Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dangling Threads

The truth is with most new endeavors, there is a steep learning curve. So much to learn, so little time! To speed up the process, I am attending the week long Machine Quilters Showcase in Overland Park, Kansas this May. I will probably be the least experienced quilter in attendance! This conference will provide me with important information and actual practice on long arm machines with accomplished teachers. Quilting tools and techniques, background fills, feathers, and line designs are all on the agenda. In preparation for this amazing opportunity, I decided to have business cards made. I figure, I am in the "business of learning"...hence the cards. I left a lot of room on the card so I can sew on each and every one! Check it out!

In other Sew On studio news, I pieced and finished 2 quilts.

A sweet baby quilt complete with swirly quilting and a yellow and gray nap size log cabin.

My friend and long arm guru, Rachel says to think about what your personal doodle is and incorporate that design into your free motion quilting. I must doodle a lot of
ocean waves and swirls because that's what comes out onto the quilt top. I have filled many journals and the back of every used envelope in the house with possible quilting designs.

There is not a paper surface insight without pencil quilting on it!

Swirls and ocean wave quilting.

Currently on the long arm, I have a multicolor courthouse steps pattern featuring Lush paint dots....I am determined to try something besides swirls. I hope to share it at the next Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting.

My friend Kaci, made these three quilts out of solids using the amazing improv skills learned at her annual workshops with Nancy Crow at the big barn. Aren't they simply marvelous? They are hanging above the fabric storage area at the studio.

Upcoming events include:

Pics of Mendocino yardage being cut up into somewhat random strips.....gasp!

Dates of the Quilts for Japan sewing events at Sew On in April.....

Vintage sheet and vintage feed sack love.....

Stay tuned!


  1. Your gray and yellow quilt is stunning. Actually, they're all pretty wonderful! i bet you'll have a great time at the showcase - what a wonderful opportunity. Can't wait to come hang out again - friends and fabric, what could be better?

  2. Beautiful work Cherri! Can't wait to hear more about quilts for Japan at Sew On. I've been doing blocks on my own, and am going to Cool Cottons next week. Have fun and learn lots at the long arm extravaganza!

  3. The owl yellow and grey quilt is fantastic! I'm excited for you to learn all sorts of new quilting things at the MQS ~ then the rest of us can pick your brain at the next PMQG meeting ;)

  4. This post is yelling at me. It's saying, "Ruth, you must drive to Portland soon!"