Friday, October 10, 2008

A Ruching We Will Go




Such a fun, fun guild meeting we had yesterday! Every few years we have, as our program, a little "schoolhouse" provided by our own members. Eight gals were set up at stations demoing a technique. We could visit all or some of them to watch and learn. So fantastic. We had a demo on using bits of fabric to embellish, called Confetti Embellishment. We had a lesson on using glue to tuck in the final binding strip. We learned how to thread play using the bobbin thread. We were shown how to paint on fabric. We saw how to paper-piece using a light box. We got a look at the No Waste Flying Geese method (patchpieces.com). Our "resident crazy quilter" taught silk ribbon embroidery. My favorite was the instruction on using the Anita Shackelford Circular Ruching Tool. Just look at these amazing little flowers!!! Of course, I immediately had to come home and order the circular tool as well as the strip ruching tool AND the book on combining types of quilting, A Modern Mix. Anita's amazing tutorial can be found here: http://anitashackelford.com/what_is_ruching.html What wonderful embellishing ideas! The circular tool even allows the making of a tiny little ruched flower that would look adorable in a bouquet or on a Baltimore Album quilt.

8 comments:

Rosaline said...

I really like the concept of a "school day" in quilting - great way to learn about new techniques. Ruching - now that's new to me, and I really like it. Could make an awsome bed quilt.

Libby said...

What a fun way to learn about several techniques all in one meeting. I can't wait to see all that you embellish with the ruching. It looks like a fun too to have on hand.

Yummers! said...

I look at all you 'do and make' and I am in awe. I'd like to make a quilt because I enjoy the design part (made 3 for the girls when they were growing up) but I just can't get organized to begin a project like that these days. Too many projects "in progress" right now. But I do enjoy all your photos and narrative.

I have a pic of my husband with his apple corer/peeler/slicer machine in my Fall mini album. Great invention!!

Happy Fall in KC!!
Joni

jacquie said...

wow...i thought i liked my flowers till i saw this. this is amazing. you have a really great guild.

Knot Garden said...

That ruching is so clever! It's amazing what can be achieved with fabric and some ingenuity. A ruched flower could decorate all sorts of things.

Karen said...

I made a ruched flower several years ago using Anita's method. The flowers turn out so pretty.

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