Friday, July 05, 2013

The Happy Dance is Finished! Yay!

A light spray of water, then pressing down the fabrics, with a very hot iron.  My goal - everything lays flat.  No bumps, or creases.  Ready to free motion quilt.  I will do this several times during the entire free motion quilting process. 

Overlapping circles on the skirt

Top half

One half of the skirt with a portion of the Airstream Trailer purse

Free motion machine quilting around her head
Close up of her head and arm
The Happy Dance, finished! She will be shown at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach - Aug 2, 3, 4 in the special exhibit by Dinner at Eight Artists "An Exquisite Moment."  

8 comments:

  1. The quilting is fun, perfect for your piece. I iron, but never thought to spritz it, good idea.

    Debbie

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    1. The pressing with steam helps the fusing meld more during the entire process.

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  2. She is fabulous! I've seen some of the other entries on other blogs and each is wonderful...can't wait to see the rest. Now I think you should do a "Fifty Shades of Grey" piece since that's what I thought you were doing when you posted the beginnings of this one. All the Jamie Fingal techniques would be perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! The entire collection of quilts in the special exhibit "An Exquisite Moment" will be shown at Festival in Long Beach and Houston. Can't wait!

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  3. Yes, she is ever so happy!! Thank for sharing her! I have recently bought both of your videos and have the June/July issues of Mary Jane's Farm and Quilting Arts. I have ordered Misty Fuse and a Goddess Sheet. Thank you for your help and advice on materials.
    Jane Gurley
    Hendersonville, NC

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    1. Hi Jane
      How nice to receive your comment in my in box this morning! I think you made my day! Thank you for buying my DVD's, Mary Jane's Farm Magazine and Quilting Arts. I am so honored to have my work in both of these publications. You will love Mistyfuse and the Goddess Sheet.

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  4. I do not have an electronic sewing machine. I have a 20-year old Simplicity. I have a darning foot and have taped an index card over my feed dogs, since they cannot drop. I know this will not be nearly as good as the machines you use, but I am hoping I can get started. Any additional advice on free-style quilting. I have bought Mistyfuse and a Goddess Sheet as well as Havel scissors.
    Thanks,
    Jane Gurley
    Hendersonville, NC

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    1. You have everything you need to free motion quilt. I used a Singer Featherweight for years, before buying my Bernina. Just let it flow from you. Practice on quilt sandwiches that are 8x10 - spirals, lines, leaves, vines, flowers, circles, etc. The skies the limit.

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