Have not fear! If things are looking a little dim for you today, it may be because you’ve just experienced a solar eclipse. Sunshine and Fields, a quilt I made years ago, was made in celebration of that hot spot we all love and fear. Hope this brightens up your day!
A good friend, my BERNINA 750 QE, has returned from it’s spa treatment at my local quilt shop. It is fit as a fiddle! The machine was put to good use right away with some free motion work on this flower quilt.
It’s so nice to have my friend back. Have you had your machine tuned up lately? Maybe it’s time.
Believe it or not, at one time I made pieced quilts. And soon discovered that I was no good at it. Then I discovered pictorial quilts made with fusing. Yipee! I also realized that free-motion machine stitching looked best on that type of quilt. So around 1993 I started to learn how to do free motion stitching on my sewing machine.
About 10 years later, I finally perfected one stitch pattern, the MEMEME. Or so I thought. Sure my stitches were inconsistent in length and jumped all over the place. But the MEMEME was so usable on pictorial quilts with all those odd shapes and nooks and crannies.
About 20 years after first attaching a free-motion foot to my sewing machine, I’m still trying to figure it out. My friend Frieda says it’s practice, practice, practice. I say if I don’t see any improvement in the next 10 years, I’m giving up.
A favorite machine stitch pattern for me is called Curly Fries. Can you see it in the background of my Frankenquilt? It’s a great filler stitch and fits around organic shapes like the trees. Here you see Curly Fries combined with a few banana stitches (arc shapes) to travel around the fabric. Makes me hungry just looking at it.
After the final hand embroidery stitch, there’s not much left to do to finish my Illinois Trees #14. I’ve added the backing, machine quilted, and bound the quilt. It measures about 11″ x 11″ and was a pleasure to make. Everyone should have a job like mine, making artwork in a medium they love….. fabric and thread!
In my next life I will make quilts like this and I will have the elegance of the Crawley women of Downton Abbey. But first I must sign up for Gail Kessler’s class on Craftsy. In her class Gail shows you how to easily assemble a Double Wedding Ring quilt. In fact, she shows you 3 ways to piece the Double Wedding Ring blocks:
- using traditional piecing methods,
- using precision foundation paper piecing, and
- using plastic templates that speed up the process
She makes it looks so easy, even I could do this! If you sign up for the Classic Double Wedding Ring class you also get 21 total yards of Downton Abbey(R) fabric by Andover. The fabrics are based on historical documents from the early twentieth century and were developed in partnership with the Downton Abbey(R) production team. Join me in class and quilt like a Crawley!