Two finishes and, I’m on my way to San Jose!
I focused my energy on getting projects done and I finished both my class sample for Craft Napa as well as my SAQA Auction donation quilt. It feels good to finish!
My newest sample for “Free Motion Quilting – Start With a Square” is ready for Craft Napa. I like its joyful nature and that is what the class is all about – free motion quilting, playing with new designs, figuring out how to combine them and having a blast while learning!
The back is kind of fun too, looking like its a whole cloth quilt! I like to make my backs interesting also.
I had fun playing with those paisley-like shapes and filling them with doodles. This was a great fabric for Start With a Square.
I wasn’t sure if I was done with my SAQA Auction Donation quilt that I wrote about last week. I did decide that the center needed more definition so I pulled out the beads. Let’s look back at how it looked before the addition:
I beaded over Easter during a little down time. My son and DIL, um, well actually my DIL, made a scrumptious Easter brunch and it was divine! So I actually had time to add some beading to this little piece which I think gives it more impact and draws the viewer in to see the details. The beading was definitely worth it.
I’ll be driving to San Jose on Thursday for the Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference and I’m excited to see old friends and meet new ones! I hope to leave very early and stop at Title 9 to refresh my summer wardrobe with a new piece or two, then on to Conference. I’ll be rooming with Libby Williamson so there will surely be some mischief!
I’ll be writing about Conference next week so be sure to come back. Artists from all over the world will converge in San Jose and there will be fabulous camaraderie, break out sessions, lots of food and surely some delightfully unexpected things will happen! I’ll be linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the wall Friday.
Margaret Blank says
I like both those finished pieces, but especially the “square”. Clever, pretty and fun! And yes, I agree — the light touch of beads was a good idea. :-)
Thank you Margaret! I go light on embellishment; quilting, not so much:-) This “square” I especially like.
Betty Jo Tatum says
Ooh la la! Those little quilts are beautiful. Well done! Have a lot of fun.
Thank you Betty Jo! If it ain’t fun then I need to rethink! I appreciate your ongoing encouragement
Martha E Ressler says
It took me a minute to see the beading. But now I do! And, yes good addition.
Thank you Martha! I enjoyed all the luscious detail on your Spotlight piece and i’m annoyed that I got outbidded!
Mary Stori says
For years I’ve preached…..the only reason to make a quilt is to bead it…..the addition of beads on your wool piece certainly enhanced an already lovely piece!
Okay Mary, I am a convert! I’ve used them a bit in the past but not extensively. They were definitely needed here. I’m giggling over your comment!
Mary Bailey says
Are there any plans for your start with a square class @ Meisners this year? Would love to attend! :)
Both pieces are beautiful!!!
Hi Mary – yes, on May 11 at the Folsom store. You can sign up online. Thank you for asking!
Andrée G Faubert says
Hi Jenny, your FMQ sampler, Start with a Square is really great. I love how the patterns work well together. You’re probably busy in San Jose but if you get a chance, please consider linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. We’ll love to have you join us.
Hi Andree, just returned and i’ll check it out. Thank you for your kind comments!
Sandy Carreon says
The beads were needed. Good call. And I live your start with a square quilt. Very fun.
Thank you Sandy! It took me awhile to see the need, but onece I saw the beads going on I could see it was what it needed.
Franki Lori Kohler says
Oh yes, the beading is the perfect finish for your piece. Great job!
Thank you Franki! I’m just now getting attuned to beads.