Sunday, June 14, 2015

FMQ Update

It's true that "Practice, practice, practice" does improve your free motion quilting.  Thanks Janet!  I'm getting the hang of it.

I had posted here about two lap quilts that I was going to free motion.  At first all that negative space seemed daunting.  After several days of procrastinating, I said "Just do it".  Well,  here is the first one.
Hard to see the quilting in that picture, so here are a couple of close ups.

I've called it "Modern Fassett"  What do you think?

Okay, so now I started to feel a bit more confident, so I took on the second one.  Called it "One Fell Out" after the little red square on the left.
Here is the detail on this one.

Hey this is getting easier and easier.  I'm off to see what other quilt sandwiches I can conquer.  Till the next time, thanks for visiting.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


It's been quite a while since my last post.  I've been busy packing, searching, more packing and more searching.  That's a story for another day.  Let's get caught up.

I recently attended Canadian Quilters' Association conference in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Travelling by bus left the full 12 hours of driving to someone else and allowed me time to visit with 42 others on the bus and take pictures along the way.  Going there the weather was not cooperating so a lot of visiting and reading took place.  Coming back though the sun shone in all it's glory so I got a few photos of the scenery passing by.  Here are a few.
Taken from the bus, here is what the prairie looks like.  FLAT!  as far as the eye can see.  Hey!  inspiration for a modern quilt?  Then came the Rockies.   I think I'm a "mountain girl" at heart.

Not so flat!  Very majestic and still snow-topped in June.

While at the conference, there was lots to see and do.  The National Juried Show winners were something to see, especially Best of Show.  You can see them here.

There was the Trend Tex challenge entries, a fundraiser for CQA/ACC.  I attempted to bid on several of the pieces (Quilts #19, 43, and 61), but was out bid on those three.  I was however lucky enough to win Quilt #21, Rebecca Laughs at the Wind.  Can't wait to get it in the mail.

I also managed to take Cindy Needham's workshop Linen Ladies.  What an inspiring teacher.  She had numerous samples, plenty of handouts and gave us lots of time to practice.  My friend Janet joined me in that class, making it especially enjoyable.  We came with vintage linens to mark for quilting and after an informative lecture from Cindy, were given a host of quilting stencils to work with.  Here is a sampling of some of the works in progress.

It may be difficult to see the markings, but just click on the picture to get a larger view.

I have been working on my free motion quilting of late, but that is for another post.  Till the next time, thanks for visiting.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A cover up

My Guild meets in the fellowship hall of a local church.  The church had recently installed a new electrical panel  front and centre above their coffee counter.  The Guild was asked if someone would be willing to create something that would cover that electrical panel.  Along with two others (Catherine, Shirley and Deborah) I stepped forward.  Yes, yes I know I have other projects to finish, but remember my word for 2015 is BEGIN.  So I began another one.

We started with orphaned blocks that were left in the Guild's "scrap stash".  I thought they would look good along the borders.

We measured and measured again and determined what was needed was a rectangular piece.  Using some coffee themed fabric we stitched additional borders.  They're marked "2" and "3" in the picture below.

Yes that's right...we were working from the outside in. Next came some simple nine patches for fillers and paper pieced coffee mugs.

We now needed something to tie all the pieces together.  Shirley experimented with machine embroidery.  She had chosen a wonderful way of doing some embroidery so that it formed a sort of "crossword" centre.

Notice that certain letters are capitalized?  You'll see in a minute why she did this.  We needed something more to fill in the spaces; some pieces were fussy cut and others simple fabric squares.  Here is Catherine auditioning fabric for additional sashing.

With some additional piecing, the top was finally ready for sandwiching and some fancy free motion quilting.  Deborah added her flair and VOILA!!!  Done and presented to the church.  Here is the completed wall hanging.

The wall hanging is centered over the electrical panel and can be easily slid out of the way if the panel needs servicing.  Oh yeah!  See how the capital letters spell out "COFFEE"?  It was challenging working from the outside into the centre.  When it was presented this month, the pastor and staff's eyes glistened and smiled.  It was an enriching experience.