I was introduced to Utility Stitching by my friend Ethel Snow. She taught me to use Perle 8 cotton and a large Tapestry needle to do the stitching. In 2000 I had surgery on my ankle and was non weight bearing for 12 weeks, so I line up various projects such as English Paper Piecing, needlework and Utility Quilting this friendship block exchange quilt. 5 friends got together and we each made the equivalent of on 12 inch block, which could be subdivided or whole and four 4 inch blocks. Settings were determined by the maker. I made several extra blocks and decided to do no sashing on mine. I've seen a bit of a discussion of this style of quilting on a couple of blogs and my Instagram feed so I thought I'd share my process.
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Today I started out my day with a lovely presentation at our guild by Susan Teece. I'm taking a workshop with her this weekend called Playing in the trees.
Many of her quilts depict life on the West Coast she lives on Vancouver Island and enjoys photography.
This quilt was based on a photo of a chicken coop at the family farm in Saskatchewan for a class with Gail Hunt a former FVQG member.
She likes painting her backgrounds and sometimes quilts them before adding her trees.
A different perspective for viewing trees.
It will be great to use to trace the next set of birds. This guy needs an eye.
This one is ready for his embellishing stitches.
Friday, 5 February 2016
I've had a cold for the past week, so on and off I've been stitching on my Eggplant trio. Last night I finally finished them off and took some pictures. Here is the first guy in all his glory.A closer look as I was stitching him. I back stitched Purple Dazzle around the purple wool and them whipped stitched a variegated purple Valdani thread, so it almost looks like bead work.
Next up this whimsical guy with his dreads...
Monday, 1 February 2016
Today is Mary Lou Weidman's birthday and a few days ago she announced that she will be having a retreat in Spokane in June this year. The last retreat was in June 2013. I'm so excited to be able to join her along with other creative ladies that like to explore their abilities. I put this group of birds together at the retreat from one of our swaps.
These birds were a second bird swap that we did and I added the whimsical tree, they are almost ready for quilting.
Mary Lou's website. Or check out her blog Mary Lou and Whimsy Too!