I’ve been hitting a lot of quilt shows and quilt guild meetings lately and getting lots of inspiration for new projects. I dragged my mom to the AQS Des Moines quilt show this past week and had lots of fun. My mom isn’t a quilter but she tags along with me and seems to enjoy looking at the quilts and talking to all the quilters & sewers.
I took a class while I was there with quilting superstar Angela Walters called “Quilting by Shape”. I’m trying to learn all I can about long arm quilting so I thought it would be informational and a good way to try out the Gammill quilting machines. It was fun but made me want to have my own machine all the more. I looked at all the long arm machines and realized that this decision is harder than I thought. Anyway, after the class, I wanted to try out some of the techniques (even if it’s just on my home sewing machine) so I ripped out all the quilting on my crazy in America quilt and re-quilted it. I had had some tension problems when I quilted it before so it really needed to be done again. Angela talked about using a small scale and same color thread as the background to quilt heavily in the negative spaces so the focal point of the quilt stands out. I tried to photograph my newly quilted piece but the quilting doesn’t show up well in photographs so I didn’t bother to put it on here.
Every time we passed the Moda Bake Shop booth we got more of these mini charm packs. They’re little 2 1/2 inch squares. I’m not sure what to do with these cute little pieces but my mom gave me her pack of “Hope Chest” fabrics and I added it to mine and made this:
I would like to get more of this fabric and make a small border. Then I can go crazy quilting all the ideas I got for square shapes!
A couple weeks ago, I went to the Round Bobbin quilt show in St. Charles and used it as an excuse to see my daughter at college. I dragged her along and she convinced me to buy this pattern and kit of fabrics. It’s called “Morley J. Moose III”. There’s a whole line of these colorful animal quilts designed by Barbara J. Jones and they’re super cute.
I thought maybe it was paper pieced. (You know I love to paper piece!) It’s actually made by applique so I’ll have to make myself do that. It’s so cute and bright, I think it’ll be fun. I also got another small quilt pattern and kit so I’ll share that with you on a future post.