Pencil drawing, practicing the design to create muscle memory.
Feathers, feathers, and more feathers.
My customer was very happy with the finished design and said it was better than the picture. Woop, woop, yay me.
Since I’ve started my quilting journey, I’ve wanted to make a black and white quilt. When I went to the Missouri Star Quilt company, I fell in love with the black and white fabric by Vanessa Vargas Wilson for Timeless Treasures called Kinfolk. I started with 10″ squares and used a pattern from the Missouri Star Quilt co. When I saw this graphic black and white pattern, I immediately knew this was the fabric that was speaking to me.
The quilt finally goes on onto the long arm, I can’t wait to play.
Close up of my free motion stitching. I even stitched a secret love note to my husband.
The Gravity Quilt is almost done!
The quilt was started on 2/12/17 and I finished quilting on the Long Arm at Quilted Joy on 3/25/17; all that is needed is the binding.
I’m very happy with how the quilt came out.
Fresh off the long arm.All of the colored fabrics used were from my scraps, and the solids are from Bella Solids. There are some sari fabrics, skirt, fabrics, home decor and other unique fabrics in this quilt.
Here are a few pics of the stitching and fabrics used.
I think I’m going to bind it in a nice red batik fabric to bring out the red in the center.
Until next time, keep creating magic through quilting.
This Saturday, February 26, 2017, was my first quilt show at the Paroquet Springs in Shepherdsville, KY. http://www.quiltersdayout.com/
I was there helping at the booth with the Louisville Modern Quilt Guild. We have many our members quilts and samples displayed all over the booth and hanging up on the back wall. I was tickled because my biggest quilt to date was displayed. The Crazy Green one, the first long arm quilted item that I have made to date.
We demoed the Wonky Star and ran out of our directions in less than a few hours. The place was packed with quilters and creative people.
I had a lot of fun and look forward to going to more shows. Jenny and I are planning on going in April to the American Quilt Show in Paducah, KY. Until next time my friends, create some magic.
Now that I’ve completed the certification training at Quilted Joy on the APQS long arm machines, I could rent time on the machines to finish projects. One of the first quilts tops I ever made was on the cover of Quilts & Crafts Simpy Moderne Magazine Issue No. 5 called For Lori’s Beautiful Eyes by Stephanie Prescott.
This quilt starts with large 18″ quilt blocks that are cut into 5 different shapes, it’s very graphic and colorful and was quite fun to make. I made the quilt top last summer and have been waiting to learn how to finish it properly; I’ve even toyed with the idea of paying someone to finish it for me, but I really wanted to learn the long arm myself.
Here are a few close up pics of the blocks. I used this fabric I found at my local quilt shop from MODA that had cool fonts and graphics on them, the colors were very bright and cheery and I liked to look at them. I’ve noticed that I’m drawn to fabrics that have printed words on them or some type of font, maybe it’s the creative writer in me.
Here is the finished quilt top from last summer.
So, this quilt top sat on my shelf for months, until I finally figured out how to get my hands on a long arm so I could finish it. I’ve tried to do free motion on my sewing machine, but the frustration of dealing with the missed stitches, uneven length stitches, and broken thread was enough to make me take it out on my husband. Poor husband, it’s not his fault I couldn’t get my machine to work correctly.
I found out about the certification course from my first meeting with the local Modern Quilt Guild; it was a eureka moment for sure. Once I completed my certification, they recommended that you schedule time on the machines as soon as possible, so you can retain what you learned. This is sage advice, as I was all thumbs putting my backing on the zipper system that the APQS machines use. Liz, the instructor was very helpful on my second go around, but once I got everything set up, it was smooth sailing.
I was trying anything and every kind of shape I could think of. On the circle pattern, I was circling the colored circles, on the mugs, I was outlining the mugs, I was doing swirls, loops, and squares, pretty much anything goes. I wanted to get comfortable with the machine and what I could do with it.
I used a white backing on this quilt, but in hindsight, I think a dark grey would’ve been better. Picking the batting, backing and thread colors is something I hope to get better at doing. From everything I’ve read in quilting books and magazines, practice really does make better.
Once I remove the quilt from the machine and bought it back home, now the process of cutting the excess fabric off and sewing the binding on, begins. The binding I chose to finish the quilt with is the same green fabric with the fonts in the print.
Here is the finished quilt with the binding. This will be me and my honey bunny’s cuddle quilt for when we are watching movies in his man cave.
I need to get busy piecing more quilt tops. I think my next project will be a bargello quilt.
Today was my big day at Quilted Joy http://www.quiltedjoy.com/. I signed up for a class to get certified so that I can rent the machine to finish my quilt tops and future projects.
Kathy was my instructor. She was so nervous to be teaching me, because I was her first student! Yay me, she was very patient and a great teacher. We both learned a ton of good tips from the owner of the shop Angela Huffman. All of the machines were by APQS and they were all on 10′ or 12′ sized frames.
Here I am ready to rock and roll. All of the layers are rolled, basted, and ready to go. These machines are very intimidating and expensive; I highly recommend taking a class somewhere to try them out and practice before investing large sums of money.
This is the paper pattern that sits on the back side of the machine that I decided to use as a guide. I was following this design by using a laser light that is attached to the handlebars of the machine.
You can see from my first try, the stitches are all over the place. It was very difficult to follow the pattern with the laser light, it definitely takes practice, practice, practice.
It took me approximately 2 hours to finish stitching this quilt on the machine, so it’s much faster than using a traditional sewing machine. I will be going back and renting time. I want to continue to hone my craft and learn so I can make my mojo magic.