Monday, April 14, 2014

Cassandra claims her improv quilt

The improv-pieced kitty quilts are being well-used and well-loved over at the Cat Clinic. I stopped in to pick up Lucy's 6-month preventative medicine and Cassandra (the shop kitty) was in her new box on the counter.
Cassandra on the turtle quilt.
Jennifer was quick to point out that Cassandra decided to claim the quilt with the turtles for her new box.
Cassandra's choice!
This kitty is not camera shy! After I took the first picture, she promptly got up, turned around, and took a seated pose. (Or maybe she was guarding her quilt.)
Kitty quilts at the Cat Clinic.
While tidying up my studio the other day, I found another batch of scraps purrrrr-fect for improv pieced kitty quilts. I'd also like to tackle making this kitty house.
Crocheted kitty house.
Crochet instructions are on Eilen Tein's blog.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Embroidery and quilting by hand

As a new quilter, I hand embroidered this penny square. It was from a guild program about Redwork and everyone exchanged a penny for a pre-drawn design on muslin.
Hand embroidered redwork rabbit penny square
Penny square rework design.
This piece is not that big (17.25" x 14.75") but I hand quilted it. Believe it, or not! Look at the cross hatching. There is also a rope braid quilted in the outside border. Aaah, I was so ambitious and nostalgic in those days.
Braided rope border pattern.
Does everyone go through that phase where they want to do traditional hand quilting on all their quilts? Or maybe it was the guild I was in. It had a lot of members who were third-, fourth- and maybe fifth-generation traditional [hand] quilters. I didn't have the patience (nor the history in my genes) to get that good at it, so I'm glad I found free-motion machine quilting and the quilt-it-by-hand phase quickly passed. I am much better with the machine.
Redwork rabbit. Hand quilted. 17-1/4" x 15-3/4"
My current guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, is dedicating this year's programs to handwork. I presented last month's program, "Quilting with Hexagons.The April program is about embroidery on quilts, so this little bunny has come out to play at a guild once again… and just in time for Easter, too.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Applique on a rainy day

Color was blooming at my recent Beginning Appliqué class. There's nothing like being inside working with fabric, thread and stitch when it's cloudy, cool and rainy outside.
Applique flowers by hand and by machine.
Everyone takes a class for different reason. I had a couple brand new quilters who were jumping into whatever quilting technique class was available. They just want to learn, learn, learn.
Veronica Hofman-Ortega's teaching beginning appliqué by hand and machine.
Here I am telling students about composition possibilities
for their appliqué garden quilted piece.
Especially with appliqué—which can be accomplished using so many different methods—some students come to learn a different way of doing a technique. Having a variety of techniques in your quilting toolbox and at your disposal is very handy indeed.
applique students
Students in Beginning Applique class at Pins and Needles Quilt Shop.
Some students want to learn a hand method to complement their machine work. Sometimes we just enjoy the rhythm of hand stitching and the quiet times without the hum of a sewing machine.
Applique by machine.
And one sweet student said she was taking the class because I was the teacher. Oh, you dear, sweet lady, you are so kind! I hope the class and I lived up to your expectations.
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