Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lotsa Free Motion Quilting

Feeling great these days, I'm spending as much time as possible in my sewing room. I have such a list of to-dos, several of them with deadlines, that I hardly know which thing to work on next!



This hasn't yet been mailed, but the Mid-Century Modern Bee block I made for Susan at PatchworknPlay, will be winging it's way to Australia this week.

You probably recognize that it's Anna Marie Horner's feather block. Susan asked for aqua and orange on this solid background. I opted to separate the colors, and if you look closely midway through the aqua side, you can see the "by Susan & Linda" that I cobbled together from selvages and inserted as a strip. Susan is getting some gorgeous feathers! 

A couple fabric parcels recently arrived, and this bundle of almost entirely Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets is thanks to a March birthday gift certificate from my thoughtful friend, Deb. Thank you very much, my dear. I will think of you when I sew with them.

Then, a coupon code sale at Quilthome.com gave me the chance to buy up more of "Painter's Canvas" fabric by Laura Gunn. I just love the texture in this almost-solid, and I'm happy to say I now have it in eight colors. I have plans for using some of them very soon.

In some rush sewing, I've finished up this donation quilt that's been given to Project Linus. I'm ashamed to say how long it's been since I've made a quilt for the express purpose of giving it away, so this is long overdue. 

You might recognize the quilt as being the one I used to write the "How to Sew a Web" tutorial
36" X 48"
It was a easy quilt on which to FMQ, and play with an Aurifil blue variegated thread.

From the Project Linus website, I downloaded the logo (Linus with his blanket, and Snoopy) to create a label. Making a label for a donation quilt is just as important as making a label for every quilt I make. You too?

On another, modern quilt, I'm FMQing... and almost wish I hadn't started this sort of density! Now the whole quilt has to be quilted this way. And the quilt is 55" X 70"! It's likely I won't have it finished by Thursday, as I'd hoped.

"Why Thursday?" you might ask. Well, that evening is when Lora of DragonflyQuiltworks, and I co-present a "What is Modern Quilting?" program to Country Road Quilters in Ocala. We've been planning and preparing for weeks - a 50-slide Powerpoint presentation about the growth of modern quilting, the history of The Modern Quilt Guild, characteristics of modern quilting - with lots of pictures of quilts - all followed-up by showing about 15 of our own modern quilts. We're both excited to be sharing modern quilting to an audience of mostly traditional quilters.

We'll be giving the same presentation on June 11 to quilters and guests at the Bradenton Chapter of Quilting Guild of The Villages, and then again to Tree City Quilters in Gainesville in November!

It's great being "on the road," with such an enjoyable subject to share. I hope you're having fun wherever your quilting road is taking you! Linda

14 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the gift certificate. It was my pleasure. I just love the block you made. But, darn it, I think I'm going to have to invest in some of that Painter's Canvas. I have not run across that and it would be perfect for an upcoming project. I love, love, love the machine quilting you are doing. It does get tiring but the movement and colors are so wonderful that it will be fabulous when you are done. I'm so happy that you have so much fun stuff to look forward to. Thanks for sharing my dear Linda.

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  2. Linda,I'm so glad you are doing so well and getting out and involved in the quilting world.You have a lot to share.

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  3. So sorry that I am so far away and will be missing all of your modern quilting presentations.

    Your quilting is looking terrific. It will be so worth the sore shoulders and other aches and pains involved in that big a project. Easy for me to say from my desk.

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  4. Love that painter's canvas fabric! Your donation quilt and tutorial- very nice. Looking forward to your Thurs. evening presentation at our guild!

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  5. Your quilting is beautiful !!!! It will be SO worth it! Your audience would love to see it, even if its not finished.

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  6. Your quilting is fabulous Linda!

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  7. Can you please sent some of your sewing mojo over to me. I'm still suffering a bit from "listlessness" but at least I'm sewing ;). I'm in the process of FMQ a friendship quilt our group made for one lady who is leaving in the near future. So I'm not completely lazy, just nothing a can show.
    I love your feather block and all your other projects. Thanks for reminding me of your zig zag tutorial. That's one of the quilts which is on my to do list.

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  8. I really like your feather block. Wish I lived closer so I could enjoy your presentation on the Modern Quilt Guild. We have a fairly big following here in St. Louis too. Be sure to post some pictures of your trunk show. It will almost be like we are there!:)

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  9. Great post, Linda. Your presentation sound so wonderful that you better get some more chairs because your next MQG meeting will be the largest yet! I'm sure of it!

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  10. Beautiful quilt and FMQ.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful quilt and FMQ.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  12. Your feathers are my favourite colours - and wow, I love what the MidCentury Bee is doing! You ladies rock!

    Your FMQ is turning out so beautifully… Well worth missing a deadline to do it right. Gorgeous!

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  13. The feather is so nice, they are going to make a wonderful quilt.
    I have some of the Pearl Bracelets too, what a good basic!
    Is the other fabric soft or stiff? I love the texture in it.

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  14. Lovely machine quilting!! Nice tutorial also...

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