Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MQX - Machine Quilters Exposition April 13/14

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I was so excited to get to MQX after many years of not attending any major shows. I always try to get to the local ones, and this is an hour away,  but raising a young man can take up your time.  It seems that the local ones either collided with an event or were on the heels of something else so I didn't go.  I so enjoyed this year's show.  The quilts are phenomenal.  I will show you one that I loved.
I loved the composition of this quilt and the quilting on it.  One of the hardest things in attending this show is not letting yourself get discouraged by the talent of others.  I sometimes walk away feeling so inadequate in my quilting.  I have to remind myself that this is the best of the best and my goal was to learn some things while I was there.

One thing I struggle with is  a way to remind myself of quilting designs.  I have thought of drawing them but that does not always work.  I am now thinking of a smart photo album on my computer.  I love some of the details in this pictures  and wanted to remember easy ways of filling some space - divide and conquer is a good thing to call these samples.

The above pictures were to remind me of things that I admire but will probably never do.  I love the detail, but I doubt I am ever doing to do any of these techniques.  The picture on the right was the back of a quilt.  The thread colors make it a whole cloth quilt - I love that!  Maybe a smaller, less complicated version is in the works for me, but I would definitely have to remember to use a white backing, something I rarely do.
I took a workshop with Candace West, Digital Design Wall in EQ8*.  It was a terrific class and gave me the confidence to do more of what I need in the design package.  I love software programs that work, and this one does.  It is fairly complicated, but also easy.  The instructor was calm and efficient in a class with more students than she expected and some students had an older version of EQ - a little tricky.  I knew a fair amount but learned quite a bit and I also have some videos/files from the class (the handout on a flash drive) that will allow me to review and learn more!
I didn't buy a longarm or midarm (what I really want) but I did get a few things.  [*indicates affiliate link - for those who want to share in the fun and/or help support my blog] I chose Aurifil black for my giveaway since I have a huge cone of Aurifil white.  I purchased a thread card as it is really helpful to have one when you want to know what it available.  The "8 packs" of fabric are fat eighths for a QAL with Sandra at mmm!quilts, beginning April 28.

 Before machine quilting became hugely popular and accepted, many of my quilting projects used template stencils.  These stencils are used with the Pounce *, and recently I was thinking of a few ideas and loved these for some projects I am working on.  The pink/purple containers are a fine mist spray bottle*.  Mine don't work very well and the one for my starch drives me nuts.  I'll let you know what I think.  I also bought an Ultimate Chalk Pencil* and Sharpener,  I love marking tools.
This ruler is for trimming the half square triangle,  the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer*.  A Carpenter Star project I did recently would have been much faster with both of these tools.  I like ruler as you trim before pressing and the side slots allow you to trim the nasty dog ears off.  The other is the Clearly Perfect Angles*.  I had a tool like this before, but this one can be repositioned and is slightly tacky - I look forward to reporting more on these.  
And last, but not least for purchases are these 3 items.  The fabric is for a pattern I have, which calls for a cheater stripe and I hope this will work.  The pattern didn't make the trip so I don't if its right.  However, his is my favorite color combination right now, so what could be wrong if it doesn't?  The last is a ruler for my Westalee set, that now adds a Rope Border to my repetoire.  

The other great thing about shows is meeting old and new friends.  The above quilt is one of the Island Batik Ambassadors, Suzy Webster, for the Dot Challenge.  It was fun to see it and even more fun was meeting another ambassador, Jennifer Strausser.  So much fun to meet her and talk about our experiences. We first became acquainted in the 2017 NewQuiltBlogger group and now are ambassadors together.  I look forward to meeting more of my ambassador or quilt blogger friends at other shows in the future.

Well, now to use some of these tools!

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