Victoria Findlay Wolfe, a NY quilter who won Best In Show at QuiltCon in Austin, TX last February. She's a modern quilter who is, like so many of us, deeply rooted in traditional quilting. The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, thanks in large part to our vice-president Sarah Shulman, snagged Victoria for a workshop on June 29. Victoria's quilt shows her approach to quilting through made fabric. After a 90-minute trunk show and lots of inspiration about the process, she set us loose with our scraps and our machines.
Here's a link to Victoria's lovely blog. http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Friday, June 28, 2013
|Linings and body pieces|
|Different ways of boxing corners|
|My preferred method and tool|
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Speaking of the International Quilt Festival, a couple of things caught my eye:
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Jacquie Gering's Outside In pattern again, the same one I made for my niece and her new baby Henry. The quilt is in quarters and pin basted. I am going to quilt each quarter separately and then join them together. So pretty...
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
|Elements of "Winter"|
|Getting ready to scan some AAQI quilts|
|For my sister's Grandmother's House quilt|
|It was only $5/yard - each square is 8 x 8.|
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Before discussing the iron issue, I just must say how much I love my design wall. On the left is what I started in Jacquie Gering's workshop last summer. And on the right are some of the elements of my Winter calendar challenge.Okay, irons. At workshops and retreats, whatever iron I am using is better than mine. Now, is that really true? Holly has the exact same iron as me - a Rowenta Steamium. You know, the one with 400 steam holes. And somehow I am convinced that Holly's iron is better than mine. At QuiltCon, taking the architectural piecing class with Jacquie Gering (just love how she teaches), the classroom was stocked with Oliso irons. Of course I fell in love with them. And I had a chance to buy one - about $140. But then I had to talk with myself about whether I really NEEDED this iron and whether it truly was better than mine. Just prior to QuiltCon I was doing a fair amount of ironing in preparation for the CMQG January meeting about modern piecing. I really overworked some of the soft tissue in my right hand. My Rowenta weighs 4.5 pounds when full of water - that's a hefty amount to lift again and again. Former CMQG president Beth has temporarily loaned me her Oliso so I can decide whether I truly want an Oliso . What makes the Oliso so special is that it automatically lifts up when there is no hand on the handle Right now I'm thinking I need this iron.
We're off to Paducah for a few days. I've never been to the National Quilt Museum, and John's game for a little road trip, even if it means quilts and fabrics. I haven't told him yet but the hotel he booked us at for a couple of nights is literally right down the road from Hancock's of Paducah, one of my favorite on-line sources. And it gets better. A quilter who has influenced me over the years, Emiko Toda Loeb, is in a featured exhibit at the museum - she was the inspiration for the log cabin quilt (see below) which hangs in my dining room as well as for the wall hanging for my sister Paula's Freeport, IL house. There is another exhibit featured Regina Alexandra, a sparse modern quilter. When we get back, I'll make a decision about irons. Assuming I didn't spend too much in Paducah...
|My Dining Room Long Cabin, 1996|
|Paula's Freeport Log Cabin - 1990|
Thursday, June 6, 2013
|Neatly covered boards, ready to mount|
|Drawstring bags, completed|