Buried Treasure and The Creative Process

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

Once in a while, it pays to clean and organize…A few weeks ago, I found this Mariner’s Compass block buried in a box of unfinished quilt pieces…

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

I drafted it the old-fashioned way…with rulers and a compass–onto freezer paper.  Freezer paper has an adhesive side that can be ironed onto fabric…

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

For some reason, this project got interrupted and forgotten…only to be found again now…like pieces of gold from a shipwreck…

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

Now it is hanging on my sewing room wall where I can see it daily and let design choices “incubate” while I work on other projects…

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

I typically have a few projects in the “incubator” while working on other quilts.  Then one day, all the ideas will “gel” in my wee little brain, and I will lock myself up in my sewing room for several hours and plunge into the project…

Mariner's Compass quilt block, quilting, drafting

It’s an odd creative process, but that’s typically how it works for me…What about you?  Do you have a “typical creative process“?  Do you work a project from beginning to end or do you stop along the way to work on other things?  I am fascinated by “the creative process”

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The Shamrock (Geranium) Stencil Winners Are…

Geranium stencil, free motion quilting

I’d like to start out by thanking all of you who have pinned us on Pinterest!  We have many many new free motion quilters, doodlers, and quilt lovers who will be joining us thanks to your efforts—so KEEP PINNING!   Welcome to all of you who found us from Pinterest!

I’d also like to offer a big thank you to those who have left comments along the way and the quilters who entered the drawing for the fabulous Geranium Stencil  from The Stencil Company.  Your comments help me plan tutorials, posts etc. –so KEEP COMMENTING!

shamrock free motion quilting

As you may recall (read more here), I chose this Geranium stencil –reminiscent of a four leaf clover–and green fabric to make a new quilt for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day, quilting

I think it will look great on my table when I serve our family favorite–Irish Soda Bread-complete with raisins and caraway...

Bernina, sewing, quilting,FMQ

I really like this stencil because it is so versatile.  The pretty leaf design will look like geraniums when stitched on pink/coral/rose fabric, but it doubles nicely as a four leaf clover when stitched onto green fabric.

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

The stencil also has many potential ways to use it…Read about ways to use this stencil here

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

The motif was sewn with only two stops which required a “knot-off”…in other words, it is nearly one continuous line...(we like that!)

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

After I took the first pass around, I echo quilted around each motif…

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

I decided not to stitch the center as a plain cross hatch—straight lines are difficult…

I have a tutorial coming in March on how to sew the cross-hatch below:

Bernina, Free motion quilting, shamrock, geranium, stencil

Now, without further ado…the two winners of The Geranium (Shamrock) stencil are:  Rhonda and  Judy @grandparentsplus2.  Congratulations!  Woo hoo!   Please contact me (see my About page for my e-mail address…and I will get those stencils to you!

Geranium stencil, free motion quilting

Don’t despair if you did not win this time… we will be offering several more stencils in the next few months…And…

I will be offering chances to win a Shamrock Doodle Quilt in March!

More tutorials, more giveaways, more fun…and more Quilt Appreciation 1o1 coming every day!