Thursday, 23 October 2014

Making Progress - Layers of Leaves

I'm sure you've probably heard the news of the events here in Ottawa on Wednesday. It was a rough day to say the least. Our hearts are broken for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and his family. So very sad! Many Ottawans, yours truly included, were in buildings on lockdown for most of the day. It was scary, but we're okay. I'm so proud of how our military, police and Parliament security reacted to and handled the situation. We're trying to get back to normal today, though with Cpl. Cirillo's sacrifice front and centre.

As always, quilting is my therapy for stressful situations so I was pretty happy to spend Wednesday evening sharing my quilts with the Arnprior District Quilter's Guild. What a great group!

I have also made good progress with my Layers of Leaves piece. Here are a few photos of some of the design choices I've been considering tonight.

1) Go dark at the bottom?

2) Try some green?

3) Green and dark grey?

4) Green and brown?

5) Finish with the same grey as the top?

6) Finish with a slightly darker grey than the top?

What do you think?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Layers of Leaves - A Work in Progress

Inspiration: Smoky grey skies, orange and yellow leaves...

Design: Yeah, a little abstract...

Revised design courtesy of my youngest:

Colour ideas:

Curious where this might be going? Me too...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Quilt Hack #3 - Magna Doodle

I know what you're thinking -- how the heck is Magna Doodle a quilt hack? I swear I haven't lost it...yet. One of the great ways to build muscle memory for free motion quilting is to practice drawing continuous line motifs. I use my kids' Magna Doodle to practice motifs and figure out how to get in and out of corners.

Aren't those Diego bandaids pretty? ;)
Ann McLean from The Country Quilter kindly sent me some photos of the Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class I taught there in September. And look at that...there's a photo of me demonstrating how I use the Magna Doodle. 

Using the Magna Doodle
It was such a gorgeous day that we ate outside in the yard.

There was also a lot of quilt talk...

And we did get a LOT of quilting in...

 I think everyone slept well that night. :) Thank you Ann for the photos! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Proud Moments

You know that feeling of joy and pride when you finish a quilt? I love that feeling.

Since I started teaching quilting, I've been surprised to find that I get that same feeling when students show me their finished quilts. I see how proud they are of their work and it, in turn, makes me feel proud that I had some role in that. It's awesome!

Recently, Heather Williams, who took my Modern Free Motion Quilting Sampler class back in February, showed me her finished quilt. Whoa! She took it to a whole new level!

She expanded on the 12 blocks the class covered and made her quilt with 100 blocks. It's gorgeous!

And she's working on another one! Beautiful work, Heather. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Have a wonderful weekend all!
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