Monday, February 9, 2015

Wholecloth Design Class with Karen McTavish

The Wild Threads Machine Quilting Group are hosting Karen McTavish to teach her full day Wholecloth Design Class. This class is open to members and non-members. This is a hands on class and no machines are needed.
Date: Friday, April 24th 9-4pm.
Cost: $110, which includes lunch and space rental
Location: Hayward Wesleyan, 10655 Nyman Ave, Hayward, WI 54843
Contact: Norma Riehm, 715-634-2754 or for more info or to sign up for class.

Supply list: 
Large white or off white fabric/cotton sateen
 (no seams) no larger than 70 x 70
Marking pens: blue water soluble marking pens such as EZ INTERNATIONAL or MARK B GONE (thick point only- no fine line)
(Pens can be purchased from instructor) 
Bring your long omnigrid rulers for this class. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saving a Project

This is a piece that I just finished for a quilting friend. She had become frustrated with it after putting a lot of thought into it and having a vision of what she wanted it to be. She told me it almost ended up in the garbage. I insisted that she give it to me and that I would finish it and gift it back to her.

She had made the top using fabric she hand dyed and organza's, painted plastics, etc. I think there was even some dyed paper towels. I added darker and lighter organza's, white fluffy yarn, sparkly white woven dress fancy, etc. After quilting to give the water more movement, I embellished it with little coral pieces. round shell. and turquoise beads.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and I hope Cathy is too.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

As per my usual, I've procrastinated on a deadline project until just in time, aka, JIT.

I just finished a piece for the local art gallery Art Beat for it's annual color challenge. It hangs for a month at the gallery and will be for sale. It is made from a piece of hand dyed fabric that I reverse stenciled with a fresh leaf from my backyard. I then hand colored the leaves with a yellow Fabrico marker. It's quilted with a 1/4 inch straight stitch. The canvas is painted and "sponge" painted with a lighter tone using an onion bag for the tiny grid design. It's then stenciled with script in black paint. The inchies are hand stitched for embellishing. The other focal piece is a piece of glass that I made at a local shop called ,Glassy Lady.

I haven't thought of a name for it yet.