Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Exciting Announcement: My Premier Line of Fabrics With RJR!

Introducing "Urban Artifacts"!

As we edge steadily closer to Fall Quilt Market next month in Houston, TX, I feel the time is finally here to let you in on my little secret:  I am debuting my first line of prints with the fabulous RJR Fabrics!

I can't link you directly to the swatches on the  RJR website as I think they want to wait until we are closer to the official launch in Houston.  In the meantime, I will be showing some little peeks of 
the wide variety of quilts and other objects that are being created using the line.  If you haven't already, please follow me on Instagram at @leslietuckerjenison.  Also:  I will be Pinning swatches, quilts, and other objects that have been created with the prints on a Pinterest board, so check it all out!

As many of you know, I have been a surface design artist for over 16 years.  As time has passed, the process of creating unique cloth prints and solids has become an important layer of my work.  The fabrics in Urban Artifacts represent textural prints that I made using dye, paper laminated to fabric with gel medium, soy wax, and all sorts of really unconventional things to achieve the wide variety of textural elements.  

The process of working with the wonderful people at RJR has been quite lovely.  I have learned a great deal about the arc of the project, from idea to printed yardage.  I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.  My hope is that these prints will appeal to all sorts of makers:  quilters of every style, bag designers, wearables.....I've even seen two teddy bears made from Urban Artifacts (and the truly incredible thing is that I was one of the bear-makers)!   That is noteworthy because I was completely out of my comfort zone:  I had never constructed a teddy bear before.  (Side note:  if you find yourself attending the International Quilt Market and/or Festival my bear will be part of the Rare Bear display in the convention center.  The collection of bears will be auctioned off to raise money and awareness for Rare Science, an organization that supports research for rare childhood cancers).
Please stop by The Quilt Show site for more information.

Urban Artifacts has 4 color "stories":  teal, rose, curry, and neutral.  

I am happy to share this news with you.  Please stop by again for updates.  I hope you will be interested in purchasing these fabrics and I REALLY hope that you will share your projects with me!
xo Leslie 

Bee Authentic!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Quilters Take Manhattan 2016-What An Event It Will Be!

I admit that I am more than a little biased about Quilters Take Manhattan as being an awesome event.  I have been involved with the event as a board member of the Quilt Alliance since the first time we "took Manhattan", and every year it gets juicier.

Okay, I can't promise you will get your hair styled like I did by Jay McCarroll, but hey!

What is it about this event that makes it so unique?  It is really a sort of hybrid of what we love most about quilt shows, guild meetings, workshops, and retreats!  Huh?
Well, look at the schedule of events and maybe you can start to understand what I mean:

This annual fundraising event, now in it’s 6th year in the Big Apple, is a weekend-long series featuring a full-day event at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and evening cocktail party on Saturday, as well as Friday and Sunday tours of the Garment District, area museums, workshops and a Broadway outing.

The Main Event at FIT includes a full day of lectures, interviews, vendors, an exhibition of quilts, trunk shows, and the Quilt Match Manhattan quilt design challenge. QTM 2016 will be held September 23-25 with Main Event speakers Kaffe Fassett and Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, and emcee Mary Fons.

Plus, you will be in New York! Do you know how great it is to be in NYC in September? Well, it is pretty wonderful, let me tell you. We have so many add-on events: walking tours, a cocktail party, and even a Broadway outing (and no it isn't to Hamilton: we are good but not THAT good).

If you leave a comment here or on any of the participating blogs on this hop you become eligible for a drawing!
Prize for Giveaway:
The QTM Moda Home Ticket provides a chance for those who can’t make it to the Big Apple to experience their own home slice of the event. Value of $35 ($30 for QA members). Winners of the Moda Home Ticket will receive a QTM Goody Bag stuffed full of samples and treats from our sponsors by mail, and email links to footage of the Sunday with Sponsors event, the Quilt Match Manhattan challenge and more.

Past QTM speakers include:
2011: Marianne Fons and Jay McCarroll
2012: Denyse Schmidt and Jennifer Chiaverini
2013: Hollis Chatelain
2014: Amy Butler and Mark Dunn
2015: Ricky Tims and Victoria Findlay Wolfe
 This funnyman (Mark Lipinski) makes it to the party sometimes  You just never know 
who might be here...

Want to read more about previous events? Here are a few other links:

Blog posts about the Quilt Alliance and previous QTM events:
Abby Glassenberg’s While She Naps
Chris Dodsley’s made by ChrissieD
Gretchen’s Amanda’s Baskets

Day 1 - Monday, September 5
Chris Dodsley @
made by ChrissieD
Pat Sloan

Day 2 - Tuesday, September 6
Victoria Findlay Wolfe @VFW Quilts
Erin Sampson - Aurifil @
Freespirit Fabric

Day 3 - Wednesday, September 7
Moda Fabrics @Moda Cutting Table
Denyse Schmidt on Instagram @
Debbie Jeske @
A Quilter's Table

Day 4 - Thursday, September 8
Jacquie Gering @
tallgrass prairie studio
Jessica Skultety @
Quilty Habit
Gotham Quilts @Fabric Nerd

Day 5 - Friday, September 9
Kim Niedzwiecki @my go-go life
Leslie Tucker Jenison
John Kubiniec @Big Rig Quilting