Here is a wall hanging which I pieced together, a "Mini Star Quilt" from Edyta Sitar's book, Scrappy Firework Quilts. It has been sitting in the closet waiting to be quilted for a long, long while. I have avoided free-hand machine quilting completely until now, although I have books on the subject, researched tutorials on the internet, and even signed up for Craftsy classes. But it's time; time to stipple, Calico Quilter! I did what all the teachers say to do, "practice, practice, practice." I did that and now I understand why; I get it. In fact, it is almost enjoyable; come on...really, CQ? On the back side of my work, there are threads that need cleaning up, i.e., pull through and out of site. I have read that we each have unique stippling signatures. Is this mine? Like cursive penmanship, I imagine that my stippling "signature" will improve over time and with lots and lots of practice.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
- Ongoing projects to finish within 6 months
- Long-term projects currently in progress
- List of quilts that need making for family members, including the dogs
- 2016 make a quilt from a quilt kit
- Make lap quilts for around the house
- Stashbuster small projects, i.e., potholders, mug rugs, table runners
- Mini quilt wall hangings, for the fun of it
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
|Flat-leaf parsley, white violas, Iceland poppies; these do well|
Thursday, February 4, 2016
It's quilting time for this Calico Quilter. There's a couple of quilt tops that I'm currently working on, but I still take time to do small projects, just for the fun of it. My sis wanted a Mary Engelbreit mug rug (pictured), just like one I made for myself. And then there are potholders, one of my favorite quick turnaround projects; can't have too many potholders in the kitchen drawer. In the foreground is an Amish star quilted potholder which I found on YouTube; so much fun to put together and not terribly difficult to make. With these small projects, I am working my way through my scrap bag. Feels like springtime and I'm a happy quilter.