I went back to look at all the quilts I've made as an Island Batik Ambassador this year! It's a boatload! I'm sure I'm missing a few, but check out the eye candy. Such fun to see them all in one place. Thanks to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, and Accuquilt for all the goodies.
Is it silly that my answer to this is always binding? It's something I work on constantly to try to improve. I also want to get my clamshell edgings to stand straight. It drove me crazy that my quilt did this in Houston:
Well, my downstairs work surface is clean. Don't ask about the floor or the rest of the room where I have to dodge and step over things. BUT I can go downstairs and quilt without having to move anything.
My downstairs cutting table? Um...it's embarassing! Totally covered in stuff. I really do need to spend some time down there over Christmas break and clean it up. Maybe. There's too many other fun quilting things to do and family to be with. I might get around to it. And maybe not. Only time will tell.
My upstairs machine is all clean and new and shiny! I'm quilting my FIRST quilt on my new Handiquilter Capri! It is of course made out of Island Batik Fabrics. All my upstairs work areas are clean due to the arrival of this new toy. That's probably why the downstairs is such a mess...it migrated down there.
Do I prewash? Yes. I wash all fabric that comes into the house with Synthrapol to help the batiks get rid of any excess dye. Does it always work? Nope. Sometimes it needs more than one soak. That's why I always check my fabrics before starting an important project like a show quilt. If you ever get in trouble Google search Margaret Solomon Gunn's blog post about bleeding. It does the trick. I've had to use it....
HOWEVER, I do not prewash my Island Batik Ambassador fabrics. Washing precuts can be a pain so I choose to leave all of it unwashed and wash later. When doing this I put Synthrapol in as well as color catchers and I haven't had a problem. I've been an ambassador for 4 years and no problems. Does that mean there never will be? Nope. That's why I always CHECK before using a fabric if it's a really, really important project.
I listen to Pandora often when I'm quilting. Most likely I'm listening to something upbeat and peppy or perhaps some Star Wars music. I also listen to the Just Wanna Quilt Podcast all the time. I even listen to Friends on Netflix at times. You really don't have to see that one to know what's going on! But I'd rather be with quilting friends having fun. I hope you get to quilt today! Suzy
Here are some of my favorite quilty things. 1. Karen K. Buckley's Perfect Scissors 2. Glue Pen and Refills 3. Small cut and iron combination 4. Light Box. I love my Cutterpillar. 5. Fat Quarters (who couldn't use a few?) I hope you get to quilt today! Suzy
This was the best moment ever. My mom, friends Janell and Lori, and I won first place in the Group Quilt Category in Houston. We were all there to accept the award. It was quite a moment and I will never forget it. So special to share this moment with these amazing quilters. The moment I was notified that AQS was going to publish my book.
My son picking out fabric for his first quilt and then completing it.
My quilt Harmony's Loop winning Best Machine Quilting at MQX, Placing third in Paducah, Getting an honorable mention in Houston, and winning Best Wall Quilt at Minnesota Quilters.