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Friday, February 28, 2014

Uh-oh ...

I've been working on my appliqué project from the Karen Kay Buckley class I took at the Phoenix AQS show earlier this month. I finished the center block by hand and then began work on the outer border, which has seventeen quarter-inch strips applied to each of the four sides before joining those into a hollow square and adding another strip at each corner.

Once I'd finished the appliqué of these border sections, which I did by machine, I joined the four sections and then realized that I'd better spritz them before pressing these seams and adding those final strips, since I had blue wash-out marker showing in some places. That's when the problem arose.

Despite prewashing that red fabric, it bled all over the white background! Ack! It's difficult to see in this photo, but there's pink in far too many places to be able to cover it all up with the planned appliquéd circles. The borders also look pretty wrinkled, since I'm afraid to press them after the spritzing, thus making that color run really permanent. I'm waiting for my LQS to get a shipment of Synthrapol; then I'll see if the problem can be fixed or whether it's a lost cause.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fabric giveaway!

I've just discovered that Keepsake Quilting (you do get their lovely catalog, don't you?) is having a giveaway, and the grand prize is a 20-year supply of fabric! Who wouldn't love that? :) Second place (two winners) is a one-year supply of fabric, and third place (50 winners) will have a membership to Quilters Club of America, including access to If you're interested, please click here to enter. Best of luck!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Handwork, Machine Work, Footwork

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend my very first AQS quilt show; this was the one held in Phoenix. I stayed with my very good friend, and we had *such* a good time -- as usual.

At any rate, I took two classes while there. The first was a hand appliqué class from Karen Kay Buckley, and I've rarely had a more organized teacher! I had intended to apply Karen's techniques to machine appliqué, but I've decided to try to finish this smallish project by hand, just to see if I can.This is what the piece is supposed to look like, and we'll see how close I come. ;)

Fiesta block 3

Machine Work
Two days after this class, I took one from Sarah Vedeler, who does gorgeous machine quilting. I've had lots of classes featuring feathers, since I love them, and this one approached them from a different perspective. Sarah issued us all a challenge to practice for ten minutes *every* day for 30  days. I will definitely be taking up that challenge, but it will have to wait a little while to accommodate the "footwork" part of this post. Here is a sample of some of Sarah's beautiful quilting:

Quilting by Sarah Vedeler

I injured my foot about 30 years ago, and it's become more and more uncomfortable with the resulting loss of cartilage and arthritis, The result is that I've finally given up and had some foot surgery. Naturally, it's my right foot that's affected, so I'm not driving at this point and really need to keep my foot elevated most of the time in order to remain comfortable as I recuperate. At least I have that hand appliqué, my knitting, some good books and a slew of DVDs to keep me occupied! ;)

Stylish footwear