I’m glad you came back to find out about someone I am delighted to call a friend and I who am convinced is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets, Kathy Matthews! Kathy is a member of our Naperville Modern Quilters Guild and looks after our social media and communications. By day she is a wonderful wife, grandma (she excels at that position) and a blogger with Chicago Now. Life hasn’t always been kind to Kathy and she blogs with heartfelt honesty which inspires me to try harder myself.
Read how she describes herself.
“My passions are quilting and sewing. Add to that French, Spanish, books, swimming, travels, new restaurants, yoga and chocolate and you have me. All of these are best shared with family and friends. Except for chocolate, don’t touch my chocolate.”
Don’t you want to know more?
Kathy blogs very regularly and I am sew happy (her phrase) that she agreed to watch and review my DVD.
We are on Day Nine of our hop and today I want to show you some feathers.
On the DVD I demo unmarked feathers, both with and without a spine. I add a little embellishment, just because I can, and then I show a more ferny sort of feather.
I sometimes add a feather to the outer border of a quilt. Here’s a close-up of that piece with the hour glass quilting on it with the feather under construction.I put the spine in first using my walking foot. Notice I had narrowed the border just a little with the echo quilting. Then I stitched one side of the spine all the way around the quilt before doing another pass around for the other side. Another two circuits added the embellishment!
Because it’s unmarked I don’t worry too much about keeping the corners symmetrical. What will be, will be (!) and I will be happy with it.
Here’s an older quilt of mine from 2010. It’s a thousand pyramids quilt inspired by Jan Krentz‘s design and put together after she stayed with me that year. Can you believe I had all those flower fabrics in my stash? I used a fern style feather for a quick and fairly easy all over quilting motif. I made it as a sample to teach at Pieceful Hearts. Apparently we called it Indian Summer.A few hours of summer would be very nice right now…
Here’s a close up to show the quilting a little better.Feathers aren’t always considered Modern but I like them and everyone loves to learn how to stitch them.
The featured image at the top of today’s post shows a spineless feather underway on the machine. They make a great filler in an irregular space and feature on the front of the DVD cover.
Just one more day to go. Here’s the complete list of blogs again if you want to catch up.
I have been updating the list each day so you can find the specific post more easily. Some of our bloggers have already moved on and written lots more entries since they did ours.
I’m guessing you probably didn’t win the PowerBall this week or you would be too busy to be reading this. Remember a comment could win a prize. In addition to a DVD our grand prize winner will be receiving a Stella task lamp from Stella Lighting.
If you don’t like black you can choose a white or a pink one instead! I have two lights from Stella, one upstairs that clamps on to my machine table and one that stands on the floor next to my preferred hand stitching seat. They really are my favorite task lighting and the people from Stella are the nicest, friendliest people you can imagine. They are the funnest crowd to hand out with on a quilt show floor!
So, don’t miss out. Check out all the blogs, subscribe to bloglovin’, like me on Facebook, leave a comment, and then go stitch!
It’s our last day talking about the DVD tomorrow. Thanks for sticking around.