I'm sewing these blocks in 'catch-up' mode as I spent so much time getting ready for my week long workshop with Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran - then had four days with them - and then had so much to get caught up at home that I'm just now sewing. (I've solved things by filing for an extension for taxes to give myself some breathing room!).
The theme for this row is Landscapes and Seascapes....
Block 9: Leah's Landscape Stitch
When I was watching the video I thought this would be an easy design for me to do. (I had a chuckle at the end when Leah advises us to draw our hills like the hills are that we see when we look out our window! The only hill I see is covered densely with houses - if I were to just draw that hill I'd have one lump and would be done!) I did have to draw it out to figure out why she was sort of back stitching before beginning another hill. Laura from QuokkaQuilts (running the QAL) mentioned in her notes that getting the hills even was the part that was tricky for her so I was aware of that. But to be honest the non-example hill that she pointed to on her blog didn't bother me at all. So after drawing it out I threaded the green thread in and checked that the needle was okay by doing a little stitching on my sandwich that I am practicing feathers and other things on. Everything seemed okay.
|Front - Block 9|
|Back - Block 9|
I'm pleased with how this looks, but it was very time intensive for me and since my emphasis is on finishing real quilts now (believe it or not!) I'm not sure when I will use it.
Block 10: Leah's Ocean Current
|Block 10 - Front|
|Block 10 - Back|
My water is sort of stagnant maybe there is a lot of trash up stream that is stopping the swirls.....
So those are my blocks that were being sewn by others in the FMQAYGQAL while I was at the Marston/Moran workshop. I have not uploaded my photos from that great adventure (yet) - and my experiences yesterday and today with doing these designs sort of cloud the great compliments I got from Gwen and Freddy for my FMQing.... but here is one photo that is special to me....
|Marston/Moran admiring my FMQing!|
The teachers were still busy so I went back to work on my parts for the project I was working on for the class - then someone excitedly tapped me on the should and said Gwen and Freddy are looking at your quilt! They like it! So I grabbed my phone and took these photos. By that time someone else in the class had come up to ask for advice so the photos are a little diluted with that - but really they were looking at my FMQing! Gwen especially liked the big leaf pattern - Freddy came to me and said it was exquisitely stitched and she had never seen a student in all her years of giving workshops with such wonderful work. I made sure they knew I was learning from Leah Day's site and that I had won some of the blocks I brought from the BlockLotto.
Gwen thought perhaps they were going to be kept separate - like her little quilts she had shared - didn't really have ideas to help me get the pieces back into a bed sized quilt. Oh well.
Freddy came up to me two additional times and chatted with me - she said that I had found my niche in quilting and should develop that and disregard the color and piecing part unless I wanted to do that....
I have to keep thinking about how great I felt when they were giving me compliments while do the actual FMQing now!
(I'll post the photos from the workshop soon!)
I hope you will join us for the second Liberated Round Robin - starting this month!