Fancy Stitching at IQF

As you would expect, there was some AMAZING quilting at the International Quilt Festival!!

In many cases, the stitching was used to alter the fabric color and this quilt was made with only the orange background and thread…..

“African Sunset” by Claire Wallace

Look at the individual parts of the quilt…..

The same thing was present in this fun quilt……

“And… (dot dot dot)” by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison

All of that white lace is white thread……

Much of the above was done as threadwork before quilting, but the quality of the quilting was CRAZY as well!!!

Look at how the quilting changes the look of each of these blocks that were part of a Double Wedding Ring quilt by Ben Darby…..

Every year there is a quilt by Mikyung Jang. She certainly understands what stitching can do…..

“Songkwangsa Temple” by Mikyung Jang

Just look at this detail…..

In many cases, the quilting was used to alter the background of a quilt…..

“Reborn” by Molly Hamilton-McNally

If nothing else, I learned that I REALLY need to “up my game” where my quilting is concerned!!!!

Come back tomorrow to see lots of landscape and collage quilts!!

Let ‘er rip!!

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I had SO much fun quilting the Teddy Bear Baby quilt…..

Since I was “in the groove” I decided to keep on quilting, this time on a charity quilt that had been in my “to-do” pile for almost a year!!!

As I quilted along on it, I realized that I felt comfortable going FASTER!!  I normally set my speed to about 50-60% but this time I ramped it up to 80%…..

….and after a few minutes at that speed, moved on up to 100%!!

It was SO much fun!!

I put together a video of some of the quilting that day. You will hear a bit of muttering from me as I stop and contemplate what I am going to quilt next…..

Here are a few up-close photos of the quilting….

There was so much freedom in “letting ‘er rip”.  I hope that you will try it on your machine!! 

And please consider joining “MOVE IT….a free-motion quilting bootcamp”.   Here are the details……

You can sign up HERE.

What a difference the quilting makes!!

I have had so much fun quilting the baby quilt that I showed yesterday It was amazing to be able to quilt it quickly and to use so many of the designs that I have been learning this year, including a few rulers as well!!

The easiest way to show you is with a video, so…..enjoy……

As I was looking at photos to post, I found a before and after and realized just how much difference the quilting makes……

AND, yesterday I received a photo of sweet Emily Ann enjoying her quilt…..

Does it get any sweeter than this????

In the video I mentioned FMQ Boot Camp. If you are interested, check out this video…..

….and sign up HERE

A long time coming….

This week I was able to mark another item off of my task board…..

…and it has been a LONG time coming!!!

I started this quilt back in 2011 after a trip to China. HERE is the original post about that quilt. The post is aptly titled “Congratulations Mrs. Arnold…. it’s a boring quilt”!!

Then, after sitting for 8 years, I decided to make it unboring!! You can read that post here…..

So all that was left was the quilting. Easy right??

If it was so easy, why has it taken me 2 years to get it done? That is a question for the ages!!

Early on in the process, I started with the straight line quilting in the bamboo and was happy with what I had done…..

After a bit of hesitation, I decided to quilt the striped borders simply….

And then I got stuck again!!!

How was I going to quilt the outside border?? I thought and thought about it and actually started quilting a few designs that I didn’t like and picked out.

THEN….I was listening to an Angela Walters video and she made the profound statement…..”If you are not going to SEE the quilting, then don’t spend a lot of time on it”!!

WOW. That was a refreshing thought and you would definitely NOT see the quilting in that outside border!!

So, wavy parallel lines it was….

I even got lazy and used my sit-down long arm to put the facing on!! The only thing that I did differently was that I put my left hand behind the needle and used it to pull the fabric thru……

And boom….just like that it was finished!!

This has definitely been one of those projects that was in my “too-hard” basket and boy does it feel good to have it done!!!

How am I going to quilt this??

While I was on the plane heading to Mozambique…..all 17 hours…… I used some of the time to play with quilting designs using ProCreate on my iPad.

One of the things that I wanted to do was plan possible quilting designs for this top that I made last year…..

My plan was to divide the quilt into sections and use some of the new designs that I have been practicing. As I tried more and more designs, I decided that I needed to start with some straight lines to divide it into sections…..

I added a bunch more straight lines and then started adding the curvy bits……

I am sure that the curved designs will change before it is all over, but I am relatively happy with the placement of the linear designs so I will plan to start with those and then see where things head from there!!

Stay tuned….