Monday was Guild and we finally had a speaker come in!!! I run the programs and was so disappointed when we cancelled our speakers the last few months. But finally we got one in. Doris Goins is a long arm quilter and over the years has become certified as a judge for competitions. She shared her thoughts on “Quilt as Desired”. You know that phrase. We see it on ALL of our patterns. It’s the last instruction they give you. Quilt as Desired. Just what does that mean!!! I desire it to be full of feathers and swirls and cross-hatch and all kinds of gorgeous lines. But that doesn’t mean I can accomplish that goal. LOL!!
She showed us wonderful examples of how she has finished quilts and gave us a lot of tips. Then the fun part happened! After lunch we had a workshop to actually bring a top in that we could get advice on how to “Quilt as Desired”. She had us choose 2 print fabrics and a piece of paper. The paper had a triangle, square, and a border. We were to pull elements out of the prints and fill the shapes with our “quilting”. I picked a print that had a feather style design, so of course, feathers. I suck at drawing feathers!! LOL. I am determined when I get back home I am practicing feathers.
When it came time to show our tops I pulled out my Fox and Geese, I gotta come up with a better name.
On this top I see a star shaped secondary pattern but Doris saw an X. Look at the lower right corner, then shift over 1 row of blocks. As we looked at the Star Shape she started to see a circular shape from the triangle corners kissing each other. So we thought, why not play up circles and build them out until they overlap a few rounds. I am definitely drawing this up on paper!! She even suggested to carry them out to the border. Never even thought about that.
So now I need to decide, am I doing this, or will I take it to a long arm quilter with my thoughts. We’ll see! Right now I have a date with a beach chair and the ocean!!
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