In addition to all the wonderful experiences and people in my life for which I am grateful, I am so thankful that quilting is part of my life. Who would think that running a hand across a piece of fabric could elicit such excitement…
…that cutting up fabric and putting it back together again could be so exhilarating…
…that seeing fabrics change color right before our eyes could cause heart palpitations…
…and that quilting designs with a sewing machine needle could be so endlessly exciting and soothing, all at the same time:
We share amongst ourselves the wonder and passion for all things fiber. I am so grateful to my mom for getting me hooked on sewing at a young age; it has literally brought me decades of exploration and fulfillment. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Today is the fifth stop on our blog hop so head on over to SewCalGal’s blog to read about her project. She created the The Love Birds Wall Hanging in a class with me, and this is a derivative of the Harmonic Song Birds Quilt which you can find here. (It is created by using bird block 1 and the corner setting triangle feather pairs files.) Here’s a shot of the full Harmonic Song Birds Quilt:
If that’s a bit of an overload of color, here’s another version of it created with less color:
It’s quite easy to isolate a block from a large quilt like this to create a small wall hanging. For instance, this little wall hanging was made using Bird Block 3:
SewCalGal spent some time playing around with these files and did some really cool stuff. She took the bird block #2 files and stitched part as machine embroidery applique and the other part as purely embroidery with a trapunto layer! She also isolated the swirl shapes from Bird Block 2 and created a beautiful pillow using them in a mirror image format! This is a fabulous lesson in the versatility of machine embroidery…you can take a set of design files and play with them in many ways beyond their original purpose. To see what she’s done and learn more about how to play with design files, head on over to SewCalGal’s blog now! While you’re there, be sure to make a comment so you can enter the give away!
I hope you have enjoyed the machine embroidery blog hop and if any of you have been on the fence about getting an embroidery machine, I hope this blog hop helped to tip you over the edge! When you combine machine embroidery applique and quilting…look out! The results are fabulous! If you haven’t visited all the participating blogs, here’s the full lineup:I Have a Notion Blog Mon 11/10/14 Gene Black An Alabama Artist and Quilter Blog 11/11/14 Marjorie’s Quilting Bee Blog 11/12/14 Jean Creates Blog 11/13/14 Sew Cal Gal Blog 11/14/15