Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.
I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as Trapunto.  I loved the look and wanted to try it.  This wasn’t my first quilt, but it was early in my...

The quilt top cupboard « Ann Champion’s Blog

Today instead of pulling something from the quilt top cupboard, I’m going to show you what I found at a couple of garage sales I went to on Saturday.
One of the sales was at the home of an elderly couple.  I always like to look at the  linens and this sale had quite a few.   I saw embroidered dresser scarves and pillow cases, along with many crocheted doilies.  Then I saw a very soiled piece of fabrac that was neatly folded.

I opened the fabric out and my heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw this beautiful appliqued block.  The stitches were tiny and tight, and I thought the design was beautiful.  I could picture a quilt made from these blocks.  With the gentle curve of the stems of berries a quilt made from blocks like this would look like they were dancing across the quilt…square dancing style?  I really like it!
I...

Published designs « Ann Champion’s Blog

My quilt is on the cover of Quiltmaker Magazine July/August 2009 issue. I saw a quilt top from the 1930′s at auction. It was made from the happy fabrics from that time and I fell in love. It quickly went way out of my price range, so I decided to try drafting a block to see if I could make myself a quilt like that. I drafted the pattern and stitched up a block, using 1930′s repro fabrics..and found it was easy to piece. I was able to piece the gentle curves with just a few pins. I figured if the block was that old..it must have a name? My friend Barb has a computer program with a catalog of blocks and she found the name. It’s a Flowering Snowball block. The design I drafted had bigger center squares and I liked it better. The block is pieced with light and dark values to show the design. I used the back sides of a lot...

I’ve done a bit of sewing… « Ann Champion’s Blog

Several months ago, Jan of Be*Mused blog posted photos from her trip to the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  She generously posts her photos to Flickr and many of us eagerly await their posting.  Japanese quilts just have something very special about them. 
There was one by Setsuko Inagawa that was really interesting.  Several of us wanted to try our hand at making some of the fun blocks.
Amy, of Badskirt blog drafted the block pattern.  She wrote up a nice tutorial on how to piece it.
Then Laura, of My New Blog Journey decided to post a quilt along for those interested in doing their own version of Setsuko’s quilt.  She started a Flickr group so we could post our blocks and progress.
My quilt ended up quite different from the one that inspired it.  It was fun to piece a block here and there as I felt like it though.  I used a...

Contests « Ann Champion’s Blog

Every two years the Glass City Quilt Commission puts on a show that’s judged by NQA accredited judges. This is the show that’s nearest to where I live. I try to go each time they have it and have found it to be a very good show, well organized and lots of quilts of high quality. This year I decided to enter some quilts for the first time, just to see how they’d do, for the comments that are sealed and given at quilt pick up time giving a “grade card” of your work and where they think you need improvement, and for the photo op. It’s hard for me to get a good full view pic of bed sized quilts and I wanted them for my records. I thought two of my quilts were pretty good..and the other two, as the maker… I knew they had flaws, but wanted the chance to get good pics so I entered them.
As I entered the Auditorium there were...

Wonky Table Runner « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...