Very nice. I wish I hadn't lost all my pictures when my computer quit. Hope my son was able to fix it. I'll know in a couple of weeks. I've been finishing up some embroidery so I could pack up all the thread and stabilizers. Made pretty good progress yesterday. Now to go through all the scraps and pick out just what I really want for the applique selection. The rest will go to the thrift shop. I don't want to be a hoarder when someone else will use it up. I know when I get to FL there will be bags waiting for me. I have been working on a shirt for our Thanksgiving family gathering, trying to remember back to where we spent it each year. I've been embroidering a patch for each year. I've started with the most recent and working my way backwards. Can't remember the first year although I do remember it was in Ky in the new house. This year we have two foreign exchange students joining us. Here's my shirt
2005 and Owensboro, KY will be embroidered on the front under the scarecrows. I won't attach 2011 until we arrive as I don't want to jinx it. I've also got a beading project going, the only thing I seem to be good at is dropping and losing the tiny glass beads. I think I drop about three out of every four. I sure can't thread a needle without a needle threader or my optics. I am happy to report the wax dip is really working. I think everyone with arthritis in their finger joints should try it.
I had on a wax dip of weeks ago. It felt awesome, good effect on pain for a couple days. My hands were soft too. Yup, I might need one of these. I don't know if I could manage to get it all going without help though. Took 2 techs to get it all set up.
It wasn't that set up I was worrying about, what they did was the wax melted in a bag, in a ziplock bag. After that was on my hands, they put on big long mittens of double terry cloth with velcro straps on top to tighten. After I was done cooking, they removed the terry, then worked the other bags off to keep most of the mess in the bags. Then (and this was a delightful part) they got hot towels out of the steamer and cleaned the remainder of the wax off.
I'm sure you don't do it just like that at home but I do worry about making a mess (I'm extra good at that).
I wash my hands really good and scrub my nails (still trying to pull a few more weeds) before dipping. I dip three times to get a good thick coating. Then I put the plastic bag on and then the terry gloves. I secure the velcro the best I can. I then lay on the bed and watch tv for 20 minutes to a half an hour. I put the wax back into the melter. (always frugal). It peels off easily and completely. My sister can get the wax at the beauty supply and it comes in different scents. She likes the lavender. Says the vanilla makes her want to eat something baked like cake or cookies. Her DH always came in looking for her "hidden" baked goods. He could smell them. She stopped explaining it after a few times. I do it about 3 times a week. It really helps.
I had a wonderful day today. Norm took me to "A Quilter's Gathering" which is an annual quilt show here in NH. It is a big show with over 150 quilts to view and three big rooms full of vendors selling everything from fabric to machines to whole cabinet setups. I had so much fun and the best part was just as we were leaving. I met our Cherrific and her Mom!!!! I knew she would be there somewhere and all the time I wandered the show and the vendors, I looked for her. You might know it was just as we had to leave!! She spotted Norm (I had sent her a picture of us) and she knew I had to be around close by. Now that I use O2 all the time and use a walker when I'm on my feet a lot, I was easy to find!! We only had a moment tor two but we will make plans to do coffee soon. I was thrilled to meet her.
Here is one of the very many quilts that I just loved. Thought you all would love this one too!!!
Of course, I bought my share of do-dads too but I must say again, what a wonderful show. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these show, I suggest you do as they have incredible examples of our craft. I'm in total awe of some of these machine quilters and in total reverence for those who hand quilt... Just absolutely beautiful work.
Wonderful photos, Barb. I think Jo Coon was a member of the Plank Road Quilters. I used to belong to it but they do not meet during the summers so I dropped my membership. I do love my group in FL, Rocket Quilters, they just closed their membership at 125. (Because of the room we meet in at the library, Fire Marshall sets the limit). The 10 panels made by 10 different women is awesome.
Helen that Christmas runner is beautiful!!! The Center of the poinsetta sounds complicated...lol...heck PP, liquid thread etc is way above my head...lol
You have such talent and a great eye for colours.
Oh, that Drunkard's Path is GORGEOUS! I love this traditional block and I think this may be my favorite layout. Just beautiful!
Helene, those look like real poinsettias. Amazing!
I used to have a good friend with one of those wax dipping things - ohhhhh, I loved that stuff. She used a eucalytus/citrus scent in hers that was just heavenly - and the heat was sooooo soothing on work-weary hands.
The same friend had one of those "chi" machines, too. Wherever a bunch of women were getting together, she'd have her spa stuff available to everyone and that chi machine was a hoot.
You lay on your back with your knees over the machine - it alternately pulls your legs back and forth to align and energize your spine. Has something to do with your "chi" whatever that is - but I never paid any attention to that - I just liked the massage effect on the shoulder blades, back and hips.
When the woman on the floor is a bit zaftig (like me ;) the effect is hilarious for the jiggly one and as soon as she starts giggling, it's contagious to everyone who's sitting around waiting their turns. Laughter is good exercise for the whole body and mind. I moved away from Colorado almost ten years ago and I still miss those women and the crazy times we had together. :)
Found these today in another forum, also posted across the street, so some of you may see this twice..
ACRONYMS & TERMS
BBT = Be Back Tomorrow
BOB = Beginnerís Only Block (swap)
BOM = Block of the Month
Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares
Charms = Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
COC = cream on cream
CT = Connecting Threads
D4P = Double four patch
D9P = Disappearing Nine Patch
DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband
DIC = Double Irish Chain
Dimes = 10" squares
DIY = Do it yourself
DSM = domestic sewing machine
DWR = Double Wedding Ring
EPP = English Paper Piecing
EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, and now EQ7)
F8/FE = Fat Eighth
FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
FFO = Finally Finished Object
FIU = Finish It Up
FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted
FM = free motion quilting
FQ = Fat Quarter
Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)
FW = Featherweight
FW = fusible web, no brand specific
GF = girl friend or God forbid or Grandmother's Fan
GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden
HP = hand piecing
HQ = hand quilting
HST = Half square triangle
HSY = Haven't Started Yet (pronounced hussy)
Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set
KWIM = Know what I mean
LA = LongArmer, professional machine quilter
LAQ = Long Arm Quilter
LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine
LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!
LMBO = Laughing my butt off!
LOL = Laugh out loud
LQS = Local Quilt Shop
MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
Nickles = 5" squares
Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric
NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT)
OBW = One Block Wonder
OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy
PFD = fabric that is Prepared For Dyeing
PHD = Project Half Done
PIF= pay it forward ó sending something to someone--- cause it feels good! Free, or for postage only.
PIGs = Project In a Grocery Sack
PIPS = projects in process
PITS = Project In Totes
PIW = project in waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)
PP = paper piecing
QIMM = Quilts in My Mind
QOTD = Question of the day, Quick off topic discussion or quilting off topic discussion
QR = Quilt Related
QST= Quarter Square Triangles
Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy
RR = Round Robin
SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine
SaS = Steam a Seam
SEX = Stash Enhancement EXperience (or eXcursion)
SID = stitch-in-the-ditch quilting
Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them
SnW = Stack and Whack
SQ = Simply Quilts
Squishie = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)
STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
TBQ = To Be Quilted
TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
TIC = Triple Irish Chain
TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust
TOT = Tone On Tone
TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group/WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.
UFO = UnFinished Object
USO = UnStarted Object
VIP = Very Important Project
WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
WIMM = Work in my mind
WIP = Work in progress
WISP = Work In Slow Progress
WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress
WIWMI = Wish It Would Make Itself
WOA = Work of art
WOF = Width of Fabric
WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
WOW = White On White
WWIT = What Was I Thinking
xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild
YBR = yellow brick road
YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle
just wondering... if you are joining strips for sashing to add in between columns (top to bottom rows), do you just butt them together in a seam or do at an angle like bias? This Shadowbox calls for long sashing strips between vertical rows, I'm using a tone on tone, but not sure how to join
I have usually just sewn straight seams to join pieces for sashing. I try not to ever need long strips of sashing, though.
If I sew the sashing and cornerstones to the individual blocks, I don't have to deal with those dang strips that go for miles. Much easier to handle.
Plus, with some fabrics it shows up immediately that there are long strips with no piecing in one direction and only short pieces in the other direction. Having all the sashing cut and applied alike to the individual blocks avoids that and keeps a consistent look across the whole quilt top. :)
I thought about that before I started, but this is the first pattern I've done that has vertical rows. The black and light framing strips are sewn to the box strip, the resulting blocks are sewn together in vertical rows, then the light sashing strips are added between rows and then around the joined rows as the first inner border..
If I add the sashing to each box, then I'll have lots of joining seams within the sashing rows..?
yup one piece...you need to get yardage...long enough for the length of the quilt, and cut the longest pieces first.. shorter pieces then could be cut remaining width of fabric...
if I have to join pieces for borders, I butt sometimes, and angle sometimes...I know not much help...depends on the fabrics, and the quilt pattern...I try to pick which one I think will end up looking better??!!
Thanks ladies! Guess that means another trip back to the LQS for another piece of fabric... That was the reason I only cut for one quilt at a time, even though they're all going to be the same pattern for all the kids. The first one is the 'learner', the rest will be easier!
Kizmo, I'm going to do long strips... I try to cut sashing and borders first thing when I start a Q. That way, THEY"RE DONE!!! by the time I'm ready for them, I'm usually a bit tired, for some reason, and having them cut helps as well as helps that I make sure that I haven't used too much that I don't have enough left over (did that once). If I were to piece, I'd go with a straight seam as all the seams are straight (there's no angular pieces), so it would be uniform.
Since I've made so many trips to the LQS already for these, I re-read the instructions on this one, and it does say to butt joint the long strips to fit the length of the quilt. So... this first one will be that way, as I already had the strips cut when I posted the question. Plus the marble-y print on the light Veranda fabric sort of hides the seam in the print, thank goodness. These quilts are adding up in $$, so I'll finish this one, then the other ones I can start fresh when I get to the light background strips...
Thanks for all the suggestions, it sure is nice to have back-up when you need it!!
For those of you that have embroidery machines, do they use regular thread! I am going to help my son buy his girlfriend an embroidery machine for Christmas, and I don't know what type of thread to buy? Thanks for any advice.
Linda Check on Ebay , there seems to be some good deals on large packages, some with free shipping and racks. Choices seem to be Rayon or Poly. I think the Poly is stronger, not an expert by any means. I would think they would be a good choice for learning practice.
I love Thread Art thread. I have a couple dozen spools of rayon, but I don't like to use it. It becomes brittle with few launderings and ironing melts it.
Polyester threads aren't quite as shiny as the rayon, but the colors and shine are permanent and you can press with a medium iron with no trouble. I use it for free-motion quilting as well as embroidery. :)
thought I'd post a pic of Mom from this weekend, she and Charlie were at a local tavern/dance, complete with a bikini contest for the young girls... one was 6 mo. pregnant - but I won't post those! LOL
OK, one down, 2 to go... this is for my oldest son. The orange windows toward the top of the pic are more true colors. I have a difficult time taking pics of something this size as I have room issues.. LOL The sashing and inner border is a creamy sage green
Thanks, I'm happy with it.. He picked out a Tree of Life pattern from Keepsake, I think (hopefully) more for the colors than the pattern. It has tons of little pieces, and there was no way I could get that one finished unless it was the only project.. So we picked out colors that matched the ones shown and thanks to Qwilter, I found the Shadowbox pattern. As soon as I get the other two, I can go out to the LQS and get the backing for them. Fortunately she has a big selection of 108" in lots of colors and patterns..
I really like that orange print, it sort of grows on me the more I see it..
The blocks are not my design, saw a tutorial (sp) on youtube. Pretty easy, you make 2 blocks, lay them face to face, draw a diagonial line, sew on each side of the line, cut on the line, and you get two new blocks. I want to try it with a star block, I think.
I have this posted in the other building also, but for those of you who don't visit there, I'm looking for some opinions on color combos for my second quilt... I hate to make 3 different postings here, but since DG can't manage to help us load more than one pic to our posts...
Original colors: dk purple, dk mauve, green - all pulled from the Abstract fabric. Using the same pattern as my first one above, with cream and black framing/sashing. Outer border on this one will be the dk purple:
1 then 3 then 2 all are lovely, I am a green person , and I think the green makes the "wave / grassy" fabric look more vibrant !!
and you know how I feel about bright!! just the blue, makes the whole thing look darker IMHO...which could be a good thing, if you are looking for that..
catbird -- could you post the youtube for this quilt? I loveit. Just can't wrap my head around it tonight and figure it out -- can't be cause it is 2 in the morning and I'm nursing a cramping foot!
Kismo -- your quilts are breathtaking.
I'm wishing I didn't have so many quilts on the drawing board now, so I could put these two ideas to use.
Tomorrow we leave for a cross country drive -- thinking about taking one of my quilts to hand sew the binding on while traveling. Still haven't figured out if it will be too bulky in the front seat with me -- then wondering if I really care.
binding on a quilt is a fantastic way to spend miles while traveling :) I have done it many times just be careful with your pins and needles!!! my poor DH got one in his Butt once :( lets just say he was not Happy with me !!!
Awww Marion, hope your mom makes a good recovery. Coughing does help to clear the lungs.
I'm diabetic so if I drop a pin, I immediately stop what I'm doing and find it. My friend lost her leg over stepping on a tack.
Marion, safe travels..your mom certainly has had a time of it!
I've been plugging along on the 3 12Month of Christmas quilts..on third insert then it's setting the sides..sure am trying to have them done by end November..guess its possible if I find all your energy
If it were me, I wouldn't want the charms to take away from the center. You have done sooo much work there. I guess I am a traditionalist. I would do a narrow gold border, then a bit wider red border and finish with a wider still dark green border. I really don't like light colors on the borders as they can get dirty so easily. I would use prints that read as solids... Just my opinion...
you may regret asking...you know you are gonna get a bunch of suggestions..and it will be still hard to decide!!! LOL
I like both Barb's thought, and Laura's.
now here is mine... If you have, or can find a snowflake design fabric, in a light color...and I think just about any color would work, blues, reds, greens, beige's, as long as they are on the light side. And I would probably cut it at about three inches, to finish at 2 1/2 wide...just enough to make a nice frame around the panels.
then take those charm squares, and cut each one in half !!! yes I know more work!! but I think they would not be "overpowering" that way. Mix them all up and sew together again, along with some pieces of fabrics already in the quilt, to make enough to go all the way around...and as I love greens, I would probably bind in a green. possibly with a Christmas design on it ?? not sure there...I would have to preview some. Red binding would look very good also, same thing there, maybe in a Christmas print??
I agree, I think borders from tonal/marble/blender fabrics in coordinating colors would make the center designs stand out. More Charm fabrics would make it too busy? Solids would draw the eye to all of your hard work in the center... You could maybe put Charms in each corner for cornerstones and tie it all together...