Handi Quilter Educator Challenge – Vintage Quilts

At our training, we accepted a Vintage Quilt Challenge. Brenda Groelz, Director of Education for Handi Quilter, has been collecting vintage quilts for years and now it’s time to get them quilted. Our directions were to quilt them in a way the original piecer would not have imaginied. You may add a border, but you are not allowed to wash them because they are fragile. We drew numbers and when our number was called, we could have our choice of around 30 quilts. There were only 11 of us. I loved the salmon color of this one. It was machine pieced and not in too bad of shape.

I added two borders and quilted it on my Handi Quilter Infinity. I think the dark teal blue border really sets it off nicely.

Close up of the quilting. I used Pro-Stitcher in the solid areas and borders and free motion on the rest.

Hexies on the move

My project of choice during road trips (and there have been many lately!) is English paper pieced hexies.  My bag is always full of a ready supply of precut card stock backings and precut hexie shapes from my scrap bag using my Accuquilt GO BIG.  I use my cutting/ironing board for stability on my lap, my Sewline Glue Stick, Superior Bottom Line thread, and my sewing snips.  Everything is small and portable and easy to keep by me in the front seat.

My mobile set up

My mobile set up

I love creating these little lovelies from pieces of scraps.

I really wish I could read in the car, but I am prone to car sickness, so that’s not an option for me. This suits me just fine.

TWIST ~ This Week In Studio Time

This week was a short one for me in my studio, but I did manage to meet my goal of getting my next Cotton Theory project cut out and labeled.

Can’t wait to get quilting it next week!!

Eleanor’s sister, Pat Knoechel

A couple of weeks ago, Eleanor Burn’s sister, Pat Knoechel, spoke to our quilt guild.  I was simply amazed at how similar their voice and manerisms are.  It’s really uncanny.  She is just as funny, too. They are not similar in appearance, however. I would never have guessed from just seeing her that they are sisters.

We enjoyed the many beautiful quilts she shared with us.

She graciously autographed patterns and books afterwards.  A delightful presentation!