So, September and October can be a bit dodgy posting regularly. I’m learning how to use the Floriani Total Control U digitizing software. A friend asked me for some help with a bit of digitizing. I’d imported a photo into FTCU and told the software to do it’s thing. I couldn’t remember what I did. Well hello very popular search engine! Looky what I found. Getting Started with FTCU, complete with the solution. The internet has everything.
Now onto the Block. Spirals seem to be the thing, at least for the center, and spiraling out, well, kind of.
Once the spirals were echoed once I wanted to keep the outward moving feel.
The video shows the feather work that continues out.
I’m still learning how to use the mouse and the touchscreen to draw on images. There’s a good feel for what the rest of the quilting will look like.
And here we go with a multi block piece. I do have more kaleidoscope pieces to cut and make into something special.
This coming week will see me preparing for the Dutchess Heritage Celebration, working on Floriani projects, and getting two quilts pieced for Quilt Market.
Oh so you know I have a Sizzix. For anyone who doesn’t like the cutting process, or who has physical issues that limit their ability to cut fabric. Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios has some new dies she’d like to get made. And this quilter would love the dies because the quilts are gorgeous! She’s got a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds. FYI, a kickstarter is akin to a stock IPO on the stock exchange, a way of raising funds to get some work accomplished. What I love about this kickstarter is this allows all of us to benefit from Ebony’s creativity and damn hard work.
Yep, that’s what happened. I took the two plus hour trip to PNQE at the Oaks Sunday morning. I went just to go. Most shockingly of all – duhn duhn duh – I went by Myself. While this isn’t anything unusual, I went to visit with friends. That’s it. Visit. I didn’t buy anything. I didn’t take any pictures of quilts, though I walked the entire show floor. Many friends have quilts in the show, quilts that I love.
I enjoyed simply being there. I did have a lengthy conversation with Linda Pillion-Lease. Then chatted with Lisa Calle, and Sarah Bond. It was lovely. Lovely.
At the end of the day I did help Diane of SewBatik tear down, and load out. I was a wee bit too lazy to go change my into my sneakers. Note to self: change into your sneakers. Your toes will thank you later. No, no damage to toes, however a close call that was my fault. HA.
I arrived home around midnight having thoroughly enjoyed the day of simply being with friends.
I’ve been working on a batik kaleidoscope quilt on and off over the last several weeks. It all started with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, having the ability to cut the pieces quickly, cleanly and easily. There are a couple of things I want to do with the blocks and hey! I can cut more really easily.
So the first thing is:
September Block of the Month
Thankfully EQ6 is available making mocking up the block super easy.
I am using an orange/gold for the background on all the blocks. The orange in the mock up is a bit more on the hot red side because warm is good!
So this month there will be a mock up block and a pieced block.
I may have let out a little bit squeal when the idea hit for how to quilt this last section of this August Block. I’ve been playing with curved cross hatching a lot lately and loving it.
In giving thought to the shape, that corners look like a house and wanting the Visual to draw the eye to the peak of the roof the curve would head in that direction – generally.
Repeating – not going for perfection rather I’m going for effect. I’m using the dark stitched line as my ditch to move along. Today’s thread is Superior Threads Twist, a 40 weight trilobal polyester twisting two shades of color together. It’s really incredible.
I knew I would like the curved cross hatch. What I wasn’t expecting is to love it, when combined with the other motifs in the block. There is real dynamic and subtle movement.
The curved cross hatch feeds into the twist of the “log cabin” style quilting in the on point squares. Add the spiral in and the visual movement is so cool. I chose print by SewBatik for the quilt top. The quilting ends up having a subtle rather than overpowering effect on the quilt. There are a few things that factor into that: the color in the print, the color of the threads, the weight of the thread, and the density of quilting.
The movement is even more apparent on the back of the quilt block. I can imagine a whole quilt of this block quilted just like this.
This is one reason to sit with a quilt and let it speak to you. All week, while I’ve worked on a couple of other things I’ve been looking wondering what to do. And here we go.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The congratulatory messages on my new position with Floriani are simply awe inspiring.
Now onto our regularly scheduled program:
Oh I do remember giving you this update sometime during the week in Instagram. Debby was stitching this motif on a postcard, and I was inspired by it. I’m not entirely certain that Debby posted this anywhere publicly so just know that I have permission to copy her homework at any time. Cool, eh? With this project you have permission to copy my homework. If you’re playing along please feel free to send me pictures and I’ll share them here on the blog.
Remember I tend to show all the stuff that I’m not happy with because I’m still learning how to machine quilt.
The free-hand embroidery foot is aboutt 1/4” from needle center to the outer edge of the foot. I chose a spot roughly in the center of the square to start stitching a circle. Once the circle closed I very slowly started curving out until the edge of the foot was on the center circle. I kept stitching around, and around, and around, and around, and around and around. Once I reached the edge the ditch helped me keep the curves consistent. Using 80 weight thread in the bobbin means that there is little thready build up, and the fabric doesn’t distort.
I’m going to show this one in a very quick vid.
This should give you an idea of how this motif is stitched out. This one looks like a wonky log cabin block, however it’s stitched from the outside in. On the quilt itself I simply winged it. In the video I used a ruler to make the lines. Going from the outside in is what helps create the visual twist.
this looks like a hot mess, and in a way it is. what you can’t see is the ever growing pile o’holyscraps over there ———->
I’ve wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt for a long time. Even designing one in a program but not quite getting what I needed out of it. So Sizzix comes to the rescue. After pressing some* of these batiks I started cutting.
*some were from a 5” charm square pack I had from teaching some time back.
I wasn’t quite sure where this where this was going color placement wise, and quite frankly I’m still not. I know you’re not surprised by this either.
I made the choice for this one fabric to the be the background, realizing that I didn’t have enough I found this glorious orange. I ripped several pieces off the yardage, pressed, and figured out how to cut each strip to get the pieces I wanted.
I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter 100 wt polyester for the piecing. No distortion here.
Tip number two for the day, I put my iron on the lower middle setting for the cotton. Wow! what a difference this is making as I can press for longer periods of time and not burn my fingers. The bigger difference, the fabric isn’t warping. Good golly I’ve been quilting for over twenty-four years you’d think I would have learned this by now, right? Not so. Sheesh.
Now I have another idea for this same die.
I need to set this aside for a few days while I work on some other stuff. Stay tuned.
Saturday I’ll have another installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.