Saturday, April 27, 2013

Improv Workshop with Jacquie Gering

Today I went to a fantastic workshop with Jacquie Gering (Quilting Modern) at the Aurora Sewing Center. When I say fantastic I mean, Amazing, when I say amazing I mean, well . . .   you get the idea . . .  I Loved It!!

I managed to get four squares done. They are a great start to a wall hanging.

Here are my blocks. I haven't decided if this is the arrangement yet, but they are all possibilities.

Friday, April 26, 2013

My Leaves

I wanted to show you where I saw the idea for my leaves. I printed it out and traced them about a dozen times and then they got quite easy. At first I kept making my leaf a little cockeyed, not sure why. Anyway, I found this blog very helpful.

A Few Scraps

the leaf idea I used

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feathers and More

I have traced, traced, traced, and traced at least a million feathers. OK, maybe not a million, but I found a book that had feathers and I bought tracing paper and went to town. I think it helped. I started doing them freehand and it started feeling a little more comfortable. Now drawing and sewing are two different things, but it DEFINITELY makes it easier if you do all that drawing first.

Looking at the first time I tried feathers is tough, not just because they are ALL over the place, but the scrap fabric is crazy busy. Didn't help that the thread was verigated.

First attempt BEFORE practing on paper

In my NEW first and second attempts you can see that my feathers aren't perfect, but I was just shooting for them to actually look like feathers and I'm pretty happy with them. On the second one (yellow fabric) you can see the parts where my echoing is off but I'm not worried, that will get better.

NEW first attempt

second attempt 

At the same time I've been doodling my feathers I've been trying to draw leaves. Again they looked very easy. They were looking very sad. I was doodling them on EVERYTHING. These I've got down pretty good. They will be going on the boarder of an Irish Chain quilt that I've been working on that will hopefully be done soon.

My leaves on a vine. Sounds like a good name.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Starting My Journey with Feathers

So far I've avoided any free motion quilting designs that have anything to do with feathers. They are not my friend, at least not yet. I've decided that I will continue to draw them until I get that down. THEN I will TRY it out on the sewing machine. Stay tuned. :)

My right side are getting a little better.

My left side? Needs some serious work. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Scrappy Strip Wall Hanging Quilting Done

All the quilting is done on this wall hanging. This project was so fun, and a great way to practice.

last three more sections of quilting done

it shows up good on the blue back
here is the quilting from the first three sections from the back

good view of all the stitches

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Starry Night Comes Together

Today at the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild meeting all the pieces of the Starry Night Challenge were put together. I thought they might look good, but had NO IDEA how cool it was going to look. So excited to see it when it's actually pieced.

Notice how different everyones blocks are. VERY COOL!

Starry Night Block Challenge

I will get back to my scrap strip quilt in a bit. I wanted to post a block that I did for the Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. The challenge was this. They took Van Gogh's Starry Night painting and divided it up into 24 pieces. I had planned to create my piece with little scraps of fabric. Every time I started I gave up. It looked horrible. That and I wasn't even sure how to stitch them on without them looking like a mess. 

Then I thought of appliqueing pieces on. Let's just say appliqué is not my forte. :(

I have to say my final piece I'm very happy with. :)

This is the piece I was given to interpret.

The sun was my favorite part.

The sun in detail.

Finished (which actually is side wise I think. If you look at Van Gogh's original, I think I have it oriented the wrong way. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

More Scrappy Strip Quilting Done

Finished the echo strip and then finished filling in the strip next to it with Spiral Matrix. Originally was going to just fill that in with straight stitching, but I like this look better.

Here you can see the different internal designs I was thinking of. I like the others, but for this I think I like Spiral Matrix. Any excuse to use it. It's a little messy because I was playing with the outside designs as well.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Scrap Strips

I'm working on a quilt that has three inch squares and it will be made of scraps. It will mean using fabrics that I've rather grown out of, but I don't want any duplicate squares. Well, the other night I was cutting some of the squares up in the living room, which I normally don't do. I was cutting them and just tossing the scraps on the floor. When I was picking up everything I noticed some of the scraps all in a row. That gave me the idea to put some in a long row and just sew them down and make a runner out of it. I put a bit of glue to keep them in place and then stitched them down. That evolved into using this piece to practice my free motion quilting.

Before I started quilting. Keep in mind these strips are just on there with a couple dabs of glue.

Straight stitches on the center over the strips and each side will have three sections with different free motion designs. In the middle one here I'm thinking of added straight lines in between those curves.

Some of my doodles with ideas for the sides.