It’s always a thrill to see finished art work created by one of my students. This fun little village was made by Annie who attended my class at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Can you guess why her delightful quilt is called “There’s Always One”?
My return to Sisters will be a grand reunion. Not only will I see this little quilt framed and ready for auction but many friends attend the event too. (They will not be framed.) Good times!
The stitching on my little house quilt is racing right along. And that’s good because the deadline for its donation to Wish Upon a Card is coming up soon. Never let it be said that I am a procrastinator. OK, you can say it. Because it’s true.
You’ll recognize many of the embroidery stitches I’m using from my Thread-u-cation Tutorials. I’m especially liking the Fly Stitch around the pinked edge of the tree. A few more stitches and Windy City #2 will be finished and off to Sisters, OR.
One of the many activities at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. Here is the start of my donation quilt for this year, Windy City #2.
Each year I try to come up with a different name for my house quilts. And since I live near Chicago, Windy City seemed like the perfect name for a new series. This is a small piece (4″ x 6″) made with fused fabrics and hand embroidered. Soon it will be finished and off to the framers. Next time I see it will be in Sisters!
Today I’m experimenting with two things. First I’m experimenting with my fused fabrics and making an improvised quilt. And secondly, I’m experimenting by adding a video of the process below. Let me know if the video works for you.
But once I got started, it was hard to stop! It proved to be a great canvas for trying out some new stitch ideas. Here’s what I discovered. You can use the blanket stitch for field rows. The Herringbone stitch makes for interesting texture in the fields too. And crisscrossing straight stitches on the tree trunk creates a plaid pattern. It is amazing what a difference a stitch makes.