Wednesday, April 15, 2015

QuiltCon 2015 = New WIPs

It seems I am always on the go which prompted me to take classes at QuiltCon that would provide portable stitching skills.  As a matter of fact, out of the four workshops I attended only one required a sewing machine.

embroidery class project
First up was Embroidery with Alison Glass.  I pretty much knew the stitches taught, but it was a nice refresher and I was inspired to pull out some old embroidery WIPs and plan new embroidery projects.

two sample class projects
Another workshop I took with Alison Glass was Modern Appliqué.  We learned four techniques, but by far my favorite was the reverse appliqué using jersey knit.  I love the nice surprise when the knit is cut away and you see the gorgeous fabric underneath!

this WIP also served as my blanket on the train...super soft!
This inspired a bigger appliqué project that I recently took with me on my daughter's orchestra field trip to NYC by train (23 hours each way!).  I used Deep Dark Ocean for the top, Sahara Sun for the back (both new jersey solids from Art Gallery Fabrics) and Melody Miller's Playful from Cotton+Steel for the middle.  Circles, squares and triangles are traced on the top which will result in a shapes themed blanket for my grandson.

good times!
My sister and I were in class together with Katy Jones learning English Paper Piecing.  We both had a blast in this class...laughing, learning, chatting with our table mates, and of course eating chocolate.

EPP class progress
making hexies
Skills I learned in Katy's class came in handy when making the hexie Flower for Eleni and are nice when I join my friends for Crafty Tuesday.

improv piecing
Basic Improv with the Gee's Bend Quilters was the only workshop I used a machine.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories of Gee's Bend and did not do much sewing.  That's OK as I can sew at home any time, but the opportunity to listen to the ladies of Gee's Bend is rare!

So there's my latest WIPs added to my existing, long, and always growing list!  
Since I haven't really done a post QuiltCon recap, here are a few more pictures from my workshops:

love Alison's stitching setup
another reverse appliqué project with all quilting cotton
 The stitches learned in Embroidery were useful in Modern Appliqué.

Class photo from Modern Appliqué 
looking and listening - Gee's Bend
Selfie with the sweet Vicki aka America's Best Friend 
Susan and her daughters in Embroidery class with me 
Overachievers in EPP -  Melissa and Kristy
Teacher's pet!
picture with China Pettaway
Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Finish: spiderweb pillow

It's been quiet here on the blog, but I'm here today and with a finish to share too.  Woo hoo!

spiderweb pillow
When I made my spiderweb quilt, I overestimated the number of wedges needed and have been using them as leaders and enders when piecing other blocks.  I'll put them on my design wall and rearrange them this way and that.  They brighten up my studio, but it's nice to now have them sewn together into a cute pillow.  

the back
Amy Butler LOVE fabric from my stash was used to make the envelope style pillow back.  One of these days, I'll add a binding when making a pillow.  It seems I'm always in a rush to finish though and tend to say "next time"....

gift making
This pillow will be put aside for a Christmas gift.  After last Christmas sneaking up on me (and the year before that and the year before....), I decided this year to make one gift a month so I would have at least twelve gifts come December 25th.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Have a wonderful weekend and Easter too!