Not sure where this post went but I thought I had it here. Anyway, Moving right along with my first quilt.
I have all the 12 blocks done and I'm beginning to attach them to the inner border. Then there is an outer border then the binding
Its going to be a pretty bit quilt by the time all the borders and binding get attached. The two pieces actually line up on the last pic but its just twisted.
There are 3 more rows to add then the borders.
Jan, that is going to be gorgeous. And I'm happy to see you took the time to make your points and corners meet where they should. So many first quilters rush through it, are not satisfied with the result and then never try again. Taking the time, every time, is what makes it so stunning... I'm really proud of your accomplishment!!! Are you going to quilt it yourself or have it done by a long armer? And what have you chosen for a batting and backing? I know - I'm so nosy - but the quilt is stunning and I am curious!!!!
Jan - the fabrics btwn the blocks are the "sashings". Then the "borders" go around the outside. The squares where 4 sashings meet are the "cornerstones".
I'm with Barb, you did a wonderful job. I know folks who have been piecing for years & still can't figure out how to get sharp corners.
Thank you Qwilter, not sure how to refer to all the extras. I appreciate the advice and info.
Barb, not sure about how I am going to quilt it as there is a very reasonable long arm quilter lady that lives just above the quilt store so I may have her do it as I really don't have the room to do it here. I am going to use Warm and Natural batting and I have a nice flannel sheet that I am planning on using for the backing but I may change that when I get the top all done. Depends on the size sort of. I think this is going to be big enough to fit a queen size bed when it is done. eheheh.
I am so excited that all the corners matched up and there are a few of the flying geese that don't connect on the rectangle and with the fabric I was using, a vintage toile it was hard to get a good variation and accurate placement for all the pieces.
I am getting excited about my next quilt already. Not sure what I am going to do but hopefully it will be better then this one. I am thinking I will get it together with my log cabin blocks. Still working on that.
Thank you all for your kudos
Made my day
As long as it is a good quality, 100% cotton sheet, no problem. Need to avoid those silky ones with a very high thread count. They are too "limp" and a real pain to try & get on the long arm.
Flannel sheets work great.
I am so flipping excited. I just added the second row and everything matched up perfectly. Yee Haw! ! ! OMG... now that I have been bitten by the quilting bug I absolutely need to get rid of the extra bed in my spare room as in the 6 years we have lived here it has only been used 3 times, I think they could use the couch if need be. I need more room. hehehe
OH ya!! We gotta another ADDICT!!! My Best friend gave me a flannel sheet sheet set that was better quality than any yardage I've ever handled, I would not hesitate to use THAT fabric. Like was said earlier, it all depends on the quality of the fabric. With your craft experience, I am NOT at all surprised your work matches first time out of the chute!
Heck, if you only used the bed 3 times, for that little of use, a motel is good option! I wish I could free up room that easily.
I love using cotton sheets for quilt backings and especially flannel sheets. I watch for sets I like on sale. I use the flat sheet for the backing and then give them the bottom sheet and pillow cases so it makes a set. Early spring is the best time to buy flannel sheets, the price is right.
I don't know how but I ended up with one extra block. How cool is that? I can make a sham to go with it. heheh or a little pillow.
I sort of freaked out and went back to make sure I hadn't done something weird and missed a block somewhere but that was just impossible. ehehe
Okay, I am hand quilting using an echo stitch vs stitching in the ditch. I have everything all safety pinned together and have started my stitching.I fear this is going to take me a long time. I would do it on my sewing machine but everything is so bulky I can't figure out how to move it around so I have resorted to doing it by hand. Wish me luck.
Jan = just remember to start in the center of the quilt and work out toward the edges. I usually do two or three inches wide and then check to see if the backing or front needs to be smoothed toward the edge some more. Usually does. I try hard to avoid a lot of looseness ...Guess I just don't pin close enough or something...
Edited to add: I can't wait to see how it comes out...
WHOOPS, good thing I read this. I started at the top and was going to work my way down. I haven't done too much so I can take it out if it doesn't match up. Its just so big. I am trying to figure out how to hold it to start in the center. I guess I will figure it out. eheh
They sell plastic & metal "U' shaped gizmos. You roll the quilt then slip the "U" over to hold it in place.
You really need to keep the section you are working on flat or your stitches won't be lying flat. The goal is needle straight down, across the scant bit, then straight up.
Now back to doing it by machine... You use the "U" shaped gizmos mentioned above to roll up the quilt. And a Walking Foot if you do not have a machine that can be set for "free motion". And again you start in the middle and work out so no more then 1/2 is ever under the throat plate. It can be tight, but I've done a queen size on my machine. It also helps to set up a couple extra tables around the machine to hold the weight of the quilt. My machine sat in a sewing table. I'd pull it out from the wall and put a folding table behind and then put another table in front & to the left to hold the weight of that side of the quilt. And this is not a fast process. Your arms & shoulders will get tired from maneuvering the weight & pushing the fabric thru the machine. I was never able to quilt for more than 2 hrs at a sitting.
Thank for the info. I am rethinking this and I might go get some wood slats and make my self a frame that I can roll it up on and tack it to. I remember way way WAY back when I went to a quilting bee there was something similar to that with four clamps, one in each corner. It could be rolled up when not being stitched on. I have some of those plastic tubes but not sure how I can fit it under my presser foot.I need to think though this. I tried doing it in my lap, starting again from the center and that was really bulky and a challenge so then I got a large embroidery hoop but that made it too tight to put stitch through as my fingers just don't seem to want to push the needle up and down like it should. Errrr... that long arm quilter is sounding better all the time. heheh. She has a shop over the quilt shop.
If you lap quilt it on a hoop then place the quilt on a flat surface and push down in the center to loosen the section. This will make the tension loose enough to needle up and down correctly.
I took my most recent piece off the frame yesterday. Otherwise I'd have photos to show. My older frame is a pair of saw horses with notches along the top to accommodate 2"x2" rails. The 2" rails have strips of fabric attached with heavy duty staples and then the basted quilt layers are basted with a long sculpture needle or pinned every few inches with safety pins onto those strips. I can roll the quilt in two inch increments and the tension is good because of the square rails. Large quilts can be pulled off the frame, rolled up and easily stored. The downside is the sawhorses take over a space.
SO made me a couple of portable frames where the rails are 1" dowels with fabric strips attached. The stretchers are 1"x2" with 1" slots drilled for the dowels. There are four small holes drilled around the circumference near the dowels' ends and a hole through the 1" side if the 1"x2" that aligns with the dowels. Four 16 penny nails serve as a stop pins. Each time I advance the quilt I remove the nails, roll the quilt and reset. I can either put this frame on a stand or suspend it by sturdy cord (in this case bootlaces) from chairs.
I have always started quilts on a frame. Sometimes I'll quilt the piece at three to four inch intervals on the frame then remove the quilt to a hoop to add stitching. Quilting on a frame is more difficult because you are stitching in all directions whereas on a hoop you turn the hoop and position the piece towards yourself.
Well, right now I have it rolled up on both ends and have it on my ironing board lowered so I can sit in a chair and do it. I don't have any tension though so I think I like the saw horses and 2x2" boards. Can you possibly take a couple of pics of the frames you are talking about, I like the idea of the dowels too. ??? so many???
if you are going to get into hand quilting in a serious way...this is a grace frame, I have one and I love it. it was pricey, but well worth it. I keep it in my front hallway, we rarely use the front door, and there is enough room to sit at the frame, and someone could still walk by if need be.
I also have a few different size hoops. if you use these you need to have quilt in there looser than you would put ...say a piece to embroider...
and I also have a very old frame similar to this http://www.quilting-tidbits.com/quilt-frames.html pretty easy to put together, you could make feet for it, or put on top of chairs...can be stood on edge, behind couch, to get it out of the way, I always wanted to hang it from the ceiling on some pulleys , crank it up when not in use??!!
I remember using one similar to the boards and chairs when I went to a quiliting bee when I first got married back in 67. Holy crap, that was a long time ago. hehehe. I like the looks of the Grace frame. I will have to check them out. See if I can afford to save up for one. Thank you so much for the info.
/Yep, I knew I had good taste. The Grace frames run between $300-$400. I do really like them and the way they can be folded up and put away. I will have to check and see if I can find a used one somewhere.
I will be happy to share photos of what I've got. Give me a day or two. I have spent a fair amount of time looking for used Grace frames like the one Thunder posted. No luck. I'm a little wary of its stability with a large piece like a queen size quilt. BTW, that is the largest size the frame can handle. Thunder, have you done anything that big on your frame?
Maybe stop quilting for a few days until you decide on how to tension your piece or use the hoop with slack. I'll post photos ASAP. Stitching without the tension needed to go directly up and down = a running stitch not a quilting stitch. The quilt sandwich will be joined but the effect is different.
Hand quilting is growing in popularity too so good quality rectangular frames or antique hoop stand frames are like hens' teeth.
Okay, I put my quilt away till I can figure out how I am going to do this. Don't make me wait too long or I may get distracted and do something else. I really hated to put it away but I want to do it right.
I know that up and down is the quilting stitch but it is difficult with out having an open area to do it.
Thunder, well I assume you were satisfied since you didn't say otherwise. It looks like a good frame and is why I have had an interest. Whatever frame you use there are always advantages and disadvantages. An advantage of a three roller frame is you don't have to baste. The disadvantage is that once it is on the frame it needs to stay there so you're stuck for a frame if you want to work on another piece.
Just out of curiosity, I looked on Ebay for hand quilting frames. The selection seems pretty good. So you know I have dealt with Allbrands in the past and have been very satisfied with their prices and their service.
I love my frame, it is an older version, so it does not tilt as much as I think the newer ones do...but I think it is wonderful, I also think I can do a king size on it. it is very wide. when it was purchased, we could have also purchased smaller boards for it; to be able to do a crib quilt. at the time I did not think that was necessary. wish now I got them. I do not think they are available anymore. of course would be easy enough to just get some wood and make them...hmmm may be a good project for the hubs come new years...
Well, I like the shed price the best and if I can get them to cut me the length of pieces I need at the lumber yard I can do the rest. Not sure I understand the third horizontal piece. I have the chairs and I suppose I can set it up in the studio someway so that I can still move around.
What makes me curious is it says that now that I have this made I am ready to baste my quilt. I don't want to baste it I want to quilt it. Geez. this is getting really technical. I hope the second one is easier.
depending on how you are quilting you need to baste your layers together, big stitches with thread, safety pins, spray basting...
making the quilt sandwich. holding the layers together so that you can quilt them. back of quilt - batting - top of quilt
on a rack like mine with three rails, you don't need to baste. all pieces connect to the front rail , backing connects to the middle rail, and then batting and quilt top connect to the third rail. the bulk of all is rolled onto the 2nd and 3rd rails, and you roll it onto the front rail as you quilt.
The racks that allow you to roll the various layers do not require pre-basting. But, once on the frame, they usually remain there till you are done. Much effort to un-do and then put back on.
Like a long-arm, you get a certain "throat space" depending on how far apart the top & bottom rail are. Do that space, then roll all the layers up & start on the next area.
Throat space. I guess I will understand that when I get that far. Going to the lumber yard today. Got to make my list.
1) 5 - 1 1/4 x 3/4 10' lengths or 2x2's Which would be better.
2) 6- 2' x 3/16" bolts w/washers and wing nuts
3) can of polyurethane
4) 30 or 40 bull dog clips, I fear these may be spendy can I use something else?
5)I think I have a drill for the holes.
Okay, ready? Jean will tell you it might be advisable to take Tylenol before reading one of my explanations. I'll get to share a few UFO's while at it.
This first one is the sawhorse frame. It originally had notches on the farthest ends only and was not rounded off. I kept stabbing myself on the edges. The extra notches accommodate smaller quilts. The rails shown are eight feet long. The notched wood is a four foot piece of 2"x"6.
Your batting and backing should extend beyond your quilt because they will shorten up in the quilting process. The larger the quilt the more extra backing and batting should be added.
Edited to add that you will need side to side tension as well as top and bottom. That is another story and not difficult to take care of.
This is another UFO, an applique, embroidery and quilted piece. Note that it is rolled with the bottom side out. That's to keep light and dust off the unfinished piece. If you have a piece on the frame you should always cover it when you leave the work to keep dust and light off. In embroidery pieces we even cover the sections we are not working on while we stitch.
Between the two posts you should be able to see lots of basting. The quality and distance of the stitches is not very important. Some people use a box method of vertical and horizontal lines and some use a radial method like spokes of a wheel. I lay the piece on a large table and use a soft sculpture needle to baste. I take the biggest stitches possible. A big quilt can take days to baste but that's my preferred way to keep layers from shifting. My issue with pin basting is if your piece ends up a UFO for a long time the pins might rust in the piece. I don't use spray basting because I don't want any chemicals on my quilts. Just me. Basting is a good way to get rid of aged thread, cheap thread or weird colors.
Here is one of two portable roller frames. The first photo shows the fabric thumbtacked to one of two 48" dowels. That required a hammer and I bent a lot of tacks. The other end is pressed in and there are safety pins to attach the quilt. The fabric needs to be sturdy and applied straight so your quilt is not out of square when you attach it. The two side pieces are 20" long. The holes to seat the dowels were made with a 1" Forstner bit. SO used the bit on a drill press but he says you can do it with a drill. He cut the nails and sanded the ends. You can see the holes where the nails go through in photo three. The distance between the two holes is 17" at the center of the holes.
The quilts on this frame can easily be removed and stored but because the frame is small it is easy to store with the quilt on or travel with the piece. The limitation of this frame is finding dowels larger than four feet. Guess you could move up to closet rods.
Hope this answers some questions and gives you some ideas.
Barb, thanks so much. You know, you folks are the real experts here. I am just the pioneer woman of needlework. I wish my hands worked the way the used to. :) I think the stitching actually helps even though I do have days where I am sore.
Thunder, there are things I'd change with both frames. These might give you ideas to improve upon. Mine were made mostly with scrap materials in SO's wood collection. I can hang the second frame from the sawhorses by tying it on but I'd like to have something more scaled down. When I suspend that frame by laces I can raise or lower it depending on what I use for seating. I'd like to do a more sophisticated design but as long as I can keep stitching all is good. The goal is design for stands that is light weight, portable and easy to store. I hang the small frames from chairs and have also hung them from two pedestals that were former cat scratching posts. We are now out of the cat business. The small frame can suspend from whatever is handy.
Didnt read all above but I bought the Flynn machine quilting frame which takes no room at all and I know you hand quilt..theflynn also has a stand that allows hand quilting..takes no room at all and holds the quilt for easy quiltimg
I have used the Qsnap frames for Cross stitch but not sure how the larger one would work. I am also considering making something for PVC pipe and corner pieces that just snap onto the sides and ends. I figured I could take and cover the two end pieces with fabric that is attached by either staple or glue and then I can pin my quilt to the fabric and then roll and unroll as I need it. The two side pieces don't have to be too long as I will be rolling and unrolling as I go. I can set that on chairs also. Does this sound like a workable frame???
I can't envision it but if it seems affordable and doable give it a try. The rails on the frame need to be as wide as the narrowest side of the quilt plus extra inches to seat the frame. After all, you can't fold the quilt over while you're quilting on a frame and if you drape a portion over one side the quilt will not be properly "framed up", hence the layers might warp. I know PVC frames exist and their weight and ability to come apart easily seems a great bonus but I don't understand how the PVC is rigid enough to hold a large piece without some warp. I just can't say with any knowledge.
When you are hand quilting, how do you keep your stitches lined up so straight. I mean, well you put the needle down through the layers and without looking you are suppose to come up right next to the stitch you just made. I know this sounds stupid but maybe I'm just not that coordinated as my stitches want to come back up to the side or too far in front. I know that there must be a special tip for this.
PRACTICE, practice, and more PRACTICE!!!! You sort of guide where the needle comes back up using the finger on the top side - the finger w/out the thimble on it.
If you are quilting straight lines, you can get narrow tape to lay on the top side. The needle will take the path of least resistance and follow the edge of the tape.
Jan, look at this video...not perfect, but a decent example of doing the quilting stitch. I own one of the needle threaders, it is great. when I am going to sit for awhile and do a bunch of stitching, I thread 5 or 6 needles. sew i can stitch away...
although I think this light looks pretty nifty, I prefer my ott light. I can situate it so my hand does not make a shadow on my quilt.
I actually signed up for that hand quilting class, plus two more classes, on Christmas Day. Ive always wanted to do it, but thought since I know I would never finish a whole quilt, why learn. Wall hangings was the answer. I have not started it yet, but it says you can access it forever.
I dont know what got into my that I signed up for those. It was Christmas night, we had just gotten back from Melbourne, my eyes were laying on the desk I was so tired, and up popped those classes. It said they were on sale for that price till the end of the day and I just went for it. After just watching that you tube video Im not sure I would have done it. How can something be pleasant that looks to tear up your thumb. I dont know, but Ill soon find out. :-)
barefootT, that is exactly what I was looking for. How to do the short tight stitches. I have to get one of those thimbles too. I just found one in a catalog so I am going to order one. I may check up at our local quilt store first to see if she has them. They light is great too. I can never seem to get just the right lighting. Thanks that was a great help.
All of you have helped me so much. I think that quilting is a good thing if you aren't in a hurry. I have plenty of time and its very soothing to me but I was having problems getting that rocking motion in my stitches. They kept coming out too long.
Oh, and that needle threader, OMG I have to have one of those. If anything makes me more crazy it is not being able to get my blankety blank needles threaded. Even with my new glasses I can hardly get it done. Makes me so frustrated I want to throw the spool and needle across the room. heheh
Nancy's Notions page77 Early Winter 2013 catalog
Its a Thimble set. you get a leather thimble and a rubber thimble with a metal ridge tip with divits for $14.99
Want to fing that needle threader though. That is a must have.
People, people, people... how can I expect to make and keep a resolution to reduce debt with all this "help"??? LOL
I have made a list of questions for ME when I am tempted to purchase fabric:
Is it for a project that I am working on CURRENTLY?
Do I have something ALREADY that I could get by with?
If not, can I, or should I, switch a project that I aready have started and HAVE all the stuff for??
Early in the year I was doing SOooooooooo good about not buying fabric and last few months I've gone a little CRAZY! 40% with additional $ off is NO reason to purchase more stash. NOT right now.
Pat - Oh, NO!!!!! And here I was thinking by shopping at the great sales I was helping to stimulate the economy!!!! Remember - fabric does not spoil. It will eventually be used for something FABULOUS!!!!
Just got an email from LQS that has been closed for the holidays. She is having 30% off all fabrics tomorrow. Guess I will have to go up & wish her a Happy New year (and stimulate the economy a bit)!!!!
I am only buying fabric to do charity pillowcases. Ive come to the conclusion, if its just for me, Ill never finish it. I want to do some of Barbs crayon bags for the Childrens Home Society as well. Any ideas welcome.
Checking back here and see there's been a lot of advice posted. I started reading when you borrowed the PVC frame. How did that work out? Personally, I couldn't position my hands to comfortably quilt over the fat rail. That must be the size needed to stabilize the rest of the frame and the rails.
Regarding stitches...practice is very important but there's a lot to it that is out of your control unless certain choices are made in the beginning. There are even weave fabrics where the warp and weft are equal in thread count and you are working on something that is like miniature cross stitch fabric. This is best for stitching but does not allow you freedom of pattern choices. The uneven thread count between the vertical vs. the horizontal weave in most fabrics makes for differences in stitch. If you have more threads running in one direction than the other your stitches cannot be the same on the vertical than the horizontal. Corners and seams are other variables.
How many stitches are you stacking? Stacking at least three stitches will give you straighter lines. If you are running down seam lines yo might only get two. Sometimes I have to stab stitch corners but I try to avoid this if possible. Seams and corners are when I break a lot of needles.
What brand and size needles are you using? That can make a difference. Each hand quilter finds needles and sizes that work best for them. I am always testing new needles. Sometimes what's best for one project is not best for another.
Hand stitchers don't always (usually, lol) agree about the size stitch that look best. I can quilt tiny stitches but then they don't show up as part of the design on the quilt. I prefer stitches that compliment the piece; sometimes big and sometimes small. There are a lot of videos that show a miniscule top stitch and then a large space. Ideally stitch space should be equal to stitch length. Then again, the fabric, seams, backing and batting have a lot to do with what is possible.
Decided I didn't like the large PVC frame and I am back with my large hoop. That seems to be the easiest for me to maneuver .
If I understand right, stacking, I am doing two stitches at a time. Anymore and I can't pull it through. I am using the rocking motion where as my needle goes straight down just till I feel the point then back up through the layers. Not sure if you can tell from these pics but this is my hand stitching, how is that looking?
I got some of those leather finger pads like the little metal ones but they seem to be working out okay, better then the big thimble.
Try these for pulling your needles. http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=3052 They are available at many big and small fabric stores. I mark mine with colored markers because they seem to get lost easily. You can cut your own if you can find those jar twisters that are thin and solid rubber and not the ones that are foam with holes.
I have two pairs of hemostats. One has its tips wrapped in masking tape to keep from damaging the needle when I need to pull and the rubber grabber doesn't work. The other is for when I break a needle and need to scrunch the fabric to grab the broken piece. Kind of like splinter removal. My hemostats were gifts from doctors I've worked with but some quilt stores carry them or you can get them on line. Really the tools you need are not expensive.
Buy a few types of needles and put them next to each other. I use ten betweens for mixed fabrics and twelve betweens for finer fabrics. I might just stick with tens in the future as twelves are thinner and break so easily. Observe the length, the points and see how long they last before breaking. Alternate one needle with the other to compare drag on the needle. You will begin to notice some brands slide better, some have points that stay sharper longer and some are more sturdy. Even though needles are listed as the same size they are not exactly. There are small differences in needle lengths which may make a difference in your stitching. Generally, the shorter the needle the easier it is to stack because you don't have as much needle length to move through the fabric.
My advice would be to stick to the hoop. It's really the most versatile way to quilt solo. You may want to reconsider a frame or a hoop stand when the weather gets warmer and you don't want the piece in your lap. At that point you will have the experience to make a more informed decision.
I bought some of the little leather pads as they did't have the ones with the metal disks so I am going to order them. I have a pair of old rubber gloves that I cut the fingers out of and use to pull the needle through.
By stacking are you saying how many stitches you have on your needle? I think I am understanding that.
Thank you all for the great suggestions. They are truly helping immensely.
I have my little metal disc thimbles and my needle threader on order. Yea, Moving right along.
Does anyone have any great Hawaiian Patterns. My daughter wants a Hawaiian quilt and when she was a little girl my Ex-MIL gave me a beautiful Hawaiian Quilt the eventually fell apart as it laid under a bright sunny window that faded and basically destroyed this wonderful quilt. Not being too wise at that time, I had no idea what sunlight can do to fabric and wonderful quilts. I am kicking myself now but that was many many moon ago.
So I would really love to see some Hawaiian flower patterns to make a quilt. ;-}
Jean, are you stab stitching if the needle is under the fabric?
I used to use leather ring thimbles with flexible plastic but after having needles go through the leather, as well as the plastic, I cut tiny strips of gutter guard and put that under the leather. They allow for proper pushing because you use the side of your finger. http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/tacony-CL612.php?catargetid=1683400480&gclid=CLfIopm2zLQCFRRbnAod1WkAsA I've switched back to regular metal thimbles with the grids on the tip. They seem more comfortable these days. Not the ones with the dimples on the tips because they have rounded tips that slip. I use both medium and large ones and shift from middle finger to ring finger.
Yes, stacking means to have several stitches on the needle at once. The objective is to get three or four. Usually the first stitch is larger. One goal is to minimize the size of the first stitch. Another is to minimize the number of first stitches.
Sorry, we crossed. I think the easiest way to learn is on a frame but the most reasonable way to learn is with a hoop. Also, a hoop makes the piece super portable. Whether you use a hoop or a frame the fabric is not stretched, just kept together evenly. You learn to balance the hoop in your lap while both hands are free to stitch. Get at least a fourteen inch hoop. I think mine are sixteens. When you take your piece off the hoop try to make as few folds as possible and roll the piece to transport or store.
Coming from a newbie, I have tried both and the hoop is my preference as it is much more portable and easier to manipulate as far as turning so that I can have my stitches coming towards me. Not sure if that is the way it is suppose to be done but it works much better for me to have my needle moving towards me then to the side or away from me. I seem to have more control.
Are you wanting HI applique patterns??? I have a ton of them for 18" blocks.
D-mail me for any particular flower/pattern you are wanting. Got most of my patterns for the 80+ yo woman who taught the class I took.
Oh Gosh, I don't know what the flower patterns are, I just know that I really like some that I have seen. I like the pineapple too. The Plumeria and Anthurium are pretty too but I don't have any particular choices.
OMG, how did I ever get along with out this awesome tool. I do believe that God had a hand in creating this. I can thread a needle with my eyes closed. Seriously. This is the best $12.50 I ever spent. Oh, and Thunder, I love, love, love my little metal thimble disc. It is so small and just so comfortable and does exactly what I needed it to do.
Thank you all for the awesome suggestions. Working on the outer blocks of my quilt now. Getting closer to border or Binding time. Woo Hoo.
Here are a few pics of my quilt so far. All of the light areas are stitched with I think its called an Echo stitch that goes outside of the ditch???? A whole lot of hand stitching.
I did one area by machine and I hated it. I have left it only because this is my learning quilt and believe me I am learning a lot as far as the sewing part goes.
I think it looks fantastic and you have learned so much. My embroidery teacher says every piece you do is your history and will reflect mistakes. But mistakes are a part of learning and learning is a strength, not a weakness. If you really can't live with something then change it, otherwise move on. This was a hard lesson for me. I was forever tearing out. Even to the point of damaging the fabric. Now I realize as I get older I'll probably not stitch better. I have learned to accept my work as my best at the time. I bet you've already noticed that some days you stitched great and some days not so much. Each day brings a different physical environment to your work. The weather or light has an effect. How stressed or relaxed you are will be reflected in your stitches. The best time to stitch is in the morning and in natural light but that is far from realistic for most of us.
I'll take a few pics of the wedding quilt section I am working on now. This one is going faster than the previous two. Maybe it's the crummy weather. I'm enjoying seeing another hand worked piece. Thanks for posting.
Someone posted some quilting terms somewhere but I can't find them. Can someone please explain this to me.
I am trying to cut a pattern using a 1/4 seam but not sure how to cut this. It sort of looks very similar to my flying geese that it did.
What is HST mean?
HST half square triangle you can cut two triangles and sew them together to make a square, or you can sew two squares together...
take two squares, place the lighter color on top, mark a diagonal line from one corner to opposite corner. sew 1/4 '' away on both sides of the line. then cut apart on the line.
you now will have two HST's
there is a math formula to make them with the two squares, to get the size you want. I think it is to add 7/8 to the size of square, so for above you would cut your squares 3 7/8ths...I just use 4''. and trim down to size .
you can also do a bunch from 2 strips of fabric , if you need many of same colors.
Thunder, you dont know of any good BOM people have for this year do you? Im started one last year that went July 2012 to 2013. I would like to get another one going along with it. I seem to do much better with BOM when it comes to finishing, and enjoying doing. I guess its because others are doing it along with you, and its fun to share and see others pictures.
Im terrible at HST, I know Pat loves them. I know it waste fabric, but I usually do them by the cheater method using two whole squares for one hst. Ive tried tiger tape, but that takes too long to line up and lay on. If I have to do alot, I go with the paper with the markings, and do in strips.
No need to use HST for flying geese.
Much easier to make the goose body a rectangle - always 2X as long as wide. Then for the corners, instead of HST, use squares that equal the width and sew on the diagonal.
Anytime you are working with a diagonal you run the risk of some unwanted stretching.
If you look at the sticky postings on the top of this forum, there should be examples of many of the sewing methods.
Okay gang. I am all done with the exception of the outside row around three sides. The rest has all been quilted. Whew ! !
Then all I need to do is to all the binding and I will be done. Baxter likes it except when he wants my attention then he hates it , hehehe
The I am moving on to a Hawaiian quilt for my daughter.
Oh thank you. I am excited to finish it so I can start on my next one.
Well Linda, I guess that she has changed her mind on the Hawaiian quilt, much to my pleasure. Whew!!! So... I am going to do something with batiks and any colors will be great. I am still working on a plan but if you have some that you want to part with I will gladly help and just figure out what you want to send and I will box up the gourd. If you want, I will go ahead and mail it to you so you can see how big it is. Its an awesome gourd and I think that if you were to add a coat of varnish or varathane to it you could do a small bead display like my Santa one.
I am going to start putting on the binding tomorrow. Then ...THEN... I am going to do a Hawaiian quilt. Woo Hoo. Now that is going to be a major accomplishment.
These are a few samples of the flowers I am going to use. I am going to make this into some pillows for myself. The colors for my daughters are more along the yellow lines.
Thanks to Taters55 I am going to have more then enough to complete my daughters quilt. It will all go on a light beige or light yellow backing.
I just have this basted on now comes the fun part, Needle embroidery. ewwww... hehehh Can't wait to start.
My other quilt is upstairs waiting for the first part of the binding which is machine stitched then hand stitched on the back side.
I am a glutton for punishment or a real addict. eheheh
How do you all prevent your thread from knotting while you are trying to sew. I am continuously trying to undo knots that are not planned. Its very frustrating. I switched to 100% cotton as I was told it was because it was a polyester blend???? Didn't make a bit of difference. I still get knots while I am trying to do all my detail hand stitching. ERRRRR...!!!!!!!
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Jan, are you hand sewing? If so, I have read to use shorter pieces of thread to avoid all the knots. It is a lot more work, to keep threading the needle, but it will help to avoid all those knots and breaking thread.
I have found that running the thread over bees wax helps. There is also a product called 'Thread Heaven' (if I remember right!) that helps prevent tangles. I also dangle the needle and thread after a bit if stitching to let it 'unwind'. And what Linda said about maybe shortening your thread. Are you using 'hand quilting' thread? It is a bit heavier and less likely to tangle.
Are you using quilting thread? I always specifically use hand quilting thread. It is a different weight and strand density than regular thread. Do not use quilting thread for machine quilting. It is way too thin to last after being repeatedly dragged through the layers of fabric. Also, Although I know many quilters use an 18" length, I don't exceed 12" for the same reason...the drag puts wear on your thread. As you quilt, rotate the needle with a twist between your fingers counter clockwise every few passes. This keeps the thread twisted in the same direction it is spun. One of the main reasons thread tangles is because it is becoming untwisted and is curling in on itself.
must tell you a story that happened over the weekend..
I had company doing placemats on Sunday, later when she left I thought I'd hand sew for a bit, was tired, still a bit under the weather re the 'flu'..
Came to the end of my thread, ahhh time to thread the needle, thought I had thread through the eye, pulled on thread, nope needed to thread it again..went to put the thread through the eye of the needle, thought I had it in and no go..did this about 15 times then thought ok, one more try..omg here rather than the long piece I had about a 2" piece, so the minute I would pull it through guess it would go straight thru and I'd think I hadn't put it in the eye...can't believe I was so patient
Goodness Betty! Now you must be channeling me. I did the exact same thing over and over again last week. Thought I was losing it because I don't even need glasses to thread tens or twelves. I've never done that trick before.
Yep -I like long threads, If there were a way to keep it on the spool and keep on sewing I'd do it.
My mother used to say " Langes Faedchen, faules Maedchen". Meaning "lazy girls use long threads" Yep that's me. Need to invest in the miracle needle threader by clover leaf...
The menonites at the quilt shop actually understand this. They use 36" threads for handquilting, they get paid by the yards of thread they use.
I bought one of the clover needle threaders and I don't know how I ever functioned with out it before. I had a feeling that it was because I was using too long of thread. Makes since. I do use the 100% cotton quilting thread so it must be because I have been using too long of thread. I will give that a try. Almost finished stitching the flower onto the backing then the fun begins with the echo quilting. Love the colors. I wish I could find some more of this particular color. It is by Benartex and is called fossil fern. I have been checking everywhere but it is an older production.
Linda, I love you. hehehe, I found the fabric there. You are awesome, what can I say. Just thank you thank you thank you so much.
My day yesterday was like being in lala land. I almost feel like I had a stroke or something. I felt very confused and had a hard time concentrating. I do feel better today. They are saying that what I have can be treated but I will always have it and it can hit at anytime. GREAT! ! ! It felt like the ground came out from under my feet and I was free falling. It was horrifying. Don't know how else to describe it.
Not sure I want to drive anymore. As long as I take the Valium I should be okay. Oh great, now I'm a druggy hehehe.
Life goes on and as long as I can sit and quilt or what ever I will be happy.
My dearest friend is back in the hospital, I am afraid she won't be coming home this time. They found her yesterday at home and she had ripped off her top and cut all the drain tubes they had to release fluids from around the tumor and she was extremely disoriented. I was too sick to even get off the couch so I called someone to go check on her,
I am praying that if she has chosen to stop treatments and let go and let God that she will go with out pain. My heart is breaking but I do understand. She has put up a long hard battle. Love you Linda Johnson.
If you are too afraid to look behind you, and too scared to look ahead. Look beside you and I will be there.
I just received news that my dear friend won't be coming home and will be going into a nursing care facility that will give her 24/7 care. This is just going to devastate her to the max. SHe is going to be so consumed with the loss of her dogs that if nothing else this will put her over the edge. Her other dear friend is going to take them for her. She is on Morphine right now so she is in and out and I really don't believe that it will be that long for her in this world.
Keep her in your thoughts and prayers please and make her passing an easy one.
Thank you all for your kind and generous thoughts.
I love you all
Yes, her daughter moved down from Washington and built a barn house right next door to her but in all sincerity, there seems to be a lack of showing emotion or love. I know she does but she claims she is like her father that way in the fact that she doesn't show a lot of emotion. She does have a huge amount on her plate with having to deal with her Moms home and it is big along with all of her belongings and her new business plus now they have to find a care facility for her to live in that is within the hospital region which is about 1 1/2 hrs from here. I have offered as has my dear sweet husband and all of her other friends and sister in law to help but her daughter needs a bit of space just now to absorb all that is happening. I do understand and feel bad that I am not able to do more just now.
Thanks again for all of the kindness and understanding. You are all so great. Thank God I have my Hawaiian blocks to work on to help me keep my sanity so to speak. Finished the one now on to the next. Haven't started the quilting part just the applique.
Isn't it wonderful the calmness that our handwork provides for us. We are able to sew along and let our minds go where they choose. Whether it is a happy or sad thought, we are able to have them in peace when we sew... We are truly blessed my friends with our work as we are with each other...God bless you Jan and know we are there with you...
I finished it. Yea !!! It only took me about a year. Not because I was working on it all the time but because I was working on my daughters Hawaiian quilt that is still a WIP. But check this out. I am so proud. It is my very first quilt, all hand quilted and the only machine stitching was on one side of the border and hum... I guess thats all, the rest is all hand stitched.I really love the vintage Santa fabric that I bought from a friend on FB.
Well, as some of you may know that my dear friend did pass away in March and two days later my Stepson had a massive heart attack and died also. It was a very difficult month for both my husband and I. We are now living in my dear friends house and I feel surrounded by her and her wonderful gardens and home. I miss her laughter and hugs but I still feel her presence.
Qwilter, my current project is my daughters Hawaiian Quilt which is a story unto itself. There is another posting for this but I will show you a picture of it so far. I am farther along than this but I need a hubby to hold it up and can't show you an updated version but its Queen size.