Art Bus Continues the Quilting Across America Tour
After a successful stop in Alabama that included lots of rest and lots and lots of quilting for clients we have shoved off and are headed toward Texas in the Art Bus. Our Alabama stop was awesome, as always! Sweet Home! The slide on the Art Bus was repaired and we are living large because I changed to a smaller quilting machine and we got a tow-car. Snoopie is happy and full of vigor. Michael is feeling better after struggling with a bad bout of chronic illness. Life is good!
While in Alabama I created a quilt from start to finish from my stash. My stash was incredibly difficult to get to during the months that the slide was stuck in and one of the first things I did was pull fabrics out for some quilts that I want to make. I had completed my En Provence quilt from last years' Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt and I finished piecing another plaid quilt. It was time for a new project to emerge. Yes, I have some UFO's but sometimes you get a creative boost from a whole new project. I used the Illusions pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Below: "Juki Fruit," the first quilt made entirely on my Juki TL 2000 Qi machine! I LOVE it! I was inspired by a student to try facing this quilt, rather than binding it and I just adore this look!
The En Provence quilt that Bonnie K. Hunter presented to us last fall really kicked my backside! I struggled with getting the components in both the blocks and the sashings placed correctly. My lavenders were too close in hue to my purples and I really felt the effects of traumatic brain injury on that quilt! I didn't really like this quilt when I first got it finished but after getting it quilted and living with it for a few weeks it has grown on me. The colors remind me so much of my dear friend that loves scrappy quilts and has never been given a quilt... I made it for her. I just need to pop it in the mail :)
Private Workshops Updates
I've had the supreme pleasure of helping a dozen quilters tame their quilting machines and stretch their freehand skills over the last few weeks. I've worked on two Tin Lizzies, a Q'nique, a Viking longarm, a HQ Avante, an APQS Millie, an Innova, two Gammill machines, three sewing machines and a Bernina Q20 sit down machine. Every student was thrilled with the results of our time together. There is nothing to compare what you can learn and ABSORB in a one-to-one context in your own environment, on your own machine.
I have been machine quilting freehand for 18 years now, with 17 years of longarm quilting machine experience. I teach you practical, beautiful quilting skills that can be used on whatever kind of quilting system that you already have. Sewing machine, mid-arm, sit-down or stand-up longarm machine, I will help you learn to LOVE the machine you already HAVE.
We are once again mobile, heading West along I-20 this week (November 7 -16) toward Dallas from Birmingham. If you are along that route (within 100 or so miles) please call and schedule your private workshop with me today (360) 488-3036. I want to see the whole of America covered with quilts made 100% by you. There is something so special about doing a quilt from beginning to finish all by yourself. You don't have to spend a fortune or have an insane amount of space to be able to do that. I can help you set your sewing machine up to work comfortably for you to quilt even large quilts. The quilt pictured above in my Juki set-up is 84" x 100" and has a double batting and a flannel back!
I won't be back this far East for at least a year. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to grow your quilting genius!