Saturday, March 25, 2017
'Am working on a customer project of a wall piece of applique. This a a beautifully done quilt top made by a skilled quilter so I need to do it justice with quilting. I needed a background fill with interest and quilting of a flower basket . Since it is not my quilt, I can only show the quilting motifs used. I love the background fill of echoed S curves and small circles. Because there are plenty of curves in the applique designs, before I began any S curve quilting, I did a 1/4" straight stitch around the flower basket and the inside edge next to the border. This adds a mental sense of order that benefit the many curves. All the better with directional changes of echoed groups of S curves. A thread that is slightly darker than the background fabric makes the quilting show up. I used a gorgeous longarm cone of a neutral thread made by Glide (color name= Shell). By the way, my Gammill seems to like Glide threads. Thank you to whoever invented thread stands. In additon to the many drawers of domestic machine threads 'stashed", I can also use some longarm threads on my domestic machine work.
Those pieces of applique that lie across the basket surface really show up. (All applique was outlined with super thin monofilament before any work began on this quilt. )
My next effort will be to use the same monofilament to do as little quilting as possible on florals ( just enough to show off fussy cut fabrics w/ petal changes) I am not often thrilled with visable ( regular) thread atop florals. ( the exception... sometimes stamens ). This project will overall take nearly as much time as a lightly quilted bed quilt but this piece of art calls for special attention to show off the top makers work.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
How gorgeous and alive is this???!!!!!
Dear student from my last years retreat... Diana Bicknell's Sea Star quilt took second place at the Gem Of The Ocean Art Quilt Show in Oregon!!
The show juried in about 100 quilts from 5 different countries.
Diana was just thrilled to be juried in .... and then..... she was surely even more thrilled when she learned her Sea Star won second place and some nice prize $.
She used Tsukineko inks and the pens on the quilt to make it look 3D.
Congratulations Diana.... you deserve it... it's stunning :-)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
What a wonderful world it was this last weekend. We did 2 workshops and a guild lecture ( laugh session) across the weekend and Monday evening this week. Carol Kaplan was my program host extraordinaire. THANK YOU Carol. Hope Campbell let me stay in her B and B room. Lots of help at the guild meeting too.. Thank you Mary Tabar, Wendy Mathieson, and many more. Life was pretty sweet for me this weekend. Thank You ALL.
Sunday was a skill builder workshop called The Filling Station where new filler motifs were tried and those that students liked would hopefully be applied in their own work. I don't usually show student work from this session as I wanted all to be free to try things without judgement/concern. Click here if you wish to see what this class is about ( scroll down to the Quilters Filling Station entry). Such fun/great students Sunday. THANK YOU ALL!!!!
Monday was a MEDIA MIXER with every students work different than another. Collaging to fabric, stamping, stenciling, etc. So fun!
Here are a few I was able to catch as the day ended...
This happy piece was created by Gloria Muano...
This piece was designed with a granddaughter in mind. . . One who longs to go to Paris. I bet she gets to go. ;-D
There's quite a romantic feeling here... definitely a love of nature.
You know there's an interesting story behind this fun piece
Thanks to all who made my time so memorable.If you'd like to more about this class, click here to go to pattsclasses.blogspot.com and scroll to Media Mixer.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
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