Time for some sharing! I rarely show you a quilt pattern in progress that will be for a book, because the books come out so far down the road, but today I thought I'd show you how I go about auditioning applique for a project. And then at the end I'd love for you to share a quilt of yours with me!
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This is such a yummy collection! There is a section of it with peach, so i had drawn the original plan to use peach circles.. but as i was working I wasnt' sure there was enough OTHER peach in the quilt. So i cut the circles to audition the color.
It looks like TOO much peach. Like all I'll SEE is peach. so let's adjust!
What if I had a dark circle?
Maybe a printed navy circle?
Let's just get rid of the peach and try blue in both spots.
ok.. i love this a LOT more.. but one more audition
Ahhhhh.. THIS is it!! What do you think?
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Day 10 of my 12 days of giveaways and a Craftsy class is my prize! Can you believe I was able to giveaway 3 online class in December, all from the great folks at Craftsy!
Today I have a review and giveaway of a class taught by my friend Angela Walters. Many of you may think that Angela only works on a longarm, but she also teaches on a home sewing machine. I decided to review, and giveaway her class on feathers, as feathers are my favorite image to see on a quilt!
Let's get to it!
One of the things I learned many years ago, is that the motion of quilting is not particular to machine. It's learning to draw the shapes that is important.
When you think of feather quilting what images come to mind? Maybe not the one above, but the motion and creation of feathers, also gives you new tools to create a whole set of designs. Let's take a look at a few of the topics in the 'Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers' class.
The Basic Feather shape - Once you understand how to break down the shape into it's stitching units, it's so much easier to do!
Basic Feather - Days ago a feather was a feather was a feather, now you have echos and ferns and more, all fun to do!
Custom Feathers - Here is how you create to fill a space.
Feathers in blocks and Feathers in borders -These take the class feather and show you all the right moves!
And the variations -Motifs, inspirations, and drawings to show you how to do it all.
Angela does go between a longarm and a home machine during this class. Don't let that freak you out. When she stitches on a longarm mimic how she creates the design, not the mechanics of the machine. The machine really is not important. You can do all these things on either kind of machine.
One of the greatest tools in this class is how to think about the feather design to stitch it. That is really a key. Angela has diagrams and she stitches them out to show you the whole process.
She does do some marking and explains that you don't need to mark the whole stem, but a bit will get you started, this is fantastic to know
This might be one of my favorite new shapes, the fern. Do you see how forgiving it is to stitch? It's open, it's not going back on itself as you stitch. I feel it's very classic and one that any quilter can master!
This is the one sided 'swirl' feather for a block. Angela says the reason she loves this feather is that it is very versatile. You can do this in a small block or a larger block as it's easy to adjust to the size of your block.
And the best part? It's quick and easy!
Besides the feathers, she takes you through using the same basic concept and motions for meandering, quilted ropes, and more!
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