Saturday, April 5, 2014

A bit of therapy

  My brother and nephew arrived for a few days this week.....even so I have managed  to squeeze in a bit of sewing while they were out doing the park and shopping thing.  I fed them a big breakfast today and sent them off  and I ran to the sewing room for a bit of therapy!

Here's a peek at my Let's Book It project for the month.   It is very close to being done, and quite small.   Picking the fabrics to use made this one a lot of fun to work on.  I may need to make another one for a gift!









   I began playing with the scraps and strips for the blended scrap strata quilt.  The sample I saw on Pinterest was done in color ways.  Ummmmm....that may not be the way I go after all.

   Developing the strata groups requires several good combinations in each colorway to get enough variety. To achieve that requires cutting new fabrics....not what I wanted to do here.  So now I am thinking that I will try a few sets of strips that are mixed colors but very strict on value placement.
   
   If you are thinking of sewing along with me on this.....be sure to check out the tutorial on the strata and block construction.  I am using 2 1/2" strips because that is what I have.
   A couple of tips to remember.....a good 1/4" seam is needed or your strata will be too narrow or too wide.  Pressing.....watch out for the tucking at seam lines.  Press it well.



   I have a Tiara Class to teach on Tuesday.....new adventure for me.  I finished up the sampler for stitches...... finally.  This is for the basic Free Motion Quilting Class but thought I would share it at this class as well.  Goofs and all  :)  If you put enough thread on there, the quilt police will go blind looking for the bad stitches!
  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and happy stitching.
   

5 comments:

  1. Your Book It piece is lovely - gorgeous floral fabrics showcased. Your learning piece I think is great for a class as we all had to 'learn' somewhere along the way.

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  2. Everything looks great, Debbie, but I especially love the effect of the strata piece.
    Good luck with your teaching. You will be a good teacher, I'm sure!

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  3. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the Strata, it's on my list too. A new class? fun, you're really off and running, it's wonderful. My thinking on free motion is that it's free, do what you want, mistakes aren't mistakes they're original, LOL.

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  4. I love your Let's Book It" tablerunner. You picked a great picture to replicate & did a fantastic job on it. Your strata piece is coming along nicely. The one & only water color quilt I made was done in stratas but not the kind you are doing. Samplers for classes are so helpful. Carry on, my friend. April has just begun.

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  5. Just sent you the coolest email about my "Charming" .... It's quit a story!!!!

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