First, I would like to thank all that helped in the judging room... your help is invaluable. Second, thank you to all the people who organized this wonderful event, and all those participated. It was great to meet all of you. I had wonderful students who seemed to enjoy both dyeing fabric and working improvisationally. I apologize to the dyeing class for thinking to take pictures during your class...although some of you might be grateful for that. FYI, the Convention Center was right next to the Mississippi River, how cool is that!
I haven't been getting down to my studio much in the last few months, but I have been making some headway on some handwork projects. I finished hand quilting my Hawaiian Snow-dyed mandala (lower left); I finished appliquéing a block from a class this summer with Andi Perejda, it will be a medallion with just the one block, but needs to have some borders added (top left); I pin basted an "aged" top for hand quilting (my new "to go" project), it was supposed to be a sample for my booth-the pattern is by Edyta Sitar (lower right); my scrap squares top was put together on a day that I just needed to sew but could not concentrate much- the blocks were made as leaders and enders-Bonnie Hunter style- so I just had to lay them out and sew them together (top right). I have two newer pieces waiting to be loaded on the long-arm, but I feel the need to un-clutter the studio (and my mind) by pulling stuff off the shelf...
Fifth one is done... That is, this is the back of the fifth quilt that I have quilted on my long arm. I feel like I made some strides with using the long arm. I feel like more comfortable with controlling my movement/drawing ability and also made strides with balancing the tension. I might just get the hang of this piece of equipment yet!
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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