Thursday, June 15, 2006
I'm not normally a Debbie Mumm fan. It is just to0 cute for me. But I fell in love with this harvest look with the scarecrows and pumpkins. Maybe it's those yummy fall colors. The focus fabric, with the scarecrows, will be a perfect centerpiece for a Just-Can't-Cut-It quilt. Then the owner, Martha, of the Crazy9Patch Quilt Shop helped me pick out some coordinating fabrics for a 2nd border of half-square triangles. The seed packet fabric will be a big border, 7 or 8 inches. I can't wait to get started. But first, I have to finish my batik fruit cocktail quilt; I've been working on that quilt since April.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Martha asked me to quilt this one for her. She plans to give it to a good friend so I really wanted to do a good job. The fabric reminded me of Mt Fuji in Japan. The blue-green fabric is a print of bamboo leaves.
So I felt like I had to do a bamboo pattern in portrait view. There are 4 long bamboo sections and some Kanji (Japanese) words for Friend, Happiness and Long Life (longevity). I found these Kanji symbols on the internet, then chalked them on the quilt. The bamboo came from a Julie Mullins pattern pack. A very nice collection of leaves, frogs and lily pads. You really can't see the bamboo pattern on the front, it is too busy. But it really pops on the back.
I used Signature Linen on top and creme Bottom Line on the bottom. The tension was perfect. I will be delivering it to the quilt shop tomorrow. I hope she likes it.
Heidi let me practice on her latest quilt. She was brave. I wanted to work on something that would allow me to use the new stitich regulator (Intellistitch).
I drew in the cross blocks and the flowers. I learned these flowers at a Nichole Webb class at the local APQS shop called Quilted Treasure
The diamond wreath of leaves was done free-motion and I just had a blast doing it. I learned those leaves at a Myrna Ficken class back in February but this was my first time putting them in somebody else's quilt. I was thrilled with the result.
Heidi is an excellent quilt piecer. There were lots of 1.5" squares so quilting it sounded like running over railroad tracks. I think I should have done a simpler pattern in the triangles. Heidi wanted me to use Warm and Natural. The quilting made the quilt flat. I think that it would have been nicer with Warm and Bright Poly batting.
My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.
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