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Viewing entries posted in March 2014
I know if I had an embroidery module on my sewing machine that I'd be wanting to make the most use of it. I know Joanne Winn does with all the wonderful embroideries I've seen from her. So inspiring! The class Joanne has starting this week is beyond the basics, not for the beginner but rather to get more out of your machine. Why not take that extra step and who better to do it with than Joanne, the expert in her field?
I have a favorite handbag that I take with me almost everywhere, and it's great for walking because it's not too big, has a long strap that doesn't slip off, has lots of pockets and is stylist to boot. But there is one big problem with it (and a couple of small problems), my new leather wallet that I was given for Christmas which has rapidly become a favorite too, and my glasses case don't fit in so well. Another purse, is too big for walking, doesn't have a long strap, but fits everything in it. Yet another doesn't have enough pockets so I'm forever searching for whatever in the bottom (a bottomless pit one might say), but I love the style and shape of it - how can one win? I think Lily has solved my issue with her class "Designing Your Perfect Purse". Let's hear what she has to say....
Last week I was looking through some of the classes we have at the Academy and Betty Alofs class "Quilt Your Favorite Photo" caught my eye as I read how she turned her home into a realistic quilt replica. Just look at the photo and her quilt to compare.
This weekend I added the quilting to my challenge piece, but before I did, I needed to add a backing and batting. I figured seeing as I still had the large triangles left over from my instructions for the options, I should go ahead and use those to make up the back so I pieced the two large triangles together pairing up the opposite color sets, thus making two squares. These I pieced together but they were still not quite wide enough to make the backing so I added a couple of extra strips, one on either side.
Did you check in the gallery this week? We have had a number of entries added. March Gallery
Well we all knew by just looking at "Perseus Saving Andromeda" by Marilyn Belford that it is a magnificant quilt. Now the proof is in the pudding so to speak as this quilt not only won "Best Large Quilt" at the Road to California quilt show but more recently, "Best of Show" and "Viewer's Choice" at Mancuso's Quilt Fest in New Jersey. We can see why!
Before you start on this week's rules, be sure to check into the gallery and see what's new: March Gallery
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 :)