Sunday, October 04, 2015

Guild Workshop with Elizabeth Dillinger

This month the guild speaker was Elizabeth Dillinger. On Saturday she taught her Zen Free Motion quilting class. I had been on the wait list but got a call on Monday that there was a spot for me. It was an excellent day.

In the morning we learned about setting up our machines and practiced some skills -- some free motion and some thread painting for drawing lines and where to look. After lunch we started in on a practice piece. She provide a larger floral print sandwich and we quilted/thread painted a flower then did some embellishments. All to add dimension to the flower. She's an excellent teacher and speaker.

This is the practice piece. I forgot to take a photo before I touched it so this is after some work is done.

I've started to do some marking on this flower in pencil but on the whole its how the manufacturer printed it.

This one I've started to prepare.

This one is stitched and then had ink and glitter added.

I came home with several pages of notes and want to try a few things. I'd taken a cream and black letter size sandwich with me to practice on. The cream part really worked well as I was able to write notes easily on it but I forgot to take a light coloured marker so I could write on the black. Elizabeth also provided a practice sandwich so I had ample opportunity to practice in the morning. It was very strange leaving for the workshop yesterday with just my machine, light, gloves and scissors. Everything else was in the kit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ready to stitch

I taped the centre section of the pattern together yesterday. Then I started to lay out all the bits that I had prepared for the last month. Now it is ready to be stitched. Still have to make the zigzag parts though.
Linking this up with Esther's WOW

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Prep work for Love Entwined

After stitching the flowers around the centre and adding their stems, Love Entwined has sat waiting for me to prep the next step.  Its waited a long time.  Over the last month I've prepared a whole baggie of bits for parts 2&3.  I still haven't tackled the zigzag part but I know what I plan to do so I'll get to it shortly.

(The black lines are just stitched lines to help with the placement.  They mark the 8 points of the top.  Eventually, I'll remove them)

After trying the applique tools and various interfacings, I traced two pages of shapes that I needed and printed them on the wash away stabilizer and then prepared the shapes.

Last Sunday I was suppose to go to Elaine's for an applique day. When I went out to head over we were having freezing rain. I cleared the windshield, got in the car, couldn't see out the windshield for the freezing rain so got out and cleared it again. After the third time clearing and still not being able to pull out of my parking spot, I turned off the car and went back inside. I decided I wasn't suppose to drive that day. Even with the defrost on, the rain just froze on contact. Although I couldn't get to Elaine's, I decided to have an applique day at home. I watched some programs I had recorded a while ago and not gotten around to watching and prepared the little dots to go on the ovals. The dots finish at 5/16 inches. Here are 40 of the 48 all traced and cut out. The other 8 are already on the ovals.

Today I finished stitching the last of the dots on and so took a break and stitched a letter on for my ABCs of Christmas. It was rather nice to work on a big shape like the O. Its about 3 inches tall. This is a sideways view with an oval and dots for comparison.
Next step is to start placing the bits on the Love Entwined top so I can stitch them in place. Some of the points aren't as pointy as I would like but I'll use my water brush to soften the glue and reposition the fabric as I stitch.