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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The problem for me is that I have an issue with working backwards (and that's why I don't join my husband in his activity of rowing a shell in the lake). The solution for me is to just use a LOT of fabric so I don't end up with blank spaces that require repair. And you can see the result on the floor of my studio. I'm sure I must use about twice the amount of fabric that is required.
I mentioned my aversion to one of the queens of foundation piecing, Jane Hall. She's written the book on foundation piecing--many times over. And she's a dear, lovely person. Her answer to me? "If you'd ever just take one of my classes, you'd learn to love it." O.K., Jane, I'm ready.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A few weeks, Gail--a member of the art group to which I happily belong--brought us a pattern to have fun with. And this is the result. I had fun making it, but didn't really want to finish it (i.e.--quilting, etc). The neat thing was that each person's interpretation was different and you would hardly know that we all started from the same place.
We took them to Show and Tell at the next Guild Meeting and, at the same time, a challenge was issued for each member to make 2 charity quilts in the coming months. A lightbulb moment! I cut apart my quilt top, rearranged some of the pieces, added borders and VOILA! Two quilts. My response to the challenge fulfilled.
Here are the simplified directions. Make sure when you join the 2 groups of strips that one is positioned vertically and one is horizontal. Have fun.
Sew ¼” around all sides
Friday, March 8, 2013
This first quilt is by Melanie Paul and it won Best of Show. A lot of hand appliqué on this one and very well done.
The variety of vendors was quite good at this show--from traditional fabrics, to batiks, to wools, to handwovens, to machines--and on and on. My only disappointment personally--since I teach machine quilting--is that so many of the quilts were quilted by someone other than the quilt maker. I remember reading on the description card of one of the quilts that the maker had decided to see if she could make a king-sized quilt and quilt it on her home machine. She was very successful and I applaud her. I know that she derived a deep feeling of satisfaction in her accomplishment. Some people are just afraid to try it for themselves--overwhelmed by the "bigness" of the project. And that is one reason why I enjoy teaching so much. Sure, have someone quilt some of your quilts for you but at least work on your skills and realize that it can be a lot of fun to do your own sometime. Years ago, I was in Sisters, Oregon and heard a lecture by Harriet Hargrave. She asked the question, "Are you a quilter--or are you a topper?" I knew right then what I wanted my answer to be.