Yesterday, I got caught up on my Skill Builder’s BOM. Em Dash Block and The Mood were last month’s blocks. I quilted The Mood
last month, but didn’t get Em Dash finished until last week. Both are done with free motion quilting.
Block 5 & 6 were given to us on March 21st. I finished the Woven Star and the Woven Chevron blocks yesterday. We will get quilting examples on April 4th.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring – from a class by Lola Jenkins
I am really pleased with my results, not because I did a particularly fantastic job with it, but because I was able to get it done at all. First I arrived at Monday’s class 4 hours late. Yes, that was correct. I had a neurologist visit and had made arrangements for being late, but no idea I would be this late. Lola just took it in stride and got me started.
I chose a lovely colored batik for my project. I transfered my design and started free-motion quilting away. (Oh, I’m good!) My machine decided to cause all kinds of trouble. I quilted quite a bit and stopped to check out the back stitches. When I pulled the bottom thread, all of my work came unstitched and I was left holding a long curling wad of black thread. After many attempts to correct this, a friend let me use her machine. (Yeah!) I was able to get the girl finished in black and start on the coloring. My first idea was to use free-motion vines in a shimmering white for the background, but it just didn’t do a thing for the quilt. Lola suggested large diamonds.
So yesterday, I use superior variegated thread 808 to do small meandering in the background. I also recolored the girl using ink intense pencils to make her much darker. My machine is working fine -just used a different bobbin and another brand of thread.
Here are my results. I will still have to decide on a boarder technique.
As mentioned in previous post, the thread art class by Lola Jenkins was terrific.
I am going to post some pictures of what other ladies in the class were working on.
Several people worked on very light backgrounds.
A few others chose bright colors like yellow and orange.
I think they all did a wonderful job. A few people did something besides the Girl with the Pearl Earring. My camera was out of memory when I arrived at the class and deleting was taking forever so these are the only photos of other students’ work.
Yesterday I was privileged to b able to take a class with Lola Jenkins. She is a talented artist and teacher. She spoke Saturday at our Quilter’s Day Out in Lexington, KY. Then Sunday and Monday she offered two of her classes. Lola is a vey interesting, funny and motivational speaker. If you have a chance to take one of her classes, I highly recommend it. She is also offering some of her thread art classes online at Craftsy.
Later, I will post some student examples from the class I took.
Lately, I’ve been busy with family and trying to complete a few UFO’s. My sewing room is approaching critical. I need to put away lots of fabric and scraps, but I am using them for all the current projects. (Good excuse anyway … except my scissors and favorite rotary have been swallowed up in the chaos.)
I have been working on the skill builder quilt by Pile of Fabrics and Leah Day’s goddess quilt. These have been very good for sharpening my free-motion quilt skills. I have created handouts and a quilted book of some of my free-motion stitches for the class I will teach for Sassy Stitchers today. Here are a few pictures of my quilted book.