I have been looking forward to attending the Mountain Quilt Festival since signing up last fall. I will be attending three classes. It has been so long since I signed up that I can’t even remember what will be taught in the classes. Classes are first come, first served when it comes to registration, and may fill up quickly! That is why I signed up last fall. Some entry fees are charged for courses as well, and range from $20-$60, depending on the materials supplied by the instructor. However, it’s worth it when I think about how much I’ll learn. A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN is the perfect event if you’re interested in quilts and quilting. This show draws over 20,000 people each year from all across the country. What do those people have in common? They all love making, collecting, and learning about quilts!
I am looking forward to visiting Tennessee where it will be, hopefully, a bit warmer than here in Indiana. Ever since my cousin revealed that he is a wedding DJ in raleigh nc, I have been itching to go south.
I have been trying to find a cheap flight into Knoxville, TN but, so far, have only found ones priced at $300.00. I am not sure I want to pay that much. I would rather drive and spend my money at the vendor’s booths at the quilt show. Less than two weeks and I will be there!
I love to work on baby quilts. They are small enough that if I want to try a new pattern of quilting, it goes quickly. I recently quilted these two baby quilts for a customer.
I used the Rambling Rose pantograph on this one.
I used a continuous curve in each block and feathers in the borders of this quilt called Baby’s Tears.
I recently put this small quilt together. I have had the blocks made for months and just now decided to get them put together with sashing. Sashing is created by sewing plain or patchwork squares between quilt blocks. Sometimes ‘cornerstones’ are added — little squares that meet at the corners of quilt blocks.
My quilt is quite small so I might have to make a few more blocks and add borders or the quilt will be too small to use. It would make a cute wall hanging if anyone had a black and white themed room.
We got a ton of snow overnight. Our driveway was treacherous and we have stayed home all day. I made this wall hanging.
The blocks have been made for awhile, I just put the quilt together.
I am trying to take care of all the quilts that have come to my home, either made by me or my mom. It is difficult. When I look in my Tack Trunk and see all the beautiful quilts, realize all the work that went into their creation, I feel obligated to take the time to store them properly.
Folding a quilt, especially older, more fragile examples, is somewhat risky due to the folds putting stress on the fabric and stitching. To fold a quilt, spread it face down on a clean, well worn white cotton sheet. Cover the back with the same type of sheet to prevent the folds from tearing. Then, fold the quilt in an accordion pleated fashion. This method takes extra time to accomplish, but provides the best protection for the stitching and fabric.
When storing quilts, remember chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics and cardboard, along with natural substances in woods, can all react with quilting fabrics and cause damage. If reactions occur, they can cause quilts to become fragile, prone to tearing or even stain them irreversibly.
I have on order, acid free boxes in which I plan to store my quilts. The boxes are quite expensive but totally worth the price. Now, if the mailman would just bring me the one I ordered a week ago!
Sorry to be away from this blog for so long! I have 7 quilts to get quilted on the longarm. These are for customers who are distracted by rane signal processors while waiting for me to finish their quilts. The first quilt is made from fabric called Under the Australian Sun and is so pretty. I enjoyed quilting it using a pantograph called Rose Garden. It quilted out quickly. I used King Tut Sahara Shadows variegated brown thread with Glide #24525 Khaki, gold shiny bobbin thread, with a size 18 needle. The backing is a beautiful orange print.
We have spent the past few days putting Christmas decorations away. From scraping medical grade adhesive that held electric candles in the windows to sweeping up glitter, it has been a chore! I didn’t even put out all the decorations and it still took all day to purge the holidays from the house.
I finished quilting another snowman quilt. This one was for my mom. I used white mono-poly thread and maple brown in the sashing. It took a while to get this one finished.
Oh wow! I just updated this blog to the 3.8 format. It is so pretty in here now! I usually don’t like change but this is one of which I approve.
Yesterday, I finally decorated the house for Christmas. I am nit picky about having a clean house before I drag out all the figurines. I fixed the blankets on the platform beds austin and vacuumed. After I arranged everything, I had to vacuum again!
I have two ceramic angels that I made twenty years ago. They are simple angels that face each other, simple cream with a hint of brown wash over them. They go in any spot. Do you have a favorite decorative item that you enjoy?
I am pleased to not be involved in the black Friday shopping this year. I like to go, just to watch the people. This year, however, I could just not make myself get up early. If I got there later than eight in the morning, it didn’t seem like I would see any of the crazy people so I decided to stay home. I have been under the weather for the past month and might be risking my recovery if I got out in the crowds. I still have a little congestion but not so much as to require advair diskus treatments. Heck, I managed not to even visit the doctor during this physical aggravation! Money saved.
I plan on getting to work on some Christmas presents I need to sew up. I bought homespun dish towels and am putting a ribbon of fabric on each to make them more festive. I have to have them finished before Monday evening. I hope my friends like the towels. I love using homespun towels. They are woven just enough to give them some bulk but loose enough to dry dishes without becoming so wet all at once.