Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Follow up on the P's!

jill here...just a quick followup on the P's of machine quilting.  Actually the runner quilting went pretty well.  It's not a piece of art but it has fine texture, is flat and will function well in its new home. As I practiced, the word Pace came to mind....smooth and steady.  Courage and confidence!

Somehow traditional stars emerge in the design
although that was not my intention.

The backing was one piece of fabric so
it resembles a "whole cloth" look.

These are a couple of little notebook covers that were
started with leftover blocks.  Straight line quilting is 
a more comfortable approach.

I will keep practicing!  'till next Tuesday...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Referenced Materials is up!!

Marny here...
Referenced Materials is up permanently at the Ames Public Library
Negative space
Simple shapes
Use of value and color to provide depth and focus
Touches of the unexpected
Yep, it reflects our design aesthetic!!

It started with a before hours practice hanging on a Monday morning

Glimpse of the cozy and very modern furniture under the stairwell

This was fun for me! Bo was a joy to work with!

Jill providing important input from the stairwell. Here you can see the 
stone/brick outer wall of the original Carnegie library building.
Referenced Materials was designed for this specific space.
It references the old brick, stone, tile and the fresh new materials 

seen throughout the library. 

Getting the spacing between the panels just right.
Bo had the panels hung precisely in no time!

Perspective on the size of "Referenced Materials" as seen from the lobby floor

Referenced Materials seen from the second floor

and from a different spot upstairs

The artists and their art!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Party and the P's of Machine Quilting!

jill here.... We're thrilled that our party date is close at hand.  Friday evening, at the Ames Public Library, we will reveal our commission quilt.

Just a glimpse....
We practiced the installation with the help of Bo and the lift!

Hope you can join us!
We'll also have quilts for auction.
In the mean time, I'm practicing my machine quilting.  I would love to be proficient so that I can proceed with a positive attitude!  I've tested and experimented.

I've found these tools to be very helpful.
Aurifil thread, microtex needles, fusible batting
 and my new found friend, the "SewSlip".

I've adjusted my tension to a 5.4 (whatever that means),
with slip pad in place.
I'm forcing myself to Put the Gloves On!

This is my practice background  motif.
I decided to sew in diagonal direction
on a very forgiving textured background with grey thread.

Not perfect but getting better.

The triangles were straight lined stitched with a walking foot.

Nearly done, just have the larger parallelograms left.
I'm going to up the scale with a large leaf.

I'll be happy to report my patience and perseverance in the near future!  Hope to see you Friday evening at the Library...or next Tuesday!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Paint Chip Challenge Follow Up

jill here... The Ames Quilt Guild's latest meeting included the presentation of the paint chip challenge. The original post link is to the right.  I was unable to be there but I won 6th place! Wahoo!  There were 30 some entries and reports have it, it was great fun.

No name as yet.  Any suggestions?

And transparency occurred by happenstance!

Simple line quilting for a complex design.

The perfect backing for the pair.
This one needs to be quilted.
I have in mind finishing it into another notebook cover.

Ahhh, the never ending quilt...'till next Tuesday!