I finished longarm quilting Lee's hand appliquéd Rainbow Rocks quilt this week. She handed this quilt over to me around the first of the year and graciously agreed to let me wait until I got back from my classes with Angela Walters at QuiltCon to quilt it. I finally worked up the nerve to suck it up and put what I learned down on a quilt.
Lee's quilt gave me the perfect opportunity to test my skills in negative space.
The Rainbow Rocks pattern is designed by my good friend, Kathleen Baden, who took a second place ribbon at QuiltCon for her amazing hand quilted version.
I am diving in and putting what I learned and practiced on to an actual customer quilt. Ooooh, nerve racking! It feels good, though. I feel good about it. I hope to have Lee's quilt ready for her by the end of the week.
Bring on those negative space quilts, ladies. I ready for them!
Free motion scares me. To think about starting on a custom quilt makes me so nervous and I tend to put them off. I have a few custom quilts I need to get done, so tonight a put a yard of flannel I had on the frame and started practicing what I think I want to put on the next quilt I have to do. I don't know why I get so scared. This makes me happy. Really happy! I learned this technique in the Quilting Negative Space class I took with Angela Walter's at QuiltCon. It was by far one of my favorite designs I learned from her.
I have gotten one half of my Diamond Ring quilt pieced together. I was unsure how I was going to like the dark gray background, but now that I see it all together, I like it. I love the way the colors pop on it.
Do you remember those Sketch Cottons I got a couple of weeks ago? I cut into them this weekend and started on a quilt. I am going to make the Diamond Ring Quilt from Green Bee with them. I got the pattern from Super Buzzy while at QuiltCon. I love this quilt. This is one of the only two patterns I bought while at QuiltCon. I was having a rough time getting the pieces to come together and then I figured out that I had been sewing them incorrectly. Duh-huh! Once I started sewing them the correct way, it started to come together really quickly. Amazing how that works, huh? I had my local glass cutting shop make acrylic templates for this quilt. That made the cutting so much easier. The pattern calls for four 1 yard cuts of fabric for the diamonds, but I used 12 fat quarters (to get the colors I wanted) and I had plenty left over. I could probably have made another quilt with the left over fabric. (also good I had extra because of my initial sewing screw-up) I can't wait to finish this quilt, but it will have to wait. I am going down to my basement to quilt for customers and I am not coming up for air until I get a bunch done.