Highlights of my purchases (as usual, I spent too much money): 3 Sweet Treats from the Pincushion Boutique – I wish I had taken photos before I used them but I’ll photograph the quilts that I’ve made from them. Yes, they are already in quilts! I’ll post photos after they’re quilted. 4 rulers and a pattern …
The Pacific International Quilt Show will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center next week. And I have a quilt in the show! It’s another Storm at Sea and will be in the traditional category at the show. Hope you stop and see ‘The Comet’s Gift’.
Then, from October 16th to the 20th of October, I will be in Portland, Oregon at MQX West. I have three days of classes planned–all geared toward adding the latest and greatest techniques to my longarm quilting. I’m looking forward to classes with several different teachers including, Page Johnson, Karen McTavish and Georgia Stull.
This is an exciting October!
Encouraged by my quilting friend Deborah, I entered two quilts in the San Mateo County Fair this year. As I usually shun competitions of any kind, this was my first experience with having my quilts judged in a show. I was nervous but also looking forward to getting feedback about my work. To my surprise, …
Here it is — all quilted and everything — my first Storm at Sea quilt. OK it’s a wall hanging, about 28″ by 28″. Not bad for using 3 fat eights from the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild Echo Challenge and fabrics from my stash. I bought a quarter yard for the brown inner border and a yard of the mint print for the outer border, backing and binding. After using the scraps in the back, I have about a fat eighth of the mint left. I’m happy.
I experimented with the longarm quilting patterns. My next project will be a bigger Storm at Sea and I want the quilting to support the piecing design. This was a great help for finding out what works and what I want to do differently next time.
One block down, 3 to go. I hope. I know I have enough fabric for 3 blocks and am trying to stretch it to make 4. With 4 blocks, I think the Storm at Sea effect will be more apparent. I’m sticking to my fabric diet (another 2012 resolution) very well so far and will make do with whatever I have in my stash.
Using Wendy Mathson’s Trimplates has really been helpful for accurate piecing. The next test will be when I sew the next block to this one. I’m looking foward to doing that when I sew with a quilting friend on Friday!
This year, I want to challenge my piecing skills with the ‘storm at sea’ block patterns. I’m off to a good start using fabric from my stash for the diamond and the little square in square units. For the big square in square, I’m using challenge fabrics from the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild January …
Just finished a challenging and fun project–a quilt made by 5th graders and parents at the Washington Open Elementary School in Santa Clara, CA. Each student embroidered and embellished a block for this quilt in gorgeous colors of nature. They all did a fantastic job. Every block is beautiful, unique and interesting and I enjoyed quilting every one.
For next month’s meeting of the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, we are making 9 patch blocks in Halloween fabrics. After scanning my fabrics into EQ7, I was playing around with some of the blocks in the EQ7 block library. I think my block was originally one of the eccentric star patterns. After coloring it with my fabrics, I ended up with this one that I’m calling ‘Bats Dancing’. If you recognize it as something else. Please let me know.
What would this block look like in a quilt? Here are a couple of possibilities: Bat Waltz and Bat Disco.
Last week, I had the opportunity to improve my piecing skills in a class with Sally Collins. O my gosh, I learned so much! Sally produces amazing work and is a generous and helpful teacher. She makes unbelievably gorgeous quilts and her small scale quilts defy imagination!
This 3 inch sawtooth star is the result of 3 hours of work in class. I sewed and unsewed (removed stitches in) a few seams–some several times–to achieve it and the effort was worth it. I’m very proud of this little project and am using the small-scale skills that I learned in my large scale quilts.
If you like batiks, check out Sew Bee It Quilting in Morgan Hill, CA. They one of the best selections that I’ve seen, especially in the lighter tones.