Reflecting on quilts from the past...
Beautiful quilts are everywhere! Including many quilts I have had the privilege to work on over the years. Sadly I don't always have the time to blog about everyone of them. I felt like this quilt had some great design elements that I really wanted to share with you.
It was pieced by the ladies at the Quilts and Quilts The Fabric Shoppe, located in Branson Missouri. In 2017, along with other area quilt shops, they created this quilt for the "Route 65" shop hop.
The area around the applique was my biggest design challenge. Another longarmer had suggested chicken wire for the background filler. Hmmm I don't usually do that design because it is so time consuming but it would be perfect for this quilt.
I also did not have a chicken wire stencil. Not to worry! A few years prior, I created the 1'' triangle grid stencil and it is basically the same thing. When I started marking the grid in and around the appliqué, I...
Happy New Year!
Oh wait! It’s already February.
In the blink of an eye, January is gone! It’s so hard to believe how fast time can fly by, especially this time of year when most of us are stuck inside due to bad weather.
Well I hope that you are feeling well rested after the Holiday get-togethers, shopping, cooking, baking and merry-making, and that you’re looking forward to a new year of opportunities.
I know that here at Forever Quilting, I’m so excited about the coming year, as I look over my list of courses that I am developing for you.
On that note, please take a moment to answer a few questions that I have about offering quilting courses. It’s so important to me to offer information to you that you want and will find helpful! It’s a quick one, I promise! You can find my survey here:
The first educational opportunity that I’ll be launching this year is a free Free Motion...
I would love to share with you some exciting news!
After 40+ years of quilting, sewing & crafting and 18+ years of being a professional longarm quilter, there are times that I have felt like I’ve done it all. Then, in a flash, I realize that my creative journey has taken me in a new direction, without even realizing it.
I have seen my interests, abilities, techniques and talent evolve so much over the years. It shouldn't have been a surprised to me that I have ended up where I am today.
Of course, I am still in love with quilting, meaning the piecing part, but I am even more obsessed with creating works of art with the use of thread.
One surprise turn, that my journey has taken me on, is when I started to teach machine quilting over 13 years ago. Even more so was when I started flying to teach at guilds and quilt shows. I am soooo not a fan of flying but I guess my love of quilting, teaching and seeing my amazing friends over shadowed my fears.
Let me start by saying how Blown Away I was at the response I got after posting a video on facebook of one of my binders filled with quilted samples. I just assumed that other quilters had already thought of the idea. You can find the video here.
Well for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about let me explain......
When I first started quilting in 2002, like many other quilters, I would take a large piece of muslin and quilt it to death. Trying out every design I could think of. I wanted to get good enough FAST, so I could start quilting for others. Because my ultimate goal was to quit my career and stay home with my two babies. So 3 weeks after I got my machine I started quilting for friends and family, who had been waiting ''not so patiently'' on my list. One year later I quit my career. Yay!!
I know......what does this have to do with a binder?......I'm getting to that part ;)
After weeks of practicing, my new dog (Snoopy) had acquired plenty of...