This quilt is one of my favorites for autumn. I love all the colors of early fall-purples and oranges paired with golden wheat and brown.
Feathers are always a classic design and look great on every quilt. Here, they stand alone with a little crosshatching.
It’s Monday, and I have completed the three most important things on my To-Do list and now can move on to the fun things–blogging, quilting, and photography! You all have inspired me with your FABULOUS Time Management tips. (If you recall, last week I asked you for time management tips as I never seem to get enough done in a day.) Your ideas have really helped me get out of my procrastinating slump…I will collate them into a single post for all to read–all the tips were very thought-provoking and motivational!
I chose two winners –one by lottery and the other for submitting the best tip—
The lottery winner is: Patricia Phillips. Her tip was excellent and very timely: Prioritize. Family comes before housework. The dust can wait!
The second winner is Suzy–who really lives by the seaside–(though I don’t think she sells seashells?!) Suzy recommended the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. I have only read a few chapters, but I can tell it is going to be a great help to me. (We will discuss this book more in an upcoming post…) Please check out Suzy’s blog, Quilted Happiness–she has a great post on color today.
A special mention goes to Helen Ernst, who also recommended Eat That Frog –(her comment came after Suzy’s) -Be sure to check out her blog HelenErnst@blogspot.com. She clearly knows something about time management–she cooks, she knits, she quilts, she blogs….
Again, thank you all for your fabulous time management tips! You all deserve a new stencil…
Congratulations, Suzy and Patricia! Please contact me (via e-mail –in the About section) and I will get the stencils out to you.
To see more photos of the quilt I stitched using the Madam Walker Stencil see HERE.
This week, I am working on a few stencil projects including this stencil from Quilting Creations. (Cambridge PC3)
It took a couple of minutes to trace with my Clover pen…
I love the basic outline, but you know me…I could never leave it there…
The stencil is just an excuse to doodle!
Now off it goes into the bottomless pile of “quilts that require binding” (and labels!)
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This week I am working on a few colorful projects. This stencil, from The Stencil Company, is called “Geranium“. However, if I stitch it on green fabric, I think it will pass as a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day.
I like this stencil because it can be used in six ways:
- It can be stitched as is-with a cross-hatch center and leafy outer border
- It can be stitched with the cross-hatch center and your own “doodle” design in the outer border.
- The outer leafy border can be quilted around a pieced or appliqued block.
- This stencil can be used to draw just the inner and outer square–leaving a blank slate for doodles–easier than using rulers.
- Individual leaf/flowers can be repeated in a row to make a geranium border.
- Finally, the cross hatch pattern can be used as the “rails” for other designs…again much easier than using a ruler. I will add a tutorial on this in an upcoming post.
After I draw the stencil as it is cut…I trace over the lines and fill in the gaps. This makes the lines easier to follow while free motion quilting. Also, it helps plan out the stitch order and understand the design.
Once I finish drawing the stencil, I will make the “quilt sandwich”. Finally, I plan to audition a few thread/needle combinations.
Here’s the deal: In order to be entered into the drawing–simply answer the following three questions in the Comment section. Entries will be accepted through Saturday, February 9th and the winners will be announced on Monday, February 11th. (If you are not a quilter–don’t worry, we’re offering a Shamrock Doodle Quilt giveaway before St. Patrick’s Day!)
- Do you know how to set your machine for free motion quilting?
- How many total hours have you spent free motion quilting: Less than 20 hours, Between 20 and 100 hours, more than 100 hours.
- What is the hardest part of free motion quilting for you?
That’s it! There are several more stencil tutorials to come, and The Stencil Company will be offering several more giveaways through The Inbox Jaunt...so check in often!
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Today, I am decorating the house with our collection of Christmas candles, figurines, Santas and snowmen. I have several red and green small quilts that I use as a base for my collections.
They add a bright “pop” of color…
and protect the wood from scratches…
Some of the quilts are “free form” doodles…like the red one on top (below)
while others start with a stencil:
I liked this stencil, but I wanted a square quilt…and the stencil was not detailed enough for me…
In the above quilt, I added feathers and a lot of filler to make the feathers stand out. I also added my favorite–spirals– and lots of other tiny quilting–(you’ll notice no stippling—my brain does not do stippling!)
The next time you use a stencil–(you can find some great stencils at The Stencil Company) make it your own and go beyond the stencil…(more on beyond the stencil in 2013)
Time to run. My house is a wreck of boxes, tissue paper and bubble wrap!
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