Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol 7!!

 I'm very happy to say that I am have another block in the latest edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!!

                                                      My name is Renelda and I've been quilting for several years (OK - over 30!).  I love to design quilts, especially using geometric shapes.  I'm standing in the office of the Loudoun Breast Health Network in front of a huge pink quilt (2012 Text on Textile Exhibit, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX) which I made and hangs in our office!  (We are an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3) non-profit).  I'm also working on a quilt book to honor the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces - if you are interested look for details in the blog and email me.

         The block in Volume 7 has been, quite literately, years in the making.  I have been creating Bargello quilts for over 25 years and when I've tried to 'help' my friends catch Bargello fever, everyone complains that it looks too hard to do.  So I simplified the process - how could I possibly simplify a Bargello?  What if instead of long rows of little blocks I made actual 4" x 4" or 12" x 12" blocks?   And then joined them together?!  Sounds simple?  It is!  I call them 'Julep Blocks' and they are very easy to make!   

My block is block #686 'Spring Julep', page 64, it is a 12" x 12" (finished) block which can be assembled in many ways.
The quilt to the right appears in Volume 7's "Designer's Gallery" on page 12 - it is a mini-gello (small Bargello) entitled "Spring Julep" and it measures 11" x 11".  It is made from four scaled-down Julep blocks each rotated and joined together.  The mini-quilt blocs have some special construction techniques to aid in their assembly, but they are so cool to put together!

       The quilt to the left, "Mint Julep", (69" x 69") is made from 20" x 20" blocks and give the appearance of motion.  The larger the 'Julep' block, the larger the quilt!!

       Julep blocks and quilts have more 'pop' if you have one or two fabrics that really stand out.  Look for several light fabrics, several mediums and a few dark fabrics.

         The quilt on the left measures 41" x 41" and was done using a Moda Jelly Roll.  Jelly Rolls can be good to use if they have enough contrast, this one had the red, white and blue I was looking for.  That is not true of most pre-cut 2 1/2" rolls.           

      The quilt to the right is another mini-gello measuring 14" x 14".  It is composed of 100% scraps - mini-gellos are great for up-cycling your scraps!!

           If you are in the Northern Virginia/Maryland/DC area check the schedule below for when I'll be speaking in May and June several area quilt shops about Block # 686!!  Carolyn Goins, block # 666, 'Counter Spin' and I spoke at a local quilt shop when we both had blocks in 100 Blocks, Vol 5 and it was such a huge success we decided to branch out to the entire metro area!!

          My brand new 'helper' Smudge just came from the Loudoun County Animal Shelter last week and already she is a "big" help!  She is what we call a 'love sponge' - she'll suck all the attention she
can get from you.  She has already shed, I mean provided a protective coat, on many of the quilts going into my book!



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol 7.

I have another block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 7 magazine!!

A fellow 100 Block artist - Carolyn Goins - and I are appearing at several regional quilt shops to present a 50 minute talk about how we design our blocks and to answer questions - AND - it gives you the opportunity to shop at some great quilt shops!!

+ Sat. 18 May, 11.00-12.00 at Seminole Sampler in Catonsville, MD 21228
+ Fri. 24 May, 10.30-11.30 at Patches Quilting & Sewing in Mt. Airy, MD 21771

+ Sat. 1 June, 11.00-12.00 & 12.30-1.30 at The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA 22601
+ Tues. 4 June, 12.30-1.30 at Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD 20877

We had so much fun doing this last year at The Scrappy Apple - thanks Kelley! - for 100 Blocks, vol 5 that we decided to do it again, but bigger this time!!

Come and join Carolyn and Renelda, have some fun, listen while we yack about quilt/block design, buy some 100 Block magazines and ask us some questions!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Make a quilt for my book!!

Quilt #1                                                                Quilt #2

Quilt #3                                                                                 Quilt #4

Quilt #6
 Quilt #5


I am working on a quilt book with a series of military-themed quilts to honor our service members!

I want to show that these quilts also have a wider appeal and so I am asking for assistance.   Your completed quilt may be chosen for the book!  Here is the deal:

1.   Chose one of the six quilts (pictures attached) and contact me at  with the Quilt # of the quilt you would like to make.  (I’ll need name, address, phone # and email.)

2.  I send you the instructions for that quilt and you sign a non-disclosure statement (saying you won’t reproduce and share the pattern). 

3.  You choose your own fabric and make a quilt based on the pattern.  (The quilt does not need to be an exact replica of the pattern, i.e., Quilt #6 does not have to have 23 “stars” – use your imagination and make a quilt with maybe 9 “stars”, set them on point or break them up with plain blocks interspersed).

4.  Contact me immediately if you have any questions or don’t understand the instructions – I’ll be counting on you to help me proof my patterns!  Feedback please!

5.  Make the quilts as large or as small as you wish, I have to recognize it as based on one of the six quilts attached.

6.  Quilts must be completed and given to me to be photographed by 15 Jun 2013 (maybe later - I'll keep you posted).  If you live outside of the Washington, DC area and it would be too expensive to ship the quilt and you have a good quilt photographer, I’ll accept a picture of the quilt.

7.  The quilt pictures accepted for the “Quilt Gallery” will be the final decision of the author and editors and will be based on space available.


I'm in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks again!!

I've been notified that a block of mine was picked up to be in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol.7!!