My Window View, A Peek Behind the Scenes

This month, my quilt, “Window View” is in the May 2016 issue of American Quilters Society!

Window ViewCover

Some have asked me about the whole process.  How do I get a quilt in a magazine?  It goes like this.

First, I am contacted by the fabric company I am currently working with.  In this case, P&B Textiles.  “Hey, we have a new collection coming out called Love In Bloom.  Would you be interested in designing a quilt using these fabrics?”

If I have space in my calendar and can work in their time frame, I say, “Yes, send me the scans and I will see what I can do.”

They send me high-resolution jpegs.  At this point, if I don’t like the fabric, if it doesn’t make gasp, if I don’t have an attraction to the fabric, I say, “No, this is not for me.” The fabric companies want the best representation possible.  If the fabric doesn’t make my heart sing, it is not fair to them.  Wait till I find a better match.  Then I fall in fabric-love and I get busy in EQ7, my quilt design software.

Sometimes, the perfect design seems to fall in my lap.  Other times, it is all uphill, both ways, in the snow!  This one just fell into place.  I still love looking at it.

Window View

Then begins emails back and forth, talking about edits and final approval.  Then they want the yardage and directions, picky, picky, picky.  Sometimes, they want me to make the quilt!  Yoo Hoo!

The delivery of the fabric can be pretty crazy and take a long time.  You have to consider the time for manufacturing and shipping.  I just never know when it will arrive.   When a box like this shows up, I do a happy dance and then double check I was sent the correct fabric, just in case.

Special Delivery

Ready to Go

Good to go! Let the construction begin.

 

Chain piece

 

 

 

 

 

Pieces

After this one was about half way done, I had to send it away, due to my hospital visit!  Tracy Kreiling took over, finished piecing, quilting and binding.  Yay, Tracy!

Quilting

After it is quilted, I sew on a label with all the stats.

Label

Then it is shipped to the magazine, photographed and then sent back to me.

And it is a happy day when I open the magazine and see my own creation! Tada!

Whole Quilt

After an agreed period of time, the rights for the quilt design and pattern revert back to me.  I then make a few changes and can sell it myself.

Thanks for joining me on this little tour.

See you next time,

Jenny Kae

P.S.  What are other questions you might have?  I would love to hear them.

 

 

My Philosophy of the Seam Ripper.

This is me, ripping out stitches, making good use of my stitch redeemer.

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This is my philosophy regarding ripping stitches.
1. Rip-worthy mistakes happen to everyone.
2. Ripping is not a punishment, it is a chance to make a fresh start. It is an expression of hope for a better outcome.
3. Only rip when there is no other way OR the mistake will drive you crazy.
4. It is ok to have a little crazy.
5. If you have a huge amount to rip, put in a nice movie and work the muscle of persistance. The road to failure is the path of least persistance.

Wishing you hopeful ripping. 🙂
#jennykaequilts #seamripper #rippingstitches

Classes – Basics and Bindings and Colors, Oh My!

What?  August already? I had a summer here a minute ago…

Well, it is time to get myself back to school.  I wanted to share my teaching schedule for August and September.  I have some standard classes and some new classes.  I don’t want you to miss out on the ones you are interested in.

All my classes are at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum at  8601 W Cross Dr Unit P1 – Littleton, CO 80123. 303-979-2334

I have one class in August, the Absolute Beginner Quilting Basics Series – Class 1

Saturday, August 1st or Wednesday, August 5th from 10:30 to 4:30 for $35.

Absolute Beginner project

Absolute Beginner project

I have three exciting classes in September.  First is the Machine Binding Workshop on Wednesday, September 2nd from 10:30 to 2:00 for $20.  MANY of you have asked for this class.  We will focus only on binding and you will leave class with samples to take home to help you make it again.

Machine Binding Workshop

Machine Binding Workshop

Want to learn to quilt? Take the Quilting Basics Series with Class 2 – Strips and Triangles.  (And I have a NEW way to make easy triangles! Yay!)  The class is on Saturday, September 5th or Wednesday, September 9th from 10:30 to 4:30 for $35.

Quilting Basics Series - Class 2 - Strips and Triangles

Quilting Basics Series – Class 2 – Strips and Triangles

The third class is VERY exciting!  For some, picking the colors for a quilt can be very challenging!  For others, it is one of their favorite parts.  It is back to school for both of you. The Flowers In The Window Workshop uses my pattern, which is available on my website, and takes you step-by-step thru my color process, layout and piecing. (And, fair waring, there will be homework!)  If you struggle with fabrics or love to use color in your quilts, this three-part class is not to be missed!

The first session is on Thursday, September 10th from 10:30 to 2:30. Session 2 is on Thursday, October 8th from 10:30 to 2:30 and the Session 3 is on Thursday, November 12, from 10:30 to 2:30.  The cost for all three class is $75.  Fall in love with color and make your own work of art.

Flowers In The Window Workshop

Flowers In The Window Workshop

I have more classes in October and November, including applique, paper-piecing, 1600’s quilt race and working with Minky.  If you want to know more about any of my classes, patterns, demos and webinars, go to my website.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Jenny

P.S. Believe it or not, now is when I start to plan for next year’s classes.  What do you want to learn?  Put your comments in the section below.