when used in a finished quilt. Here are some photos of 3 quilts that I made using the Sweet Treats that I bought at PIQF last year. Since January of 2012, I’ve been trying to buy only fabric for current projects. So I felt like I had a relapse when I bought these 3 collections of fat quarters. They were soooo irresistible! And now I love the quilts that I made with them!
Larger images of the quilts and some brief comments about them are viewable in the Gallery.
MQX is a relatively small show compared to PIQF and it is devoted entirely to machine quilting — longarm, midarm, shortarm, standup, sit down, free motion, computerized. And what quilting! Here are 3 closeups of Marilyn Badger’s incredible quilt that won Best of Show: A mini-show within MQX featured several bargello quilts that gave me …
Highlights of my purchases (as usual, I spent too much money): 3 Sweet Treats from the Pincushion Boutique – I wish I had taken photos before I used them but I’ll photograph the quilts that I’ve made from them. Yes, they are already in quilts! I’ll post photos after they’re quilted. 4 rulers and a pattern …
The Pacific International Quilt Show will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center next week. And I have a quilt in the show! It’s another Storm at Sea and will be in the traditional category at the show. Hope you stop and see ‘The Comet’s Gift’.
Then, from October 16th to the 20th of October, I will be in Portland, Oregon at MQX West. I have three days of classes planned–all geared toward adding the latest and greatest techniques to my longarm quilting. I’m looking forward to classes with several different teachers including, Page Johnson, Karen McTavish and Georgia Stull.
This is an exciting October!
Encouraged by my quilting friend Deborah, I entered two quilts in the San Mateo County Fair this year. As I usually shun competitions of any kind, this was my first experience with having my quilts judged in a show. I was nervous but also looking forward to getting feedback about my work. To my surprise, …
Here it is — all quilted and everything — my first Storm at Sea quilt. OK it’s a wall hanging, about 28″ by 28″. Not bad for using 3 fat eights from the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild Echo Challenge and fabrics from my stash. I bought a quarter yard for the brown inner border and a yard of the mint print for the outer border, backing and binding. After using the scraps in the back, I have about a fat eighth of the mint left. I’m happy.
I experimented with the longarm quilting patterns. My next project will be a bigger Storm at Sea and I want the quilting to support the piecing design. This was a great help for finding out what works and what I want to do differently next time.
One block down, 3 to go. I hope. I know I have enough fabric for 3 blocks and am trying to stretch it to make 4. With 4 blocks, I think the Storm at Sea effect will be more apparent. I’m sticking to my fabric diet (another 2012 resolution) very well so far and will make do with whatever I have in my stash.
Using Wendy Mathson’s Trimplates has really been helpful for accurate piecing. The next test will be when I sew the next block to this one. I’m looking foward to doing that when I sew with a quilting friend on Friday!
This year, I want to challenge my piecing skills with the ‘storm at sea’ block patterns. I’m off to a good start using fabric from my stash for the diamond and the little square in square units. For the big square in square, I’m using challenge fabrics from the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild January …
Just finished a challenging and fun project–a quilt made by 5th graders and parents at the Washington Open Elementary School in Santa Clara, CA. Each student embroidered and embellished a block for this quilt in gorgeous colors of nature. They all did a fantastic job. Every block is beautiful, unique and interesting and I enjoyed quilting every one.