Hey there, peeps. If you liked my first Dimensional Fabric Manipulation Techniques turn on Quilting Arts TV in Season 1200, you will need to check out episode 5 in Season 1300! Watch the intro video below and look for it on your local station or get a copy today!
I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to make an “apple core” quilt while I lived in Baltimore. To me it’s like the “album quilt”- if you live there, you just have to make one.
It’s an old episode of Donald Duck/Chip N Dale that reminds me to make this, the one where Chip, Dale, and Donald Duck hurl applecores at each other after reciting the old “Applecore, Baltimore, Who’s your friend?, Me”.
So, I thought I would make a small piece to try out the handwork methods needed to do the applecore block.
The handsewing needed for this block is all curved piecing. If you see this quilt in an antique store, I bet it has a high price, because these little things are a *(&^%& to sew.
I had pieces cut and in my travel bag for almost 2 years, and every time I pulled this out, I quit. BUT then I found the English style applique paper company called Paper Pieces. My friend Catherine uses them for Hexagons all the time. I had the pieces ready in one evening, and pieced the top while in San Diego at Comic Con.
The fine ladies of the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild invited me to speak and teach at their guild in early February. They wanted to learn about eTextiles, and I was so happy to oblige!
The lecture, “Intro to eTextiles” was a big hit! Check out the packed room of members!
The two day class started with 6 inches of snow in the Chicago area overnight, and I woke up thinking that maybe they would cancel the class. When I got to the parking lot, it was plowed and waiting for students! Nineteen of the 21 students showed up! That’s AMAZING! These were dedicated needleworkers, and they wanted to learn, which is what I hoped I gave them!
We made eTextile books on the first day, and light up voodoo/squeeze dolls the second. We had such a good time. Look at the amazing work they made!
That was some really fantastic work by my students and I am proud to share it with you. As always, if you want me to teach or lecture to your guild, I’d be excited to book a date.
Ever wonder how I get it all done and work full time? Check out the video on how I travel with my quilt project.
I know it’s been ages since I posted new work, so I have a bit of catching up to do. This is a 12 x 12 inch piece mounted on canvas. The blue LED sequins do not flash, but the lights that are tucked behind the city buildings are running on a LilyPad Tiny, which has four different pre-programmed outputs. I had fun picking which lights were going to flicker, flash, beat, etc. The buildings are held out from the surface of the background quilt by stacks of black felt. The fabrics are all Cherrywood Fabrics handdyes!