If you remember, one of my favorite exhibits in this show last year was the display of domestic machine quilting by some of the well-known quilt celebs. I was both awed and inspired by what you could accomplish on your home sewing machine, and now, here I am, going through those very same motions on my own machine a year later. Had I not been on a mission to scrutinize the stitching on every quilt in that show, I might still be doing giant meandering with my BSR attached.
Attending the large national/international shows is something that I hope everyone gets a chance to do, at least once. Not just for the beauty and the inspiration, but the vendors are something to behold as well. (And Lancaster has about 135 on site....not Houston mind you, but certainly not too shabby).
I know what you're thinking....shopping show and tell on Saturday's post!!!..you all know me far too well. I'll also be picking up a little somethin' somethin' for this month's Follower Appreciation Giveaway, and in honor of National Quilting Day on Saturday, we're going to have an extra giveaway....details on this tomorrow.
In the meantime, I'm off to start a new project. Actually, two new projects. Here's the direction I'm headed in:
And they were cut with tiny little guide notches to help me align them when I stitch them together. Seriously, how great that we can take that from garment piecing and apply it to quilting.
Unfortunately, this plate is quite a bit larger (brand new pencil added for scale) than what I planned to use it for (the Quilt in a Mousepad kit), so we'll have to find another decorative use for it after it's stitched. And we do need to stitch it because I purchased this die for my 1930s repro fabrics, and I need to be very sure I want plates this large on this quilt....if not, I'll be waiting to see if Accuquilt scales down this die (as they did the Drunkard's Path). While I did buy two other Dresden rulers/templates, having just cut this one on the GO! I have no intention of manually cutting a quilts' worth of these pieces, with, no less, no notches. Sheesh!
In the meantime, the die also included the wedges for pointed petals, and you can lay these out in a winding path kind of pattern.......I think I may have found a project for Suz Zwizzle, Fledgling Art Quilter. Looks like we might have a mission for Friday's show viewing.
More on these projects tomorrow.