As a professional long arm quilter, I understand fully the amount of time, dedication and expertise that this intense quilting takes, and I thought you would enjoy seeing some of the quilts in my blog today.
Isn't this work truly magnificent?! Can you imagine the time and the creativity it takes to do all these tiny stitches? Even with the evolution of machine quilting into computerized robotics, you just can't imagine all the innovative approaches that can be seen in this show's quilts.
This year I had the pleasure of attending MQX East from April 12 - 16 with my quilting buddy, Mary. It was held in Providence, RI, and since Mary hails from Newport, we spent several hours exploring her old hometown before actually going to Providence. The day was grey and cold and blustery, but I could imagine Newport's history as I stood on a windy hill over looking the ocean and felt the longing of a ship's captain's wife for her husband's safe return. The seashore is dotted with several beaches and occasional rocky promontories that afford the perfect vantage point for searching the horizon for that elusive ship. Scattered along the shore, there are also the summer mansions of the unspeakably wealthy from back in the 20's and 30's, one of which was the location for the filming of the movie The Great Gatsby.
Too soon we headed for Providence to check into the Westin, which joins the Convention Center, where the exposition and classes were being held. Lots of excited bustle by other quilters at the front desk increased our expectations of a full and fact-filled week.
Likewise, using the same example, if that block was made up of little squares that were 2 1/2" finished size, you could see that you would need to cut squares that were 3" finished (3 1/2" unfinished) in order to achieve the same relationship in the pattern.
I will leave you with another tidbit from Donita: gassing a thread is a procedure during which the long staple cotton thread is passed through a flame to burn off the little slubs (wisps of cotton) that cause so much fuzzy residue in many cotton threads, clogging our needles and bobbins. She spoke of Wonderfil, a long staple cotton thread that has been gassed twice, making it pretty much fuzz free and very strong. So I bought some.
Luscious colors, and variegated, too! I'll be trying them out over the weekend on some quilts I just received in the mail, and I'll let you know if they live up to their reputation.
Donita had other handy tools to demonstrate, but I will show those tomorrow since they are for use on the long arm machine. In future blogs, I will talk about Crystal Smythe, who gave several very informative classes on the IntelliQuilter.