I have been thinking of several topics for blog posts over the last 2 months, I’ve even taken photos! However, life has simply gotten in the way of posting. Seriously, maybe I need to re-think how I post; Mary from MaryQuilts.com posts something almost every day!
I, however, try to post on both WordPress, Blogspot and my own website and that means keeping them all updated at the same time. Simplify? Yes, I need to do that! But I also want to reach the widest audience possible. Why? It’s my social side; I’m also planning a podcast! I like to talk to people and share what I know. The problem is trying to figure out the technology and schedule. I know I love being able to share my ideas and conversations. And then I also think about the need to update my website…aarrgh!
What’s new? I started a new job! That is, I left my employer of 10 years to start providing tech support at a new place. So, in some ways I feel like I’m starting a new career. It just happens that I am still providing tech support, which I love, ‘cuz I love helping people. It’s just who I am.
I’m also going to be teaching another beginning quilt class in June; the first one was in March at Jones Sew and Vac. I made the quilt that is shown to illustrate how a rail fence pattern looks without a sashing in between each block. I love the design and it’s great for a beginner. I really enjoyed the last class and learned a lot. I think everyone had fun and I even made new friends.
Now, I’m back to quilting customer quilts and my June is totally booked! No surprise there! I will be teaching new quilters in June and I’m hoping to attend a family reunion. My step child is also graduating from college but because of the new job I won’t be able to attend; I have no time off now!
I hope you are all working on projects and enjoying yourself; life is just too short.
I pulled fabric from my stash to create another version of my Odd Girl Out rail fence quilt in order to refresh myself on my beginning quilting class instructions because I’m going to teach the class again, which is actually a piecing class, in a 2 day series of 4 hours each, March 14th and 28th at Jones Sew n Vac, the new sewing machine store in Boise on Fairview avenue.
Once I pulled the fabrics, I headed to Jones Sew n Vac to test the new Pfaff Performance 5.0 machine. They prominently display all of the Pfaff sewing machines (my favorite!) and carry the new Brother Dream Machine for sewing and embroidery which looks like SO much fun!
This is the same class I taught for Community Education a couple of years ago and I’m really excited to teach it again. To get started, I’m going to cover tools, choosing fabric, how to cut and sew and we’re going to get the majority of the work done to start work at the next session.
During the second class we’ll put the blocks together learning how to add sashing and borders, then create the back. My mentor, Marian Drain, taught me a super easy, super fast method of creating a square back that any longarmer will love!
Once I got back home I started playing with the layout of the blocks I’d made.
The other factor is that if I don’t use sashing then my quilt is smaller. Well, that is, using only the first fabrics I pulled. I may need to create another set of corresponding blocks, similar colors and values, to add to the design, and explain to my students the nature of changing your mind mid-project!
I’d appreciate any feedback, if you care to share your opinion on which way to go.
This is Nani’s quilt, one she made for herself out of some vintage cowboy fabrics. I did an overall looping meander to simulate the look of a cowboy’s rope. It was really fun to quilt and Nani loves it. Best of all, I’ve made a new friend!
During the holiday break I had a chance to work on the 9 patch medley and it’s all quilted. I love how it’s turning out! The binding is already made and once the I finish the label I’ll catch 2 sides of it into the binding seam so all I have to do is stitch down 2 sides. Once I finish it I’ll post photos.
I also went shop hopping with a couple of friends and while I don’t need more fabric, I did make a few purchases. Uh, some of them might even be fabric.
I’ll highlight them in some upcoming posts but for now I’ll just say “Happy New Year”!
I don’t know how I managed this, but today is EXACTLY one month since my last blog post; I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy during this past month, too!
In the first part of November we had a snowfall of 7”-10”, leaving a bunch of ice on the streets and sidewalks and an inversion that caused some VERY cold weather!
Participants in my online vintage sewing machine group decided to make a quilt for a friend of the group who was recently diagnosed with cancer and I made this 54/40 or Fight block. It’s one of my favorites! The participants in the group are far and wide and most of us haven’t met in person. However, we got a lot of satisfaction making this quilt and it turned out great so we’re going to continue this group.
I’ve also been working diligently on a quilt for a special veteran. This vet is a new friend of my mom’s so I thought I’d take some blocks that I had left over from the first American Hero Quilts I made to make this second quilt. I figured I’d get it finished in time for Christmas.
Well, I got an email from my mom in early November telling me that my brother, who lives in New Hampshire, was bringing his 15 year old son to visit my mom, who lives in Montana. He’s a Montana State University alumni and my mom is a University of Montana alumni and they planned on attending the cross-state rivalry Cat-Griz football game. Of course that changed all my plans!
Try as I might, I didn’t get the quilt finished in time for the trip so I’m putting the borders on it and piecing the back this weekend. It’ll have to be a Christmas gift instead, especially if I decide that it’s not long enough; he’s a tall guy!
I already know how I want to quilt the interior and which thread I’ll use, so now I need to figure out how to do the borders. I’m pretty pleased with how this one is turning out!
I’d better get moving if I want to get any sewing done today. I’ll post an update on the last customer quilt I did for this year next time.
This is Thalia’s first quilt. Well, she helped on a bunch of them with her mother-in-law on all the previous family quilts, but unfortunately, her mother in law has passed away, and now she’s expecting another grand child….THIS week!
If you zoom in on the picture you can see bicycles in the dark fabric. She wanted to create a pathway for them so I quilted some close, wavy lines in that area, with wider wavy lines in the squares.
We chose Warm and Safe batting with King Tut Heather thread on the top, which matched perfectly.
I did the binding by machine because it’s going to get washed … a LOT!
Thalia was so thrilled to complete the quilt, and I was thrilled for her. We’ll be sitting down, creating more of them together, soon!
This is a customer’s quilt that I recently completed called Slide Show by Atkinson Designs. It was made for my customer’s son’s wedding.
Once I completed the quilting she had a week to spare to get the binding on before she was heading to the wedding. I haven’t heard if that got completed before she left; you know how stressful and busy the week before a wedding can be!
If you’re old enough to remember actual film that was loaded into a camera then you’ll understand the reference for Slide Show’s design. This is NOT a Microsoft PowerPoint reference!
For those who only vaguely remember, here’s a reminder: the film was advanced on a roller that had pegs on either side. The 2” squares located around the large square depict the holes at the edge of the film that went over those pegs.
I think my customer did a great job. The use of batiks against black is always stunning and I love the geometric design.
Last weekend was the Boise Basin Quilters annual quilt show. I went on Saturday with a fellow Innova owner and long arm quilter, Linda V. and we had a great time. I entered Odd Girl Out in the Exhibition Only category and had lots of compliments. It was a super busy day and the quilts were great. I even purchased a couple of tools I’d seen earlier this summer. You’ll be hearing about those over the next few months as I get those projects started.
On Sunday I took the Wandering Spirals class from ReNae Merrill. Of course, I had to get a photo in front of the class sample! If you look closely you’ll see “shadow” blocks in the quilting. That would be the outline of the quilt blocks on the other side. Yep, it’s a reversible quilt! Unfortunately I neglected to get a photo of the other side.
ReNae developed this block specifically for our guild and debuted the pattern at our show. She specializes in a unique paper piecing technique. I’ve done very little paper piecing but found it easy to follow and really enjoyed the class, learned a lot and made a new friend, Vicki.
Notice that in the photo my shoes don’t match. That’s because I can’t sew with my shoe on so I was wearing the felted slipper that I made earlier this year.
Nxt up: print the additional foundations and get them assembled (this block requires 4 foundation pieces), cut the fabric, and find time to piece the rest of the blocks!