A quilt finish!

Finally, I finished a quilt!  It’s been slow going this week, and this quilt had a lot of SID.  Most of the time now, when I SID, I am doing it freehand without a ruler, so it is very slow going and I need to have steady hands.  But it seems to be how I get my best results, and one of the ways I get behind schedule, but willingly for the results.  As usual, custom quilting is a combination of digitized and freehand quilting, whichever is best suited for the parts of the quilt.

First the border:

This was a really cool border print that my customer took the time and care to center on the design.  A pleasure to have the ends line up with the design on all 4 sides!

Next up the blocks, or sashings, or ????  This pattern has caught my eye, it’s a lot of negative space with a twined sashing square, so we quilted it with motifs in the negative space and vines that cross over and under in the sashings:

Per the customers request I have not done heavy backfill.  The designs could support it, but my customer wants to be able to use this on her bed and not have it stiff so we left the quilting looser.

Next up, a small pantograph or two and then next week it’s back to more custom quilting!

Landscape Series and Thread Painting Classes

I’ll be teaching a series of Landscape classes at the local quilt shop starting this summer.

Last fall and this winter, I taught “Overlook” in several classes.

Overlook was based originally on a photo I had taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway to which I added a lake into the scene. This class had a lot of thread work, and a lot of design principles in it, all based on free-form drawing what you perceive to be in the original photo.

The next class will be a 4 season series. Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. We’ll start with a summer scene taken out of my sketchbook and explore basic fusible applique, color depth and thread work.

Students will be working with a pattern for this class, which I will supply at the beginning of class. In the following classes we’ll be further exploring depth, perspective, applique, and other techniques. Each seasonal piece can be completed on it’s own, or for those who take all 4 classes, I’ll supply a layout for putting all 4 scenes into one quilt!

Another class I will be teaching is a class on thread painting.  Thread painting (sometimes called free motion embroidery) is a very fun technique that allows you to fully play with color placement and also helps get the feel of moving the fabric under the needle in free-motion. In this class we do not use variegated thread, we use solid color embroidery threads and choose where we want out highlights and shadows.  For the class I worked from a photograph I had taken 2 summers ago of a lily in my garden and a copy of the hand-drawn pattern for that lily will be supplied to the students.

More classes will follow in upcoming posts.  If you’re looking for date and time details, go to the Quilters Loft Company blog and look through the class schedule.  Who knows what you might find there!