Interview with Angela Walters

Listen to Podcast Here

 

 

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Today’s podcast has an interview with Angela Walters, upper left on book cover. She is a great person to chat with about free motion quilting and long arm quilting. She wears many hats in her business including the You Tube Show called the Midnight Quilting show. All of her social media links can be found here on her website.

Here is her most recent episode on You Tube:

 

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Katrina’s Minatures Shop is here and you can see the cute dragon softie!

Crochet by Renee shop is here and you can see the fab beanies and patterns!

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Story about my collaborative quilt is here and I hope to get a way better picture of the quilt at AQS Grand Rapids! So excited to go

Quilts for cure website is here

Watch for My VLOG on You Tube after the Quilt Show Saturday but here is my latest video from the last Highland Games I went to

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Harry Potter scarf pattern is here

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Quilt on!

Vicki

what I have been up to Highland Games and stuff

 

 

I went to the 168th St Andrews Society Highland games and festival. I had the opportunity to see Dan McKim again this year. He is retiring this year. He took first in the Pro division.

My husband competed in the Amateur division. A great day of competition.  I saw all of the games but I did walk about and see the festival. The music was good, lots of vendors and clan information. I have to say it is pretty cool and I enjoyed the day. I always have a pint in honor of my Scottish ancestors. I tried a whiskey and I have to say I still don’t like it, lol. Click on the videos below to see some of the games in action!

 

 

 

 

On the creative front, I finished the multi colored cowl on the lower left. It is a yarn that is spun and has roving.  You cast on about 80 or so on a large circular needle. Knit round one then knit where yarn is spun and purl where yarn is roving. When the cowl has used up the skien knit off. Magic!

I cast on a stockinette stitch scarf that will be a Harry Potter scarf like one from the Prisoner of Azkaban. Link is here for pattern.  I found the red yarn on clearance for 72 cents a skein! I had the yellow in my stash from when I was in a yarn a month club. I love the easy pattern.  You knit a tube then add fringe. How easy is that?

Then the most exciting thing is one of my quilts will be feature on Moda Bake Shop in a couple of weeks. I have the quilt nearly done. I have the how to pictures completed. I need to write the steps up. The most difficult problem is the cover picture. I hope for good weather otherwise it will be improvised inside. I have high hopes for my camera being able to take a really sweet photo. I have lots of spots I can get a nice picture.

Well wish me luck on the pictures lol,

quilt on

Vicki

A quilt top and investigation

If you listened to my last podcast you will know I said I wasn’t going to piece quilts without intention until I caught up on my long arm quilting of my own quilts. Well, I must have impulsively said that. I had all morning yesterday before I needed to return to work after a good checkup at the dentist.  So, I didn’t have a batting nor the ability to buy one till Friday…. so I sewed a Valentines table topper. It was a panel I bought in Scotland in 2014, It had to be finished! You will also notice the back of a quilt I took off the frame for a customer and now the frame is open waiting to be loaded. The next deadlined quilt is mine. AGH, I need a batting. What to do after to table topper? I started testing a pattern for a friend who is making softies. It is a little dragon stuffed animal. So cute.  A nice change of pace for sewing. More to come on that pattern and my process will be another blog post.

Click on photos for a larger more detailed look !

I went on a investigative trip to the community garden. I have a quilt that will be featured on Moda Bake Shop mid August. I need to take a picture for the cover photo. I want it to be special. The pictures all the other chef’s take for cover photos are amazing and I am feeling a little nervous about the need to have a really good one! The quilt will go on the frame soon AFTER I GET A BATTING. Ugh I hate having wasted good long arming time because I don’t have a batting or backing or thread. Makes me a little bit nutty. But you make do and I have plenty other supplies and lists of things to do.

What makes a good quilt pattern cover photo? I would love to hear what you think? I think the garden has some potential for a good picture.

Quilt on,

Vicki

Machine Quilting Monday

I wanted to share a quilt I just took off the frame for a customer. Isn’t it the sweetest fabric collection? I chose to do a freemotion feather in the center. The first pink border has curls in it and the outer border is a curl, one leaf and travel with a loopy meander. Overall, I love the texture in each zone and that the quilting didn’t overwhelm the lovely piecing and the sweetness of the fabrics.

Click on each picture for more details. What is fun is how liberating free motion quilting is. I didn’t mark anywhere. I didn’t break the thread on the borders, just snuck in and out in a suble manner and it all flowed together. I used Superior Sew Fine thread and they have my favorite threads for long arming.

Here is a little video!

Quilt on!

Vicki

Emeralds Quilt Machine Quilting progress

I did have a winner for the Machine Quilting blog hop and you can read about it here

I want to thank all those who particpated in the blog hop and the giveway. It was really a great time and I learned so much. I plan to do another blog hop in the fall and I hope you join me for that hop!!!

I continue to apply all that I learned recently. Ruler work is the skill I am trying to master. I loaded my celebration quilt of my 5oth birthday , or jubilee quilt,  that I pieced last year. It is called Emeralds (my birthstone) and you can read about the idea I had here. I wanted to celebrate versus getting sad over entering into the age where I qualified for AARP,

I decided to quilt it to look like faceted emeralds with sparkle and shine. I am nearly finished with the quilt but I wanted to show you how it is quilting up on the frame. Overall, I like it. I have a few wobbly lines but I realized I need a 10 in ruler … the one I have is really too big. I will buy one when I go to Grand Rapids for the quilt show next month.  Here is progress pics and a little video

 

 

 

Quilt on!

Vicki

Week 10 -Whole Cloth Quilt

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This week is the final chapter called Butterflies in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

 

The final week is here. This week is the chapter about making a whole cloth quilt. In this chapter of the book the quilt was a intricate whole cloth butterfly quilt. It is a gorgeous quilt! I wanted to start on a smaller scale and draw my own design in the center. I used a compass to draw the center medallion and flowers. Then on the paper I outlined it in a sharpie. Next, I laid the white fabric over the paper and used a Frixion pen to trace the design.  I then drew a large square around the circular motif and filled it with lines like sunlight. I filled in the negative spaces between the rays and outlined the square. Then quilted all links of spirals and swirls. Hard to describe so let me show you …. and there will be a video at the end to discuss this little quilt. I was so proud of it I signed my name at the bottom. When I was finished, I hit the frixion pen marks with my hot irons super steam, I did not press the quilt.

 

 

You can click on each picture to see the progress on the quilt and below is the video talking about making the quilt.

I want to remind everyone the giveaway is open until July 7th and don’t just enter mine I have three friends who are also giving away a copy of the book, too.

I hope you had as much fun as I did during the machine quilting blog hop. I appreciate the time spent reading and participating in the blog hop. I am going to keep practicing and tomorrow I am posting  of a recent finish. I have lots of thing going on creatively…. pretty much all the time. I have a Facebook Group as well as my Instagram account that you can see the feed on the side bar. I also have a podcast twice a month, AND you can sign up for my newsletter to keep up with all I have going on.

Quilt on!

Vicki

Machine Quilting Blog Hop Week 9 and a Giveaway!!!!!!

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Can you believe that next week will be the last week of the blog hop? I cannot and to celebrate we are having a giveaway!This giveaway is generously sponsored by Martingale Publishing. The winner will receive one copy of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. If the winner resides in the United States or Canada, they will have their choice of a physical or digital copy of the book. If they reside outside the US and Canada, the winner will receive a digital copy. You can enter anytime between June 26, 2017-July 7, 2017. Use Raffelcopter link above the enter ! Be sure to go to the other bloggers sites listed below for additional chances to win!

This week is the chapter called  Migration in the book “The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting” by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. HollyAnne, Kristin and Jen are joining me in this journey. The four of us are blogging our way through the book and each week that goes by we are practicing more and gaining confidence with each exercise. I am a long armer and the other ladies are using their domestic sewing machines. The patterns for the quilts in the book are amazing but we are focusing on the free motion quilting for the blog hop. Links to the previous weeks are on the side bar tab for the Machine Quilting Blog hop. Join the party at Instagram using hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop

 

I really liked the ideas of making rectangular squares look like faceted gems. Angela made high contrasting quilting by facets in the light squares and dense quilting in the dark squares of the sample quilt. She made some of my favorite shapes curls and a feather . I have made 2 quilts using these ideas and I will show you in the next series of photos.

Here is a quilt where I did the facet look in each corner of a block to highlight the center batik . I did a ton of outlining too using  a ruler. Click on each picture to enlarge for detail.

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Here is a quilt with an elongated curl with feather shapes on them. One of my favorite shapes to do . I added a bit of pebbling to the mix:

 

 

Click on the photos for details.

The takeaways from this week are:

  1. Emphasize an area by a bit of less quilting and the dense quilting can be a background fill de-emphazing that area
  2. Stitching in the ditch can help emphasize an area as well as anchor it before you quilt a zone … divide and conquer
  3.  negative space can be broken up in different stitched using a straight line, a curvy line or a bracket shaped line.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Link at the beginning of the post

I hope you have had as much fun following along as I have had doing this post. Next week is a celebration and a chance to apply all we have learned !!!

Quilt on,

Vicki