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Who is Carole @ Fresh off the Frame?
I'm a joyous, quirky, creative free spirit who quilts. And drinks, apparently! This photo represents happy memories of quilting in Sisters, Oregon at last year's Quilter's Affair. I'm going again this year, and can hardly wait!!! A design class with Rosalie Dace is on my bucket list, and I'm going for it!!!
|I thought the enormity of this drink was hilarious...the glass was the size of my head!|
When I was 7 years old my Mom taught me to embroider. One afternoon as I stitched, I was sooo in love with my beautiful handiwork. To my dismay, when I finally stood up to show my Mom I realized my project was securely stitched to my pant leg!!!
This story perfectly illustrates how I learn. Still. To this day. The good news is that I don't usually make the same mistake twice!
I'm a teacher by trade, so thrive on seeking and sharing ideas and information. My passion is the creative process. I relish seeing how others think as they work, and return the favour by showing my own messy process. Please join me! Together we will try, learn, and grow!
These Are My Machines
My Pfaff is a dream machine for piecing and free motion quilting. This is the second sewing machine I've ever owned, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
|"Piecing in Public" at our local library as part of Culture Days|
For almost three years I struggled with a longarm system that was uncooperative and difficult to use. I spent more time troubleshooting and seething with frustration than I did quilting.
After stomping away from the frame for the 20th time on a single project, I'd reached my breaking point. It was either chuck everything and find a new interest...or upgrade. I decided to upgrade.
Best. Decision. Ever! I've had the pleasure of using my APQS Freedom for about a year and a half. I seriously LOVE this machine. It really has set me free!
If you did the math, you've figured out that I've been free motion quilting for a total of 5 1/2 years. Before learning to fmq, I quilted everything with straight lines using my walking foot.
Though I've been sewing and crafting most of my life, I've called myself a quilter for about 7 years.
Click here to see my sewing room.
Click here to see the "before" pictures of my sewing room...I double-dog dare ya! (Scary!)
Click here to tour my longarm studio.
Here Are My Recent ProjectsThis is the first in a series of old UFOs that I'll be quilting in a fun, new way. What better way to practice than on actual quilts? I think there are 7 or 8 more tops hanging around, so stay tuned!
|Day & Night Table Runner|
This one scared the pants off me, but I jumped in over my head, and came up smiling! I learned a TON doing this quilt.
|Irish Lass in progress, a Judi Madsen design|
After taking an Angela Walters Craftsy course, I gave feathers and swirls a whirl!
This quilt was due to hang in our Guild show at the local gallery, so why not try something I'd NEVER TRIED BEFORE???
Yup, that's how I roll!
I Also Make Quilted ArtMaking Torii, my first piece of quilted art, inspired me to start learning more about composition and design.
|Sculpting with Cheesecloth class with Mary Pal, 2013|
To see more of my art work, click here.
...and I Like to Have Fun With Fabric!Using bits of fabric I've altered makes my work unique to me, and I like that.
On to the HOP Topics!Bloggers in the hop will offer blogging and quilting tips at the end of their posts.
Here are my suggestions:
- Edit your posts
Let your personality shine, but cut unnecessary words.
- Make commenting easy
Spam gets filtered without activating the "prove you are not a robot" feature, so turn that bad boy off.
- Ask friends for feedback
I've made a number of improvements to my blog (and have more to do) because I've asked for help. You can, too.
- Reply to comments by email
People don't come back to see if you've replied, but they will appreciate a friendly email.
- Replies build friendships
Some comments are excellent conversation starters. Reply sincerely and maybe you'll make a new friend! I like to answer even the briefest comment with a full sentence, if I can.
- Be a joiner!
Show your stuff at linky parties! Be sure to hop around and appreciate (comment on) other people's blogs, too. Besides the fun, being active reaps the reward of reciprocal visits.
My BIGGEST Quilting Tip:Whenever possible, attend classes that challenge your abilities!
Online classes are fantastic, but learning can sometimes be deeper and more personalized in a classroom situation. Not only do you learn from the instructor, but other students are wonderful sources of spontaneous sharing and learning as well! Conversation and connections are enriching and energizing!
Choose classes you think are a bit scary or intimidating. If your heart urges you in a certain direction, take a deep breath and say yes!
Do you have a class with a particular teacher on your bucket list?
|My latest finish - cuddly, but not a quilt!|
What do you think?
Is there something you might suggest to help me improve my blog?
How's my font size? What about the size of my side bar? Do you think I need a header? What would YOU do to make things better?
Thanks so much for your visit today.
Please hop along and meet these lovely New Quilt Bloggers on their home turf! They'd love to hear from you, so be sure to comment and say hello!
Jill @ Pie Lady Quilts
Chelsea @ Patch The Giraffe
Daisy @ Ants To Sugar
Rachael @ The Floral Suitcase
Elizabeth @ And Pins
Jennifer @ Never Just Jennifer
Alice @ Blossom Quilts
Megan @ Sew Stitching Cute
Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter
Kelsey @ Lovely And Enough
As always, Try, Learn, Grow!
Linking up with:
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
Comments are welcome and will be answered by email where possible. Please chime in and tell me what you think!