Frustration overload today. Typepad has twice now frozen my post with one image. I can't figure out what is going on with the photo editor and being a woman of little patience where technology is concerned I am working to control my growing growl. It is hard enough trying to absorb all the variety of instant communication into my tiny brain but when things go wrong I find it really hard not to scream. In the back of my mind is always a little nudging thought...spend time learning about it all and then the immediate response is, "and not do what other thing to make space to learn???" How do we learn all this stuff? I know it is easy but sometimes I just get stuck being me...a woman that would rather talk face to face. So, here goes nothing with my third attempt to load photos. If you dont' hear from me it is because I am out in the backyard stamping on the space that should be our garden but is instead a 3 year old pile of dirt waiting for a shovel. Oh deary me. Here is the photo I can't seem to turn without blocking out the whole post...the subject is most pleasing but it is on its side. This is Sheila's back for her Urban Owls. YES, the back! I show you because it is a great front as well! We get a lot of quilts through the shop for machine quilting that have great backs. The reaction is always the same...a gasp of surprise and then an approving exclamation. What is that? Does it mean we should be making two sided quilts? I have often thought that it is a good way to get mileage out of my quilts. Using UFO's or odd bits of fabric fabrics for backs is about to become a method of choice...that is if I can ever stop fretting about learning to use my computer better.
What about fussy cutting? This is a concept generally reserved for hand piecing hexagons or applique but it is also a great tool when piecing borders. Judy is working on this round of borders in our Liberated Medallions class. She is using an Amy Butler fabric and a template to select a specific part of the fabric.Looks great and that little bit of attention to detail doesn't take a long time...neither would focusing the camera!
Megan has been working on the medallion she did with Gwen Marston and using Gwen's liberated wedding ring for a border. The string pieced center is a great twist as well. The colours are vibrant and engaging.
Cath has been working on a version of the Double EZ Wedding ring as well. We are calling this "And the Baby Makes Three...how beautiful is it to think of making this quilt for a new baby? It combines the Wedding Ring with the birth into one breath taking concept.
Add the stripes and it is too good to give away!
There is a bit of a colour story happening here. Is it trend or chance? Not sure but I like it!!! We have all agreed that the little elephant fabric that Cath used is one of our favourite stumpers. We love it but haven't used it but now...watch it fly out the door with this wedding ring template.
We have been doing demos on this great template all week. What I learned playing with mine is that there is a certain step in a project that holds me back. I was dreading the curve seams but when I went to do them...they were SO EASY! Then I was dreading the assembly of the rows. And, wait for it...that was SO EASY too! In the end I was fascinated looking back at the things that might have stopped me from going forward with this project. Pushing through the hesitation was all it took. Perhaps I should apply that to my technology impasse. Anyway...too much about me.
In another corner Jenny has blended her Made Fabric hexagons from Victoria Findlay Wolf's workshop earlier in the year with the Rooster we made in Out of LIne. Something to crow about...hee hee.
So what's the lesson? I am forever amazed by the wonderous amount of variation there is in the quilt world. We all see the same things and make things that are completely different. The starting place may be the same but the end result is always something new. k