Palettes to Points: Quilt Design with Lee Monroe of May Chappell

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Lee Monroe is the creative brain behind the pattern company, May Chappell, and she is coming for a weekend of fabric, fun and food at The Green Apricot.  Join us for the whole weekend, or just for a portion.  Do what fits your schedule, but by all means, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a pro!

If you ever wanted to learn about the nitty gritty of quilt design, this is your chance. We’ll begin with a color theory dinner lecture, then spend two days in the studio working on designing and creating your own signature block.  Plan on going home with a block that you can either finish off as a mini or a pillow, or plow on to make a complete quilt of your own original design.

And, as a bonus, Lee has agreed to teach her Clutched/Cased patterns as an additional workshop on Saturday evening.  Attendees to Palettes to Points will have priority for registration for the additional class until August 14.

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So, here’s the schedule…

Understanding the Rainbow Color Lecture and Dinner– Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Do you love color? But sometimes feel intimidated by fabric selection? You will learn the basics of color theory and how those concepts lead to better quilts! There will be lots of quilty eye candy showing the different types of palettes that you can use. You’ll leave armed with many tools to pull fabrics for your next project. This class is great for all levels of sewists. (This event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough, GA.)

From Concept to Precision Points: Designing a Quilt Block– Friday-Saturday, Oct 27-28, 2017, 9am-4pm
Step up your piecing game! This class will focus on improving techniques and learning multiple ways to create block elements with the basics; half square triangles, flying geese and square in a square. There will be lots of tips on making these units precise as well as ways to attach these units together with perfect points. We will talk block design and create our own blocks with the elements. We will discuss how color and value interact within the design and can create secondary designs. This is a two day workshop that is great for confident beginners to intermediate level sewists. (This event takes place at The Green Apricot studio in McDonough, GA.)

Palettes to Points: Quilt Design with Lee Monroe includes dinner lecture on Thursday evening and two-day class Friday to Saturday.  Dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday and Saturday are included.  $260 per person.  Limit 16. Click here to register.

Understanding the Rainbow Dinner Lecture Only.  Includes color theory lecture, trunk show, and dinner at Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough.  $45 per person. Click here to register.

 Cased/Clutched– Saturday, Oct 28, 2017, 5-7pm  Have you always wanted to make one of those cool bags with a hard frame? Well, this is the class for you! We will sew up and learn all kinds of tips for attaching the frame. Great for confident beginners! You can make either the Clutched or Cased size in class.   $35 per person, or 6 Member hours. Limit 16.  Palettes to Points attendees have registration priority until August 14.  (This event takes place at The Green Apricot studio in McDonough, GA.)  Click here to register.

Traveling from out of town for this event?  Why not stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough?  Mention The Green Apricot for a group rate of $109/night for a double queen room.  678-827-7200, after Aug 2, 2017.

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Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch, Quiltmaker & Modern Patchwork. Lee is also a BERNINA Ambassador and Craftsy instructor. She is President of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.

 

Love All Around- The Block

Last week my sweet friend, Lee Monroe- aka May Chappell, sent me a note asking if I could do a little something for her. I would have likely said of course no matter what she asked, but I was especially grateful to be asked to be a part of making her Love All Around block.

One thing I’ve learned from my faith is to make the most of all that is good, and to minimize the power of all that is negative. And let’s face it, there is a lot of negative out there. 

Don’t misunderstand me. In no way am I implying that sticking one’s head in the sand is the way to go.  Pretending all is well when it isn’t simply allows the thing to stick around, or worse, become more powerful. It takes purposeful action to make a difference. Everything we say and do begs the question, “Is this making the situation better, or worse?”

I have to be honest. I am excessively sensitive. I get overwhelmed by all of the negativity that hits me in the face everyday. It makes my chest feel heavy, and I have to take a minute to remind myself of all that is truly good and beautiful in the world. 

But that’s the thing that’s so amazing. It turns out that there are way more beautiful and wonderful and happy and positive and loving things and people in the world than there are hateful, sad and negative. Really.  There are. And the great part is that the more you fill the world with genuine kindness and love, the less room there is for the other stuff. 

I know that sometimes we hurt. Deeply. And sometimes we are afraid. Often with good cause. Both hurt and fear are powerful reactions, and both can lead to anger and hate. 

We can’t help being hurt. We can’t help being afraid. That’s just part of being human.  But we can stop from being angry, and especially from hating. 

There’s a moment when we decide. When we choose between peace and anger, between love and hate. That moment is where the power lies. That moment is when we begin to change the world.  For good or for bad. 

So, maybe take a minute or two to slow down.  Maybe make this block, and allow yourself to think of ways you can be the one. And maybe you can also be reminded of what you already know.   

Giving away the shirt off my back-

Well, not really, but it sounded like a good title!  Actually, I am swapping shirts, and trust me, they’ve never been on my back.  Okay, so it’s totally false advertising, but at least I’m not selling anything.

I first heard of the All Shirts Swap from a couple of friends on Facebook.  One of them posted a picture of the pattern, and I was immediately in love.

Click on pic for link to purchase pattern from Carolyn Friedlander

Click on pic for link to purchase pattern from Carolyn Friedlander

Then, just a few weeks after I saw the post, I met Lee of May Chappell at The Stash Bash, who just so happens to be the hostess for the All Shirts Swap 2.0.  Then it was all over- I was all in.

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Pic borrowed from May Chappell website- click pic for link to more information about All Shirts Swap 2.0

These little shirts are bound to make a fantastic mini, so I have completed 9 shirts and they are headed to the post office today!  I can’t wait to see the 9 little shirts that will come back to me!  Hats off to Carolyn Friedlander for such a cute paper piece pattern, and now I am SO tempted to do another one of her patterns…

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“Local” by Carolyn Friedlander- click on pic to order your copy!

Wanna see my shirts?  Here they are-

2014-06-06 07.40.322014-06-05 20.41.30 2014-06-05 20.41.58Awesome sauce.  I love me a good swap.