If you missed Part 1 of the Bubble Quilt, click here.
I’m getting there! Here’s a peek at my progress on the Bubble Quilt. Last week, I finished all of the embroidery (that is quilting) and trimmed my strips.
Now, I have to piece and bind. I hated walking away from this project but I headed off to Phoenix for an event where I found some serious inspiration from a fellow embroiderer.
Stitching Sister attendee Donna Farley showed me one of her recent creations, her own rendition of the Circle quilt. What an awesome job she did on this quilt for her granddaughter! I love her ingenuous use of the rectangle and circular embroidery designs from Stipple! Geometrics. Her fabric selections are luscious and she cleverly used up her appliqué fabrics by piecing them together for the binding. I think I’ll do the same on my Bubble Quilt.
I met Donna this past weekend at the Stitching Sisters event in Phoenix, AZ. The Stitching Sister event was hosted by Mulqueen’s Sewing Centers and 108 embroiderers enjoyed two fun-filled days of embroidery immersion. Since this was our second trip to Mulqueen’s, we felt like we were with old friends. And we were! Audrey Spigelmire’s notepad looked very familiar to me and no wonder, she made it during my very first Stitching Sister event. Wow – how time has flown!
Donna wasn’t the only one sharing her creations, I was thrilled when Carole Pauw showed me her Butterfly bag which was originally featured on the July/August 2010 issue of Designs.
Carol Kachelmeyer shared her satin pajamas – also inspired from a Designs cover. Her jammies were just as beautiful as the original, created by Joanne Banko for the Volume 67 March/April 2011 issue.
Sometimes embroiderers are inspired to share their hobby with their best friends with matching t-shirts. Carole Baker and Christina Martinez are also known as Betty and Wilma – and have the shirts to prove it!
Carole and Christina are just a fraction of their Stitching Sisters group – they are at least seven of them! We had a great time teaching and visiting with them.
A two-day event really gives you the chance to meet and get to know each other. A two-day event also reveals everyone’s true colors – especially on the second day of an event. It was on the second day that many shared their own work with the group. The Stitching Sister on the far left, June Young, brought in a quilted panel she worked on the previous night, until 1:30 AM! Wow – I was impressed with her ability and energy.
The woman just to the right of June, Janet Lennon, stayed way beyond the last goodbye on Saturday and helped pack up machines, hoops, threads, you name it!
The best part of my job is meeting fellow embroiderers and I’m always overwhelmed when I see that they have used Designs as a starting point for their inspiration. Marie and I have two more events this fall and really hope to see you at one of them. Next, we’re off to Florida with our friends at The Sewing Studio in Maitland, FL. Click here for more information http://www.sewing.net/ or call 1-800-831-1492. In November, we’re heading to Eddie’s Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, CA. Visit their website: http://www.eddiesquiltingbee.com/ or call 408-830-9505. Hope to see you on the road!
Here’s your assignment this week:
Speaking of quilts– how many will be attending the upcoming International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas? The event is November 3-6, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It’s an amazing show with some of the most inspiring quilts and art pieces you’ll ever see. I guarantee you’ll leave that show wanting to run home to your embroidery/sewing machine to start stitching your own creations.
If you aren’t able to attend and have never had the opportunity– we’ll be your eyes and ears! Tell us what types of quilts inspire you the most–modern, traditional, realistic scenes, art deco… We’ll do our best to take photos and share them with you when we return.
If you post a comment one lucky winner will be chosen to win Eileen’s book, Machine Embroidered Quilting and Applique!
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
My niece chose a beach/surf scene for her baby’s nursery. What baby room themes have been popular with you, your family or friends? Share your stories with us for a chance to win the Adorable Décor, Embroider It Yourself series.
And the random drawing winner is….Karen Rilstone!
“Two work colleagues also did not want to know the gender of their long-awaited babies. Their decision was cheerful and bright zoo animals. There are wonderful zoo fabrics AND embroidery designs so I had fun making gifts. ” – Karen