Monday, 10 February 2014

A Series of Quilting Questions

1. When you take a class at a quilt studio do you,
A)  make the exact same quilt as the teacher's? Or
B) make it look like your own? (ie. change the border, make it bigger/smaller...)

2. Do you,
A) use the exact same fabric selection/colours as the teacher's? Or
B) use your own choice fabrics/or colours?

3. Do you,
A) come with all your fabrics chosen and ready to go? Or
B) have do pick out some fabrics when you get there?

4. As a quilting teacher do you,
A) want all the students to make the exact same quilt as yours? Or
B) do you like to see the different ways the design can be made up?

5. As a quilt store owner do you,
A) expect me to buy all my fabrics for this project at your shop? Or
B) expect me to buy some fabrics to add to my stash I'm using on this project?

I am thinking these questions would not be aimed at a beginner quilting class, but at an intermediate or advanced class.

I am just curious how people and quilt stores work in different areas and countries! This is not a test. I will not be grading your answers or reporting my finding to quilt stores! LOL!

Since I didn't have any photos of quilts to share just yet, I thought I'd show you something my non-sewing sister made. It is amazing. It is in a frame and sits on our TV cabinet. It looks like a real photo of Emerald Lake in the Calgary area.

Sharon's sewing art work!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Quilt

I finally have my Pigeon quilt off the frame and bound. It is hanging in the Library and I'm so happy it is finished. I think I would use a darker thread colour next time. Unless you are close to the quilt it is hard to see some of the work.
Yes it is laying on snow.

I love how the corner blocks worked out. The pigeon toe blocks were fun to make and I enjoyed the paper piecing on the light table.
The blocks are square, bad photo angle.

I had fun making this quilt, I love the character in this book. I am learning about designing quilts and doing the math to make it work out. The fabric pattern is based on sketches so the lines in the designs are not straight but slightly wavy. I wanted to have some of the smaller blocks in the side panels to show some of the emotions the Pigeon expresses.

I played with my quilting to make thought bubbles,
Colour issues!

pebbles on the road,

flowers and grass along the road,

 and trees!

And I can't forget the back of the quilt. It looks a bit scrappy but I like it. Need to work on centering my blocks but it was a learning curve.

I used all the left over pieces of the fabric from this line for the back of the quilt.
Happy sewing! I'll be back soon with a quilting class question.