March 12 – Quilting update

Hi,

This is such a fun month! On March 1st I delivered a talk as Defense Attorney for Jack, from Jack and the Beanstock. The Prosecutor did a great job accusing Jack of murder and theft. I, however won the jury and got Jack freed with a not guilty verdict. Toastmasters has taught me to use humor in speaking to a crowd.  I cannot tell you how much I have learned and enjoyed learning at Toastmasters.  The ciriculum is changing and I’m excited to learn more with the new materials. Toastmasters is integrating new technology with the talks.  You can learn to run webinars, be more effective in writing newsletters and much more.  Look to join a Toastmasters group in your area. Simply go to http://www.Toastmasters.org.

In the past two weeks, I’ve spent 9 days including 2 nor-easter storms in Keene, NH.  That means I could work on my computer (planning the BOM 2018 for Heart of the Land Quilters) and work on handwork. Last summer I bought a wool project pattern in Utah. I’ve since collected lots of wool and started to design my quilt on white wool instead of black.  I always seem to change colors from what I see on a pattern.  Remember the “Midnight at the Oasis” pattern? I changed many parts of that pattern. I have not had time in Vermont to quilt the quilt yet.  Hopefully, my next blog will show a photo of progress on that quilt. Here’s the progress on my new wool quilt…block #1

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What I have accomplished is my “Who’s hunting Who?” quilt.  I used my collage pattern, “Cool Bull Moose II”. I decided to make the antlers solid colors and not collaged. I also decided to echo the branches in the background fabric and stitch some boot prints in the snow.  Do you see the moose, with a smile on his face, tracking a hunter?  He’s following the boot prints.  He has a pocket full of ammunition and a gun over his shoulder.  His name is Hunter. I used my Bernina embroidery unit to stitch the name.

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Do you have a Bernina embroidery unit? I use mine only once or twice per year. Why is that? I always hurt my back trying to put it on. If I figure this out, I will make a video and share the secret with you. The shortest time it has taken me to connect the unit is 20 minutes.  I’ve always knocked the thread holder off and had to find the bobbins which were piled up on one of the spool pins. There has got to be a better way!

I did video my Doodle of the month for March.  It is a continuation of my mendalla type doodle.  Here’s what it looks like after February doodle and March doodle complete. I hope you will post you results on my facebook page, Inspired Layers.

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I’m giving my new talk, “Stranded on Island Batik” at the New England Fabrics store on March 17th. It’s a free talk. You do need to sign up for a seat, however. There will be a fabric give away and a list of challenge ideas for each attendee. I hope to see you there!

Looking forward to more fun quilting this month!

Linda

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About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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