Monday, January 20, 2014


Every once in a while I get a commission to make a quilt for someone. Usually a friend, usually a baby quilt or a gift for someone special in their lives. This is a commission for a friend to give her friend as a parting gift. Her image was something that evoked Maine's beaches and the ocean where her friend likes to walk her dog. We met and chose fabrics with a distinctly Maine, not Caribbean, blue theme and a sandy background. I added a dozen fabrics to the 18 we chose together. She didn't want a complicated wall hanging, more a piece that could be snuggled in and used. A simple pattern with a graphic punch stood out from the rest and I set to work. The quilting is not finished, but enough for a sneak peak. The curves and swirls in the blue patches, done with a variegated blue thread, softens the lines and blends the colors. Just for fun I quilted footprints and dog prints in the background sand. I had planned on sand colored thread but realized you could not make out the prints, so went with a double layer of purple. Purple! Yes, purple. Do you think it works? I think I will add more quilting to that part before it is done, maybe background quilting using the sand colored thread. No border. I'll post the finished quilt when I get it done. Hope she likes it! This Saturday is Free-Motion Quilting class at Sew Portland if I have enough people signed up for it. Hope so--it is such a fun class to teach!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Classes Coming Soon

Sign up now for one of our new classes! Free Motion Quilting returns Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 to 3:00. Everything you need to know to "quilt as desired." From a discussion of various ways to finish your quilt tops to practicing feathers, this class allows time for hands on practice and consultation.

In February, Linda and I will teach another in our popular beginner quilt series--Rana's Charms starts with your choice of charm pack. Be sure you purchase one with at least 40 charms. Class begins Friday afternoon, February 21--you can arrive as early as 1:00, but come when you can, and continues Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 to 3:00. We'll be making half square triangles and exploring their myriad design possibilities. To sign up, contact Sew Portland at 797-6700, or send me an email, click here.
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