Monday, February 28, 2011

Quilting Lessons Learned

I haven't been able to do much sewing lately (which makes me very sad) so I'm going to share something that I finished a few months ago. 

Several people in my new favorite quilt guild (Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild) have been asking and commenting about the quilting on my projects.  I will be the first to admit that the quilting process use to intimidate me more that anything.  I've found that the only way around that intimidation is just to jump right in and practice, practice, practice.....and take a class from Julie Lambert.  Julie makes the most FANTASTIC quilts and while that aren't really my own style of quilting (very traditional) I really feel like you can learn so much from her just on technique.  I took her workshop called Shadow Trapunto and finished these 2 little beauties...

There is a huge amount of stitching but they actually went pretty quickly to complete.

This quilt is made in layers with the top being a yellow batiste fabric with a bright orange fleece behind that was used for the trapunto and then batting and backing as usual.  Here's a closer look at the stitching...

The other little guy was just a sample that she put together for the class.  This one was a bright yellow fabric behind a layer of white batiste.

So my lesson learned is to keep taking classes from the most talented people.  Even if the finished projects aren't exactly your style you will still walk away with a wealth of information about techniques that you can carry over into your own projects.

Friday, February 11, 2011

UFO...Finally Finished

This little beauty has been hanging out in my closest in a stack of unfinished projects for a long time now.  I can't even remember where the pattern was from or if I even used one.  I do, however, remember that the fabric was the first jelly roll I ever purchased.  It came from a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago which means it has to be a purchase from at least 7 or 8 years ago.

I finally freed it from it's lifetime of quilt top banishment in the infamous UFO pile.  I used it to practice the new skills I learned on a Gammill long arm machine.  It's a dirty trick learning to use such a fantastic machine before discovering the price tag on that baby.  It did a great job though and I'll just consider myself lucky to have a place locally that I can rent time on such a great machine. 

I love the finished quilt.  And any finished quilt is better than one in the UFO pile any day!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Hollydays!!

Ok, so we're a little past the holidays but I wanted to share a quilt that I whipped up just before Christmas.  Luckily we've had some great snow lately and I was able to get these frosty snowmen out in the cold where they belong.

The pattern for the quilt was inspired some one I saw on Moda Bake Shop

The happy little snowmen are applique designs from Bunnycup Embroidery.  I used cotton batting for their faces and it think it turned out perfect.  It adds a nice texture and makes it stand out from the fabrics used for their hats.

And call me crazy but I just love that it says "Happy Hollydays".  It just makes me smile. 

And what snowman quilt wouldn't love being photographed outside in the snow!!