Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A long while

It seems eons since I last posted.  I did not disappear except in that time disappeared.  So many things have been happening.  There have been quilts coming into and out of the door and Hortense my long arm has been busy.  And I have taken time since the spring to also unwind and to focus on what is important in my life and one of those is deciding where to put my energy in addition to quilting. 

I am sure many of you have had those periods in your life when the 'you' the world sees is just perfect but the 'you' you live with is not quite there yet (in fact far off in the distance).  And I am also sure that many of you have developed goals and struggle to keep up. 

Well, I decided to stop struggling and refocus. 

So that leads into the reason for this post.  I am mostly alive again and working on several quilts of my own.  It is always to have something that is not intense and piecing provides that.  They all get finished eventually but the variety makes for interest capture in mind and soul.

And I joined a group who accept that I don't always do traditional quilting.  This group is located in the Annapolis Valley area of lovely Nova Scotia in Canada.  Quilting and fabric arts are alive and well in this area.  The group is called SOFAAR and here is a link to the site. SOFAAR  The group is young with a quite large membership representing multiple artistic endeavors with fibre.   The creativity in the group is so vital and alive.

This fall there are two events for SOFAAR members.  I happen to have something in both events.  Have a look at the posters below and if you are anywhere near either event, please come and see what our members can do.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Quilt Rescue

Have you ever had a quilt which when finished was not quite what you wanted or up to your standards?  And your standards do change over time and with experience. 

Well I had such a quilt.  I was a relatively new quilter and I led a group to make a strip quilt.  I did not really like the particular strips but it was all that was available at the time.  But I loved the back fabric; an expensive batik.  At that time it was over $15.00 a meter which was expensive then but not now.  And I was new at long arm, actually a mid arm at that time, and the design was not good especially by my current standards.  It left too many sections without some quilting.  I subscribe to Angela Walters philosophy of quilting it to death, at least on my own quilts.

The quilt has been used to make cats happy and is in a post ' Dull and grey but' on this blog from a while ago. It nagged at me to do something to rescue the batik in particular.  And I LOVE red.  Well rescue came in the form of a show on The Quilt Show with Katie Fowler a couple of years ago when an existing quilt was cut up on the show.  Finally, and I am sure the quilt is grateful, it got its rescue a week ago. 

I cut the quilt into 3" squares and put them back together by butting them up against each other and stitching with invisible thread.  I learned a lot as I went but it was in the end pretty simple.  And I think it turned out well.  Even the ugly strips which form the back look better.  The back is really crazy as the original quilt front was 4 patches using the strips.  And as a bonus I found a roll of binding, cut pressed and not used that just went right.

Pictures tell the story better so here is the front and now the crazy back.

I can say I now really like the quilt.  I learned a lot putting it together about butting up quilted vs. non quilted sections.  But a project is best when there is learning.  It took only a relatively short time to make the change in the quilt.  Would I do it again?  Yes if I disliked the quilt enough.  Katie Fowler believes in 'What if?' and it is fun to say that and then try it.  Nothing to lose.

The quilt is bright; I get my lovely red and it is not in the landfill.