Incredible Stitches!

While I don’t have any work of my own to share this week, I do want to pop in and show you something pretty! As program coordinator for our guild, I have scheduled Cindy Needham to come teach a workshop in February for us. I scheduled this a long while back and felt fortunate even then to be worked into her full teaching/speaking schedule. Luckily for us, Cindy lives only two hours from here which made her very affordable for our guild.

Mini quilt pieced and quilted by Cindy Needham.

Anyway, on to the good stuff! When I schedule someone to teach, I always request a sample of the project they are going to teach. Guild members love to see the samples, as opposed to a picture, when deciding if they want to take the class. I believe most guilds provide samples for this reason. Cindy will be teaching a workshop on planning quilt motifs and quilting feathers. The sample above is pieced with silk. The mini measures approximately 20″ x 28″ or so (I didn’t actually measure it.) This particular piece is labeled as a Gaudynski sample as it looks to be stitched in the style developed and taught by Diane Gaudynski.

Up close, quilting by Cindy Needham

This sample is just incredible. I knew Cindy was an extremely talented quilter. But seeing it up close is such a treat. She free motion quilts and for the life of me, I cannot imagine ever quilting like this. I thought it would be a fun thing to share this beautiful stitching with you.

Quilting by Cindy Needham.

The motifs are so tiny and so detailed. It is hard to imagine having this sort of control. I tried to watch her lines, where she traveled to and from. Jaw dropping work!

Check out these feathers! Quilting by Cindy Needham

The feathers are beautiful but to me the most impressive are the petals to the right of the feathers. Those tiny spaces between each petal are stitched down with minute stitches causing the petals to pop. Same for the flat space between the feathers. Such teeny tiny stitches!

Quilting by Cindy Needham.

These look like tulips to me. I love them because they show off the silk beautifully. The whole effect overall is elegant. Pale colors of pink, rose and a really light gold all worked together. Cindy collects vintage linens and textiles and works them into much of her art. I am so looking forward to her trunk show and listening to her lecture. I will post an update in a couple of months after our February guild meeting.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks to so many of you who shopped my Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sales! The last of those shipped out yesterday.

I am still cutting kits for the Push Pull QAL. My customers have been really patient as I ran out of the darker fabrics for both kits and had to re-order. An interesting thing of note – I offered four kits. Two teal blue kits where the quilter could choose a light or dark background and two orange kits with the light or dark background.

Every single kit sold so far has had the dark background. Not sure why this catches my attention but it does.

I am curious what your thoughts are? Maybe the transparency effect is shown better with the dark background? I like them both but clearly that is not the opinion of most! I still have a few kits left if you are interested. Click here to check them out.

It is going to be a rainy weekend so tomorrow I should be able to find some time in the sewing room. I have several holiday gifts I am working on and I need to make some progress with those! Sunday we are driving over to my son and his wife’s house for lunch. We haven’t seen them in a long while so I am excited about that! How about you?

12 thoughts on “Incredible Stitches!

  1. Wendy

    Oh my, Cindy’s quilting is amazing! Oh how I’d love to be able to do that kind of intricate quilting. What fun to have her come and teach. Thanks for the tip on asking for samples; I’m going to keep that in mind when we offer a class or two. With the Push & Pull, I wonder if the dark background appeals more because the design looks more graphic and dynamic on the dark? I also saw Yvonne’s play with more than two colors, and that was another interesting twist. I have some thoughts on a colorway, and I’ll email you and chat about it.

    1. Bernie Post author

      I am really excited to listen to her lecture in February. Maybe you need to take a cross country trip and join us!?!

      Hmm, I also saw the color play post and am really considering using the different colors. I was reading her thoughts on using multiple colors and am a little confused so I need to ask her some questions. I appreciate your ideas Wendy – keep them coming!!

  2. Linda Satkowski

    Lucky guild members! I was fortunate to hear her lecture at the Maine Quilt Guild’s annual meeting several years ago and she is very inspiring.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh, good to know Linda. I am really excited to meet her and see more of her work up close and personal! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  3. Kathleen Scargle McCormick

    I love Cindy’s work, as well as Dianne’s. That is really micro quilting and and I love it. I don’t usually have the patience for it , or the need or the talent! I think the dark backgrounds are just more striking and maybe a little less intimidating to quilt.

  4. FlourishingPalms

    It’s nice that the instructors you’re finding for your guild have samples to send. I travel to teach free motion quilting, and no guild has ever asked for samples. Hmm. That’s an interesting idea. Cindy’s quilting is exquisite, and I’m wondering if she uses a stitch regulator. Will your guild learn to do such detailed work?

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi – that is interesting about the samples. It seems like we have a better response to the class if we can show a sample and the teachers seem to expect having to send one. It is included in our contract as well – that a sample will be provided 60 days before the class. She will be teaching a class on quilting feathers and planning how to quilt around the feathers. I will try and remember to ask about stitch regulators. She is quite talented. Hope all is well with you!! B.

      1. Rebecca Grace

        What a BRILLIANT idea! I passed it along to the Programs chairs of our guild. You are absolutely right; there have definitely been workshops that I didn’t sign up for because the photo didn’t wow me, but then when I saw the samples at the lecture and the students’ projects afterwards, I realized that I’d missed out on something really good.


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