Friday, May 13, 2016

I wish I could just sew and quilt all day!

I'm still trying to catch up after two extremely bush semesters at college. With the house is a mess, the Boybarian graduating from our homeschool (with all that entails), and needing to pick up various household items ... I didn't spend much time in the Sewing Dungeon.

My mind was on the Cherrywood challenge. I have almost decided to add this next element before quilting the piece. Right now it is pinned onto the background while I commit to that decision. It is hard to commit for sure ... Once it is permanent, I don't have as many options going forward. 

More of my (limited) time in the Sewing Dungeon was spent on class samples. When teaching a class, I like to make sure that I have worked through all the various parts so I know where my students will run into issues. When I figure those out, I will focus on solutions so that the students aren't left high and dry, we can work on getting the project to work out right.

An upcoming class that I am teaching is one binding. While going over my options to present, I realized I didn't have a sample with ric-rac. So, I am working on putting that together. This is going to look so sweet on a baby quilt done in 30s fabrics!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Challenge continues

Today, in between graduation things (The Boybarian is graduating from our homeschool next week) and cleaning house, I spent some time with the Cherrywood Lion King challenge. I added some squiggles that were inspired by some of the visuals from various performances.

I also put the background together ... Now to decide whether to quilt it first and then add applique elements OR add some applique now, quilt and then add more OR add it all and quilt it all together.

I thought the challenge had a June 1 date so I was focusing on working on it whenever I had a couple extra minutes. I re-read the challenge and it has a JULY 1 date, whew! I can back off a bit and work on preparing for the Boybarian's graduation (and open house!) and working on some class samples for upcoming quilt classes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Up for a Challenge?

I am working on the Cherrywood Fabric Lion King Challenge. I have had images floating around in my  head, now I have to translate them into fabric.
I am pretty sure that I will piece part of my background, use raw edge applique for some elements, quilt two or three elements separately, and then sew them together with some more applique on top ... Throw in some thread painting and this could be a time consuming quilt! All in 20" square.

I'm thinking of using a snippets technique for one of the elements in the quilt. WOW! what a mess all those bits of fabric can make!

Are you working on any challenges?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Design Wall - UFO week

Back on my design wall go some unfinished objects. The NYB is there because I need to write up a class proposal and the other one because I was considering it for something else entirely. Still not sure what I am doing with that cute little piece, maybe it will sit there for a long time (again).
I have quilted a pumpkin that spent a lot of time on my design wall. It will now be a mug rug for an auction at my guild meeting this evening.

What UFOs are you thinking of working on?

For more design wall inspiration check out Patchwork Times.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sometimes the Design Wall just isn't big enough!

 I spent the weekend at a quilting retreat. The theme was Quiltstock, so we listened to 60s music, dressed up in tie-dye and various other garments with nods to the 60s, and sewed for many uninterrupted hours while someone else took care of food and cleaning. Cell signals were spotty to non-existent, so there weren't even the phone interruptions.

I took four projects along and got to work on three of them. One was a really old UFO that I finally got the field put together, one was the start of a quilt and then I had these blocks from many, many different swaps.

My design wall is small. I don't have big floor spaces at home for laying out quilts, so I brought the blocks along to make some sort of sense out of these 4-8-12 inch blocks. Thankfully, my sister helped me get the chunks together (though I got to put together all the partial seams), so this bunch of blocks is now sewn together.

Like often happens in swaps, the blocks vary in size *sigh* so I will be unsewing a few spots and finagling them back together. It just won't be this week as I have finals.

For some great design wall inspiration, check out Patchwork Times!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Creativity - get out there and foster it!

Traveling to a major quit show over the weekend, I thought of some fellow quilters who don't see the value in quilt shows. They will not attend and have no interest in entering quilts into shows.
While anyone can make such choices, they are missing out on the rich experiences of quilt shows. Yes, a quilter can feel insignificant when comparing their own work with the award winning quilts. That is to be expected! Some of those quilts have had a quilters heart and soul poured into them for many, many months (or years!), while I generally churn mine out in a much shorter time span while being a full time student and a homeschool mom. Why should I measure my effort against theirs?
What those award winning quilts should do is to inspire us on to greater things. I can be inspired by the quilting motifs used in this modern quilt, the color choices in that traditional quilt and the intricate beauty of the one with thousands of fabrics. These elements can be the jumping off point for future quilts, so soak them in and let them simmer until they build a new design in your own mind.
AND who knows? Someday time may no longer be an issue and even you can achieve new heights in your designs. It won't happen if you never get inspired. Get out there, learn new techniques, fill your eyes (and camera!) with beautiful images, and let your creativity blossom!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nothing New on my Wall ... but I've got some pictures!

This past weekend i taught a class at Cardinal Creations in Lake City, MI. We had lots of fun working on a Summer Picnic Quilt! 

We sewed bright and white jelly roll strips together, cut them into units, 
We swapped out units for maximum scrappiness,
we sewed them into S blocks, Z blocks, Inchworms and
those went together into blocks we called O blocks.

 The day was filled with music (summer, beach type in February, what could be better?) laughter, and fun! We even had a picnic lunch to fuel our endeavors :)

check out Patchwork Times for more quilty fun!