Today's guest blogger is Marlene from Kissed Quilts. She shares a bit about her journey as quilter and designer.
Hi from Grand Coulee, WA! I’m Marlene (Baerg) Oddie and in a nut shell am an….
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I made my first quilt as a child after being encouraged by a neighbor to hand appliqué Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam on blocks of muslin with a black blanket stitch and hand tied with yarn. After 9/11/2001, my local church in San Francisco, California started a quilting class. I was interested, but not excited enough to attend the first month. I showed up at the second day of the second month’s gathering and made three items from their scrap bin. This started my more recent plunge into the world of quilting. Within a few months, I was asked to teach the class and organize the next year’s projects. After a move to Walla Walla, Washington in 2003, I took a long-arm machining class in 2005 furthering my passion of quilting. In 2009, I married Duncan Oddie, and the opportunity and circumstances aligned to purchase a long-arm quilting machine. This began my full-time pursuit of a business, KISSed Quilts (Keeping it Simple and Stunning).
My designs and quilting have won ribbons locally, regionally and internationally and have been selected for various publications. I write regularly for the Country Register and was a finalist in the McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2011. An EQ Artist and Island Batik Quilt Designer and Ambassador, I blog with design and quilting tutorials at http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com and teach wherever there is an interest. In 2013 I opened a quilting studio and it has evolved into the best quilt shop by a dam site, Grand Coulee Dam.
Given my background working as an Industrial and Systems Engineer and a Project Management Professional in aerospace, financial services and higher education, my designs often come from engineering perspectives. I love turning your ideas into a reality, perhaps in a quilted item that can be cherished for years by you or the ultimate recipient.
This holiday season I got to introduce my 4 year old niece and nephew to my studio/shop.
View many of my patterns in the shop or shipped and online at patternspot.com or craftsy.com via PDF (just a few pictured below):
My latest design with Island Batik “Zig Zags at the Lake” was just released as a free download at http://www.islandbatik.com/free-projects/
There has been an Island Batik blog hop going on of the Island Batik Ambassadors ….my post was last Thursday. A giveaway is there and good until February 2, 2017. Hope you’ll check it out.
: I was recently adding a sleeve in a time crunch and thought I’d try adding a sleeve using my blind hem foot on my sewing machine. It worked!
1. Create your sleeve as desired (I recently discovered this tutorial at Moonlighting Quilts
https://moonlightingquilts.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/in-defense-of-the-proper-quilt-sleeve-and-how-to-make-it-in-6-easy-steps/ and thought her ‘basted’ seam was genius!!
2. Here is my trick: when stitching the sleeve onto the quilt, fold the quilt (top fold in picture) with sleeve underneath so that the blind hem foot on your sewing machine will just catch the backing fabric in the ‘hop’ stitch. You can do this on all 4 edges or just the two long edges and then hand stitch the back of the sleeve at the sides.
I’ve got an upcoming Retreat requested by customers from some distance away who are willing to come to Grand Coulee, WA for several days, so it will be fairly fast paced, but if you’d like a challenge, we’ll be going through the Rondure pattern in 3 days. You will get most of it completed, but may need some final assembly time afterwards. Three sessions per day 9am, 1pm, 5:30pm; 3 hours each. Arrive on Monday to get settled in, depart on Friday at your leisure. Sessions will be Tuesday through Thursday. March 27-31. $250 payable by today. Mention this blog post and I’ll extend this early bird price until Feb. 15. $300 thereafter.
Previous guest bloggers
January 5 – Bea Lee www.beaquilter.com http://tamarinis.typepad.com/tamarinis/2017/01/2017-the-best-quilting-year-yet-and-organizing-your-quilting-space.html
January 25 – Tina Dillard http://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/ http://tamarinis.typepad.com/tamarinis/2017/01/setting-quilting-goals-with-tina-of-quilting-affection-designs.html
Future guest bloggers:
Feb 8 Joan Kawano http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com
Feb 15 Terri Sontra http://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/weblog/
Feb 22 Suzy Webster http://websterquilt.blogspot.com
Mar 1 Connie Kauffman www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
Mar 15 Kate Colleran www.seamslikeadream.com/blog
Apr 19 Nancy Myers www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com
Thanks Tammy for the opportunity to share with your readers a bit about my own journey and designs.
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