Thursday, May 12, 2016

Meet A Quilter #13


Today I’d like to introduce you to an amazing fiber artist, designer, and fellow Island Batik Ambassador, Pam Geisel.


My name is Pam Geisel from For Quilts Sake and I just finished my 500th quilt! It’s called “She Paints With Fabric” because that’s how I explain to people how I make my art. (It’s made with Island Batik’s Sea Salt Sandy fabrics, by the way.)

I made my first quilt in 2001. I had taken shop class in Junior High so I wouldn’t have to learn how to sew, but I’ve always loved fabric and quilts so I decided to take a class on hand piecing and quilting at a local quilt shop. I really loved the result but boy did it take a long time to complete! I realized that if I used the sewing machine I’d just have to use it to sew forwards and backwards, I wasn’t attaching shirt sleeves or zippers.

I’ve taken a few workshops on quilting techniques since them but I’m mostly self-taught, although I still have no idea how to attach a shirt sleeve or a zipper!

I primarily consider myself an art quilt. Like most art quilters, I started making traditional quilts. One of the things that I really enjoy about traditional quilts is the secondary patterns that emerge when quilt blocks are put together. I’m also intrigued by how the look of a pattern can changed if you use different colors in different locations.

I belong to several quilt guilds. It was with the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network where I really delved into art quilting. We created a monthly study group and were working through the exercises in the book “Art Quilt Workbook" by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston. I created my first series, the Feather Series then.


Around this time I started working with fusible adhesives for fabrics. I know it’s possible to piece curves and also applique curved shapes with a needle-turn technique, but I wasn’t interested in doing either of those. But once I realized I could raw edge applique curved shapes, creating got much freer for me, and I was able to create more realistic landscape quilts.


I enjoy participating in challenges. I was in an on-line quilting group with Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams started “Project Quilting” back in 2010. She enjoyed the show “Project Runway” and wanted to have quilt challenges that had to be completed in one week, although no one would be asked to leave.

Because of my schedule at the time I wasn’t able to participate as a contestant the first year, but I did participate as a judge that year. I’ve participated every year since then and was even the Grand Prize Winner in 2011 (they only did official judging the first two years).


“Early Morning Nine Patch” was one of the challenge pieces that I made for Project Quilting in 2012. I went on to win Best of Show in “The View,” a juried landscape competition (for all media and not just fiber) at the Rosewood Art Centre Gallery in Dayton, Ohio. It’s one of my favorite quilts that I’ve ever made and I even had notecards printed with it on them.

I’ve been entering my quilts in quilting competitions and also art shows with other media. I’ve gotten rejected from several, but I’ve been fortunate to have some included in national fiber exhibits in Oberlin, OH, Paducah, KY, and at the American Quilter’s Society’s Quilt Week in Landcaster, PA where I got an honorable mention for my quilt “Lavender Diamonds” which is a traditional partial Broken Star design (similar to a Lone Star) but mine is made in a non-traditional way by fusing fabric instead of piecing.


I also do a lot of custom quilts, including memory quilts that use items provided by the customer such as t-shirts and other clothing, a wedding dress, and neckties. These projects are always interesting because the items have such a personal meaning to the customer. Many times these items are a gift to another family member and I’m honored to be a part of making an heirloom that will be cherished for years to come. This one was made with ribbons won in horse competitions.


One of the most unusual pieces I’ve made was for an exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute called “Inside the Box.” Selected artists were provided a wooden box and asked to create something inside it (and outside it within reason). I created “Inside of a Dog” based on the Groucho Marx quote “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” I’ve never created a doll or a dog’s heads, legs, and tail before. It seemed like I spent as much time thinking about how I was going to create it and the steps involved as I did creating it.


A big thanks to Carol for inviting me to be a guest blogger. If you want to know more about any of the projects I’ve mentioned, you can find them on my blog: For Quilts Sake.


I’d like to offer a set of note cards that are professionally printed of my quilts. I have six different sets available, four that have six different images and two that just have the one image. You can check out the different options in my Etsy shop here.

♥THANK YOU♥ Pam for sharing your wonderful quilts and story with us today. Congratulations on quilt #500!!! Now I’m curious and will have to try to figure out what number I’m on. LOL.

Pam has generously offered a set of her beautiful quilt note cards to one lucky winner. Open to USA residents only. Enter Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Playful Paper Piecing Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were given a playful paper piecing challenge.

Playful Paper Piecing

I thought it was time to toss the Christmas themed pot holders aside and start looking forward to SUMMER, HEAT, HEAT, AND COOLING TREATS.
Yes, that’s double heat here in Texas. LOL.

These paper pieced delights are “Dishy Treats” from the yummy Super Penguin quilt along.

May challenge 2

Sherbert fabrics are from the Red Tide Collection and my caramel dream fabrics are from the Sand Dune Collection.


Be sure to check out some of the other Island Batik Ambassador challenge projects…

Barb from Bejeweled Quilts is busy canning yummy treats
Connie from
Kauffman Designs is having fun with flip flops
Joan from
Moosestash Quilting is getting her “silly” on
Bea from
Bea Quilter has an adorable little kitty


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Having Fun With EQ7

Today I have a peek into the EQ Academy and a fun layout tutorial for you.
I recently attended the EQ Academy in Ohio. First, I have to say if you ever have the opportunity to attend don't pass on it! It was an amazing three days of fun and learning.

Tina from Quilting Affections and I are modeling our EQ Anniversary t-shirts....A.K.A. trip to the EQ store.

We met all of the EQ staff including co-founders Dean Neumann and Penny McMorris. One staff member was always in the room ready to jump in and help. They even took notes on all of our suggestions for future improvements. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Electric Quilt Staff

I took Barb Vlack's class. All I can say is WOW! She has soooo many wonderful tips and tricks to share. In the photo we were learning how to use the Symmetry Tool with blacks that weren't symmetrical. Who would have thought?! This was the best class I've ever taken and I've taken a lot.

Barb Vlack teaching class

We had a reception that included a lecture from each teacher. The highlight of the evening was Susan Lane surprising Dean Neumann, co-founder of Electric Quilt, with a Quilt of Valor. What a wonderful place to be awarded his quilt.

photo taken by EQ staff

Tweak that Layout Tutororial

Most of you have probably already found the Layout Library. It's packed with pre-made layouts by catagory and size just waiting for you to drop blocks in. BUT...

Did you know that you can also alter those pre-made layouts?

For my Christmas Flower pattern I started with the On Point Medallion #26 layout. Next, I removed the borders and resized the side triangles. Then, I set my blocks into the layout and TADA!

Christmas Flower - CLS127 pattern available in my shops. 
Photo shown in Island Batik Spoolin Around Fabrics

There's quite a few pre-made layouts for table runners but none of them have pointed ends. Here I started with Square in a Square #6 layout.

I deleted the borders and blocks that I didn't want from the layout. Set my blocks into the layout and WALLA! A table runner with pointed ends. How nifty is that trick!

A little thinking outside the box is all it takes. What will you create?

Of course every party needs a yummy cake.

Be sure to check out my other EQ tutorials.
Most importantly...Hop over and visit Electric Quilt to enter their give aways HERE.

A few more EQ7 themed blog posts to visit….
Tina of Quilting Affection…If you’re not hooked yet she’ll show you what EQ can do for you
Marian of Seams to be Sew
Pamela of Pamela Quilts
Carol of FunThreads Designs (me)