My hubby and I joined the 21st Century the other day and got new smart phones. There IS a learning curve, from a simple cell phone to this little computer that also makes calls! Rather than doing any sewing, I’ve been learning how to use this piece of tech. Until I get familiar with everything, it’s a real time suck.
I’m taking a few stitches at a time on this piece.
Simple stitches, and I think it’s ready for some beading now.
This is not a good week for finding extra time. That happens. But we each have only 24 hours, every day and I’m looking forward to those days when every one of those 24 is not filled up!
The Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild invited me to teach Quick Start Quilting. I love to teach this class because the confidence levels of free-motion quilters just soars!
Here is a quick look at the first batch of practice sandwiches–and I think they are pretty impressive for beginners!
After learning some basic shapes, the students took an odd-shaped printed fabric and used it as the basis for extending a design. They did an amazing job of totally imagining and then producing a design for their little quilt.
My goal in offering this class is to enable students to gain enough free-motion quilting experience to be confident in attempting to quilt ANYTHING they desire.
These ladies did such a wonderful job that I am confident in their abilities!
Thanks for a great class.
Been working on the scrap and charity quilts and thinking about making stamps. My actual activity level has been less than lazy! I’ve been sitting on the couch a lot, getting sucked in to computer time, playing games and reading blogs. I haven’t even picked up a needle and thread to do any embroidery, even though my project is sitting on the table right next to my spot on the couch!
After my nice nap today, I wandered down to the studio to make sure I have everything I need to teach a class tomorrow. What caught my eye was a bunch of funky yarn that I had once intended to make a scarf from…you know, one of those where you start with a wash-away stabilizer, lay out the yarn and stitch over it. Yeah, months ago and still not even started. So I grabbed it up, tied the ends of those small pieces together and decided to KNIT a scarf.
I used to knit scarves out of all the funky, popular yarns and sold some and gave some to charity. I have tons of yarn ends and small bits and pieces that I thought I would use for embellishments. I cannot ‘art’ enough of anything to use this all up, so I’m going to try and knit it up. Anything left by the end of this year will be put on the ‘free table’ at my various group meetings.
This came out so thick and fluffy and warm and funky! I love it and will be using up more yarn this way.
Knitting is great for laziness! I can sit and move my fingers a little bit and really be pretty darn relaxed, for hours at a time! Maybe I can blame this bout of lazy on damp, cold, cloudy weather. Hope it doesn’t last too long, because I really don’t love doing nothing!
Sorry–I forgot to show you the finished quilt from our sew day!
Came out pretty good, didn’t it? And a great way for a group to make and finish a quilt!
I brought home stuff to make a long strip quilt, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be working on it as a straight-through project. I’ll do it as I have time, but I got one panel done yesterday. This is about 10 x 40″ and a full size quilt will need 12 panels.
I will update as I make progress, but I have a dye day coming up and I want to make some stamps to use with thickened dye. I’m not sure exactly what all I have in this basket, but I know that it was all intended for stamps! I’m sure I’ll be surprised.
Quite a few other events in May…it will be a busy, busy month. Love that–it keeps me out of trouble!
Saturday was a sewing bee to use up the stash of our friend Kathy Sheldon, making quilts for charity. She would have had so much fun with us, so we enjoyed ourselves as much as possible using her fabric!
There were a number of people sewing, some cutting, some pressing and people came and went so I’m not sure of any totals.
Sue Gilmore, Kathy’s sister, got things set up and rolling.
We acted goofy when Jim tried to take a group picture!
Sue and Kathy’s relatives came in from the west side of the state, too!
Everything was done quilt as you go, with a table in front to show us how to do several strip piecing options.
As a block was finished, we rang the bell and counted the blocks. We finished enough blocks for two quilts and got started on a third!
And of course we had food!
My job became the ‘assembler’ since I know a very easy way to put those blocks together, thanks to Mari at The Quilting Edge. Here’s a link to the tutorial http://www.thequiltingedge.com/p/tutorials.html
Sue hopes to organize another sew day soon, but my calendar is pretty full and I’m not sure I’d make it. However, I’ll fill the gap by taking care of the ‘homework’–pretty appropriate since Kathy was a teacher!
You know how I just said the other day that I’m tired of working with scraps? Somehow it’s different and okay to be working with someone else’s scraps and making quilts for charity!
Fridays are not usually too productive for me. I’m often prepping for something going on during the weekend. And we pick up the grandson at 3:30, so if I’m going to do anything I’ve got to get right at it. Today I kind of reviewed what this week brought and by the time this is posted, I should be looking forward to a nap!
I’m working on that embroidery piece, adding stitching to make it acceptable looking to me.
It’s getting there.
Yesterday was KEQ and we were doing a ‘fusey thing.’ Trying to explore the idea of working in a series, we made small fused pieces. Since we’re planning on putting these in an exhibit this fall, we decided on a mutual theme, rather than color or shape or common fabric. We aren’t very good at following rules, so we selected a loose theme of Buildings.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Here is my 4 piece series, so far.
I have an idea to put another layer of design over the top of this, with thread sketching. We’ll have to see how that goes.
USArtquest was having a big warehouse sale and even though I need NOTHING, I had to go check it out. I scored, but not in the typical way! Found these vintage linens and fell in love with them.
Don’t know how they’ll be used, but when has that ever stopped any of us from building our supply palette!!!
Grandson soccer in the morning then charity sewing in the afternoon. Right now I’m glad that my Sunday class had to be cancelled. I’ll be ready for a rest!
When I mounted the embroidery that I thought was finished, it did not lay nice and flat on the canvas. I was afraid that, even though I spread it out nicely, it would wrinkle up as the glue dried. Guess what? Unfortunately, I was correct. Damn!
I think you can see that, even in this low resolution photo. As you are reading this, the piece has been removed from the canvas—and who knew that that was so easy to do?!–and has had a layer of batting and layer of wool added. I will be doing more stitching on it. I have also decided that it will not be mounted on canvas, but will have a hanger of some kind added and be a flat wall hanging. At least, that’s the plan right now! You know that these things have a fluid decision life!
As I fiddled with this, another unfinished project came to light. My class with Frieda Anderson produced this piece and it needed to be quilted and finished.
I had almost forgotten how to quilt anything but straight lines!
And now I have one finished project for this month, anyway!
Wacky Quilters group is up next this week and we will be exploring working in a series. Who knows what I’ll come home with from this group, but I surely know that I will enjoy whatever we do!