Posts Tagged ‘Yvonne Malone Studio’

Come In From the Cold for a Journey in Quiltmaking

December 7, 2014

Modern Flower Box

If you are a beginning quilter or are looking to reconnect with your quilting past, I hope you will join me for A Journey in Quilt Making, a 6-week class I will be teaching at the beautiful historic Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois beginning January 6th.

We start at the beginning covering the basics of quilt making but each 2-hour session will also include creative exercises to boost your quilt making skills and expand your creativity.

We will make “Modern Flower Box,” a quilt I designed specifically for this class with the intention that I wanted students to learn how to make a quilt from start to finish – it’s my hope that everyone will walk out of the last class holding their own finished “Modern Flower Box!”

Measuring approximately 33.5″ x 14″ when finished, it is suitable to use as a table runner or wall hanging. The pattern will be provided at the first class; you are welcome to use your own fabrics, or purchase a kit using the fabrics in the sample on the first day of class.

To register for the class, please visit www.mayslakepeabody.com. See you there!

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Doodle, Reflect, and Plan

January 3, 2014

If you typically throw your calendar into the recycle bin at the end of the year, you may want to reconsider … 

A Playing with Fabric post about doodling on calendars and reflecting about the year past and thinking about the year ahead

The other day, I walked past my daughter’s room where she was quietly embellishing her 2013 wall calendar using a magenta Sharpie and a ruler; she has continued to work on it over holiday break, taking her time and carefully considering how she wants to fill in each square.

While it is a wonderfully simple creative exercise – treating each square as its own canvas, each page as its own gallery is a nice scale to work on (I say having just completed a full-size bed quilt) – it is also so meditative.

So go ahead, retrieve your 2013 calendar and pick out your favorite Sharpie color, then find a quiet place to think about the year just past and set intentions for the year ahead. And for my readers who quilt or embroider, you might just discover a new pattern in those doodles!

“Balance” Quilt Pattern Now Available

June 4, 2013

Chakra Quilt

Many of my quilts begin with a big idea that is inspired by something – like a story in the newspaper, a garden in full bloom, a brick sidewalk laid in an interesting pattern, even memories of the wash hanging out on the clothesline when I was little. Balance, my latest quilt pattern, is no exception.  When my close friend Katy completed her studies to become a certified Healing Touch practitioner, her husband commissioned a quilt to celebrate the event. After spending time researching healing touch and learning more about Chakras, I sketched out a number of ideas; Balance is the one my friend chose. While I continue to make this quilt on a commission basis, I also wanted to make the pattern available to other quilters, so here it is!

The color work in the sample pictured above and in the pattern is based on the colors of the Chakra. However, it would look stunning in all one color or with the circles set in a background of black. The circles are pieced from narrow strips of fabric so it is a great way to use up odds and ends in your stash (or the stashes of your quilter friends!).

Detailed directions are provided for both a twin/generous napping size, as well as a wall hanging. To see more details and to order the pattern, visit YvonneMaloneStudio.bigcartel.com.

Happy sewing!