Today is What's Her Name's day for the latest blog from Madame Samm! Amy, a fellow Canadienne, is our hostess for this wonderful blog hop and she is also a fabulous quilter herself! Come join me and visit my fellow pawticipants today!
Living with purpose
I was drawn to this blog hop for two reason- first it was for the man in my life and also it would occur just before his birthday! (The original ending date was 13 November, which is the day before Geoff's birthday but of course it had to be extended due to its obvious popularity!) As Blogville knows, Geoff is a railroad man and of course one would expect me to make a train related quilt! (I do have a great pattern but that is for Christmas) Instead, I opted for something new- paper piecing a mariner's compass oval! I had seen the sample for a class at my favorite store, Jackman's Fabrics in St Louis, and fell in love with it. Unfortunately it involved paper piecing, a technique in which I had absolutely no interest in attempting. However, Geoff had accompanied me to Jackman's one weekend and he saw me just drooling over the sample and had me sign up to see if I could learn paper piecing. We paid for the class and Geoff helped me to pick out my fabrics, as the wall hanging was intended for him. The teacher, Lisa is a wonderful quilter and patient! I had the most difficult time getting my points even, and I got very familiar with my seam ripper! I was the only student to not finish piecing the oval during class. I was so frustrated, with HBO and Showtime words dancing around in my head, that I shoved the fabric and directions out of sight for a week, convinced that I would never get a handle on it. When I did sit down to at least finish piecing the oval, I only had to rip out two lines of stitching and was able to piece the entire oval in two hours. I found that I did enjoy paper piecing, after I remembered Lisa's tips, and will be taking more of her classes. I finished the borders and quilting today and am very happy with how it came out. My points are not all perfect but this technique was a challenge and I am so happy that I did not just chuck it in! Geoff loves how the center medallion turned out and I hope that he loves how the finished product came together!
|Chip and Anna checking out the wall hanging|
|But Mom, I am comfortable!|
|Close Up of the center medallion|