I’ve admired and hoped one day I’d have Laura Boehnke’s job as pattern tester for American Patchwork & Quilting.
As I chatted with Giovanna last night I realized I have Laura’s job…just not for American Patchwork & Quilting. I get to test patterns for Benartex. It’s so much fun to realize a dream has come true.
I got a call from my friend neen yesterday…she’s at “A Quilters Gathering” in Nashua, NH looks like “Twilight in the Bronx” received an Honorable Mention in their ‘Excellence in Machine Quilting” category.
In January *will be working out the dates* I will be offering “Let Your Foot Loose – be Fancy & Free” at the quilt cottage in Mamaroneck. The class will be based on “Twilight in the Bronx” and will include some trapunto as well as lots of quilting design. As I chatted with some of my students yesterday they were asking about my quilting style…do I mark the quilt top? do I plan the quilting? How do I get there? I would describe my style and planning method in this way – “short attention span quilting”. So as I quilted “Twilight” I would change the stitches and the thread color as I moved from space to space. I don’t mind quilting using the same type of thread and quilting stitch over the entire surface of a quilt with quite interesting results…with “Twilight” and other practice type pieces I like to play and see what happens as a result.
The next in this series will be a much bigger quilt. The diamonds will be 60 degrees. I still have to figure out how big the diamonds will grow and where the color will come in. I know I’ll have more of the suns and trapuntoed circles however the rest is a mystery that will unfold over the course of the next few months.
I’m off to quilt and pattern test!