Guest post by Katherine Artines –
There I was on the first morning of International Quilt Market in Houston last Fall, excited about being there, ready to go on the floor the next day to gather up inspiration like someone spilled M&M’s in front of me, sitting in her schoolhouse daydreaming, when WHAM!
Eileen showed the group a wonderfully colorful quilt made from her newest Stipple! design pack—Stipple! All Seasons Borders. Whereas everyone present “ooooooo’ed” and “ahhhhhhhhhhhh’ed” as the quilt so rightly deserved, in my mind’s eye, the quilt sprouted sleeves, trimmed itself to a V-neckline, and shaped into a striped jacket.
That Eileen! She gets me every time.
When I went looking for the base fabrics, I knew I wanted to wear the jacket in the warmer weather (June, for those of us who live in Erie, PA!), and I loved the bright look of Eileen’s color choices. All the border designs were going to have lots of colors in all those appliqués, and I found just the thing to anchor them all together with the “tooty-fruity” irregular stripes and a white background with lime green metallic dots from my stash.
I was off and running…. Well, off and embroidering!
You can read about the construction of the jacket with the various stipple borders in the Volume 68 May/June issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery. If you’re an embroidery software geek like I am, you’ll want to check out the detailed article on how I created the triangle edge treatment with an in-the-hoop solution (http://www.dzgns.com/products/*/*/9065 Click on “Download the Software Technique” on the right column).
I love using embroidery software. When I have a “what if” moment, it is usually followed with a “how can I” moment. I wanted to make a border of triangles for the entire perimeter of the jacket, but, UGH! That’s a lot of triangles that have to be exactly the same size. Yes, there are a number of tools out there that quilters use to do half-square triangles; instead, I put my software and my hoops to work to do the repetitive, utility part of this job.
I’m not a quilter—don’t really want to spend my time making my points match—but I do love the patterns. That’s why I’m such a Stipple! fan. The blocks are easy to embroider and are a great size for wearables. If you’ve seen some of my previous articles in Designs, you know that I used them to make entire jackets or just a few to enhance a project.
At a conference last August, Eileen gave me a “sneak peek” of her upcoming book featuring new Stipple! designs that were FAB –U-LOUS and set my mind whirling. I can’t wait to add to my wardrobe!
That Eileen! She gives me cool things to play with.
– Katherine A.