June 1 – 30, 2016
by Emilee Dube'
As quilters, we absorb
the colors and shapes that we see every day. We fuse those
common images with inspiration from quilt exhibits, books,
blogs, and fabric lines. The marriage becomes an individual
creation that speaks to both where we aspire to be as
quilters, and what we have already experienced.
The quilt named Bricktown
celebrates the downtown entertainment arts district of OKC.
It is also a collective inspiration of my experiences in the
past year. I was fortunate to travel to Roatan, Honduras
last summer. The tile rooftops and creatively designed
patios were very interesting. Even the most basic unfinished
wooden railing was cut in a purposeful decorative manner,
like a quilt block. In the fall, I had the privilege of
taking my son to college. Eating brunch in a French-inspired
cafe' I fell in love with the cafe' floor tiles. Back at
OKQW, Debbie kindly shared her book Red and White Quilts:
Infinite Variety based on the 2011 New York City
exhibit. My goal was to create the impression of a tile
floor using pieced rather than appliqué blocks to pay
tribute to the rustic wood cut porches of Honduras. At the
same time, I aimed to create a red and white quilt that did
not use just solid fabrics. Looking closely at photographs
of the exhibit quilts, I noticed many were made up of prints
although from a distance they appeared to be comprised of
The fabrics in Bricktown
(with the exception of the white) are not solids. They are
fun geometric blenders and I couldn't resist the red and
white cathedral window print! Once the top was complete, I
worked with long-arm quilter Leanne Dalke to find a design
that would enhance the on-point geometric nature and not
distract from the sharply contrasting colors. We selected a
thinly spaced diamond spiral maze design with clear thread.
Come in to OKQW to take a closer look at the Bricktown
quilt. We will be taking orders for kits. Also available is
the individual Bricktown Block. I hope you enjoy making it
as much I did designing it! —Emilee
We are so
Kingwell, a quilt designer from Melbourne, Australia,
teacher and owner of Amitie' Textiles, will be here May 31
and June 1 to offer two different classes. Halo her brand
new quilt to be released at Spring Market and Mrs.
Bannister's Pillow with a Hand Quilting/Appliqué Demo.
Trunk & Treats
May 31, 5:30pm
#200256414 - $15.00
Click here to sign up.
Come enjoy refreshments along with Jen Kingwell’s beautiful
Classes are sold out.
Please call the store if you would like to be put
on the waiting list..
Classes Are Open!
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Mothers Day May 8th – Check out our calendar for
our Mother’s Day Sales
Blocks of the Month: The newest block of the
month is Spooky Halloween. It will begin in May for
6 months. We still have openings in Gossip in the
Garden , Radiant Reflections and Midnight at the
Oasis. We have one spot left in Austin Bluebird,
Christmas Cozy – A Sew-along with Lori Holt will
start in August. Starting in May, you can Pre-Order
your templates and Fabrics.
Spangled Liberty is a beautiful new Patriotic
Quilt from Heartspun Quilts, Pam Budda. The fabrics
are from Marcus Brothers. We will have a kit
available in June. Watch for details and
pre-ordering information coming soon.
Closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day
Closed Monday, July 4 for Independence Day
Watch for a Special Event coming in September!
To make it easier for you to
sign up for our classes, we're now offering online
class enrollment. Of course, you can always call,
or stop by the shop) to sign up for any of our
classes or events.
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