I declare 2010 as the year of learning quilting skills! Behind this declaration stands a woman
determined to learn as much as possible about how to quilt a quilt. There are so many
options out there from traditional to ultra modern.
What method suits a quilt? What method suits me in practice?
As I journey through this campaign I will by default drag all of you along...if you please.
Step 1: Domestic machine quilting...
This method is enticing as it means we can easily finish a quilt at home, on my machine but where do I start? We have worked with Kim Bradley so a while back I took her Machine Quilting basics class, Kim is one of those people that you meet and know instinctively that she is a creative genius. She has an organic flair that seems to come from the air. Her original projects have fabulous detail and energy. At the start of the class everyone looks very serious, there is a quiet layer of anxious anticipation as we sneak peeks at her sample quilts...
and a bit of awe inspired excitement. Then before we knew it we were all off on way.
Kim starts with basic machine notes on tension, needles and the rest. This is important as we all tend to neglect our machines. I cant tell you many times a fluff ball the size of a small bird has been pulled out of a machine in a class after the declaration that there is something wrong with the machine! But after that there was no stopping us as the mystery of basic shapes ideas became manageable mantras that were
soon become imbedded in the brain. Curve, kick, return...Curve, kick, return...
Curve, kick return...anyway. Some of us were trying this skill for the first time and others, like me, jumped right in on projects we had stacked somewhere. This class is a great way to have supervised practice.
If the truth be told, I haven't practiced much since the last time but it didn't take long to get back in the saddle and have some fun. It is the era of anything goes. Once a few designs are tackled they soon become our own. My style you might ask? Well it is a bit on the wonky side but hey, that's what I do and I like it. On the other hand, Sue was working for perfection.
Sue was doing a practice block pattern for Kim's Quilt as you go masterpiece! Wait, that was a loaded sentence. A practice block? That is a pill I wish I could take. I very much admire the patience to spend a day in practice mode concentrating on getting it right. You might be able to see her practice piece is looking pretty darn good!
The quilt in itself is a gorgeous nine patch with a variety of divine quilting patterns on Reece Scannel shot cottons. Kim's designs on the quilt blocks are fabulous as they fill the space and connect to one another.
It was hard for me to capture the shimmering shot cottons from a distance but if you have a closer look you can see the detail which looks impossible but really isn't as hard as it looks to achieve...
It was a great day of learning and practicing.
I have to say also that normally I associate a day of
machine quilting with a neck ache but that wasn't the case at all.
Careful attention to posture and a few timely breaks and I felt like I had achieved
That was step one. Domestic machine quilting skills improving - tick.
I'll accept a few jigs where there should be jags because it was really fun!
More on quilting skills to come...and so much more! k
ps I am still having a nightmare with text settings...any one got any tips?