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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A soon-to-be Free Motion quilter

How many hobbies can I pack into one weekend? Well, I'll tell you: 7!
  • Quilting
  • Cleaning
  • Crocheting
  • Volunteering
  • Cooking
  • Watching TV
  • Reading

    Saturday was my free-motion quilting class. And it was so worth it. There were only 7-8 people, of which I was the youngest. I was a bit intimidated at first. They were all clucking about differences in machines, their favorite quilters, etc. Stuff that's all over my head. I just like to sit down and sew. But when we sat down and started to do the actual work, I ran circles around them...er, quilted circles around them. We spent the time watching the instructor do samples of different stitches, then practicing on our own, with the instructor coming around and helping us troubleshoot. It only took me a couple test sandwiches to get the feel of the motion, which really boosted my confidence compared to the practice I did on my own a couple months ago that was a flop.

    I didn't take pics of my pattern stitching, but I did take pictures of the stencil on quilt paper. The picture on the right is a closeup of my finished work. Not bad, but could use more practice if I ever decide to do that again.

    Quilt stencil Quilting class

    And this class gave me some inspiration for my pink spring quilt - I decided on a daisy stitch pattern to make it even more springy and girly.

    I spent Sunday morning at the zoo, just moseying around and answering guest questions as they popped up. But I found it weird that some of the animals were following me around. Some animals, like the pronghorns, peacocks, and the Andean condor, would come running to the front of the exhibit and walk along the front with me. Took me awhile to realize that I was wearing a beige t-shirt and brown baseball cap, so I looked like a keeper. *sigh* If only.

    peacock

    When I got home from the zoo, I was still inspired from the quilting class on Saturday that I felt the need to make something. So, with some fabric from the Farm to Fork fabric line, I whipped up some new pot holders for my kitchen. I had intended to try some free-motion quilting on these, but then decided to stick to a straight stitch and not hide/cover the images too much.

    Farm potholders

    And somehow I managed to find the time to clean up my sewing area a bit, work on a crochet top that's slow in the making, catching TV like 'Game of Thrones' (no spoilers, but it's about time that happened!) and read a few chapters. No wonder I'm so tired...

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