Thanks Esther, at ipatchandquilt, for the invitation to join the fun! If you haven’t seen Esther’s work, be ready to be amazed! She is fabulous quilter.
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1) What am I working on?
I am always working a several things at once. There are at least 5 quilts that need to be quilted. The twisted log cabin, pictured below, is one.
A week ago I finished testing 5 different Quilters Dream battings. I will have a detailed post on that soon. Here is a sneak peek at the visual comparison of Dream Puff and Dream Poly. The Dream Puff certainly adds dimension.
2) How does my work differ from others its genre?
I don’t know if it does. Others may say it is different. I know one of my biggest joys in quilting is free motion quilting. So, if there is a difference, it might be my obsession with free motion quilting.
Here are a few samples of free motion quilting I have completed in the last few years on my domestic machine, Janome 7700 (above). Below is recent work on placemats.
Then I ventured into free motion quilting “ruler work”. I am really excited about the new creative possibilities with these rulers.
3) Why do I create what I do?
Primarily, I enjoy the creative process. The bonus is that I also LOVE learning new techniques. There is always a new creative adventure ahead!
4) How does my creative process work?
Currently, the process is learning new textile arts and relearning basic and advanced quilting techniques. I am taking a TON of classes with Craftsy. I love Craftsy classes because you can watch them over and over. I use many of them as an online quilting textbook.
They offer many FREE classes too! If you haven’t enrolled in a Craftsy class, give a free class a try.
Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques taught by Cindy Needham has given me confidence in designing and using stencils for whole cloth quilts. Above is a feathered wreath stencil by quilter Patsy Thompson. Gold and silver thread were used to create this 11x17 wall hanging.
Well, I think I covered a lot of territory.
Thanks so much for joining us in the Around the World Blog Hop!
Under The Needle - Swirling Feathers
- Cut fused batik fabric with AccuQuilt feather die.
- Fuse Decor Bond, a stabilizer, to white background fabric.
- Adhere fused appliqué to background.
- Stitch raw edges of appliqué. (Photos above)
I’m applying techniques learned in Craftsy online course Art Quilting 101
To be continued…
I’m linking up with
Lee’s WIP Wednesday
Paradigm Shift - A fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.
Who is BOB and what did he fundamentally change? Well, I am glad you asked!
BOB or “Block on Board” is AccuQuilt’s unique fabric cutting die. It not only produces what AccuQuilt does best, accurately cutting up to six layers of fabric at once, but elevates the cutting system by supplying all the shapes needed to create a particular quilt block.
Welcome to the next stop in the AccuQuilt BOB Blog Hop!
The 15 BOB dies, Bowtie, Winding Ways, Flowering Snowball, Ohio Star, Log Cabin and Blazing Star to name a few, all have the shapes needed on one die board to make the entire quilt block.
Let’s take a look at the Hunter Star BOB die.
Using purple, green, and gray I made a few variations of the Hunter Star by changing color placement and color combinations for the star block.
If you have never seen an AccuQuilt Go! cutter in action watch this video.
A great feature of AccuQuilt dies are the trimmed points. (below, right images) This makes for easy and accurate sewing of the diamonds, trapezoids, and triangles. Pressing the seams open reduces bulk. (above)
Every Accuquilt die includes piecing instructions. For a complete step-by-step tutorial on the Hunter Star die visit AccuQuilt’s blog.
A two-color background with graduating color value, in this case green and purple, and the quilting motif have a modern feel.
Playing with different color placements and combinations broadens the design possibilities. Compared to the quilt about these wall hangings/table toppers have a traditional look.
Every die comes with a free pattern. During the BOB Blog Hop you may download AccuQuilt’s red and white Hunter Star pattern for free. Photo courtesy of Accuquilt.
The Hunter Star cutting die is versatile and fun. I enjoyed creating fun designs and sharing them in my first blog hop. Thanks AccuQuilt for the Hunter Star die and the invitation to join in the fun!
I am looking forward to sharing the Hunter Star quilts at Virginia Star Quilters next quilting event.
Now, hop on over to the next blogger and see how they have creatively used a BOB die.
Thanks for stopping by!
Blog Hop Schedule
August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl – GO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip Quilter – GO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the River – GO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting Life – GO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant Home – GO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water Quilter – GO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew Crafty – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt Studio – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a Time – GO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – Beaquilter – GO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly Crazy – GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh Quilts – GO! Ohio Star
Under the Needle - Feathered Wreath.
It was fun to quilt Patsy Thompson’s feathered wreath design. The rest of the design is mine.
I enjoy the freedom the creative possibilities of free motion quilting.
I’m linking up with
Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it’s the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Psst … the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!)
**Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.**
Enter to win here: Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy
The third module of the Block Lotto quilt along is stitched. I love how the this scrappy quilt is coming together. It shows me how much can be done with fabric scraps and without running to the fabric store. :-)
I’m linking up with
Marelize’s Anything Goes Monday
I’m finally getting back to testing and making samples of different #quiltersdream batting with varying quilt densities. #quilt #quilts #fun #livinh20quilter #batting #quilting #janome7700 #machinequilting #freemotionquilting #domesticmachinequilting
I’m so excited! I’m participating on my first blog hop! The blog hop is August 18th-29th. My day is August 23rd. #bloghop #accuquilt #quilt #hunterstar #blockonboard #quilts #livinh20quilter #thankful #quilting #janome7700 #quiltersdream