Mary Landon Quilts

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That’s Life

I’m finally able to share this quilt. My daughter challenged me to design a quilt that resembled a heart beat, and I took her up on her challenge! I wanted it to represent life’s ups and downs, with both the colors, the design and the quilting. Someone made a comment on my Facebook page that said exactly what I felt. They commented that my quilting went from chaotic to calm. That is exactly what I wanted my quilting to represent; complicated, stressful, smooth, easy, rough, simple, etc.

I finished this quilt the night before I had to ship it, so I don’t have good daylight pictures yet. I’m looking forward to getting some better shots of the entire quilt in the daylight.

I began the process a year ago, drafting it on graph paper. I tried several software programs, but ended up doing it the old fashioned way. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to determine how to piece it. After I asked some of my quilty friends for advice, it was recommended that I paper piece it. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

After it was 80% pieced, life happened, and we moved houses, and did a lot of renovating and traveling. In January I loaded the quilt onto my Innova longarm, and spent countless hours on the quilting design and implementation. I used several methods of design. I used my iPad and some apps for drawing, I printed a picture of the quilt and used tracing paper to audition designs, and I used dry erase markers on plexiglass. Finally I put needle to fabric and just started.

While I didn’t receive an award from judges at MQX, I did receive a faculty award from Karlee Porter, author, teacher, and designer. I felt like I had won the most prestigious award ever! I was so thrilled!!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Too Broad, or Too Adventurous or Too Crazy?

The last couple years my quilting style has been all over the map. I made (or started) a traditional quilt, a collage quilt, a whole cloth, (and have drawn up two more), a couple modern quilts, quilted a vintage quilt, started some English Paper Piecing, started two Needle turn appliqués, and made a couple modern art quilts. I’m wondering if it’s too varied for my brain. I’m a self-doubter ever since I can remember, so this is nothing new. I keep getting the reminder that maybe I need to stick to one genre, but then I see something new I want to try!

Speaking of crazy, I’ve been working on one quilt for over a month. Not the Piecing, just the quilting. The first couple weeks I drew my designs on tracing paper over a printed copy of the quilt, I drew on a photo of the quilt on my iPad, and I drew designs with chalk right on the quilt itself. Everyday I tell myself to just quilt it as I want, to do what I love, but self doubt creeps in and I question my decisions, every one of them.

This picture shows some diy templates I made from foam board. I use these for marking, they’re not thick enough for Longarm rulers.

Many of the sew-lebrities stick to one genre, and really master it. Is that the answer? I don’t feel like I’ve mastered any one type yet. I haven’t gotten bored yet either. What do you think? Do you stay with one type of quilt for an extended period of time, or are you a wanderer like me? What is best if you want to truly master quilting?

I don’t have many quilting pictures to show since I’m keeping my current project under wraps for awhile. The weather here in Montana has been perfect for lots of time spent indoors in my studio. I try to walk every day, even if it’s 15 degrees. I’ve got warm boots, and a super warm down coat.

We’ve had record-breaking snow levels this February, and the deer have been struggling, especially the youngest.

a view of the Yellowstone River from one of our walks.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I’d love to hear from you. Do you think it’s best to vary your styles, or master one at a time? And what do you actually do?

My Road 2 CA Highlights

It was truly humbling seeing my quilt right next to the winner in my category, but amazed to see people take pictures of my quilt.

For the third year, I had the pleasure of volunteering to hang quilts. I met some lovely women. We felt like movie stars hanging Claudia Pfeil’s Best of Show! It is the most incredible quilt!

I took a fantastic class with Sue Heinz. This was the second class I have had with her, and learned so much. She is a great teacher and I highly recommend any of her classes.

I really enjoyed touring the quilts at Preview Night with Donna James, quilter extraordinaire. I was able to meet up with my Tehachapi quilting buddies Sherrie, Cathy, Theresa, Donna, Vickie and Robyn, too. Wish I could take you all back to Montana with me. (I’d share those pictures, too, but I really really do not like seeing pictures of myself!)

When I get time I will post pictures of many of the quilts from the show! Stay tuned.

Working on UFOs

I just finished up a rather young UFO. I started it in a class in Red Lodge. I have always been drawn to Amish looking quilts. I love the simplicity. I just love this one. I’ll need to make it bigger, so technically, it’s not quite yet done. I can see myself making more of these in the future. I thank you for stopping by my blog where I plan to show progress on my 2018 challenges.

Cathy’s Star Quilt

This beautiful quilt is on its way back to Oklahoma. I think it turned out so pretty! Since our move, sale of our old home, and renovation of our new home, I have had precious little time to devote to quilting. As much as I wanted to spend my days piecing and quilting, I just didn’t have the time. After I loaded this quilt I wondered if I would be able to remember how to use a ruler! LOL! Well I guess it came back to me, didn’t it. I used many rulers on this quilt, with the exception of one, all of them were Linda Hrcka’s Quilted Pineapple rulers. I love them! There was very little marking involved. Just some chalk lines, and occasionally my air erasable Marvy markers. Thank you for looking!

Using Quilting Tools for Hanging Pictures

I can’t tell you how many times I have turned to my quilting tools with our renovation, and move to our new home. For example I’m trying to hang four pictures on a wall that has unique lines, and I found my quilting ruler to be the perfect way to help me to cut freezer paper and then I will hang the freezer paper up with masking tape to mark my holes. I don’t want to have eight or nine or 20 different holes in this wall. Ask me how I know.

Stay tuned for a photo of the finished wall.

Oh! How have you used quilting tools for non-quilty tasks? Please share here.

Tour My New Quilting Space With Me?

We moved in about six weeks ago and I’ve been working out of boxes and fumbling around for long enough. I finally carved out some time to get my quilting space organized and all my boxes unpacked. (We’ve been painting and renovating the new house, and hired contractors to create a new kitchen and install new flooring upstairs).

The First picture is my favorite spot in the studio. Note the cute church pew that my daughter refinished and gave me for Christmas a few years ago, above that is my design wall with a collage that I’m working on, as well as some double wedding ring vintage blocks that were given to me last year. I hope to work on those this year.

This picture is an overview of the entire space. It’s what you see when you first get to the bottom of the stairs

Look at how bright it is! We just traded out some smaller halogen lights for some large bold LED lights, and what a difference it made!

As I am previewing this blog post I see lots of interesting things laying around on the floor which you may wonder about. A stack of cherry stairs, that will be installed later this month, as well as my dog’s bed. He can lay down stairs with me and be comfy.

Getting a closer view…

Here’s the other half of the room…

My stash in the picture below… Yes! This is my entire stash on the top two shelves. Well… except for a small box of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, my gradient pieces and my silk pieces. But those aren’t very big. (I also have one bin of old floral fabric that was donated to me, large pieces for backings for when I do comfort quilts or charity quilts. Below my stash is some junk that I need to clean up some bags of things that I can’t part with but not sure what I want to do with them.

Here is the cutting and ironing area. We installed a shop light so I have super bright light in that areaI Have room for two, count them, two sewing machines!

Nothing special About the shelf except that it contains some of my prized possessions; my machine quilting class notes/books and my accumulation of drawings for quilt designs.My View! From here I can see bunnies, deer, squirrels, pheasants and beautiful sunsets!

My wall of notions. Below the pegboard storage is my grandma’s dresser full of threads.As you can see I still have things to put away and make it less cluttered, but it’s so much better than it was a month ago. The best part of it all…It’s soooo much bigger than my quilting space in the last house. I can walk all the way around my quilting machine.

Well thanks for taking the tour with me!

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