I wanted to share some quilting inspiration from Paducah Quilt Week. It was so hard to pick pictures to show, as there was just so many awe inspiring quilts. I hope this brings a little sunshine into your day!….
Well I think I better get this posted- hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
PS: I am not sue why, but on my mobile devise some of the pictures are presenting really small , like a thumbnail. I am able to enlarge the photo to a size that I can appreciate the stitching by using the spreading finger motion on my iPad- hope this works for you. Maybe the file is too large with all the pics and wordpress is economizing ??!!
Aww… Paducah in the spring time! I can hardly wait to get there. The Pudcah Quilt Week 2016 has been on my bucket list for a while now. We flew into Nashville last night and are taking a small amount of time to do the tourist thing before driving over to Quilt Week in Paducah.
I have been so looking forward to an amazing show with great quilts, venders and quilt shops ( Hancocks of Paducah 👍).
I opened an Instagram account that I am going to try and post pictures of some amazing quilts that are being shown here this week along anything else that suits my fancy. I have to admit- 1. – Instagram is new to me so I am just trying this out as a quick way to share , and 2,-I will post as I can as I don’t want the focus of the show to be social media, but I think it would be nice to share some of the inspiration going on around town.
Please feel free to follow me on Instagram- I have link to the right side of the page or search for me under TheQuiltJournal.
As a side note, a quilting buddy shared an internet shopping tip a month or so ago. She said to put the things that you are interested in buying your cart and wait 24 hours before you return to purchase. A lot of the times, 24 hours later, you may feel like you can live without that wonderful gizmo or whatever… (she also just informed me that doesn’t apply to online sales – LOL- in that case you can wait an hour or so to see if you feel the same about it – thanks Kathy! ,you have saved me a lot of $$). This tip alone is worth reading this post if you practice it!
Anyway, back to the book 🙂 . I read the glowing reviews on Amazon and dropped it in my cart…. playing by the rules not to purchase for at least 24 hours. I happened to be going to my quilting group the next day and asked another friend if she had the book and if she liked it. She equally gave it a good review , so it got moved from my shopping cart to a purchase -she’s a talented quilter in her own right so I respect her endorsements (how many books have you purchased sight unseen only to feel lukewarm about when you held it in your hot little hand?- more than I care to admit!).
Now that my book has come (don’t you love getting packages in the mail ??!!) and I have had time to really give it a good look, I have to say that Amanda Murphy did a good job. This book takes a lot of traditionally pieced blocks and shows you several different ways to quilt them – with simple doable motifs. This is a great book for both beginners or those that have been free motion quilting a while and just need some inspiration ( come on….we have all been there…your quilt is done and you have been looking at it forever….and ….nada…nope…nothing..).
Amanda organizes her ideas by indexing by quilt element (blocks like churn dash or pin wheel) or designs by family (loops, back and forth etc) . This makes it easy for you to find inspiration for a specific block, or just go with a “feel” like….something swirly or hearts. Many times Amanda breaks the block design down step by step showing how she would stitch the design out. In fairness I have to say, some her photos of the quilts are a little hard to see the quilting, but the real emphasis of the book is her drawings /diagrams. Her book has 155 “mix and match” designs and 30 blocks plus some sashing and border ideas.
The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book will go on my bookshelf alongside by doodle book and a few other late night shopping acquisitions that I keep to jar my memory when I am having that “deer in the headlights” moment and can’t think what to quilt next.
( click on the link above to go to her blog to get a preview)
So….are you guys late night or daytime impulse shoppers??
Have you had a recent quilt that has just left you scratching your head wondering what to quilt on it??
Hoping your bobbin is always half full,
I was so excited when I came across the Wonderfil booth at AQS Daytona- I didn’t hesitate to pick up a few spools of Invisafil as it’s not a thread I have come across locally. This is my review of Invisafil Thread. Wonderfil Invisafil has a nice range of colors ( currently 30) at a price that is wonderful– msrp is $12.00 (I have found it for $10.00 if you shop around on the internet) for 2500 meters!!! That is more than double the amount of that is on the large spools of most of the #100 wt silk that is out there.
All that bang for your buck is fine, but does it stitch out nicely without making you pull your hair out??
I tried to really put this thread to the test doing several designs that I would normally do if I were quilting…so as you can see in the photo above, I did feathers, echo quilting, cross hatching (ruler work) , pebbling and a fine line fill . This wasn’t a planned mini-quilt…..it’s not going to Paducah (lol) , just a practice stitch out with some new- to- me thread. It was a relaxing practice piece , which says a lot when your using a new thread sometimes.
So back to the thread test….I set about quilting late in the afternoon which is often my MO. I had finished my feathering and had moved onto echoing around the feather when I realized that dinner time was pressing in on me and I had to wind this little sample piece up. Soo…I put the pedal to the metal and echoed that puppy taking some curves on 2 wheels 🙂 finally having my first and only thread break. I honestly feel that if I was stitching with my beloved silk, the same could and does happen sometimes.
I went on to do some ruler work (cross hatching) which there again has a little backtracking, pebbling , and the fine line fill. Now don’t look too closely at the fine line fill ( Okay so that’s your cue….go back and look, lol) esp toward one end. I took this opportunity to do a twofer- trying out a new ruler and thread ( life is good 😉 ) . When I first started using the ruler I had to change up my hand and ruler position, switching stitch direction a lot as I found it a little difficult to see.
Sometimes our machines don’t like the direction we are going, causing the thread to shred or break- but it held up beautifully to the abuse. By the time I worked my way down the side of the sandwich, you can see the rows getting more even as I figured out where I felt most comfortable positioning the ruler( but that’s another post :)).
So my opinion or review of Invisafil thread? Obviously it is positive. The only thing negative that I have to say was the loss of the luster as compared to silk. But to be fair in many applications the matte finish is a positive , as in stitch-in- the ditch or some appliqué where you really want your stitches to just melt into the quilt and be invisible. I see a place in my sewing room for Invisafil thread especially after it preformed so well at such an affordable price .
I’m not saying I am giving up silk… it just depends on the project.
Have you tried Invisafil ?? Do you like it??