It’s all about the quilting at this Bee! In addition to hostessing Niemeyer Wednesday (from yesterdays post) I also hostess a Longarm Bee each month. This Bee is no longer just for longarmers it is for mid-arms and short-arms too! We also gladly invite the sit down quilters using the oversize machines and the folks who love to quilt on their “domestic” sewing machines. We usually have a topic that we cover, show and share my favorite “How Would You Quilt This?!” We usually meet the 1st Monday of the month at Pinwheels and Posies from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
I love this group – they are so inspiring! I hope I inspire them too!
Go be inspiring today!
If you would like to join us we meet this coming Monday, June 2 at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. Leave a comment for more information.
One of our local quilt shops did Stonehenge Meets Jamestown as their Saturday Sampler this past year. Now those quilts are starting to roll across my long arm frame. Sandy and Sheryl each made the brighter version of this quilt. They called me last fall to secure quilting spots for February of this year. Then they frantically worked to complete their quilt tops for the reservation dates. This pattern is designed by Patti Carey; to see more of Patti’s designs click here. You can also search for specific patterns once you are in her blog. In fact, one of my own quilts made it to Patti’s blog, see it here, scroll to the bottom once you are in the link!
So back to the quilts – when the girls called for reservations they loved the quilting on the shop samples, I explained that I had not quilted those. But they wanted me to quilt them. I contact Patti Carey, who then put me in contact with her long arm quilter, who happens to be in Canada. Not a lot of help for us down here in TX. I contacted the quilter, Sandra Reed, who was very kind and sent me a photo of the poster of one of the quilts, but had turned the 2 quilts around for Patty very quickly and she did not have photos of the quilting. (And the samples had already been shipped back to Northcott so I was unable to photograph them myself. ) If you would like to see some of Sandra’s work click here. Well, no problems, eventually another call came in for a reservation and this savvy piecer had taken several photos of the quilting.
While this quilting is similar to Sandra’s original quilting, I did feel the need to switch it up a little bit, not much though because her quilting was fabulous!
Here are a few photos I took to share with you. Click on the photo to see a larger version!
I have at least 2 more of these quilts coming up this year on the reservation list! I know at least one of them is done in earth tones and it is scrumptious!
I may have mentioned that I host a longarm bee in our area (Clearlake,TX). We meet at Pinwheels and Posies monthly and usually have about 35 participants. Each month we have new members and it is such a fun bee. We have a few experienced quilters and several newbies. I love to see the newbies take the ideas they see at bee and bring back their show and tells the next month! This month we had a special treat, Kim Norton, from A Busy Bobbin was our speaker. I became familiar with her work through one of my students (who is also one of Kim’s friends and customers).
When I found out Kim had only been longarm quilting for 4 years I just knew she would be an inspiration to our group and SHE IS! Kim has a website at http://www.abusybobbin.com One of Kim’s sons is in the Navy stationed on a medical ship as a Medical Tech. Her other son is in high school. Kim’s husband is retired Navy and now works locally. He is very supportive of Kim’s career choice!
This is Kim – she lives about an hour away from our bee and she agreed to speak at our bee in exchange for a dinner prior to our meeting!
Kim began by telling us a little bit about how she started, she bought her first longarm with the intent of having a business and had her first customer quilt on the frame within days of receiving her machine. She now has 2 Innova machines so she can work leave a “custom” quilt on one frame and churn out other quilts on the other frame.
Kim loves templates and showed us how she uses these to design her quilting. Sometimes she uses them for marking, but usually she guides her longarm around the templates.
How does Kim keep the template from moving and how does she “ditch” around her appliqué?
This quilt belongs to Kim’s mom and it was a block exchange. Some blocks were pieced some were applique. To tie them all together with a common quilting theme she used one of her “Gadget Girl” templates to add and additional frame around each block, then custom quilted each block.
Ok Kim we see HOW you do some of these techniques – but we want to know where do the ideas come from? Kim uses her iphone and ipad to take photos of quilts that inspire her. She keeps these ideas in folders on those devices to refer to later. She also prints ideas and keeps them in a notebook where she can flip through them until “THE” idea jumps out. She also taught us that we all have the same tool for conjuring inspiration – in fact we are born with it.
SAS – STAND AND STARE – she explained her SAS technique is stand and look at the quilt, put hands on hips, cock her head to the right, cock her head to the left, repeat as needed!
Once she has some ideas in her head she uses a reusable auditioning medium to draw the design over the quilt to see if it plays on the quilt as well as it did in her head. She will also sometimes take a photo of the quilt and then using tracing paper audition designs over the photo.
This beautiful quilt was made by Kim’s mom – mom’s applique is beautiful! And Kim really knows how to make it shine. Kim used 2 battings on this quilt, a thin cotton against the lining and wool on top. Kim reminded us that if you are going to do dense quilting in the blocks you MUST quilt those little sashings too – keep your quilting density consistent.
And here is Linda’s Quilt – yes I have included this quilt in previous blogs – but now I get to share some of the secrets behind the quilting!
And of course the question we all wanted to know – how was the scalloping on the border on this quilt accomplished?
And now a little show and share
Then we all put our thinking caps on for “How Would You Quilt This!”
I also brought a quilt top for ideas. No photos because I was talking – but when I started to open it up Kim and Linda started chuckling – Kim had recently completed the quilting on this same quilt for the Peace by Piecing Quilt Guild. She shared how she quilted theirs and then Cindy G came up with some really fun ideas – I think I will be doing a combination of both ideas. But first I must finish this blog and get back to work!