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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Let's Talk About Marking Quilt Designs!

Let's start a discussion about marking your quilt top to prepare for hand quilting.  How do you choose the design you will use?  What goes through your mind?  What tools do you use to mark your quilts? What do you like?  What don't you like?  Please write your thoughts in the comments section below.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

What is a quilter to do?

By Caron Mosey

If you are a hand quilter, then you know the feeling when you see this quilt in your hoop or frame:
Yes, you are correct; that is an empty hoop.  And, to a hand quilter, it carries a lot of emotion.  Emptiness, desolation, blankness, despair and melancholy.

If you are like me, you need something to stitch on every day; something to ground you and provide relaxation and time for meditation.  But when one quilt project is complete, there is a period of time when you are both elated and yet frightened.  What will you do NOW?  Example:  I finished this Feathered Star quilt a few days after Christmas, 2014.  As I begin 2015, there is nothing in my hoop. 
2014 Carons_Feathered_Star

My options are:
1) Sit on the couch and pout (I am quite skillful at that!)
2) Look for quilt patterns online or in the books on my shelf
3) Toss a piece of fabric on my dining room table and draw a pattern on it for a whole cloth quilt
4) Start a brand new quilt
5) Find a finished quilt top (sometimes called a “flimsy”) in my pile of completed tops and start quilting that one
I opted for number 4, however I had several of the blocks already completed.

This quilt will have three columns of baskets with a solid panel between each column.  In the solid panel there will be lots of appliqued flowers and vines that will spill over onto the baskets.

Here is a closer photo of the blocks.  Yes, they all have different IMG_5567neutral backgrounds!

I began these blocks awhile ago to serve as brief diversions from quilting the Feathered Star quilt.  Don’t you itch to try new things when you’re in the middle of a project that takes ages to complete?  I need 15 basket blocks altogether.  Only 3 more to make!  But now that I have two columns completed and a solid panel sewn between them, I have the PERFECT situation!  If I want to applique, PRESTO!  I can work on the applique!  If I want to piece, I can make a block!  Both options will get me closer to being able to hand quilt again.

Happy New Year!  May you have plenty of hand quilting projects to keep you busy in 2015!