Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 - New Year, New Look

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes a new look.


The old quilts on the right side of the photo are ones made by a couple of great-grandmothers, a grandmother and an aunt, plus some of their photos and some of their quilting supplies (there is also a photo of my mother when she was young - she is now a quilter too, and recently gave me the Singer feather weight). The large photo is of my great-grandmother - Julienne Doucet - she is the quilter who made the appliqué quilt on the top of the pile - the photo and quilt are both from around the 1880's. The quilt in the background and the ones on the left are mine.

I have noticed that many people are talking about their plans for the new year. I think I am like so many people out there - we want to simplify, de-clutter, use what we have...

My goals are to use what I have, and to get rid of things I know I will never use. I will also be trying to accumulate less!
Last year it was spending less time on the computer and more time "doing" (plus finishing my UFO's) that worked for me. Hopefully I'll be able to say the same thing next year.

To start this year off I have joined Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge and decided to make the optional sampler quilt.


I decided to make the one that is 34" x 50", and all the fabrics are from my inherited stash.


The squares are 8". I have the binding all ready, and these are some Aurifil threads that I will use for the free motion quilting (I have already stitched in the ditch with the walking foot in all the seams - I didn't want to keep it pinned for a year).


The January challenge was by Frances Moore - it was practicing leaves.
I have quilted these kind of leaves before (here is my tutorial), but never so close together and curving around one another. I tried all different sizes to see what it would look like.


This was a fun challenge.

For this sampler quilt I used warm and natural batting (because I had a piece the right size).


I also used a Microtex #80 needle and the open toe spring action quilting foot.


I keep the feed dogs up when I quilt, but I set my machine for spring action quilting (the foot kind of "hops").

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

25 comments:

canuckquilter said...

I love your new blog header with the juxtaposition of old and new. I'm French Canadian as well, with Ontario and Acadian roots, but my roots didn't include quilters :(

GailM. said...

That new header is so nice. Love it. I keep saying I'm going to re-do my blog... maybe it's a good goal for next year.

Mrs A said...

Great new look, and fabulous FMQ as always, it is very close together! Will check out the challenge, happy new year!

Needled Mom said...

I do like the idea of a sampler quilt like that and your leaves look great.

Betweens said...

Me too, Me too... I love your new look too. The text is great and those old quilts and pictures everytime you log onto your blog you will have wonderful memories to start off with very clever incentive i would say

LiahonaGirl said...

Gorgeous new look to your blog Joanne. And what a great tribute to your quilting ancestors (and muses?).

Lesley said...

Joanne, I adore your new banner! And what a tribute to those who have gone before you! A beautiful picture that really encourages a person to think about the past and the traditions that you will continue. I am also so mpressed with your machine quilting...I am in the same challenge but haven't started any thing yet...I'm a little hesitant with out any experience...I 'll check out your tutorial as well. Cheers!

Patti said...

Wow, your header is amazing! I'm still a new quilter(just into my 3rd year) with no family roots in quilting, so your vintage quilts are such a treasure.
Your FMQ looks perfect to me! I'm still putting my practice blocks together.

Pat said...

Your quilting looks great! I like the idea of a sampler quilt. I'll have to try that.

joan said...

Your new look is beautiful. The first thing I noticed was the Acadienne background... Julienne Doucet. Doucet would be your great-grandfather's name right?
I love your free motion. I am getting a piece ready to quilt it also and I too am using what I have stashed...I did it last year and I still have lots to use.
Happy New Year!

SewCal Gal said...

Beautiful Joanne.

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Ann's 365 days said...

Hello Joanne, I do love your Header photo and all the beautiful quilts and photos. One day I would love to own an old Singer, that was a lovely gift from your mother.

Barbara said...

Nice work!

Karen said...

I like the new header very much, and what it says. Your Dresden Plate quilt makes a beautiful backdrop!

Deanna said...

Great header! Really nice set up and the dresden is a good tie-it-all-together backdrop. Happy New Year!

Judy said...

What a great look to your blog! Congrats on coming from a family of quilters. Being able to have family quilts must be wonderful for you. I'm with you on decluttering and simplifying life. Enjoy your week.

Karen said...

Love the new look! Can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2012. I know it will be amazing!

Gloria said...

Love your new header!

I value the needleworkers of my heritage, too, and this is a lovely tribute to yours!

Julia said...

How lovely to have some of your family quilts..great tribute to them
Love your new header..I'm having trouble getting mine to go that big.
Me too, need to get rid of some stuff!
Julia ♥

Wendy said...

Love the new look! And I like that sampler quilt. I originally thought I'd just make small AAQI sized ones and paint them, but yours looks so nice, it's making me rethink my plan.

Are you free Saturday morning for a chat? I'll be home. I'm actually home for a week, but DH is working midnight shift (so unfair!)

momssewingroom said...

Your free motion quilting is great! Your sampler will be beautiful. I am planning on doing a sampler as well, but I think I will do it as quilt-as-you-go so that I can redo blocks as often as I need to.

Frederique said...

Beautiful header, perfect for the new year!
I like your sampler too, great choice!

ANudge said...

What very neat FMQ block! The sampler will be a great reference one. And so pretty.

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

Your work is beautiful! Great tutorial on the leaf/vine. Thanks.
Hugs from Mary

Kay Lynne said...

Your work looks beautiful!