Friday, May 31, 2013

Leah Day's Craftsy Class

I've had my nose to the FMQ foot!  I learned a lot of new designs and tips from  Leah Day's Class: Free Motion Fillers Volume 2 .  She's a wonderful teacher.  I don't quite have her fine honed skills!  I practiced a lot. I cursed a bit.  I ripped out a little.  And I sewed my heart out.  This was not a difficult project until the very end.  Putting the sides onto the main panels was a bit of a struggle, but I managed to pull it off with a minimum of pain!  I do have a hard time with patterns and directions, but hers were pretty clear.  Here 's the final product:

On the front of the tote I used "Stitch, Dot, Turn" on the outer panels; next to that on the
tan fabric is a version of Leah's "Topographical Map," but it was late and I was about to fall
 asleep at the wheel and I forgot to put the bulbous shape in, so it's not as interesting as it
should be. Moving inward, on the yellow fabric, I did a "Super Circuit Board" pattern;
and in the center piece of black fabric, I chose to do 4 sections of her "Spiral Tree."

Strap, that's double sharp stipple.

Detail of FMQ

  There is another side to this but the pics were blurry and this is the best side anyway!



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Finished One Quilt For Boston

It finally stopped raining enough to take this quilt out and grab a picture!  I took blocks made by 25 members of the Modern Quilt Guild and pieced them together, quilted and bound them up!

Front, each block unique!




This was a rewarding exercise in free motion quilting.  I did each one differently so it's really a FMQ sampler.  A few were from Leah Day's 365 Designs Project but most were of my own design.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


So many WIPs, but finally I finished another small art quilt that I've been working on.  It started as a gel print on muslin and went on to a number of manifestations.  It's first manifestation was this:


After some more free motion quilting and going at it with some fabric pastels, the journey finally ended here:

In two different lighting situations.

Do you prefer the before or the after?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Soy Wax Batiks

It is a glorious day out there today in New England!  They don't get much better than this!  A great day to hang my freshly batiked fabric out on the line in the sun!  It's my first batch of the season.  As usual I used soy wax and 2 different Pro Chem MX blues.  One, a cerulean blue and the other, an alpine blue, although they are very similar. Some will be overdyed soon, some may be painted over...who knows!

Friday, May 3, 2013

To Boston With Love

There is yet another quilting event taking place to benefit Bostonians:

To Boston With Love, a collaboration of quilter's guilds making flags to exhibit in Boston somewhere soon to honor and uplift Bostonians.

 Some of the flags can be viewed at the To Boston With Love flickr group.

Front of mine.

Back of mine.