Friday, February 5, 2010

Gift from a friend

A good friend gave me in November this center panel, a lovely picture of a beach. Finally this week I made it into a little wallhanging and it now has found a place on our loft wall. This is a very unusual project for me - it is blue!!! The fabric in the inner border is also a gift - from a lady in Finland during our Yahoo patchwork advent calendar exchange last year. And then I just happened to have a fat quarter of a fabric with sail boats for the outer border. The quilting is freemotion stippling using a home sewing machine (my lovely Bernina aurora with stitch regulator...).

Serger Play

Accent Sewing had this real cool book "Serge and Merge Quilts". Lots of projects and tips how to use a serger with quilting. I made two of the right away and here is the "Down the Pathways" quilt, where a serger was used for embellishment. I also made another one, but again forgot to take a picture before taking it to the store... I will be teaching classes on both of these serger quilts - cool!

I also made a neat purse using a serger, but... you guessed it... it is at Accent Sewing and I will teach a class on it this spring.

Another serger play... I made these two scarves totally using a serger, and will be teaching a class on them in February.

Pillows, pillows, pillows...

I made a bunch of these pillows last fall, but forgot to take pictures. Then they were in display at Accent Sewing Inc. for several months, and I just recently brought them home.
All of these are done using embroidery machine for some designs and appliques, the instructions (with my modifications) came from Jenny Haskins' book "Jenny's Heritage".

Show time...

Myrtle Beach Quilt Gala is coming up at end of February and I have made couple new items to enter to this show.
In the 'wearables' category I will have a Bargello and Seminole jacket, which I made using (somewhat...) instructions from an older Machine Embroidery magazine. The bottom part is quilted using an embroidery machine, however, the quilting is done with grey thread, so it does not show well in the picture.
In the 'Challenge' category I will have an heirloom quilt, made using dupioni silks and cotton laces. Some of the quilting is done with embroidery machine and some is freemotion.
I will also enter an older quilt (see the very first post on this blog) in the small quilts category.
In March I will have the Jenny's Heritage quilt and my Cathedral Windows Jacket in display of the Charleston Quilt show...

UPDATE: Won a 2nd prize for my heirloom quilt and a 2nd prize for my Dragonfly wallhanging. The Bargello jacket did not win a thing...
Also, won 1st prize for my Cathedral Windows jacket in Charleston; the quilt did not win anything.