Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Stars, Sprigs, and New Video

The last of my blocks from my bee members have finally come in, which means that now it's my part to finish up and add the rest of applique blocks. I realize that usually you ask your bee members to make something other than a simple star block, but I wanted concentrate on the applique part of this quilt, and let the others take care of the piecing.

My original intent was to do a two color quilt, i.e. yellow and white. But I think the subtleness of the transition between the yellow and chartreuse tones, are enough to give a little contrast, while still leaving the feeling of a two color quilt. To my surprise, I keep grabbing for this soft grey these days in my projects, and I love that it is not so obvious in the blocks.

But, now to move onto the fun part: I've been working on several more YouTube videos, and I've just added the one that you may have been waiting for... the actual How-To video!?! In my previous videos, I talked a lot about set-up, supplies, freezer paper, making templates, which are all pretty foundational to the "doing" part of starch applique.

If you happened to miss it, I will be teaching a class in Hamburg next weekend. Join me if you can. Find all the details here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Cascade Quilt Top

If you are even just a tiny bit involved in the quilting scene, then like me, you wait for the "big" quilting events like Quilt Market and Quiltcon to come around. During the event you scour the internet like a hungry lion for little sneak peeks and glimpses, and think to yourself... "oh, how I wish I was there."

It was more than a year ago that I started planning that I wanted to go to Quiltcon 2019... it fit perfectly - my cousin is in Nashville, and my family on the East Coast! But when the time to register came around, I was half way around the world on vacation, and missed my window of opportunity.

So I did what any good quilter would do... indulged myself in a consolation prize. Had I gone to Quiltcon, I would have signed up for a class with Victoria Findlay Wolfe. I immediately fell in love with her Cascade quilt from her Modern Quilt Magic book... but since I won't be Nashville bound, then I decided that her book, acrylic template, and a couple of her fabrics would be a good way to console myself for being a day late and a dollar short.

Over four weeks of idle fingers is somehow the perfect storm situation for starting a new project... just gotta cut into those newly acquired bought-while-on-vacation-fabrics. But the biggest twist in the story is that before I knew it, I had a finished top on my hands that came together faster than I could post about it. How did that happen... especially since this is curved piecing?!?

Now I've got a self imposed deadline, so this might be finished sooner rather than later. Well, keep your fingers crossed... make no promises, tell no lies, right? Do you have any come-together-faster-than-you-can-blink projects to share? 

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