Posts Tagged ‘quilting’
I never cared about fast cars. A little bit about fast guys. Never about fast bicycles, or the many drugs under that heading. Speed has always just been trouble in a box. But fast sewing machines……………….Well, Yes!
One of my pet peeves is sewing machines that are just too slow. There’s a moment for that. The first time you show a five year old how to do free motion, yes, I do put the machine on slow. Its not likely to happen any other time.
Why? There’s an illusion that if we sew slowly we’ll have more control. Boy, is that an urban legend.
Imagine yourself on a bicycle for the first time. That first time when you are so scared that you pedal slowly. Wobble, wobble, wobble. Once you really start to pedal faster you find you have so much more control and stability. It’s true of free motion too.
I’m so enjoying my experiments with the HQ Sweet Sixteen. The speed on a long arm/ mid arm machine is what makes the smooth and excellent stitching possible. Slower is wobbling along on my bike.
Nicer than the machine speed is the ability to stop on a dime needle up or down. Fast starts, fast stitches and fast stops make for excellent free motion.
But here’s the really cool thing. I just quilted 7 little quilts in less than one hour. Wahaha!!!!! My mother would have called that seven in one blow. Take that, Green Giant!
There are things you didn’t know you needed, you really need.
Lauren doesn’t look like a lunatic. She looks like a pink cheeked soccer mom. Look out! Stand back!
She’s an emerging art quilter who attacks new approaches and techniques with gleeful ferocity. And masters them with passion. Every time she visits me, I find myself flying to my machine, inspired by her intensity.
“My inspiration, like so many other quilters, comes from nature.
The act of translating that vision in line, pattern and color into textile recreations introduces the next level of AHA! It is an ever fascinating challenge to take the experience of seeing with eyes wide open, to shape it into form. From the fantastical realism of exaggerated insects, to the abstracted likeness of the quintessential flower bud, I seek to uncover the universal codes, to bring them to life with fabric and thread. Tactile, textile translations of the mysteries of nature, celebrating the wonders of life, that is where I find my inspiration.
Lauren’s work has been showed at both Paducah and Houston. She was a finalist in the $100,000 Quilt Challenge. Where will she show next? It could be anywhere. If she doesn’t send it in, it’s likely
to fly in on it’s own.