….that it hasn’t been nearly 4 months since my last post. Then we can skip past the excuses (lame and otherwise) and the mea culpa’s (assuming you’ve been on edge with anticipation the whole time) and move right into the “What the hell is she up to now?”
First finish of the year was this pillow from Amy Dame’s Bulls-eye Pillow class. Love it!
Then came quilting and binding this beauty by Katie Pedersen. Love it even more!
Next up was nearly a week in Austin at Quiltcon. Mind blown. If you haven’t been following the recaps all over blogging universe……well, let’s just assume you couldn’t give a flying fig about modern quilting, or quilting in general (I love that you’re here anyway.)
As it turned out, neither of the two classes I took were about quilting directly. A screen printing class with Celina Mancurti, and a textured pillow class from Yoshiko Jinzenji (my pillow top is below). Both women bring a refined and graceful style to their work, and it’s incredibly inspiring. I would highly recommend a class from either of these talented artists.
I came home energized and excited to get back to stitching. So energized I finally sat down and finished piecing the hexagon quilt I started nearly two years ago. Even if I account for the months of wedding projects, it’s still too long. Especially since I’ve been seriously pissy about it from nearly the beginning. I’ll share more about this quilt when it actually IS one, but for now the top is done, I have a quilting plan and I’m looking forward to loading it on Duchess and finishing it up very soon.
Late in February I took a 2nd class from Sherri Lynn Wood (the first was “Get Your Curve On” during Quiltcon 2013). This time it was “Doodle Quilting”, hosted by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild.
Sherri’s classes are so interesting, and push me way out of my comfort zone. What I have discovered (and not just in her classes) is it takes me time to catch on to, or at least process, improvisational techniques. It often doesn’t “click” until days later. Or as happened Saturday, looking at the other projects near the end of a class is my big “ah-HA!” moment, leaving me wishing for a do-over (mine is in the very bottom right corner).
I’m not sure what I’ll do with the piece I worked on, but I want to pull out the pieces from the first class, and then apply the techniques from the 2nd to finish it. I do wish I’d bought a copy of her book when I had the chance.
After all that, I took a break from my project list to start assembling the rows on Ashlee’s quilt. It had been on the design wall for a month or so, and we’ve both been anxious to see it come together. She came one Saturday and we worked for several hours. By Sunday afternoon it was done……sort of.
It’s too wide. WAY too wide. I’m usually pretty good with the quilt math, but on-point settings are a little different, which is just another way of saying I wasn’t paying attention. Narrowing it will be a bit fussy, but no big deal. It’s worth the laugh, and it gave me extra time with my lovely girl.
Whew! That sums up January, February and most of March well enough. Looking forward to sharing some new projects later this week.
Now go make something lovely.