|Star and Points Spinning on a Square
|Orginal design by Leann McClain
Quilting by Leann McClain
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|The face behind the quilts
I have enjoyed teaching 5 hour classes at Over the Top Quilting Studio in Cedar Park, Texas. The classes were basic "Building
Confidence with Rulers and Templates". This class helps you create layered designs using multiple rulers. You can learn
how to enhance a border using a rope tool or an oval ruler. The class includes design work on paper before moving onto a longarm
machine to practice. Preparation and supplies are required. Class size is limited by the number of machines.
Let Over the Top Quilting Studio know if you are interested in a class to help you learn to use rulers at your longarm.
|"On Wings of Song"
|Improvisational modern quilt
"On Wings of Song" was selected for inclusion in the special exhibit "In The American Tradition: Classics"
for the November, 2018 Houston International Quilt Market and Festival. I am humbled and honored. This quilt is a remembrance
(made in 2016) of my 40 year journey of music ministry. This quilt has also now been selected for the International Quilters
Association traveling exhibit to be seen in Chicago March 28-30, 2019 at the Chicago International Quilt Festival, and at
the Texas State Quilt Museum during the summer of 2019.
APQS featured this quilt on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
"Fandango Transformation" was selected for inclusion in the special exhibit "In The American Tradition 2017:
International Quilts" for the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival and it appeared in the magazine, Machine Quilting
Unlimited's September-October 2015 issue. I am humbled and honored. This quilt was featured in all the mailings from the IQA
that went out prior to the Festival and also in the Quilt Market brochures and Quilt Festival booklets. It will be displayed
at International Quilt Festival Chicago in April, 2018. It has had quite a journey, a rags to riches story from yard sale
beginnings to international exposure.
Fandango Transformation photo story
|Before the transformation
This is truly a rags to riches story. This quilt began its journey to my studio from unlikely ways. Also now dubbed the
teaching quilt, this monster (101" x 111") quilt top was picked up at a yard sale in PA, pieced by an unknown person
(someone Amish I was told) and then given to me to use for practice quilting. A Mennonite lady looked at the quilt recently
and stated she thought the fabrics were more like Mennonites would use, not Amish. I guess we'll never know who the piecer
I'm going to say right off the bat this was a fabulous learning tool. The gift that kept on giving.......issues, but that
is the beauty of it. I learned to quilt cupping in the fans, inaccurate piecing, and dealt with poor pressing during construction,
but that is where the learning curve was beneficial! It cost me my time (valuable) and the price of the backing, batting,
thread, and improved my quilt-vision. The colors were definitely old fashioned and dated, not to my taste. The piecer probably
used leftover dress fabrics. I decided to spice it up with floral appliqué and lace because it lacked life and needed contrast.
The appliqué and lace perked it up and I put it on my long arm to give it depth with wool batting.
January 19, 2015 update:
I began the process of quilting to give it dimension. That being said, it gave me excitement as I worked on it more. I
drew a cable and feathers pantograph for the 11 ½ " border. I used a rope tool from Quilter's Rule for the inside blue
January 31, 2015 update:
After a week of jury duty I came home at night to find myself wanting to stand up and do no more sitting!!! So, got on
my feet and I quilted! I used Quilter's Dream 100% washable wool batting, and So Fine 50 weight polyester matching thread
(#417) on the top with Bottom Line ecru thread in the bobbin. I finally finished the quilting January 30 and trimmed it up
ready to be bound. I previously thought I was going to use bias strips from the backing but then decided it would distract
away from the border details. I was going to try to find a close match for the pink background to use for binding and ended
up using purchased pink quilt binding.
February 25, 2015
Binding was completed! It was another first for me in that scalloped binding. Every step in this quilt was a new one for
March 1, 2015
The quilt finished out at 98 x 108 inches. I could call this "Transformation" and leave it at that, but I wanted
to use fan somehow in the name. Those fans seem to just dance around on the quilt. I think Fandango, a Spanish dance, fits.
"Fandango Transformation" is now its name!
March 14, 2015
This quilt was featured on TheQuiltShow.com
This quilt was selected to be featured on page 71 of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine's September/October issue.
April 13, 2017
I received notification this quilt was selected for the Houston International Quilt Festival's special exhibit, American
Tradition 2017: International Quilts.
This quilt was featured in all the mailings from the IQA that went out prior to the Festival and also in the Quilt Market
brochures and Quilt Festival booklets. What a joy to see it hanging in Special Exhibits: In the American Traditiion Appliqué
at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
This quilt was chosen by the IQA to hang in the special exhibits at the Chicago International Quilt Festival.
Mormor Sewing Studio Facebook photos
Craftsy Quilting Club Playful Piecing Challenge "Star and Points Spinning on a Square"
The Quilt Show.com featured my "Hero Star" on January 4, 2014 as quilt of the day.
Click here to see my "Hero Star", named Quilt of the Day on the Quilt Show.com
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