Spirit of Mother Earth

by Sharon Schamber

I saw this jaw dropping quilt at the 2008 Houston Quilt Festival. I got to see it again, up close and personal, during my machine quilting feathers class with Sharon a couple weeks ago.  Her work is SEW incredible!!!  Truly. She is a revolutionary in the quilting world.  She brings ALL of her vast knowledge from her high-end couture sewing background and does ground breaking things with those skills and quilts.  If EVER you have the opportunity to take a class with Sharon, do!  She is a bit unusual.  Even she says so…sew.  But, aren’t most artisits…?!

Here are a few more close-ups of her Spirit of Mother Earth quilt.  Enjoy.  Be inspired.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Free motion Thursday

has moved to Friday.  I’ve been wanting to ‘play’ with some different thread and machine settings.  I made some quilt sandwiches a while back, but haven’t set aside time for FMQ practice and play until this morning!  Here’s a look at my results…

Bunny Hill for Easter…

Six down, six more to go.  I’m not sure Diane Gaudynski would be impressed.  I know it’s not outstanding fmq’ing, but I’m doing it, and it’s getting done, and I’m learning!  I’m fmq’ing in between chores.  Clean the bathroom, break and quilt a block, scrub tile, break and quilt a block, vacuum the 2nd floor, break and quilt a block, vacuum the 1st floor, break and quilt a block.  ; )  I’m having a productive day!  How’s yours going?!

Piecefully, Pam


I didn’t buy much at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show.  My shopping list was short as I was mostly looking for thread…to eventually use for my Flower Pots quilt, to practice with on less important projects, to see what is out there and what I might like to try.  Oh, plus a couple Oakshotts too!!!  ; )

So, this is what I bought and here is my first practice sandwich using this thread…

What did you get at the Show?  What did you think of the Show?  Dolores – have you tried your new foot yet…?!

Piecefully, Pam

Have you seen this?

I added it to my sidebar under Interesting…  It is said zentangle can be used as a form of meditation, to help with focus, to encourage creativity.  Hmmm.  I do think it’s rather interesting.  I used to draw similar things while talking on the phone, being bored in a class, etc.  I just called it ‘doodling’, but maybe it had/has a higher purpose?  It caused me to think about fmq’ing designs, and perhaps sparked some creativity…  What do you think?!

It’s free motion Thursday!

So…sew, I am continuing to practice fmq’ing feathers and pebbles.  I have started to work on outline/echo quilting.  I ‘get’ Diane Gaudynski’s headbands, but am struggling to understand the bouncing banana quilting motif.  Practice.  Practice.  Practice!

I’m looking forward to Friday and the WEEKEND!!!  We’re to have beautiful weather.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  I am also practicing fmq’ing recognizable things…like that leaf for starters?!

Birds of a feather…

I have a friend’s presser foot on loan.  It’s the open toe darning foot.  It seems to be making a difference in my free motion quilting.  That and practice!?

I’ve been working on fmq’ing unmarked feathers.  I LOVE the look of these in a quilt!!!  I have the hope of using them in the border of my Bunny Hill ATAT quilt. The border is fairly narrow so, the feathers need to be controlled yet flowing and organic.  So, Im practicing…

I marked some circles in the border of my Pastel Bubbles quilt this evening.  I plan to fmq bubbles tomorrow evening…provided Mother Nature cooperates?!

Piecefully, Pam


shut up and quilt already!!!  I sat down and started quilting circles on my Pastel Bubbles quilt.  I like it!!!  : )

I am using a variety of colored threads.  The circles are various sizes.  They’re not perfect, but I like them!!!  ; )

Thanks for putting up with me and my whining.  I feel better now!  I still have seven’ish circles to quilt in the center, then both borders need to be marked and quilted.  I have the binding ready.  It’s orange and FUN!

Piecefully, Pam

They say

practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t feel that way…  I haven’t actually placed my Pastel Bubbles quilt under my free motion presser foot yet.  Chicken?! Perhaps. Ridiculous?  Maybe.  Finding excuses?  Probably.

I have, however, been doing a LOT of fmq practice.  I have been trying to get a rhythm.  Today my husband commented, “You sound more smooth.”  I have been trying to be smooth.  I want left, right, up, down, sideways, backward, straight, curved movements/motions/designs/sewing to not cross over one another or be jagged. I’m asking a lot.  I know!  That’s why there’s been SO much practice!!!

I am attempting to teach myself which direction a quilt needs to move under my fmq presser foot.  Right or left?  Up or down?  Going which direction can I better see…with a less obstructed view?!  I don’t know unless I figure it out.  The only way I can do that is with p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e!!!

I do have a BSR, but removed it some weeks/months ago.  Then, I was using it, just not plugged in.  It has an open toe, but the electric eye reading part of the foot blocks my view!  So, I switched to a closed toe darning foot and can actually see MUCH better now!  An open toe darning foot is preferred, but I don’t currently own one for my machine.  I’ve added to the top of my wish list though!  ; )

OK.  Since I’m no longer using the BSR electric eye fabric reading foot, I have to learn tempo and speed to control my stitch length.  Lord have mercy, this process has had MANY steep learning curves!!!  And, I feel fairly confident there are more to come…

All that stuff, plus, I want my free motion quilting to have a natural and organic *feel* to it.  Not forced and stiff.  It is my desire to quilt without following a marked design.  To *learn* how to quilt myself out of a corner, to quilt directly on top of another line of quilting to track back where I need to stitch next.  Yeh, I don’t have high expectations or goals…?!

I keep asking myself how many MILES of thread must Diane Gaudynski, Sue Nickels, Sharon Shamber, Hollis Chatelain run through their machines before they felt satisfied with their stitches…?!?!?!

Piecefully, Pam