Monday, August 12, 2019

PTA - August 2019

Our August gathering of PTA was at Lindas' home where good conversation, lots of laughs, great show and tell and home made flower pots seem to rule the day.

We have such a creative and very prolific group of gals. A few months back we all went on a mini field trip to the new open studio/store of Folkwear. Some of us bought patterns - 3 of the one above. I've yet to make mine but Mareen made hers in a beautiful what looked to be a rayon, cotton blend. The fabric was soft, thin and had a beautiful hand to it, which was effective in this particular style. The fabric was striped with a fringe; the left side has a sleeve, the right just a piece that comes over to the left which is very pretty.
Mareen also showed us a top she completed. She recently was an assistant to a workshop that Georgia B was teaching at John Campbell Folk Art School and this was the project...soooo
 she had to make one for herself. The wide border (above) was perfect with the other fabrics she chose for the quilt.
Marene also showed her mini challenge piece the 2 of us decided to do after hearing Susan Cleveland's lecture. We made a small piece using the teeny tiny piping as well as Prairie points...They both look so different but feature the same techniques.
Dort's brother in law has a favorite kimona he wears - fabric pattern of a Sumo wrestler (below right). It ripped across the neckline and she was asked to repair it but had none of the same fabric....sooooo, she improvised with a mermaid applique and little "pasties" and as an extra little laugh, look what happens when you lift the little tassel (on left, red line). Too cute!

Lynne is a member of the Modern Art Quilt Guild and recently took part in a challenge - "Color Your Negative Space". A large bag held lots of crayons, each member was to reach in (no peeking!) and pick out 3 colors, then color those crayons on the challenge sheet (above left)....and then create a piece using just the 3 colors + white. A great idea for a challenge.
Lynne also shared with us her new quilting pattern which seemed to work better with the tensions of her machine.
 Georgia is working on a skirt from the Folkwear Pattern series, it will be lovely when finished.

Linda makes the most amazing pots using 4 different types of materials. They are very organic looking. Some have patterning which she creates by pressing clear wrap and then wire etc. into them as they are drying (like the one below). They all have drainage and her plants are thriving.

It was a feast for the eyes and even more fun...
we all took some home!
 Mary showed us 3 new pieces...think I may have shown before but worth seeing again...the top, lots of thread painting with appliqued trees on top. The lower left a detail of a piece using deconstructive screen printed fabric as a background and on the right - a cozy up quilt for Mary when she watches TV or reads at night.

Linda is a big Boston Terrier person and has always had them, fostered them etc....these are her children. "Charlie" (Charlene) is the granddaughter of my favorite one of her doggies - Libby who died a couple of years back....but little Charlie lives on and decided to join us for the meeting. I must say she was very well behaved and quite content to spend the day with us. 
We had a wonderful meeting and came home full of inspiration, food and wine.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

My Own Personal Challenge

Our guild had Nationally known quilter Susan Cleveland a few months back to present a lecture and workshop. I loved all the techniques she showed us and wrote an extensive blog on it. I decided I wanted to try some of the cute tricks she used on her quilts and make a smaller version for myself.. Although her style is so different from mine, I can see myself using many of her techniques altered to suit my tastes.
This was to be a VERY small piece - just a learning piece. I wanted a pieced background with a little bit of interest which I added with some stamps. Once I had the background, it was onto trying some of the fun techniques.
First up, was the piping - one of the things I loved the most was the very teeny, tiny piping she used. I have always been a fan of piping, have used it for years in both quilts and clothing construction. I've also always made my own rather than use the limited colors and coarse quality fabric of store bought...BUT nothing this thin. I love it. I have it laying between a pencil and a large sewing needle to give you an idea of how thin it is.

I thought it might be a little tedious to make because it is so thin but's really quite easy. First,  cut a strip of fabric the length of what you need + 2 ", cut the width @ 1 1/4" wide. This does not have to be perfect. Wrap the strip around the piping so lengthwise edges on both sides match up. Sew as close as you can to the piping without actually stitching on it; most people find a zipper foot to work well. If you have a BERNINA, a #3 foot works like a charm. You can enclose the piping, lay it so it fits into one of the grooves on underneath side, with the side to be sewn to fall under the needle.

Here's Sue's  handy little tool - Piping Hot Binding for cutting the piping evenly and making the placement of it on the edge the perfect distance at every point. The tool has a groove which holds the piping, the excess fabric hangs out beyond the edge and is cut with a rotary cutter. You have your choice of 1/4" seam allowance or 1/2" as you can see if you look carefully at the tool. I've always trimmed my own piping and thought "Why do I need this"....well think again, this simple little tool is wonderful, a time saver and makes such a professional piping. I love piping and will be using this lots and lots.
 You can see how much the piping adds to the above seam.
This was not one of Susan's tricks but I happen to love machine buttonhole stitching and thought this piece lent itself well to it. I must add that I used a size 12 cotton thread and a topstitch needle # 100/16. Top stitching needles have the largest eye and will handle more thicker threads.
The other thing Susan cleverly uses is the Prairie point. I've also used many of them and think they are so neat but Susan uses more than one fabric, adds stitching and other doo-dads here is my version. I was fresh out of "doo-dads" but think they look cute anyway. I mentioned before you can also hand stitch with this heavier thread (below) which I also love to do. I bought some of Susan's thread and realized when I got home I had quite a bit from Sulky who also makes a very nice #12 cotton thread (both on right)
My friend Marene, took up the challenge with me to make a small piece using the very tiny binding....and revealed it at our meeting yesterday. It was a nice surpise as much time had gone by and thought she might have forgotten. Mareen's is on the left.

And here's mine.........I will probably not use it for anything but it will serve as a nice reference and also a nice day of memories with Susan. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.