Fleur de Lys

March 25, 2014

Fleur de Lys by Tracey Lawko

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

RaNae :)

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!)

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.

Isn't this the cutest little bungalow -- love the porch and rocking chairs!  It was home for me and the Pin Spiral in Texas!

Isn’t this the cutest little bungalow — love the porch and rocking chairs! It was home for me and the Pin Spiral in Texas!

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!)

Happy quilting!

RaNae

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!

Pink Spiral AsilomarHello 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!

RaNae

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)

wpid-IMAG4620.jpg

Jesse  (A whole wedge finished!)

wpid-IMAG4619.jpg  wpid-IMAG4625.jpg

Helen

wpid-IMAG4618.jpg

Annette

wpid-IMAG4617.jpg  wpid-IMAG4627.jpg

Laura

wpid-IMAG4616.jpg

Beth

wpid-IMAG4615.jpg

Marjorie

wpid-IMAG4623.jpg

Paula

wpid-IMAG4622.jpg

Linda H.

wpid-IMAG4626.jpg

Carol

wpid-IMAG4621.jpg

Helen

wpid-IMAG4599.jpg  wpid-IMAG4589.jpg

Linda H.

wpid-IMAG4598.jpg  wpid-IMAG4596.jpg

Beth

wpid-IMAG4594.jpg wpid-IMAG4593.jpg

Paula

wpid-IMAG4592.jpg

Annette

wpid-IMAG4591.jpg

Carol (Lime green is the new black)

wpid-IMAG4590.jpg

Afternoon visitors . . . .

wpid-IMAG4585.jpg

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,712 other followers