I asked a friend to pick a number between 1 & 68 (one comment on another post) to choose the winner of Christa’s book. Commenter #56 – Sarah J, congratulations! you are the winner of a copy of Machine Quilting with Style. I’ll email you shortly and we’ll work out the details.
The other night I was chatting with a friend about our personal tastes in fabric. We have some similar tastes and some different tastes. I’m totally in love with solids as they are, for this machine quilter, a blank canvas to stitch up something and let the thread do the work for me. I do have a personal preference at the moment, Michael Miller, because I love the hand (feel) of them. I will always love Kona. If I had a shop, I’d have them both in stock. Kona for the wide range of color and Cotton Couture for the hand of the fabric.
I’d also carry the entire SewBatik line of Batiks. Just because I love them and I love Diane and Bruce. They have such generous hearts. I’d carry everything Jinny Beyer, including the stuff to do good handwork. Following that up I’d carry everything Paula Nadelstern, because Paula. With both Jinny and Paula the combinations are limitless. The desire would be to have deconstructed blocks featuring these fabrics to show the possibilities and the simplicity. While both Paula’s and Jinny’s quilts look complicated, they are simply patchwork. And then I saw Sarah Vedeler’s first fabric line Transformation and I’m smitten! And after seeing an amazing Dear Jane quilt made by Christine Yi, that Bill Volkening posted, I think this would be my beginner class. This goes to the fact that I know quilters are smart, intelligent people and simply need to know that they can accomplish something that looks very complicated.
Of course I’d carry all of my friends books. That’s important, not simply because they’re my friends but because they have something to offer quilters from patchwork to quilting. Magazine wise…I’d have to have Generation Q – because well, Generation Q! I’d carry EQ, Kaleidoscope Creator, and other software. I love all of these thing as they add to the over all experience of the quilting experience for quilters. Graph paper, coloring books, color pencils, etc would be available for quilters to use to have a moment of creativity or figure out the design of their quilt or how to approach a quilt block piecing or color wise.
I’d want to have enough space for a classroom for at least 20 students. And yes I’d have BERNINA machines in there (if at all possible). Ideally the space would be available to the local guilds to come in for their charity work. There’s nothing quite like the hum of quilters spending time and stitching together. I’d find a fab teacher for kids because We Sew 2 projects are just awesome and passing on the skill and love of sewing and quilting is just the thing.
I do love quilterly dreams.
I’ve deliberately destashed over the last few years letting go of fabrics that were once intended for tote bags. While these fabrics meant something for the tote bags they were not fabrics I’d use in quilts. It was work to be sure and worth the effort. What remains is fabrics I will use in quilts. Solids, hand dyes, Radiance, Batiks and a heavy dose of thread.
This weekend I went on kind of a fabric buying binge and I couldn’t be happier. It all started with a visit to Jane Davila’s booth and these 11 fat quarters of hand painted fabric. Sigh. Oh just sigh. Next I went to Follow That Thread to see Donna Morales-Oemig’s booth. Donna lives in eastern Massachusetts, where they got a little bit, like over 100 inches, in an 8 week period. Bonus! Donna did some snow dyeing.
So, I’m at the booth, looking and staring at these pieces of snow dyed radiance in this glorious orange and shades of pink. I nearly had to get the bib out of the purse because these things are so freaking beautiful. I bought one, I bought the second one. There was one more I had my eye on. Hmm…at this point I’m not coming back to the show. Do I? Don’t I? Um, no…maybe some other time. I come home a happy camper.
Last minute decision Sunday morning. I’m heading back to the quilt show. I’d started playing with fabric for another project and am kind of excited to see where this will go. I’m using Paula Nadelstern’s Fabracadabra line, the idea for the quilt came from her lecture. I have a feeling I’ll need more yardage from this line. Oh darn. Fabric Shopping!!!
And then, oh then. I’m in Pinwheels booth. I love the hand of Daiwabo fabrics. Oh my. So you see that fat quarter tower in the upper left of this post? Yeah. That. Well, I went back to Donna’s booth to talk with her and introduce her to a friend of mine. And there was that piece of snow dyed Radiance next to two pieces of Kona cotton that were snow dyed at the very same time. Yes I bought it. Then a funny thing happened. I met Diana Louie and a friend of hers. Who loved the fabric. I showed her the other two pieces. Yeah, they’re gorgeous but, that Radiance. oh my. So I did the only thing a quilter could do. I let her take it home and I bought one of the pieces of Kona. I do need quilt backing for the Radiance after all.
So a little fabric, and a little thread. In a few days I’ll post pics of a few of the quilts.
Who knew the proper way to use a seam ripper? I sure didn’t. Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva and BERNINA Ambassador shows proper technique and at the same time shows how to splice cording for home decorating projects. I’d always wondered how that happened and now get why there is that need for at least 1/8th yard extra when purchasing cording is essential, allowing for a really good, full join. The Aha! moment was priceless, I think you could read it right across my face. Thanks Pam for sharing this.
I’ve always loved my BERNINA seam ripper because it’s sharp and has a really fine tip. I’m loving my Alex Anderson 4-n-1 Essential Tool even more. It’s the same BERNINA seam ripper, a stiletto, pressing tool and pointer all in one. I like it even more because it’s a good feel in the hand. Being wood it’s kind of earthy.
To me as a quilter it’s important to have a good seam ripper for taking out machine quilting or wonky seams. It’s the eraser of the quilting/sewing world and a quilters best friend.
Getting up at 3:30 in the morning sometimes has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: watching to episodes of The Quilt Show: one with Hollis Chatelain (1207) and the most recent one with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero (1504). Hollis’s episode confirmed that I’d love to take a class with her somewhere, some day to see how she quilts. Jeanie’s episode just inspires me in part because I love Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 and all that can be done with it, and in part because I can see some changes in my own quilting across her quilts. While getting up at 3:30 is not my time of choice there’s a bonus: I’m inspired. And I can see a bit more clearly yesterdays quilt coming into focus. I have 3 quilts ready to baste. But first, off to work.
Have a great day,
There are a myriad of ways to stop and start when quilting. My preferred method is burying the thread. What usually happens is the thread snips end up on the floor around my feet. No big deal there’s a mat for my office chair so I swoop them up and off to the bin they go. Yesterday a fascinating thing happened. I started counting the stops and starts in one block for Quantum Leap.
Each block is 7.5 inches square.
Each block has a kaleidoscope block with 8 wedges, so the original motif is repeated 8 times forming the kaleidoscope.
Each block is embroidered with a seed or bead stitch to give the kaleidoscope shapes presence. Jeanie carefully chose thread to highlight the block.
What that means for me as I quilt around each of the major shapes is that I can have as little as 1 stop/start (2 sets of thread buried) and as many as 8 (16 sets of thread buried). Depending on the block, shapes, colors etc well let’s just say that jar doesn’t quite tell yesterdays stop/start/bury the thread story. I’d tossed that much away when Debby’s blog post reminded me I have these jars.
In the end all of the stop/starts will be worth it. In the meantime I’m reminded of how beautiful this quilt is.
I’m reminded why it’s important to have a sewing table at the appropriate height for my person. At 5′ tall the table the machine is sitting on is a wee bit high.
I’m off to do some blogging for the magazine and more quilting on this beauty.
If you’re going to be at Quilt Market stop by the Generation Q Magazine booth and say hello. I’ll be there most of the week.
but the quilting doesn’t matter
mmm well that’s not quite true: that the quilting is there is important for the overall look of the quilt
it’s important to quilt evenly across the surface for balance, design aesthetic
this block is heavily quilted – clearly but because I’ve used MonoPoly the quilting will not be prominent on the front of the quilt.
why? because what’s on the front of the quilt is something like this:
and the design here is the more important component than the quilting
Prolly before I go to Quilt Market I’ll have an exciting announcement.
Irritating isn’t it. That kind of teaser.
Yes, yes, I know. But it’ll be worth the wait!
I’m on a mad dash to get 2 quilts done before Quilt Market – and that’s in between blogging for Gen Q, blogging for me, and working four days each week. Whew!!! It’s all good.
here’s what 1.2 billion bubbles looks like from the back of the quilt.
yes, dear friends, this is a wee bit of hyperbole but it’s the fun kind. And I like it
As I stitch on Quantum Leap I get really excited. It doesn’t matter if I’m stitching with MonoPoly or Magnifico…it’s pretty. The beauty of this quilt is how much there is to see. Color and texture. I’m excited to get this one complete.
The other quilt will be 36 x 36. It’s from Paula Nadelstern’s new line that will be revealed at Quilt Market! Oh so fun. This is a great line.
I’m off to quilt and blog and meet with my Gen Q peeps and hold my sweeties hand!!!