DARLING DAUGHTER’s Quilts

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These are the two quilts my daughter made for her girlfriends who are having babies this summer. She designed them herself after I taught her how to do a few simple techniques. She does pretty good and has improved a lot from the first quilt she made. She still does not sew a good quarter inch seam.. ..her blocks are usually off size but she square up her blocks and makes them fit. My big concern is her seams are often too small and I worry that they will fall apart. We have discussed it several times and I realize I just have to let it go … I am teaching her how to FMQ so I think someday she will realize for herself the importance of good workmanship and construction. I do not want to turn into the quilt police or turn her off of quilting by being critical… I really love the designs she comes up with as they are truly hers and she loves to just play with fabric. I have been backing off and letting her work it out for herself but try and be available when she does need the help….

WISH ME LUCK,
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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49: Book reviews and blathering / SHOW NOTES

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/ Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast

 

W.I.P … NURSE QUILT

… HEMMING MY PANT

DD HOME for end student teaching …. Making quilts … tops to be posted
14 minutes –Progress in her workmanship
Raiding the stash
MORE FMQ for me

8 minutes …… accentuate the negative book review

Gradation
15 min …. Reversal
16 min …. Interruption
17min…. negative form
19 min…. Piecing

22 min – - – books that teach me design principals and elements

SELF PORTRAIT of Nee Nee –design opportunities
33min – - guided Art project

Accentuate the NEGATIVE by T Price .. see previous blogs
Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachael May .. see previous blogs

29 min- – DD quilts with pictures …. Blathering on

38 min — – - DAISY’S POST CARD

43 MIN – - – Summer Post Card Exchange — Quilt Cabana
http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog QUILT CABANA BLOG
http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.comQUILT CABANA CORNER PODCAST SITE

 
46 min — Frances of OFF KILTER QUILT new young writer’s podcast

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts …. FRANCES DOWELL .. CREATIVE WRITING for YOUNG AUTHORS
49 min – - – Oakland County Quilt Show .. Few quilts posted
… concentrate on FMQ . . . . Link to Flickr post
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nonnie-q-d/
53 min – - – Trampoline

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QUILTING WITH A MODERN SLANT by RACHEL MAY

QUILTING WITH A MODERN SLANT by RACHEL MAY
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http://www.amazon.com/Quilting-Modern-Slant-Techniques-Inspiring/dp/1612120636 . . . RACHEL MAY: Quilting with a Modern Slant . . .

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1612120636/ref=tmm_pap_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&sr=&qid= . . . QUILTING WITH A MODERN SLANT by Rachel May …

This book is by Rachel May is a founding member of the MODERN QUILT GUILD and a PhD candidate in English and cultural studies with a focus on quilts and narratives. She started this book as her graduate thesis then turned it into a book. She features interviews with many of the new personalities ( as I call them QUILT DIVAS) discusses the on line quilting communities and blogs. In the 224 pages, in this book, Ms May explores many aspects of the modern quilt movement. I have many quilt books exploring the history of traditional, folk quilting and art quilting but this is one of the first books that I have read delving into how the modern quilt movement started. I do appreciate how Ms. May pays homage to earlier quilt movements.

This book includes some technique tutorials and a pattern or two from contributors to the book but this is not the main focus of the book. Ms May main focus is the on-line communication and blogs and the Modern Quilt community. As I read thru the book I google each of the bloggers listed and added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER. I look forward to following them in the future.

To peak your interest I am listing the chapters and just a few of the quilt personalities listed in this book:

1./ A SENSE of PLAY …. Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and Kathy Mack
2./ IMPROV( ISATIONAL) …. Nancy Crow and Denyse Schmidt
3./ The Personal is Political …. Betz White and Lee Heinrich
4./ Quilting from Tradition …. Pepper Cory and Katy Jones
5./ For the Love of Color …. Amy Butler, Elizabeth Hartman, Malka Dubrawsky
6./ Practicing Scales ….. Jane Sasserman, Valori Wells, Heather Grant
7./ Coming Full Circle …. Geta Grama, Sarah Fielke, Melony Miller

In GOODREADS I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars review. I always revisit the rating after I have had the book several month to update my review. I do think that if you want to understand the MODERN QUILT MOVEMENT this is a good book to start with. I will also update this blog post when I update the review on GOODREADS.
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Happy Quilting,
NONNIE
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A SELF PORTRAIT by my grandson… heading for a quilt in the future …

Nee Nee's  SELF PORTRAIT

Nee Nee’s SELF PORTRAIT

 

 

 

 

This is my grandson’s self portrait.  He made it in is guided art class in kindergarten.  I plan to use it in a quilt I will make for my grandson.   I plan to replicate it as an applique, date and identification.   I talk a little about it in an upcoming podcast.

My sister calls NeeNee a budding Michael Angelo !

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UP DATED PODCAST LIST… a couple of new sites too ! ! !

I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the podcaster.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  • 1/ RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog.
    2/ USE the various windows for that browser … SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET
    3/ Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
    4/ TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

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Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

PODCAST LINK > > > http://quilter.podbean.com/

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids….. Starting APRIL 2014 … loving it!

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND …..  new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

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HISTORY CHICKS…. my favorite history podcast …. take a listen

http://thehistorychicks.com/?cat=6 . . . MY FAVORITE HISTORY CHICKS HISTORY PODCAST ….

 

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

direct podcast link page

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

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Crafty Garden Mom …. YOU will find book reviews on this bloggers page.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com/

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

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Lazy Daisy Blog — looking for the RSS feed link

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com/

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

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PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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A J the QUILTING POT …. is back podcasting … BOY I missed her…

http://thequiltingpot.podbean.com

http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com

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Quilt Cast  / Amy’s Creative Side PODCAST ….. new 2013

http://amyscreativeside.com/category/podcast/

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SEWING MOM PODCAST  ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM PODCAST ….

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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

http://cvquiltworks.podbean.com/ … JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES …

 

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CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.com/

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MODERN SEWCIETY …. added new November 2013

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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WITH IN A QUARTER OF AN INCH . . . . She’ BACK

http://withinaquarterinch.com/home-page-static/

http://withinaquarterinch.com/podcast-2/

RSS : direct download link of her podcasts

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So you want to podcast … here is a good site to learn about podcasting .. from a professional …

 

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/…. AUDACITY to PODCAST …..

 

 BELOW ARE LISTED PODCASTERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASING NEW EPISODE RECENTLY …

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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com

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Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/category/podcast/episodes

Direct download of the podcast …

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History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE PLEASE BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION SO THAT I CAN UP DATE THE LIST.

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Updated on February 23, 2014.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.

ACCENTUATE the NEGATIVE …. my new design book

ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE: Making the most of Negative Space on Modern Quilts … by TRISCH PRICE …

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I initially thought this book was about FREE MOTION QUILTING… but it is so much more!  I goes into in depth explanation of using NEGATIVE SPACE effectively in your quilting.  I highly recommend it to those quilters who want to study design for quilting.                                                     

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I just got this book in the mail.  I had a previewed it at a sew-in I went to earlier this month.   I did not get the chance to read the entire book but I was enthralled by what I did read.  Ms Price several different NEGATIVE SPACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES: Gradation, Reversal, Interruption, Negative Form, Ghosting, and Piecing.   She supplies several quilts to demonstrate each of the techniques she explains. The picture of the quilts are great showing the entire quilt and close up of the free motion quilting.    The quilts have a definite MODERN ascetic and some of the quilts are improvisational, while others are of a more defined pattern.  Ms Price discusses how values and colors are used in modern quilting. 

This is one of the first books about modern quilting where more than patterns are given.  Ms Price’s book gives some of the first instructions in design principles of modern quilts.  There might be other books out there that give instruction in modern design ascetic but I have not found one.  Most of the books I have read are more pattern books without any in-depth design instruction.  For the instruction in this book I can recommend it if you want to learn how apply the principles of design to modern quilts.   I gave the book  4 stars in GoodReads but I will revisit my review per my habit after I have read thru it and apply what I learned. 

I do have one major complaint about the book, but it is directed at the publisher and many of the other publishers that print their books with small, grey hard to read fonts.   I resent that I have to use magnification to read a book… I feel they are trying to hide good information.     I personally think that publishers have no consideration for their readers.  They are trying so hard to be hip and trendy they forget to be considerate of their readers.   I try to safe guard my vision after all I need it for quilting. AND Yes, I will be writing the publisher and tell them what I think of their publishing practices. After all this blog is about rants and raves!

Happy  Quilting,

Nonnie

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BOOK REVIEW: THE MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK by Jenifer Dick

BOOK REVIEW:

MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK

THE MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK by Jenifer Dick

http://www.amazon.com/The-Modern-Appliqu%C3%A9-Workbook-Invisible/dp/1607057638 THE MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK

I bought this book on Amazon and the problem with Amazon is you cannot preview the book effectively.  When you buy from a local quilt shop you can flip thru the books and see what type of quilt patterns or technique is being taught.  YOU come away with a better idea of what you are paying for.  On Amazon you are buying a pig in the poke…. It can really get a surprise because you cannot tell what kind of projects are in the book.  To be honest (my bad) I went by the cover as I though those blocks were lovely.  I expected to have more quilts / projects in the same style.  Instead of MODERN STYLE of blocks that are done by applique I found a more FOLK ART style of projects. Motifs that I have seen for years … fish, baskets, hearts, birds, trees. To me the style of these motifs are more folk art then modern.   Are they modern motifs I am not entirely sure.  She does have some abstract quilt motifs of flying scattered triangles, a project with flames and another projects of circles.

What I do love about the book is the FMQ done by Angela Walters there are great close up pictures of the FMQ.  As a matter of fact I think some of the pictures of the FMQ in this book are better than in the books about FREE MOTION QUILTING.  I love the appliques that are quilted in the motifs.  The applique blocks that are not quilted in look kind of baggy to me…. The bigger the applique motif and the less quilting that is in the motif … the baggier it seems to me.  I have had this thought about all applique that does not have some FMQ or thread painting in it to tack it down with the background.  (THIS is my personal opinion it does not mean it is the correct way to do applique.  I think it is a matter of personal preference.)

Take into consideration when you read the review that I have at least 25 applique books that I have collected, read and used in the 8 years since I started learning to quilt.  I have been exposed to every APPLIQUE technique that exist and there is not a lot of new information in this book.  I however do not do a lot of applique.  I have read multiple books by Annie Smith, Mimi Dietich, Beth Ferrier, Elly Sienkiewicz, Sharon Pederson, Jane Townswick, Dilys Fronks, Bea Oglesby, Penny Haren, Janet Pittman  and several other quilt teachers.  (All motifs are pretty much traditional, Baltimore, folk art, and realistic or landscape. None of these are modern but then again they are much older books.)

This book, MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK, is picture heavy, in that there are a lots of pictures and visual explanation of the techniques and instructions. Jenifer does a good explanation of the various supplies you need and how to use them.  She goes into details on how to prepare your background and applique fabrics.  She shows close up pictures of several stitch styles to anchor the applique to the background fabric: blind hem stitch, plain straight stitch, triple straight stitch, zig zag, scribble stitch, blanket stitches and feather stitch.  She laces the pages with helpful hints, my favorite was a design tip on modifying a commercial / published motif to match the level of your skill rather than stressing out over a too hard / intricate motif.  As she said your skill level will improve over time.  For a brand new quilter who wants to learn applique I would recommend some of the older workshop books that have multiple techniques.  I have listed several below.

Of the eleven projects in this book I may make my own version of three projects.  Would I buy the book again… probably NOT.  I had been on the look-out for a book with modern applique motifs.  I cannot decide if it is the motifs in this book or is it me, as I have only found a one or two motifs I would like to replicate.   I have found my best source for modern applique motifs have been the 100 Quilt Blocks Magazine that is published once or twice a year. They also publish a magazine of quilts made from the patterns from the 100 BLOCKS MAGAZINE.

I rate books on a 5 star system, I would give this book a rating of 3 stars.  I will wait a while then review this book again.

Applique Books I  can recommend:

Applique the Basics and Beyond by Jane Pittman (Prepared Applique by Hand and Machine, fusible.  Realistic Floral Motifs)

ULTIMATE APPLIQUE GUIDE BOOK by Annie Smith (Hand, Fusible  and Machine Applique techniques.  Just about every technique known.  Traditional motifs)

Penny Haren’s, PIECED APPLIQUE .. Intricate blocks made easy!  Ms Haren developed her own method of duplicating pieced blocks using applique.  I have made several blocks using this technique.  I do prefer piecing to this style of applique… but I have found it a useful technique when I wanted to hide a mistake… DO NOT ASK.

BETH FERRIER developed HAND APPLIQUE by Machine technique. She has a series of books and pattern that use this technique extensively.  The motifs range from folk art / simple to detailed.  Mostly floral motifs.

Any of Jane Townswick and Bea Oglesby have multiple books mostly floral, nature, realistic motifs.  Earlier books have instruction in how to applique but later books have little or no instruction in applique as they expect you to know how applique.

Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter by Sharon Pederson… a DVD is also available.  She has a broad range of applique motifs from traditional to more contemporary.

OFF TOPIC > Can anybody tell me what is the difference between Contemporary and Modern Quilts?  I am totally confused on that aspect of quilting and the differences between those style of quilts.

Happy Quilting,

Nonnie

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RESOLUTIONS 2014 UP DATE for QUILTING for the REST of US ….

Last year I said I would only make quilts for me and mine… not one was made… This year it has become a PRIORITY … our beds need quilts really bad. SO THIS YEAR … I am only going to make the quilts I want to for my immediate family … other quilts and UFOs will be worked in between the QUILTS I HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT.   I will not feel guilty if they do not get done… no more baby quilts for me.. unless I want to make them … .

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BLACK AND WHITE and RED all OVER

I just got this quilt back from the long armer.  I had her quilt in the sashing only.  I did this to stabilize the quilt so that I could FREE MOTION QUILTING in the blocks myself.  I have some very specific things I want FMQ in the spaces as this is the quilt going on to the bed in the master bedroom 

NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

Blocks are completed … ready for assembly into the quilt.  I plan to do the same and have the long armer just do the stitch in the ditch around the blocks so that I can do the main FMQ.   I hope to really improve my FMQ.   To that end I have been reviewing my FMQ classes on Craftsy and practicing on batts… I have so many placemats and pot holders right now.  Gave some to my sister and to my surprise she sold them in her second hand shop.  Hey a new income source…. hee hee. 

BABY QUILTS:

I need to finish the last of the baby quilts that I owe to my niece’s child… more FMQ.   These are actually toddler size quilts as I make them 50 x 50 for napping.           

Grandson Quilt:

MY grandson is demanding a new quilt and by golly he needs one.  He has been picking out fabrics that he likes…. Golden book panels, sport fabric and SUPER HEROS… how I am going to get them all into one quilt….. I HAVE NO IDEA.

Darling Daughter’s GRADUATION QUILT:

My daughter graduates from college after 7 long years…. YEAH ! ! !    She wants to move into her own home so she would like a new quilt for her bed.  She has picked a RICKY TIMS KOOL KALIEDOSCOPE quilt pattern.   She is waffling on the background color… Black, Navy or Charcoal Grey .  This one will be started some time this summer.  Yes graduation is this spring but THEMS THE BREAKS… I  will not be ready to start on it til then.  The medallions will be easy to work on but they do take a lot of drafting and energy with the cutting aspects of this pattern.                                    
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“I find the favorite part of the quilting process is FMQ… I find such joy in doing the FMQ… it is my favorite part… I will continue to follow the CRAFTSY classes & DVDs to learn the technique but I am going to do more of my own… I do not see it as a chore at this time… more of a pleasure… I am not very good but I do not care … I WILL GET BETTER WITH PRACTICE. 

I find I have such peace and enjoyment when I FMQ that it is the best part of quilting for me.”

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As stated in the above post I have been working on my FMQ … practice, practice, practice.

I have recently purchased a new FMQ book.  I have been collection all the FMQ books I can find, especially the ones noted to be MODERN.   I am enjoying JUDI MADSEN’s book, QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES.   Added bonus is the cD of patterns that is included in the book.   Judi is a long arm quilter known a GREEN FAIRY QUILTING ( links below.)  I have been following her post for several months and enjoy them immensely.  She has some beautiful motifs and uses fillers in an interesting manner.  She has a MODERN style to her FMQ and incorporates many different patterns in one quilt.  I like this style better than the entire quilt quilted in one pattern.  I think it adds more movement to the quilting.  Every quilt pattern shown can be done on a domestic machine.  Judi has some good instructions for quilting on a long arm, but I bet new long armers would have liked it if she went into more depth.  I do like some of her pictures showing DO-s and DON’T-s in FMQ.  THE cD is what gave added value to this book along with the close up pictures of the quilting…. NOW to incorporate all I have read into my own quilting… WISH ME LUCK.

http://www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com ….GREEN FAIRY BLOG …

index QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES

     http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/160460106X/ref=tmm_pap_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&sr=&qid=    QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES, the book in amazon
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FINDING more time to do my quilting … this has been hard for me. It is usually why I only get small projects done. I make one big quilt a year as when I get home from work I am too tired to sew. I think I am going to go back to the 15 minutes a day … or as TILDE use to say … ONE THREADFUL NEEDLE … I will need to set up my sewing area really but this is something that has worked for me in the past and will work for me in the future.

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I have not had the opportunity to sew even 15 measly minutes a day.  I have been able to sew in larger chunks on the weekend so I am making progress.  I am currently working on two projects.    The NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT, almost finished the piecing and need assembly next.  I also hope to have my niece’s baby quilt assembled and ready to layer in order to FMQ.  

I have a ALL DAY SEW IN this Saturday at the Guild’s Center and think I only want to do FMQ.  I plan to bring two projects that require FMQ.   Although I am debating this as I might bring my NURSE QUILT to start assembling… LOOK FOR A FUTURE POST WITH PICTURE. 

As always, HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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SQUARING Up a Block

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I have been working on SCRAPITUDE blocks for a quilt. This is from Sandy of QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US   MYSTERY QUILT  ( see links below) … THIS makes a really cute quilt and I have plans to make more of these blocks.  I have TONS of scraps.

I should say I lifted the block above from somewhere on the internet. (SANDY’s blog) A picture of my block is below.

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I did have a problem with the Triangle block in this quilt and it was from my technique. The directions say you will need to square up this unit. I squared up a number of them incorrectly which resulted in cut off points. Once I figured out what I was doing wrong I made an illustration of how to square up the block correctly. I am posting this as a reminder to myself and hopefully help other avoid this problem in their blocks.


It is important to maintain the quarter inch seam at the top of the block.  All trimming should be from the large triangle portion of the patch.  I marked the areas on the illustrations with yellow areas.  

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Here is my block I circled the patch I cut off the tips of my outer triangles… This block was a vast improvement from the first block I made.  I do think it is rather pretty.

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LINKS TO THE SCRAPITUDE MYSTERY QUILT

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STEP ONE

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-mystery-quilt-first-step-sewing/9/13/2013

STEP TWO

https://quiltingfortherestofus.squarespace.com/blog/scrapitude-part-2-triangles/10/10/2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJnbrSmGeL4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9c_iMIuuE#t=72  

YOU TUBE OF CHARLOTTE

STEP THREE

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-3/11/13/2013

STEP FOUR  — part 1

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-4-the-block/1/15/2014

STEP FOUR = part 2— SETTING BLOCKS

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-4-part-2/1/31/2014

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Here is my plan for my future SCRAPITUDE QUILT … Alternating blocks with lots of white space … I would only have to make 12 to 15 blocks to make the quilt I want to make.

Happy Quilting,

NONNIE

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Playing some more in EQ7 — Version #2

I have been playing in EQ7 again… I started wondering what would a quilt look like if the small center squares in the uneven NINE patch blocks also had a strip of fabric, making it look like the big (A) blocks. So I redrafted my blocks and plotted out the quilt. I will tell you I have to work on the measurements for the the mathematical measurement would be 1.33 inches ( then you have to add a half inch for seam allowances to cut out your patches.) Who ever, heard of having 1.33+ patches, what number is that in real, useable measurements. I am going to have to convert those numbers but I am not going to deal with it until I actually have time to make the quilt. I will probably use my old tried and true method of cutting out the large patches ( on gridded paper) that fit the project then subdividing it to the appropriate size patches so they will fit the project. I have done this before and it usually works… best there is no math involved…

Here is an illustration of the EQ7 design.  I have found some cute baby fabric I can use to make this quilt  as a 3 block by 3 block layout.  Using large blocks result in faster assembly.  And as you know .. we have babies coming to this family.

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MULT GRID QUILT - BLK - 16-IN- E-E-E
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Well this is all for now… got to get to WALMARTS to buy some plastic tubs. This will be my first trip out of the house..
SO as always, HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

 

 

 

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Grid Pattern with 16 inch blocks … Drafted in EQ7

Being sick this last week I was unable to do anything constructive (ie sewing … drippy noses, sick to my stomach did not allow sewing)  I spent a lot of time surfing the internet and playing on EQ7.  I found some really neat pictures of quilts and then played with drafting the blocks in EQ7.  This was my favorite pastime between taking naps.  I am posting one of the quilts I drafted with some basic instructions for making the quilt. 

I am a novice at writing patterns so I do not recommend a new / novice quilter trying this pattern out.   I think you need to have some understanding of cutting and quilting to make this pattern.  I also think a DESIGN WALL is absolutely VITAL to assembling this quilt.  It is a giant color puzzle.   I am including different colorways for inspiration.  And an illustration for block B.  I hope this might inspire people to learn EQ7 and design some of their own quilt patterns.  I enjoy buying quilt patterns but sometimes I can not find them on line or from their origins, so I have to design my own.

Nonnie

GRID PATTERN -BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE

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Fabric: 1/2 YARD for each large patch.  You should cut other patches at the same time.


Patch A : CUT 16.5 inches
Matching strips to be used in PATCH B  can be cut at this time:
8.5 inch x 2.5 x 4 patches for each blockI plan to cut a strip when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch.  These strips match a neighboring 16.5 PATCH A.

Cut 8.5 in square  for the center patch of any color you choose.
I will scatter these blocks to the opposite side of the quilt.

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block sizes- 16 inch

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This is a mock up of BLOCK B. it is what is called AN UNEVEN NINE PATCH.

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Patch B:  

8.5 in    Center patch of any color you choose.  I  plan to cut a patch when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch  (THIS is a repeated step, you do not need to cut extra patches.) 

You will also need also need the 8.5 x 2.5 inch strips to match the neighboring Block A to construct this patch.

BLACK CORNER SQUARES:   4.5 inch you need 4 for each block.

Black Strips:    8.5 inch x 2.5 inch .x  4 patches   for each block.  This patch is is next to the small 8.5 colored patches to frame that block.

I consider the outer blocks unfinished along the border and plan to design the border so that the large patches have their strips carried off into the border.    Not sure if I will do anything with the BLOCK B patches in the border… I will probably keep it solid black.

ALTERNATE COLORWAY AND PLACEMENT
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16 inch patch grid quilt- improved

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First lay out attempt for my NURSE’s RETIREMENT QUILT

MY NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT


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This is my retirement quilt. I am making 64 blocks (8×8 layout) of my 12 inch blocks ( Queen Size.)  It will be re organizing them before I actually sew them together.  I do not care for the right to left diagonal setting that occurred with the colors.  I thought it would be left upper to right lower diagonal and I do not know what I did wrong.  I am going to lay the quilt out again.    

I also think I need to balance the quilt colors better I need to put in more blocks with the dark blue outer fabric through out the quilt.  I am also trying to make sure no two same nurse characters are next to each other. 

I really wonder how I get myself into these predicaments.

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REVISTING EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS … 2-21-2014 TUTORIAL

I have not been posting recently because I have been sick with the flu.  No lectures please on getting a flu shot because every-time I have in the recent past I have had reactions… hives and asthma.  I seem to be allergic to something in the shots.   I have been sick in my bed for the past week .. VERY LITTLE sewing going on.   Today, I am feeling much better… able to keep my food and fluids down.   In the past I posted the directions for these blocks on this link:   

http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/  

EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS.

I am publishing the steps I have been using to make my blocks using LORALI DESIGNS NURSEs as my focus fabric ( center)  I am hoping you might have some focus fabric and will take inspiration from this to make your own quilt.   Once again I am designing my quilt based on the fact that I think fabric talks to me and tells me what kind of quilt it wants to be.  The pictures are thumb size, click on them to see the larger picture.  

1./  make novelty print into a square My novelty fabric is a rectangle.  I added fabrics to make the patches into a square.  Each block was shaped slightly different so I added a fabric to turn the patches into a square.  I then squared up all the patches to the same size.  Here I am using 7.5 inches square. 

I starched each patch heavily before sewing.  YOU will be dealing with a lot of bias edges during this technique. 

FIRST ROUND     2/  I then sewed an equal 7.5 inch square to the focus fabric.  I will tell you that I did cut some of the patches a scant 1/8th inch larger than the focus fabric.  This gave a little leeway when sewing the patches together.  It made the blocks easier to cut on the diagonal.  It made no difference in the block afterwards as it gets squared up to the same size before going to the second round.

3e-SM - -mark diagonal 267    3/   Once the patches are sewn together I mark the back on a diagonal, then I clipped on the mark lines to open up the patches.  Be careful so as not to clip the front focus fabric.   All edges cut will be on the bias so be careful not to stretch the seams.  I starched at each step to keep the patches stiff  making them easier to work with and sew.

               

4 open up on diagonal    4/  Once the diagonals are opened up you need to press carefully.  The NEW FOCUS PATCH is now ON POINT……. REMEMBER every cut edge is on the bias and needs to be treated gently.  

Once this patch is opened I squared up the new focus patch to  9.5 inches.  I once again I repeated the technique sewing a second 9.5 inch patch  to the new focus patch.  I then marked and cut open the diagonal the new block was 12.5 inches and was now in a straight setting.  

All ODD ROUNDS will be on point and all EVEN ROUND will be on a straight setting.  You can continue this technique for as many rounds as you want.  YOU can also use smaller centers to start your blocks.  YOU will have to figure out your own sizes to keep the blocks consistent.   Refer back to the original post for links and references to books that discuss the technique.                  .

http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/  

EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS.

MORE to come in future posts ….

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AS ALWAYS, HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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2014 LIST OF PODCASTERS …. a new podcast has been added …

I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the podcaster.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  • 1/ RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog.
    2/ USE the various windows for that browser … SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET
    3/ Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
    4/ TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

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Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

PODCAST LINK > > > http://quilter.podbean.com/

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids….. Starting APRIL 2014 … loving it!

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

 

 

Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

direct podcast link page

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/category/podcast/episodes

Direct download of the podcast …

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History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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Crafty Garden Mom …. YOU will find book reviews on this bloggers page.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com/

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

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Lazy Daisy Blog — looking for the RSS feed link

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com/

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

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PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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A J the QUILTING POT …. is back podcasting … BOY I missed her…

http://thequiltingpot.podbean.com

http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com

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Amy’s Creative Side PODCAST ….. new 2013

http://amyscreativeside.com/category/podcast/

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SEWING MOM PODCAST  ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM PODCAST ….

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CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.com/

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MODERN SEWCIETY …. added new November 2013

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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WITH IN A QUARTER OF AN INCH . . . . She’ BACK

http://withinaquarterinch.com/home-page-static/

http://withinaquarterinch.com/podcast-2/

RSS : direct download link of her podcasts

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND …..  new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

So you want to podcast … here is a good site to learn about podcasting .. from a professional …

 

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/…. AUDACITY to PODCAST …..

 

 

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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com

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IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE PLEASE BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION SO THAT I CAN UP DATE THE LIST.

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Updated on February 23, 2014.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.

How to direct DOWNLOAD a podcast . . . .

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon  that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS,  SAVE AS TARGET or  Save File ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.
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EPISODE 47 ….. a REPORT from the Quilt Retreat … podcast

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/2014/02/01/47-retreat-report-2014/

A new podcast has been posted.  I discuss events from the quilt retreat.   I am rather long winded about my excitement and impressions from the quilt retreat.   I also blather on about MODERN QUILTING.  I reviewed the PREMIERE issue of FRESH QUILTS: MODERN FUN SEWING a new magazine.  SO do not say I did not warn you.

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE ….

BTW … which of these nurses do you think might look like me???

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I am trying to grow my blog so I am going to check out LILLY QUILTS LINKY PARTY…. DO YOU WANT TO COME AND FIND OTHER BLOGS THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTING?

12 INCH BLOCKS

Lily's Quilts

MY PROJECTS from the RETREAT at BEAR LAKE

NURSE PANEL FOCUS FABRIC

This is the focus fabric I purchased way back in 2006. I never found a pattern I wanted to use this fabric with…. until Exploding Pineapple. I have cut apart the blocks but they are rectangular. I added fabric to the sides and bottom to turn the patches into squares then I squared up the patches to 7.5 inch blocks. I then matched the blocks to another 7.5 inch patch and sew them all around. I clipped the new patches on the diagonal with scissors. Once I pressed the blocks I repeated the procedure, squaring up the patches to 9.5 inches then sewing a second patch to it. I repeated the process till my block measured 12.5 inches after the third round. I need to make 64 blocks. I have ordered more fabric from LORALIE DESIGNS but I have some challenges ahead of me as some of the panels are of a different colorway. BUT A QUILTER MUST DO WHAT SHE NEEDS TO DO…. make do with the fabric she has … or change the pattern… or change the quilt size.

http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/

NURSE BLOCKS for my retirement quilt

I will be posting more picture of the new fabric and what I do with it as I go along. I have to use different techniques for these next set of blocks.

Hayden's Baby Quilt 2014

This is the beginning of my panel quilt for baby Hayden, the daughter of my niece. I am trying to devise a staggered border… NOT quiet sure how am going to get it to measure out correctly…. but I am working on it. Currently I am sewing green and white fabric to pinwheels, I then sew them together to form the boarder. I will trim it up to almost the desired size after the border is entirely assembled. I never realized how hard it was to work without a pattern. There will not be a border across the top or bottom of the quilt or maybe very small green borders. This will be another of my crazy experiments. … but I like to think of myself is the MAD QUILTING SCIENTIST.

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RETREAT at BEAR LAKE LION’s CAMP in Lapeer MICHIGAN … IN PICTURES

SNOWED IN at a Quilt retreat

MAIN LODGE from the path to the cabins

VIEW FROM THE LODGE


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I will be posting pictures as I go along over the next couple of days. If you want to learn more … listen to the podcast at
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WHAT is this carpenter’s tool used for when quilting ? I stole it from my hubby!

LASER SQUARE


Can you guess what this tool is used for while quilting? It was demonstrated last weekend by an attendee at the BEAR LAKE LION’S CLUB QUILT RETREAT. (THE RETREAT was SPONSORED by SEW CRAZY QUILT SHOP in LAPEER MICHIGAN.

https://www.facebook.com/SewCrazyLLC
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She said she took a class from SCHOOLHOUSE QUILTS in Forest City, North Carolina. Her instructor BRENDA APPLEWOOD showed her how to use the carpenter tool to square up her quilt top and then later a finished quilt, getting it ready for binding. http://www.schoolhousequiltsnc.com/

STANLEY and BOSCH both make a Laser SQUARE … This looked so easy when I watched it being done… Squaring a quilt is something I always struggle with… I am going to buy this for my hubby then put it in my quilting supplies… BRILLIANT PLAN.

square up tool in action

HAPPY QUILTING
NONNIE

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WHAT THE HECK is NONNIE DOING? FABRIC SOUP?

FABRIC SOUP

I am a pre-washer… I have heard that fabric does not NEED to be pre-washed but I know from experience that is not true. When ever I have a small amount of fabric (usually less than a yard) I want prewashed and ready to go I get out my old clean pot fill it with water stuff the fabric into it and bring it to a boil. I do use COLOR CATCHERS but sometimes I do not have any so I just add a few drops of DAWN DISH WASHING SOAP that prevents dye from resettling. Once the fabric has boiled I rinse the fabric, wring or spin dry then toss in the dryer (usually on it’s own.) Once dry the fabric is ready to use.

I do this because I have had several disasters with fabrics NOT prewashed. (I will update this site and put pictures of some of the disasters when I have taken them.) I just hate having my hard work ruined by dye run. I find the boiling of the fabric is quick and easy, sets the dyes and does nothing to the fabric ( no FADING has ever been noted.) I am usually boiling my fabric while I am cooking dinner. ( I use a lid to protect from accidental food contamination to my fabric pot.)

Anyways I thought I would add my thoughts to the pre-wash or no washing discussion.

Happy Quilting

Nonnie

references:
http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/2014/01/bleeding-quilts-please-read-this.html

http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/fix-bleeding-fabrics/

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