Tuesday, November 25, 2014

People are talking!

I am thankful.

It's been over a week since the official release of the book. A lot of you have received your order earlier than expected. Anneli from Greece made her quilt after she downloaded her copy and sent me this picture before the book was even out in U.S.!

You can imagine my surprise to see it done so fast!  It's everything free-form blocks stand for.. It's whimsical and free-spirited. Those bright red patches are ready to blow off the quilt.

With her permission, I am sharing what she thinks about the book and her process.

''I had bought your book as e-book and I love it! The only thing is that I have to order the book as paperback because your book is one of the books I want to have and "feel" it in my hands! It has so beautiful pictures and I think it is worth to have as a real book! It has very clear instructions and when I made the quilt the technique was wonderful! I felt so free not to use ruler! It is fun to the end. I hand-quilted it because I felt I wanted to make stitches which are as unordinary as the lines in the squares.'' 

Anneli Lehto-Koutsovitis.
 

Thank you Anneli for being so generous with your words.

Cultural Fusion Quilts was also reviewed on"IT'S BOOK REVIEW SATURDAY" by Mark Lipinski. He Really liked my book! Thanks, Mark Lipinski!
You can read about it by clicking on this link.
http://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/its-book-review-saturday

Wanda Hanson is working on her version of the cover quilt. She also did a review on the book.
http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/2014/11/revealing-new-book.html
 
Julie is also exploring the possibilities. Visit here to see what she is making with her strings
http://quiltdivajulie.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-strings-have-name.html 

I made this quilt in past weeks while I awaited the release of my book. Since I decided to enter it in Quiltcon, I am afraid I can not reveal the whole quilt just yet.


Your emails are pouring in, I couldn't be thrilled. It may take me a little time to get back to all of you, but I will. I decided to start another blog to dedicate to all the quilts inspired by the book. I would like to invite all of you who would like to contribute your pictures, process and ideas that emerge from making the quilts from the book. 
If you are interested, all you have to do is send me am email. I will send you the invite to join the blog - Cultural Fusion Quilts.

By the way, the cover quilt is back where it belongs. I had to take a picture just because I felt like it. 


I also started hand quilting the zigzag quilt. 


I was going to machine quilt this queen size quilt but one evening it got too cold. I had just finished my confetti quilt and was left with nothing to work on. Thankfully, it was already basted and ready to go. I picked it up and started stitching. Yes, another quilt is getting some stitch love.


Speaking of being thankful, thanks to all of you who have purchased the copy of my book and sent me exciting emails and messages on fb.  

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I plan to do just that.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Stack - Cultural Fusion Quilts

 They are all here! Stack of quilts, made with free-form traditional blocks.

While I am still getting used to the idea of  the words like author of and my book, it feels great to have all of my quilts back with me. Last two years as I was finishing them, packing and labeling to send them out to C&T Publishing for the pictures, I really did not have any idea on how they all look together.


Stack of quilts with personality of their own! Each one telling a story. They all look pretty happy to me!

It is hard to pick a favorite one but if I had to pick one, I would go back to the roots of them all.



Here is another stack I LOVE!


If you would like to buy it direct from me, click on the link on the sidebar.


Thank you to all of you who read my blogs, those who were involved in making this possible for me. I am feeling the gratitude and love.

This book is just the beginning of my story, my journey as a quilter, it has tied me to my roots all over again. This process has made me stronger and helped me grow beyond what I thought was possible.






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

International Quilt Show

Here are some of the pictures of quilts. Too many to post, too many to remember and they are in no particular order or ranking. Just sharing them because I loved looking at them. Some of them reminded me of friends and some I associated with memories of the past. Each quilt was breathtaking. Loved seeing them all. I spent good amount of time viewing the quilts, still not sure if I saw it all.




















Amazing talent!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Houston Fall Market - The People

I have no idea how one describes the kind of experience I have had.

All my life I have believed that the person I am today is because of the roads I have traveled in the past. Every step we take and turn we take, it changes the course of our lives.

When I agreed on doing a schoolhouse presentation for C&T I was unsure on what to expect. I am generally a very shy person, meeting new people and talking about my book, it was all happening for the first time in my life. With the thought of meeting and greeting every possibility with open arms, I booked the tickets and packed my bags. I took as many quilts as possible to paint a picture of my book to the shop owners from around the world. And for those who did not attend my schoolhouse, I am certain I made a lasting impression by wearing Indian outfits for the presentation and days that followed.

It was the best experience of my quilting journey so far! I met so many people who I have admired over the years, made many new friends. Most importantly, I got to share my book and quilts with them in person.  Their words of encouragement and willingness to help will forever stay in my heart and memories. Here are some of the pictures of past few days.

At my schoolhouse presentation
Kathy Doughty and Kaffe Fassett
This was a full circle moment for me. I began my teaching career with workshops based on his fabrics and books. One of the first people I ran into was Kaffe Fassett soon followed by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. It was great to hear their reactions to my book.

I spent my time attending various presentations. Here is a moment before Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Liza Lucy did their presentation. They were the only people in the whole convention center I had met prior to this trip. Honestly, I was uncomfortable to be walking as a complete stranger.

Brandon Mably wearing an Alexander Henry print and of course, my book.  
 the presentation
Carolyn Reese, Anita Grossman Soloman, Jan Krentz

Conversations I had with them are carved in my memories. It felt like I was in a dream. Authors, designers, artists I had never met but seen pictures on social media or in books were there. I did not have nerve to walk up and talk to anyone of them but I did. Then again, some people I should have recognized, I did not and embarrassed myself. They all turned out to be forgiving and quite supportive.

On first day I debated my being there. Voices in my head kept screaming, "I did not belong there, it was a whole another world I wasn't ready to explore." Meeting these three incredibly supporting human beings was a humbling experience. Hearing what they had to say about the book was encouraging. 

On the second day of the market, I was a bit more comfortable. I stuck to wearing Indian outfit. No longer anxious I went with ''ready to meet the world and greet everything with open arms as it approaches me'' attitude.

Allison Glass in her booth

Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs
Pat Sloan
Amy and David Butler
I had the most wonderful conversations with both of them. In my head of course I was saying...This is not happening.. someone please pinch me!

 Liesl Gibson and Denyse Schmidt in Amy Butler's booth
Julie Silber and Deborah Turner Ursell
I am often inspired by antique quilts and have known them through a fb group. It was nice to meet them both in person.
I also met Victoria Findlay Wolf and saw her beautiful wedding ring quilts from her upcoming book. Mary Koval had her antique quilts exhibit in the exhibit hall which was inspiring. Adita Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, Malka Dubrawsky of Stitch and Dye, Carolyn Forster, Pepper Cory, Jane Sassaman all are so charming and friendly. I can't believe in spite of the conversations we had, I did not get a single picture with them.

 
As we returned the car at the airport, I took a glance at the waiting area where I sat nervous and unsure less than a week ago! Much has changed. I am evolving and I can see this latest turn could be a very good thing.

I am learning to say, Yes! 






Sunday, October 19, 2014

Houston Quilt Market

I am excited and ready for this and every firsts that come along the way.

It's been two and a half days since I received my book. If you missed that announcement, visit http://therootconnection.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-book.html 

It is still hard to put my emotions in words but all I can say is it's been an amazing experience. Thank you, C&T Publishing for doing such a wonderful job with my book. I know you treat every single project with same passion and commitment,  I couldn't be happier with what the team has done for my dream.

And now I am ready for Houston!

I will be doing a schoolhouse presentation for my book Cultural Fusion Quilts.
Room 362D
Date: 24th October 2014
Time : 4:20 to 4:50 

This will be my first time being in Houston. This is all so new to me, I am not sure what to expect. All these years I dreamed of going to the show and never made it. I am so excited to meet new people, authors and bloggers I have connected through last four years. If you have been reading my blog, or are a new follower and going to be there, please look for me.

How would you spot me in crowd? I will be carrying this bag which I made just for the market. 


I am choosing quilts to take with me for the schoolhouse.


If I could, I would carry them all. After all, nothing like looking at quilts in in person. I love to watch the quilts being unfolded in slow motion from four corners to a complete reveal. I would love for everyone there to be able to do the same.


If you happen to be there, come say hello!