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I am back!

Ok 3 weeks is way to long to be out of the studio.

First Mike had to spend 2 days in ICU. He had cellulitis!! Yucky! Then 4 days after that I had to do an emergency fly out for mom. She developed a hip infection in her rebuilt hip and was not wanting to go to OHSU to get it fixed. So I was gone for almost 2 weeks for that. During the time with mom in the hospital I finally finished my scarf!!! It is beautiful I will post pictures soon.

When I got back from Oregon I was exhausted. I only had 3 hours of sleep in the first 3 days I was there. Then I slept in mom’s hospital room for the next 6 nights! So I was very tired when I got home.

The day after I got back I had two 3 hour free motion quilting classes with Angela Walters, http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com at Seams Like Home, http://www.akseams.com.

I am finally feeling almost human again and I am back in the studio!

Happy creating!

Gene

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016
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Quilting class with Angela Walters!

On Saturday July 30th I took 2 3 hour quilting classes with Angela Walters (www.quiltingismytherapy.com). It was awesome! Thank you Angela!

The classes were at Seams Like Home! www.akseams.com

The first 3 hours was spent learning ways to quilt the negative space in quilts. It was lots of fun. I keep repeating in my head “It only needs to be straightish!” The beauty is not in perfection it is in the overall appearance. Sometimes perfect does not look right!

The 2nd 3 hours was learning how to quilt different shapes. It was a very eye opening experience. It is a great way to break quilts down to basic shapes and quilt them!

A finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt top!

Posted on Sunday, July 31st, 2016
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Tomorrow starts my thread painting class!

I am so excited my 6 days of Thread Painting class with Barbara Shapel starts tomorrow!!!!!!

Happy creating and be your own kind of beautiful!

Gene

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
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My current big project

In the June of 2015 I started a quilt that I have aptly named the quilt that never ends. It is a double wedding ring quilt done completely on the embroidery module. When the block comes off the module it is pieced, appliquéd, sandwiched, and quilted. All I have to do is join the blocks together and bind it.

The quilt is from hoopsisters.com. I decided to make a few changes to it and to make it to fit our king size bed. It will be 108″ square when complete. There are 144 main blocks, 48 border blocks, and 4 corner blocks. Each main block takes about 70 minutes to stitch including color changes and adding fabric.

I am currently about 3/4 of the way through part 3. I am enjoying it, however it is not the fastest project

I have had multiple people make me promise to put it in the fair even though I don’t want to. The reasoning given is it is so pretty everyone should see it.

below is a picture of it I will add a gallery section in the next couple of days.

1/4 of quilt with original border.

1/4 of quilt with original border.

 

Happy creating

Gene

Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2016
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Accuquilt!!!!

Ok, here is a confession. 5 or 6 years ago I bought an Accuquilt GO! die cutter. I bought it because Ricky Tims had some dies for it that I loved and wanted so when I bought the Go! I figured I was buying an expensive applique cutter. I played with it a couple times then put it in safe keeping. So safe I could not find it!!!

Well this year I attended Sew Expo (www.sewexpo.com) in Puyallup Washington. Had a great time was really inspired this year. One of the classes I took was a lecture by Eleanor Burns called Accuquilt, the Quilt in a Day Way!  I left truly inspired I never realized I could actually cut quilt tops with it.

When I got back I was talking to my boss at the shop I work at (Seams Like Home, www.akseams.com) about this awesome class I took about Accuquilt. She started giggling and said while I was on my trip she signed on the dotted line to become a signature dealer for Accuquilt!!

The weekend of April 8th, 9th and 10th the shop hosted an international educator named Pam Heller from Accuquilt. It was an amazing weekend. I have fallen in love with my Accuquilt! So much so that I purchased the Accuquilt GO! Big!! LOVE IT!!!!

I have a split tumbler quilt in the works and I also have started an apple core quilt! I tried an apple core quilt years ago and it was a nightmare because trying to get all the pieces exactly the same is a horrible with a rotary cutter. With the Accuquilt I cut it in less than 20 min and all the pieces are exactly the same with makes putting them together a snap!

I will be posting pictures of the projects when they are done.

Happy creating!

Gene

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
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