Friday, May 08, 2009
Danielle's Log Cabin
Yes, Danielle, my 18-year old student is now doing following feathers and ruler work. We have done about 5 classes and she wanted to try the feathers on a log cabin in the barn-raising setting. She did a great job piecing it and so it seems only natural that she wanted to finish the job.
When she told me that she wanted to put lines in the log cabin, I was surprised and tried to explain that ruler work of any kind normally requires more experience than she has. And diagonal ruler work can be quite challenging.
She was determined. So we went over the basics, the expanded base setup, how to hold and guide a ruler, and most important the safety concerns with ruler work. You really cannot take your eye off that needle and ruler or accidents happen. It's not just the scary noisy it makes when ruler and needle come into contact, but the ruler can break or chip, the machine may have to be re-timed and worst, if a piece of that acrylic ruler does get chipped, it is like a missile flying through the air. She was not deterred. The girl has no fear.
And here you can see how wonderful her quilt looks with the following feathers and the diagonal secondary pattern done in the darks. Great work, Danielle.
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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