Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Sunday, April 17, 2011

On the road again ...

After weeks of hand embroidery and fabric painting, I finally got behind the wheel of the sewing machine last week for some machine quilting. I felt like I was cruising down the highway, taking the curves nice and steady, rolling along so much faster than with the hand stitching.

Life in the fast lane!

The fabric I painted last week, collaged and half-quilted.

If you've never done long, sinuous, free-form machine quilting, let me tell you this: It's like cruisin' down the highway, leaning into the curves and responding to whatever comes along, like safety pins or a loose flap of silk. Such an exciting life.

The week ended with Sew Day with the Twisted Nuts, and I took these photos of Nancy's extremely organized embroidery floss binder in case you need an idea for organizing your floss. Here's a side view showing the beautiful color assortment:

I forget to get a photo of the platter of homemade sticky buns until it was too late. We dove right in like starving children, and by the time I thought to get a photo there was only one left. But I did get a cupcake picture:

Have a sweet day


Judys Fiber Art said...

No, don't tempt me with those little sweets. But oh, do tempt me with your wonderful quilting and those delicious colors on your quilt. Yum.

Judys Fiber Art said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. My "Gallery Hanging Tutorial" page has a section at the end called "Frame It Yourself." It shows step by step, if you're interested.

Ladybug said...

You guys have the best treats!! Love your work - I'm sure the sewing machine feels a lot easier & quicker after all the hand work, but for those of us who don't quilt, it might not be such a "breeze". Fun to read about and view, however..

Gloria said...

I do like the way those curves add movement to your yummy quilt. Very nice.
Also like how the floss is organized...never thought of that before. THX