The Ultimate Tools!

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO A full year ago I came up with the idea of creating a tool set that would be ergonomically friendly to those of us who suffer from dexterity issues with our hands.  This includes arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendinitis, injuries etc.  I do a lot of handwork and love my small tools but it is becoming painful at times to use these due to the tight pinch required.  When I'm teaching I notice many students struggle using small tools because they too have hand challenges.  The Ultimate Tools set will allow us to use fine tools with...

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Final Step on the Boutis Challenge-Karen Azevedo's Finished Quilt!

If you've been following my blog posts you know that my friend Karen Azevedo and I have been working on a challenge piece.  Karen loves to do traditional Provencal boutis (Broderie de Marseille).  I, on the other hand, fell in love with the wholecloth designs and prefer to machine quilt them on regular fabric or vintage linens. We decided that we would each do a piece using the same pattern but we had the option of adding to it or changing it up a bit if we chose.   Karen sent me photos of her final process.  AMAZING!!! Once the stuffing...

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Our Boutis Challenge...My Progress!

I'm finally "back in the saddle" again and able to start quilting.  Boy does it feel good!!!  My first priority was to get back on our boutis challenge and I'm excited to share some great progress this week! Since this fragile linen is so wiggly I wanted to make sure my straight lines stayed straight so I stitched these first with my piecing foot.  I'm using #100 Kimono Silk and a Microtex Sharp 60/10 needle and also used Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.   I really should have taken more photos as I went along but I was enjoying the quilting so...

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Our Boutis Challenge...Karen Azevedo's Progress!

The last time I posted an update on our boutis challenge it was one day before the fire.  Little did I know that one day later our lives would change forever.  Because of my heavy involvement with the Paradise Camp Fire survivors I was unable to work on my piece, for obvious reasons, so I folded it up and tucked it away until life calmed down for a bit.  Karen was still able to work on her piece.  Hers is done...I haven't seen it yet, but she took photos of her process and I will share as if we were...

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My Challenge Project!

As you know Karen Azevedo is doing a traditional boutis for our challenge and I am doing the same chosen pattern on a vintage linen but I'm doing it free motion quilting.  I love to do wholecloth miniatures so thought this was the perfect opportunity to do another one. I chose a beautiful drawn-thread work linen and traced the pattern.  I added a center medallion in the middle (this is also from the book).  I added a couple small borders in the little areas around the edge. This piece measures 11" in the middle and the small borders are 1/2"...

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