Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mexico quilt shop

Last week I was telling you a story about being in a far away country (Mexico).

It actually reminds me of when I was in Scotland, driving the perimeter of the furthest northern island of Skye, so remote that every few miles, you'd see a house





or a castle


or a sheep




or a quilt shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WHAT?


 yip!  out there in the middle of REMOTENESS, was a quilt shop!  (read about that back here)



So last week in Mexico City, while I had my nose to the ground, taking these pictures for free motion quilting ideas, like this



and this (see blog post)



all of a sudden when I looked up, I saw this Quilting Studio



yip, in the middle of this ancient, magical village, San Angel (in a suburb of Mexico City) . . . 


I love the Mexican influence in this quilt shop







stairs





The owner, Silvia, gives daily classes and speaks English.  


She says that the quilting industry is exploding there in Mexico City just like it is here in the states  . . . aren't her quilts beautiful?



she is a modern quilter at heart, look what's on her design wall



 While I was there, Zen Chic's newest line, "flow" arrived in a box.

(and that's what I bought, of course)



 Silvia even has the hq sweet sixteen!!!


 these friendly employees cut my fabric



 here is the information for this fun quilt shop.  Thank you, Silvia!!

Tell your uber driver you want to go to:  (that's for you, Ramona;)
Juarez No. 2, San Angel in Mexico City.
Spend the afternoon in this magical old neighborhood.










Tuesday, April 5, 2016

mendocino pincushions

Sometimes when you're doing something tedious



like cutting out 488 quarter circles (that's only 1/2 of them!  and it took me HOURS)



do you ever get a sudden uncontrollable urge to bolt as fast as you can and create the image that just popped into your mind's eye?  



especially if it involves mendocino?   Oh my yumminess!!!


 out in stores now.  hurry while supplies last.  (I'd just order it online if I were you :)





Friday, April 1, 2016

varsity plus in gray


stats:
38 x 42 washed.
fabric - varsity by sweetwater
batting - Winline 80/20
quilting is organic straight line



The colors in this sweetwater line are very similar to their "reunion" line, remember those fabrics?  tanner reunion,  reunion at midnight  and  raggy squares, yea, I think we all went a little crazy on that line.  I still have a dresser full of it, for the future :)



Several posts ago, I talked about a new binding method.  My quilting friend, Christine, introduced me to this new modern look. 


 There are so many reasons to be in love with this modern binding . . .



 If you look close, you will see that the binding is stitched down (with gray thread) in a running stitch.


This quilt is bound in turquoise, very similar to the binding color.  Either the contrast or the same color thread look nice . . . home made.  








binding tools:
(I used those surgical scissors this week to pull out stitches, eek! . . . purchased at market)



even with a thimble, I still feel like I need to use these for gripping the needle.  I wear them on my thumb and index finger and the thimble on my middle finger.  That's just my preference, it's so individual.



Have you seen these darling tulip packages in the quilting stores?  their marketing is brilliant . . . them and Target.


They have a large eye, they're warp resistant an run smoothly through the fabric.



 I use Gutermann's hand quilting thread from the big box sewing store.  It's thick and sturdy.


linked:
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frenzy friday
fabric addict

Thursday, March 31, 2016

lawn quilt ready for quilting

Last week's give-away winner is Hydeeann.  I'll be sending her this canvas Moda 30th anniversary bag.  Thank you for your comments.



I've had this varsity lawn quilt hanging on my banister for a while, waiting for a back.  I saw one like it at market in Houston last fall, and set out to shamelessly copy it.  It went pretty fast considering the size of these ginormous flying geese (measuring 12"x6").





  Both front and back are finally ready for basting . . . yay!!




Thread is ready and waiting (see this post about that)



I'm really excited to quilt this.  It has a lot of negative space to quilt and I've got some really cool designs to try to mimic from some pictures I took in Mexico City last week.




I had a few extra hours, and buzzed down to my favorite part of the city, San Angel.  It's a very old neighborhood with the charm of quaint cobblestone streets, meandering around stone walls, and old wood doors with deep red bougainvillea hanging over the walls.






I'm just going to mark my quilt with a disappearing pen, focusing a pattern to a small section.





This is the beginnings of a log cabin pattern.  I never thought of using the log cabin design for quilting.



I have tons of pictures of this metal graffiti, I think it will look really cool quilted.





Do you see any fun free motion quilting designs in these patterns?






See that open door down there?  I was walking down that street and saw that open door and saw someone else walk in, so I decided to do the same.  cool. stuff. inside.


you see a red car or two?  I see lines, arches, contrast, organized space, centuries old, unity, structure, symmetry, patterns, oh, and a red car (or two :)




another inviting "opened" gate :)


match stick lines


I must have taken 75 pictures, when all of a sudden I realized that I didn't even have enough battery left to order myself an uber (kind of like a taxi service) back to where my party was staying (note to self: taking lots of pictures with your phone drains your battery quickly).  I looked up and you'll never guess what I saw . . .

to be continued. . .

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frenzied friday
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