Jul 17 13

Please Join Me at the Road to California Show in January 2014!

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Do you remember last year when I blogged about the process of creating the quilt called “Year of the Never Ending Spring?”  Here is the entire finished quilt, although this photo doesn’t quite capture the colors accurately and it’s a bit blurry:
 
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This quilt is made of multiple different bird block designs, like:
 
year-of-bb3
…and another one:
 
year-of-bb1
…and another one:
 
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and another bird block that I don’t have a photo for.  Of course, there are also some wreath blocks:
 
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All the blocks in this quilt were created using machine embroidery applique and they have incredible texture because of all the luscious thread work!  This quilt is way too much to create in a workshop but I’ll be teaching an abbreviated form of it at the  Road to California Show in January.  This will be a 2-day workshop where you’ll learn how easy it is to create complex MEA blocks like this one (4 hoopings  for the center block) and we’ll finish this into the Love Birds Wall hanging which is pictured below:
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Yep, you’ll get to work with some intricate feather shapes as well, and what quilter doesn’t love feathers?!  Here’s  a close up of some of the embroidery to get you interested:
 
Love-Birds-Embroidery-Closeup
As complex as this wall hanging MEA is, you will be able to complete it in this workshop, even if you’ve never done machine embroidery applique before and you will be provided a fabulous Brother embroidery machine to use in class!  (Can you beat this?!)  If you’re scratching your head, wondering how this is all done, here’s a video that will show you just how easy it is to create the center block:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfK-dK1Y6KA
 
If you’re looking for a shorter class, I’ll also be teaching a 1-day class in creating a machine embroidery applique feathered wreath block like this one:
 
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This block can be used to make a tote bag, table runner, pillow, or whatever you’d like!  I’ve got to throw in a close up shot to entice you…check out that texture:
 
Feathered-Wreath-Embroidery-Closeup
Ooh-la-la!  I’m also teaching a 1-day class on free motion quilting feather designs but that one is full, so I won’t tell you how much fun it is or how much you’ll learn!  Please join me in CA for one or 2 days (or even 3!) of machine embroidery applique-I promise that you’ll enjoy every minute of the class!  I am a quilter at heart and never dreamed that I would get into embroidery, but this is totally addictive and the perfect way to blend quilting and embroidery.  If you’d like to join in on the fun and sign up, you can register for classes here.
 
 
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5 Comments

  1. Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter Says:

    Wow! Have fun at Road to California – I hope you will be sharing pictures with us. I’m happy you’re an Ohio gal so maybe I’ll have the opportunity one day to take some classes from you closer to home. This quilt is stunning…and your colors always make me drool. :)

  2. vector art services Says:

    Very nice and colorful work. Just awesome color combination i just luv it. Keep it buddy. Cheers

  3. SewCalGal Says:

    I’m signed up for three days and sew looking forward to it.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  4. Peggy Says:

    I signed up for your free motion quilitng feathers class at Road to CA and am really looking forward to it!!

  5. elli Says:

    I love your blog and I have asked this question before.

    What is the stitch you use in your outline of appliqué? I have a Bernina

    This would be my one and only critique – You don’t tell what stitches you use and you did not tell us what ruler you used. It is nice to look at pictures but not so nice to have to struggle to use your wonderful ideas with our own work. Thank you ever so much, elli