March 25, 2014
This beautiful spiral mandala quilt is by Tracey Lawko, a student who took my class in Ontario, Canada in October 2012. Isn’t it beautiful? Of all the mandalas I’ve seen from my students, this is one of the best quilting designs I’ve seen — Tracy used the background space really well, even including motifs from the mandala in the design. I particularly like the ropes in the border.
Tracy plans to enter it in shows. I’m certain it will be juried in and will be a strong prize contender. Whether or not it takes home any ribbons, in my opinion this quilt is definitely a winner!
Tracy’s website is http://www.traceylawko.com
March 10, 2014
This class was my most advanced ever: I came prepared to teach the class with my usual set of mix-and-match templates, and instead my students all said they wanted to design their own spiral mandala quilt from scratch! So, I backed up my teaching materials to the very beginning and we dug in. First they drafted an original 1/8 wedge of a circle, then created a spiral design and did a mock-up in fabric. Once that was done, they created foundations, sewed the individual spirals, and joined them together. When that was done, we auditioned backgrounds and borders using mirrors to see the completed mandala. Their designs were gorgeous — click through the gallery to see their progress and results. (For some reason, the gallery placed the drafting photos at the end and I can’t seem to move them!)
March 7, 2014
The Traveling Pink Spiral (click the link for video) followed me to New Braunfels, TX, where I taught Spiral Mandala Quilt workshops for a week at Quilting Adventures. This class was my most advanced ever: I came prepared to teach the class with my usual set of mix-and-match templates, and instead they all said they wanted to design their own spiral mandala quilt from scratch! So, I backed up my teaching materials to the very beginning and we dug in. Their designs were gorgeous — click here to see their results.
Find the other pink spiral – and create your own spiral quilts — this fall at the Boise Basin Quilt Guild’s show, September 26-28, 2014 in Boise, Idaho.
(Sorry about the end of the video — still learning about how to edit!)
March 4, 2014
Pam Burke, one of my students at my first workshop at Empty Spools Seminars (April 2013) brought not one but TWO finished spiral mandalas to show me at Empty Spools while I was teaching there in 2014. The one with the pointed corners is called “Pinata” – don’t you love the tassles!
February 28, 2014
Hello Spiros — meet The Traveling Pink Spiral. This is one block from a new “modern” spiral quilt I’m designing at the request of Boise Basin Quilt Guild for their show this fall — September 26-28, 2014 — in Boise, Idaho. (Click on the image to see video)
The name of the quilt is Two Pink Spirals. For the next six months I’ll be traveling across North and South America with one pink spiral, and I’ll post videos about the adventures of The Traveling Pink Spiral as I go. You’ll find out where the other pink spiral is when the quilt “debuts” in Boise.
You can find show info here: http://www.boisebasinquilters.org/quilt-show/
See you on the road — and in Boise!
February 26, 2014
It’s Day 3 of my Spiral Mandalas workshop here at Empty Spools Seminars in beautiful Pacific Grove, CA at the Asilomar Conference Center. Everyone has sewn at least the center spiral of their mandala at this point, and Jesse has already finished an entire wedge! check out their progress . . .
Linda B. (the Tim Burton Mandalas)
Jesse (A whole wedge finished!)