This month's speaker, Sharon Collins, sure wowed me! For whatever reason, I'm totally intimidated by paint and fabric dye - but after seeing her work, I just have to learn this! She is creating these amazing landscape art quilts with her hand-dyed cotton, silk and silk organza. Some of her pieces have 4 or 5 layers. She uses a technique called flat dying. This summer, I'm going to learn more about this and let you know what happens! Check out her website in the Related Links below.
It's been a very busy March so far. I've made progress on a few things. Here they are:
Beaver Block (It's my March OMG and being made for Celebrate - Fêtons 150)
I've been working very hard on Lorna's (Sew Fresh Quilts) Beaver block. I have to admit that I was pretty anxious about making it since piecing is not my favourite thing to do. Well, I am thrilled to say that it was a really great experience. The pattern was easy to follow and her technique was great. I finished piecing it in a couple of days. I am very impressed!
Now I'm quilting it. That's the fun part of the process - where the quilting gives it that extra boost.
|FMQ the Beaver block|
|Details of the FMQ of the flag and tail|
|Progress on the England Souvenir|
Growing Up QAL - Block 3
|Block 3 of Growing Up QAL|
The third block in Alida's Growing Up QAL is all about circles. I'm really proud of myself. I took my time, used tons of pins and it went very well. It reminded me of why I disliked sewing sleeves on garments! I can't see myself making an entire quilt of circles, but after making 8 of those suckers, it was getting easier.
I know, I really, really don't need another QAL project - but in my defense, I started this quilt top over a year ago.
I saw a finished version that was incredibly FMQ somewhere in Internet land and fell in love. Any excuse to make something to practice my FMQ on, even if it involves half-square triangles (HST)! I bought two Hoffman Bali Snaps packages - Sea Glass and Gemstone to start with but once again my planing and math skills were off :-) That's ok - I have lots of potential batik fabrics in my stash.
What I learned:
- I'm not sure if it's because it gets darker later but I now feel like working on my quilting after supper. I've been able to advance a lot of these projects.
- I enjoy having projects at different stages of completion - it gives me the chance to FMQ, piece or plan - depending on my mood.
- Out of the Box Fibre Artists Group
- Sharon Collins Art - check out her landscapes
- Sew Fresh Quilts Patterns and Beaver Block Pattern
- OMG setting for March - Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in March (March 1, 2017)
- Beaver Block - More Celebration the Quilting Way (March 13, 2017)
- Visit England with JoJo Hall's World Quilting Travel Adventure
- Growing Up QAL - Block 3 link-up
- Postcard from Sweden Quilt Along (scroll down past the links for the QAL info)
Linking Parties: Here are the link-ups that I'm participating in. Check out what everyone is making! Postcards from Sweden QAL, Growing Up QAL Link-up, World Quilting Travel Adventure - Travelers' Souvenirs, Let's Bee Social, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Free Motion Mavericks, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?, Main Crush Monday.