Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Aurora Update #3

I’m still having a great time slowly working on my Aurora quilt.

All the New York Beauties are now attached to the Flying Geese units.

My goal for this week is to sew in the 8 semi and quarter arch units into the middle star unit.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Aurora Update

Now that Circle of Life is finished I can focus on completing “Aurora”, the other quilt I started during my time with Jacqueline de Jonge.

I used fabrics that I had on hand. Some of the batiks have prints on them which have resulted in a “riot”of colour. While this chaos pleases me I notice (with disappointment) that it distracts from the technical aspect of the quilt. It’s hard to see the perfect points, etc when the fabrics are screaming for attention.

I do like it, but it the future I’ll shy away from busy fabrics when I want the piecing to shine.

The goal for this week is to get the last New York Beauty arc done and to get four semi-circles sewn in.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Circle of Life Completed Quilt Top

Two weeks ago I was very, very fortunate to spend 6 days with Jacqueline de Jonge!!! Wow! What a dream come true!

The session was being taught at Nancy’s Calico Patch in Newport News, VA. It was almost 1200kms from my house, but it was the closest course I could get in to with Jacqueline before 2019. So, I made the trek and it was well, well worth it.

I can not say enough about Jacqueline. She is an amazing designer AND teacher.  I am planning on taking more classes with her as soon as I can.

As I was staying for 6 days (two 3 day classes) I brought two quilts to work on; Aurora and Circle of Life.

Below is my completed Circle of Life quilt top. I had all the components completed before class. They just needed to be sewn together. I thought it would be quick and that I could move on to the second pattern I had begun earlier in the week.

Well, I discovered that I had made several critical mistakes with Circle.  But, with Jacqueline’s help all were addressed successfully and now I have a beautiful and flat top.

As always, I learned a TON through the mistakes and the corrections and I’ll be a much more competent quilter as a result.

Thank you, Jacqueline, for all your help! Can’t wait to take another course with you!