This past week I was fortunate to attend the AQS Branson quilt show where my Missouri Splendor quilt had been accepted. It was such a thrill to see my quilt hang with those rock stars of the quilting world. I was very proud to be included. My friends Christine and Sheila (bless her heart, still recovering from knee surgery) attended with me and we met up with Debbie & Allen Webb a friend and former co-worker. They all wanted to see my quilt hanging there as well. They are my cheerleaders and were there for the journey of the making of it.
The photo below is the view as you walk into the quilt show. What a surprise to see my quilt right away.
My momentos from the quilt show. This is a once in a lifetime experience for me.
Next is AQS Paducah. I have my camping reservations in place. Ready to open the camper and get it ready for the first trip of the season.
After the quilt show in Branson I had the pleasure to teach a beginner needle turn applique class. I had delightful students and enjoyed teaching again. It has been quite some time since I had taught a class. I have another class coming up April 15th and it is full. Yeah. Maybe I can develop a couple more classes. This is the sample I designed for my class
One of three applique projects under my needle currently is Bird by Bird a design by Phillipa Naylor. Here is a potential mockup but changes and placement of color are being considered. I have to admit that I have struggled with Phillipa’s technique using fusible on her applique so I reverted back to my comfort zone of freezer paper prepared edge. I am however loving the fusible on my perfect circles and will continue to use that technique with the circles. Just look at those perfectly round circles.
Working on improving my free motion skills using my Bernina Q16. This is a class from Angela at Quilting is My Therapy. I love the ability to watch her class videos and practice on my machine right away in the comfort of my home.
I did finish quilting my Jen Kingwell ‘s pattern Golden Days quilt. It is still a challenge for me to decide how to quilt sections but eventually something comes to mind of how it should look. It is also very helpful to have a friend who is a professional long armer that I can consult to give me her perspective on what she would do. Thank you Vicky. I attribute the concentric circle quilting in the border to Vicky’s advice. Great idea. I was challenged at the thought as I had never executed circles such as those but I found I really enjoyed the process. It’s not perfect but it’s experience and practice. I did notice at the quilt show that the quilting used on the award winning quilts was quite dense and the stitch length was about a 12 and I am using an 8 or 9. Maybe I will try with the shorter stitch length. Having a machine with dual stitch regulators I can adjust that easily. I wonder if it will affect the ability to execute flow of the curves. I think I will pull out my practice sandwich and play abit.
Below is my sister showing off her 2nd quilt. I believe she even impressed herself by being able to increase her piecing skills with half square triangles and quarter square triangles. I am very proud of her progress. She is doing great.
Today under my needle is unpacking from my recent class and quilting a toddler quilt for my friend. Weather is supposed to be sunny and mid 50’s a nice spring day for sure.
Hope all have a blessed day. Enjoy your stitches.
Katherine Sissy Malone