I’m QUILTING AGAIN!!!

Hooray!!!

After 5 months of income tax season and 3+ weeks in Africa, I am back home and getting to spend time in my studio. It is SUCH a wonderful feeling!!

The first order of business is to quilt the first of two baby quilts that I need to get into the mail. I made the tops at our guild retreat back in May (you can read about it HERE)

I knew that I wanted to keep the quilting fairly simple and I also wanted it to be FAST. But, I was concerned about how to fill in ALL of that space and keep it interesting!!

Somewhere along the line, I got the idea to use some of my Westalee “Spin-E-Fex” rulers to quilt some large-ish designs first and then fill in with other quilting.

So, the first step was to decide on placement of those designs and get them quilted!!

I chose to add a few half-designs to some of the edges as well……

I used several different rulers in the Westalee Spin-E-Fex series, including #11, 15 & 16.

I have previously posted reviews, videos and information on each of these rulers and you can check them out here…..

Spin-E-Fex #11

Spin-E-Fex #15

Spin-E-Fex #16

Now that the ruler work is done, it is time to move on to the filler quilting!! Come back tomorrow for more…..

Westalee Spinning Wheel #21

I have one last Westalee ruler to demonstrate so today let’s have a gander at the Spinning Wheel #21…..

This ruler is a bit different in that the stitching doesn’t always return to the center of the “wreath”. Instead you stitch from Point A to Point B and then shift the ruler.

Have a look at this video to how easy it is to use…..

I love the design that it produces…..

I hope that you enjoy using this fun pattern!!

Westalee Spin-E-Fex Ruler #3

I have taken a small break from demonstrating the Westalee Spin-e-fex rulers but there are still two to go. So, today let’s take a look at the Spin-E-Fex Ruler #3…..

As you can see, this one is shaped a bit differently to the others. It produces a nice leaf or floral type design.

Have a look at the video and see how much fun this particular ruler can be…..

The “wreath” design is pleasing…..

….and if you flip the ruler over every other petal, you get a tulip sort of design when the two petals face each other……

I think that you will like the simplicity and ease of this ruler so, if you have it, pull it out and give it a whirl…..literally!!!

State of the Studio – 2020

Every year on December 31st, I stop and look back over the work that has happened (or not happened) in my studio during the year.

Although 2020 was tough in many respects and we suffered disappointments with trips and other events being cancelled, it was an amazing year for the Studio!!

First of all, it gained about 75% more space. The before and after photos say it all…..

Now I find it really hard to believe that I was able to create anything at all in the space that I had previously!!

And then came the addition of Julio……

He has really spiced up my quilting!!

I have had a bunch of finishes this year…..

I made two tops for charity quilts…..

Three tops for Quilts of Valor…..

….and lots of hours practicing quilting on various charity quilts..

I moved one quilt from the UFO bin to the trash can and haven’t thought twice about doing it!!!!

I have spent a LOT of time working with Ruler Quilting and am super happy with the advancements that I have made in my skill level…..

I shared my studio with several people during the year and had fun teaching Kaitlyn to quilt…..

I have designed two new quilts and almost have a pattern ready for one of those…..

Probably the biggest change in 2020 has been the establishment of my brand…..FrancesQuilts, complete with new logo….

I have published 248 Blog Posts, including daily posts since July 21st and have produced 28 instructional videos.

When I look back over the year, part of me feels that I should have completed more projects, but I am honestly proudest of the “FrancesQuilts” portion of the year. From comments that I have heard, I believe that I have been able to provide information, inspiration, assistance and encouragement to quilters around the world, and that is about as exciting as it gets!!

…..And there are lots more exciting things in the works for 2021. Come back tomorrow for those!!

So as we HAPPILY say goodbye to 2020, here’s wishing you a wonderful New Year’s Eve…..

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Making the geese fly!!!

Over the holidays I have been working on the “Crumbs For The Geese” quilt (soon to be a pattern) and have racked my brain for ideas to quilt the geese.

I hit upon an idea at the gym (go figure) and enjoyed some quilting time on Christmas Eve.

Check out this video for details and instructions of how I used a simple straight ruler to give my geese some movement……

This has been the simplest quilting that I have done on an actual quilt and am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.

For the quilting outside of the geese, I decided to just do curvy lines….

I used one of the Westalee Spin-E-Fex rulers for the crumb blocks and all that is left now is the binding.