I have been going to a winter quilting retreat. It is a great time to finish up old projects that haven't gotten much attention. This year I was able to finish three such projects, and continue to work on a fourth. The first, pictured on the left, it is "Esterita's Cave". I made it in a class with Esterita Austin. She teaches you not only how to frame your fabric selection to get the right spot for highlights and shadows, but how to enhance them with a little paint. I used one of my snow dyed-fabrics. The second project is "Ellen's Bug", from a class with Ellen Ann Eddy. Again I used my hand dyed fabrics, some angelina fibers and a lot of thread. Both of these just needed to be quilted and bound. The third project I haven't taken a picture of it yet…but it's being used on my table. It was a table runner made in a class with Carol Taylor. The fourth project is a quilt-as-you-go log cabin being made out of batiks. It is not done, but I'm getting closer. I started it in a class at Grand Quilt (a store I used to work at), with Nancy Roelfsema. She told us not to plan to make a bed quilt, because we wouldn't finish it…well I thought she was speaking to the rest of the class, not me. Anyhow, it's been like 8-9 years. Instead of doing the whole queen size quilt from the quilt as you go blocks, I will now just use them as a border around a hand-dyed center panel that I will quilt on my long-arm. I can see the end, with a lot of left over batiks. Shucks! The third picture on the right is my first long-armed quilt. It was a line study that I made after taking some classes with Nancy Crow. While in class, we only used black and white, and straighter lines. After class I wanted to experiment with adding more variation in shades as well as the curved lines. I have another line study waiting to be quilted when I am more proficient on the long-arm. I now have room on the shelf for some new projects that I have been thinking about. But before I can get started with them, I have some dyeing, much studying to do. May you find happiness in your creative endeavors!
I love using leader/ enders when I am chain piecing. It was an idea from Bonnie Hunter. Instead of using a scrap piece of material in between chains, use two small blocks. You can work on two project projects at once! I keep a pile of 2" scrap squares next to my machine for this reason...Happy piecing!
West MI Quilt Guild
National Quilting Association
American Quilter's Society
Surface Design Association
International Machine Quilter's Association, Inc
Modern Quilt Guild
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