New Fabric from The Fat Quarter Shop

Quilters love when a squishy package arrives in the mailbox or comes to the door, because it means NEW FABRIC.

I ordered a fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop. When I saw it online, I saw the hydrangeas and the colors, and I knew…..
these fabrics have a future in one of my quilts.

 







These fabrics are Tea Garden Sausalito Cottage by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods.

And as you can see, I’m practicing my photography from my very intense, (4 hours a day, two times a week, + lots of homework) class for five weeks. I have to say, this is a very good class, and I am enjoying it. More photos to come, but other articles and reviews too. 

Next week you can look forward to an interview from a fabulous teacher, designer and author who’s known by many. And if you don’t know her, I’m excited that you’ll get to meet her via my blog. And, a little give-a-way might be included in that post too.
 

Stretching Quilt and Blog Skills

I am always considering, what can I offer my readers in my next blog post and in the future? How can I improve it? And, how can I continue to grow as I quilter? 

As a blogger, I know I don’t have any real photography experience. My husband has been a great help to me during this first year. He knows what he’s doing behind a camera, and how to compose and style what I would like photographed.

As a quilter, I am very interested in learning how to design new quilt tops, and possibly even fabric designs. Right now I am just focusing on quilt top designs, because I don’t want to become overwhelmed.

I am good at imagining the design of a quilt top, and am good at pencil rendering.  

So, I’ve been thinking; Where do I go from here?  Many quilters ask themselves these, and similar questions.

Today I registered at our local community college for a digital photography class beginning on June 30th.  It’s very intensive, and meets twice a week for five weeks. Six hours a week in the classroom. 

I did this with a goal in mind which is to improve my photography skills not only for my blog, but for taking photos in general. For the most part, I’ve used my iPhone 4S, which is not so terrible.  But I did decide to purchase a reasonably priced digital camera.


 

Nickon Coolpix L820

About two months ago I took a basic drawing class online through Creativebug, http://www.creativebug.com/workshops/basic-line-drawing-2
Lisa Congdon was a great teacher. I learned how to doodle, which loosened me up.

Goofy Doodles that led to loosening up and some fun little sketches.

 

Cat in a flower pot (above).






 Cat sleeping (above).

And a few weeks ago, I created my first quilt block design. Of course, I am excited to share it, but I need to sew a few prototype blocks from my sketches.  Then I can’t wait to make a sample in a small size first.

Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!!