I'm doing a blog Stitch Along for March which includes lots of scraps (could be considered a crazy block by some). When I was looking up which classes were starting this week, I realized that the techniques one learns in Joanne Winn's class "Embroidery on Patchwork" would be really cool to incorporate in this sort of work. I can just picture a large quilt, a great way to use up scraps and learn new techniques at the same time.
I make many different flowers for my quilts. In fact, last year I made a flower every week, but they are nothing like the flowers Leslie Lacika makes. You won't find her flowers listed in the plant category either. Instead, Leslie designs them to make them look like flowers without the added detail. This makes them easy to create and looking as beautiful as real flowers can be.
For our stitch along this week, we need to sew lots of scraps together to make a 10" x 10" piece - or there abouts. This is best done at random, without a lot of thought. Better still, with a wine at hand :)
It is great to see other's joining in the stitch along this month. Be sure to take a look in the gallery.
What does "metallic", "heavy" and "twisted" all have in common? Some would say, "Difficult Threads", but not so for Linda Schmidt. With a combination of "drinking straw", "Sewers Aid", "Top stitching needle" and more, she makes stitching with unusal threads exciting and fun rather than frastrating and clumbersome in her class "Filament Fantasy". Today she told me a little bit more about her class...
Do you know about fractals? You might think they came with the computer age, but this is not so, they came long before that! Fractals are a special kind of pattern that are so amazing and different... only a mathematician could really explain their creation, but they are certainly fantastic inspiration for quilt designs. My heart starts beating rapidly with excitement as I imagine making quilts from every fractal I see, each more beautiful and unique than the last. Lily put together a short video to give you an idea of what her class "Fractal Fragments" is all about, but first lets see how she got started.
A new gallery for a new March - our third for the year. Remember if you missed the challenge rules, you can check back here to week 1 rules.
This month's challenge is all about scraps so I decided to use my bright scraps with blacks. I don't have as many blacks but I'm sure it will be enough. I sorted them into piles - what a clutter!
Some time ago, I made a facebook page for the Academy of Quilting and for that page I made a banner showing one class from every teacher listed at the time (we now have some more teachers!). Well today I wanted to add the image on my pinterest board but facebook wouldn't let me - or I was doing something wrong - so I figured I might as well add it here to my blog instead.
March is just around the corner and we have another challenge about to start, but before we get underway, perhaps you want to check February's gallery. I added more pieces sent in this last week.