Archive for November, 2006


More IQF 2006

November 29, 2006

Here is another of my favorites from the International Quilt Festival.


Titled Feathers, this quilt was machine pieced and machine quilted by Winifred Masson of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It utilizes trapunto in the quilted feathers.


Winifred commented that this was the most difficult quilt she had ever attempted and several times she thought it had defeated her. Looks to me like she won out in the end!


Inset Gathers

November 27, 2006


This weekend I was playing around with how to inset a piece with gathers. It reminded me of inseting sleeves and it turned out to be fairly easy.


I first drew up the size and shape I wanted the final piece to be.


Then I cut the pattern into thin strips and numbered the strips in order. As I layed the strips out on the fabric to be used I left spaces between the strips. I left about the same width between each strip as the width of the strips so my fabric piece would be twice as long as the finished piece. That way it could be gathered up and sewn into the quilt top.

This is an easy technique that could be used in a lot of different ways on quilts. I look forward to using it some day.


More IQF 2006

November 24, 2006

Here is another quilt that I thought stood out at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. April Sproule of Ventura, California, quilted this whole cloth quilt using linear and organic elements. The title is Hope Grows. It has incredible texture.



WIP Wednesday

November 22, 2006

Yeah! I made some good progress on the Go Away Dark Night quilt this week. Each of the blocks is 1/2 done. On the second half 1/2 is done and 1/3 of the remaining 1/2 is done. So let’s see that means all of the blocks are 10/12ths or 5/6ths done! OK, enough math. Here is the visual:


I like to listen to books on tape while I piece. With this quilt I am listening to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The story is about an old man and his endeavors to catch a fish. It is being read to me by Charlton Heston. What could be better than sitting and piecing a quilt while Charlton Heston sits next to me reading a book?!! 🙂

Have a great Thanksgiving!!



November 21, 2006

Rian has challenged us to display the contents of our purses; “If you’re willing to play the game, let’s see your purses, ladies”.

I’m game, but I’m afraid everyone is going to fall asleep with this one. If you need a nap, read on!


My purse really isn’t even a purse. It is a planner, disguised as a purse.


What sold me on it was the cool little cell phone pocket on the front. Since I don’t have to scrounge around the bottom of a purse I am actually able to answer the phone before it stops ringing.


Inside are the usual things, cards, driver’s license, and the planner and pen.


There is another zippered section in the back that holds checkbook, coin purse and more cards.

Viola! That’s it. No skeletons in my purse!!



November 20, 2006


I’ve been playing around with different techniques that add a third dimesion to quilts. Here is one that I was working on yesterday. I’m calling it crumpling. I don’t know if there is an “official” term for it. I’d like to know if you know of another name for it.


It was very simple to do. I cut out a circle of fabric about twice the size that I wanted the finished circle to be. I gathered the edge of the circle by my favorite method which is by zig-zagging over a thread which can then be pulled to gather.


I gathered the edge in until it was the size I wanted it to be and sewed it in place on my foundation fabric. This left a puffy dome in the middle.


I crumpled the dome down in the middle and hand tacked it in place. Then I went around the circle, pushing an area down and tacking in place and then on to another area and tacking it down in place. I was able to rearrange the valleys and hills as I wanted before tacking them.


As you can see from this photo, I should have turned under, or finished in some way the edges of the circle before I sewed it in place. But it worked OK for this experiment.

I imagine that this would work for other shapes as well; squares, triangles or even organic shapes. It adds some dimension to the fabric along with shadows, highlights and interesting texture.


Climbing the Walls

November 17, 2006

My kids have taken up a new sport;


Rock wall climbing.


They say that the climbing is hard work.


And their favorite part is the ride back down!


WIP Wednesday

November 15, 2006

It’s Wednesday again, already?



On the quilting table I have a double size quilt that the ladies of my quilt guild pieced for Habitat for Humanity. It will be presented to a family in the area along with their new house. It is a nine patch scrap. I am quilting it with a pantograph called Ribbons and Roses by Jodi Beamish. It should be done in a day or two. 😉

I also made some progress on the Go Away Dark Night quilt. The good news is all of the blocks are half done now. The bad news is I thought I had the needed 24 blocks but I found that I only have 20 blocks. So I need to go back and make 4 more half blocks and then on to the second half of the blocks!


Another Favorite

November 13, 2006


Here is another of my favorites at IQF. Ellen Reaney’s Button Baskets was made by Judi Robertson, St. Francisville Louisiana in honor of a neighbor and her sewing abilities.


Fran, I thought of you when I saw this.


Longarm Classes

November 10, 2006

While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I took 3 classes on longarm quilting. They were all good classes with interesting teachers and eager students. The classes had approximately 36 students each and there were 12 longarm machines set up around the room for demos and practicing. We each ended up with about 30 minutes apiece on a machine. It would have been nice had we gotten more time for practicing.

The first class that I took was with Nancy Goldsworthy. This class was mainly about stencils and how to transfer designs to a quilt for quilting. She also discussed methods of enlarging or reducing stencils to fit an area and how to use the laser light at the front of a longarm machine.

The second class that I took was with Linda Taylor and was called Fancy Feather Frenzy. Linda is a very quiet, softspoken woman but she runs a class with an iron fist. She did a terrific job of planning out the class with an doable amount of practicing for the students. We learned how to stitch 10 different forms of feathers. Here are some photos of her demo pieces.


My last class was with Sue Patten. Sue, with her bubbly character, has developed a lot of interesting designs that she freehands to fill in areas of a quilt.