Many of our customers have taken classes from Diane Gaudynski and really love using the YLI 100wt silk thread for their fine machine quilting. She teaches beautiful, tiny stippling, feathers, grids – and small shapes showing little or no build up of thread.
Her book educates the reader on all aspects of machine quilting from how to set up your workspace to finishing tips. There are plenty of photographs accompanying the instructions. And of course, images of the finished quilts.
As the popularity of fine machine stitching has caught on YLI have increased the amount of colours in the 1000 yard mini cones so you can really go to town.
The chapters cover:
- A machine quilting overview which includes a paragraph on your mental attitude. Now that’s something I have never thought about! And there is a chapter at the end about Preventing Pain and Fatigue. Really useful information which we don’t think about until our necks are sore or our back aches unbearably.
- The usual sections on equipment, supplies, batting, backing fabrics.
- Chapters on how to mark your quilt, and pin basting.
- A plan of attack, thread tension and the quilting technique.
- There are two sections of the different styles of quilting. One on walking foot quilting and the other on free-motion quilting. Both these chapters are chocka block with information and there are frequently asked questions included.
- A small section of quilting samples.
- Some finishing tips on how to square your quilt, binding, washing and drying the quilt.
- Three machine quilting projects to work on.
I am a fan of technique bibles and this is a machine quilting bible; especially when using very fine silk thread. Using Diane Gaudynski’s tutorials results in delicate and very beautiful heirloom stitching.
Published by The American Quilter’s Society.
Swarovski rivolis bezelled with galvanised lemon delicas and contrasting dark blue seed beads give this lovely interchangeable pendant necklace a striking effect. The pattern is a design by Jean Power for the 2015 National Beading Week in the UK.
To see what others created go to the Facebook page Jean set up for her secret bead-along.
This is a close up of the five different stars.
Fractal Ribbons. A new fractal quilt created for exhibition in conjunction with the High Fiber Diet group – “Making Our Mark”. The quilt is hand stitched, with silk ribbon embroidery and hand quilted lines. It is 24″ square.
Our guidelines were to design a piece using neutral colours such as black, brown, grey, white etc. Along with no more than 25% other color.
In total 36 pieces were chosen, a core group plus alternatives.
A new colour in the large spools of Mettler 60wt silk finish cotton thread – Rain Cloud.
Several month ago we drove out to Tillamook. Mainly to see the Tillamook Dairy! But we kept seeing painted wooden quilt blocks on the sides of buildings. Which prompted me to do a little research. And I found a whole website dedicated to these blocks.
The Tillamook County Quilt Trail began back in 2009 and continued to add blocks to the trail. You can get a map and properly follow the trail. Or, like us, you can be pleasantly surprised to see a block just as you turn a corner. The picture above shows a quilt block on the side of Barker Farm.
In June I bought some interesting rivolis at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. And I’m using some equally interesting bead colours from my stash to go with them, so I am curious how this will all turn out. At the last count she had over 4000 people signed up to work on the project, along with a Facebook page to show how everyone is doing.
Very exciting – I’m there! Are you?
How could I have missed this? I was talking to a quilt acquaintance and she mentioned this twist on a shop hop. Sounds like a good thing to get into during the summer months. Here’s the basic blurb:
“Row by Row Experience™ began in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State. In 2012 the event grew to include 62 participating shops. Pennsylvania came on board in 2013 for a total of 138 shops throughout the two states.
In 2014 over 1250 quilt shops participated in 34 states and Ontario.
All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders.
Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere!”
“Visit any participating quilt shop during the summer and ask for the pattern for a row in the Row by Row H2O quilt. Each shop is offering one pattern at no charge to customers who visit the store between June 21 and September 8, 2015.”
“Complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2015 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop to win a stash of 25 fat quarters. (That’s 6-1/4 yards of fabric!) Win a bonus prize for using that store’s row in your quilt. A quilt will be considered “complete” when it is quilted, bound, and labeled.”
“Use any pattern to layout your rows. You decide. Stack your rows, arrange around a center medallion, make them horizontal, vertical, upside down, on the front, on the back, whatever! You are the designer. Be creative and have fun, but be sure to use at least 8 different 2015 rows.”
What a terrific idea. This year – 2015 – the theme is all about water. Off you go!