This past week was really nice and full of quilting inspiration and action!
Thursday was the first of 6 weeks of classes on hand stitching: In the Studio with Lauren. This time we worked on reverse appliqué, the technique that is used in molas.
Here is my 'half hearted' practice piece... Back and then front just so you can see the half heart. The actual homework was to do a spiral shape but this was pretty difficult so I changed it just try the technique out. It was easier and harder to do that I expected. I'm hoping to connect more with the other techniques to be covered in the classes. But also think I should complete the heart design someday too. Perhaps adding more detail or putting different colored fabric to show thru too would be fun.
I sandwiched and finished quilting the little quilt I made from the blocks in the previous class. She called the class, Log Cabins and Power Bars.
I had to piece together some batting left over from an older project. Did that just by hand basting the pieces together.
When it comes time for me to do a larger quilt, I will get things in place and then have my helper watch part of this video! http://www.aqsblog.com/how-to-spray-baste-a-quilt or https://youtu.be/dBFAiwmPQBc
Eel Grass and Eddies (Long Layered Curves) with Variations by Marge Tucker
It was a fun class - I was able to get a good grasp of the technique and got several blocks made. I used fabric I had left over from the quilt shop run that my DH and I did the day before our son asked us to stay at home (because of the pandemic). I used most of the fabric for masks, but still had three FQs to use in the class - added some white from my stash.
So for two FQ with color, and two of white I ended up with these.... First I had these longer strips, then I cut them into 6.75 inch blocks. I didn't think I'd be able to get three colored strips in my blocks so I cut the background wider, and ended up with four strips in two of them.
I'm pretty pleased with these, even though the new mothers I know do not want pink quilts for their little girls... I have started to make two more longer strips for more blocks.
I am going to make some more blocks with different fabrics (as I do not have more of the quilt shop run fabrics), so the quilt will be a little larger.... and more useful to someone...
The Marge Tucker Lecture on Improv and Abstractions in Antique Quilts was a trunk show where she showed an antique quilt and then sometimes showed her modern interpretation of it. They all had improv piecing. It was really interesting. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to publish any of the photos I took, but here is link to her online gallery. http://margetuckerquilts.com/gallery and a link to her online class description page http://margetuckerquilts.com/classes She also presented the Going in Circles Class, but I only made the waiting list for that class (and didn't get in).
So I still need to finish the binding for the Log Cabin and Power Bar quilt, and finish the little pink quilt, and I want to get up to speed on the Lone Robin quilt - hopefully this coming week I will do all that.
I'm doing a terrific job of not doing any paperwork. So that is still waiting for me to work on and finish up. Story of my life...
This weekend our son heard a bird hit a window and saw that it was wounded on the ground. He looked up what to do and ended up taking a towel to pick it up and place inside a box with a cover. At first he left it outside, but when a hawk came snooping around he brought the box inside to the laundry room. Soon, he then took it to Project Wildlife with hopes that they would be able to help it recover...
So two California King snake sightings in one day. It's the first time we have ever seen snakes.
So that is the round up of the previous week including the days in this week since I am late with posting.