|“Chili Pepper” by Christina Fairley Erickson
Freehand machine embroidery with decorative stitching and freemotion quilting
Make sure to check out the start of my Design Wall Weekends Blog Link Party coming Saturday April 6!
Well, I finally finished up my final 5 x 7″ block for the Salsa Quilt. I had some fun with this and will be posting a couple of tutorials later this week for both how to do unusual lettering and a new freemotion quilting design. I also will work on documenting my process for installing new fonts onto your computer, so you can play around with different lettering styles like this “Taco Modern” font I use in each of my salsa blocks.
I’ve been super busy this last week catching up after being gone for 5 days in the “Experimental Hand Stitch class.” I’ve been working on continuing to complete my hand-stitch samples, which are quite relaxing to do. I’ve also started cutting and piecing a new practice quilt, which I’m doing along with Leah Day’s Craftsy class. Although I’m pretty comfortable with freemotion machine quilting, the more you practice, the better you get. The one thing I haven’t completely decided upon is whether I’m going to do all the fillers which Leah suggests in her class, or whether I’ll pick and choose those which I want to do. I’m not 100% thrilled with every design she’s picked, so I may just substitute some of my own, or others I’ve learned from Leah’s blog.
One thing that’s going to be a little different in the future is that I will be hosting a “Design Wall Weekend” blog linking party. This will be open to quilters, fiber artists, mixed media artists, and book/art journalists who have blogs to help increase exposure to all sorts of great ideas.
Now, it’s on to do the sashing and binding for this quilt. Not to mention, I will need to get going on a new 5 x 7 Challenge piece for next week! So check back for tutorials later this week and I hope you will have some fun quilting this week.
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