Time for another catch-up post, about my Decorative Stitch Applique class on Friday at Quilt Festival. I’m on a yahoo group for Janome 6600-7700-8900 owners, and a discussion cropped up about using the decorative stitches and I realized I had yet to post this information, so here goes!
Ya know how we all have these fancy machines that do a bazillion things, and pretty much 98 percent of the time (or more) all we do is use the straight stitch and sometimes the zigzag? Well, when I wrote my book, Threadwork Unraveled, I included a section to teach folks how to play with their fancy stitches. This is the project in the book and the regular class project.
I teach that section as a class which was offered this year at Quilt Festival. This year I came up with a couple new projects as class options for students. Most of the students did the usual tossed leaves project for this class, but one loved my Funky Chicken. Here she is early in the day, filling the background with fun stitch combinations in fun colors:
Other students put their own spin on the leaves:
And a happy student with her nearly-done funky chicken:
The day ended with one of my favorite things at Festival: FRIENDS! This evening was the Dinner@8 artists. Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison curate an exhibit each year for several years now, and I am thrilled to have been both invited to submit pieces and accepted in the exhibit! My orca quilt, seen in earlier blogposts on Festival 2013, was in this year’s Exquisite Moment exhibit. Here a bunch of us who were at Festival enjoy dinner and friendship and art!