Sometimes the best things come from no planning. Lesson: life does not have to be over planned all the time. When it comes to my quilting (and piecing) I always have some sort of plan in place. I have an extremely hard time just letting things flow. I need direction.
A few months ago after I discovered Marti at 52 Quilts and her Susie's Magic Binding (my new favorite binding) my local guild asked if I would do a demo this month to explain how the method works. They were in love with the new binding on my quilts. Now a few things you should know about Tish...she is NOT a public speaker. You stick me in front of people (even if I know almost all of them) and make me speak I will shake like a leaf. I have even passed out before (sad I know)...can't control it, it just happens. So I wanted my presentation to go as smooth and quick as possible. My plan was to demo the binding on my Indian Summer wall hanging from my TBT post from March. (you can read about this poor neglected quilt here)
The goal was to have the binding mostly sewed on (I showed how to make the strips separately to save time) so I could show how to turn a corner and connect the tails. Ah, connecting the tails...this seems to be something that either:
A) I get correct and lined up the very first time
B) takes a million times and wine to accomplish.
Since drinking at the guild meeting and having a melt down probably wasn't the best plan, I decided maybe I should have another small quilt with tails connected in case I couldn't get it right the first time. So on Saturday (two days before the demo) I decided to give something a try I hadn't before. Flow quilting or Wild Quilting.
After seeing Beth at Cooking Up Quilts amazing whole cloth baby quilt (check it out) a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to give this type of quilting a go. So I decided it was time to watch Christina Cameli's Wild Quilting class I had purchased from Craftsy.
In this class Christina talks about showboats, those bigger elements you add in your quilting and how to highlight them (embrace the echo). I decided that I would have one large showboat that would be a big billowing feather (thank you Patsy Thompson and Ultimate Free-Motion Feathers). Then I would organically fill the area around my feather with pebbles and sprinkle in some paisleys and what turned into this seaweed looking shape.
I started with a yard cut of plain blue green fabric. I knew that my finished piece would not be this big, but I wanted to let the quilt tell me where it was going and give it plenty of room to grow. So I lightly marked a spine for my feather, got my Aurifil #2021 (natural white) and let the plumes bloom. Do plumes bloom?
After adding the echo, it was time to throw down some pebbles and see how this played out.
After two paisley combos and some surprise double pebbles (can you spot them?) I had to stop. No really I ran out of bobbin. But also I was feeling a bit over whelmed about where to go next. I was totally over thinking things and worrying about the roundness of my pebbles so....
I opened a bottle of sweet sunshine and relaxed a bit. In no time at all I had found my groove again and that's when I added the suppose to be pea pods/but turned into seaweed shapes.
I called this the halfway point slept on it and picked back up Sunday morning. The second stitching went much faster because I understood better how I was moving around the quilt. After a bit of trimming my first wild quilting piece was complete! I have to say I was on cloud 9. I did it! I want to do more!!
This is just a small sample of things that Christina goes over in the class. My next goal is to play around with layering and combining the technique with showboats. It also makes me realize the importance of documenting all the quilting motifs you know how to do. I want to quilt or record (doodles) in a notebook of all the different things I know how to quilt; ribbon candy, pebbles, paisley, etc, so that when I get stuck I have something to glance at and find inspiration.
So how did the demo go? I think it went really well. Sandra (mmm! quilts) was sending me positive vibes and assuring me I wouldn't let my goober side show. I did start out shaking a bit (goober side), but after a few minuets of talking it stopped and my love for what I was doing shinned through. I got my tails connected (pretty darn close) and was able to get Indian summer bound in front of the group. I handed out little slips of paper directing the ladies to Aunt Marti's blog so they could view her tutorial and video after they got home. Success. So without further ado...Indian Summer as it should have been.
I'm glad I waited all these years, this binding is what it needed.
And how about one more picture of my flow piece?
I'm seriously considering creating a slightly bigger piece to enter into the machine quilting division of our local quilt show, but I have a few things I need to accomplish before that can happen. I'm all revved up and ready to quilt again. So on that note, it's time for me to go. Let's go quilt!!
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