I've just got back from a fabulous week in Yorkshire with my friend Helen and Linda, and we spent the week on a residential quilting course with Philippa Naylor. The majority of the other ladies on the course were doing wholecloth quilting, but I'd emailed Philippa to see if I could do curved piecing again as I really struggled with that when I did it on a course with her a few years ago. I'd packed a selection of batiks for my sample, and couldn't wait to get started!...
...it's important to have the right tools for the job - a narrow ruler, a pencil, a small rotary cutter and a pair of perfect scissors! Once the temples had been marked onto the fabric, cut out and pieced together, it was time to decide on the quilting. I'd taken a box full of beautiful Aurifil threads with me, and these were perfect...
...I practised lots and lots of free motion quilting, and was really pleased with these swirling feathers in the outer border. Once the FMQing was completed, I added a double row of piping, firstly in bright orange and the second row in fuchsia pink. Finally a half-inch wide curved binding is added to frame it - this lime green certainly is bright!...
...and here is my finished sample - I am absolutely thrilled to bits with this! If you click on the pictures, you can see some close-ups of the quilting and the piping. I still need to practise a bit more, but I'm so much more confident now, especially with these feathers, and I'll definitely add piping to more of my projects! I had a brilliant week away with Helen and Linda, and made new friends too. I'm looking forward to going back again next year!
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