Every year I fall in love with my hibiscus bush when it’s blooming.
And every year I take photos of the beautiful blossoms.
And every year I swear I’m going to make a quilt based on these photos.
And every year, I don’t!
…how we love thee! Beautiful quilts and vendors, vendors, vendors…
Had a lovely time at AQS Grand Rapids and going on a bus with a group is soooo easy.
I don’t usually take too many pictures at a quilt show, because I don’t do anything with them. I thoroughly enjoy them while I’m there, but don’t go back and look at them much or study them or use them for inspiration or base my work on someone else’s quilt. That being said, this quilt totally grabbed my interest and I had to take a picture!
It just so happened that the creator of the quilt, Pam Beal, was right there when I took the picture and we got to chat for a while. We seem to like a lot of the same things about working with improv piecing and I believe I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of her work in the future.
After I walked the show and helped out the vendor’s bottom lines a bit, I checked how many pictures of quilts I had. Three, only three. I knew there were more than that which had caught my eye going through the show, so I went back and took a few more. I may not do anything with them, but I do enjoy looking at them more than once! Perhaps you will enjoy them, too.
Maybe you noticed that I don’t have pics of ‘traditional’ work. And even the prize winners weren’t as appealing to me as these. I love all aspects of quilting, but I think my personal preferences are leaning more toward the graphic and ‘modern’ style. They look fresh and appealing, even though sometimes I say ‘been there, done that’ with techniques. Not a lot new there, but that also makes it accessible to new quilters.
All in all, a good day…and now to tackle that studio chaos!
Had a marvelous time at the class I took this weekend on creating fabric. Started out with blank white fabric and ended up with printed magic.
Of course, not everything we print is awesome, but the fun comes from the playing and making!
And the magic with this class is that we learned so many different ways to put the paint on the fabric. It was so full of information that we didn’t even have time to try everything, but that info is filed away in my brain for future reference!
My buddy Carol created fabric in different classes all weekend and as I came and went, I admired a piece that she made. The little devil slipped it into my bag and I discovered it when I got home. What a sweetheart and now I get to have it and use it!
My fabrics were truly experiments in using different tools and I certainly will be working into some of them with more ideas. I also think there may be some cutting into smaller pieces and collage work using these.
Our instructor has an unbelievable collection of stamping items that she has collected and used over the years. And now there is nothing safe and we can’t ever throw anything away, because it might be good for printing someday!!
The only saving grace right now is that I have to order some supplies!
…and I’m done in! Lots of fun and great classes–so much wonderful information! It all started on Thursday, with set up of the hospitality room.
Teaching on Friday, and Patrice getting goofy early in the day!
We really did get some dyeing done…
And the hardest part is waiting for the dye to process before we can see how it turns out!
Chatter and laughter at lunch, as well as door prizes! Hooray!
And there are three days of this! If I stopped to take pictures of everything, I wouldn’t have had time to go to class.
Lots of people put in a lot of hard work to make this successful and I’m truly grateful for all that they did. But right this very moment, all I can think about is putting my feet up and doing nothing!
Ooooops! Only 1 day of that and I’m off to Blue Lake. Guess I’d better get packing…
Punishment sewing is over because a plan has emerged! I found some more green fabric to add to what I already had, but I felt the need to organize a bit before I proceeded.
I cut all my strip sets into 12″ lengths. Surprisingly, I really didn’t have much in the way of odds and ends, so it was a lucky guess on that length. Then I cut the extra green fabric to the same length and it seemed much less tedious sewing those strips on.
Put a few of the sets together because I thought I might make squares and then recut and resew to mix things up and make a cool design. Then I came to my senses! Why would I do all that extra work for stuff I’m trying to use up quickly so I can go back to my fun fabrics?
Now the plan is to make a strippy quilt with 12″ widths and call it good. If I don’t keep it simple, I won’t follow through and USE those scraps.
And I have plenty of other fabric to use for the sashing between the strippy bits. So, the “what if” is solved, the plan is in place and fresher, newer, cooler fabric will be coming up soon!
I decided that I had been away from my sewing machine for waaaaaay too long and needed some machine therapy! I’ll show you what I’ve done and perhaps you can play with some of your scraps the same way.
You might remember this pile of scraps from a while back. A large pieced block, a few dyed and painted blocks and two colorways of hand dyes that coordinated with it all.
Took the big pieced chunk and I cut it into strips and then 4 print pieces that I stacked and cut into uneven quarters. Those were my basic building blocks. And because most of my scraps were strips, that was what determined how I would construct my quilt.
Each block quarter had a pieced strip sewn to one edge. Press and trim–the method on this is to always have a straight edge to sew on.
The next step was to sew a strip from one colorway onto one side of the block. Didn’t matter which side and didn’t matter what the width of the strip was. Press and trim again. And a little tip: have your ironing board and cutting surface away from your sewing machine. That way you have to get up and move around a little while you’re working. Helps to keep you from getting too stiff!
Guess what the next step was! Yep–sew a strip from the other colorway onto one side of the block. Again, didn’t matter which side or how wide the strip. Then I chose the blue/green/turquoise colorway and added strips until each block had a complete frame in that color.
At that point, it was time to put the blocks up on the design wall and take a look at what I had.
Oh, yeah–liking it a lot. I ran out of time to complete the next step, which will be to add a complete frame of the other colorway around each block. I’ll show you that and talk about connecting up these odd shapes next time!
It felt really good to spend some time with that sewing machine again!