I am excited to be speaking about my competition and bloggy quilts for Minnesota Quilter's February meetings. The meetings are on Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm and Saturday, February 4 at 10 am. The meetings are at their Fabulous new location. Directions can be found here. I'd love to see you there!
Here's a few quilts I'll be showing.
I'm also teaching Free Motion Quilting on Sunday, February 19th at Forever Gifts Boutique (a wonderful quilt store!) in Prescott, Wisconsin from 1-4 pm. You can check out their website here.
As I sat and stitched down this curvy binding I realized a couple of things I want to try in the future:
1. Would a thicker binding help? Perhaps a 1/2 inch binding instead of a 1/4 inch binding. (It is a single fold binding)
2. I cut into the interior points while I was putting on the binding. Would it turn out better if I didn't do this?
Food for thought for next time. You can see that the interior point doesn't lay well. I tried to pull it in and stitch it down in a miter, but there wasn't enough fabric to make it work well.
If you look at the left interior point and the right interior point below you can see that they are vastly different shapes. One more rounded the other nice and point. Thing to work on...
Since I didn't want to block and flatten the quilt when I was done I used an Eraser Pen to get rid of all the blue marks. It worked great!
The final table topper. I love it even though it's not perfect! One thing I have definitely learned in doing my blog is that not everything I quilt has to be perfect. That's okay and it's even more fun that way!
I love my mother to pieces. She taught me to quilt and has always been supportive of everything I do including making quilts for my book! The other day she came over wearing this shirt. I love the snowflake patterns and the trails of dots would make fabulous quilting. Plus aren't her orange glasses fabulous?
I happened to notice my tally of blog posts the other day and this very post is number 300! How did that happen so fast?
I never knew when I started blogging that I would enjoy it so much! It's a blast sharing what I'm learning and creating. It gives me some creative freedom and permission to make something that is not a show quilt. I love those too, but blogging has been very freeing from that.
So...what to do for post 300? How about a few highlights!
First of all, I started not only this blog, but at blog post 100 I started a Facebook Group called Machine Applique Adventures which is up to about 550 members! There are people form all over the world in the group which I find so amazing and fun.
Second, becoming an Island Batik Ambassador has been an absolute pleasure and thrill! Here are a few lovely projects from my 2016 tenure.
Third, I've done two quilt alongs! The Flower in a Pot Quilt Along and the Brick Wall Free Motion Quilt Along (links are at the top of the page and I updated them last weekend!). So fun! I'm thinking about what to design next...
Fourth, I've made new quilting friends which is always fun! (Yes, I know....lots of exclamation marks. The third grade teacher in me cringes, but I'm just so excited I can't help it!!!!)
I had the amazing opportunity to teach for my state quilt guild on Monday! It was the first time I've taught from my new book Folk Art Quilted Traditions that came out last August.
I had 13 amazing students and we had a blast picking blocks and fabrics. They kindly gave me permission to post some photos of their work here. If you'd like to order a signed copy direct from me I can now do Paypal invoices. Just used the contact me link at the top of my blog and I will be happy to send a copy your way! Books are $20 plus $5 shipping.
Here's my students work:
Playing with solids and one print.
A gorgeous red tulip.
Aiming for sunflower colors.
The use of the stripe with the birds in it is so much fun!
I love the playful prints in this block.
This student did an embroidery design to put in the middle! How fun!
A year or so ago I started making this quilt top. If you look closely you can see that only part of it is quilted and there's a blue outline as to the final shape I wanted it to be. This quilt was sample for me about doing curvy bindings. I've done large, loose curves before without any issue. However, I'd never done something smaller. This quilt is about 16 inches across.
After the quilting was complete I cut out he final shape of the quilt. I love it, but it was daunting to think about putting a strip of binding around those curves.
Here's the top with the binding all sewn on. I cut into the points so I could "straighten" the edge when I was sewing the binding in those sections.