Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Back at the Beach with new Quilt books

We arrived back to the Beach yesterday.  It's nice to go on a cruise, but it was nice to get back on land and get back to normal.  Even though there are no bathroom scales here at the beach condo, I'm going to do a serious bit of dieting to take off those newly gained cruise pounds..  I'm glad I have some quilt projects to work on as a distraction.

While I was away, I received 2 books that I ordered along with the extra fabric I needed to continue working on Mitchell's quilt.  Both of these books have been on my list for a while now, and after leafing through them briefly, they were both good purchases.

There are many great scrappy style quilts, but the reason I bought  Country Comforts by Cheryl Wall was this quilt called "Days and Nights of Wine and Roses".  This looks like a pretty easy quilt to make and it really appeals to me.  It's now on my to do list when I get home and back to my stash.

I really enjoy free-motion quilting, so the next book, Judy Woodworth's Freemotion Quilting, really looks inspirational to me and I can't wait to get started.   I brought stash to make place mats, so I won't have to wait until I get home to use some of Judy's suggestions and techniques. These two techniques are the first two that I'll try.  The first is creating a large central feathered motif, then filling in with multiple background motifs. 

The second of Judy's demonstrations that I will try is using background quilting to highlight a non quilted section.  I like this example of using letters.   I'll have to think about a specific word to use on my place mat...  Do you have a suggestion? The place mats for use at our guilds quilt show in late April and the theme is Spring.  


Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you made it back to land safe and sound. Can't wait to hear all about it.
Enjoyed quilting with your friends at St A yesterday afternoon. Dip your toes in the surf for me on your next beach walk. Linda G

Lee said...

How about quilting "enjoy" on the placemats? or "bon appetit"? both would be fun - hey, and bilingual!

MissesStitches said...

How about the word "YUM?"