After a discussion with at one of the mini-groups that I participate in I’m developing an intermediate machine quilting class that I’ll offer in the fall.
Free motion feathers will be on the list for sure.
I’m also thinking circles (aka pebbles)
Filling in blank spaces.
Sometimes when I machine quilt I have a plan. I think the whole thing through & will sometimes mark the quilt top. More and more frequently I quilt intuitively. I thread the machine, get my self situated and begin. The only thing I planned with this quilt is the feathers.
Ever since attending the Ricky Tims Quilt Seminar last year and reaching at least 500 or so hours at my machine I’m a lot more confident as I work on quilts.
There are moments when I struggle with tension and I have a little mental check list that I go through checking what might be wrong. My seam ripper or stilletto are never far from where I’m working so I can take out quilting stitches if I need to. I’m going to get these things down on paper so I can share them with the quilters who take the class.
I have to say I’m enjoying the process of teaching machine quilting and paper piecing a NY Beauty. Once I settled in to the rhythm of it I was totally amazed by the process. I learned something very, very important on a personal level over these weeks that overall will allow me to grow as a teacher and as a quilter. That’s as much as I feel free to share.
Well, I’m off to the sewing studio to work on a personal quilt that hopefully later this week I’ll have photos to share. This is the lone star quilt that seems to have a life of it’s own. I need to do a bit of frog stitching as I managed a birds nest on the back side. If it were on top, I wouldn’t see it.
I’m also hoping to get some pictures of how spring is taking hold of the front yard. The rose bushes are waking up, the seedum is an amazing shade of orange & green. The tulips, hyacinths and more are poking their heads up. I’m hoping that Easter will see the Dogwood blooming. We’ll see.