Something New

This morning, I was able to complete The Tannebaum strip tube quilt top. I delivered the top to my friend, Jeana, for long-arming. After cleaning up my work space, I revisited a small project I started yesterday.
One of my goals is to make a collage quilt. I have been interested in doing this ever since I saw some art pieces by Shannon Brinkley. I discovered another fabric collage artist, Laura Heine, on one of my visits to the Mesquite Bean. The quilt shop is having collage classes taught by Vicky, who is certified to teach the Laura Heine method. Unfortunately, I can only make the introduction class, and not the class where the actual quilt is to be made. Vicky is the person who helped me make my first quilt.
In the meantime, since I cannot make the classes, I viewed some videos and thought I would give it a try on a very small scale. I fussy cut pieces from 5 different fabrics for the hummingbird. Then, I fussy cut some Kaffe Fassette flowers. I used fabric glue instead of backing the fabric with Steam-a-Seam 2 double sided fusible web. If I were to make a larger project, I would use the fusible web.
I am still having difficulty with free motion quilting. I can never seem to get the right tension. I have more control when I am FMQ, but I still do not know what I am doing. I thread-sketched the fabric I used for the bird and the flowers. I thought I had enough flowers tucked into the corner, but apparently not. The flowers look like they are suspended in the air along with the bird. Maybe I can add some more flowers tomorrow. The bee was fussy cut from a remnant.
The inspiration for the hummingbird came from the time I spent at my friend’s house. Marti’s backyard is bird heaven. There were blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, doves, and hummingbirds happily visiting and co-exiting in her yard. This was a fun learning piece.

Round Rock Weekend

I just returned from a great weekend in Round Rock.
Of course, visits to quilt shops were on the to-do list.
Nancy and I visited The Honey Bee Quilt Store on Anderson Mill Road.
Their Row by Row, Honey I’m Home, has a very cute boot wearing bee.
We found some moda charm candy packs, 2.5 X 2.5 squares.
I wanted to buy all of them, but I settled on three;
Hyde Park, Bread’n Butter, and Forest Fancy.
While at the shop, we heard about , Shannon Brinkley.  
She designed Bats Over Congress, the Row by Row for the over the top quilting studio.
So, we drove over to the studio and were greeted by Susan.
Shannon Brinkley’s fabric and row by row design are beautiful.
I also loved her pattern of the Austin skyline.
Susan was gracious and so helpful.
She shared information about the Longarm classes and training.
It was so exciting when she let me try my hand at the Longarm.
Now, taking this class is on my to-do list.

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