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Sunday, September 30, 2012

What I'm up to

I saw some amazing beaded art quilts on The Quilt Show yesterday and I suddenly knew what I had to do with the blue art quilt I've been working on.

This is where it is now. All the other pictures of it I have posted have shown it vertical, but I think I'm going to be working on it horizontal instead. If this was a class project for Stupendous Stitches at Craftsy, it would be time to start hand stitching on it and that is what I thought I was doing when I started it. But I've decided to fuse some appliques onto it instead, and then embroider and bead it.

So far I've only picked out some of the fabrics that I'll use and I've put fusible on the back of them.

They don't look like much at this point. I haven't cut any shapes out of them. Or even pulled them off the release paper, which is the next step. And frankly at this point I'm not even sure exactly what I'll be cutting out. Stay tuned. This might be fun to watch.

I haven't stopped working on the free motion quilt which is a class project for another Craftsy course, Beyond Basic Machine Quilting. I've done the next to the last feather plume today. That one actually is a leaf stem. You can sort of make out that it isn't the same shape as the round feathers if you look hard at the second photo. I didn't spread it out to take its picture this time around.

I need to watch the last section of the class on non-traditional feathers and then work the plume. I'm not sure I left enough room for it, but I'm going to try to get it in.

Meanwhile I'm also working my way through a class at Quilt University, also on-line, for Electric Quilt. I bought the program a while ago but have never done much with it. I am ready to start Lesson 3 or 4 and I already know more about the program than I did just doing the lessons that came with it.

I don't know if I'll actually use it to design quilts, because right now I seem to want to do things improvisationally. But there are things you just can't do that way.

No matter what, I am having fun.

Take care all.


  1. Love the blue one on top! It's so rich. Great FMQing too!

  2. I'm looking forward to starting a FMQ class through either Quilt University or Craftsy this month... I have to decide which one soon since QU starts mid month. I'm so intimidated by FMQ but have decided I just need to get started and commit to practicing. Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

  3. Deb, I've taken three of the classes, but only did projects on two of them, so far. The Quilt University class I'm taking is for a graphics program. I'm not sure their system would work for me for something like FMQ. The video system at Craftsy works extremely well, and you can rewatch it as often as you want. And I have. And you can go back months later and rewatch and I've done that too.