|The bougainvillea around us is spectacular this year, maybe because we had a fair bit of rain this winter.|
As you know, Naala turned 9 years old on March 4, and has had some shoulder issues this past month again, so earlier this week we took them for a shorter walk in a really pretty park our friend John showed us this year. She still looks pretty amazing for a 9-year-old Rottie. She couldn't jump up on that wall that day, but Rocco, who is 6.5 years old this month, can, and did. He learned this trick from Brandy, his red-nose pibble friend. Rocco and Naala, in turn, have been teaching Brandy to enjoy the water:
|a fun frolic at the beach a couple of days ago|
Old and older dogs can learn new tricks. Pibble love is not a new trick for either Brandy or Rocco...or for their doubles. Check this out! Just over a week ago, because Naala was on the DL, John and Brandy, Rocco and I went for a walk in our 'hood...
|Four "vicious" pibbles -TWINS- meet on the street outside the one pair's house for the first time!|
Anyhow I took a short video of them kissing each other and being the happy, lovin'-life type dogs that these sweeties are. I have a feeling it will get hundreds of views when I put it on Instagram.
So this old dog (moi), learned some stuff this past few weeks too. In actuality no, I am NOT old, I hate to even say but I guess I'm maybe middle-age, since I plan to live until around 100. Anyhow, in February, I tried to do the Scrap-a-Palooza quilt, which was improv piecing with a red corner triangle.
The bottom row shows the playing around with layout ideas I had, with nothing grabbing me. Until the third layout reminded me of the bottom of a heart. Hmm, maybe a red square in the corner with two improv HSTs to round the edges might work? You see what I got in the top picture.
Q1 FAL list.
Some of the hearts looked a tad gooby, so I pulled apart a few seams and inserted a small triangle to make them flow a little better.
|Yep, that's better|
And once I took the photo, had to test it out.
|Liking it, yep, yep, do the other two now.|
|I'd mistakenly cut 3 extra 1.5" strips of Modern Background Essentials by Zen Chic for my Swoon Mini, because I couldn't find the safe place I'd put the first ones in. I got to use some for the outside frame here. I like that!|
|Beautiful fabric but it's got a kind of scotchguard feel to it; not much left now.|
|Trying out a new design for me, one of Angela's fillers for negative space|
|Two hearts quilted down; see how the other two poof up? No worries; they did smoosh down just as nicely as the first two did.|
Added Susie's Magic Binding. This is another new trick for this girl, second quilt I've done it on, and I just love it. I learned of it thanks to my friend Tish. I used the rest of the inadvertently extra cut 1.5" Zen Chic strips and cut one more, and then used up almost all of my Dear Stella Chevrons pink and white fabric for the flange.
|I call it Crazy Hearts|
There was a bit of a ripple across the bottom, so I dampened the quilt and blocked it on my sewing room carpet overnight. Do you see the pink dragonfly patch? I FMQ-ed over it in the same magenta thread I used for the hearts. The dragonfly comes from labels fabric. These flitted around between the labels, which have all been used up now.
|The back - I like how the pink hearts show up|
Right Sides Together's Lazy Ass method.
|Very close to the Swoon Mini in size|
|Trying to get a bit of an angle to show the fabulous texture you get from all this quilting|
Pattern: original design, inspired by Scrap-a-Palooza
Size: 19" square
Fabric: stash scraps
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essentials 50 wt 20869 white and 21241 Magenta
If you would like to learn some of these and many more fabulous FMQ techniques, then you might want to check out Craftsy's classes. I learned so much in Angela Walters' Machine Quilting Negative Space, and her Small Changes, Big Variety classes. Her Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers class is well worth snagging at this price too. I reviewed the latter two of those in this post.
Why you might want to consider taking a class if you never have: I have both of Angela Walters' Quilting books, and the designs you see in both these minis can be found in her books. However! I find that SEEING her execute the designs on either a longarm or a domestic really helps me to see how the design is executed. I also love the fact that I can watch her do this over and over either using the 30-second repeat feature, or I can go back to a design maybe 6 months after I bought and watched the class to review it. There are many more reasons why I love Craftsy classes, and I go into them in the review post if you are interested, or just email me if you have specific questions.
The newest class I am super-excited about that I just got is Christina Cameli's latest one, Wild Quilting. It reminds me of Karlee Porter's Grafitti Quilting and the Graffiti quilt I did last summer. I cannot WAIT to play around with Christina's designs and learn more new tricks which I will share on the blog.
Happy Easter everyone!
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