Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Modern Applique Workbook

I found the following definition for a modern quilter online:  Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism, and use asymmetric designs in their approach.   I have admired modern quilts because the wide open spaces allow for amazing quilting!  These quilts are far from “simplicity, minimalism or functional.”  While the piecing or applique may be “simple,” many modern quilts are heavily quilted with complex designs, and ruler work.  I picked up “The Modern Applique Workbook” by Jenifer Dick for the amazing quilting featured on the quilts.

Since I am practicing my free motion quilting on George, and I love hand applique, I decided to start with Birds.

I dug into my stash, watched Leah Day’s video for her landscape quilting design, and went to work on my little table mat. Here is the result:


It’s not perfect, but I like it.  Thanks to Sharon at Vrooman's Quilts for hosting the Let's Book it and linky party.  You can find the other participants here

Monday, April 28, 2014

Catching Up on Monday

I had the opportunity to spend time with George tonight to catch up on some quilting. Last month, I joined a group of quilters for the annual quilting day of the James Stitching Sisters.  They make quilts for the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital.   Quilters bring their sewing machines and piece together pre-cut kits. It's a great day of fun, food and door prizes!

I finished one of my cancer hospital quilt tops with a simple meander.  This is the largest quilt that I have quilted on George.  Quilting with George is much easier than quilting with my sewing machine.  
If I could only remember where I put that binding fabric!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Keeping Busy

Life never seems to slow down.  This week, I had little time for quilting, but it was still a great week.    My amazing son had a big announcement.

Just like Westley in The Princess Bride, he has found true love, and he proposed to his girlfriend.  He  is getting married!!!!  Woohoo!

While it is impossible to top his engagement, my week ended with a 3-day mystery quilt retreat at Quilt Beginnings. The Dublin store has expanded and the new classroom space is huge with walls of windows.

I picked blue batiks for my mystery quilt, and here is the result:

It's a queen size quilt for my bedroom.  Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it.  I also picked up some fabric to make practice samples for George.  I have to schedule some time with him soon!

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday: Time to refocus and recommit

Don't you love Monday!  It's a perfect day to review goals, plan the week, and refocus on what is important. I plan to practice my free motion quilting each day, finish a few projects, and make some swap blocks this week.

Today, I finished a cat quilt from MH Designs for my daughter (the totally awesome one).  I should mention that I have another incredible daughter, and an amazing son, but I will share more about them at another time.   I purchased the kit at my guild's garage sale.  I hope she likes it.

 I also finished quilting my Christmas quilt with a little help from Rosie.  Now I just need to bind it.

Finally, I pulled out this quilt that I started quilting more than a year ago.  It's the New Year's Quilt from Jennifer Chiaverini.

I quilted most of the blocks using a feathered wreath stencil.  Now I have to figure out how to finish it!  It's going to be a busy week.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!  My totally awesome daughter designed it for me!

The loft above our family room is my sewing room.  If you drive past our house early in the morning, you'll see the lights on in the loft, as I quilt before I go to work.  I can't wait to share my quilting adventures with you!

First, I'd like to introduce you to my quilting partners. Here's George!

I had been talking about purchasing a new machine for some time, and I had tried out different models at quilt shows and local quilt shops.  My amazingly supportive husband surprised me by calling the local APQS rep to order George!  George arrived in early April, and we are still getting to know each other.  Beth Schillig is the local APQS rep, and an amazing quilter.

Here's Rosie, my 10 year old lab.  Rosie is my faithful companion, and is always near when I am quilting.

Here is my latest project:  Noel, by Material Girl Designs.The designer, Teri Tope, is a wonderful artist and teacher, and I had the opportunity to take her class at a local quilt shop.  Noel has reverse appliqué, two layers of batting (one wool and one cotton/poly), and I am quilting it with bubbles using Superior Rainbows thread.  I quilted a few snowflakes into the background, but they are hard to see.  It's not perfect, but that's okay.  I'm going to make it again in red and white.

Well that's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by.