Showcase Sunday {8.28}

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Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We can’t get enough of the beautiful things that you’re making, so keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@charmaboutyou

@charmaboutyou

@laurelpoppyandpine

@laurelpoppyandpine

@modernmakersretreat

@modernmakersretreat

@faithessenburg

@faithessenburg

@littlejennawren

@littlejennawren

@ivory_spring

@ivory_spring

@nightquilter & @duringquiettime

@nightquilter & @duringquiettime

@molliejohanson

@molliejohanson

@t.s.westy

@t.s.westy

@_beckyo_

@_beckyo_

@marymenzerdesigns

@marymenzerdesigns

@jennynaultmeeker

@jennynaultmeeker

@laundrybasketquilts

@laundrybasketquilts

@wtodd141

@wtodd141

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@mariarosarianolabonaccorsi

@campbell_soup_diary

@campbell_soup_diary

@meadowmistdesigns

@meadowmistdesigns

@katespain

@katespain

@quiltyhabit

@quiltyhabit

 

 

 

Thread Journey: Process of Quilting, Part 3

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Are you having fun with the Thread Journey Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard? We’ve noticed a few more photos popping up on Instagram and just love seeing your progress! This week’s installment brings us through step three of the process of quilting: the borders! We are so grateful for Wendy’s instruction and are truly head over heels for her quilt.

Don’t forget to tag us when you share your photos so we can share in your progress —  Wendy (@ivory_spring), Aurifil (@aurifilthread)and #threadjourneyquiltalong. Have fun and happy stitching!

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Hello Quilting Friends, I hope you have been well. I have heard of some of you quilting your Thread Journey quilt with wool batting, and am really liking the wool! Kudos! Today, we will just tackle the next border in case you need a bit more time to catch up. That Ohio Star border is quite a bit to quilt. Like last week, I will first share with you how I quilted mine, and then, offer a couple more options.

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Gray Inner Border
a. How I quilted mine
I quilted a one-sided feather plume to go around the entire border, this time with the feather lobes originating from the outer edge of the border. I then filled in with pebbles to tie things in with the previous border.

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To quilt the pebbly feather border, see the schematic below for steps:

#1. Form feathers at the outer edge of border.

Click here if you would like a quick primer on my thoughts on how I form quilt my feathers.

#2. Fill in the negative space with pebbles. Please feel free to omit this step if you like the poofy negative space. Because I am using wool/cotton layers of batting, not quilting down the negative space makes me feel like I am looking at the negative space as if I am staring at an unmade bed.

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I used the only variegated thread from my Subtle Strings collection to quilt the gray border. I will go back to using multiple colors in the outer border. I wanted a bit of calm before the colors. That variegated gray is the perfect choice as it blends well with the gray fabric, but yet still presents visual interest due to the color change when inspected close-up.

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b. Other options:
You may definitely use some of the ideas suggested for quilting the narrow border for last week.

#1. Loopies

#2. Swirly border – My solid lines denote the stitching, and the dotted lines denote the return stitching in order to form the next swirl.

#3. Wave – You may choose to just quilt the wavy line down the center of the border, or add a second pass (dotted line) to form a shadow work effect.

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Or, three additional ideas shown below since the border is a little wider.

#1. Border within a border

#2. Mirror-imaged feathers

#3. Geometric – this will required a bit of Math and marking with a ruler, but the effect will be stunning

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That’s all I have for today! Before I take off, I thought you might like to see how my quilt back is shaping up. Now I kind of wish I had used a solid for the backing fabric.🙂

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Alrightie, I shall see you two weeks from now. I am shooting for having my quilt completely done: bound with hanging sleeve and all.

Have fun quilting, and I hope you will keep enjoying the journey!

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FULL SCHEDULE:
June 2: Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
June 16: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3
July 28: Batting & Thread
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 18: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 25: Process of Quilting, Part 3
September 8: Process of Quilting, Part 4 — The Finish!

ABOUT WENDY:
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education.  After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell.  Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old.  Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad.  She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor.  She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey.  During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.

ABOUT SUBTLE STRINGS: (Wendy’s 2015 Aurifil Thread Collection)
WendySheppard-SubtleStrings

12 Large Spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Colors included:
2310 – 2847 – 4060 – 2130 – 2715 – 5021
2210 – 2510 – 2886 – 2326 – 2423 – 5014

 

Top Ten Tuesday {Back-To-School}

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Back-to-School!! It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again. Some kids have already started, some don’t start until after Labor Day, but that buzz of new school year excitement is certainly in the air.  We get a little giddy just thinking about finding a special handmade place for every last little notebook, ruler and pencil and simply adore seeing all of the new backpacks, lunch bags and organizers that you all create. If you’re still considering what you want to make this year, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started. The biggest question now is: Which one to make first??

Happy Stitching!

1. Wall Pocket Organizers — Nancy Zieman for Sew Mama Sew

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2. Back to School Binder Cover — Art Gallery Fabrics for We All Sew (Bernina)

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3. The Cubby Pack — Fabric Mutt

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4. Lunch Money Zippered Apple Pouch — Snugglebug University for Make It & Love It

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5. Cumberland Backpack — Sew Sweetness

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6. Mini Locker Emergency Kit — s.o.t.a.k handmade

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7. Two Pocket Pencil Case — Sue Bleiweiss for We All Sew (Bernina)

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8. Zipper Binder Pencil Case — Stacy Schlyer for We All Sew (Bernina)

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9. Lunch Bag — The Long Thread

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10. DIY Nap Mat/Bed Roll — Pretty Prudent

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Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following  on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram. All are updated regularly to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights, Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shops, please visit Aurifil.com.

Thread Journey: Process of Quilting, Part 2

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This installment of Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Journey Quilt Along brings us through step two of the process of quilting. We are so grateful for Wendy’s instruction and always in awe of her skill. We’ve loved seeing your quilts so far and can’t wait to see how everything goes with the quilting! If you’re sewing along and want to share your images on Instagram, please consider tagging Wendy (@ivory_spring), Aurifil (@aurifilthread)and #threadjourneyquiltalong so that we might share in your process! Have fun and happy stitching!

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Hello Quilting Friends, I hope you have been well. We will be quilting the next two borders in our Thread Journey quilt: narrow border and Ohio Star border. Like last week, I will first share with you how I quilted mine, and then, offer a couple more optons.

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Narrow Border
a. I quilted a one-sided feather plume to go around the entire border.   That effect gives a “framing” effect on the applique quilt center. Since, my quilt center is heavily quilted, the “frame” gives the eye a bit of rest before moving onto the next border. I call it my “Old Masters” border technique, like how some old paintings are framed by wavy frames.

To quilt the frame border, see the schematic below for steps:
#1. Quilt a wave outline down the center of the border. You may eye it, or mark it with a fabric washer marker.

#2. Add a string of pearls. This is optional depending on your preference. Note that the border is quite narrow. I did it as a personal challenge to see how small I could quilt the circles.

#3. Add feathers. I added a mix of completely and partially formed feather lobes. Feel free to use all complete or all partial feather lobes! Click here if you would like a quick primer on my thoughts on how I form quilt my feathers.

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b. Other options:
#1. Loopies

#2. Swirly border – My solid lines denote the stitching, and the dotten lines denote the return stitching in order to form the next swirl.

#3. Wave – You may choose to just quilt the wavy line down the center of the border, or add a second pass (dotted line) to form a shadow work effect.

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Ohio Star Border
a. I mentioned to you last week oftentimes what I have in mind for my quilting scheme doesn’t quite turn out in real life. My Ohio Star border is an example. I had marked these circles randomly all over the border. I was just going to quilt the outline of the circles, and then quilt background quilting (pebbles and my nifty little “S”) in between the circles to give the look of the galaxy.

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I learned something really quickly — my original idea would be a nice quilting idea for cotton or silk batting, but for a combination of wool and cotton, the poof was too prominent the effect was not really what I was looking for. So I ended up filling with feathers and pebbles and sprouts.

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Click here if you would like a quick primer on my thoughts on how I form quilt my feathers.

Click here for a blog post I did on feather wreaths.

The effect is visually striking, and actually, if you like to feather quilt, it is not very hard — there’s so much going on that overall quilting is quite forgiving on mistakes. But it requires time. I logged 21 hours just quilting the Ohio Star border alone.

All these colors from my Subtle Strings collection came out to play! And here are a couple of shots where you see the colors meet. I love the subtle effect of the colorplay against the different color fabrics used for the stars!

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Notice the marked circles sometimes are merely “suggestions”. There’s nothing wrong ignoring markings and quilt with the flow. :) You can see I went out of the circular boundary.

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b. You may choose an allover motif to quilt the Ohio Star Border

#1. Nifty little “S” – This is my interpretation of McTavishing using a domestic machine. Click here to see my stitching path.

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#2. Pebbles – I like to mix in diffrent sizes of pebbles (circles) — the visual effect is always striking when pebbles are quilted. Click here to see what I mean. I do want to note that the circles do not all have to be perfectly round. In fact, for me it’s impossible to quilt circles free-motion perfectly round. So I find pebbling is a really forgiving motif to quilt.

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#3. Sand dunes – I like sand dunes because it is echoing without the stress of keeping the distance even, and I can quilt the dunes far a part for a quick finish. Click here to see how to quilt sand dunes.

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c. Geometric interpretation
Another thing I like to do with pieced blocks is use the geometry of the blocks to be a starting point for the quilting. You can see that in I have thrown in background quilting too in the mix in the following diagrams. Feel free to adapt, pick and choose, mix and match for how you would like to quilt your star border.

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If you are interested in exploring further machine quilting on pieced quilts, check out my online class (also available in DVD format) here.

Use discount code for 20% off (valid through 12-31-2016]: EALQST

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Well Friends, that’s it for now, but not before a final thought. I was let my quilting simmer a couple of days before I decide if I did a good job. I find myself being overly critical of my quilting when I am in the middle of it, but then I always come to the conclusion of my quilting being “not so bad afterall” after walking away from it for a few days.

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FULL SCHEDULE:
June 2: Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
June 16: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3
July 28: Batting & Thread
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 18: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 25: Process of Quilting, Part 3
September 8: Process of Quilting, Part 4 — The Finish!

ABOUT WENDY:
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education.  After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell.  Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old.  Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad.  She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor.  She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey.  During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.

ABOUT SUBTLE STRINGS: (Wendy’s 2015 Aurifil Thread Collection)
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12 Large Spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Colors included:
2310 – 2847 – 4060 – 2130 – 2715 – 5021
2210 – 2510 – 2886 – 2326 – 2423 – 5014

IQSCM & The Preservation Collection

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Preservation 1830 – 1850 is a brand new thread box curated by Moda, benefitting the IQSCM. The threads were selected to accentuate a stunning reproduction quilt based on one of the historical quilts in Mark Dunn’s impressive collection, but stand just as well on their own.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Preservation 1830 – 1850
100% Aurifil 50wt Cotton, 12 Large Spools
2230 – 1103 – 2437 – 2310 – 2345 – 2314 – 2330 – 1285 – 2370 – 5013 – 4656 – 6726

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To view this info on our website click here or on the image above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

FABRIC COLLECTION DETAILS
Dating to 1830, the original Medallion quilt from England that inspired this Preservation collection features a series of five different patchwork borders framing a unique, pre-printed panel that remains uncut. This is a classic style or Northumberland patchwork from the first half of the nineteenth century. The new fabric collection features 40 SKUs across 4 color ways.

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To learn more about the fabrics, precuts and patterns available, please click here or on the image above.

IQSCM
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s mission is to uncover the world through the cultural and artistic significance of quilts, and to research, acquire, and exhibit them in all their forms and expressions. The IQSCM is envisioned as a dynamic center of formal and informal learning and discovery for students, teachers, scholars, artists, quilters and others. The comprehensive and accessible collection of quilts, related textiles and documents form a primary text for study, insight and inspiration.

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To learn more about the IQSCM, view their online galleries and find out how to get involved, please click here or on the image above.

THE INTERVIEW
Can you tell us a bit about the history of the Medallion quilt that inspired the Preservation collection?
Medallion was made by an unknown maker, probably in Allendale region, England, circa 1830. The provenance on this quilt is largely unknown, however the style and fabrics tell us a lot about its origins.

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The original Medallion quilt, now on display at the IQSCM

Fiona Diaper, former manager of the Quilt Museum & Gallery in York, wrote:  “These visually pleasing Medallion quilts, which were particularly popular from 1800 to 1850, vary immensely in terms of design, construction and materials. Just as with different dialects and landscapes across the UK, quilts can sometimes show regional influences too. This lively version comes from the north of England.”

The reproduction Medallion Quilt -- for Preservation, Collection for a Cause

The reproduction Medallion Quilt — for Preservation, Collection for a Cause

Scholar Bridget Long agreed:  “The quilt’s center block is composed of four printed panels, that were manufactured to be cut apart and used in a variety of household furnishings. In addition, the quilt has quilting designs common in northern England in the period of 1800-1850.”

Can the public see this quilt on display?
The quilt was just shown in “Getting to Know You,” the inaugural exhibition in our newly expanded galleries, which opened in June 2015. Because of our strict protocols for caring for the collection, it will not show in our galleries in the near future. It may travel as a part of one of our featured exhibitions, which are shown throughout the world. For now, it can be seen on the online exhibition here and under Search the Collections on our site www.quiltstudy.org.

How did you go about selecting colors and thread weight for the coordinating thread collection?
Our director worked with our visitor services team—who happen to be quilters. We went with the 50-weight thread, because it is nice and fine for piecing. If you choose to use it for quilting, it enhances the three-dimensional texture without the thread being a focal point, which is true to the original piece. For the colors, we chose a variety that would blend and enhance the tones of the fabric.

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IQSCM-INSIDELO

Can you tell us more about the IQSCM and its mission?
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at Quilt House is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus at 33rd and Holdrege streets. The museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection, dating from the early 1700s to present and representing more than 45 countries. The IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s mission is to uncover the world through the cultural and artistic significance of quilts, and to research, acquire, and exhibit them in all their forms and expressions. For more information visit www.quiltstudy.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

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PRESERVATION/IQSCM RELEASE EVENT!
Thank you for visiting us for the the IQSCM/Preservation Release Event! The Preservation Collection benefitting IQSCM is a collaborative project involving Moda FabricsAurifil Threads and the IQSCM. To learn more about these companies, take a peek at collections & exhibits, and take part in a fabulous giveaway, make sure to follow along via the links below.

8/17: Aurifil (Today!)
8/18: Moda
8/19: IQSCM
THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win one Preservation Aurifil Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Preservation, Collection for a Cause by Moda Fabrics, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, August 25! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, August 26. Good luck!

Aurifil 2016 August Designer of the Month Angela Walters

Aurifil 2016 Design Team August Angela Walters collage

I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our August Designer is Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy.  The first time Angela and I had a chance to chat was at a trade show. It has been exciting to watch her grown as an artist and designer.

Angela has a wonderful series of articles called ‘The Business of Machine Quilting’. If you are looking to create a business quilting for others, I recommend you read her series.

I chatted with Angela 10/8/12 and 5/14/12  on my talk show CLICK to Listen or subscribe by Itunes

Let’s get to know  Angela!

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Showcase Sunday {8.14}

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Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We can’t get enough of the beautiful things that you’re making, so keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

@colorgirlquilts

@colorgirlquilts

@sarahedgarprettyfabrics

@sarahedgarprettyfabrics

@duringquiettime

@duringquiettime

@kimmiekaren

@kimmiekaren

@richyjr16

@richyjr16

@jennrossotti

@jennrossotti

@aquilterstable

@aquilterstable

@a_swede_life

@a_swede_life

@mrssophie2

@mrssophie2

@sewbespokeandco

@sewbespokeandco

@mommy2lu

@mommy2lu

@sariditty

@sariditty

@thequiltyarn

@thequiltyarn

@mybearpaw

@mybearpaw

@misterdomestic

@misterdomestic

@snippets101

@snippets101

@suerasmussenquilts

@suerasmussenquilts

@piecefullife

@piecefullife

@ivory_spring

@ivory_spring

@redbirdquiltco

@redbirdquiltco

@jolene_is_a_longarm_quiltr

@jolene_is_a_longarm_quiltr

@shrutinow

@shrutinow

@punkinpatterns

@punkinpatterns

@makemakemakeymake

@makemakemakeymake

 

 

Thread Journey: Process of Quilting, Part 1

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This installment of Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Journey Quilt Along brings us through step one of the process of quilting. We are in such awe of Wendy’s skill and know that you’ll find lots of helpful tips within this post. We’ve loved seeing your quilts so far and can’t wait to see how everything goes with the quilting! If you’re sewing along and want to share your images on Instagram, please consider tagging Wendy (@ivory_spring), Aurifil (@aurifilthread)and #threadjourneyquiltalong so that we might share in your process! Have fun and happy stitching!

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Hello Quilting Friends, I hope you have been well. Today, we are entering into the next phase of our Thread Journey project. I certainly hope that you have enjoyed the journey. I know I have. And I have definitely learned new things as I make this quilt the second time around. You are probably ready with your quilt top, perhaps even sandwiched all ready to go!

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I am happy to share with you today what my quilting plan for Thread Journey version 2.  I will have three other suggestions on quilting motifs if you aren’t quite sure what to quilt on your quilt center. Remember, you do NOT have to quilt your Thread Journey quilt the way I am quilting mine or suggesting how to quilt it. It is your quilt — Lady Catherine will NEVER know!

So, you see that I have pin-basted my quilt sandwich. There are many ways to baste your quilt sandwich. Just use the method of your choice. Some might ask why I am not using the spray-basting method… very simple, I try to be as natural as I can in my lifestyle because I have a little one at home. So, when I am pin-basting, I smooth out my layers, and start pinning from the center outward.

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For this quilt, I am using 2 layers of batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool on top (touching my quilt top), and Hobbs Tuscany Bleached Cotton on the bottom (touching my quilt backing fabric). I want my quilting to have a siginificant amount of poof! The theory is the cotton batting will put a stop to the poofing on the side of the quilt back, and thus pushing all the poofiness to the top of the quilt. Click here if you haven’t read about my 2 cents on batting.

Since I am using the poofy wool batting, I try to do any necessary marking before I pin. For the Ohio Star border, I am thinking for now to quilt circles and see how things look. I often use household items to mark my quilts. You can actually wait till the next installment to mark your quilt once you read about the options to quilt the Ohio Star section.

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I had quilted ALL feathers, allover in the quilt center of my original Thread Journey. I used the tree branch as the “spine” for my feather plumes, and I would occasionally add more branches with my quilting.

I like that look a lot. So my plan is to do the same to the quilt center, except this time, I am throwing in pebbly background quilting in the mix. Here are the colors I will use from my Subtle Strings collection. I am quite excited to see how these colors will play out on the different fabrics in the quilt center.

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Click here if you would like a quick primer on my thoughts on how I form quilt my feathers.

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And with that, I fired up my sewing machine, and quilted the quilt center. I also outline quilted all the applique shapes as I went along.  As a result, the applique shapes take on a 3-D look. I would suggest outline quilting around the applique shapes to start even if you aren’t using a high-loft batting. It sort of gets you warmed up on things. Please feel free to warm up on a quilt sandwich scrap before jumping into the real quilt.

So I basically quilted feather plumes at various spots, and filled in with pebbles for background quilting.

Sometimes I am asked how big I quilt my feathers. For this particular sitution, it’s about 2-1/2″ in length for the largest feather I have quilted. From the ruler, you can also roughly the scale of the rest the quilting.

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And here are a few really tight shots. Mainly I want you to see the subtle contrast of the Subtle Strings threads against the different fabric.

Now, you might not foresee your quilt being densely quilted, and you might not want to quilt feathers in your quilt center. That is perfectly fine! Feel free to try any of these motifs, or combine and use them, or anything else you have planned.

1. Nifty little “S” – This is my interpretation of McTavishing using a domestic machine. Click here to see my stitching path.

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2. Pebbles – I like to mix in different sizes of pebbles (circles) — the visual effect is always striking when pebbles are quilted. Click here to see what I mean. I do want to note that the circles do not all have to be perfectly round. In fact, for me it’s impossible to quilt circles free-motion perfectly round. So I find pebbling is a really forgiving motif to quilt.

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3. Sand dunes – I like sand dunes because it is echoing without the stress of keeping the distance even, and I can quilt the dunes far a part for a quick finish. Click here to see how to quilt sand dunes.

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Friends, I hope I have been able to share with you a bit of thought process that goes behind how I quilt my Thread Journey. And to end our time together, I shall leave with you…

My “deepest and darkest” quilting thoughts with a happy ending:

I don’t know, I always feel a certain amount of uncertainty when I am getting ready to quilt my quilts. It doesn’t matter how many quilts I have made, I always get that feeling of worrying whether what I have in mind about quilting my quilts would pan out. If you have that feeling too, please know that I am right there with you!🙂

And I have to say, many times I don’t end up quilting my quilts as I had worked out in my mind. And that’s perfectly okay — that’s when I really bond with my seam ripper.

But the happy ending is this – sometimes when you are right in the middle of it, you won’t think much of your quilting because you remember the mistakes you made. Walk away from the quilt for a few days, and then come back and look at it… you will see your quilt in a different light! Time and again, my students would fret about this mistake or that uneven stitch while they are quilting their piece… but after a while, they would pick up their work, and tell me, “You know, Wendy, it’s looking much better than I had thought.” Truer words have never been spoken!!!

So I hope you will take the plunge and give the quilting a try. Remember, the more you quilt, the better you will be — and most importantly, enjoy the Journey!

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FULL SCHEDULE:
June 2: Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
June 16: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3
July 28: Batting & Thread
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 18: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 25: Process of Quilting, Part 3

ABOUT WENDY:
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education.  After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell.  Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old.  Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad.  She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor.  She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey.  During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.

ABOUT SUBTLE STRINGS: (Wendy’s 2015 Aurifil Thread Collection)
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12 Large Spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Colors included:
2310 – 2847 – 4060 – 2130 – 2715 – 5021
2210 – 2510 – 2886 – 2326 – 2423 – 5014

Guest Post: Quilting With Aurifil’s 12wt by Quilting Jetgirl

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Please help us in welcoming Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl to Auribuzz! We always love seeing what Yvonne is up to and lately, it seems she is everywhere! Between the Quilter’s Planner, the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along, a new line of patterns carried by Brewer and all sorts of fun secret sewing, Yvonne has been keeping very busy:). We’re thrilled that she wanted to try out our 12wt thread for a bit of free-motion quilting and have no doubt that her experiments will be incredibly helpful to many of you. So, without further pause, we’ll hand this over to Yvonne!

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I am very excited to be chatting with fellow thread and quilting enthusiasts today! I am Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, and today I am going to be sharing my recent exploration of free motion quilting using Aurifil’s amazing 12wt thread.

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This exploration is all born out of a specific vision I have for a quilting project. I selected my thread colors, and the beautiful rainbow has been tempting me to sew with them immediately!

12wt Thread Rainbow

Before diving right into the project, though, I wanted to spend some time getting used to sewing with the heavier weight thread. I quilt on a 2004 APQS Millennium long arm machine, and I typically quilt using 50wt Aurifil. I knew it would take a bit of time and patience to figure out what combination of settings would work best for me.

12wt Samples

I started with a large spool of 12wt 4657 (Tramonto a Zoagli) as my top thread, a standard MR 4.0 18 needle, and 50wt 2420 (Fleshy Pink) in my bobbin. I adjusted the top tension as I sewed the first sample, but no matter how tight I set the top tension, the 12wt thread would jump out of the tension spring and pull through to the back.

Sample 1

My rule of thumb is to make small changes, so for my next sample the only thing I changed was to use a double layer of batting with everything else left the same. Not only did the 12wt thread still pull through to the back, but occasionally a stitch was even dropped. You might notice that I actually did change something else: I used a print for the backing of this sample. Even though I was combing through my scrap bin for these samples, I decided that I would only use solids as I continued to explore my settings so that it would be easier to evaluate the stitches!

Sample 2

Because double batting would actually not be beneficial for my final project and there was no marked change (or if anything it was worse), I went back to single batting for the rest of the samples. My next thought was to use a larger needle, since I was exploring using the 12wt as my top thread. I upsized to the MR 4.5 19 needle, and, if anything, the thread was even less stable and pulled through to the back even more.

Sample 3

For Sample number 4, I moved the 12wt thread to be placed in the bobbin and put the 50wt thread on top. I kept the larger needle installed, and I left all tension settings alone. I thought that this showed impressive improvement, although there are clearly tension issues and “eyelashing” that can be seen. At this point, it also became obvious that using a variegated thread was going to be a challenge due to occasional high contrast between the 12wt and 50wt thread.

Sample 4

For the fifth sample, I used the same thread color in 12wt in the bobbin as the 50wt thread on top: 2535 (Magenta). I spent time adjusting the bobbin tension before getting started. I was really excited and pleased with this sample, and it became clear that the larger needle was no longer needed.

Sample 5

So I switched back to my normal needle size and quilted Sample 6. I am very pleased with the settings, and I am ready to quilt my concept while I have the settings dialed in and before I need to quilt something else!

Sample 6

Note that this is just what I have found to work best for my quilting style and machine, but the same approach works for any sewing machine (long arm or domestic). In general, I recommend a slow change approach when you are trying something new or troubleshooting any quilting problem. By changing one thing at a time, even if you know another change is necessary (like bobbin tension when switching between 50wt and 12wt), it is easy to get a clear understanding of where the sensitivities to the problem are.

And in this case, it was especially beneficial to me because I come across a planning issue when I started working on the final quilt: I wanted to include more fine detail than I was capable of controlling reliably on my longarm. So I headed straight over to my domestic machine and after a few quick test samples with the 12wt in my bobbin, I decided to quilt the mini on my domestic.

Sneak Peek

I hope this inspires you to consider stepping outside your quilting box and trying something new, whether it is giving 12wt thread a try or experimenting and learning a quilting motif you have been itching to try. Happy Quilting!


ABOUT YVONNE
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Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl is an intuitive introvert who is passionate about hometown and online quilting community. She believes that quilts can cover the world with care and love, and she uses her blogging platform to cultivate a community with which she shares her passion for quilt making and quilt pattern design.

On Yvonne’s Blog —
12wt Aurifil {Sunday Stash}
Quilting with 12wt Aurifil: Auribuzz Tutorial

Yvonne strongly believes that:
You are creative.
Nobody and nothing is perfect: You are doing your best work right now.
The secret to success is to show up, try, learn, modify, and repeat.

The Splendid Sampler – Block 50 Celebration!

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What a delight it’s been to see all of the amazing blocks sewn for The Splendid Sampler week after week. It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the halfway point! Block #50, Flights of Fancy by Joanna Figueroa, was released just yesterday and we’ve already seen a flood of beauty as a result;). This magnificent Sew Along has been presented by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, and we are endlessly grateful. They’ve inspired thousands of quilters, worldwide, to step outside of comfort zones, experiment with new techniques, collaborate and share with new friends, and contribute to something that is both inspiring and educational. We are thrilled to be a part of the Block 50 celebration and couldn’t help but use today’s post as a showcase of blocks. Our last showcase ended with block #36, so we’ll start with #37 and run from there!

Once you’re done ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over all of the block beauty, don’t miss your chance to enter-to-win a Large Perfect Box of Colors Collection by Pat Sloan for Aurifil.

 

THE GALLERY
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Block #37 — Dashing by Chocolate by Laura Flynn

Block #38 — Vintage Flower Basket by Pam Kitty Morning

Block #39 — Balls in the Air by Aylin Ozturk

Block #40 — Flights of Friendship by Me & My Sister Designs

Block #41 — Sew South by Jennifer Mathis

Block #42 — Pencils by Jane Davidson

Block #43 — Pincushion Love! by Pat Sloan

Block #44 — Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan

Block #45 — Sewing Nut by Frances Newcombe

Block #46 — Twirl Time by Sarah Maxwell

Block #47 — Circle of Love by Geta Grama

Block #48 — Whim by Faith Jones

Block #49 — Summer’s Gift by Karla Eisenach

To see even more of the blocks on Facebook, click here.
To check out what is happening for The Splendid Sampler on Instagram, click here.

OUR SPLENDID POSTS
Introductory Post for The Splendid Sampler
Sewing Along with the Splendid Sampler
Showcase Sunday: The Splendid Sampler Edition {6.19}

TODAY’S SPLENDID CELEBRATION
These other fabulous designers have celebratory posts up for the Splendid 50 today. Some of them have giveaways, some showcases, some tutorials… make sure to pay them all a visit!

The Splendid Sampler Blog (fabric giveaway!!)
Pat Sloan
Melissa Corry
Joan Ford
Kathy Schmitz
Michele Foster
Sara Lawson
Lynette Anderson
Jacquelynne Steves
April Rosenthal
Amy Udall Smart
Aurifil (that’s us!)

KEY LINKS
The Splendid Sampler Website
FAQ
Blocks & Bonus Projects
Fabric & Tools
Meet the Splendid Designers — Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 (there are 83!!)

GET INVOLVED
— Tag #TheSplendidSampler on photos that you share
— Join the Facebook Group to meet other participants, ask questions, get sewing support and make new friends
— Add the blog button to your site – grab it here

THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win a Large The Perfect Box of Colors collection by Pat Sloan, either click here or on the image above. You do not need to complete all entries, but the more you complete, the more chance you have to win! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, all over the world! It will run from now through Sunday, August 7 at 11:59pm. We’ll announce the winner here on Monday, August 8 and will also contact the winner via email. Good luck!

UPDATE (8.8.16): This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Giulia Faeta!!