I belong to several online quilting groups. I love to see all the beautiful quilts everyone makes. I especially enjoy seeing what colors everyone uses. There are some beautiful quilts being made every day. When I make quilts for myself, I tend to choose styles and colors that match my home. That means I stick to the brown, burgundy and natural colors. I’m not very exciting in that respect.
One of the quilt groups that I enjoy visiting is one where people sell things related to quilting. This is the group that tempts me. I am constantly talking myself out of buying things while browsing this groups posts. I have seen everything from old sewing machines to fabric being sold. Sometimes the items being sold are genius. People have taken old sewing machine cabinets and with a few changes and corner barces, they have made bathroom vanities! Our local coffee shop has a table made with the base from an old treadle sewing machine. I think it would make me cry to tear something like that apart but if it was already falling apart, I think it is okay to re purpose things and make usable items. It is an art form. I love all the creativity shown. If only I had more hours in a day!
The Civil War Love Letter Quilt book is a filled with letters from Civil War soldiers to their loved ones. The author, Rosemary Youngs, has paired each letter with a quilt block inspired by that letter.
The collection includes love letters from:
President Rutherford B. Hayes to his family
Newton Scott to his childhood friend, whom he married upon returning from the war
David Winn, a soldier who ultimately gave his life for his country
The quilt blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished and most are paper pieced.
I am on week 4 of this 52 week quilt making adventure. Last weeks blocks were very challenging. I am still not happy with the way the blue one turned out but it is going to remain the way it is. The points will be cut off when it is incorporated into a quilt. That block took me a whole day to make. It was made using the paper piecing method. When you trace the pattern onto tissue paper, you have to remember to make the block backwards from how you normally sew. I had to use my seam ripper a lot!
Yep! It is that time of year. Hubby is down south, on the water. He is catching large bluegill and couldn’t be happier. The weather is a tad bit cold but maybe that is why they are catching such big fish.
I closed the store today and plan to go over to my mom’s house and sew all day! It is going to be a great day. I haven’t been to mom’s since she got home from Arizona. That is awful but with Mother’s Day and the Spartan Race taking up the weekends, I haven’t had a chance to go. She and I have been shopping and she has checked on my long arm quilting progress. I cannot wait to get into the “zone” and sew all day today.
I hope everyone is able to take a day off this Memorial Day weekend. I am especially grateful to the men and women who serve and have given it all to make our country free.
March 15th is National Quilting Day. I hope to be using the longarm to finish another quilt. I might even stay in my pajamas and quilt all day!
Here is an idea to celebrate the day.
Do you have a neighbor, babysitter or hairdresser who deserves a little recognition? Make a simple quilted pot holder and pair it with fresh flowers to give a quilted gift that’s sure to be remembered. After all, quilting is a hobby that’s designed to be shared. Maybe your gift will inspire the recipient to take up quilting as a hobby!
Fall has arrived. I love fall but I hate what comes after it! The only thing good about winter is less yard work and more quilting time. I have to look at the positives.
Our local quilt guild began last Thursday. You would think that after having all summer to prepare, I would have been ready. I thought I was ready. I was thrown for a loop! Now, I have a ton of things to research to make our projects more definitive. I cannot leave things up to the members to take the reigns to complete or we will have too many versions of the same project. I have to spell each detail out. I understand that and I am on a roll to get things organized! We have some great projects this year and I am excited.
It might not be such a new technique but Jodi Barrows Square in a Square™ quilting method is new to me. Her Square in a Square™ method makes quilting so much simpler.
I had been reading on one of my quilting forums and discovered the gals going on and on about SNS. What the heck was SNS? I had to do some searching and discovered a method I am excited to try.
I found a YouTube video that shows how to make perfect corners and get consistent results using this method. As soon as we install a
premier mount to get our flat screen where I can see it, I hope to follow along with one of her classes.
Her rulers have lines that are to be used when lining up fabric. The fabric is also sewn in a certain way to get the easiest flying geese, half square triangles and other tedious quilt portions that make up a quilt block. Have I lost you? Check out www.squareinasquare dot com to find instructions, videos and locations of trained instructors.
I have been sewing and putting together quilts for a while now. Sometimes, I look at the professional’s work and I get discouraged. It’s not that I want a combat infantry badge for learning how to be a better quilter, I would like to see improvements.
I ran across this note from a fellow quilter. I plan to keep it on file for when I need encouragement.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of
us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.
But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not
that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your
taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.
And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past
this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went
through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we
want it to have.
We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in
this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is
do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish
one *story. In my case *one machine quilting project.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and
your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how
to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to
take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
I am quilting a friend’s quilt. I have it on the longarm and have chosen a pattern to put in the blocks. If I make a mistake, there will be threads to rip out. I hate ripping out! I have been practicing on a dry erase board and think I am ready to do the stitching on the longarm. Why don’t I just DO IT?
I am skeered!
I have been doing as many other projects as I can think of. I even washed out the refrigerator!
Just wanted to let my mom know that I found the scissors I had been looking for! Found them while cleaning out my sewing stuff while procrastinating.
Will this make me want to iron my husband’s shirts more often? I doubt it.
This new ironing board cover looks better than the old one and it doesn’t have sticky stuff all over it, yet.