Merry Christmas and New Adventures for 2022

I digitized and embroidered this star as an applique. It is on one of my Christmas quilts now owned by my church.

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are already enjoying this wonderful season.  It is one of my very most favorite times of the year. We are having a relatively simple celebration this year, but it is still joyous. Right now I have The Piano Guys YouTube videos of Christmas music playing while I write this.  They are fun.  Have you seen the one with the Christmas scene and all the cameras riding around in the little train, on the Christmas tree, and in the drone flying in the room?  Here’s the link. It’s really fun.  Or how about the one all done in legos.  Here’s that link.  So creative and beautifully performed.

Well, I finished the Two Birds quilt along with completing the filming of the videos. The whole stack of hours and hours of videos I made while I made the quilt, along with the voice over reading, and the intro and exits parts we filmed together last weekend are now being edited by my oldest son.

I have written the pattern and workbook that goes with it, and that too is being edited by the family team.  I don’t know when we will get the first video of that project published but hopefully not long now.  It’s a big job to edit such a tangle of videos, voice overs and corrections into three publishable videos that make sense and are also interesting.  It has already taken much longer than any of us anticipated, but that was primarily due to my unrelated circumstances this year that delayed things, such as my cataract surgery among other things.  But that is all behind me now and I greatly look forward to the coming new year.

I have every expectation that we will produce much more content for my YouTube channel at a bit faster pace and with ever increasingly interesting projects and building professionalism.  I have gotten to where I don’t get bothered by the cameras, know how to set them up properly, and have lots of fun ideas for new stitching/quilting/videoing projects.  I have learned that the videography is as important as the making of the fabric art piece to make it all work and find it also very interesting.

I still have only about a third of the subscribers and a fourth of the viewership needed to monetize the YouTube channel, but it is growing and I nevertheless enjoy being able to share my projects with my viewers.  I hope you all enjoy the videos and will be happy to see them when a new one is published.  We have several projects already planned for the new year.

First of all, I want to create some new wool applique by machine projects, because I think it is possible to make some stunningly beautiful pieces in this category that has hardly been touched in the quilting/fabric art world using the machine and my initial project was only a basic introductory layout of the techniques. It’s an adventure to see how far this can go.

Then I have three new show quilts in mind for 2o22 that I think you will all love or at least enjoy watching me make them.  I hope I can succeed in getting all three made.

There will be a number of short and shorter videos showing techniques and use of tools.

And then I need to make some new clothes.  I have everything I need for them and will try to spread them across the year so I have something new and fun to wear once in a while.  I probably won’t buy any ready-made clothing this year just as a sort of challenge to myself for fun.  I haven’t decided whether or not to video these projects.  What do you think?

Sew happy everyone!  Have a wonderful holiday season and I hope you also Have Fun in Your Studios!!!

 

 

 

 

Two Birds Project

If you have been sewing or quilting any length of time I know you have occasionally had a project that seemed to fight you every step of the way.  I have been dealing with such a project for the past several months and, through persistence and a little bit of acceptance of some of the results that aren’t quite what I originally had in mind, I am very close to finishing it. It is my two birds quilt project for my YouTube channel.

The techniques are not difficult, the design is good and problems in the pattern and instructions have been eliminated.  It was an experimental quilt project in many ways.  I had several  personal problematic challenges with a few little annoyances here and there that only occasionally happen with me or my projects and a few small machine and health events.

During the course of making this project, I redesigned parts of it several times; ruined the beginning with a mistake on my part and had to reorder fabric to restart it; discovered the way I had planned to accomplish some of the parts were not the best route and I had to correct them; my quilting machine got some fluff and thread caught in the thread path that I couldn’t get out on my own and I spent several hours on the phone working with my wonderful Bernina tech Lew who helped me fix it and basically we serviced my machine as we worked through the problem; I discovered I did not like the way all the thread colors worked though I loved the threads, so had to order new threads and work around the wait; had a part of the quilting I messed up and ripped out and requilted; and finally, abnormally struggled with getting the binding on for some reason (perhaps I was out of practice).  But each problem has been overcome and the quilt is lovely.

That is now all behind me, the videos are filmed except one small finishing up, and the quilt is lovely.  I still need to do the final wash to remove all the marks and refresh the fabric, and the videos are being edited into several segments by my excellent family member editor.

In the midst of all of this I had cataract surgery in both eyes and a few other things that delayed my work on the project.  But all in all, I am delighted with the results of the eye surgery and have dealt with the other delays and bumps in the road.

Sew in a few weeks now, the two birds videos will be published along with a workbook with the pattern and instructions in case someone wants to make one themselves.  And the cool thing is that I have been through the instructions, patterns, and making of the quilt and already made all the mistakes for you, so you won’t have to make them yourself.  LOL. Therefore, I am pretty sure if you decide to join me and make the quilt you will find it really fun and free of such challenges.

I talked over new ideas with my family last weekend and am very excited about upcoming projects for 2022 and look forward to sharing them with you all. I fully believe that I will be producing more frequent videos with some really fun projects and I hope you will join me or at the very least watch the videos and continue to read my blogs. I am thinking of adding some podcast blogs once in a while (all sound, no videos).

NEWS:  I have put several of my quilts on a really good sale to help pay for some upcoming expenses.  Go take a look here: https://bjfabricartist.com/shop

Sew happy everyone and have fun in your studios!