Flower Power quilt along with Helen Godden – part 3

Block #8

I finally finished the free motion quilting on the last 5 flower blocks. The Flower Power quilt along has been fun.  I have enjoyed learning new free motion quilting designs.

Block #8

It was fun to paint the flowers with Inktense pencils.

Block #9

bonus block

Now I have to figure out how to assemble a wall hanging using the mushroom piece with the flowers on the white background.

Block #9

 

 

 

 

 

I have 10 flower squares now – about 8″ square and the larger mushroom piece – 12″ x 16″.  I also have some batik fabric to add for sashing.  I will have to think about a layout for a while. No inspiration yet.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Mushroom painting from Trish Stuart’s class at Fall Paducah 2019

my practice panel from Trish Stuart’s class

I took a painting class using Inktense pencils with Trish Stuart at Fall Paducah 2019.  Trish supplied pre-printed fabrics with designs to practice shading and painting techniques using Inktense pencils.  It was a fun class.  We practiced shading using complementary colors.  I always liked coloring when I was a kid so I really liked working with the pencils and textile medium to paint the designs.  I didn’t have time to paint the mushroom design in the class but Trish gave us a fabric sample with a grey scale and colored drawing of the mushroom as a guide.  Well my mushroom came out really bright.  I wasn’t sure what to do with the finished design until I started working on Helen Godden’s Flower Power Quilt Along.  The colors in my flowers match the colors in the mushroom.  So I did my free motion quilting of the mushroom to match some of the quilting designs that I used in the flower squares.  I am going to make a wall hanging with the mushroom design and the flower squares that are on the white background.  I still have a few more flowers to finish quilting before I can decide on a design for the wall hanging.  I am happy that I figured out what to do with the “wild” mushroom. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Humming Along panel by Wilmington Prints

I bought the “Humming Along” panel and some coordinating fat quarter fabrics a couple of years ago.  I liked the cactus and hummingbird in the panel.  I found the panel again when I was looking through my UFOs.  I decided to cut down the panel and make a smaller wall quilt to hang in the dining room.  There is a free pattern to use this quilt panel on Wilmington Prints.  I used the pattern ideas for the side blocks of the wall hanging (9 patch block).  Then I added a pieced border with solid fabrics to coordinate with the panel colors.  It was fun to play with different free motion quilting designs to quilt the panel.

placemat front

placemat back

With the leftover fabric I made 2 coordinating placemats for the kitchen island. Another UFO finished for the year.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Flower Power Quilt along with Helen Godden – part 2

Block 4

I am still working through the flowers blocks for this quilt along with Helen Godden.

Block 4

I have been using Inktense pencils and blocks along with a textile medium to paint the flowers on the Kona cotton white fabric and light batik fabric .

Block 5    

Block 5

It is a challenge to paint on the batik fabric but it makes an interesting look when you can see the background fabric through the paint.

Block 6

Block 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am enjoying the painting and the free motion quilting.

Block 7

I like learning new quilting designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Block 7

Precision Piecing class by Philippa Naylor

Several months ago I signed up for an online course for 12 months with Philippa Naylor.  The class is called “Quilters’ Question Time” and each month a new class comes out. I am looking forward to her appliqué classes since I do lots of appliqué.  I had seen a couple of trunk shows by Philippa Naylor when we went to Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in California.  She is a fun teacher with lots of wonderful tips and tricks.  Lesson 2 was called “Precision Piecing”. I made a 12.5″ block with fabric and colors that match my pizza box challenge that I am doing with my quilting bee.   I learned some new tips for rotary cutting, accurate 1/4″ seam allowance, and pressing.  I used poly thread (60 wt) in the top and 80 wt DecoBob thread in the bobbin.  My seams were really flat and the I didn’t lose any of my points. Yeh!

Here are some of the other blocks that I have made for the pizza box challenge.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna