My life would simply feel incomplete without special moments found in the presence of my quilting crush, Cherrywood Fabric. Over the past couple of days not only was I fulfilling my passion of “quilting” but I also laid hands on the love of my life – CHERRYWOOD! Yes, Cherrywood Fabric ranks up there as my first love, but I also have a second love. I mean, god forbid there’s no Cherrywood in my life I need to have options! So next in line would undoubtedly have to be feathers. Oh, how I gush when I am quilting feathers into a design. Now, just imagine my reaction when I am presented with a project that utilized Cherrywood Fabric ANDFeathers!! Yes, I was beyond thrilled and I owe all my happiness to Linda McQuaid, who is a member of the Cherrywood team. The planets aligned perfectly for me because she requested that I complete her very first quilt. Of course I gave her a big “Hell Yes!” I was in dream land during this quilting process and although I didn’t want to wake up reality called, but I’m thrilled to report that the finished product will be displayed proudly in team Cherrywood’s booth. I highly recommend having those credit cards handy for the kit!
It felt like ions since I have completed a quilt for a customer, I was so excited to have the chance to not only produced a client quilt but this piece allowed me to cover issues that students inquire about during my Divide and Design Class.
First up: What do you do if the quilt is not a square?
Second question: What do you do if there really isn’t a central focal point?
In response to the first question if your quilt isn’t a square, relax, no big deal. Breathe easy and treat the quilt as if it were a square. You will simply begin in the center and divide your quilt. Easy right?!
Pertaining to the second question, if there is no true focal point just create one. Looking at the picture above you can see there is a pieced block in the center, and it is the identical to the other pieced blocked on the fabric. Our goal is to produce a design around that.
I implemented some straight line quilting to define a few areas; and then filled them.
Final question: What if I don’t want to quilt my piece to death?
I understand, sometimes less is more. I didn’t want to quilt this fabric too heavily, which was really unlike me. I had to determine what I was going to apply on the outside of the quilt. This was the real challenge on this quilt. So I used my tracing paper to figure it all out. In order to steer clear of quilting too much I chose to make a large-scale grid work (thank you Barb Persing) by using the piecing as my guide.
And there you have it; a little adventure that had me living the dream of working with my two loves; Cherrywood and feathers! Thank you Linda for allowing me to be a part of your quilting journey, and bringing the best of both worlds to my quilting days.
No people I am not speaking of “stash” as in the green three-leaf clover that is not legal in the state of Pennsylvania. I am referring to a large stash of “fabric”. I am curious to hear if my peers have a large fabric stash. I often meander into a fabric shop and encounter an abounding amount of fabrics that I am drawn to, but refrain from purchasing. Of course my refusal to buy in quantity has me later kicking myself when it becomes evident that one of those “passed over” materials would have been the soul mate for a specific project. To make matters even worse when I take the time to venture back to the shop and invest in the cloth, it quickly becomes apparent that it has been confiscated by a wiser customer. I find myself slowly exiting the store feeling totally deflated. I believe I suffer from FCS (fabric commitment syndrome). Standing amidst all those beautiful patterns, and colors, gives me cold feet. I can’t seem to allow myself to be devoted to more than one piece of material. I suppose my relationship with fabric has me being a monogamous quilter.
I only browse for fabric when I have an upcoming project and it’s time to redeem the precise cloth for the design that is whirling around in my mind. Since I don’t accumulate fabric, I have but a very small stash to draw upon. This lack of resources often leads to a little bit of design challenges. Obstacles aren’t necessarily a bad thing but not possessing the quantity of fabric required for a design most definitely is!
When Hula Hibiscus was being constructed, thanks to Ronda K Scott, the challenge presented was to produce this piece from our “stash” alone. WHAT??? I about fell on the floor. I don’t even know if you can consider my collection a “stash” as it’s so pitiful!
No I wasn’t lying, it is very small, tiny, minuscule. So lets turn this topic away from me and out to the public. Do you have a large stash, or are you like me and need to find the closest FCS program?
So I have taken some time to get back to my quilting. It feels like its been ages. I’d have to look but I think I finished piecing this 2 years ago. I ‘m sure Facebook will remind me at some point . LOL I remember piecing this center…. it just about killed me trying to make the corners work…
So it is loaded on my machine and this is where I’m at…
doing some grid based quilting…. ala Gina Perkes…. also using my ProPebble ruler 1-2 to make the arcs…
Here is a great picture of the texture it adds.
Getting ready to add some dividing lines in the pink area. I then used the wonderful basting stitch on my BERNINA longarm to baste until I’m ready for the design work.
Now I did some remarking on the scroll work before I loaded it… I used my Fine Line Blue washout pen. Now, many of you have heard that I struggle with following a line so I used this as my practice…. LOL I concentrated on looking where I wanted to go and now where my needle was. It worked fairly well… I was pleased. Please don’t point out my wobbles… I know they are there and I am NOT taking them out. LOL
Last Christmas, I was working on a tuffet. I wanted it to be red and white like a candy cane… ok, it looks more like a peppermint. I learned a lot. Sharyn Cole’s iquilt class helped tremendously. I recommend ordering her kit and then order the class.
Here is where we left off on Tuesday… its worth repeating… if you don’t like your dividing lines (the scrolls on this design that are dividing up the areas) you won’t like your end product!!
You all know that I love feathers so that is what I decided to go with…. however, this design would look good if you skipped over the design work and just did fills…
I added some feather and some little pebbles along the scrolls.
I then decided ribbon candy would look good in the 1/4 circle. What do you think? it will make the unquilted areas there pop. I added some more feathers on the top scrolls as well. I love straight lines next to feathers so that is the fill I did around the outside but since I didn’t want to be precise when I got to the feathers…. I stippled next to the feathers. ( I do the straight lines first then go back and stipple over them.) I put also used some pebbles and a curvy fill.
I like to use a couple of different fills as it lends some more interest to the quilt.
What do you think? Do you have a New York Beauty you would like to share? We would all love to see it. Send it to Lisahcalle@me.com
I positioned the mirror in different corners. I love all of them… which is your favorite?
Jean Greco sent me the next two pictures. Thank you! I think we all learn best from each other when we share..
This post is a little late. But better late then never. 🙂
New York Beauty…. I think I am going to be making one of these now.
I thought for this one, I would go a little more in depth of my thought process so bear with me…
I wanted to start by dividing this block but I didn’t want to just go with curves or straight lines. I love how scrolls can look especially when they intertwine and go behind things… The first thing I started with was the middle diamond. I was unsure of how this beauty was set with the other blocks so thought this was a safe way to go regardless of how they were set.
I then drew one wavy line on each side going “under the piecing”. I know, it’s another start and stop or traveling in the ditch to make it work but I think its worth it. I then echoed back. I’m normally not worried about making both sides match perfectly. (life is too short for that) I then added the two scrolls coming from the middle of the diamond.
When I divide up a quilt, I need to LOVE the it. So much so that if that were the only thing I was going to quilt, I’d be happy with it.
The center or bottom right area, I divided up with come curves. Looks like a fan. I would also stitch in the ditch everything.
Stay tuned for what happens next……
What will you create?
PS: I would love to see your New York Beauty’s ….. send them to Lisahcalle@me.com
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I have skipped over the Hunter’s Star since the Lemoyne star was so much like it. I am going to slow down on these posts as I want to actually have some time to quilt my next competition piece. So I will be posting progress pictures of that. I am hoping you all will give me some motivation to finish it… or at least get a move on it. LOL So I will post blocks pictures on Monday and Friday and see how that goes. I’d love it if you all participated. Any takers? If you send me Friendship star pics I can post them on Friday. I know short notice so, no pressure.
Here we ago…
Step 1 : Divide up your block. This is the first thing I would stitch… along with all of my stitch in the ditch work. As you probably have noticed I use a lot of ProEchoes in all different sizes because its nice to have a lot of different curves to chose from. Remember they are on sale right now…. just saying…
Step 2: Add some design work… no surprise what I chose.
Step 3: decided to add a chain of pebbles… this is where the ProPebble 1/4 comes in handy.
Step 4: I’ve added some extra curves in to frame the pebbles and straight-line stitching with the ProLine 16. Then I added some sand stipple right next to the feathers which help them pop. I also added some partial circles (using the Propebble 3/4 in the corner… once they are next to the other blocks they will form a circle.
Step 5: finished up with some more straight line fill on the outside of the feather echo and then some more sand stipple in the corners. Some crosshatching in the center ( 1/2″) and some circles in the triangles.
Here’s a peak of what a couple of blocks would look like together.
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This block was fun to do and I know want to make one….
Step 1: Divide up the block… this is one of the reasons I like to have so many ProEcho’s and ProCircles to choose from!
Step 2: Since it is storm at sea… I thought I would use some ferns vs feathers. If I were doing it again… I’d choose feathers. I also used the ProPebbles to add some little circles.
Step 3: Added some straight line echoing to the dark pieces as well as some crosshatching and straight line fill.
Step 4: Some more crosshatching….
Step 5: I used the sand stipple and an 1/8″ straight line fill.. Again, I think I’d use feathers if I were going to stitch this out.
As for stitching this out, I would stitch out step 1 first… it would look really cool to use an Aurifil 12 wt thread! Those lines would really stick out. 🙂 I would then stitch out the ferns, move to the crosshatch and straight lines and finish with the sand stipple. The reason I would stitch it all out at the same time as I want to maintain even quilting throughout so as to not distort the blocks/quilt.
So sorry this is late… between last week at BERNINA University and this week teaching at Quilt Odyssey, I got a little behind. I am hoping to catch up and get ahead this weekend.
It was requested that I tell you how I would stitch these out so I will start doing that as well.
Step 1: This was how I divided up this block to begin with… if I were working on customer quilts, I would stitch out the final design and not stitch out based on the steps that I show you. When I am working on my own quilts which are mainly competition pieces, I stitch out in the steps. So I know everything is going to work.
Step 2: Add some feathers…. you can do ferns as well or feather variations and it would look great.
Step 3: I wanted to keep this one fairly simple so I added some more continuous curves.
If I were stitching this all out,the small circle in the center would come first. Then I would do all of the continuous curves as well as the stitch in the ditch. Then would come the scrolls and feathers.
Hope you like this one… its a cuddable!
Next up is the Storm at Sea!
What will you create?
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