Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quilty News

I'm back from my trip to Ohio to provide a beautiful flower girl for my cousin's wedding. We traveled through the heart of Ohio's Amish country, which always makes me eager to get my yard and garden in tip-top condition and start a more traditional style quilt. This beautiful girl nearly stole the show with her smile and flower petal tossing! Why, oh why, didn't I get it on video?


We stopped in at Lehman's, famous for it's old-fashioned and non-electric quality goods. We bought a bigger cast iron skillet. With the kids growing, I had been splitting certain dishes between two 10 inch skillets. Now I have a giant 14 inch pan gracing my stove top. (I love cooking with cast iron!)

Lehman's sells a Janome treadle! Wonder if I am coordinated enough to operate the treadle and free motion quilt at the same time?Janome Treadle Machine
We got home and found out that my hubby had the day off on the following day. As much as I longed to spend some extra time with him, I ran off to Threads Run Through It to quilt on the Gammill Charm. I will be demonstrating this machine for them at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Fredericksburg, VA in October. I will be there October 4 and 5, if anybody who reads here wants to meet up.

Since I will be showing how well the Charm will quilt, and such a big machine is great for big quilts, I wanted to stitch something other than just a sample. The shop is about 40 minutes away, so I also wanted to do something I could finish in one visit. I decided to do a fall themed whole cloth wall quilt.


Feathered Fall Free Motion

From start to finish this 30x35 inch piece took about 4.5 hours, including the few markings I used in the composition. And I didn't need to rip out any stitches! Miracle of miracles. Other than doing my free motion quilting in the middle of a quilt shop and in front of quite a few people, it was a lot of fun.

I have a promised post in the works on choosing long arm rulers for use on sit-down/domestic machines coming up later this week and also more pics and info from my trip to the quilt shop. I hope you are all having a lovely time with whatever creative and crafty skills you love to use!

1 comment:

  1. at least you have a very, very sweet picture, and memory! looking forward to your ruler post, amy!

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