After a fun-filled “Trunk Show” with Designs by Heidi in Grass Valley, CA,at the Pine Tree Quilt Guild (the guild I attend), I taught a workshop the next day using my Terrific Tabard Vest pattern. I had 12 amazing students. Come see what everyone was working on….
Margaret, the workshop chair, wore her beautiful T.T. vest to the workshop. What a perfect advertisement she was. Lots of detail work.
Apologies on the blurry picture. I HAVE TO LEARN to tone down my enthusiasm for my students work until AFTER I TAKE THE PICTURES! Margaret, this is a beautiful vest and you wear it very well. I apologize in advance, as I messed up on other pictures for Lori, Arline, Raedean…..acckk!
Jill is laying out her Kaffe Fassett stripes that will be added to some of her pre-made Kaffe blocks and pieces. She is using Terial Magic on every piece going into this vest as these stripes and shot cottons are not that tightly woven. And she will whistle while she stitches ’cause Terial Magic makes fabrics like paper for ease of stitching. It all washes out it you want it to.
Lynda has some stunner hand dyed fabric. She plans to use this as a foundation/lining piece (it acts for both) for one of the front pieces.
Carolie is keying off one large scaled print to pick up all the other colored pieces for her collage styled vest. Like “Tree of Life” , view B. of the pattern.
Holly has used a floral (the circles of flowers) to pull out other colors. She is using that rayon print (behind everything) as her lining/foundation fabric. What a fun, contemporary look. I encourage everyone to always think, “long and lean” with their raw edge collaging. And that is just what Holly is doing here.
Pavana is using a large scale print as I did for view A in the pattern (Aussie Angle). Teal and lime are so great together and see how the large flowers fill up the space? Cut out a bunch of the large scale pieces and arrange them in a way that you like then begin filling in the empty spaces with strips and other chunks of fabric. Pavana is using that same all over print for her lining/foundation piece. The white that you see is her batting.
Robi is contemplating her beautiful batiks. This the way you do it. Audition all your fabrics for choices. Taking a picture and looking at that, is another way to help make choices. While the geometric piece isn’t “large scaled”, scroll down and see where it started.
I had suggested she cut out chunks of the geometric batik and Robi went above and beyond with this intricate looking puzzle-pieced fabric. The piece in the middle is the uncut fabric.
She is trying to decide which one she likes the best that will become her foundation/lining piece. Which one do you like best?
Do any of you still work on the floor? Margie gets the “Miss Limber of the year award!” It is a great way to see how all the fabrics you have chosen will look.
Margie chose this beautiful 100% linen field of flowers for her foundation fabric. One of the colorful pieces will be used for her lining. The floral piece is not long enough. So, she gathered her palette right from the flowers and will create a “piano key” strip across the bottom. Brilliant idea.
Check this out. A fabric that looks like burlap! Go to the Connecting Threads site of the same name. It’s a solid without being solid, ha, ha. It’s like my super fav. fabric, “Grunge” which now has 180 colors. Whaaaat? That’s right (Christine Barnes told me ’cause she has the color cards).
Julie is a great example of working with large scaled fabrics and small prints for a resting place for the eyes. Kaffe Fassett fabrics tend to have more medium values across the board. So doing what Julie is (using large and small scales together) is perfect.
Julie is working on the back first. I suggest this as it is the largest “blank canvas” and if you want to make changes, those can be done on the fronts, because you will be a pro at that point!
Oh, this is going to be fun! Now this girl put her “pedal (maybe it should be “petals”) to the metal and is already working on the fronts. She will be totally prepped to raw edge stitch.
And look at my special treat. Julie saved all her scraps for ME! I shamelessly asked that if she was going to throw them out, I would take them. And she obliged. Thank you Julie.
Next month the Pine Tree Quilt Guild is having a March mixer. There is not the usual Show and Tell time, but hopefully, many of my students will be WEARING their Art to Wear creations. I’ll get CLEAR pictures, I promise.
Next week I will post my own newest, latest, greatest Terrific Tabard vest and how I did it.
A late summer sunset at Zephyr Point. You could be HERE this Sept. 3rd-7th with Artistic Alchemy. We have TONS of fun. Go to Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com for all the details.
Have a terrific weekend. Four days for many of you. Let’s get some creative sewing done! Hugs, Heidi
A few words of wisdom from Cathy Stone (she just moved to Gig Harbor, WA, we miss you Cathy!): “Learn to Let Go, or get dragged.” It makes you think, doesn’t it?