This year I became very interested in the origin of quilt blocks. I read Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline Tobin and started to do some research on line about the idea of using quilts as symbols to guide slaves on the Underground Railroad. I then read Elanor Burns Quilt in a Day Underground Railroad Sampler which has patterns for all of the quilts in the quilt code. I decided to make a sampler quilt. I then turned my research into a presentation for the quilt guild.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Moda always has a quilt along going on. This year I did the At the Seashore quilt along. I really don't like this quilt. I don't like the lack of symmetry and the colors. It happens that sometimes we don't like our finished product.
I love the free table at my quilt guild. You can always find such wonderful treasures there. I found this snow man panel and with my new Juki I was able to do some fun free motion quilting on it. I added some Victoria Findlay Wolfe candy cane fabric and I had a nice holiday quilt.
I think this panel was the most popular one for the holiday season of 2019. I bought it in Arizona during my shop hop. I had no idea what I would do with it. I soon came up with lots of way to use it. And I kept seeing it everywhere on Instagram and Faecbook. I still have some panels left. This was a great way to make holiday gifts and I look forward to seeing what Gingerbear comes out with next year.
Another great scrap buster is this 4th of July pattern by Pat Sloan. The pattern is called Grand Ole Flag. I whipped this up just in time for the 4th. I loved using a different background color then I normally would have. This turquoise is unusual and really makes the flags stand out. The backing is centennial fabric I had in my stash.
This is Juki TL-18QVP. She is new and she is all mine. I have sewn on a Singer Patchwork for the last several years. Joining the guild and taking my first workshops showed me I needed a better machine. I searched for about 6 months, trying out machines, talking to people, researching. I finally settled on what I wanted most in a new machine - a larger throat space and the ability to do free motion quilting (FMQ). This machine does all that. She sews like butter and my FMQ has improved tremendously. I love her.