Friday, February 27, 2015

QuiltCon Workshop with Krista Withers

Some of you know that I LOVE free-motion quilting. I am primarily self/internet taught. I have taken a few classes, but none have been as good as the QuiltCon workshop with Krista Withers. As a matter of fact, her quilting won best machine quilting at QuiltCon.

I love that it is a mix of straight lines in multiple directions and some free-motion swirls mixed in with "ghost" shapes.

 Krista was down to earth and gave us practical strategies to layout out quilting designs.

 She showed how you can make a "path" for fills and complete the rest with various straight line designs.
She also taught us to use mylar or clear plexiglass to "test" are ideas before putting thread to quilt.

Another example of Krista's work at QuiltCon

Still planning new master pieces after seeing sew much inspiration.

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Monday, February 23, 2015


There are no words for the overwhelming feeling I had at seeing the quilts at QuiltCon. Pictures can not come close to showing the beauty that each quilt exhibits in person. I have been to other quilt shows, but none come close to the energy that this show has. WELL DONE MQG!

Here are some random photos from around the show.

These quilts are part of the bias tape challenge. AMAZING!

Quilts from Gee's Bend

Quilts from the 1970's

Quilts from the 1970's
The vendors had a distinctive flare also!
This was at one of the vendor booths

I have many more photos, so I may share so more later. I will go again, probably to Savannah in 2017, because QuiltCon Rocks!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Austin, Texas - Here I come (and not a moment too soon)

I'm going to QuiltCon this week in Austin, TX. I can only be there Friday and Saturday, but it's supposed to be in the 70's both days. It was -9 degrees F this morning on my way to work. Even the local visitor's center is saying UNCLE!

It's supposed to warm up to 9 degrees F on Thursday when I leave. What coat am I supposed to wear?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Thanks to another snow day on Monday, I was able to get a little more quilting done on my Galloping through the Meadows quilt.

 All of the teal flower centers are now quilted - lots and lots of pebbles. I also have all of the white flowers outlined.
The back of the quilt look at the pebbles and outlining
 I have stitched two horses in the navy. I think they will standout a lot more once I quilt more densely around them.

I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and Aurifil 50wt thread. This project is a dream to quilt.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Horse Play

 I had horses and rode in my younger years. Maybe I will ride again someday. Now that I quilt, it has only been a matter of time before I incorporated them into a quilt. This is my "Galloping Through the Meadow Quilt".

I found this large hoop (24" diameter) in my garage. It came with the house. It was just perfect to use it to mark my quilt with this 18" horse. Click here if you want to see my tutorial on this marking technique.

Instead of using white tulle, I used black and a silver Sharpie. Once it's on the tulle, I used a chalk pencil to transfer it on the quilt.
I found this image on line and enlarged it.

I'll be linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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Monday, February 2, 2015


It has "Over Snowed", more than fourteen inches. The best part, I got a snow day! Love working in education.

 Needless to say, this gives me time to quilt. I started FMQing my Meadow Quilt.

Pebbles, lots of little circles.

Today I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

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