Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Joy of Teaching

I had the pleasure of sharing some of my experience with six wonderful quilters yesterday at Kiwiquilts in Powder Springs. We explored the many ways to create and present a Cathedral Window block. I encourage each of you quilters to be a teacher. Share your knowledge and tips with everyone. Here's a sample of the windows.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Break from the Feathers

Sometimes I just need an easy project to go from zero to finished in under 48 hours. I made this baby quilt top in a fun contest with a few of my friends. The goal was to be the first to make 12 8.5" squares using 8 fabrics, with an average of 8 pieces per block, including a square in a square, a four patch, four half square triangles, a nine patch, and a few more things I can't remember. I don't know if I was smart or just lazy but I finished first because I didn't try to make the full 9" unfinished square the required block design. I made little blocks and sewed strips around them to make it the required size.

Tomorrow I'll quilt it and then get back to the feathred goose.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Few More Feathers

Thanks to Sew Bee It in Ringgold where the Modern Guild Guild of Chattanooga met last Saturday, our first meeting, I have four new Jinny Beyer fabrics to incorporate into the Feathered Goose quilt. I'm working on row three now although I stopped assembly since I may want to rearrange a few things.

The weather is so gorgeous here today I had to take a break from inside work to get back on the bike. Lars and I did a short 10 miles, which was enough for my first ride of the year. Next ride I'll make 15, then 20, 25 ... until I do a 50-mile trek. I've riden only 44 miles so far but this year's the year for 50. All in all, it was a very productive day. I had a great session with my French study group which meets at a lovely French bakery in Roswell, GA. I listen to French language CDs while I quilt.

Modern Quilt Guild-Chattanooga and area

Here's a link to Fibermania. Check out the Melody's 2/13 post about our session Friday. If there's anyone in the Marietta, Douglas County, Powder Springs area who would like to go with me next month, leave me a comment with your email and I'll get in touch with you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Quilting Pattern Suggestion for Jewel Box Quilts

My sister and I both have a Jewel Box lying in wait for quilting. I believe she used reproduction fabric for hers and I used, you guessed it, Jinny Beyer. I've taken quite a while to decide how it should be quilted. Here's my plan. The white template pinned over will be used so imagine just the outline of it over the blocks.

Great Way to Face a Cold Rainy Day

I can't think of anything better to cheer up the entire house than sitting down in front of a sewing table full of Jinny Beyer fabric and a great Judy Niemeyer pattern (Feathered Goose)! Let me share the joy.

Strips Cut for Making Geese

Goose in Progress

Fabric in Waiting

Three Down Five to Go

Here's Where I'm Headed