Practice Makes Perfect

Not really, but it does make things a hell of a lot better!
I have spent the last two days (well, 3 hours yesterday and 4 1/2 hours today) quilting on an old top that has been hanging around for years.
Optical Illusion Quilt
I started this quilt years ago at Byrne Sewing on my Singer featherweight. I got one section done in the class and then realized that I had to use my featherweight to finish. Something about uniform seam allowances..blah, blah, blah. So for some reason this meant that I only worked on it at retreats. Apparently, I’m not allowed to sew on the featherweight when I’m home!?

Anyway, I persevered and finally got it together, kind of. It ain’t great. There are about a gazillion seams and none of them match! Ok, think positive, maybe one or two match. I was still intimidated (aka scared to death) to quilt it. I thought I would ruin it. Duh…how can you ruin something that’s not perfect to start with? So I decided to just start. After much debate about how to quilt it and on what machine, domestic or long arm, I settled on both! I have started on the long arm doing ruler work and will finish the outside curves on my domestic machine since the area is too large for my long arm to make a continuous curve.

I am not a ruler or pantograph kind of girl (too slow, too much thought, etc). I like to do all hand guided designs on my long arm. But this optical illusion design called for straight lines (at least in my mind). So why not just use my domestic machine and a walking foot? I don’t know!!! I mean… I knew the practice would do me good!

The first day was slow and a bit torturous. I had to concentrate so hard that I couldn’t even listen to music! The ruler felt funny and I wasn’t sure how to hold it or where to position it. But I persevered and finished two sections.
Optical Illusion Close Up
The second day I definitely felt more confident and was able to turn on some music. I started out slow, but the more I did, the better I felt. I gained confidence with where and how to position the ruler. Plus, my lines got straighter (mostly) and were spaced more evenly. I did develop an eye twitch about 3 1/2 hours in (Ha!), but was determined to finish the next section, and pushed through it!

I will update as work on this progresses. And I will definitely remember what I heard Michele Scott say once, ‘better done than perfect’! Well, its not done yet, but it will be soon since I need that long arm to do some customer quilts!

Openings in Quilts

Things Aren't Always Black and WhiteI don’t know when (or why) it happened, but I must confess that I am officially addicted to ‘openings’ in my quilts.  Some people refer to them as holes and I suppose they really are but that sounds like something a moth did, or something done by accident.  My holes (hereafter referred to as openings) are a deliberate design element.

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As a modern art quilter (is that a thing?) I have discovered the ultimate in negative space and I am loving it!  To date, I have a few completed projects but rest assured, there are several in the works and about a hundred more in my brain.  Did I mention that I’m addicted?

"Passion"I find it exciting and challenging to see where and how I can use openings to create another layer of interest in my quilts.  How will the mechanics work?  Will it hang straight and flat?  What will the color of the wall coming through the opening to do the colors and design of my fabric choices?  I consider this the 4th dimension to my quilts.  #1 is design, #2 is color, # 3 the quilting and #4 the opening.

Another dimension…Far out!  See you on the other side brother!

That’s a reference to the series Lost…didn’t want that to be lost on you!

 

What a Day!

 

 

Ok so it took me a day to work out some kinks and actually send this post but give me credit for perservering and finally getting it done!

For my granddaughter Eloise 2nd birthday

I’m not sure what got into me today but man, oh man…if I could be that productive everyday it would be amazing. I started and finished the cutest little Elmo dress for my granddaughter (complete with matching purse, of course). No pattern, just a picture that my daughter wanted me to recreate. Color me ‘Super Granny”!

Quilts of Valor

I also quilted a charity quilt. Mind you, it is just a large meander and it was one out of a box of tops for Quilts of Valor that I have had for several years. But…there are still wounded veterans who need quilts. Now to finish the rest of them.  How do like that positive attitude?!

Anyhoo…feels like cocktail time. Laters Gators!

Remember…I wrote this last night.  I am not drinking at 11 in the morning!

Finally

I am finally writing a blog!  It is so exciting and scary.  Sure hope someday, someone (besides me) will read this and get some enjoyment out of it!

Bird Dog

 

Bird Dog (pictured here) got an honorable mention in the Naples Florida Quilt Show!

I was so bummed that it did not get chosen for the Studio Art Quilt Association exhibit titled, Wild Fabrications, but then I saw it did get a pretty ribbon.  I am also glad that I will have it around to enjoy myself!

Now…on to more creating!

Boston Victim Quilts

Quilting the 1st of 3 quilts for victims of Boston bombings. Thanks to generous members of Modern Quilt guilds everywhere for making the blocks and organizing!