Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Scribble Quilting

Yes, you read that correctly. That is what I'm calling this "technique" Really simple and I don't have to quilt in the lines perfectly!!! My kind of quilting :^) Scribble Quilting

Sketch it!!
Transfer it!!
Quilt it, I used my Aurifil thread!!
Finish and Mail it!!
Two Scribble Quilted Postcards!! Time for the next project!!!

Happy Quilting and keep those needles sharp!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NW Quilt Expo-Eye Candy

I was recently in Portland Oregon for a two day conference on Care Coordination. Stayed at the Marriot for two nights. My husband joined me so I didn't have to hang out by myself up in the big city.

We stay a third night at a McMenamins. Pictures at the bottom.

So on Friday we went to the NW Quilt Expo. Tons of quilts and I am sorry that I did not photograph the names of the makers, my oops on that one!!! I didn't take a lot of photos, just a few.

So many amazing quilters!!! Enjoy the few I photographed:

My husband :^)

The quilting on this last one was mini-mini amazing!!!

So our last night was at the McMenamins Kennedy School.  Our room was part of the original music room and still has the original chalk boards and cloak closets!!! It was so awesome.

They have 6 bars, a restaurant, a theatre, a soaking tub, pool and shuffleboard, live music in the gym, meeting rooms, and the place still smells like an old school. LOVED IT!!! My husband is a retired elementary school teacher, so this was perfect!! Here are some of the photos I took of McMenamins.

you can sit inside or outside at the restaurant

All the photos below are in our room!!
What???? No Fair!!! No RECESS???!!!!

 And this is our room from outside. Isn't it just beautiful??!!

Well, that's it for now. Take Care friends, Happy Quilting and keep those scissors sharp!! Martha

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Frameable Free Motion Quilted Feather: I taught my first class!!!

This is the class I taught to my quilt guild in August!! 
My first time teaching Free Motion Quilting-(FMQing). 
I put a ton of work into this class and then felt like I was so disorganized!!! 
How does that happen???

Then I got this email from one of the members: 

Hi Martha,

Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful program!! I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot. I didn't have great expectations for the day....just haven't been enthused and/or confident about FMQ. But you were so thorough in your presentation that I found myself anxious to give it a go! I came home and did another feather, while everything was fresh in my mind. You are always so organized and so generous in all you share with us.

I appreciate all the prep you did for this program...I know you are a busy, busy lady and the amount of work you get done astounds me!


I cannot express how thankful I was to get that email. It made all the work I had put in worthwhile and maybe I wasn't as disorganized as I felt!!??

I suppose I should fill you in on the rest of the story so the email message makes sense. I still work full time as an RN in a medical office. After 32 years I just took a new position there as the new Care Coordinator. My provider semi-retired August 1st. We are still working together on Thursdays in our Addiction Clinic. We treat opiate addiction, pills, heroin and such. I'm glad we're still doing that, it is a service and a population that is really under served and we desperately need more providers to join us in this fight against addiction!! Prayers for People experiencing addiction needed at all times!!
OK-off my soapbox :^)

Part of my prep work was:
Making step by step drawings of a simple feather
Making quilt samples
Writing an instruction booklet for each participant
Making folders to put all their goodies in
Cutting templates, Heat N Bond and Pellon for each packet
Cutting batting-two for each packet, one wool and one cotton
I ended up with 24 packets, but just 8 quilters stayed to quilt, two did not bring all the proper equipment, like a power cord, so just stayed for the basic instructions.

The following photos are of the guild members working on their feathers.

Makes me happy seeing these smiling faces!! They did FABULOUS!! Warms my heart :)

If I have the opportunity to do this class again, I know how I will change it up some. 
All in all it went well and we now have some new FMQers!!!

If you want to see more photos, check out our guild blog, Santiam Scrappers Quilt Guild, here

I'm going to finish up some of the quilt samples I made, this one is next on the list to do!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those minds sharp!!!