Monday, April 20, 2015

Emphasis

I took 2 classes at QuiltCon and began new projects in both. The first finish of the 2 was a mini from the class with the Gee's Bend Quilters, Heart-Speak, and now I have the second project to show, an Emphasis table runner, pattern by Carolyn Friedlander, and fabric all Carolyn's Doe.


I think I've already confessed that when I signed up for Carolyn's class, I didn't realize it was all about this paper-pieced pattern. I'm certainly glad I didn't let that deter me when I came to the realization, as the class was more than enjoyable, and I learned some tips that have served me well.



There's so much I love about Doe - all the geometric prints and the palette itself. It was a no-brainer to use it on the back of the runner as well as the front.

An unexpected photo-shoot in a friend's back yard met with a wildlife encounter of the best sort. And that first photo - crooked door and all - was an instant favorite.



The quilting 'design' was decided while I was still piecing the top, so for once, creating that backing and the dreaded basting weren't too bad, as I was anxious to get to that quilting!


One small problem. It was very hard to see my hera-marked lines on the front, so after a halting start, I unpickd  the several rows I had done, and started again, making sure to do the quilting during day-light and with a strong light over my machine. I actually just marked about every 6-8" and then did improv angles between those guidelines. Dare I say it was downright fun? 
Aurifil 50wt thread #2600 (Dove) was used for both piecing and quilting. In natural in-house lighting the quilting is much more visible on the back than the front, so I was glad to get these photos that show it off pretty well on both sides.


Lastly, I couldn't resist finishing up with angled matched binding. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, right?

So completing this project kind of closes a door on QuiltCon. snif. But on the other hand, it's my first finish on my 2015 Q2 Finish-A-Long list. So there ya go!

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Scrap Basket

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A newsletter is in the works, with the first issue to be sent out Monday, April 20! This is something I've been thinking of doing for a while - a way for interested readers to have more from A Quilter's Table delivered straight to their personal email. The Scrap Basket will be A Quilter's Table in a nutshell - some highlights, but also features you won't find here on the blog. I'll tell more in Issue 1 - coming to your email boxes soon!
 



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