Before I get to today’s topic, I’d like to welcome all the quilters/sewists who have signed up for my blog after watching my “You Can Quilt as You Go” lecture at the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. Doing that lecture and the question and answer session afterwards was a wonderful experience and, you may not be aware of this, but all of the lectures from the show are available to watch on YouTube. You can find those links on their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/WIQuiltShow/.
And now ~ on with today’s topic! In my past 3 posts I shared the idea behind the Top Stitch competition I was a part of, and a recap of the first 2 days. Click on these links to view those previous posts: Introducing Top Stitch, Day 1 and Day 2.
Here’s the scoop on our final day of this exciting event!
By now we were quite comfortable choosing fabrics at the Bungalow ~ and today’s project was a quilted vest. I caught Jill deciding on her pallette for the day.
Then I hurried to the back room to grab the colorful bolts I was captivated by way back on the day Mike and I visited Judy’s shop. Mine was going to be an artsy vest (surprise, surprise!)
I was grateful to have had a direction in my mind for this project and brought along a pile of yarns and threads for embellishing.
My plan was to create a bunch of long, wobbly “quilts” in all the bright colors. They’re each made from backing, batting and front fabric, envelope style, and then quilted with a line of couched yarn down the center. These pieces are then overlapped and top stitched along the edges. The “Top Stitch”ing connects them to each other in a layout that fits the pattern we were given. Here is the pattern with some of the completed strips laid in place.
I have a background in garment sewing, but I threw most of that knowledge out the window as I made a piece of wearable art that broke many of those rules.
At this point I took a little break to see what my long time friend Jill was doing.
Jill Repp is one of the most talented and driven business women I know. She is the Vice President of sales and marketing for June Tailor, Inc. That’s a great title, but it doesn’t begin to cover all she does for this amazing company based in Richfield, WI. Jill is also in charge of product development and holds 15 US and International patents for the creative tools she has invented.
Over 20 years ago I was introduced to Jill when June Tailor was looking for someone to demonstrate their products at Nancy’s Notions Sewing Expo. I love their products and was thrilled to work with Jill. Over the years we traveled together to Quilt Market and other shows. I learned so much about a completely different side of the quilting world in my association with Jill. I also did a bit of product development for June Tailor and a number of their products are my design. We’ve had a great relationship over the years, but I never actually saw her sew and create. Top Stitch gave me that opportunity and I discovered she is also fun to create with! I love June Tailor products and am so grateful to have had a relationship with Jill all these years.
Sew, as I continued to quilt and embellish the strips, my workspace got a bit disheveled. At one point I looked down to see that Quiltina had been neglected. I actually think she was enjoying being part of the hubbub!
I pulled her out of the pile and continued sewing, and I’m pleased to announce that I actually finished on time! The vests were each unique (again), and reflected the personality of the maker. Today the judges announced a 4 way tie 😊.
I was very pleased that my crazy garment idea worked ~ and I look forward to wearing it to future quilting events!
When all the points were finally tallied the scores were very close. Deanna and Jill tied for first place, while Mary and I tied for second. We all agreed that Top Stitch was a huge success and the real winners are the quilters/sewists who will enjoy watching our crazy creative process and learning about the techniques we used when Top Stitch is made available online. I will let you know as soon as it’s available through C&T Publishing.
As promised I want to share the websites of all of my Top Stitch friends.
Judy Gauthier’s site is https://www.bungalowquilting.com/. Her patterns and frames for the umbrella and lamp projects are available there, along with a lot of fabric!
Mary Hertel’s site is https://madebymarney.com/. Be sure to scroll down and see the back of her vest. Delightful! (and yes, I think she did win Miss Congeniality – scroll farther for that pic)!
Jill Repp’s site for June Tailor, Inc is https://www.junetailor.com/. They have oodles of innovative products to drool over.
Thanks for joining me on my Top Stitch adventure. It was a blast, and I am so grateful to have been a part of it. And to have 3 lovely momentos to use/wear, and enjoy!