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Viewing entries posted in February 2016
I'm always thinking about writing new classes for AOQ (Academy of Quilting), in fact, I'm actually in the midst of writing a couple that I must finish soon! But I was thinking this morning that I really need to get a new mystery class written as my current mystery has been very popular. Not only that but it is very different than the usual mystery quilt class.
It is always fun to finish off a challenge and this one is no exception, and as a bonus, I ended up with a new pillowcase. I'd been thinking about doing this for some time so this challenge helped me complete it. I have to admit, it is so much nicer not having those extra length pillowcases!
An excerpt from Dyeing to Design with Elizabeth Barton about creating texture...
I had to share Barbara's card this week. This is so cool and creative, and the best thing is, she has gone on to make several more. It is amazing what one can do with "used" items or quilts and blocks we have discarded or not finished.
I had a bit of a stumbling block this week. I really was unsure of what I could do to create this pillowcase. I knew for the stitching that I would need some sort of stabilizer to prevent it from puckering, however being a pillowcase, I did not particularly want to use something too stiff. Of course, usually with washing, it does become softer, however I chose to use a thin layer of batting instead.
"Last week we looked at simple construction paper collage techniques for design based on some of the ideas used by the early abstractionists Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taueber-Arp.
Week three for our challenge is to do the stitching. Keep with the Valentine theme and do some creative stitching. A heart can make some very nice designs when stitched or quilted in a continuous line around a seam or border. And if you don't feel comfortable about doing it free-motion, look on your sewing machine, you may have a decorative heart stitch there that can be use. A heart meander is good to play with too. Experiment with it first then add it to your project.
I have to admit that I got off on a bit of a tangent with this challenge. I wasn't sure how to include the hearts with my fabric choices so I started to play around with design ideas. After a lot of playing I came up with several designs and a small cushion to celebrate the birth of my 3rd grandchild, Isabella.
Rules for our February Stitch Along will be pretty straight forward. Remember that "used" or "unfinished" item you have. This week you need to cut it up, but you can cut it up in any fashion you like and put it back together to form the top of your quilt - if you are making a quilt that is. You could always make it into a tote pocket or tray cloth or mug rug even, the choice is yours, as long as you cut that item up in some sort of way.
Would you believe I figured this challenge around a pillowcase? You see, several years ago I bought a set of Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases online but as it happened, the size in the color I ordered wasn't available - unbeknown to me at the time. The shipment arrived for me to find they had sent king-sized sheets and pillowcases. It didn't really bother me cause I thought maybe one day I might size up the bed and I'd have at least one set of sheets to fit. What I found though was the pillowcases were extremely long and I'm not likely to buy extra long pillows.