Today I’m teaching one of my favorite classes at the the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton VA. Students in the Colorful Leaves class will design their own patterns to make leaf quilts. There is something wonderful about the simplicity of a leaf. They come in basic shapes that can be subdivided and embellished to no end. Can’t wait to see what my students will create!
Seen any great art exhibits lately? How about in an airline terminal? Next time you travel through O’Hare airport, check out the Corridor Gallery between Terminals 1 and 2. Currently you’ll see an exhibit of work by students in the After School Matters program. Their art has been enlarged and placed on a translucent film that adheres to the windows. Like viewing stain glassed windows, its a great way to spend time before traveling the friendly skies.
Before I leave to teach at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton VA, I must clean up my studio. There is nothing scarier than returning to a mess. It may have felt good at the time to fling fabric around the studio but returning to that messy studio after 5 days away is just creepy. I always think, “Who was this slob that was working in my studio?”
My next large quilt is made with silk fabrics. They are mostly jacquard silks made with fine threads and a tight weave. It’s a delight to work with them except for one thing: cutting them with a rotary cutter on my mat. See that little snag? The blade skipped cutting a thread or two. It is so frustrating!
Could the skipping be caused by this ancient cutting mat I’m using? Probably. This mat has been around for ages and is getting brittle and cracking. That’s what causes my new rotary cutter blade to skip. Time for a replacement mat before I go bonkers!
In a flash of inspiration, I decided to combine the decorative stitches on my BERNINA 750 QE with my hand embroidery stitches. You can read all about it here, on the WeAllSew blog. (BTW. This is a great blog with lots of info for us BERNINA lovers.)