I had some exciting news a few days ago. I won first place in an online contest from Jacquelynne Steves- The Art of Home. Jacquelynne designed the free Cozy Afternoon BOM and sponsored the contest. I knew as soon as I saw the design I had the perfect fabrics for it. I have a collection of blues and yellows, most from the Summer Breeze lines by Sentimental Studios for Moda. I even had a Laura Ashley print from my nursery fabrics that I was able to use. I called mine Cozy Afternoon at the Cottage.
I just loved the teapot and the cups. Jacquelynne had three different designs; applique centers, embroidery centers, or plain centers. I hand appliqued mine, then added some of the embroidery details. Please check out her website to see her original design and artwork from the designs. My applique does not do them justice, especially the bird. I changed the sashing and the size from the original quilt. My prize is going to be a fabric kit for the 2016 BOM. I can’t wait, it will start in May or June. I’ll keep you posted or sign up for Jacquelynne’s newsletter to see sneak previews and get the dates.
I did the FMQ on my Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. I used rulers and the ruler foot for the corner pieces inside the block and for the setting triangles. I also used two layers of Dream Select. That was a first for me, but I wanted the quilting to show up in the pictures.
You can really see the quilting from the back. My quilting has really improved in the last 3 years. I took three classes at my LQS from Betty New. She is more of an art quilt maker, but her quilting is fabulous. It was also good because she does her quilting on a Pfaff 1471. I’m always looking for the Pfaff quilters to see what they are doing. I have also done some online classes through Craftsy.
What has really intrigued me since I started following her blog, is Amy’s quilting with rulers on her domestic machine. You can find her at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures. My problem was that there was not a ruler foot for the Pfaff. So I continued to watch and learn, but could never practice. That changed this year when Westalee Designs started manufacturing the ruler foot for all different machines. Now, Sew Steady is manufacturing the ruler feet for them in the USA. You can search for the Westalee Ruler foot and find several places that are selling them if you are interested.
I did Amy’s class on Craftsy and learned so much from following along. Cozy Afternoon at the Cottage is my second quilt where I used the ruler foot. The first is Atlantic Flyway by Deb Tucker.
I had a lot of fun doing both of these. It’s not fast, but I never quilt fast anyway. That’s one thing Betty taught us, you don’t have to go fast, you just have to coordinate your hands and feet. It does take practice, but if you keep at it, you will improve.
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