I've decided to do a little something-something on this poor, neglected blog. There are a couple of reasons I've left it dormant for months. First, it's really hard to get good pictures without natural light. (Alaska is a little short on natural light in the winter.) Second, I've been a little busy. Okay, a lot busy.
And that's a good problem.
Waaaaay back in October I had the opportunity to go to the Machine Quilters Expo in Portland, Oregon. Man...talk about overload. It was inspiring to take classes from nationally known machine quilters. It was also a tad intimidating to see how much there is to learn. Fortunately the intimidation factor has turned into the motivation factor.
And that's a good thing.
One of the classes I took was taught by a very well known machine quilter who doesn't use a computer, she hand guides everything. Her work is stunning and very traditional. But she was so not what I was expecting! In a nutshell, she's a very personable, funny, likeable biker chick with amazing talent.
We were instructed to bring a quilt top to the class. I brought one I had recently finished and was really pleased with. At different times during the class she had us lay quilts on big tables so she could talk about our quilting options. When she called for "anything nontraditional" I threw mine on the table. She took one look at it and said, "Oh man! Who is making you quilt THAT?"
I think my lip may have quivered a bit.
I finally quilted the thing.
(Be sure to click on the pictures for a closer look.)
I had friends over to sew yesterday. Poor things, I tormented them by presenting every quilting option I had considered for my yucky quilt.
They were very patient. They may even have said they liked it.
I found most of these fabrics in Portland. I think they look like a biker chick should really like them, don't you? Kind of edgy.
I really like the pop of blue.
Swirls are wonderful....
...even on the back.
I have to admit, I really, really love this quilt. I think it's unusual, interesting and very fun.
And absolutely perfect for a Toyota chick. :)