Music is so fun. Weird fact: I didn’t listen to pop music, watch mtv, or go to the movies as a teenager. It’s a long story for another blog entirely. So now, when something fun comes up I like it and add it as a station on Pandora or find a YouTube vid to share on fb.
When I quilt or write I often listen to music. If it’s a marathon quilt session, and serious, I watch the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s how one of my friends checks in on me. Ha!
So up first Uptown Funk
it’s just fun and funky.
And then I keep saying I’m bringing booty (my rather ample backside)
And then just because sometimes we have to shake off the quilting and piecing or the personal dramas of life
A little affirmative love ballad goes a long way
I can’t resist Hootie
I mean why would you want to? That voice!!!
When a friend and I are needing a bit of stress relief we send each other videos or ear worms.
In January the Village Squares Quilters have a member-teach-member workshop day. Last year Jeri Riggs taught “Quilt Facing”, another member taught hand quilting and Mary Anne & I worked together as “Quilt Doctors” and helped several of our members with quilts; my co-chair taught curved napkins. It was a fun experience.
Here we are in January again. I’ve been preparing samples for the member-teach-member – this will eventually be on display at Hartsdale Fabrics where I’ll teach machine quilting in March & April. (Note – the schedule currently says 1 4-hour class – it will actually be 3 2-hour classes). For the demo at guild I’m teaching this:
I saw Gina Perkes demo this on her long arm when she was on The Quilt Show . Gina uses this technique as a back ground to appliqué or other quilting to fill a space for an even amount of quilting across the surface of a quilt. Mary Anne reminded me that this technique can be accomplished with any straight line so I’ll have
There will be one more piece where the grid is actually quilted as well.
Here’s a photo of the back:
I used MasterPiece on the front and several different variegated threads on the back. Gina uses Libby Lehman’s Bottom Line by Superior for this technique as it really sinks into the quilt, and in the places where back tracking is needed to finish the piece it doesn’t create any bulk.
As with any new quilting technique it does take a bit of practice to get the arcs right, it’s a lot of fun practicing though and in the end there is a whole lot of quilting without a whole lot of marking the quilt top!
For right now this is being called “Star Quilt” but it doesn’t resonate with me for some reason. I think I need to either be further along in the progress of the quilt, finished or some suggestions. After I do some more work on the main body of the quilt I’ll take suggestions.
Below is a full view of the quilt from the front of the quilt. Please excuse the white bits – its both white pencil markings and batting.
The picture of the back is fuzzy – so please don’t adjust your eyes. I haven’t had enough coffee this morning.
The close up of one of the diamonds – with the red and the purple the thread play is really evident.
Not so much with the yellow. At least from my early morning, not enough coffee perspective. Clicking on the picture for the full view will work though.
The next part of the process will be piecing in some circles. I have to think this process through as to lay out, design and color. I’m looking forward to the process and seeing where this quilt goes. Once I have this done I have a much bigger quilt in mind using the fabric that is in the banner of the blog – which is where the inspiration came from.
One of my all time favorite fabrics is Kona Black. The hand of the fabric is consistent and lovely. (Image is from Hancocks of Paducah). I’ve used this fabric in a number of quilts including the quilt posted below that I made for my husband years ago.
Over the last several weeks I’ve been thinking about two or three different quilt designs using various fabrics. The one that I’ve been truly passionate about is the quilt using the fabrics my sisters gave me for my birthday and this Kona black.
I started drafting the big idea about a week ago, finished drafting a few days later and cut out the piece I need to attach to the Kona in order to get the effect that I want. The batiks will be used as accents to this and some of the circles (fabric in header) will be cut out and pieced in.
I thought I’d bought enough fabric do make the quilt the size I need it to be. Thought. I need 6 or 7 yards total to make the quilt the size I want it to be when I’m finished. I’ll be waiting a little bit to get the fabric.
In the mean time I’m going to play with one of the smaller pieces and make a wall hanging as a practice piece for the bigger quilt.
One thing that is prevents me from doing this today – I have to go to work. I usually get to spend several hours in the sewing room every day. At least with going to work I get to play with fabric. My guess is that the solids wall will need some serious help today.
PS if you’re in the Westchester County area and are interested in taking either a hand piecing or free motion quilting class please contact me privately.