Wow, the spring show season has been fun. Unfortunately I only got to one of the shows but had a great time. Next year I am hoping to teach at HMQS! I better get some new classes going.
Swan’s Song made the trip to HMQS this year, boy do I wish I could have tagged along… my quilt came in 2nd in the whole cloth category which is such a thrill.
My newest quilt, Red Velvet, got to go to MQS, again… wish I could go everywhere my quilts do. She received a judges’s choice award. 🙂
I am currently working on a new quilt with some luscious hand dyed fabric from http://chefab.cherrywoodfabrics.com. Definitely getting some more!! Love them. I have decided to try hand appliqué for this particular quilt. One of the main reasons is I was not happy with how the appliqué felt once I had blocked the quilt. It was not really as soft as it should have been. I can only think that the stabilizer that is suppose to become fibrous once wet, did not get as fibrous as I wanted it to. LOL So this time around, no stabilizer, just some hand appliqué. I am enjoying the process so far. However, I am struggling with one shape that has a very sharp inside point. It is maddening. I have tried 3 different ways to do it and I am still not happy. If any of you have any suggestions, I am ALL ears.
Here is the center medallion. It is an adaptation of one of my digital designs.
Here are the fabrics I have chosen… from CheFab , a division of Cherrywood Fabrics.
I just needed to make sure I liked the colors..
Yep, they are good to go. I have gotten them all hand appliquéd now on to the swirl part. This is the piece I am struggling with. I might have to make it in two pieces so I don’t get any fraying in the inner point area. Not wild about that idea but I think after three unsuccessful tries that is how I am leaning.
Wish me luck and if anyone has some inner point advice….. love to hear it.
At MQX, I was able to sell my rulers in my classroom. It was wonderful because I allowed them to create their own set. 5 rulers for $120. So since you all are home now and my rulers weren’t at HMQS or MQS, I thought I would let you create your own sets. 🙂 You will need to write in the notes sections which 5 rulers you want. Please don’t forget that part.
Also for those of you who have purchased the Emerald Isle piecing pattern and digital patterns, the rest of the digital patterns should be available next week sometime. We just need to test them. Stay tuned.
have a great Monday!