Thursday, January 14, 2010

Piece O' Cake

I just attended a wonderful lecture and trunk show at Quiltique given by Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs. I have several Piece O' Cake books and have been working on applique' over the past year so that I'll be able to start one of their projects soon. I took lots of pictures and several pages of notes; I can't say enough about Becky's wonderful lecture, and her quilts were absolutely stunning--works of art each and every one!

I love, love, love all the polka dots in this quilt! After her lecture Becky graciously allowed us to look more closely at her quilts and to photograph them. They are so very inspiring!

This is a close up of one of the blocks from "Passion Flowers," a quilt in her latest book, Applique' Outside the Lines. The quilting on each quilt is also spectacular, and we learned that Becky does all of her own machine quilting on her Bernina; this quilt combines machine quilting and big-stitch hand quilting.



This was another amazing quilt...part of a four block quilt made up of blocks from Aunt Millie's Garden.


This is another block of the four-block version of Aunt Millie's Garden.



This is a close-up of "Picasso's Garden," also from Applique' Outside the Lines.



I love how she quilted the leaves!

You'll notice that these pictures don't show the incredible detail I was able to capture in the close-up shots, but they do show the size of the quilts. Becky is on the right in each of these photos.



Becky's lecture was incredibly informative. She spoke accompanied by a wonderful slideshow with photos that illustrated each topic. We learned about color, the color wheel, and value. Becky walked us through several photos that showed her design process using the quilt "Tree O' Life" from Applique' Outside the Lines as an example. Becky is incredibly blessed to have a wonderful husband who binds her quilts and even sews on labels and quilt sleeves! One of the pictures in her slideshow showed her husband busy binding a quilt! After the lecture Becky conducted a question and answer session which was also incredibly informative and fun. We learned that her favorite applique' thread is the Superior "Masterpiece" (50 weight).
I loved the closing lines of Becky's lecture: "Make your quilts to please yourself--your quilts are the bits and pieces you leave behind...they are your legacy."

58 comments:

Rita E said...

I just love their designs and bright colors! They always make me feel happy! Thanks for sharing!

Martina said...

Thank you so much for sharing. This is very interesting! I have a book from them too and I am looking forward to try it myself. Great pictures! Have a blessed day!

Camille said...

Gorgeous! Wait, you were at Quiltique tonight? Next time, let me know and we'll do lunch!

Christine said...

Thanks for the lovely pictures. Sounds like an inspiring lecture.

Betweens said...

OMG Sheri!! you are so lucky! they are one of my favorite designers!! I am currently working on the Aunt Millie's Garden blocks. Thanks so much for sharing this most wished for treasure. I hope they can come to Ontario Canada...one day..this is really a quilters dream

Beaz said...

Appliqué Outside the Lines sounds good. Love these colors and designs. Lucky you to have been there. Tks for sharing. I don´t think they´ll ever come to Brazil, so ... I´d better save for the trip myself.

maria said...

I love the bright colours of the quilts and I'm always pleased to hear when accomplished quilters use domestic sewing machines to quilt with.

Libby said...

I love all of their designs! Their work is just stunning! They both seem like such classy ladies! Thank you for sharing!
Libby

Carol said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! What beautiful show and tell this morning...thank you so much for taking us with you to Becky's lecture. I so love her closing statement.

Stephanie said...

Lucky you. Yay for polka dots. I do have their Applique Outside the Lines book and my favorite is the quilt you showed. Perfect quote...make what you love because no one elses opinion matters. Her husband could start a "finishing" business! Lucky lady.

Jenny said...

what gorgeous quilt..wish i could have heard the lecture too!

Darlene said...

What a wonderful show - thank you for sharing your evening with us.

Jackie said...

Yay! Isn't she great? I have taken a class with her and just loved it. The very first quilt that you showed is one of the quilts on my to do list. I have been acquiring lots of bright polka dots to complete this one. Hopefully someday I will finally begin it!

Nedra said...

What a fun lecture to attend. Do you know I have made (and taught) "Everyday Dishes", the first polka dot quilt? And Yes! Masterpiece is my favorite thread also!

Kaaren said...

Gorgeous work! Now that's the real definition of "inspiration".

Thanks for sharing, Sherri.

Linda said...

Oh my, what a time of color you had. All so beautiful, how lucky you were to be able to attend.

Cindy said...

I cannot imagine having a husband that binds and puts on quilt sleeves. He must be a gem!!

What I really enjoyed about this post, Sherri, was where you showed a picture of Becky holding up her quilts. Look at that lower left quilt - the size of those appliques is so impressive. I really like it.

And to think she does all her own machine quilting on her Bernina makes me smile.

Connie said...

ALL I CAN SAY, THEY ARE BEATIFUL!

Terriaw said...

Wow, those quilts are stunning! I especially love the first two photos, but those applique flowers are beautiful too. What a great use of so many different fabrics!

Sounds like a great talk. I love taking fabrics classes to learn more about color. TGIF!

Cindy said...

The quilts are wonderful and just so happy! Thanks for sharing them!

call me crazy said...

Wow what inspiration! Thanks for taking us along. :-)

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love the circle one. A few years ago someone I know made it and I've wanted to make it ever since. I just love it. I think all their quilts look happy.

johnandsigrid said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Rita said...

Thanks for sharing Becky's beautiful quilts. I love her bright colors. I have been using Masterpiece for piecing and love it...haven't thought about using it for applique. I think I'll give it a try.

Anita said...

I had the chance last fall to take one of Becky's classes and hear her quilting lecture. She is such a great teacher and speaker. She is such an inspiration.

Paula said...

Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pics!

Sheri Howard said...

The very first applique quilt I made from a Piece O Cake book...it had 12 blocks...I only made 4 because I hated every kind of applique I tried. I LOVE their work, so wonderful! Thanks for all the photos!

whitey said...

I have not been to a trunk show forever thanks for posting! Love the circle quilt.

PamKittyMorning said...

OOhhh I love those. THeir use of color and print always amazes me!

Stef said...

Wow! Happy! For those of us who couldn't be there-Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

What amazing quilts......I just love them...thanks so much for sharing!!

Jacqueline said...

WOW i love the designs lots and the colors are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing such an inspirational post! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

jacqueline
http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

Sherry Hogan said...

That is beautiful, I'm just learning so the blogs are really giving me inspiration

Jantine said...

Those quilts are really incredible! I love them and see why you want to make quilts like this!

Janet said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you to go to her lecture/trunkshow! Thanks for sharing your pictures - her work is fabulous.

Dawn Heese said...

Becky came to our guild a couple of years ago. She is a great speaker and awesome quilter.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! What a lot of eye candy! I LOVE piece o' cake designs -- how lucky you were to attend a lecture!

Dawn said...

Their quilts are bright and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Those quilts are pieces of art - wow what amazing workmanship. My local quilt store taught us applique using their method - it's a great way to do applique. I love when a designer takes the time to chat with us about how they got started and little personal tidbits you just can't get in a book. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

Karen

Mickie said...

Wowsa! These are WONDERFUL! Thanks for the inspiration today!

Thelma said...

Wonderful post, thanks so much for sharing your class, it was almost as good as being there.

Loved the final thought, definitely words to remember.

belinda said...

I'm so glad you shared!!! Your photos turned really good...I think the detail and the colors show up really nice!! Piece O Cake rocks!!!

Material Mary said...

What a fun trunk show to see. Love the talent.
Mary

Melinda said...

I have been collecting dots for the dot quilt for quite a while. I just need to get started on it.

Janet said...

I'd loved to have been there with you, what a fabulous show and tell. Thanks for sharing the photos, I loved seeing the close ups.

jaybird said...

thanks for sharing your photos!! i love the quilts that they make!!

Pat said...

The quilts are just breathtaking. I really enjoy your blog. What a show.The applique is beautiful.

ranette said...

Love all of your close-up pictures...thank you! Lucky lady to get to see Becky and her wonderful quilts!

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Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been always so intimidated by Piece-o-cake designs because they look so perfect. Such amazing technique! What a great class to take.

Rene' said...

Wow, you must have had a blast!!! Those pictures are stunning. I recently purchased the Applique Outside the Lines. Now, I need to pull it out and see what I can make. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

PS, I just nominated you for an award on my blog.

Brenda said...

They do a great show, loved seeing all of your photos.

冷淡 said...

Every why has a wherefore.........................................

Micki said...

I love Piece O'Cake, and I really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful quilts.
Micki

Siddis-in-houston said...

Now I got inspired to get out my own Piece of cake design, I know I have one somewhere...

Lisa D. said...

It must have been amazing to see these quilts up close and in person - they are beautiful!

Karen said...

Such wonderful designs! Lucky you to see them in person.

Gigi Minor said...

I am blown away by the talent and the craftsmanship on all of the quilts! That Piece of Cake One is my fav!