It’s April already!!?

March flew by me!

Launching three YouTube videos was a huge, time consuming undertaking to get ready for the “Sharing the Joy” Virtual Show put on by Foothill Quilters Guild April 1 – 30, 2021. My videos include “Bias Binding – Two Techniques”, “Trunk Show and Studio Tour”, and “Inkjet Printing on Fabric”. These are my first attempts at video editing and I hope to improve as I launch more videos in the future. Check out CandyBanks Studio on YouTube.

Search FoothillQuilters.org to view their Virtual Show including: Opportunity Quilt, Vendors, Judged Quilts, and Special Quilt Displays by guest groups.

Then my copy of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived and there were a few techniques that shouted “Do This!” So, in spite of being in the middle of recording and editing videos, I plunged right into a mini size Koudi Quilt (picturedK below). This is a traditional quilt style from India, which allows the use of random patches of fabric so that no fabric is wasted. There is a backing fabric which wraps around the front as a binding, a middle layer of fabric, and the patches tucked under the binding edge or previous patches and stitched in place as you quilt from the outer edge inward. It’s also traditional to add the little fabric tassels at the corners. I’d like to try another using silk or linen. The tight weave of quilting cotton makes it difficult to stitch through some areas where patches overlap.

Koudi Quilt, a traditional quilt style from India

A few years ago, I took a class on making simplified Kaleidoscope blocks. I had these blocks left over from that quilt, so I added sashing and made the pillow cover shown below. Time to shop for more pillow forms, stock is running low in the studio!

I found this cute Leather Thimble Kit at uglythimble.com. It was easy to make: adjust the leather piece wrapped to fit your finger and use the included glue to secure it in place. Fun project!

LEATHER THIMBLE MADE FROM A KIT & HAND PAINTED WITH BRUSH PENS

Last Saturday I attended Jenny Lyon’s Free Motion Quilting class on Zoom. Though I’ve been FMQing for several years, it’s good to get a refresher and learn some new tricks and tips. She gave some pointers that make it easier to make the swirls and meanders look more random. We didn’t have time to finish all the gridwork, but we did get fired up to do more quilting!

I nearly finished writing a pattern this last week for the two sizes of Fractured Fans shown below. It’s intense, detail work assembling all the pattern templates, dimensions, and instructions from my notes. It’s really close to being finished and is expected to Premier April 15, 2021, at CandyBanksStudio.Etsy.com. I’m excited about this pattern and am considering putting together a partial kit to be supplemented by your fabric stash, since it is designed to use large scraps and lots of different fabrics. That could be a challenge in itself! But the pattern is nearly ready to go and an announcement will come out soon to confirm the launch on Etsy.com.

So there you have it — not a lot of quilts got finished this month, only one for a client. But 3 videos, a new YouTube Channel, a pillow, a mini quilt, intense pattern writing, a Free Motion Quilting refresher class, plus keeping up with two Quilt Guilds made for a pretty good month. (Did I mention I read several books? Really I was not busy all the time…however, shampooing the carpet in my Studio seems to have reset my creative mojo!)

Have a blessed Easter and a creative month!

Candice

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