Cold Weather Quilting

This certainly has been a good winter in the Northeast for quilting.  We have had severe cold weather and snow, snow and more snow.  We have numerous days that our planned activities out in the normal world have had to be cancelled, and there was always sewing to fill in those dreary days.

One of my main concentrations right now is to improve my machine quilting and bring variety of stitches, as well as improve my stitching.  In January I finished a small quilt top “Floating Triangles” and machine quilted a spiral on the quilt top using a decorative stitch and my walking foot.  It was an interesting way to quilt and the distance between rows was fairly easy to measure by lining up the side of the foot on the last row.  See what you think…

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This table runner was quickly pieced using leftovers from a quilt made last year.  I like using these table runners on my coffee table and this pattern is a quick project that you sew the strips of fabric on and quilt at the same time.  I consider that to be my stabilizing quilting because I really like a lot more quilting than you would get just by putting the strips on, and so I have added all over quilting as well.

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This is another small piece that I had the ability to do some quilting practice on.  The background quilting is a combination of swirls, pebbles and leaves.  This block is a sample for a class we will be doing at Quilt Guild and I made 6 of the blocks incorrectly so I had to make another quilt top to demo the class.  I am hoping to start quilting the 2nd quilt top this weekend.

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I have found a Machine Quilting Blog that I enjoy and will recommend by Lori Kennedy, http://theinboxjaunt.com/  the tutorials are easy to follow and she has great ideas for practicing and improving your machine quilting.

My weekly sketchbook has been enjoyable; I have been working from a list of prompts that I picked out on line.  I do enjoy sketching and I am hoping that it will improve my creative abilities.  Also, a sketch may someday inspire a quilt.  I believe in pushing myself into art areas that I am not comfortable in, hoping to expand my experiences and improve my art overall.  I find it challenging and exciting at the same time.  How do you like to challenge yourself?  I hope your challenges give you joy!