Friday, September 28, 2012

It's not September 30th!

Look, it's not the last day of September!  And I've got my September challenge done.  This is in large part due to my daughter (a fellow quilter!) who reminded me that this was the last week of September.  I thought I had another week to play with this.  Okay, so I admit it, I am a procrastinator... queen of the last minute "oh no, it needs to be done when?!!"

I've been a bit distracted because I am so looking forward to going on  an annual "quilt trip" with the York Towne Quilt Guild to the Lancaster, PA area.  Four quilt shops, one dinner theater, and stops at the Wilbur Chocolate Factory and/or Sturgis Pretzels.  We'll have fun on the bus and get to peruse beautiful fabric and patterns to our heart's content.  What could be better!

For the September Free Motion Quilting Challenge SewCalGal brought us a feathered circle tutorial from Paula Reid.  It required transferring the pattern to my fabric and then quilting on the line.  The pattern came from The Pattern Company.  I'd rather quilt without a pattern, it's much easier than following a line (mistakes don't show as much), but I gave it a shot.  
I was going to do this on a piece of beautiful blue silky fabric leftover from my daughter's prom dress, tracing the pattern using Don Linn's tulle technique.  Unfortunately, I've misplaced my tulle, so I pulled out some plain white fabric that I could see through well enough to trace the pattern with my trusty disappearing blue marker.

Amazing how well a new marker works.  No more struggling with the nearly dried out one.

Must be I've been improving, because it was much easier than I thought it would be.  I did some close stippling around the circle to make it really pop.  My piece turned out quite nice if I say so myself!  I'll find my tulle after I get back from my quilt trip and try this again.  I really like the pattern and can see me using it in some future quilt.

A few spritzes with some water, and voila!
That's all for now.  I'm off on a road trip tomorrow, yipee!

Happy quilting,