Monthly Archives: August 2016

A New Age!!

A local quilt shop (Peggy’s Sewing Center) did a Block of the Month this year.  The BOM is called A New Age by Nancy Rink Designs and Marcus Fabrics.  It uses Aged Muslin and there were different colorways you could choose.  I did not participate in this BOM, as I have come to realize that that is just too much pressure…..LOL!!!

I have to say that I have four spaces reserved by people wanting me to quilt their BOM quilt.  This is a challenge for me, as I don’t want the quilts to look similar with the quilting, so it will be fun to reveal them all as I get them quilted….or I may wait until I quilt the last one and post all the pictures together!!

Anyway….this one belongs to Peggy.  I definitely had a lot of fun with this!!!

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I had a hard time figuring out the color thread to use with this, but ended up with a very pale gray, and it absolutely looks great on this!!!

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I really do love how this turned out, and as I said, it will be a challenge to change up the quilting. The next one has a couple of extra borders and we are going to try to keep it in a “southwest flair” type of quilting.  I actually had to put something else on the frame in between to sort of clear my mind before starting with the next one.  Fortunately, the next two aren’t until October and November!!

I used two battings in this…..Quilters Dream Cotton on the bottom and Quilters Dream Wool on top.  I used Superior Threads So Fine #50 thread.  And of course, this was quilted on my Handi Quilter Avante.  All of this is hand guided free motion and ruler work.

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A New Age Quilt – pieced by Peggy Patterson – quilted by Jane Hauprich (Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting)

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Negative Space Abounds!!

This beautiful quilt, made by Nancy & John, was brought to me to custom quilt.  Nancy and I talked about what we thought would look good a few months ago, and we came up with a plan.  Although the picture doesn’t look like it, this quilt measures 79″ x 90″.

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I have to say that this quilt hung in my studio for two months.  It intimidated me to no end.  I doodled plan after plan of what to do and nothing really was sitting well with me except for the outer borders and the curves, which I already had a fairly good plan for.  After putting off the quilting in June, I knew I really needed to get it done by the end of July.  I was already a month behind with this quilt, and I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer.  My thought was that if I started with one border and curved sections, that I would be inspired to figure out the rest.

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Well, I have to say that quilting in the flying geese came to me through Instagram, where I saw something similar that someone had done in one block.

If you are on Instagram, take a look at @slightly_squiffled (Robyn Cuthbertson), as her quilting is amazing!!  Robyn lives in Australia, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at MQX New Hampshire this Spring as she was on her first visit to the States to go to MQX and take classes.

Back to the quilt…..I just prayed that I had the measurements correct so that the spacing would work out like I had it envisioned in my mind.  I did use a HandiQuilter Wave long arm ruler to get the wave as even as possible.

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All in all, I was happy with the way that this turned out.  I did learn to conquer my fear of huge areas of negative space….until the next quilt I get that has a lot of negative space…..lol!!!

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I really do end up learning something on each and every quilt that I work on.  This one intimidated me more than any quilt I have ever worked on, so I was able to breath a sigh of relief when it was done.  What did I realize after I was done…..I really did love working on this and loved the challenge of coming up with a design that would be young and contemporary!!

Update on Teaching:  I had a successful and fun trip to Syracuse to teach at AQS Syracuse.  My one class was one of only eight classes that sold out at AQS, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of quilters!!  We had a fun time and they got to use the newest “top of the line” Janome, which quilted wonderfully!!

I have been contracted to teach at Birds of A Feather Event in February 2017, where I will be teaching in their new Domestic Sewing Machine Room….both free motion and some other fun projects!!  This is in Newport News, Virginia, and is always a great event.  I attended and took classes there a few years ago, and it was wonderful!!  To find out more information, click here.

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