2021 Quilting Sewing Summit had free quilting and sewing classes during the first week of February. I took 2 classes – Trapunto and Paper piecing. The Trapunto class was taught by a quilter from Hungry – Agnes Bobak. In this class we made a trapunto shell using a stencil. It was fun to take a class from an instructor outside the US. After the class I used my Inktense pencils to color the shell so it would stand out on the turquoise fabric.
The second class was a modern cactus pillow block using foundation paper piecing. us pattern was called “Succulent” by Melissa Mason (Her website: Quilt All the Things). I liked the modern look of this cactus flower. I quilted the block using my walking foot – straight lines and echo quilting. I decided not to make a pillow so I used a yarn binding instead. The finished block is about 16″ square.
Another Paris UFO came out of the box and finished. I was looking through some older Modern Patchwork magazines and found a pattern that I always wanted to make. The pattern is called “Modern Petals Table Runner” by Nicole Neblett – Winter 2014 issue. I made 4 blocks for this table runner and added a narrow border. I used a blue fabric with names of cities in Europe and a fabric with fun Eiffel Tower motifs and stamps. The pattern has gentle curves which were easy to sew. I used a combination of straight line echo quilting and stippling for the table runner. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
As I was going through one of my UFO boxes, I found a fabric panel of Paris. The fabric panel has a watercolor look. I decided to free motion quilt the panel and make a wall hanging (finished size is about 27″ x 46″).
I quilted the Eiffel Tower first with black thread – stitched a couple of times over the black lines for a sketchy look. Then I quilted the background flowers and added more flowers and leaves to fill up the background. I tried to use thread colors that were a shade darker than the colors in the panel.
I added a pink border and used a wacky flower motif to quilt the border.
It was a fun project to complete. Another UFO out of the box and finished.
This past week was filled with quilting and making quilt bindings. I quilted 2 baby quilts using fabric from my stash. The ocean baby quilt used a block technique on YouTube: 5 ways to use ugly fabric – a free pattern (Just Get It Done) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RePQz1eN5Ko. My ocean fabric wasn’t ugly but I wanted to try this improv piecing technique that I had seen on YouTube. The elephant and flower baby quilt used a tutorial by Karin Hellaby to make a quick square design (sew simple pineapple quilt blocks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeyZITYYysI). The block is made with 2 identical squares – no triangles. Super fast and easy. I quilted and put a binding on the black and red throw quilt for one of my brothers. I used leftover blocks and fabric scraps from previous black and red quilts. Then I quilted 2 Quilt of Valor quilts and put on the bindings. One quilt was made with leftover star blocks and snowball blocks. I did have to make more star blocks to make the quilt big enough. The second quilt was made using a pattern called “Sara” by GE designs. Super easy quilt pattern using 12.5″ squares. I need a break now from quilt bindings. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Have you even taken one of those Indigo dying workshops and then not known what to do with the beautiful piece of dyed fabric? I’m sure I’m not alone here.
Well, the other day I had a lightbulb moments. I pulled out two of my Indigo dyed pieces of fabric, cut them into squares, fused some shirt tailor to the back and then did some walking foot stitching on it.
I used white and navy thread and just stitched some gentle curves.
I already had some frames (that I rotate some of my photography in them), so I pulled out the photos in them and inserted my stitched Indigo pieces in them.
The was a quick and fun project and I love the final result.
I took a 6 hour online class with Mancuso Create DIY last week.
My instructor was from Spain so the class started at 6 pm for her and and 12 noon for me. It was a whole cloth quilting class using fabric markers to add color. I used her tea cup design for half of the quilt and then used a teapot appliqué pattern that I had. (“A Spot of Tea” pattern by Hizzyfitz Designs).
Now I don’t have to do the appliqué teapot pattern since I put the design in the whole cloth design and just colored it.
In the class we quilted around the contour lines of the design at least 3 times with black thread. Then we added the color using fabric markers (The instructor likes to use Tsukineko fabric markers). I had a few Tsukineko markers and some Tulip fabric markers.
Last step was to free motion the background with white thread. I found an interesting fabric in my stash to use for the binding. My finished quilt was 13″ square. What a fun class.
Yesterday I took a 3 hr Zoom workshop on Stitched Paper Collage with David Owen Hastings. The workshop was through Mancuso Show Management that offered a Create DIY an Online Textile Art Festival. The Festival offered classes and lectures on lots of textile art, including fiber art (quilting/sewing).
My class was on Stitched Paper Collage. So I got out my Singer Featherweight (as it can stitch through anything), and a collection of papers to stitch (old photos, junk mail, and magazines).
Here are my three little pieces from the workshop.
The threads were intentionally left hanging for added texture. I really like this effect.
It was a GREAT Class and I do plan to do more stitching on paper. Maybe a large piece to frame and perhaps some greeting cards.
I must say, that I really enjoy Zoom classes, as you can work in your own space and spread out as you like. This class had 15 people in it and we all got plenty of attention from our instructor and got to share our work. It you haven’t Zoom’d, you don’t know what you are missing.
The Cathedral Triangle table topper was the December Sew along with Sweet Pea embroidery designs. This design looks similar to a cathedral windows quilt design. This design comes in 4 sizes and I used the 5x 5 design. The finished table topper was about 20″ which fits on our living room end table. The embroidery design stitched out beautifully but putting the triangle pieces together was a challenge. I used 2 pieces of stabilizer and quilt batting so the seams were thick even after trimming away stabilizer and most of the batting in the seams. I got it done using a 90/14 jeans needle and a walking foot. If I make this design again, I would not used the quilt batting. Without the quilt batting, it would be easier to stitch the seams together. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Four more random projects are finished. I finally made a new cover for our ironing board. The previous cover was too busy and didn’t fit well. So now we have a new cover for the ironing board.
I also made a new computer bag to replace the one that made about 9 years ago. I cut strips and did “quilt as you go” to sew the strips onto the Soft n Stable batting. I also added some straight line quilting to the strips.
New bag has purple handles.
Mary’s computer bag
It was time for a new design and a smaller bag. I also made Mary a new smaller computer bag with some fabric that she really liked. It was a quick project to complete.
The last project was a baby quilt that I made using a panel. My oldest son has friends who were having their first baby so I made them a quilt using a panel from our stash.