Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Finished Great Blue Heron

I finished the border with fabric by Phillip Jacobs. It is giant chrysanthumums. (Gosh, I don't think I spelled that hateful word correctly!)  I love the colors and the size of the blossoms in it. I am going to cry when I run out. I don't think it's available any more. 

So, what to sew next??? I want to do some wearable art. Maybe a vest. Also, I've had a darling Carolina Wren pattern for a year that I have been wanting to do.

Oh... I also need to do my nephew's T-shirt quilt. It is most unimaginative and was tied with yarn tufts rather than quilted. I'm sure he would love to have it before the winter is over!

Lots of fun stuff to do! We all just keep stitchin' for the ones we love.

Hugs from Mary

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Happy New Year! I've got Christmas put away and am back at the sewing machine... One of my most favorite places to be!

I've nearly completed a new wall hanging, and decided to use the free motion background stitching as outlined on SewCalGal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge. Each month something new is taught for all of us to practice and use... AND, it's FREE! How cool is that? Go on over there and register to be a part of it. Fun!

So, this month's instruction is taught by Francis Moore. The lesson is how to do a simple heart shaped leaf on meandering vines. I used that instruction for my latest Great Blue Heron piece.



I used the meandering vine down the center red strip of fabric with a crimson metallic thread, and off to the left in the beige/gold fabric using a variegated wheat/gold thread. As I evaluated my effort, I'm pleased with what I see.  The vine is an easy quilting pattern that I've never tried. I'll use it again and look forward to next month's lesson.

That's it for now... It's good to be back in the sewing room. I had to clean it before Christmas as it also doubles as a guest bedroom. My studio is clean and organized. I'm taking bets on how long it will stay that way! What a crack-up!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary