Day seven… we’ve been doing this for a whole week now! You might think I would run out of things to say, but then you wouldn’t know me very well…
I do have so much fun making the DVDs and… I just keep talking!!
Both DVDs were taped on the set of Quilting Arts TV at KS Productions In Solon, just outside of Cleveland OH. Everyone there is so good at what they do. That just helps everyone who takes part in any of their tapings be their very best selves.
I drove the 400 miles to make my DVD but there were lots of other quilters there too, taping season 1700 of QATV with super host extroadinaire, Susan Brubaker Knapp and Susan is our guest today.
One of the funnest things about the tapings is spending time with the others. You can see Susan third from the left at dinner, just after I’d finished my day’s work.
I was so tired that evening!! And no, I took the picture. You can stop looking for me, I’m not in it.
Susan is best known for her beautiful whole cloth painted and heavily stitched quilts. I’m looking forward to catching up with her again in just a week when we will both be teaching at Road to California. I hope she enjoyed the video although I don’t know if she learnt anything new… We’ll see?
Today’s placemat shows a combination of clamshells, flames and my puzzle piece motif, all great all over cover stitches on the right project.
I have the flames going top to bottom on my placemat and that’s usually the easiest way to stitch them but if you had them going side to side across your quilt they become waves. Add a swirl if you’re feeling ready for a new challenge.
When I started out to learn how to free motion quilt I tried stitching on some pre-printed panels to make little quilts for my guild’s philanthropy program. The problem with some panels is that if you start stitching around the motifs you’ll end up with too much stitching in some areas and a whole ocean of open space in others. A jigsaw puzzle gave me inspiration for a new way of getting the job done.
becomes this!An all over design that doesn’t detract from the picture and is excellent practice for keeping your stitches even and your line smooth!
I hope you’ll try it sometime.
For today’s featured image I’ve chosen a little piece I stitched using a purchased stencil for the birds. It shows the wavy line, pebbles and stipples. Looks snowy to me, sort of suitable for today. We got a couple of inches Monday night. January in Illinois!
Here is the blog list again. You can see Susan’s link down there on the 13th. That’s today! She has a giveaway on her site… TWO DVDs… go and see, and don’t miss another chance to be a winner!
Remember to come back here and leave me a comment. You can leave one a day if you want, for more chances to be a winner. I’ll be drawing at least three winners from all your comments on the 17th.
And if you’re not lucky, or you just know you can’t wait? The DVD or digital download is available at the Interweave store by clicking on the widget at the right hand side of the page.
See you again soon!