It's been awhile since I've been able to do a blog post...life has been nuts lately! The other day I received a wonderful show and tell from Toni Tweedle Healy who is one of my "Craftsy Kids" and she shared some of her prize winning linen wholecloth quilts from the Lassen County fair in Susanville, California. I just knew you would love indulging in her beautiful work too! Notice the ribbons hanging on these quilts!
Congratulations Toni!!! I am sharing her story below...
Two years ago I took a beginning machine quilting workshop in Susanville with Jill Schumacher that taught me the basics of machine quilting. Shortly thereafter I was looking for inspiration by googling machine quilting images and one of your linen quilts caught my eye. I was so intrigued by the beautiful free hand feathering and medallion designs that I immediately signed up for your online Craftsy class on linen wholecloth quilting. Your teaching method makes the concepts easy to grasp and I love your philosophy of "you are the boss of your quilt".
I bought some small linens on EBay and made some miniatures and wall hangings. Soon I bought a mid-arm Baby Lock Tiara II.
As you can see, I've taken your methods and expanded them into king-size quilts. In your class you stress the importance of allowing the artist who created the linen to inspire the design. In the two king-sized quilts I entered this year I designed the quilts around the linens. For the corner design I traced the corners of the linen and copied them in my quilting.
Thanks for your inspiration, Cindy. You inspire me every day!