I was lucky to be able to attend one of the two day Gammill classes up in Flagstaff this week. Even though I have a computerized long arm, I decided to take the hand guided class. The class was super informative, gave a lot of practical instruction with time to spend practicing on the machines. I came away with a better understanding of how and where to begin practicing, and what skills I needed to become more proficient at to improve my hand-guided quilting.
Overview of class.
Our instructors Karen and Sharon were extremely skilled and did a great job teaching. I would definitely recommend taking a class if you have the chance.
Nothing finished this week and no adds to the stash. Working on Christmas Tree runners. First one is almost complete and looks like a tree from a Dr. Seuss book. This one in blues and greens with batik background. Four more are cut on and will be sewn together later this week.
We are off to Flagstaff tomorrow, where I will be attending Gammill's Quilting with Confidence Tour. I will be taking a class in hand guided quilting- hope to add a few more tools to my quilting tool box. Looking forward to learning something new!
No changes in the stash, but still a little over two months to make a dent.
DH and I have been out and about exploring our new home here in Scottsdale. There are a lot of great hiking trails near by and we headed to Brown's Mountain yesterday morning. We ended up walking about 5 miles and made it almost to the top of the mountain. We are enjoying the access to many different activities here in AZ.
View of Pinnacle Peak from Brown's Mountain
No finishes to report this week, but getting ready to start on a couple of small projects. A small add to the stash from Old World Quilt Shop in Cave Creek and is the closest shop to my new home. This shop specializes in wool applique, but also has a nice selection of reproduction and traditional fabrics. I purchased the fabrics below for my Ella Marie Deacon Quilt. I am trying to use mostly fabrics from my stash, but was a little short in greens and golds.
Below are my first four blocks for this quilt. The second four were released this week and I will be getting those done quickly so I can move on to another project.
These blocks finish at 9" which is a nice size to work with. The next batch of blocks include an applique block and other colors will be added in, blue, pink, black. The quilt is predominately red, green and gold.
Not much of a change on my design wall this week. Still working on Pearls Quilt, sewing down all the circles. I have one more row to do. Thought I would share another project that I have been working on: Putting labels on all my quilts.
Quilts needing labels
I had a number of older quilts, mostly small ones that needed labels. I have finally had the time to go through them all and make labels. On my labels, I will put the name of quilt, size, and date made, adding the month if I can remember. I will also put a picture of the original quilt and the name of the pattern designer. With some of my older quilts I could not remember the exact date made, so I guessed. I also did not have pattern designers for some of them.
Above is the label program that I have been using for a long time to label my quilts. I do not think it is available through HP anymore, but you can find on Ebay.
Labels made up and ready to cut down and sew. I get 4 per page and use EQ Printables fabric sheets, satin 283 thread count. I have found that these work the best and hold up when washing your quilt.
Nothing finished this week and nothing added to the stash! Working on the pearls quilt, sewing down 81 circles with mono filament thread. It is taking way longer than I thought. Below is a Block of the month that I am starting this month over at Sentimental Stitches.
Ella Marie Deacon Quilt
Blocks finish at 9 inches, so a nice size to work with. Four blocks will be released each month starting now, for 21 months. There are 85 total blocks with both pieced and appliqued blocks. Not sure how many I will make as the finished quilt is 106x106!