Where was I last week? I think most of you know the answer to that - I was getting to know Vinnie Gammill better! I did quite a bit of practicing, but I have a long way to go before I load up a "real" quilt! I realized the past week that I am more of a structured quilter as opposed to a doodler! I found I could do a few things well in freehand mode - like stipples and squiggles, and sometimes I can even to a feather that almost looks like I know what I'm doing. But when it comes to anything else - forget it! So....I did quite a bit of research this week and I believe I've found what works well for me. Pam Clarke, one of Gammill's resident quilt artists is the gal for me! She draws lines and graphs and shows you how to quilt shapes into them. She was even kind enough to email me back when I asked which of her starter packages of training guides might be best for me! She lives just about 3 hours north of us, too! Unfortunately, she only gives live classes at shows - perhaps I have another reason to return to the Portland Quilt Show this year!
Here is a portion of the quilting from my first practice quilt - the one that Jack loaded onto Vinnie when he set the machine up for me. I'm not going to show you the entire piece as it's rather "flawed" in places! I was practicing a pantograph and couldn't figure out why I had a bulge in one section - I later realized that I had forgotten to baste down either side of the quilt when I rolled it forward. Little things like that really make a difference!
I decided I would show you my first feather - ever! I first drew the feather (which I made right after Jack left the first day), then attempted to outline it - big mistake!
The flutters came when it was time to load my second practice quilt! I think that process scared me more than anything else! Don't worry, I've already re-basted that puckered side - there are a lot of things to watch for! I decided to go for a black top this time so I could see my stitching better and also be better able to chalk in some stencils that I can see well. I used Warm & Natural batting in this one - my favorite - and it also makes a huge differece. Your quilting is much more "flat" than with a poly batt. I haven't decided which I like best. I've now rolled this 60 x 80 practice piece twice with much more to go! Next quilt might be a real top! I'll just do some stippling and a little outlining to start. Wish me luck!
A few posts ago I showed you the Art Deco lamp we found at an obscure antique shop in Oregon. It has now been re-wired and the other day we had it hung in our entry. Lighting is always difficult to photograph, but you can get the idea.
Here is a view standing under it in the daylight. I was surfing the internet looking for places to buy replacement shades if we ever needed one. They are extremely difficult to find - and one shade costs more than what we paid the the light! All in all, we can't believe what a great deal we got!
Over the weekend we heard from a woman who grew up in the Squash House! Her parents had the house built and lived in it for 50 years. She will be coming to town next weekend and wondered if she could walk through the house. Of course we are delighted that she wants to come by - and can't wait to hear more about the house. Already she's told us some interesting tidbits! I don't want to spoil the story now, but do please come back next week as there will surely be a great post or two about her visit!