Warning: blatant advertising plug! Softened with some cool quilting photos!
Here’s the 411 on the Wild Onion Jacket demonstrations I will give at the IQA show in Long Beach, CA (aka Houston in Long Beach) this coming week. If you want to see the Wild Onion Jacket in person, see how the pattern goes together, and see some of my easy “quilter-oriented” finishing techniques, come on over!
I will be at Cranberry Quiltworks, Booth #1009 on each day:
- Friday July 25 at 3:00 pm
- Saturday July 26 at 11:00 am
- Sunday July 27 at 11:00 am
I had always hoped to be discovered by Alex Anderson, so I could go on Simply Quilts and bring the Wild Onion Jacket to lots and lots of quilters who wanted to wear their art, but who hated sewing clothing. Although that isn’t possible, since the show was cancelled (grumble grumble HGTV) I kind of felt like I was preparing for her show.
Remember how the guest artist would be sewing along, and they’d go to commercial break, and miraculously when they returned, the guest would have completed something like 5 quilts in the 2 minutes they were on “break”?! Well, like those guest artists, I need to have different parts of my Wild Onion Jacket finished, so that I can demo the different techniques. I had to make 2 different jackets; now I can “sew” the different areas, hold them up to the audience, and give everyone a visual “how-to”. Cool beans!
Here are photos of the jackets I made. The first is pretty extensively quilted:
The second jacket was done in an allover I call wobbly spiral meander– this photo just shows you the quilting pattern:
I haven’t quilted on black with a variegated thread (this is a Superior Poly Quilter thread) for a long time. It is so magical to watch the quilting patterns appear in such yummy colors!
For those of you who don’t quilt, I used a longarm quilting machine, which is a very large machine on a wheeled track bed which moves freely. I quilt freehand, which means that I am moving the machine around– kind of like I’m drawing, only my “paper” is cloth, and my “pencil” is the needle and thread!