Saturday, March 31, 2012

Retreat in the Summer Time !!!

Sewin’ In The Summer 2012

Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 19, 2012

Join ‘One Loose Thread’ and the ‘Frayed Knots’ for a weekend of fun, food, and fellowship. There will be NO STRUCTURED SCHEDULE with the exception of meals. What a great time to try a new technique or ask for opinions on a design problem. With all level of quilters, problems can be solved, and many opinions will be available. This is a ‘Sit and Sew’ event.

Everyone gets a 6 foot table to themselves

Where: Gravatt Conference Center, Camp Gravatt, Aiken, S.C.

When: August 16 – August 19, 2012 Check-in time is 2:00 PM or later on Thursday with Check-out on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

Cabins have 2 adjoining rooms that sleep 2 per room with shared bathroom.

Motel rooms sleep 2. This room has its own bathroom

All Meals are furnished beginning with Supper on Thursday night

What I have planned:
·       Sit and Sew as long as you want to.
·       Nightly Show and Tell with an on-going quilt show
·       An opportunity to “play” with EQ products
·       Request that certain techniques be shown in the evening
·        GOOD SURPRISES-Special Competitions ???
With this information, fill out your form, write your check and get it in the mail:

One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
Attention: Joyce Greer
P. S. Mark your calendars for
Think Spring Quilt Camp
February 2013-Quilt Camp

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Feathers!!! Oh My!!!

At the end of January, Leslie brought in a beautiful log cabin top to be quilted. That part was wonderful since I had never quilted anything for her before. However, then she told me that the top was very special to her as it was a wedding quilt. The top was beautifully pieced and perfectly square so that I was even more excited to be working on such a nice piece. Then she told me "I want feathers in the white areas." Oh my gosh!!!! I have never REALLY quilted feathers before and CERTAINLY not on a customer quilt. Ok Joyce, you can do this. All you need to do is practice first. Soooooooooooo, I assured Leslie that we would do this and it would be beautiful. Leslie left the top with me and as the door to the studio closed, I headed to the fridge for a bottle of wine.

What had I done!!! How could I possibly take in a top like this and expect to do a good job for this customer?? Crazy huh? Oh well, I had until the end of March to figure this out. I had to work through some other tops and Quilt Camp before I could start on her quilt.  So January ends and February passes in a blur. Guess what. It's March and I have done no practicing. So, into the DVD player goes Kimmy Brunner's Twirly Whirly Feathers. Watch, watch, watch. I took a love quilt from Devine quilters to practice on:

 I don't know enough yet. So time to watch Free Motion Fun with Feathers by Patsy Thompson another good video............. Still not ready. Next up was Feathers of a New Generation by Lisa Calle......................Still not ready.
 Reviewed notes taken in Karen Kendo's classes at QSC last year............feeling just a little better. More of Kimmy's feather video...........White Board practice: I have a large white board that I lay on a table and everytime I pass by, I had to draw a feather. Practice, practice, practice.............on the white board, in the sketch book, in the air at the stop light. Ok, I'm feeling better about this. Time to load the top.

The back is loaded. We had decided to use wool batting so that is loaded too. Time to load the top. Go over all of my notes and make sure everything is properly loaded on Olivia.

First to stabilize the top. The side borders are 12" so I made sure that it was basted and pinned to keep it square.

 I started at the top and did straight line quilting in the dark side of every block. The lines are 1/2" apart and I used Lisa Calle's "Quilters Groove" rulers.
Using So Fine in the bobbin and Fil-Tec's Harmony varigated in the top. (Love this Fil-Tec thread). This straight line quilting took FOREVER!!!!! I underestimated that at 10 hours, but, I know it was much longer than that.
Once all of the straight lines where done, there was nothing left to do but start the feathering. Deep breath. Steady Joyce. It's only fabric and thread. You can always use the seam ripper and take it out. So here we go!!

Not bad. Actually it looks pretty good. On to the rest of the quilt. I used Marvey markers to mark spine lines as I went through the quilt. Humidity in South Carolina must be climbing since the line would not be visible for more than 15 minutes or so.

Feathers, feathers, feathers...........................

Feathers completed.For the feathers I used Glide thread on the top and So Fine in the Bobbin. Love that Glide Thread.

Now the next part of the quilt to be done was the center. Leslie wanted a feathered wreath in the center. I pulled out my largest feather stencil and marked it with my Marvey marker. Stitched it in and decided that it needed to be just a little larger so I echoed around the outer edges. Next was to crosshatch the center. Here again I used Lisa Calle's tools to do this work.Love the way that turned out. Then the outside of the wreath needed something else. That was when I decided to add the little feather swags on 4 sides and then the addition of more straight lines behind the swags. Yes, I intentionally made the line spacing different in 2 of the 4 corners. Lisa's tools again..............

Ok, now all that's left would be the borders.

The quilt was constructed with very wide side borders so I decided to stitch a pantograph in that area. I used Flirtatious by Irene Steel in the 2 side borders. No pictures because you could not see it anyway. In the small top and bottom borders I freehanded something similar to the pantograph.

Soooooooooo, it's finished and Leslie has picked it up. She is happy and so am I. This is what it looked like.

Yes, this is a very long post, but, I have spent 3 weeks with this quilt and the process of quilting it so this post should go on for awhile.

This just goes to prove that if you work at it you can accomplish your goals. I will remember this quilt forever since it proved to me that:



Sunday, March 11, 2012

First Feathers

I have spent this past week working on feathers. This is a little Smilebox about the process. Let me assure you that I spent many hours with my sketch pad, white board, and DVD player practicing and studying to get ready for this.

So, check out how this charity quilt turned out. I did not piece the top, Stephanie did. I have just quilted it.

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Now that this has been done I can go on to the Log cabin quilt for my customer.

I'll show you that when it's finished.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Feathers and More Feathers

I have been longarming for 3 years now. It really does not seem that long, but, it has been. In that period of time I have never been asked to put feathers on a quilt. Therefore, I haven't really practiced them. Wellllllll, guess what. I have a top in the que that has feathers requested. I really want these to turn out very nicely. So, I am spending a few days watching videos and practicing feathers on my white board and my sketch book. I can draw them, and most of the time they look pretty good. This is a confidence issue. That is why I have 'messed' around for 3 days and avoided putting even a practice piece on the frame. I draw feathers while watching TV. I draw feathers in the air while stopped at a red light. I draw feathers in my dreams-----------Those really look good.

The time has come to at least put on a practice piece. This is a 'Love' quilt top from Devine that I am going to use for 'feather practice'. It will be interesting to see how it does turn out. I will be using dream blend in the mid loft for the batting so that I can, hopefully, actually see the feathers. The 'real' quilt will have wool as the batting.
Practice Piece Backing and Batting

I am taking the top to Design Group for input on thread and the path to take across the top since it is a rail fence. I plan to use So fine thread both top and bobbin. I think that I know the color that I want to use, but, want to see what 'the group' has to say. We have plenty of opinions floating around, but, no one gets offended if we don't take their advice.
Practice 'Love' Quilt Top

I know that I can do this. I have learned that I just really need to slow down with my freemotion or my curves get really loopy. This will take a lot of concentration to get done and Kim Brunner makes it look sooooooo easy.

The top that I am practicing for is a log cabin in black and white. The feathers will go in the white/light areas and I intend to use some type of angular quilting in the black and white/dark areas. I plan to put a feathered heart in the center. I will take pictures and show you the progress as I go. Remember that I am using Olivia who is a hand guided Gammill Classic Plus. The plus is a stitch regulator.

Wish me luck and I'll post as I go.

POST SCRIPT:  Don't forget that registration for May Mester closes March 30. There are still spaces available in both classes so don't be shy..................Register now.

Monday, March 5, 2012

We Won, We Won

I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the beautiful quilts that were on display at Cobblestone's show this past weekend.

I also have to point out that I came away with a Blue ribbon on my Snowflake. I also shared a Blue ribbon with Beth Karr on her One Block Wonder quilt called 'Laura's Garden'. So look for those as you view this Smilebox.


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