If you recall, you may remember that I blogged about hanging out at the headquarters of American Patchwork and Quilting. I filmed 10 short videos for their website, and one of them is up! It’s all about swirls….. If for some reason the video doesn’t work, you can watch it on their website. As the videos are released, I will, of course, share them with you!!! On a different topic, I am hitting the road again…..but I won’t be going far. March 28th, I will be heading just a little south to Lee’s Summit MO to give a trunk show/lecture for the Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild. If you live in the area, I hope you will come and hang out with us!! And…..a completely unrelated quilting photo (because you can’t have a blog post without a pretty picture!!) Happy Quilting!!!
The best thing about this industry is the people that I get to meet. I met Carrie, of SUCH Designs, at Quilt Market and instantly fell in love with her awesome personality. When she asked me to quilt some quilts for her, of course I said yes. And I’m glad I did because she sends me some fun quilts! The quilt that I am going to show you today is her Nest quilt. We all know how much I love negative space as well as a fun inspiration, so it’s probably no surprise that I had a lot of fun quilting this quilt!!! When I was quilting the “nest”, I stuck with lots (and lots) of jagged lines to give it a bit of a realistic look. I love the texture that it adds to the quilt, so fun!! I quilted circles in the eggs…. You can’t have a nest without a tree, right??? So on the bottom and the right side of the quilt, I quilted woodgrain. I wanted the nest to look like it was….well, nestled in a branch of a tree. The woodgrain design is such a fun and fast quilting design and I love
The awesome people at Art Gallery Fabrics have been busy putting together a video featuring my fabric line, Textures. I think it’s so fun and imaginative, I can’t wait to share it with you!! But first, let me share some pictures from the shoot! Ahh….a bed on the beach! Can anything be more relaxing!! This quilt was pieced by Kathy using a pattern in my second book! More pillow-y goodness!! Ok, ok, no more pictures! Here’s the video: Check out my flickr group to see more pictures! Also, a big thanks to Jamie Mueller, Debi Walters, and Kathy Limpic for all their help making items for the video!
Sew Red is book that is helping raise money and awareness for heart disease. It also just so happens to have 2 quilts in it that I quilted. The first one that I am going to share with you today is Mark Cesarik’s quilt: When I was thinking about how I would quilt this quilt, I kept thinking I would like to quilt with two different sides. Kind of like a before and after, maybe? I just kept thinking about the reason the quilt was made. I don’t know if it makes sense or not, but I just think that someone who found out that they had heart disease wouldn’t be the same afterwards. It would change their perspective…right? I didn’t have any reason for picking the designs that I did, I just knew that I wanted them to contrast. So on one side, I quilted straight lines with a curvy line thrown in for good measure. (I have to keep it from being too boring!). One the other side I went with circles. A photo of the back shows the quilting in the blocks themselves. I kept the quilting fairly
Ever since I filmed my craftsy class, Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers, I can’t hardly stop quilting feathers!! I tend to go through phases in my quilting, so it’s no shock that I am hung up on them right now! I just finished quilting a quilt in which the owner requested feathers (yay!!). I can’t show you the whole quilt yet, but I wanted to show you a close up of one of the blocks. After everyone’s sweet comments about my sketches last week, I thought I would share more of them! I hope you find them helpful!!! Here is a quick sketch-tutorial on how I quilted the feathers. First, the basic shape. I always draw the shape first before I try filling in my squares. Now let’s learn to use it as a filler: 1. Draw your square (it’s important to learn how to fill in the space completely!) In the example I quilted, I quilted a line 1/4″ around the inside of the block. I love how it “frames” the quilting. 2. Then, draw the stem of your first feather. I like mi