60wt Tex 23 200 meter 220 yard spool 9240-1061 (Old no 240-611)

Mettler have had a fit and are updating many of their threads. Here are some newly numbered 60wt cotton 220 yard spools in the store. And they are GREEN spools. Brilliant. We now have White, Black, Oat Straw, Kelley, and Byzantium

TOHO 2014 Challenge

Fuchsia Necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Fuchsia Necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

TOHO offered a box of beads at the Bead & Button show and I signed up. This is one of the pieces I made – a fuschia flower necklace. You can see what other beaders created – 2014 TOHO challenge.

Below is a closeup of the fuchsia flower.

Fuchsia flower pendant

Fuchsia flower pendant

And this is the chain and clasp.

Chain and clasp for fuchia necklace

Chain and clasp for fuchia necklace

Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage quilting betweens needles size 9

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9Adding to the range of sizes in our quilting needle collection, you can now get Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9.

16 needles in the case. These needles were designed specifically for traditional hand quilting done at a quilting frame or hoop. When using the traditional rocker method of hand quilting, the needle’s short shank provides easy control. It is thicker than other needles, giving it added strength for moving through layers.

Quilt Alliance videos of International Quilt Festival 2014

Quilt Alliance videos from International Quilt Festival 2014

Quilt Alliance videos from International Quilt Festival 2014 – interview with Sandra Lauterbach

The Quilt Alliance videoed some great interviews with quilt artists who showed at the International Quilt Festival 2014 – Go Tell it at the Quilt Show! If you couldn’t go it’s lovely to see the quilts. And if you did go, it’s interesting to hear what the artists say about their work.

How to Clean a Quilt

Wool quilt in the snow

Wool quilt in the snow

After our move from Florida to Oregon we rented an apartment. I spent months beforehand reading posts from Apartment Therapy, a website which covers all aspects of living in and decorating apartments. I learned a lot about living small, making every piece of furniture do double duty, how to squeeze more space out of nothing etc. And all of it really helped when we actually started unpacking boxes.

Along with ideas for clever storage you get helpful hints on how to clean things.

Astonishingly the latest post is about how to clean a quilt. And being a quilter myself I read the post from top to toe. And found out how to clean a wool quilt – with snow. Who knew?

The rest I did know but was glad to see it written for those who are not quilters but love owning quilts.