Basketweave quilt is finished. I used 1 roll each of classic red and blue Kaffe Fassett 2 1/2 strips along with my own hand dyed fabric. I was lucky to purchase the Kaffe fabric at our Voices in Cloth show earlier this year in March. In an earlier post, you can see how it was constructed. Very free form. For instance, I took the first strip that was cut into 2.5 x 6.5 inches and pieced them together with my 2.5 x 2.5 squares. Then I worked on the next strip. After I used up all the blue roll, I worked on the red roll.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I took a one day workshop Monday with Ann Horton on designing quilts with textured embellishments. It is too bad that it was only one day, because there was a lot of information in the class. Thread painting, digitized embroidery and textile applique ....they all sound so intimidating, but like anything else once you try it, it can be fun.
I am going to try and finish the flowers, finish the butterfly, finish the bird and not worry about how great or not so great it looks. Try the new techniques. Wow I actually made a butterfly.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
I wish I had taken the time to look through this book before I started hand quilting my clamshell sampler. The book "The Classic Quilting of Sashiko" is an 1998 publication from Quilter's Resource publications. It looks like a Japanese publication that has been translated to english. The graphics and projects have a very Japanese feel to them. Thankfully the centimeters are also translated to inches.
I don't remember how I got this book, but I do remember my Mom giving me her Sashiko thread stash. She had taken a class in Hawaii and had some wonderful samplers made with mostly the white thread against the traditional indigo fabric. I guess she was planning to make more colorful samplers with the thread stash that she collected. I am very fortunate to have these, since they are probably very expensive now.
Doing this sampler made me realize the following. Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about something. Take the time to read the instructions. You'll save yourself time and a lot of knotty situations.