Friday, December 9, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Two for the Price of One

I skipped last week's Fabric Pull Friday, so this week, you get two for the price of one!

Our first pull is a slightly more traditional Christmas collection. Of course, I had to take a little leeway with the greens and how awesome is that Kaffe print hanging out in the reds?!

I'm Dreaming of a Traditional-ish Christmas
For our second pull, I'm taking inspiration from my upcoming trip across the country, in fact, the rest of my pulls for the year will be inspired by it; Next Friday, my friend of 25 years will be driving with me from Chattanooga to Seattle. It's a road trip on an epic scale! There will be laughter and tears, music, sky, plains, and mountains.

Purple Mountains Majesty

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Let the Festivities Begin!

This week's pull was inspired by the upcoming season. It's bright, happy, and leans more toward winter than a specific holiday. It's a versatile stack that can be used year-round or to make your winter festivities brighter!

Let the Festivities Begin
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If you would like me to help you with your own fabric pull, let me know! Tag me (@ipleadquilty) and use the hashtag #FabricPullHelp on Instagram.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Autumn Sunset - And A Winner!

Last night, I went Exploring for a bit of inspiration. I was immediately grabbed by a picture by Rachel Brokaw: When Evening Falls. The colors, the balance, the bokeh, the contrast of the cool darkness and bright warmth all called my name. She has reserved her rights as a fabulous artist, so if you would like to see my inspiration photo, please click here to go to see her beautiful photograph.

Autumn Sunset
I'm always looking for inspiration. If you have an idea or request, please tell me in the comments below. I might choose yours for next week!

As promised, today brings the winner of my Quilter's Planner Mini giveaway, and that winner is Mary Honas!

Mary, please send me an email (flaun {at} ipleadquilty {dot} com) or a private message on my Facebook page with your mailing address. Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I *Still* Heart My Planner! - A Giveaway

Back in January, I wrote a bit about my Quilter's Planner

Next year's new and improved version is now available and mine has arrived!

Beautiful packaging, beautiful contents.
It came in a lovely new box - packaging matters, people, and Stephanie put effort and money into hers.

The upgrades in version 2.0 are visible: wider laminated tabs, heavier laminated cover, and more pages for keeping track of your projects. Of course, there's still lovely artwork and access to fresh quilt patterns, but she's added weekly free motion inspiration to the mix, too!

2017 Quilter's Planner
I want to go even farther in 2017, so I booked an appointment with a specialist to help me create a planner plan; even the best planner is useless if you don't have a method in place that works for you. April Corbett is an engineer by trade and has developed various methods to keep track of multiple projects. She sat down and discussed all my to dos and goals before even beginning to recommend a plan of attack for me. If you are in the Chattanooga area and would like to set up a session with her, I can't recommend her enough. Click here to go to her website.

Armed with a rainbow of pens, my planner is colorful.
There's even a new Quilter's Planner Mini, perfect for tucking into your purse. It could be yours! Just tell me in the comments below what you have a hard time keeping track of OR one of your goals. I will choose a winner and announce it with my Fabric Pull Friday post - so come back Friday to see if you won.

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This mini planner could be yours!
If you would like to see a video of the planner and its features or simply want to order your own, click here.* 

Inside the Quilter's Planner Mini
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*No, I am not affiliated in any way with Late Night Quilter or The Quilter's Planner, I just like it that much!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday: Gypsy Caravan

Welcome to the inaugural post of Flaun's Fabric Pull Friday!

One of my favorite things to do at SPOOL* was to pull fabric, whether to create a kit, a quilt for myself, or a color story for a customer's new project. I would love to continue that practice and bring you all along for some inspiration.

Today's inspiration is my brother. He is a member of the SCA and creates period clothing fit for our viking heritage. He and his wife enjoy an eclectic gypsy flare in most aspects of their lives.

I wanted the pull to include deep jewel tones, but also not get too dark or overwhelmed. I started with deep blues and garnet, added a few greens, and introduced a gilded spark with yellows that lean gold. This will be a warm, masculine-friendly addition to their home.

Gypsy Caravan FFPF
Do you enjoy choosing fabric for a new quilt? If not, how can I help? Tag me (@ipleadquilty) and use the hashtag #FabricPullHelp on Instagram.

*SPOOL is no longer in business. We had three wonderful years with you all and went out on a high note to pursue other avenues and give my partner time with her new grand baby.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Infinite Possibilities

I once heard a story about a painter who was asked what his ideal studio held. Lots of light? Infinite canvasses and tubes of paint? A huge space to fill and no time constraints? No, he said. His ideal studio was small but well lit with one canvas, five tubes of paint, and a time limit of hours rather than days. He said if given infinite time and possibilities, he would actually be in the corner frozen by all the ideas and not able to implement a single one.

I'm feeling that today.

With SPOOL gone except for the cleaning, my days are now wide open with infinite possibilities. I have to admit this is more than a bit daunting. I have not had the luxury of deciding what I really WANT to do before, but did what needed doing.

Here's where I get truly honest: I suffer from depression and have my entire adult life. In quiet times, my depression (currently manifesting as Cruella DeVille or Bellatrix Lestrange) tells me how much I lack and that no one wants to hear from me. Her cruelty is only emphasizing my inclination to freeze like a deer in the headlights.

Thankfully, I have wonderful friends and family who are there when I reach out. Their love helped roll me over a small hump yesterday. I actually did something to move forward!

Class Information Sheet - Click to download

I absolutely loved teaching at SPOOL; it filled me with a sense of accomplishment and joy to guide others along in their quilt journey. With infinite possibility lying in front of me, it is my task to limit myself, to find the smaller canvas and only a few tubes of paint, and this is one of the tubes I choose.

If you have a local shop or a guild where you would like to have me speak or teach, please forward my information sheet to the appropriate person, then have them contact me for scheduling and rates.

I cannot wait to see all your faces, again!

Now, to go limit my tubes today in my studio...

My Projects List

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Own a Feminist Quilt Shop

A couple of weeks ago, a man came into my shop. I was at the back folding fabric for kits, so didn't see him or his group come in. As he looked, I asked if there was anything I could help him find. "I came with my wife," he replied in dismissal.

"Well, we have quite a few male quilters come in, so I never assume," I smiled.

He stated that disappointed him.

Important to note here is that I own a feminist quilt shop. That means I believe women and men are equal, thereby delineating things as feminine activities and masculine activities is, at best, bad form. You do you. This is embodied in the creed of an organization founded by my partner, Maddie Kertay; the BadAss Quilters Society:

  • Be confident enough to embrace your own style without the need to attack others.
  • At least aspire to fearlessness in your craft as well as authentic, compassionate, and ethical treatment of each other.
  • Be generally opposed to dumb-ass behavior that separates, denigrates, or makes light of another's work, style, or lifestyle.
  • In short, BadAss Quilters are opposed to being a jerk about most things and about quilting most of all.

Back to the man who "came with his wife." I asked why he was disappointed. He said something about revoking male membership to those men who quilt.

"Because they do something they enjoy?" I asked.

His response was that they could enjoy "manly things."

My eyes wide an innocent, I parried, "Making things with your hands isn't manly?!"

"You're twisting my words," he laughed.

"I would never."

"Only if you thought you could get away with it."

Get away with it? Honey, you are in my shop.

My quilting world is full of people of all races, colors, creeds, abilities, religions (or not), orientations, and genders. In fact, I could have left the word quilting out of the previous sentence.

I am a feminist.
Do not box me or my fabulous rainbow of friends and family in.

Is your LQS welcoming to all? Give them a shout out in the comments!