Monday, 27 February 2012

Free Motion Challenge for February

Well I have been practicing my free motion quilting for February. Feathers!!! I seem to be able to do 2 or 3 leaves and then I loose it again.  

This is a technique I will have to practise a lot to feel comfortable with it. One problem for me is changing machines. I sew on a Designer 1 but I free motion quilt on my Husqvarna Lily 540 and I quilt on a frame with my Husqvarna Mega quilter 9" throat. This makes it difficult to get the feel for a new technique. I can do the meander pattern on both my Lily 540 with the fabric in front of me and on the frame but I need to break out and try new patterns. I also like to quilt in small tight spaces. I have been able to open my meander pattern and make it much bigger. Last month I used the leaf pattern on my class project and my sister's Hungry Caterpillar quilt for her kindergarten classroom.

My first attempts!

My best one of this group.

My second set of feathers.
The best one from this group.

(Sorry for the quality of the photos. I took them with my iPad in bad light. I can't upload photos from my iPad into my blog so I email and open them from my computer.)

I complained every time I finished a feather and Sharon yelled from across the room, "Do it again!" So I sewed and sewed but I can see that I will need to sew a lot more and practise drawing the shapes to get this shape into my brain and hands. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Monday, 20 February 2012

The Hungry Caterpillar

Well I finally quilted the Hungry Caterpillar for my sister's class room. I just have the binding to hand sew on the back and to tack down the sleeve. I used my new Floriani thread for the white areas and used a varigated thread for the coloured areas. I tried out the leaf pattern again but much bigger this time. have a look and let me know what you think! Do you hand sew your binding or do you machine sew your binding?

This quilt is very long and narrow I wasn't able to fit it all in the picture. :(

Here is the meandering stitch done with the white thread.

Here are the leaves done with the variegated thread.

The back of the quilt, you can see both quilting stiches.

My binding, it matches the backing fabric.

The Floriani thread. Very nice and shiny and quilted like a dream.
Here is the variegated thread. I think it is wonderfil.

Art Quilting

I have been taking a quilting class at my local quilt shop on art quilting. We have been learning a variety of techniques such as stamping, painting, gems, texture, Angelina fibers, creative uses of zippers... I guess the pictures are a little faded out it was finally sunny today :)

The front cover with leave quilting from the free-motion quilting challenge.

Angelina fibers under netting with ribbons, a stamped fiber sewn on top!
This is layered fabric that has had the top layer burned with a burning tool.

We made tucks and added gems, we also added ribbons and trim under the tucked fabric.

This is stamping and paint then machine quilted with Sliver thread.

This is making lace from threads and wool placed between Solvy and then quilted.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Well That Was a Nice Way to Start 2012!

So I took a pledge to quilt more and then wham I got hit with Pink Eye (thanks for the gift kids!), then a bad head/sinus cold and then my Vertigo came back. Yikes.
I have been working on a Twister quilt with the Twister ruler.

I looked up images on Google to see what a finished quilt would look like and I ended up at Tamera Quilts blog. I still have to add a border then quilt it but the center blocks are done. I had issues with the borders, seams in weirdest places. Oh well!

Don't mind the dog hair!!!

Oh My! There's a lot of dog hair. Look at those weird seams!

I'm also taking a class at my local quilt store on "art" quilting. We have painted on fabric, used angelina fibers, and made some fabric out of threads, wool and ribbons between 2 sheets of Solvy™. There is a cool tutorial at Linda Matthews Creative Explorer website. Pictures of my projects to follow...