Tuesday, 30 June 2015

BEFORE and AFTER




My cell phone is always in my back pocket when I quilt, so it's easy for me to snap a few photos as I work. I thought it would be fun to show "before" and "after" shots of this week's quilts.

Lover's Knot, before quilting:

Top edge of the quilt - loaded and ready to go!
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Lover's Knot, after quilting:

Bottom edge of the quilt after quilting.
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Here's a quick shot of the quilt after it was trimmed:

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And a shot of the wonderful surprise on the back! The blocks continue all the way to the upper right-hand corner where there is another purple strip like the one shown at the bottom of the photo, below.

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Jelly Roll Race, before quilting:

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Jelly Roll Race, after quilting:

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Embroidered quilt, before quilting:

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Embroidered quilt, after quilting:

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Baking, before the grandchildren's visit:

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Baking, after the grandchildren's visit. Ha!

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One more week until Quilter's Affair in Sisters, Oregon!!! Woo hoo!!! Yahoo!!! Yippee!!!

Can you tell I'm a little EXCITED???

Katie Pasquini Masopust will be my instructor for the first four days as we explore working in a series. We need to go prepared with an idea for a series of work, and with the first piece ready to be critiqued. Last week I finally came up with a plan. I have yet to pack, but there's still time. (Is it the last minute yet? - It's a familiar refrain!)

As a treat, I signed up for a half-day longarm class with Angela Walters. Because, Angela Walters!!! The rest of that day will be spent with TULA PINK!!! How cool is that?

Oh, and then there's the world's largest outdoor quilt show to enjoy!

In addition to the classes and the quilt show, there are special events all week long. The Gee's Bend Quiltmakers will be represented this year. Where else would I ever, in a million years, be in the presence of such amazing living history. (My Mom has signed up to stitch with them for an afternoon. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!)

If you can possibly do it, GO TO SISTERS for this event at least once in your lifetime.

Try, Learn, Grow!
Carole 
P.S. I love to hear from you, so don't be shy! I hope you have a fabulous week!

14 comments:

  1. I love to see a quilt after it has been quilted. It makes such a difference. And then the binding just sets it all off.

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  2. Carol, the back of the Lover's Knot quilt is awesome!! The front is great too but I'd be torn!! Your quilting is spectacular as usual :)

    I cannot believe it is already time for Sisters again. . . weren't you just there a month ago? ;) Your schedule sounds divine! And your mom stitching with the ladies of Gees Bend?? I have goosebumps too!! VERY cool!

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  3. Tula Pink!?!??!?! sooooo jealous!

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  4. Sounds like you are going to have a fabulous time in Sisters - enjoy!!!

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  5. Wow can't wait to hear all about it when you get back - very exciting classes! Love the choice of quilting really shows off the quilts so well.

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  6. Oh do share all that you learn! Fun to see your quilting!!

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  7. So much fun to see the before and after shots. Have a fabulous trip! Sounds amazing.

    I noticed you quilted right over the embroidery. Did you have any challenges doing that?

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  8. I will be retired by this time next year. Hmmm...Sisters is a great place normally, but to see all the quilts around town and take in these classes. Hmmmm. Maybe I'll see you next year. Enjoy! Oh - and I love your before and after photos, especially those that your grandkids helped make :)

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  9. I can't even imagine! Your trip sounds like it will be UhMaZing!! And your mom - quilting with THE quilters (sort of)?!!! I've heard of the Gee's Bend Quilters, but never really knew what the fuss was all about, and never took the time to look them up. I got the picture book Stitchin' and Pullin' from the library a few weeks ago, because my 6 year old is so interested in quilting, I knew she'd enjoy it. Oh my word ~ what a sweet book full of rich history! I got teary-eyed multiple times reading it to Lex' and now I want to learn more..... So, yeah - totally get the goosebumps! :-)
    Fun to see before and afters ~ thanks :-) Question ~ there is a lot of 'waviness' (before quilting -haha) to the embroidered quilt top, but I don't see that you quilted in any folds or wrinkles.... how do you handle a quilt top that isn't quite flat?? I've got a client quilt right now with a few wavy borders that I'm a little concerned about (I use a regular machine, not a longarm, but I'm sure the principle would apply...)

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  10. Love the before and after photos, but I'm having trouble thinking about anything other than how great it would be to get to go to Sisters! Feeling just a tiny bit, slightly envious (understatement of my year), but looking forward to seeing your photos from there.

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  11. You had me laughing with the baking pictures. Your quilting is beautiful and your documentation of it all is enviable. Thank your for sharing!

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  12. Isn't is amazing the difference of before and after....we are so lucky as long arm quilters to be to watch this transition!

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  13. Ah Carol... I was really enjoying seeing the difference your quilting made to the pretty quilts when you caught me by surprise with the before and after baking and made me crack up. Toooo funny!

    Wow Wee - Angela Walters AND Tula Pink! And the Sister's Show. And the Quilter's Affair workshop! You are going to have a fabulous time!

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  14. The first quilt looks really cool, front and back. Fun baking pics!

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