Wednesday, June 29, 2011

the quilt top is done

The appliqueing is done and the quilt top is off to be quilted.  Yeah!

Here's a pic...

Now I just need to write it all up.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The appliqueing is almost complete

I've been trying to work a bit every day on the applique blocks.  I'm now finishing up the applique stitching on the last block.  After that I'll be sewing the blocks together and looking to get the piece quilted.  Here's a few more pics of some of the motifs.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

a sneak peek

A few posts ago I said I was working on a new applique design.  I thought today I would go ahead and post a little peek at what I've been up to.  I'm a ways from being done.  This small quilt will be 38" x 38" when completed and consists of eight blocks.  I figured if I posted some pics it would motivate me to dig in and get it done. 

Once this is done I have to get back to some serious rug hooking.  There are some things out there calling me.
More later...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Our rug guild goes on tour

This past Friday I had arranged a tour at the NC State College of Textiles .  It was very interesting.  They work on everything from Space suits to parachutes to carpeting.  We saw machines for knitting sweaters, dyeing fibers, cutting out cloth for patterns and even your old fashion hand weaving looms.  Here's a few pictures from our tour.

This machine cuts out pattern pieces with a reciprocating saw in a flash.  

This is the HUGE jaquard loom.  It weaves so fast it makes your head spin!

This machine 'picks' the fabric to make a nap.  Think of fleece on the inside of your sweatshirt or the nubbies on your towels.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In recovery mode

I was so... busy getting ready for symposium and then doing it I was just wiped out this past week.  It also took me a few days to get everything back in order, well, sort of.  Here's my booth at symposium for those who missed it.

It was a great show with some extraordinary quilts.  Friday and Saturday were exceptionally busy for me. A lot of quilters are now doing wool applique on their quilts.  I got so inspired I decided to try it as well.  More on that in a future post.