Tag Archive: practice

Trying Some FMQ Options

Thank you to everyone for input on ways to put the string quilt blocks together.  In the comments, Choice 3, a straight grid of sashing was the clear winner, but in the voting,… Continue reading

Multiple Technique Practice Piece — the Back

Many people who work in surface design talk about how the first steps can look awful.  You just have to keep working until you get to a result you like – and if… Continue reading

Multiple Technique Practice Piece

This may be the year I don’t get any projects done, just some studio organization and some practice.   I followed Melanie McNeil’s suggestion about inventorying books — between art and textile books, I… Continue reading

Dye Experiments Day Two Results

At the end of my first day of dyeing, I found a whole stack of fabric I had set aside to be dyed.  Since I still had my supplies out, I went ahead… Continue reading

A Practice Piece for My Practice Piece

This week I had some time to set aside to just practicing free motion quilting, and I decided to work through the book Quilting Wide Open Spaces by Judi Madsen.  (When I bought… Continue reading

13 Ways of Looking at a Wren

Carolina Wrens have dumpy little bodies that are constantly in motion.  Their characteristic bobbing movement reminds me of those cheap toys that have springy legs and suction cup feet – you push the… Continue reading

Thread Comparisons

The last few days I have been playing with the threads that I bought at Quilt Festival, trying out different sizes for the top thread and bobbin, with different sizes of needles and… Continue reading

March Materials Madness

It all started with the book, The Uncommon Quilter: Small Art Quilts Created with Paper, Plastic, Fiber, and Surface Design by Jeanne Williamson.   It’s a big title, but the quilts in the book… Continue reading

Auditioning Stitches

I started this quilt two years ago. I saw it in McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine, June/July 2010.  It was titled “Sea Glass.” I am at the point where all the blocks are together,… Continue reading