Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quilting designs, and NOT shopping

I wanted to show some quilting examples that I thought were easy to quilt on a DSM. Quilters who use a DSM, cannot make (well, I can't) long sweeping movements - our designs need to be somewhat smaller. This is one that works for me. This dark green fabric sucks up the light - I'm surprised it's viewable. It starts in the corner as 2-3 shells, then just curves nicely to fit the space, and echoes back.

I learned this one recently -- called something like FERNS. They can be large or small, again filling the space.

I LIKE my quilting -- but it's fairly utilitarian, and one day, I would like to reach to a higher level of proficiency on my DSM. Friday, I'm taking a MQ'ing class with Nebraska teacher Sandi McMillan. Hope I learn lots of new techniques.

Different subject - Monday was so beautiful and I wanted to go ... uhhhh somewhere, yet didn't have any reason to. Ah hah!, I'm starting a black/white quilt and really need to get more fabric and take a long drive to my LQS! But I was sensible and forced myself to check my own stash. uhhhh what do you think? Do I have enough already?
How embarrassing! I don't even remember purchasing, nor HAVING it!

16 comments:

Vicki W said...

Oh that's nothing! I bet I could make 6 quilts from my B&W stash! lol!

Joyce said...

I love your quilting. I need to move beyond meander and loops.
You can never have enough black and whites.

paula, the quilter said...

Your quilting is soooo nice. I love to quilt on my DSM and am getting better the more I do.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Ohh, I love those ferns!

Lurline said...

You know what, Elaine - I love your quilting as it is! i really do believe one can 'over-quilt' and lose the drape - nice for wall quilts or very special quilts, but for quilts to be used, I like the quilting kept simple!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Lynn said...

Nice designs - too bad you had enough B/W fabrics so you couldn't go shopping. Maybe you will just have to take a drive in the countryside to enjoy the fall scenery instead.

~Joan said...

Elaine, I love your machine quilting examples. I am branching out on my Janome as well, determined to machine quilt some over-aged tops languishing in my drawers. Where did you get the inspiration for the designs you show?

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

These are very good examples and I am determined to branch out some more. I haven't been able to practice much lately, but will try to rea soon. The quilts I have coming up for quilting will be more simply quilted; 2 are children's play quilts and one is a flag quilt. I wish I could take a class on machine quilting for a semi-beginner - not a total beginner. Too bad I don't live in Nebraska, so I could join you!

LC said...

Nice quilting samples. I am glad that my stash gets messy and needs tidying now and then or I would never remember what is there. I know we are related...

ROZ said...

great quilting. and love your stash...

Anonymous said...

Fabulous quilting! I never mastered it on my DSM - I always had tension problems. Bought a Fun Quilter a few years ago and I consider it the best investment I've ever made.

Pamela in SOMD

SubeeSews said...

Hey! Those red and white ones look like mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From another of Bonnie's quilts. Darm I hate my short term memory losses!
I just made another white/black quilt. Called a Carpenter's Square???? Made with 6 1/2" squares it went together in one day. And I had to shop my stash...did not make a dent! HA!

Bonnie said...

Hey Elaine... in response to your page on 10/14 -- which I couldn't find on your actual blog. Ok --your picture and the complete post showed up this time.

Nice quilting. You do an amazing job on your DSM. Honestly, I wonder if I am that good on the long arm yet!

Gita said...

This is funny! You have manny black and white facrics of mine. I´m working on a black, white and red quilt to my oldest.
Looking forward to see moore photos of your work.

julieQ said...

What lovely quilting motifs...and I too have far too much fabric to admit too!!

Tanya said...

My goodness, your machine quilting looks like hand quilting! Beautiful. You've really got the technique under your belt haven't you?