UPDATE TO THE PODCAST LIST — September 29, 2014

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 pod-caster.

 

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/

QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US …… THE BLOG

 

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG

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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WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

http://www.weezyworks.com

http://www.weezyworks.com/feed . . . WEEZY WORKS VIDEO PODCAST … DIRECT FEED

NEW VIDEO PODCAST FROM WEEZY WORKS a fellow TWILTER . . . . found July 2014

 

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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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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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Direct download links for the newest quilting podcasts / found SEPTEMBER 2014

Purple Daisies podcast and blog ….

http://purpledaisiesquiltingpodcast.libsyn.com/webpage …. PURPLE DAISY QUILTING PODCAST — DIRECT LINK
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom/16071219-introducing-my-new-podcast …… SEW LIKE MY MOM, PURPLE DAISY QUILTING

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/purple-daisies-quilting-podcast/id913053950?mt=2 …… Purple Daisies podcast
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom.atom …… PURPLE DAISY BLOG ..

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QUILTING BITS AND PIECES . . .

http://quiltingbitsandpieces.com/ …… QUILTING BITS AND PIECES

 

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CRAFTING PODCAST …

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WHILE SHE NAPS on iTunes
on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

.. DIRECT DOWNLINK TO … WHILE SHE NAPS ….

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CRAFT SANITY with JENNIFER ACKERMAN HAYWOOD

JENNIFER IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES … and she has a treasury of older podcast to check into… she interviews crafters.

 

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MY FAVORITE MICHIGAN NPR … RADIO LINKS …

http://michiganradio.org/rss …… MICHIGAN NPR RADIO LINKS

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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 …..

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BELOW ARE LISTED POD-CASTERS 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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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.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.

 

PICTURES of quilts in progress from our sew day

Here are some of the quilts that were under construction during our SEW DAY RETREAT. ENJOY

4E-SHEILA's QUILT

5- UNDER CONSTRUCTION

6- DOUBLE SIDED

7 E- VERSION ONE

7- -VERSION TWO -E

8-E- E- SUDUKO -0564

9- E-E- -TRAVERSE CITY

12-E-E - PP HOUSE 2

HAPPY QUILTING, from this grandma to you…
NONNIE

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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/ Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast
Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NONNIE_P ….. @NONNIE_P
email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com

CRAZY THINGS I DO when I make a quilt

My Version of  FOCUS POCUS pattern My version of FOCUS POCUS QUILT

 

I was suppose to get the pattern from my friend who bought it at her local quilt shop. My LQS did not carry it. We were going to go to a all day sew at my guild together, but she had to cancel. Problem is she had the pattern and the cutting directions, it was too late to mail the pattern.  I just do not understand why my friend wanted to be at her daughter’s home when she arrived with her first grandchild… really a sewing day would be so much more fun. ( hee hee ! )

We started with a series of phone calls and emails as she read and emailed information I needed. Neither of us have the ability (software and scanner) to scan the pattern and email it so it has been slow going. To complicate the matter I redrafted the blocks to a different size to accommodate the fabric I wanted to use. I figured out the fabric requirements for using a fat quarter, as I have a collection of wonderful leaf and tree fabrics I wanted to use. I redrafted the pattern on paper and EQ7. I even figured out cutting the patches from the fat quarters. Some of my fabrics were directional so they need special cutting to maintain the directional look of the fabric. I spent the day before the SEW IN cutting out my fabrics.

THE hardest part of this design is figuring out where each fabric would go.  I am working with multiple leaf and tree focus fabrics and then more solid / tonal fabrics in oranges, reds/ burgundy, greens, browns and a couple of deep purple.  Some might say the purple did not quiet go with the rest but there was a deep purple in many of the leaf prints and deep purple represents the grapes that get harvested in the fall…. a refection of my Italian heritage.   I  have a special grape motif to FREE MOTION QUILT in the blocks.   I have been finding the more quilts I make the more I plan the free motion quilting during the designing / assembly process. 

I almost forgot ……… Each of the gold squares in quilt is cut from my collection of gold fabrics and are different.  I tried to get several different values of gold from dark butterscotch / caramel to a light gold.  All are tone on tone with different textures and prints that remind me of fall.  I will be posting more pictures in the future. 

This quilt MUST be done on a design wall .  It helps you balance the colors across the quilt so that the eye keeps moving.  Several times I had clump of one color either green or brown in one area but none in other areas.  Seeing the fabrics on a design wall helped me balance the colors better, at least there are no clumps of dominate colors.   I also found using the design wall made it easier to keep the complicated piecing in order.  I had to tear out less often.  Since the focus fabric is part of the pieced secondary block it is important to keep them lined up correctly or you will become best friends with your seam ripper.   This quilt is dependent on proper fabric placement. 

Well this is all for now….

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NONNIE_P ….. @NONNIE_P
email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com
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BOOK REVIEW : SHAPE by SHAPE by ANGELA WALTERS

ANGELA WALTERS new book

I bought the book on AMAZON a couple of days after the release. I have taken every one of ANGELA’s CRAFTSY classes and always enjoyed them. I think this book echos her class DOT to DOT FMQ but expands the entire concept, including all kinds of new motifs. I like how ANGELA encourages everyone to do there BEST but do not worry about perfection. Angela’s FREE MOTION QUILTING style is basically MODERN but can be applied to TRADITIONAL quilt tops. In this book she provides 10 motifs AND variations for free motion quilting a number of basic shapes. (CHAPTERS: Squares, circles, triangles, diamonds, hexagons, negative space and borders.)
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I LOVE THIS BOOK. I currently have two long term FMQ projects that I am working through. I will be using a lot of the motifs and ideas from this book in the quilt tops I am working on. I will be posting pictures here and probably republishing this post as I progress with my own projects.

 

UPDATE … 9-12-2014 … 2pm:
After looking at my EQ7 mock up of the design I realized it does not have borders pictured on it. The reason being I can design the quilt top but I cannot design a pieced border on EQ7. It will have a border but not the one it the pattern. I had been thinking of edge to edge blocks but realized it needs some kind of border or it looks incomplete. I do not think my niece would be happy with a fussy border so I am thinking of a plainer border but one where some nice free motion quilting will be highlighted.
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

Follow Me on Pinterest
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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/ Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast
Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NONNIE_P ….. @NONNIE_P
email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com

NO I DID NOT DROP OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH….. crazy summer

I have not blogged in several months as it has been a crazy summer for me. LIFE over took me. I painted the landing (about 800 square feet, partial rooms.) First color I chose was a medium sky blue and I hated it. Made a dark area even darker. I love blue but I hated these room. I then got a pale grey ( almost white) with a blue cast and I liked that much better. There was a side hall that was painted the blue and I ended up glazing that wall with the pale grey glaze. It knocked down the blue color to make it much softer and made a nice blend to the grey walls of the landing. I really like the new painted walls. I tried taking pictures but none look good… I am just not that good of a photographer.

Now that the paint job is done. I am in the process of getting new flooring put in. The main results is not quilting is getting done. That changes this Saturday when I go to our BIANNUAL SEW IN with girls from the guild. I have picked out fabrics for a quilt for my niece’s new home. I think it will be a surprise for her since she does not read my blog.

The pattern is FOCUS POCUS by SWIRLY GIRL DESIGNS . . . here are some links:

http://www.swirlygirlsdesign.com/products/quilt-patterns/ …. SWIRLY GIRLS DESIGNS > PATTERNS

pattern direct FOCUS POCUS by SWIRLY GIRLS DESIGNS

FOCUS POCUS PATTERN

FOCUS POCUS PATTERN on the web …… http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=focus+pocus+by+swirly+girl+designs&qpvt=focus+pocus+by+swirly+girl+designs&FORM=IGRE

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My EQ7 version of FOCUS POCUS My version of FOCUS POCUS

Let us be straight …. even though I have purchased the pattern … I am not following it EXACTLY … I had a delicious collection of fat quarters ( all leaves motifs) that I cut into larger blocks and then I resized/redrafted the secondary pattern to fit the larger blocks. I will be putting these blocks on a design wall to hopefully really show off the fabric selections. If it works out I will be posting pictures in the future… SO STAY TUNED.
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

Follow Me on Pinterest
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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/ Nonnie’s Quilting Dream Podcast
Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NONNIE_P ….. @NONNIE_P
email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com

Why I do NOT sew clothing….. bring on the quilts.

I made some aprons for the guild’s, APRON PARADE.   I had the laminate fabric for a year planning to make aprons.  I had selected the laminate fabric because I was tired of getting the front of my clothes wet and dirty whenever I tried to do dishes or clean the kitchen.   I do not know how but I always looked like a mess after cleaning and wanted aprons that would protect myself.

The second reason I made the aprons was our guild is  having a trunk show by a local quilter who collects vintage aprons.   To celebrate we are bring our own aprons for a contest  …..

For our contest there will be three categories for entry:

1) Vintage, usually anything vintage is something 15 years older than you, but in this case we are going to say that vintage is anything that you claim is old, as in “this old thing….” It need not be homemade, but if it’s not homemade it has to have a good story something that might be filled with nostalgia. If the story brings tears to the eyes, the judges will be impressed.

2) Made by me. Clearly, this means something that you made yourself. Maybe the pattern is your own design. Maybe you used a commercial pattern, but the point is that you stitched it yourself.

3) Very Unique – a definition that only you can describe as in “If you see it, you will know….

 

I think my apron would fit in any category as 1/ I selected a commercial pattern that resembled the apron style my mother and grandmother use to wear. Their apron was usually made of inexpensive cotton but there were a bunch of them.  My sister and I use to be put into the aprons whenever we helped do the dishes or clean the kitchen after dinner.   2/  I did not design the pattern but just simplified it, changing the placement of the ties and eliminating some darts.  3/  I think using the LAMINATED fabric made my apron unique.   I only wished that my new aprons fit as nicely as the aprons I wore then, when I was half the size I am now. …. hee..hee…

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I am listing the mistakes I made on while making the aprons and what I learned about using LAMINATED fabrics.

 

4 mitered corner on curves = = 0990 Mitered corners on the curves did not work with the straight cut binding fabrics.
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I use 2.5 inch strips cut from left over fabrics from the apron back to make the ties and binding.

I only had enough fabric to cut the strips on the straight of grain not on the bias.

I sewed the binding from the back to the front on the arm hole and neckline of the apron.  My intent was to frame the front bringing it over from the back to add a decorative detail.  It was a total failure in part to my impatience in applying the binding and due to the difficulty of working with the laminate fabric.

I was using laminated fabric for the apron front and found it very difficult to get smooth turns and seams. I also found it difficult for the binding to go around curves. I think it was because I used straight of grain cuts for my binding pieces. LAMINATE fabric was a lot more difficult to work with than regular fabric.
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STRAIGHT of grain binding did not have the flexibility and give that was needed when sewing on the LAMINATE fabrics.  On the second apron using the commercial bias binding it was easier to apply the binding.  I also think I was more experienced in working with the laminate.  I would suggest that when working with a fabric you are unfamiliar with make some small project to familiarize yourself with the fabric.  At least that is what I plan to do in the future.

 

 

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Straight binding Straight binding buckles on the curve of the arm hole of the apron. .

The straight of grain binding was sewn from the back to the front of the apron.   The straight of grain binding buckled and folded and did fought me …. frankly it was a HOT MESS.   I think part of the problem is the binding was too wide, it would have been better to use a 2 inch strip. 

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The LAMINATE fabric would not stay flat ( like a quilt) when I turned the binding over the seam allowance.  The laminate fabric would fold over at the stitch line.  It also folded funny at odd angles.   I had less difficulty when I used the commercial bias tape on the second pink apron.  I am not sure if it was because I was better at working with the LAMINATE fabric or because I used the commercial bias tape and it worked better with the project. 

 

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bias binding COMMERCIAL BIAS TAPE gave a smoother look to the arm holes and neck line.
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On the second apron I used commercial bias binding to sew the binding from front to back of the neckline and arm holes          (traditional  method of applying facing and bindings) resulting in a much smoother and more professional finish.
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2- back of apron BACK OF THE APRON … needs the neck line button.
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I used a facing for the back closures made by folding on the center line. I used a stabilizer when sewing on the button-hole. Right now I just need a button, I am looking for a cute button. I bought a commercial pattern that was similar to the aprons my mother and grandmother use to have. I changed the placement of the belts and eliminated the center pleats.

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IF you have any questions about sewing with laminates contact me and I will be glad to expound further on sewing with the laminate.

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A friend of mine post this information in comments I am moving it here since I found it so helpful …. ….. Planning to get more LAMINATED FABRICS to make more aprons.

 

I have sold 52 laminated aprons so far. Here is the secret. Cut the binding on the bias. I use one of those notions that folds the binding for you. (Get it at Joann’s) It’s not the electrical one, but the cheap handmade kind. If you buy the one that makes one inch binding, that works very well.- You cut the stip at 1 3/4 inches andput it through the device. It will come out 1 inch. Then you can fold it in half and press. If you round your corners a bit, the binding goes on very smoothly. I usually start the binding where I am going to put a strap or ties, which will cover the start section. Lengthen your stitch when you sew. They recommend using a teflon foot, but I found that my walking foot does just fine.

Best place to get laminates:

http://www.fabric.com FABRIC . COM

 

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

Follow Me on Pinterest
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Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
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email me at: nonniequiltingdreams@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT ….. started in 2012

 

Knotted Cotton  SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT 

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CHECK out the SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT at

  http://www.knottedcotton.com/2014/07/slow-blog-linky.html >>>> TO THE KNOTTED COTTON

 

Knotted Cotton LINKY PARTY at the KNOTTED COTTON

 

slow quilt movement  

 

 

 

 

 

I AM PROUD TO SAY  I AM A MEMBER OF BOTH MOVEMENTS….. SLOW BLOGGER AND SLOWEST QUILTER.

 

 

THE SLOW QUILT MOVEMENT is logo was created by PAM from HIP TO BE A SQUARE PODCAST AND BLOG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE

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UPDATE to LIST OF PODCASTERS …. direct links, blogs, i Tunes

UPDATE to PODCAST LIST ….. JULY 8, 2014 …..
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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 pod-caster.

 

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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QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US …… THE BLOG

Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG
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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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http://www.weezyworks.com

. . . WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

 

http://www.weezyworks.com/feed . . . WEEZY WORKS VIDEO PODCAST … DIRECT FEED

NEW VIDEO PODCAST FROM WEEZY WORKS a fellow TWILTER . . . .  found July 2014

 

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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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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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Direct download links for the newest quilting podcasts / found SEPTEMBER 2014

Purple Daisies podcast and blog ….

http://purpledaisiesquiltingpodcast.libsyn.com/webpage …. PURPLE DAISY QUILTING PODCAST — DIRECT LINK
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom/16071219-introducing-my-new-podcast …… SEW LIKE MY MOM, PURPLE DAISY QUILTING

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/purple-daisies-quilting-podcast/id913053950?mt=2 …… Purple Daisies podcast
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom.atom …… PURPLE DAISY BLOG ..

QUILTING BITS AND PIECES . . .

http://quiltingbitsandpieces.com/ …… QUILTING BITS AND PIECES

CRAFTING PODCAST …

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WHILE SHE NAPS on iTunes
on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

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.. DIRECT DOWNLINK TO … WHILE SHE NAPS ….

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CRAFT SANITY with JENNIFER ACKERMAN HAYWOOD

JENNIFER IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES … and she has a treasury of  older podcast to check into… she interviews crafters.

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MY FAVORITE MICHIGAN NPR … RADIO LINKS …

http://michiganradio.org/rss …… MICHIGAN NPR RADIO LINKS

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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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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.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

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

 

READY for delivery when little Charlie comes for a visit … I am so excited

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TOMMY AND KRISTIN with there one year old baby is coming for a visit next week. The baby’s name is Charlotte after her grandmother ( my best friend ) We call her CHARLIE also after my best friend. They live in Arizona and this will be the first time I see the baby up close. I am so excited…. I can hardly wait. This is the quilt I made for the baby… I had planned to mail it but then I heard they were coming to Michigan this summer so I decided to deliver it in person. I also dilly dallied postponing putting on the binding since that is the part I HATE MOST about quilting… love the piecing and the free motion quilting but when it comes to squaring the quilt up and putting on the binding I delay, delay, delay. As is I have three quilts in storage that just need squaring up and binding… One of hose quilts was done two years ago and I still do not have a binding on it.

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I have posted some pictures in the past but the pictures were not very good. I was able to hang the quilt off the back porch and get some better pictures. This picture is of the center panel. I am trying to highlight the free motion quilting I was able to do. I have been taking multiple free motion quilting classes from CRAFTSY and number of DVDs. I have been working on my free motion quilting skills for a year and I feel I have come a long way.

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I used a different quilting pattern in each section of the quilt. Here I quilted around the sheep and then made swirls and feathers in the block frames. I have gone through the Craftsy classes from ANGELA WALTERS, CINDY NEEDHAM, LEAH DAY ANN PETERSON, and JACKIE GERRING. I also watched DVDs by Patsy Thompson, Karen Mc Tavish and Ricky Tims among others.

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I think I got carried away with the free motion quilting as it is rather dense, once the quilt was washed it did soften up. In the future I am going to try less dense quilting styles.

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I do not like ….. I do not like pieced quilt backs. I buy the 108 inch quilting fabric backs then cut them to size. I use the left overs to make my practice batts for free motion quilting. I did not have any quilt labels available when I made this quilt so I thread painted the information on the back of the quilt. I used a sheet of RICKY TIMS STABLE STUFF as my stabilizer. This was the first time I had done anything like this and I was not entirely happy with the results.. but live and learn. I have since had quilt labels made from a local embroiderer. I had the usual information embroidered on KONA and will be using that in the future.
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UPDATE: CHARLIE GOT HER QUILT …. Yes that is me behind the quilt… I am the shortest person in my family… even my own DD towers over me by 5-6 inches.

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AS YOU CAN SEE… I am having formatting difficulty with WORD PRESS. I am going to try and fix it but might not be able to… till the next time.

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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My postcard from the POST CARD EXCHANGE via QUILT CABANA

You can check out Jackie’s blog post at the following links…She discusses the techniques she used to make her post card.

Be sure to come back here.

JACKIE’S SEW EXCITED QUILT BLOG

SUMMER POST CARD SWAP POST

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LINK TO THE FLICKER GROUP FOR OUR POST CARDS… SEE THEM ALL HERE…
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I have been waiting for Jackie to post her blog about creating her piece of HEXIE ART.   I was amazed at how small these HEXIEs are… less than an inch in size.
 
I love the couching technique and have never tried that before… I have a couching foot for my machine so I think this is something I would like to do.    I love the colors that Jackie selected for her back ground.                   .

 

This is the cutest postcard …..  I have plans for it to go in the hallway once I have finished painting and the new flooring is in.  I am thinking of creating an entire wall of postcard small pieces created by my friends, and myself.   Right now it will be pretty lonely so I will put some stuff that I want to replace back up … but if I join future postcard exchanges and on line bees plus make some of my own … that wall will fill up fast.

This is all for now I am taking a break from my editing my podcast… so back to work I go…

Happy Quilting to all

NONNIE

 

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MY POST CARD EXCHANGE for Quilt Cabana . . .

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RIGHT CLICK on any of the photos and a new open window will to a larger photograph.

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On a whim I joined Sandi Colwell’s from Quilt Cabana’s blog, post card exchange . A while back they started a quarterly exchange. I had seen the postcards on twitter and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to use techniques I wanted to try out but did not plan to make an entire bedside quilt. I figured this would give me a break from some of the other long term projects I have going on. But being me I put some PARAMETERS on the project. ( You will notice I am not calling them rules) In part I need the rules to keep me in check as I do tend to get carried away with projects.. They start small then they explode  into huge.

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First Parameter:

Project must be done equal to the time frame of one afternoon. I might spread the work over several sessions but I was not to spend more than 4 to 6 hours.
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Second Parameter:

I plan to try any of the various techniques I have been seeing on DVDs, the internet and in book. I have a huge collection of quilting DVDs. I buy them, I watch them but have rarely tried any of the techniques. I own all the Quilt in a Day, FONS and Porter series, some Quilt Arts and all of THE QUILT SHOW. There are wonderful lessons and videos I watch them all the time… but now was a chance to get busy and see what techniques I like. Hopefully when I get finished with this current round of quilts I will be able to use the new techniques I learn into larger projects.
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I want to honor my past and my home state of MICHIGAN. The subject of my projects will be reflection of my life here and what makes MICHIGAN special. My postcard will reflect the current logo …. PURE MICHIGAN. When I was young my parents could not afford to take us on vacation. I was about 13- 14 years old when we took our first vacation as a family. We rented a northern cottage and spent a magical week swimming, lazing and having fun. My sister and brother were much more adventuresome as there was a tree with a rope that could be used to swing out and drop into the lake. They used it right away but it took me till the last day of our vacation to swing out on a rope to drop into the lake. … but I did it even thought I was afraid.

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The SUMMER POSTCARD:
My postcard partner is Jackie from SEW EXCITED QUILT Blog.

http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com/       SEW EXCITED QUILTS

The post card is on the way to her as I write and pictures of everyone’s postcard can be found on the FLICKER GROUP set up for the exchange. My pictures and this blog will not be posted until I am sure that Jackie got my project in the mail.

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2608989@N25/          FLICKER POST CARD GROUP

I would like to say as usual the project exploded on me. I originally planned a simple post card but because of the motifs I selected I had to enlarge the size in order to maintain the proportions of the piece. I started setting up my backing and batting. I also included a sheet of RICKY TIMS STABLE STUFF as stabilizer for the thread painting and free motion quilting. I started by layering the fabric to make the background design of the tree, ground and lake. I raw edge appliqued the various layers. I had raw edge appliqued before but not in a long time. I think this time I did a better job with the applique. I then free motion quilted the background. I ran into trouble when I tried to FMQ the leaves on the tree. I had already FMQed the ground and the water elements but my machine kept skipping stitches when I tried to FMQ the tree section. At first I thought it was because of the basting spray I had used to sandwich the fabrics. I later realized I had too many layers of fabric in this section of the piece. I had applied the leaf fabric over the water and had not clipped out the excess fabric. There were too many layers of fabric to FMQ the top thread was not able to connect correctly with the bobbin thread. I have learned my lesson and will trim out my applique in the future.

I used HAND applique technique called BACK BASTING to secure the swimmers to the water background. It was a new hand applique technique to me and I think I like it enough to use it in the future. I used this piece to test out some techniques I hope to use on a larger piece.

The final technique I used was the framing instead of binding… as you can see I still have to improve on that technique. I have tried several methods I viewed in DVDs, Craftsy and on YOU tube but none of them work very well. I need to learn how to handle the bulk in the corners better. I am posting pictures of the various steps I used to make this piece.

Well this is all there is to the tale of my SUMMER POST CARD.  I will be posting Jackie’s post card in a future blog.   Join us on twitter and join the next post card exchange… it is a lot of fun and can be a challenge.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

 

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My birthday present to myself — one of many

ART OF MC TAVISHING

I recently had a birthday and I treated myself to a several present, The Second edition of ART OF MC TAVISHING by Karen McTavish. I loved the first edition and Karen really inspired me to try FREE MOTION QUILTING. I had a long armer do all my quilting prior to seeing Karen’s DVD and reading her book. It looked like so much fun. I have spent the last two years learning and doing FMQ. I feel I have come a long way in my own attempts.

At first glance I thought the second edition book was a repeat of the first edition. I then went through the books page by page and realized that Karen has updated and added a lot of new material as well as a lot of new pictures of quilts and examples of McTavishing. The addition of a second DVD with more demonstration and instruction by Karen is worth the cost of the book. I have already watched the DVD twice and have been practicing several new motif I have not seen before and want to add to arsenal of FMQ motifs.

The only MINOR complaint I might have with the book would be that I wish they had re-shot the pictures for BACK GROUND FILLERS.   The motifs are so much fun and new pictures could have really highlighted with better picture.  But that is my preference, on the whole the book and dvds are excellent and worth being added to my reference shelves. 

GOOD READS RATING:  5 out of 5 stars.  I have used the first edition frequently and now I am looking forward to using the new motifs in my next quilting project.

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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General Reviews of MAGAZINES …. sorry ranting again

DISCLAIMER: I got a bunch of free magazines and books from my quilt shop friend. I am only mentioning this as I do not want anyone to think I am getting any money or sponsorship because I have been posting so many reviews lately. Anyways I did make out like a bandit got some really good magazines and a stinker…. I am going to be reviewing magazines in an entirety rather than individual issues.

FIRST off a couple of years ago I stopped subscribing to almost all my quilting magazines… they were so redundant and many of the quilts displayed in them besides being uninspiring were downright UGLY quilts. Most of the quilts shown were a mishmash from the same fabric collection and I considered them more advertisement for fabric companies then quilts I would want to make. The quilts lacked contrast, spark and focus, further more I saw the same quilt blocks being used over and over again… stars and monkey wrenches showed up repeatedly in all the magazines. WITH over 4000 known quilt blocks couldn’t the editors insist of different block patterns?

Since I save patterns and pictures of quilts for inspiration I found I was throwing out / giving away more and more magazines and keeping less and less patterns or pictures for inspiration. I also found I became a big PINTEREST USER and enjoyed the less clutter from getting rid of the magazines. Consequently I dropped all my magazine subscriptions. The only one I have kept for the last three years were FONS AND PORTER LOVE OF QUILTING. I would get the subscription as part of a package every time I bought a series DVD. I have recently subscribed to MACHINE QUILTING UNLIMITED which is actually for long-armers but has a lot of really good information about sewing machines, threads, batting etc. So far the majority of what they discuss in the magazine can be applied to my domestic machine quilting. I am going to maintain my subscription for a couple more years.

SO on to the reviews…

I like the new line of magazines that FONS AND PORTER are producing. I am finding I have less and less time to quilt so I want simpler patterns. I have also gotten away from the styling in the flagship magazine LOVE OF QUILTING … those quilts tend to be template heavy, F&P product heavy and very traditional and retro in their styling. They use a lot of Civil War and reproduction fabrics in their quilts. They occasionally have more contemporary fabrics but even then the pallets are more mature and muted in styling. Maybe because I had the magazine for over 10 years I am bored by it. My quilting style has changed and evolved over time and yes I enjoy antique quilts but usually not in my home. I will recommend this magazine to those people who like traditional style of quilts. The lessons in the magazine are well written and easy to understand. I always thought I got my money’s worth from the magazine. I did and do save a lot of their patterns for someday use.

I do love their new magazine lines QUILTY, QUILTING QUICKLY, and EASY QUILTS they reflect a more modern ascetic . I see fresher, more innovative styling to the quilts. I do not see a repeat of the same blocks and patterns. I had to make a series of baby quilts last year and those magazines were a gold mine of ideas, pattern and yes even instruction. Much of the techniques and instructions come from the parent magazine LOVE of Quilting. I recognize the writing styles and the articles. After all how many ways can you make half square triangles? ( ANSWER: over 16 methods) These magazines are also F&P product heavy but for some reason I do not seem to mind as much. Probably because I have found so much other useable information in the magazines. I feel I am getting my money’s worth. I have made a large number of these patterns when I need to make fast gifts. I find I have been saving these magazine intact for many years, usually I rip out what I want and toss the rest in my annual purge. These magazine are saved from that fate… so far.

One magazine I found I think you should not buy as it was not worth the money and it is very expensive ( $11.99 American for less than 100 pages) was PATCHWORK and QUILTING, Sharing your Passion for Fabrics, an English publication. I read three of the issues. The magazine is advertisement heavy, pattern and article light, did not have much substance. There were 6 block / quilt patterns, the rest of the projects were purses, and softies. There were 5 pages devoted to fabric collections but I consider that advertisement and of no use to me because I only buy from local quilt shops. ( HAVE to touch the fabric to love before I buy.) I did not see anything different or special about the ascetics of this magazine and you get more bang for your buck from other magazines.

I have several issues of INTERNATIONAL, IRISH and French ( English version) Quilting magazines from various publications and most of them were better developed. My cousin brought me an Italian sewing /quilt magazine and helped me translate some of it to English. I loved the pictures and the magazine is very stylized more like a coffee table book. It was heavy into quilts using trapunto done in silks and satins. I put the Italian away on my reference shelf as it reminds me of my mother and grandmother.

American Patchwork and Quilting use to be my favorite quilting magazine along with McCalls and I still love their special issues. Somewhere along the way I stopped liking them and dropped my subscriptions in 2011- 2012. Lately I have been picking them up again when I go to the quilt shop. I think the problem was that McCall’s and Patchwork both went to the dark side and had to many what I called MASHED up quilts where a single collection was used in the making of the quilt and it lacked contrast and spark. The special issues American, and Scrap Quilts did not have that problem but the flag ship magazine not only had lack luster fabric picks the pattern used where reparative. I once counted 4 monkey wrench patterns in the same magazine… boring. (I base all of what I am saying in one of my purges I only saved one or two patterns from an entire magazine. ) I am reconsidering my evaluation of these magazines because in the last couple of months I am finding them more diverse in their color selections, techniques used and block patterns.  I have been reading some information on techniques I have never done so I am learning a lot.

Too bad, I have become a PINTEREST fanatic and use that as my main source of inspiration. I now like developing my own designs rather than using patterns by other people.  I guess I have changed a lot in the last couple of years as a quilter.
This is all for now. I will be reviewing more books and magazines in the future. I just got saw some that I really want to look into. I also plan a big purge of 2 bins filled with older quilt magazine and that means I will have more opinions.

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL : 22 Modern Quilts from Classic Blocks

VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL

By Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones
Published: 2013

This was another book I was given, but I really enjoyed it. The blocks in this book are traditional vintage blocks. Most of the blocks are identified by BARBARA BRACKMAN’s book ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS. I really appreciated the identification of the blocks used. One of my biggest complaints about the recent quilt books and magazines I have read is that traditional blocks are used and the names are changed. I personally think this is disrespectful to the quilters who came before us. I think we should all be encouraging the book and magazine editors to insist on identification of traditional vintage blocks in their quilts. If a quilter wants to rename a quilt that is one thing but to rename blocks is an entirely different matter.

This book included historical mini lessons for each quilt / block presented. I found the factoids interesting and informative, I really enjoyed reading them. In some ways this made the book for me.

The book includes a cD of templates for the quilt blocks which I found very helpful. There are 22 project in the book using the blocks. The blocks are 12.5 inches and one of the quilts is a sampler. For each block a quilt just using the block is presented. Other projects are presented using different size blocks.  I am not into making purses, pouches or pillows but I thought most of the projects were cute. ( I have too many beds right now that need full size quilts… maybe after I retire I will make cutsie stuff.)

Another section in the book discusses colorways and even though they are not my colors I found the way they used colors was interesting. Many of the quilts had different setting not seen or used in traditional quilts. I also like the fact that most of the blocks are not run of the mill blocks so over published OHIO STARS, MONKEY WRENCHES or Drunkards Path. I have EQ7s BLOCK BASE, Barbara Brackman’s and Jenny Beyer’s block books and all of these blocks are in there. What I liked best was these required increasing skill. The blocks start out simple and become more advanced as the book progresses. Most of the quilts had interesting modern settings and colorways. I have taken many sampler quilts and found them a good learning experience that improves your quilting skills.

I also found a lot of FREE MOTION QUILTING exhibited in the quilts. The FMQ went from simplistic to very intricate, giving me a lot of ideas for the quilts I am currently working on.

BLOCKS INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:

  • Double Z
  • Dakota Star
  • Riviera
  • Rolling Squares
  • Red Cross
  • Mayflower
  • Tea Leaf
  • CrossPatch
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Tilted Star
  • Cross and Crown
  • Geometric Star
  • Exploding Star
  • Double Windmill
  • Dove in the Window
  • Art Square
  • Mosaic No 8

All and all I am giving this a 4 out of 5 ratings ( GOOD READS) as I think a lot of quilters will find this a good book to use, regardless if you are a modern or a traditional quilter. I think you will love the blocks in this book. I also rated this high because of the historical factoids in the book. I will review the book again after I have made some of the blocks…. I feel another sampler quilt coming my way.

Happy Quilting to all,

Nonnie

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BLOCK PARTY … a modern quilting bee

BLOCK PARTY

BLOCK PARTY … a modern quilting bee
By Alissa Haight Carlton
And Kristen Lejnikes

This book has been around since 2011, but it is new to me. I got it as payment from a friend who owns a quilt shop. (Long story but off topic.)

This book is different in that it was more of a chronicle of an on line QUILTING BLOCK PARTY ( BEE.) The book discusses a yearlong project among friends. They each took turns designing quilt blocks and sending instructions and fabric to the others in the group. Once the blocks were made they sent them back to the originator who assembled them into a quilt.

Today, I recognize most of the names of the quilters who made the blocks, but if I had read the book in 2011 I would not have recognized any of the quilters. I knew little or nothing about the Modern Quilt Movement. I probably would have rated it very low as I had little or no appreciation of modern quilts and what they were about. I will also be the first to admit that I am rather HIDE BOUND and ridged in some of my opinions. I do not think I would liked many of the blocks / quilts in the book. I have learned a lot about the MODERN QUILT MOVEMENT and what they are trying to accomplish. I have a growing appreciation of MODERN QUILTS and have even made several blocks and quilts using patterns that are considered modern.

I enjoyed the quilters statements that are include with each of the monthly projects. They each discussed what they learned through the projects / quilt party and how it impacted their quilting lives .

There were no real patterns supplied for the quilt blocks, more general directions and instructions. Since most modern quilters feel you should express your own creativity they give you enough instructions to make similar quilts but no real details.

The book includes a chapter called, COLLECTIVE WISDOM. In this chapter they go thru general instructions for making a quilt including fabric selection, batting, quilt backings, general block construction and binding application, among other lessons.

BECAUSE there was a lack of detailed block construction I would only recommend this book to quilters with some experience who want to dive into modern style quilting. I really liked some of the quilts but others left me cold. I think some of the issues I had with the quilts were the background fabrics and the colors selected. I am sure you will remember I dislike complementary colorways as I find them garish, so if the quilts were strongly complementary I tended to dislike it… but colorways are personal preferences. I also find that I do not care for most grey backgrounds as I think they muddy the other colors. That is another matter for personal preference. I might like grey better in the future as I have just painted the majority of the shared areas ( landing, hallways and computer room) of the house a pale blue grey.

I rated this book a 3.4 out of 5 ( GOOD READS) as I enjoyed the quilter narratives and some of the quilts were interesting, all of them were creative and innovative. I decreased the rating and would only recommend this book to experienced quilters who have some understanding of how to construct blocks. As I have stated there are no detailed directions for block construction in this book.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEWs: MY reasons for doing them ….

I do some web work on the side for a friend who opened a quilt shop in south east MICHIGAN.   It is a pretty much one woman shop and she runs out of time to do the niceties of advertising and posting on her blog, so I have been helping her out by posting her sales and writing blog posts for her.  I do a very simple blog and email advertisement send out for her customers.  We do most of the work over the phone as her shop is 70 miles away from my home and I do not get out there as often as I would like.  This weekend I went to visit her and her husband and the next few blog posts will be about some of the books and magazines I recently picked up.

She can not afford to pay me in cash since she makes just enough to pay her bills, cover over head and a small salary for herself.  So we came up with a wonderful payment plan…. fabric, thread, quilt books and quilt magazines ( those that do not sell) and various sundry items that I use in my projects.  As far as I am concerned I am making out like a bandit since I rarely spend more than 6 hours in a week doing these tasks.

In these book reviews I try to be unbiased ( something hard to do) and give a factual review of the book’s content.  I try to think of all quilters and what they need.  Sometimes my prejudices seeps through by the choice of  adverbs and adjectives I use.  I do review books that I purchase (or am given) that I do not like.  I have very particular and marked tastes and I try not to let me influence my reviews.  WITH that said I try to evaluate the directions and instructions given in the books, magazines and articles for their ease of understanding.  I do not mince words if they are unclear or difficult to understand as I feel that is why I or other quilters buy a book.   Yes, we are influenced by the ascetics in the books and magazines but if the directions are garbled I feel I have wasted my money and that make me very unhappy.

I will continue to review books, magazines, dvds, and classes, whether I like them or not in the future.   I will do my best to be unbiased but since I  try to be a straight shooter I will voice the negatives as well as the positives.   I am fully aware that the authors work hard to make the quilts and write the directions, I try not to be brutal and find something good in  every book.  But I feel I work hard for my money too and poor instructions lead to wasting my time, effort and fabric. ( WASTING my fabric is a big pet peeve.)

I am going to ask you, my readers, would you rather have only positive reviews or do you also want the ones that are somewhat negative in nature EVEN if they are just my opinions.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE
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BOOK REVIEW : New Fangle Piecing

NEW FANGLE PIECING     >>>>  NEW FANGLED PIECING  by CATHY BUSCH  is a recently published quilt book (2014.)  I was intrigued with the title as I love technique books.  I was wondering what new technique would be included in this book…. It is my firm belief that  there is very little new in the quilting world and we recycle ideas, techniques and patterns over and over again.   But  curiosity killing “this cat” I had to buy the book, just to see what MS BUSCH felt was new fangled piecing.  Besides the title of the book I was attracted to the cover quilt picture as I love LEAF QUILTS and am always looking for ways to make the maple leaf quilt block in  a new method.

 

 >>>>  This book includes several ( 11  ) patterns mostly using traditional fabrics.  She uses several strategies and techniques to design her blocks as NEW FANGLED.  Her strategies included  eliminating seams,   substituting units, using alternate methods for block construction and seeing the bigger picture.  She includes a number of techniques in the instruction part of the book.  She feels the techniques she teaches are  faster, more efficient then other methods.  I will say I have not gone into depth with this book and have not yet made any of her quilts or blocks.  Ms Busch has redesign many traditional blocks.  I will say that I can  agree with some of her assertions that her redesigns of the blocks  should be easier and faster.  

 

>>>>  The one block I did not care for was the MAPLE LEAF BLOCK, much to my surprise.  I can see using this in my taking forever leaf quilt for some of the blocks but for an entire quilt I would find this a boring technique.   By eliminating the seams and decreasing the piecing I think the blocks are flatter, and less interesting.  I love scrappy MAPLE LEAF BLOCKS and frequently use small scraps of fabric  and extra seaming to add interest to my blocks.  But then I figure each to their own… I do not think Ms Busch would find my quilt to her taste either.         

>>>>I feel this book was a decent instructional book and Ms Busch does a good job explaining the techniques she uses to make her quilts.    I would not recommend the book for a beginning quilter as I think some of the techniques she recommend is for a more experience quilter.   I also feel that beginning quilters should use simpler, tradional  techniques to make their first quilt or they will get discouraged.   Ms Busch uses partial seaming,  flipped corners, eliminate seams,  using flying geese units instead of triangles to mention just a few of the techniques discussed.    MS Busch includes several information tables that I am finding very helpful.

 

Blocks used in the book:

MAPLE LEAF

FRIENDSHIP STAR

OHIO STAR 

SPOOL BLOCKS

STRETCH STAR

SUSANNA BLOCK

>>>>  I am currently rating this book 3.5 out of 5 stars ( GoodReads) as I have not had the chance to make the blocks from this book yet.  I have read the book twice through.  I will  update the review in the future.   If you like traditional quilts you might enjoy the quilts in the book.   I like bright colors, scrappy,  and more modern fabrics I found the quilts a little lack luster… nice enough but not very exciting or inspiring. These quilts that reflect a traditional aesthetic.

 

FOR NOW …. HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE

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A really great TRUNK SHOW at the guild

This was the description from our guild’s calendar:

May 28th Meeting – A lecture/trunk show by Linda McGibbon and Leslie Peterson
of Bay City/Midland area. These two have been friends for years, thus the name of their presentation: Friendship. But they have different tastes.

Linda likes paper piecing, machine piecing and bargello.
Leslie likes hand needle turn appliqué, wool appliqué, red work, and color tinting fabric. They will be bringing loads of quilts to show.

Their pattern company :    LAKE VIEW PATTERNS BY LINDA MC GIBBONS . . .

THIS was a very enjoyable trunk show. They had over 100 quilt projects to show between them. I enjoyed how they each were cheerleaders for the other ones work. Many of the larger quilts have been entered and won prizes in various quilt shows including Puducah and Houston. The GIRLS are available for  workshops, classes and trunk shows.  I am going to let their quilts  talk for them….          … 

LESLIE PETERSON’s QUILTS:
Leslie enjoys embroidery and hand applique. The majority of her quilts are done by hand … piecing and quilting. Her kids were involved in after school activities and sports. She said many of her quilts were totally made in her car and never made it into the house until it was completed.

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Linda made this quilt for her daughter to commemorate her love of ballet.

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LESLIE said she made many of her large scale appliques by cutting the fabric out directly on the quilt. Each of her kids was given a quilt to suit their sports passions.

11r- e- left over blocks

Linda gave Leslie some left over paper pieced MARINER COMPASS blocks from some of her projects, the problem was they were different sizes. It was up to Leslie to design a quilt using those blocks. She used her favorite applique to unite and highlight the blocks. Everyone ohhhed and ahhhed over these quilts.

12 pieced background applique

This wall hanging used a pieced background to highlight the and emphasize the applique. As part of her lecture, Leslie discussed how her quilting evolve over several years.
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LINDA MC GIBBON’s QUILTS:

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LINDA designs many of her own quilts using ELECTRIC QUILT. Her favorite method is paper piecing.
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Bargello quilts is another of Leslie’s passion and style.
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14- STRING DRUNKARDS PATH

2-ANIMAL PRINTS

RECENTLY, Leslie has been playing with the DRUNKARD PATH BLOCKS. She has been seeing how far she can go with adding PIZZAZ to the blocks and quilts….. I THINK SHE HAS GOT IT!

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING…
NONNIE

 

I am running away for a mini vacation with DH… so I will get back with you later with more pictures.

100 BLOCKS MAGAZINE by Quilt Maker

100 BLOCKS by Quilt Maker Magazine Just picked up 100 BLOCKS from QUILTMAKER MAGAZINE, this has become one of my favorite magazines. I look forward to each new issue. I enjoy going through and seeing what new blocks have been designed and picking out ones that MIGHT someday end up in a quilt of mine. I love redrafting the designs in ELECTRIC QUILT 7 program and seeing how they look in a quilt. I know QUILTMAKER MAGAZINE releases another issue featuring quilts made from the blocks …. but I usually CAN NOT WAIT for that issue to be released. I also find the blocks and colorways they choose are not the blocks I would have chosen. So instead I draft my own blocks, of course, there are some changes because I am not very good in EQ, but I am getting better. I love seeing the blocks put into quilts …. I can then dream of making the quilts in the future.

There are a few things I do not like about the magazine, and it is a really small dislike, is the change in the participants. When the magazine first started releasing these designs they and the instructions were written by the average quilter who sent in block designs. I have noted a big shift to block designs by the quilting superstars and fewer and fewer blocks by the average or novice quilter. What attracted me to the magazine in the first place was blocks design by average quilters … I felt it was inspirational. I loved the blocks by newbies, I hope in the future they at least balance the submissions half newbies / nonprofessionals and the other half of the submissions by the quilt divas.

The main dislike I have with 100 BLOCKS MAGAZINE has to do with the block instructions. They are not newbie friendly. Many of them are poorly written or shorten to the point the blocks will be difficult to figure out. I dislike they do not have the size of the units going into the block, especially for the complex blocks. The instructions use to be much clearer and sometimes took more space / pages to explain the construction of the block, but now they seem truncated or abbreviated. (The magazine use to have more pages, this magazine seems thinner and less detailed.)

I will say one of the reasons I redraft the blocks is I have trouble understanding the instructions in most patterns, not just the ones in this magazine. I have better luck figuring out the pattern myself. And yes I frequently make changes along the way. So do not go by the redrafts but check out the magazine. You might have better luck understanding the instructions than I have. I am not very good at redrafting the blocks but my skills are improving.

I will be posting pictures of the blocks and quilts I have redrafted in EQ as time and energy permits. I should warn/ tell you I tend to pick solid color fabrics or tone on tone for coloration of the blocks. I rarely pick prints because they do not show well in EQ. Over the years I have used less and less print fabrics.
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More quilting on the NURSE QUILT

MY quilting on the nurse quilt is progressing but there is no way I will have this quilt done by May 8th, which is okay by me. We have decided to give it to my co worker for her trip to the Cancer Center instead. I have all the straight line quilting done and am now filling in some areas with FMQ. The blocks are 12 inches and it needs more quilting than what straight line quilting offers. I have mimicked the nurse blocks in adjacent blocks copying the look of the blocks; I plan to fill it in with FMQ. I am adding FMQ to the nurse blocks. Each one will have a different motif as I am using Angela Walters and Leah Day’s books for ideas. There is so much to try as I can have a different motif in every block.

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SERPENTINE STITCH / DIAGONAL

SERPENTINE STITCH / DIAGONAL

 

 

 

Using the #4 SERPENTINE STITCH on my Bernina stitch size 2.0 width 3.0. This segment was sewn on the diagonal … I used painters tape to get my lines straight in this segment and the plain straight stitch segment.

 

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  I marked this segment incorrectly ( I mark with Roxanne marking pencils)  I should have drawn a line down the center of the segment so that all the points landed at the same line.  It might be hard to see in the picture but the points vary from line to line.  I am thinking of adding some FMQ in a couple of the bands with the hopes it camouflages my point mistakes…. if it doesn’t it is design decision.

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3 - mimic the blocks plans

I am mimicking the nurse block in the adjacent space.  I still have to mark a inner square which will be filled in with FMQ.  When I first envisioned this quilt I had planned on simple straight line quilting but then the quilting took on a life of it own and I keep adding more and more details.

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If you click on the small pictures they will take to you a larger photo where you can see more detail.  Each nurse block will have different  FMQ fill in the back ground.  The batting stated I could quilt 10 inches apart as it is a needle punch batting but my quilting has been between 2 to 4 inches apart.  I think of it as a mix of Modern and Traditional quilting styles.  Modern quilts seem to have denser quilting; traditional quilts seem to have more space between quilting.

 

 

 

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HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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