Thursday, March 15, 2012
Jacquie's Stash Is The BEST Stash
Sometime last Spring/Summer our Bernina store hosted a class with Jacquie Gering on improv quilting. I wasn't able to take the class because I was actually working in the store, but I could not help myself from sneaking pieces of her stash away and sewing them up in between calls and customers. I made some quick progress, speed sewing is a skill of mine, and actually ended up with a decent size quilt top at the end of the day. I went home and added a couple long strips: the solid brown and the geogrand, to make a nice "baby" size quilt. I even started to quilt it the next day. I was going to be done in time to show it at the next guild meeting. The meeting day rapidly approached and I was not finished. Iwent ahead and showed the "work in progress".
Then it sat and waited...for the better part of a year. It is a sad tale that happens often in my house. I decided this past weekend that I should finish it, plus I have a new Bernina 580 that needed a quilting test run. It was awesome! I thought that my first Bernina was my one true love, but it's not true. You can fall in love with a Bernina more than once!
I have been looking at lots of quilt books and trying to master some free motion techniques. I am still green, but I can do pretty nice looking pebbles and some okay swirls. I added lots of straight line quilting using the walking foot and I even brought out the leather roller foot #55 and did some organic line quilting with it. I did my best to take clues from the quilt itself. I enjoyed continuing a line from one piece of fabric into the next piece and adding x's and wavy lines to others. It is improv from the piecing to the quilting and a true sampler of style.
A fun coincidence, on Wednesday Bernina's facebook page linked to a post on Jacquie's blog about how to organize your stash. Jacquie's stash really is the best stash. Every piece I pulled, she would say, "Oh that's my favorite fabric". I have to agree, they were all pretty fabulous and I am pretty smitten with the final quilt. The animals agree.