Meanders down the quilting path

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Progress for Feb, March and Mid-April

I seem to be finding this blogging practice to be more difficult than I expected.  After posting a couple of times in February, I have ignored it for 2 months!

So, here is what I have been up to the last two months:

I took a virtual class with Grace Errea in which I explored the properties of value in quilting.  A couple of samples above.

This is the values chart I created in the class.  It is meant to be a tool for selecting fabrics.

I mentioned that I had signed up for a block swap using Amy Friend’s Petal + Stem patterns.  These are some that I sent to my swap mates in March. 

And here are what I received from them.  I am going to have such fun putting them into a quilt layout!

Then when she offered a second one, I signed up again.  Only have a couple done so far.

I quilted and gifted the bed runner I made from the Nova pattern by Jaybird Quilts.

In February, I took several classes from the QuiltCon Together virtual convention.

Y-Seams, Not Cry-Seams by Libs Elliot.

I had so much fun making perfect Y-seams, that I made enough for a baby quilt.

Adventures in Improv Design by Anne Sullivan and Melanie Tuazon in which I learned to tell a story in a three-part quilt.  This is my story of retiring during the Covid 19 epidemic.

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jo Avery.  I had fun doing improv foundation paper piecing.  Only one quarter done so far.

In March I suddenly realized that I needed to make something for the dinning table for St. Patrick’s Day.  I modified the Mini Chic Country and the Chic Country patterns by Sew Kind of wonderful to make a table runner and placemats.  I call the pattern Winding Shamrocks.

Later in March I was able to attend a live quilting class at the International Quilt Museum.  My first attempt at a collage quilt, taught by Merrie Ford, a Laura Heine certified instructor.

On March 26th, I got my first Covid 19 vaccination!  Yay!!  I am now fully vaccinated and ready to meet with family and friends again.

I have wanted to do a Lotus quilt by Jaybird Quilts for some time.  But when I look at the pattern, I don’t see a Lotus, I see Trillium flowers.  It was easy to modify the coloration for this one that I call Trillium.  This is a mini to see if it would work.  I plan to make a lap quilt for a friend soon.

This baby quilt is an original design called Heartful which has been commissioned for a former co-worker about to have her second daughter.  I am in the process of writing the pattern for this one.  But I better find some time to figure out how I want to quilt it.

Well, that about covers it for now.  I have lots of UFOs to get finished, and lots of ideas for new quilts.  Plenty to keep me in trouble at the quilt shop!

Let me know what you are working on, or thoughts about my work.

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