I’ve finally completed some of the projects that were still outstanding from when I returned from the Eleanor Burns Quilting Academy in California last month.
First cab off the rank is the black and gold table runner I made in Eleanor’s class (see http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/quilting-academy-day-2-march-2011/ for details). She’s signed the label too!
I added insulated batting and my own backing fabric, then spent many hours free motion quilting it. These were the first feathers I free motion quilted after a couple of weeks of doodling them!
I was surprised how easy they were to do after doodling. Something about a brain shift and a hand/eye coordination thing, even though doodling is the direct opposite to free motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine. With doodling you have paper that’s kept static while you move the pen; on a sewing machine, you have a static needle (pen) and you move the quilt (paper) under that needle. I doubt I could do that with real pen and paper!
I’ve now added this table runner to my Etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/listing/72826221/black-and-gold-fan-table-runner). SOLD! See my comment below.
Click on a small photo below to show it full size, then click on it again in full size mode to zoom in to see the stitching.