Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Week #43: Stacey Lee O'Malley - SLOstudio

Hi everyone! I'm Stacey, from Ottawa - and I'm really excited to be a part of 52 Quilters!

I started making quilts in January 2014, and have been pretty much obsessed since then! My academic background is in science, but I've always been artsy and craftsy - painting, drawing and making things. I think quilt-making satisfies both my analytical and creative sides!

In terms of my style, I am often drawn to modern, geometric designs and using solids, or a mix of solids and prints. I think I oscillate between using very limited colour palettes, and rainbow explosions! (Below is "Polarity" in the snow, then "Cumulative Effect" in the grass!)

As a new-ish quilter, I love trying new techniques to explore all of the ways of putting quilts together! I've tried lots of different things -- from traditional piecing, to English paper piecing...

... to foundation paper piecing - (I have designed some of my own foundation paper piecing patterns, including the one below!)...

... One of my favourite techniques of all is probably improvisational piecing! The quilt below is called "Accumulative Effect" and was displayed at Quiltcon 2016 earlier this year in Pasadena. It includes bits of all of my first 25 quilts. 

I enjoy designing quilt patterns and this year have had a couple published in magazines, which has been really fun! The quilt below is "Ring Road" and is in Issue 11 of Make Modern Magazine.

I've already been sharing more over at @52quilters on Instagram - hope to see you there!

Where you can find me:

Instagram: @slostudio

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady - Last Day

Hello on my last day of my 52Quilters week 40 takeover. I really enjoyed sharing the week with you.

I love the quilting community. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge, they take you in as though you are family, share your quilting accomplishments and also are extremely compassionate and caring.

I lost my husband in June of 2015 in a car accident and at a time when I did know how I was going to go from one moment to the next, the quilting community was there. Quilting, crafting and being able to create was my therapy.

My Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild family got together, created heart blocks and presented me with this quilt. Visual evidence of such a wonderful community.

My creative partner create portrait quilts in memory of friends and family. Here is a portrait quilt of a good friend that was given to his wife as a gift.

Here is a portrait quilt of my husband.

Quilting has allowed me to express myself creatively but is also my therapy. I am thankful to be able to do what I love and have a passion for and the ability to share with others.

Again, thanks for the opportunity to share with you this week.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzylady
Website - www.thecraftdivas.com
IG - @craftdivabizzylady
Email - bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com

Friday, September 30, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady - Active in the Quilting Community

Hello! We are on day 5 of my 52Quilters takeover. I love being active in the quilting community. I belong to 2 guilds, The Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild (DAMQG) and the Great Lakes African American Quilters' Network (GLAAQN).

I am a member of the American Quilters Society (AQS) and the national Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). I am currently the secretary of the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild for 2016.

I have had the pleasure of co-chairing a quilt show where over 200 quilts were displayed. I have planned a weekend quilting retreat which entailed finding a location, securing instructors, and planning activities.

I enjoy attending quilting conferences such as AQS Quiltweek and Quiltcon. I have been attending AQS Quiltweek which is usually in August for many years. I attended Quiltcon in Austin, TX and I am looking forward to attending Quiltcon 2017 in Savannah, GA in February.

It is always a pleasure mix and mingle with quilty friends both old and new. Being active in the quilting community has also allowed me to broaden my quilting relationships nationally and internationally. This week being part of 52Quilters is another means of me being active and reaching out to others who enjoy quilting like I do.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzylady
Website - www.thecraftdivas.com
Instagram - @craftdivabizzylady
Email - bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady - Modern Quilting

HI! on day 4 of my 52Quilters take over. I learned quilting thinking there were rules that had to be followed when creating a quilt. I learned how to construct the traditional blocks like rail fence, log cabin, flying geese, etc. There are beautiful quilts made using traditional blocks and techniques. Although I followed the rules I learned, I did not really feel a connection to my creations that is until I discovered Modern Quilting. I remember attending a lecture by Jacquie Gering. Talk about freeing. I was always a little quirky and I enjoy my individuality. I like being a little different. I was already hooked on quilting but after getting into Modern Quilting I found a renewed passion for it.

I joined the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild and began to follow the national Modern Quilt Guild. I now feel a connection to my creations and feel that I am able to really express myself creatively through the quilts I create.

Wonky Log Cabins created from workshop by Jacquie Gering
Please feel free to visit me at -
Website - www.thecraftdivas.com
Instagram - @craftdivabizzylady

Also, if you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi!, you can contact me at bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzy Lady

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady - Instagram Themed Swaps

HI! on this day 3 of my 52Quilters take over. I participate in my share of IG themed swaps. I enjoy the challenge of having to create something for someone else with limited knowledge of what they like, outside of your normal aesthetic, and within a certain time frame. IG themed swaps (if you have never participated in one) require you to sign up, at which time the swap organizer will assign you a partner and provide you with their information (likes, dislikes, allergies, preferences, etc.). Based upon that information, you will create a mini quilt or other handmade item for them. Not only are you assigned a partner but someone else will receive you as a partner and will create something for you. I am a gambler and if you choose to participate in a swap its a gamble on the receiving end because you never know what you are going to get or might not get if the person you are assigned to for some reason or another is unable to get you your swap item.

Here are  a few swaps I have participated in and items I have created for my assigned partners -

Theme - Muppets

Theme - Golden Ages (I recreated the movie poster from the movie Rebecca staring Laurence Olivier)

Theme - Rainbow Mini Quilt (my swap partner loves cats)

Theme - Music Lyric

Theme - Happy Birthday Walt Disney

All swap partners are secret until revealed. One swap I happen to receive as my partner, my bestie Craft Diva Diva Dane. What fun it was to discuss the swap and my progress with her and she not know I was talking about what she would be receiving in the swap. Knowing her as well as I do, I was able to really make something I knew she would love, no gamble at all. Here are the items I made for her in the Rupaul Drag Race themed Swap.

I am really enjoying sharing the week with 52Quilters followers.

Please feel free to visit me at -
Website - www.thecraftdivas.com
Instagram - @craftdivabizzylady

Also, if you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi!, you can contact me at bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzy Lady

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Week 40: Craft Diva Bizzy Lady Fusible Applique Class

HI! on this day 2 of my 52Quilters take over. I consider myself to be a professional student. I spent more than 20 years in an Information Technology career. Over the years, I obtained many certifications and in order to maintain those certifications, I was constantly in the role of student. During 6 of those 20 years, I had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with others as a technical instructor. I now have the opportunity to use my experience as an instructor in my quilty world.

This past weekend, I co-taught a class teaching a fusible applique technique. There are many variations on this technique and after many years of taking classes and creating pieces, The Craft Divas have developed our preferred method along with tips and tricks. The class project was creating Pebbles Flintstone. Class participants could choose between 2 patterns.

Most participants were able to complete Pebbles prior to leaving the class and only had to secure the applique by satin, blanket or straight stitching the pieces at home. Then they could create a wall-hanging, baby quilt, pillow or any other item for a completed project.

It is very rewarding to be able to share with others what I love to do. I can't wait to see what final piece each participant creates.

Happy Quilting!!!

Lynette aka Bizzy Lady
IG - @craftdivabizzylady

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 40: Lynette Holliday aka Bizzy Lady of The Craft Divas


What an honor and privilege to be sharing myself with 52 quilters’ followers this week, week 40.

I am a crafter at heart. Growing up, I crocheted, did latch hook, made key chains, and more. My mother sewed when I was young and from her influence along with taking sewing in Jr. High School, I sewed and designed many of my outfits as a teen and continued to sew as I got older and had my son. Making clothes was not something I was passionate about so when my son was about 4 years old I stopped sewing. I remember the last thing I made was a clown costume for him. I got rid of all my sewing stash and paraphernalia.

In later years, I did pick up my up my crochet hook again. My granddaughter was in Girl Scouts and in helping her to earn her creative badges specifically one for crochet, it led me to getting the crafty bug again. She earned her badge and moved on to other things but I continued to crochet. I enjoy creating my own designs. I began to participate in craft shows and sell items I designed. I was featured in the local paper Lifestyle section for a hat I designed.

Over 10 years ago, my best friend took a sewing class at Joann Fabrics with an instructor who was also a quilter. The quilts intrigued her so she almost immediately turned her attention from sewing classes for clothes to quilting classes. She “told” me I was joining her in taking quilting classes which I did as I was “told” and I was hooked. Since I had gotten rid of my sewing machine and supplies many years earlier, I had to go out and buy another sewing machine along with rebuilding my fabric stash - what a drag right ;-). However, I was not only hooked but I developed a passion for it.

As a new quilter, I started out buying patterns and making for the most part traditional quilts.

As I became more involved in the quilting world, I discovered the possibilities of what could be done with fabric were limitless. Seeing what others were doing in the name of quilting amazed me and I wanted to be a part of it.

Dancing Ladies – work created from Dianna’s Dance© Applique Wall Hanging Pattern
I discovered that quilting allowed me to express myself creatively and led to me describing myself not only as a quilter but also as a fiber artist.

Title - “I’m Different” Created and Quilted by Lynette Holliday
I really enjoy making portrait quilts. Starting with the inspiration portrait, moving through the creative process and seeing the end result is very fulfilling for me as a fiber artist.
Portrait quilt of my son – “Andre”
I love exploring the quilting world, talking about quilting, learning new things and sharing what I have learned and experienced. So I am really looking forward spending the week with you doing what I love.

Please feel free to visit me at –
Instagram - @craftdivabizzylady

Also, if you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi!, you can contact me at bizzylady@thecraftdivas.com.

Happy Quilting!

Lynette aka Bizzy Lady