Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Motion Friday

On Monday I asked who wanted to join in with a free motion, quilt as you go, quilt a long. I had several friends who thought that would be fun. I'm at a conference for work (have to do something to afford my fabric addiction), but I wanted to give you some information on gathering your fabric and supplies.

I've started creating some crazy colored blocks in various sizes, solid interior surrounded with some fun jelly roll strip. I really love an alternate grid set up, but feel free to make all your blocks the same size, if you prefer. 

I'm planning on using plain old fleece for the batting and backing, but feel free to use separate acting and backing.

I'm really looking forward to sharing and learning from across the quilty community.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall: Free Motion Quilt-As-You-Go Project

Over the past few years, several blogs have offer free-motion Fridays. I miss the practice and the camaraderie. So my question is, would anyone else like to join up to quilt?

The idea came to me when I spied a Alison Glass jelly roll. I just fell in love with the colors.

I already had a ton of solids and some mini charms I picked up at QuiltCon. I just cut them into various sizes. Yesterday I spent the day surrounding them with the jelly roll stripes.

I don't have them all done yet and the layout hasn't been finalized. But look at all that lovely open space to quilt. I thought that the alternate grid and various sizes would give us a chance to experiment with some different fills and motifs.

If anyone else would like to play along, you can create your own layout or I can give you the dimensions of my blocks. I could have a link-up on Fridays with a block a week and we can share our questions with each other and hopefully our solutions. If you don't have a blog, you can post your picture on Flickr or even my Facebook page.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you and linking up with  Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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Monday, March 9, 2015

A New Quilty Start

Strips! Lots and lots of strips. I purchased this cool Stripology ruler at Quilters Corner (my favorite LQS).

I can't believe how quickly I was able to cut piles and piles of strips.

This is seven yards of strips in random widths. I have an idea for a fun and easy QAYG (quilt-as-you-go) quilt.

This is what the first panel looks like. I joined the strips in a flip-n-stitch method, so this panel is already quilted.
The colors aren't quite right in this picture, but you get the idea.
Stay tuned for further design updates.

I'll be linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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Friday, February 27, 2015

QuiltCon Workshop with Krista Withers

Some of you know that I LOVE free-motion quilting. I am primarily self/internet taught. I have taken a few classes, but none have been as good as the QuiltCon workshop with Krista Withers. As a matter of fact, her quilting won best machine quilting at QuiltCon.

I love that it is a mix of straight lines in multiple directions and some free-motion swirls mixed in with "ghost" shapes.

 Krista was down to earth and gave us practical strategies to layout out quilting designs.

 She showed how you can make a "path" for fills and complete the rest with various straight line designs.
She also taught us to use mylar or clear plexiglass to "test" are ideas before putting thread to quilt.

Another example of Krista's work at QuiltCon

Still planning new master pieces after seeing sew much inspiration.

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Monday, February 23, 2015


There are no words for the overwhelming feeling I had at seeing the quilts at QuiltCon. Pictures can not come close to showing the beauty that each quilt exhibits in person. I have been to other quilt shows, but none come close to the energy that this show has. WELL DONE MQG!

Here are some random photos from around the show.

These quilts are part of the bias tape challenge. AMAZING!

Quilts from Gee's Bend

Quilts from the 1970's

Quilts from the 1970's
The vendors had a distinctive flare also!
This was at one of the vendor booths

I have many more photos, so I may share so more later. I will go again, probably to Savannah in 2017, because QuiltCon Rocks!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Austin, Texas - Here I come (and not a moment too soon)

I'm going to QuiltCon this week in Austin, TX. I can only be there Friday and Saturday, but it's supposed to be in the 70's both days. It was -9 degrees F this morning on my way to work. Even the local visitor's center is saying UNCLE!

It's supposed to warm up to 9 degrees F on Thursday when I leave. What coat am I supposed to wear?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Thanks to another snow day on Monday, I was able to get a little more quilting done on my Galloping through the Meadows quilt.

 All of the teal flower centers are now quilted - lots and lots of pebbles. I also have all of the white flowers outlined.
The back of the quilt look at the pebbles and outlining
 I have stitched two horses in the navy. I think they will standout a lot more once I quilt more densely around them.

I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and Aurifil 50wt thread. This project is a dream to quilt.

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