Libs Elliott

TECHNOLOGY + TRADITION. MAKING DIGITAL CODE INTO PHYSICAL QUILTS.

Two Years?!?!

Elizabeth Elliott

Really?? It's been two years since I've written a blog post? Well, for a while I wasn't sure about having a blog. But now...now, there's a lot happening so I've decided this is the best place to give people updates.

First of all...I have my first fabric collection with Andover Fabrics coming to shops this JUNE! I couldn't be more excited about it...

I've been working hard to prepare for Spring Quilt Market in SLC. I have a team of wonderful people helping to make samples of quilts, handbags and garments. I really can't wait to see what everyone does with it. Andover has been amazing to work with and they are such a stellar team...I'm already gearing up for the second collection!

Secondly, I'm preparing to do a huge on-site quilting exhibit and workshop with WantedDesign in Brooklyn this May. It's part of NYC Design Week, which is a pretty huge, citywide event. Visitors will be able to come by my space and design quilt blocks that I'll add into the quilt that I'll be sewing. We'll have a special Kids' Workshop day on May 8th (Mother's Day!), where kids can drop by to make a quilt block to add to the quilt as well as make one to take home. I'm hoping this will give people the opportunity to see how quilts are made, appreciate the design and effort that makes up this craft that I love so much, and feel like they're contributing to something beautiful. When it's all done, I'd love to auction it off for a charity...still planning out those details... I'm also pretty sure I'll live stream some of the event so you can check in on me from wherever you are.

And...third, I'm co-ordinating pieces to be sent down to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NB. I am really honoured to have an exhibit of my quilts there this June/July. More details about that will be up on my site and theirs in the coming weeks...

That's it. Now get back to work!

xo Libs

Lasers!

Elizabeth Elliott

April is just around the corner and much of the work I have slated for that month is top secret. Fun for me, boring for the internet. So, here are a few quilts in the works that I can show...

First, I made this great connection back in January with Hillary, Bi-Ying and Matt at Hot Pop Factory. They do digital fabrication with 3-D printers and have a laser cutter. I approached them about cutting some fabric for me with the laser. It was a great learning process for all of us and it has been fairly successful. If I do this on a regular basis, it will save me hours of manual cutting time. A rotary blade is sharp, but a laser is fast! Here's an example:

Hot off the laser bed.

Hot off the laser bed.

HSTs (half-square triangles) pinned and ready to sew into blocks.

HSTs (half-square triangles) pinned and ready to sew into blocks.

Quilt tops all pieced together...

Quilt tops all pieced together...

Then sandwiching and pin basting...

Then sandwiching and pin basting...

...and, finally, quilting.

...and, finally, quilting.

The Rebel Quilt

Elizabeth Elliott

Today I published my first quilting pattern for sale on Gumroad called The Rebel Quilt.

I've been making and selling the Processing quilts for over a year now and, while I love sending quilts off to people, I do have a fair number of quilters who follow what I'm doing...and vice versa! I love how close we all feel, thanks to social media, despite being a global community of makers. I love how different everyone's work is. I love the positive support we all provide to one another. And I love to see how one pattern can be interpreted so differently by so many people. I finally decided to write a pattern myself in the hope that I can make more of a creative contribution to our global quilting community.

I hope everyone has so much fun with the pattern!

If you're not a quilter, but you love The Rebel Quilt, the original is up for sale in my shop right here.