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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Not a quitter!

Just wanted to let you know I didn't give up. I ripped out all the stitches and began again. Many of you gave me encouragement and advice. I really appreciated both. It is a little unnerving to learn new skills in front of so many people at times. But, now I know I have many friends out there who wish me well.

I took a good look at the advice given and used just about all of it. I also found the video section on the machine quilter's resource website. Lot's of great information there and for a visual learner such as myself it is really a find. I signed up for a class on that site but haven't done anything worth showing yet. It was a little advanced for my skill but I was able to print information to save for a later date. I will keep practicing a little each day and eventually I'll be able to show you some feathers. Every now and than I make a few that look decent.

I finished my quilt for the second time, just need to trim it up and bind it. I really like this lap quilt. It is from a book called blendable curves by Peggy J. Barkle. (here it is before quilting, I'll take a picture once I have it bound)

I have no problem using some else's patterns. Some people feel it isn't their quilt unless they design it from start to finish. There are so many beautiful patterns out there that people want you to make, so why not. I really wanted to improve my skill at making curves in a quilt. First I made this pattern, it's called Satisfaction by Maple Island Quilts It has slight curves across the quilt. (I'm quilting this one next)

Next I made the blendable curves pattern. With each one I learn new skills. What could be better.

I took a class called points and curves as the next step.

And finally I designed my own quilt with points and curves.

I like all three quilts. Have a creative day. janet


Bridget473 said...

So obviously my eyes are tired this evening -- I thought your blog's title was "Not a QUILTER!" Hee hee! And I was thinking, "Well yes she is!" Love the quilts -- especially the last one! Gorgeous!

Maggie Szafranski said...

Where did you take the class on points and curves? That is the kind of thing that I am really interested in doing.

Maggie in E. central Illinois

Margo said...

Janet, have you been one of the silent majority in Suzanne's class all this time?? You've got some great quilts that need feathering!

Anonymous said...

Mine must be tired too because like Bridget I thought the same thing. The quilts are gorgeous and good for you for not giving up. Each part of the process gives us the opportunity to learn something new.

Happy quilting!

Janet Hartje said...

Maggie, the points and curves class was through Quilt University but that teacher is no longer there.

Yes, Margo I have been pretty silent in that class. Love all of your inspiration though.

Bridget and Teri, thanks for the laugh, I didn't even think of that quitter-quilter

Carol said...

Janet all the quilts are lovely. I don't think I would have gotten from #1 to the final one so quickly.

Debra Svedberg said...

Looks fabulous Janet!

EJ180 said...

Wow! Amazing!