Friday, January 27, 2017

On The Frame - Scrappy Trips

I've been quilting my scrappy trips

I am quilting feathers in the rows between the dark squares and spirals with star points in the dark squares.  I am not stressing and ripping out.  This quilt is meant to be used not shown- there is no back tracking in the feathers and some traveling in the ditch.  If I jump out of the ditch and the thread shows, I am ignoring it. I hope to have it finished within a week

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trish Stuart Workshops

Trish Stuart spoke at our guild on Thursday, 1/12/17.  She is funny, with a warm and generous personality.  This is her website:Trish Stuart Designs

She taught two workshops and I attended both.  The first was Freedom in Motion and she supplied a kit for wool applique on linen.

Some in the class made more precise and very pretty renderings.  I made mine much more quickly with a carefree approach.  I really like it.  I know the horizon line is slanted but I will correct that in the squaring up.  I need to add the burlap ribbon and some embroidery and it will be finished.

She also supplied linen and we were able to make a second one without a pattern.  This is what I played with and I obviously have more work on the stitching and design.

The second day of workshops was her Curves Made Easy and there was a kit for this poppy pattern.  It is very striking with many colors and lots of browns and oranges. Excuse the masking tape.  The workshop was held at a vacant store in a mall and the window was the only place to hang her quilts.

Because it was a more complex class we learned the technique but didn't get far in the project.  Trish supplied a kit with fabrics similar to her original but I came home and my project morphed into an ice blue poppy.  I am really enjoying this but I need to pick out a background that goes with the color changes.  I am thinking something like a gray barn wood look but I need to go shopping/auditioning.
Not all of the fabric is sewn, some is glued, and some just pinned.  This is the kind of project that will need to mellow on the design wall for a while.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

En Provence Link Up

I have all clues 6 and 7 done.  I began putting the blocks together but have decided to change some things.  Fortunately the designer, Bonnie Hunter, is always gracious about telling us to make the quilt our own.

First I added more variety in my green yellows.  Next I decided the four patches in the sashing looked too chunky
So I picked a green fabric to use in the sashings but then I decided I didn't like the hourglass units in the sashings.  So below is how I will do the quilt.  Note some of what is pictured is sewn and some is just new pieces added on top of others or the design wall.
It is so much fun to do these mysteries every year. To see others' progress  Click Here

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

School's back, normal routine commencing..

I caught a cold over Christmas break and everything slowed down...housework, sewing etc.  Now I am feeling back to normal and am catching up on everything.

Bonnie Hunter did a New Years reveal of the En Provence Mystery.  I am only half way done with clue 6 and need to do clue 7 components, but I threw it up on the design wall to see how the colors would play together.  I am liking this quilt!
Wouldn't it be nice if photo filters allowed you to remove threads from the design wall?  Well there may be a way but I don't know it.