Sunday, March 6, 2016

Back side view...

 Machine Quilters know one can sometimes better appreciate the overall quilting job from a back side view. So the previous quilt taken off the long arm and laid back side up atop the bars.
 Wow.. I think I used about 3000' of thread (many bobbins) . 
It even surprises me how much is in this piece. 
This might be why I'm behind on my laundry and other chores.  ;-D 
'Will deliver to owner upon return from Asilomar.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Words To Live By

So here's what I've spent much of February doing....   First,  a friends quilt laid atop my  glass table to consider a quilt plan. The pattern is gorgeous... 90 x 90 " Words to Live By."  This quilt deserves some attention. It's an heirloom.  Felted wool  hand appliqué atop cotton.
In my art quilting, I don't mark anything but this will need some repeated flourish in open red and black triangles.

The above markings were  actually done later in the long arm process, But thought I'd  show the known plan here. In long arm quilting, I machine baste the entire quilt . Those half square triangles were just 'ditched' then on to the appliqué blocks. I chose a free motion echoed S curve coupled with scrolls for the individual appliqué blocks in both the center 4 by 4 blocks and surrounding individual word blocks ( A few shown here.. In addition to the center 4 x 4 medallion block there are 12 large individual  blocks ) 

I do love the look of wool atop  light value cotton. It's gorgeous! 
I need to get this off the long arm and trim it up. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Heading To Asilomar, Pacific Grove Ca.

It's been one crazy month since the last post.... Lots going on... won't bore you here. Today however, I am packed up for departure to Session II  teaching at 2016 Empty Spools Seminars. This on the  seaside grounds at Asilomar.. ( a.k.a. heaven on earth) in Pacific Grove.  Can't wait to see the sights of this beautiful community.  Here's a  couple pics I shot from last visit.

.. A cool window display in a shop in neighboring Carmel.
As always.... beautiful beach walks right outside our doors.. the shore is within feet of here.

 A look back eastward  from waterside... a gorgeous sunrise as I headed to breakfast before class.