Friday, June 16, 2017

New Quilt/New Venture


My newest quilt, yet to be named arrived yesterday from machine quilter Ann Becker, Always in Stitches.  It is always exciting to unpack that box and see what beauty lies within.  And no exception with this quilt.  Ann's quilting is amazing.  This photo is just a sneak peek.  The binding needs to be sewn, a sleeve and label added, good photos need to be taken once hanging.

I am also announcing a new venture in my quilt world.  That is, Ann and I have decided to collaborate on quilts.  This will be a new "learn as you go" venture for both of us, or should I say adventure?  

More and more show quilts are entered as a collaborative effort. I will continue to design and construct the quilt top and Ann will design and machine quilt the quilt, same as we have done in the past but now both our names will be listed as entrants at shows.  

It always seemed to me that this is the way it should be.  Quilting is such a huge part of a quilt especially in today's competitive arena.  Why shouldn't the quilter be considered an equal partner?

June weather is unpredictable here in northern Wisconsin, but there have been many beautiful days and then I'm outside working on my gardens or reading a book in the sun. But I'm hoping for some rainy days so I can get into my sewing room and get to work. 

Lake view of my home on Echo Lake

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beaded Blocks

Thought I would share photos of  my current quilt project.  I've added some accent beading, nothing too elaborate, just a little extra interest.  Check out my last blog post to see the layout. 

Now it's on to the borders.  

Oh, and Leo just enjoyed watching me work so much yesterday, he dozed off.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring Quilt Week Paducah


This time of year, a quilter's thoughts turn to spring and for me, spring is all about Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky.  An annual tradition for the past 14 years, I enter the show and spend the week at my sister's home in Cape Girardeau, MO.  We attend the show together and just have a great time.  

I'm happy to announce that my quilt Happy has been juried into the show this year as well
another of my quilts A Few of My Favorite Things. 

A Few of My Favorite Things

The competition is fierce in this international show, it's not that easy to be chosen as a finalist and even harder to win a ribbon.  I love seeing my quilts at the show among all that talent whether I win or not.  

And this year, another of my quilts Moonlight Migration will be on exhibit at the National Quilt museum in Paducah as part of their New Quilts From an Old Favorite challenge.  I'll attend a book signing on Friday, April 28th; I wrote a chapter about my quilt for the annual book published by AQS.

Moonlight Migration

So that's the latest news from Jane's Quilt World.

What am I working on now?  A smaller wall hanging, done in wool appliqué on cotton backgrounds using my raw edge machine appliqué technique to stitch the motifs.  Some of these blocks were adapted from my Flower Power quilt and others were newly designed.   
I love the results. All the blocks are stitched but not pieced yet and I'm in the process of adding some hand beading. Of course, there will be borders to design and appliqué.  

Happy Spring and Quilt Week!!

 What I'm working on now