Monday, May 16, 2011
"Anna LaFrance" by Linda James
I received the most wonderful email this morning from a past MQX student, Linda James. She provided a link to her website where she shared her first Linen Wholecloth Quilt that she started in my class a couple years ago. Amazing job Linda!!! Thank you for sharing!
Her story is below...
"My quilt, Anna LaFrance, is actually a small tablecloth which has been sewn to the blue fabric and quilted on my longarm. I learn this technique from Cindy Needham, while attending MQX several years ago. It’s taken me all this time to finally try what I learned in Cindy’s class. Now I’m knocking myself in the head wondering why I waited so long. I absolutely love the result.
I have always appreciated the old beautiful linens but they just sit in my linen closet or in boxes in the attic. Now they can come out of hiding and I can enjoy them everyday. BTW, Cindy in an awesome teacher. If you have an opportunity to take a class from her, do it!
I used parts of a stencil by Cindy, freehand feathers and crosshatching. The motif and feathers are quilted in a light blue Sew Fine thread while the crosshatching and very small stippling is in off white Sew Fine thread. There are two layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 with Quilters Dream Wool on top.
It’s named after my husband’s grandmother. She has such a pretty name. The label is an old napkin (????), a set of which were given to me when I was a child. That is a story for another day. Of course, I had to put a picture of Anna on the label. The sleeve is a piece of lace. I can’t wait to try another one. Maybe the next one will have beads on it.
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Wow...stunning quilt...it must make you feel proud to know that your classes are inspiring people to produce work of this quality....well done to both of you...just wish I could get to a class, I really would love to do a quilt from vintage linens...
Linda - absolutely beautiful!!! I saw your post on MQResource and your blog as well - lovely. And for those procrastinators who keep saying they are going to take Cindy's class - just do it!! You'll never look at an old linen the same way thanks to her genius. Of course if I could step away from customer quilts to do one of my own - well, that's for another day.
This is so beautiful!!!
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