Friday, December 7, 2018

A Challenge... picking background fabric.

Hey everyone!  I decided to share a quilt I'm working on right now.
But first.... I'm speaking to Sheboygan Quilter this upcoming Wednesday.  I'm giving my Thread Sketching and Bead Embellishing Lecture.  Which is my favorite!!

So I'm working on this Octopus. I drew the pattern free hand. And all the pieces have fusible and will be overlapped and fused to the background.  I'm trying to find the perfect background. I finally found something on Equilter that I thought would work and I'm hoping its delivered today.  I would like to get this quilt done by Mid January.  As I put the fabrics together I like to take photos and look at it on my computer or tablet.  I noticed after I was basically almost finished with it that there was too much orange/yellow on the left side and not enough of a defined area where the 2 Octopus arms meet. So I changed it around alittle.  See photos below.

This Octopus is so busy that I need a easy on the eyes background.  And because he is kind of whimsical I'm not trying to make this look like a actual underwater scene.  I'm also trying to thinkg of a good name for my Octopus.  If you think of something let me know. Maybe I'll have a contest on Facebook.

As you can see the Octopus gets lost in some of the fabrics.  This first one is my choice if the one I ordered doesn't work.  But, if you see how that orange/yellow stands out that is when I realized I needed to change that.

This was my favorite so far. 

This one is too busy.  And the pears in the background are too big. 



This fabric is too busy.

He gets lost on this background. 

So this is the photo that shows the changes I have made to the left side of the Octopus.  The one on the right is better.  I still have some tweaking to do but, I will do that after I have it fused to the backgound fabric. 







Sunday, November 11, 2018

Visiting in Surprise, Arizona

Just thought I would share a few photos of my trip. There are alot of different birds.  I did get down to a quilt shop in Phoenix. It’s called 35th Ave. Sew and Vac. It’s a huge beautiful store.  I spoke with Raymond and I will be teaching a class there in January.  Actually 2 classes.  One in th morning and one in the afternoon.  January 26, 2019. Ricky Tim’s Convergence Class.  I’m super excited. Here is the website for the shop.  https://www.35thavesewandvac.com/
We went hiking in the White Tank Regional Park.  https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/white-tank-mountain-regional-park/park-activities/hiking/
It was a beautiful day as most of the days have been since we have been here.  So good to spend time with my dad and sister.


























Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ricky Tim’s Convergence Quilt Class

Quilt Expo runs for 3 days every year in Madison Wisconsin. I was very blessed this year to teach 3 classes on Convergence Quilts.  A pattern developed by Ricky Tim’s.  I also gave a lecture  on Thread Sketching.  I wanted to share photos of my students finished quilt tops.  Each one was unique and one more beautiful than the next. The first photo is Denise.  She is my BFF and my saving grace.  With a classroom on 24 people I had to be all over the room.  Denise took a crash course on Convergence Quilts the night before by reading Ricky's book and helped my both Thursday and Friday in my classroom.  And Saturday she had time to take my class.  Her quilt turned out beautiful.  Thank you Denise for all your help. I couldn't have done it without you. I hope you all enjoy viewing these amazing quilt tops. And as Ricky would say..... WHOOOO!!!! HOOOOO!!!  Most of the students got theirs done in class!!  

If you have friends and want to get together to do this class I am offering it at Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc.  Or just contact me.  I can come to stores or guilds to teach this too.