Friday, August 28, 2009
This guild is 300 members strong. Visit them at their website http://www.seasidepiecemakers.com/ to learn all about their many charity and other activities.
They have a quilt show next year on March 12 & 13...and don't miss their fabulous opportunity quilt!
The day started with "Taming the Scrap Basket", and I am happy to say nobody passed out when I revealed the quilt top I have to keep hidden in a bag during the lecture. Not all scrap quilts are pretty!
After lunch, we started into the Mystery Quilt I designed with a seaside theme and named "Shining Sea".
Here it is at home on my design wall...a block for the sky, a block for the sea and another for the beach. The sun is paper-pieced with strips.
This is the most unusual quilt I have ever designed for a Mystery Quilt class, because it has TWO SIDES!
Here is the other side....
These are planned to be opposite sides of the quilt and with careful basting are quilted together (these photos are the unquilted tops, though).
Originally this was designed as a huge quilt with the Sun on one end and the Moon on the other, then dropped down to a baby quilt size, then ended up 2-sided. WHEW!
The class included very brave quilters from beginners to experienced, and they worked hard to make the blocks without having any idea at all what they were making!
In the end, all came out fine, and I am looking forward to seeing some completed quilts.
I especially liked all the ideas they had for making their own creative choices...one will be made a bit smaller and done as two separate pieces, others were planning some wonderful applique additions.
This one definitely wants to be a pattern, which will also have the large one-side quilt design directions.
I should have had more pictures, but instead of being in my purse, the camera was riding around in my husband's car! It was hiding in the glove compartment, where I had to stash it before going into the Crosby, Stills & Nash concert last week.
Darn...no concert pics and no class pics, either!
I suppose this is why there are cameras in cell phones. Except mine.
But don't worry....the camera is back by my side, and ready to take you through the Big Quilt Show (QuiltFest) again this year. Things will be starting up on Sept. 12 with Take-In Day. If I'm careful, I may be able to take some photos at judging, and of course you'll get to see set up, the show & take down!
Meanwhile....I still have two quilts to finish!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
What could be more embarassing than to celebrate my heritage by using the wrong name, especially when I do know the difference!
Here's my bibliography, so you can enjoy these wonderful resources, too:
Jenkins and Calridge (2005) Making Welsh Quilt: the Textile Tradition That Inspired the Amish? KP Books, Iola, WI. Nice color pictures, history, plenty of good examples with diagrams.
Rae, Janet (1987) The Quilts of the British Isles Bellow Publishing Co. Ltd., London. Don't skip the old books, they are real treasures! This one has good photos and also gives a wider history and difference among the styles.
Horton, Marjorie (1999) Welsh Quilting Patter & Design Book Self-published by Marjorie Horton, Rainier, WA. This is the best, but you'll have to search for it. Mine is bound with a plastic comb. It has wonderful digrams and shows how to draft out the whole-cloth designs that are the true Welsh quilts.
I am just free-handing sketching and stitching motifs. The eventual goal is to make a very traditional Welsh quilt someday.Here's the "Welsh pear" or paisley as we often know it. You can see the remnants of the chalk out line I drew. Many of the these designs are shapes that are outlined with a double line (heart, leaf, pear), then filled with smaller traditional shapes.
This is all the marking I'll do. The leaves only have a vein marked so I'd get the spacing.
I don't know how this will be filled in until I start doing it.
I did start right after this photo, but ran out of thread!
I ran out because I was going back to do a lot of filler meandering in the borders: It's Cherry-Cherry's fault, for saying an un-quilted border on someone else's quilt was "Sunnie style".
It's good to have friends to blame things on. I am sure CC has plenty to blame on me!
At any rate, this quilt will be done soon, and then it's on the The Black T-Shirt Quilt!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It is entered in the huge "local"quilt show, so it has to be done by Sept. 12 Turn-In Day. And do stay tuned for more of my blatant insanity, as I have another unfinished entry, too!
I wanted Celtic designs (at this point I cannot account for my thought process, other than I have always wanted to do this) but how to get them onto that black fabric?
So my Big Idea was the draw the designs freehand on some special paper:
Cherry-Cherry gave me this Golden Paper, one of her favorites.
And as a helpful resource, I have some books:
And to hold the paper down without a lot of pins tearing at the paper as it is quilted, I thought of basting spray!
Large open areas are no trouble at all, but that little double line (a very important part of Celtic designs) would be tricky to get the paper out of.
I realized if I just used the paper for the main design areas, they would be broken into smaller sections.
The main thing to remember is that you are following a line...sort of...but that line no longer exists once the paper is gone (or blue line is washed out, or chalk rubbed off, etc.). Your stitching becomes the line, and it cannot be compared to how "on or off" it is!
There are several leaf shapes in there somewhere!
So that worked out pretty well, until I got tired of scraping off all the little paper bits.
TIP: Scratch with your fingernail going the same direction as the sewing line...it won't pull against the stitches and stretch them. (OK, I know you will really pick at them any direction possible, because I did , too! But they might wash out as well.)
Now let's add insult to injury and discuss my bad choice of quilting thread.
I have a lovely salmony pink that matches the back...what was I thinking? Of course it shows up on the BLACK top!
And how many times have I said I will sacrifice the back to make the top look good? Hmmmmm????? The chickens are coming home to roost!
I am sparing you a picture, because A) it's really not that bad unless you are up close, and B) I can't take a picture that close.
I am using a very thin black thread and liking how that looks on the black fabric.
Those who know me have been asking this question: How long did you stick with your drawing & quilting on paper?
You know me so well.
It's true, after 3 paper triangles it was too much work, and I have now resorted to blocking out areas with a chalk marker!
The less you need to mark, the more freedom you have
It's easier to do the fill-in patterns free-hand after you've followed several sketched out ones. This will be a flower, the Welsh Rose, with it's big decorative leaves.
Check in soon for Part II, when I have the last of the side triangles done!
There's quite a bit more quilting to do on this, but as long as I have the black thread loaded, I'll launch into The Black T-Shirt Quilt!
With a Very Big Thank You to Cherry-Cherry & Rita who helped me baste TBTSQ this afternoon...a nasty story that will wait for another day! (Hint: "vintage" polyester "black" batting!).
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I am such a big spender!
Speaking of washing, this home dec stuff always suggests dry cleaning, because an upholstered piece usually ends up with trims of unknown content.
The longest part of the fabric goes around the sides. I grabbed the nearest tote in my studio and measured it quickly for some general guidance. It was 15" tall , so I whacked my green fabric at 23" (plenty to make the bottom and a nice sturdy top hem) and then knew I would use the rest for the handles, whatever that turned out to be.
For the tropical bag, I just went with the size of the remnant. The home dec fabrics are wide, so they make a nice size bag no matter what. The tropical print was directional, and I did take that into account.
Make the handles first! Then you have them ready to insert into the hem around the top.
I like to do a French seam because it's neat & sturdy, and, of course, has a name that makes it sound really good.
The hard part is remembering it goes backwards...first you sew the seam RS out:
Nobody is really going to notice. Not the sewing. But they will notice how pretty the bags are...I always get compliments when I'm at the grocery!
Oh, yes...if you happen to forget, and sew the first seam in RS together as you normally would, then just go ahead and complete the French seam on the outside. If anyone sees it, they'll just assume it's a design element!
Measure it to be as wide side-to-side as you want the bottom & sides to be (they have to be the same!).
Here they are:
OOOOO, that tropical fabric just does all the work! How I wish I had found more. That's 2 sides of the one bag.
If you want to use some quilting fabric, make a lining with some old fabric so you can feel really thrifty and the bag will be sturdy enough.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
They claim to be the biggest shop in Florida...and they may be right!
This shop truly has something for everyone, and it's well organized so you can figure out where to go. I didn't get pitures of all the rooms. There's also a section for children, bolts of wool felt in the alcove by the restroom, and if you keep wandering around you will eventually find the giant warehouse section filled with holiday fabrics and a wall of sale bolts ($4/yd!).
Yes, there's even a place for the delicate & dainty...buttons, special threads and trims of all sorts.
WHAT I BOUGHT:
I was looking for some beachy stuff..the blue turned out to actually have a wood grain between the stripes (company unknown). The footprints are cute (Makower) and have been around for awhile in several versions.
I love black & whites. These really don't have enough background showing to fit my guideline that the fabric should read either black OR white...but those buttons are too cute! Especially as reverse-value prints. (company unknown)
If only my camera would do this real justice...it's a riot of color! Thanks to Free Spirit for printing this fun stuff...I got several yards.
Yep, I have enough fabric now to make curtains for 10 kitchens, so I'll have to decide soon!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Besides loads of gorgeous fabric, there is the Suwanee Rose Cafe to have lunch (desserts to die for!), friendly staff, and all sorts of notions.
The cafe is located first, so already you're thinking about a nice pause for lunch....
which they will combine with the bill for your other purchases, if you like.
Next to fabric, we all need books! There's a whole room devoted to them...and a place to sit for awhile (or park someone else...?)
Another important room that many quilters need to see as soon as they arrive is the ladies room. No mistaking where it is here!
Just a peek inside...old fashion comfort, with very amusing art on the wall. The main theme seems to be dogs and why they are superior to a large part of the human race!
Time to start taking in all the delights of this place. It's a spacious and well organized shop, even though it covers a lot of square footage.
One of the shop's best attractions is this handsome parrot, Sonny. He can do some very talented vocal work, when he wants. His spacious cage is in an area right by the fabric and some comfortable seating, making another great "parking area" for those who are weary or not so interested in the latest oriental prints & batiks.
One of two large cutting tables...oh, yeah, I could work at this shop!
I must have some Black and Whites! What a fine selection. And I highly reccomend the black-on-black prints when you find them. Deep and textural, they have nothing in common with the "white-on-white" fabrics. The B-o-Bs don't have that painted on, gum up the needle effect.
Hands off my stash!
This is really a group pile, but you know how it is...friends can have as much as they want, after your order has been cut!
Down a hallway from the cafe, impossible to resist...it's the Fabric Sale Room!
And yes, I did find something in there I had to have.
WHAT I BOUGHT:A good candidate for the coffee curtains project, this is from Windham's Baltimore Album line.
This Fairy Frost is actually pale green. The cherries are a Wilmington Prints piece.
OOOOOOO...blue batiks! The center one has loads of tiny turquoise dots. I am writing this only a week later and I have used up the dots already!