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Paula Reid provided the September Free-Motion Quilting Challenge for SewCalGal. I learned a number of things from this Challenge
1. If you choose a thread that blends with the background fabric it is really hard to see what you are doing.
2. I had to finish the pebbles from the back, like doing bobbin work, making my eyes happier.
3. Unless the light is hitting the piece right, the design is hard to see on the front
I took a 5 day workshop with Cindy Needham last week and learned a lot about design and thread. I even changed the tension in my bobbin and the world didn’t come to an end though I was very nervous.
Our class included numerous will known teachers in the Quilt World including Paula Reid and Diane Philips. What a privilege to be exposed their work and advise on quilt design. We had the opportunity to share an unquilted top for suggestions of how to quilt it. It was great fun. If you get to take a class with Cindy you will learn and have a good time.
Here is my September Challenge
I can see from the picture of the back that I need to extend the pebble area to make it more even manner. My plan is to add a frame around the entire piece quilt repetitive lines between the pebbles and the frame then make a pillow. I just didn’t have time to get all that completed before the end of September.
I used Superior Bottom Line thread, a #70/10 Titanium needle, and Tuscany Wool Batting.
Last week I started cutting the 2 1/2 strips to make up two jelly rolls. That was my UFO Sunday project. They are finished and the combination looks pretty good.
I think my next project has to be the SewCal Gal Challenge for Sept. The rest of the month is going to be pretty busy so if it is going to get completed in Sept. I need to 'get hopping'.
I still haven't made a list of my UFO's but there are enough of them to keep me occupied for at least the rest of the year without starting something new. Yeah, like that's gonna happen. I have 4 jelly rolls waiting, oh wait, those are UFO's too aren't they. LOL.
In less then 2 weeks I will be headed to Sacramento via AMTRAK for the workshop Cindy Needham is holding. I can hardly wait. what fun that should be!
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