Look at the machine quilting on this one.
And the derriere
But the best picture of all is this one.
The quilts arriving in their new home in Mexico City.
There are more pictures to come but it is a picture like this that is keeping me going, assembling all the quilt blocks into quilts.
I hope if you are still undecided whether to help ((over 2,000 views of my original post now) this will tip the balance!
If you are in the US and want to send blocks and want to save on postage please contact Leila in Iowa for her snail mail address. You can mail your blocks to her with a $1 or $2 contribution towards postage and then she'll mail me the one package.
In you are in Canada and want to send blocks and save on postage please email Kristie in Winnipeg for her address. They do things differently in that part of the world so she'd like a 'toonie' enclosed with your blocks to help with postage costs ;-)
If you are in Australia and want to save on postage, email me for an Oz address to send to, enclosing AUD $3 to help with postage costs.
If you're feeling flush you can send completed single sized bed quilts to an address in the Netherlands which I can give you.
Rest of the world people, blocks to be sent to me. My email is on the side bar.
Phew - think that covers everything!
I've also been meaning to mention last weekend, when I attended a Philippa Naylor two day workshop which covered fmq, trapunto and cording. I've done quite a few quilting related workshops over the years and I have to say she ranks right up there at the top, if not the best. If you get a chance to take a class with her do - her schedule is on her website and I know she is teaching at three different venues in the US this year as well as several spots in the UK. The details are on her website.
She had some really insightful things to say about threads and why she uses them (polyester) and her preferred needles for fmq - microtex. I think it's sometimes very easy to get swept up in whatever quilters are talking about on social media (much of which is influenced by link ups with the brands themselves) and think 'that must be the thing to use' but to spend two days with an absolute pro and listen to their reasons behind their quilt choices was hugely inspiring and a real eye opener.
My only advice when taking a workshop with someone as at the top of their game as Philippa is to make sure you have cleaned your machine thoroughly before taking it along. I had a tension issue so she opened my bobbin housing up and I would be lying if I didn't admit it looked like something was nesting in there and that I felt ever so slightly sheepish.
Sarah at Quilt Candy did a nice write up about it if you want to read and see more. Off the back of the workshop I bought Philippa's book which I can also recommend. It has some droolworthy pics of her fmq and trapunto. You can also Google 'Philippa Naylor' and then click on 'Images' for some fab inspiration.