Mar 23 08

Many Things

Lots of stuff going on at the Bode-Thompson household! I’ve been working up against deadlines for many things, and spent the bulk of last week at a computer keyboard writing stuff-blech! But, I got to quilt many hours this weekend to work on these 2 quilts whose patterns will be published in a couple of months. We are going to debut a line of patterns in the spring…we’re aiming at something a bit different than what’s out there now. The goal of our patterns will be to cater to the “thread enthusiast,” or the person who enjoys free motion work, (either free motion quilting and/or embroidery), and likes to try some new techniques to kind of jazz up a quilt a bit. In general, these quilts will all be relatively easy to either piece and/or appliqué via fusible appliqué, and the REAL fun will begin once that part’s over. They will all have large “blank” areas in the background for some fun quilting; I consider this to be my “playground!” The first one is called “Pansy Greetings” and it is below:


The second quilt is still being quilted, but it has a few areas of trapunto, like this “heart flower:”


(This quilt design may look familiar; I started a similar one a couple months back but was unhappy with it, so I played around with the design and made it in a nicer color way). Here’s a shot of the backside that shows the trapuntoed areas:


There are also many areas that are not trapuntoed but are free motion embroidered when it is just a top, like below:


I still have a fair amount of quilting to get done on this baby, so I’ll post more pictures as I get more done.

We had a bit of excitement here yesterday…we were trying to film a quick scene for a DVD and the goal was to simulate the aftermath of a sewing machine explosion. We have all these fog machines because we get a bit carried away at Halloween, so we set one up in my sewing room, closed the door, and proceeded to really fog up the room to make it look very smoky. Well, it got so smoky-looking that we couldn’t see anything through the camera lens, so I opened the door to the hallway to kind of clear the air a bit, never thinking that this might set off smoke alarms. Next thing we know, alarms are going off and the fire truck is on the way…man, what a wild scene it was! So, if you see that scene in a future dvd, know that all the yelling and alarms in the background were REAL! Fortunately, the fire was NOT!

And some good news for customers in the UK… you can now purchase our DVDs in your own backyard! Please visit The Cotton Patch or Rio Designs as they are now stocking our DVDs!

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