Pat Speth TRUNK SHOW and Lecture at EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD …..

This post is going to be fast as it is almost 11 pm and I have to work tomorrow.  I am posting pictures ( with permission from Pat Speth)  She gave a wonderful trunk show and lecture tonight at our guild.  The quilts featured are from her books.  I am posting links to her blog and Facebook pages.  The rest of this post will just be some pictures …. I will update this post some time this weekend.

PAT SPETH WEB PAGE

PAT SPETH on FACEBOOK    

NICKLE QUILTS BLOG (on WordPress)

PAT SPETH BOOKS ON AMAZON

FREE PATTERNS ON PAT SPETH WEB PAGE

BASKET QUILT

BASKET QUILT

LEFT OVERS FROM DUTCHMAN PUZZEL

LEFT OVERS FROM DUTCHMAN PUZZEL

DUTCHMAN PUZZLE

DUTCHMAN PUZZLE

DO NOT KNOW THE NAME

DO NOT KNOW THE NAME

ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN ( JACOB LADDER WITH ATTITUDE)

ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN ( JACOB LADDER WITH ATTITUDE)

TEXAS TWO STEPS

TEXAS TWO STEPS

STAR MEDALLION

STAR MEDALLION

 

STAR AND CROWN QUILT donated to Genesys Hospice Fundraising Auction.

STAR AND CROWN QUILT donated to Genesys Hospice Fundraising Auction.

* * * I almost forgot… Pat donated a quilt to the GENESYS HOSPICE FUNDRAISER. The guild members all thought it was a generous thing to do. I am posting the picture here in it’s full size so you can see all the details. The name of the quilt is STARS AND CROWN. It was made with what Pat calls… SMALL WONDER UNITS …. The pattern for this quilt can be found in her store ….
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CABIN FEVER by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting … the book I had to have

CABIN FEVER  ….  Another got to have book – –

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CABIN FEVER

CABIN FEVER

CABIN FEVER — Modern Log Quilts

I just got CABIN FEVER by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting. First reason to like the book is the great eye candy in it. Lots of pictures of pretty quilts with great layouts and beautiful free motion quilting. And no I have not made any of the quilts in the book…. YET. After all I have only had the book in my position a couple of days. I am once again drooling over the patterns in the book. I have a number of young nieces and nephews who all show preferences for graphic, modern art designs in the furniture and homes they have. The quilts in CABIN FEVER have a definite modern flair, most of them using the traditional log cabin technique to make the blocks. There are several quilts that use more innovative piecing techniques. I like how the book takes a small block and then by twisting and turning it turns it into different position to make a lovely layout.

I also like how the books present alternate color-ways for each block. It gives you the idea of what the quilt would look in different colors. If the quilt is done as a neutral in the book then the other blocks are cool and warm. This is continued in all the patterns.

All of the quilts have a picture of a flat lying quilt hung on a wall. I love these kind of pictures as this gives me the best idea of how my quilt will look. I also like being able to draft the patterns of the blocks in EQ7 when I make a quilt because this allows me to see what my fabrics would look like in a quilt. And yes sometimes I make modifications to blocks/ quilts as I adjust the patterns to my own needs. I liked how the book also included directions for multiple size quilts, usually baby ( 36 in square) throw ( approximately 60 x70 inch) and coverlet / bed quilts ( queen and king size.) Natalia and Kathleen also threw in some patterns for pillows that were really cute.

The beginning of the book gives several lessons in basic techniques i.e. strip piecing, half square triangles, snowball corners. I always find that reviewing basic techniques is helpful to me. I also have never used a strip piecing technique to make a quilt, so this will be a great adventure for me.

The one thing I do not like about the book is the lack of sizes for the finished patches. I personally find this lack annoying in many block patterns. I like to know what size each step of making a block should finish so that I can check my sewing as I go along. I hate finding out the blocks I have made came out the wrong size because I made the base patches the wrong. Please authors put the sizes of the patches in the pattern as they are sewn together. Yes I can figure it out for myself but I paid for the book / pattern and think this should be in the pattern. I am very lazy and do not want to figure it out for myself.

All in all I think the book is worth the money I paid for it and I have found I liked all the quilts and did not find one I would not want to try in the future. For Gretchen who always asks which is my favorite quilt I will say I am currently leaning toward … TYPHOON, DILATION, and DAPPLED but I can honestly say I did not find a quilt I did not like but it depends upon the material used.

I do think the fabric available in my stash might be the biggest set back to this quilt as I do not have similar fabrics in my stash to make these patterns. I have older fabrics (mostly 5-10 years of age) in my stash and not of the same styling. I also think I might have problems doing strip piecing of an entire quilt as I do not have a lot of yardage. I have fat quarters and half yard cuts, most of these quilts require yard to 2 yards ( or more) for an entire bed quilt. My stash does not lend itself to that kind of sewing. I can probably make the more scrappy quilts but not any of the all -over colored / two quilts. If I do make the quilts I need to buy new fabrics.

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Come to think of it … the challenge of quilting is to take a pattern and make it YOURS . . . . .

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TYPHOON

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DILATATION

DILATATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAPPLED

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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IRISH CHAIN QUILTS by Melissa Corry

IRISH CHAIN by Mellisa Corry

IRISH CHAIN by Mellisa Corry

I first heard about this book on Pat Sloan’s podcast. She did an interview with Mellisa Corry and they talked about the book. Of course I went to Melissa’s web page, I fell in love with the quilts I saw. There are over 15 projects in the book… one quilt prettier then the next.  So I bought it as a birthday gift to myself.

IRISH CHAIN on Happy Quilting Melissa.com

Melissa has a modern sensibility for the most part. Most of her quilt are based on tradition but she puts her unique twist on the blocks. Her instructions are pretty clear cut, easy to understand.  ( Keep in mind I have not made a quilt from her directions yet.)  Many of her quilts seem beginner friendly. She does a lot of strip piecing instead of just sewing patches together. I have never done a strip pieced quilt but I am willing to give it a try. I have heard it is easier than just piecing patches.

 

 

The chapters in the book are:

TWIST on TRADITION

MODERN PATCHWORK

IMPROVISATIONAL PIECING

APPLIQUE CHAINS

 

There are 15 quilts in the book and I would make most of them.  I see several that would make really cute baby quilts.  The quilt with the little houses in a chain is one of my favorites. You will have to see the book to see the quilt.

 

Right now I am planning to make the quilt NORTH STAR … see below a picture from the book and my EQ7 version.   I know for sure the red but not sure about the blue as I do not have a large assortment of  blue fabrics.  ( I am thinking scrappy)  Maybe gold would be a better choice than the blue. I think this book is worth the money I spent and am already pulling fabrics from my stash for two of the quilts from the book.

North Star

North Star

 

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My EQ version of North Star

 

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IRISH CHAIN by MELISSA CORRY on Amazon

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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PADS for BRACES . . . .

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My co-worker’s 9 year old son had a stroke last month. He is finally home but goes to physical therapy daily. He has to wear a brace on his leg. My friend contact me to see if I could make him some pads to protect his leg from the brace strap. The brace comes with a foam pad but the foam pads cause sweating and become very uncomfortable.   The foam pads tended to break when stress was put on the openings. 

 

She sent me the measurements via Face-Book as she has not been back to work since he became ill. I have made 4 so far but plan to spend the weekend making more.

LEG PAD

The pads are 2 by 4 inches with an opening for the one inch straps located a 1/2 inch from the edges. I have made several the first attempts being wonky as I found it hard to turn the little pads inside out. But after several attempts I have the sewing down so I can a nice looking pad.

 

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My biggest problem is the BUTTON HOLE feature on my machine will not work. It seems like the button to turn it on is stuck and will not progress the stitches to form the button hole. I have made the button holes manually but they tend to be wonky. I am going to experiment and hopefully come up with a decent button hole. In the picture I put an arrow to the last pad I made and I can see definite improvement in the technique. I modified the size to 2.5 inches wide x 4 inches in length …. It makes the pad slightly larger and easier to sew.

Who knew something so simple could be so exasperating.

 

 UPDATE:  June 30, 2015

I found grading the batting so it is removed from inside the seam allowance before you “birth” ( turn inside out) the pad, helps to smooth the edges of the pad.   I then could machine sew the closure with a top stitch.  I have hand sewn some of the pads close while watching TV.  I think it is mostly the choice of the sewer as both techniques worked.

completed pad

 

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

 

 

 

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DIRECTIONS for putting my FISKAR rotary cutter back together. . .

YOU many ask me why I am putting this picture with directions for changing my rotary cutter blades here…. If you knew how many time I had assembled my rotary cutters incorrectly because I lost the instructions YOU would not ask. So I am posting the directions here so I do not loose it. YOU can come here to check the instructions too.

rotory cutter directions

So enjoy… and Happy Quilting.

NONNIE

PODCAST UPDATES …. several new additions

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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mawmawquilt

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

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

 

 

 

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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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http://www.mythandhistory2.podbean.com/

MYTH and HISTORY of Europe

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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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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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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

 

 

 

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

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

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http://feeds.feedburner.com/amyscreativeside … RSS feed for AMY CREATIVE SIDE PODCAST with April …

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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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VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES by BONNIE MC CAFFERY

https://itunes.apple.com/al/podcast/001bonnies-creative-quilting/id162208330 <<< BONNIE MC CAFFERY VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES ….

 

 

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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

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

 

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CANADIAN QUILTERS

 

 

 

CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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MODERN SEW-CIETY …. 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

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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 …

CRAFTY PLANNER :

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER …. found May 2015 ….

 

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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

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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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.

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.

 

LINKS TO PODCAST POSTS and BLOGS on PodBean

THIS blog post is for me… but others can click on the links…. I am trying to organize my blog by organizing my links in one spot to important and favorite posts.

 https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/more-quilting-on-the-nurse-quilt/ . . . NURSE QUILT . . . .
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBoLPslLxTs . . . QUARTER INCH SEAMS SEWN CORRECTLY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/e/revisting-dear-jane/ …. REVISITING MY DEAR JANE PODCAST …
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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/e/helpful-hints-for-entering-a-juried-quilt-show/ . . . ENTERING A JURIED QUILT SHOW . . .
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http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/e/plagued-by-uncertainty  . . . MAPLE LEAF QUILT of my DREAMS . . .
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https://thoughtandfound.wordpress.com/oh-my-stars/ . . . OH MY STARS QUILT ALONG …OVER BUT SO MUCH FUN . . .
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http://www.superiorthreads.com/superior-thread-holder-videos-overview/ . . . FAVORITE THREAD HOLDER . . .
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MORE TO COME…. I plan to update this page on a regular basis.

 

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE

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RE BLOG: Entering a Juried Quilt Show

Entering a Juried Quilt Show


Entering quilt shows has been a hot topic on the internet on several blogs, e-magazines and pod casts. I have been following the discussion because I had been considering entering the AQS QUILT SHOW in Grand Rapids this summer ( or 2013 or 2014.) What better opportunity then to enter one of the big shows in my home state. I have investigated what standards the quilts are judge upon and want to take the plunge. To that end here is the information I have discovered for my guild sisters who might also want to enter one of the larger quilt shows.

( Deadline for entry is April 30, 2012) Below I have posted links the AQS show in Grand Rapids. Be sure to register as soon as possible in order to get your entry instructions.)

Important information:
Be sure to observe all deadlines. Early entries are permissible and encouraged. Quilts submitted after the deadlines are dismissed out of hand, regardless of how beautiful your quilt is. Be sure to follow any instructions about submission for a particular category or group. Read the rules and regulations carefully and follow them.

Follow the rules for the type of photographs required. For the national quilt shows a professional photograph might be desirable. MOST quilt shows will not accept photographs that have been edited in any manner. Following the directions be prepared to submit a head on shot of yourself, a picture of the entire quilt, details of the quilting and close ups of the important details of the quilt. Most photographs are to be submitted in digital format ( CD) but some places still require slides. You must submit the photographs in the format they request.

The rules for the quilt show are set by the hosting organization and will change from show to show. The national shows usually have certified judges, judges who will judge the quilt based on predetermined standards. Judges can be trained and certified by the National Quilting Association, or they can be trained through experience. They all adhere to similar standards of judging, although final results will be varied based on the individuals. There are several method of tallying the points for judging the quilt and the hosting organization will determine what criteria is used. It is usually spelled out in the quilt entry form. Quilts are judged individually then against other quilts in their category and classifications. Best of show quilts are the most perfect quilts with the best workmanship and design elements in the show.

What is important to remember is that having your quilts judged is to improve your techniques for the next quilt, to learn from the judge’s comments. Do not take comments personally but use them as a springboard for improving your workmanship.

What criteria are used for JUDGING A QUILT?
Design / Technique/ Workmanship / Presentation

Presentation:
In her podcast Annie Smith stresses the importance of having your quilt “SHOW READY”. Many beautiful quilts have been knocked out of completion because of pet hair, lint, stains, and odors. Be sure all threads are buried and none are left dangling from construction. All marking should be removed. BE SURE YOUR QUILT IS IMPECCABLY CLEAN.

WORKMANSHIP:
Technique:
For the most part like quilts are judged against each other in their respective categories. It is important to read the rules carefully and enter your quilt in the correct category. What-ever technique you chose it should the best workmanship that you can achieve. Again no dangling threads, applique should be well stitched with invisible stitches. Pieced blocks should have points not cut off or into the seam allowance.

Pay attention to the basics of construction and do the absolute best that you can.

Over all look of the quilt and the impact it has on viewers is important.

Does it hang straight? Are the edges straight and plumb?

Does the quilt lie flat?

DO the borders wave?

Precision of seam allowance is examined.

Are points cut off are they lost into seam allowance?

Threads not buried but hanging off the quilt

Quilting details, regardless of what type of quilting (Hand, domestic or long-arm.) Is it consistent type of quilting being used. Are the stitches even, standard in size and shape? Was the quilting by an individual, a group or professional long arm quilter. (Credit must be given to whoever did the quilting.)

Hand quilting (stitches even size on front and back of quilt, starts and stops not visible, quilt marking lines not visible.)

Machine Quilting (domestic or long armed) is examined for correct tension, thread dots on back of quilt. They look for the starts and stops and the expertise of the back tracts. Thread nests are especially frowned upon.

Does the stitch in the ditch come out of the ditch? More and more shows are judging the quilting against the same type of quilts. (Hand against hand, domestic against domestic and long arm against long arm.) The judges realize different skill sets are required for the different types of quilting.

The binding is especially important. Are the thread hanging, missed stitches gaps in the stitching? Are there any parts where the binding is empty or weak? Are the corners sewn closed on top and bottom? Is the size of the binding uniform; is there any pulling to the back to cover the stitches attaching the binding? Stitches that attach the binding to the quilt should not be seen, but covered by the binding. No batting should be poking through.


DESIGN ELEMENT OF JUDGING:

• Visual impact of design – The quilt must be visible across the room! It needs to be eye-catching
• Originality and creativity
• Color and value
• Balance and integration of design (scale, relationship and arrangement of quilt components including borders)
• Overall appearance (quilt is clean, free of odor, and hangs squarely)
• General construction – workmanship (piecing, applique, borders even)
• Level of difficulty
• Special techniques (if applicable)
• Machine quilting (stitches of even length, no tension problems – Bobbin thread should not show on top and top thread should not show on back. Starts and stops not visible.)
• Quilting design appropriate to quilt top, density of quilting consistent
• Finishing (binding applied securely, evenly and accurately, square corners – no dog ears)

Art Quilts are judged on their merits …

There are more shows being established just for the art quilts. The impact of the design, the artistic expression, composition and all the rules of art are most important for these quilts. That said, technique is still considered to be important part of the judging of these quilts.

Embellishments adhered correctly and are secure

Subjects not taken into consideration and judges try not to allow their own biases and preferences sway them.

Creativity

Color

Harmonious design

Technical skills are judged


Sources:

http://aqsshows.com/AQSGrandRapids/.. REGISTRATION, CLASSES
http://aqsshows.com/AQSGrandRapids/contests …Contests and Deadlines

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Annie Smith, Quilting Stash blog and podcast
http://simplearts.com Podcast 209-210 and 211
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Quilt Judging

http://www.bukisa.com/articles/348120_criteria-used-in-judging-quilt-contests …. Criteria used in judging a quilt

 

RE- BLOG: Why commentators do not comment . . .

Why commentators do not comment:

If you listen on an i-pod while doing other things…… you mean to comment but do not get on the computer till a later time and by that time you have forgotten what your WITTY, INSIGHTFUL COMMENT WAS … so you skip commenting altogether.

You are driving in your car listening …carrying on a conversation with the podcast. When it comes time you can comment you have had your say, won the argument and are willing to leave bygones be bygones and go on to something else.

If YOU are listening on your computer while you quilt… the quilt takes a turn for the worst when you are listening to the podcast and requires your full attention.

You are listening to the podcast in the darkness of the night (Isn’t insomnia a wonderful thing!) and after you comment you read what you wrote and it makes no sense so you erase it and go back to sleep.

A new podcast is released so you think you have lost the moment and decide you will post on the new podcast instead. Then you do not get around to it for all the above reasons…. and it all starts over again.

THAT IS OKAY WE UNDERSTAND….

 

Happy Quilting

NONNIE

More Machine Quilting pictures

New York Beauty – Domestic Machine Quilting~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I should explain that I do crop and edit the pictures to make them easier to view. I do not color or change any significant aspects of the pictures, but I frequently paint out a messy background. When I am able I note if the quilt is hand or machine quilted on domestic machine or a long arm. I do not always have the information available and then it is up to the viewer to decide for themselves. The purpose of these photos are to highlight various quilting technique I am trying to train my eye to explore the differences between the various techniques.
I am also trying to use other quilting techniques in my own quilting. Our quilt guild is having an art quilt challenge. Members are suppose to make an art quilt based on their idea of what makes an art quilt. The only rule is the project has to be larger than 15×15 inches or 225 square inches. Any shape size larger is okay. I will be posting my efforts as I go along. I am planning to work on this project almost exclusively until January.

 

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Baptist Fan Quilting Pattern

 

 

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MY favorite quilt block … BRAVE WORLD #1265

MY FAVORITE QUILT BLOCK: 1265
SPINNER …. Nancy Page
BRAVE WORLD (1265) … Farmer Journal 1944
BRAVE NEW WORLD … Fons and Porter
Brown World ….. Nancy Cabot

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……    https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/1904/ LINK to TIPS and TRICKS FOR BRAVE WORLD BLOCK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
As identified in Barbara Brackman’s book. All block illustrations are from ELECTRIC QUILT BLOCK BASE.
I have first saw this block on Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting PBS TV show. ( I think season 500.) I have made several quilts using this block. I think I like it because it can be set in so many different lay-out. Even using the same blocks ( I make tons of them with left over fabrics and various white on white fabrics as background. ) I find by making these blocks it lets me make baby quilts quickly.

I usually make the baby quilts scrappy.  I usually make 4 inch blocks.  I have often used  novelty fabrics that I have fussy cut as the square.  This makes the blocks directional so you have to pre- plan the quilt using a design wall.

 

 

I am posting the instructions and measurements for this patch on line because I had lost the original file ( computer crash) and just recently found a print-out so I am recreating it here. This patch is the basis for many blocks and quilts depending upon the orientation and placement of the blocks.  By posting the patch instructions here I am less likely to lose the file again. This also allows my blog readers to use the information to make their own blocks. I will tell you I am not good at formatting on this web page so in the future I will try making a pdf file, but first I have to buy a pdf ADOBE writer.  Adobe pdf lets you put tables into the file.  I think will make my instructions easier to understand.  They will also be briefer as they will be instructions with no detailed explanations of the blog post.

FOUR INCH (finished) PATCHES
Fabrics: For most quilts I pick background fabric usually light colored ( I am partial to scrappy white on white fabrics) and I like mixed scraps of medium to dark colors. Placement of the lights and darks go a long way to define the look and style of the quilt.

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Cut squares of 4 – 7/8th (5) inches on the diagonal to make two half square triangles.

( CONFESSION TIME: I usually make my squares larger, to the full inch measurement. I then square the block down after assembly. This is easier and more accurate for me….. I belong to the make it big and square it up club. This patch would be 5 inches in size then cut in half. )

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From the background fabric, cut square patch 2-7/8th ( 3) inches in half on the diagonal. These patches are then sewn to make a triangular unit on a 2.5 inch square.

 

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The new triangle patch is then sewn to the 4-7/8th (5) inch triangle to make the BRAVE WORLD UNIT. . . .  Once the patches are sewn together press the seams to the path of least resistance …. toward the large triangle.  Square up to 4.5 inch unit. I like doing this after my patch is pressed. (I usually use starch.)

When you have enough of the units make a quilt out of them.

 

Quilt blocks needed:

Baby quilts 60in x 60in = 150 to 200 depending on size of baby quilt
Twin size quilts 70 x98 inches = approximately 408 blocks
Full size quilt 82x 98 inches = 480 blocks
Queen size quilt 98 x98 = 625 blocks (25 across & 25 down)

Measurements for other size blocks: 

ALWAYS, ALWAYS make a trial block to check my measurements … 
I have been known to be wrong and I do not do math.



FINISHED block size …………………… 4inch
Unfinished block size …………………….. 4.5 Inches
Large triangles (medium to dark fabrics ) …………………4-7/8th (5 inches)
Squares (medium to dark fabrics) ………………………….2.5  inches
Small triangles ( background fabrics > light) ………………. 2-7/8th (3inches)
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FINISHED block size …………………… 5 inch
Unfinished block size …………………….. 5.5 inches
Large triangles (medium to dark fabrics ) …………………5-7/8th (6 inches)
Squares (medium to dark fabrics) ………………………….3 inches
Small triangles ( background fabrics > light) ……………….  3.5inches 


Divided in half to get the triangle big enough… no I do not do math.

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FINISHED block size ……………….6 inches
Unfinished block size ………………. 6.5 inches
Large triangles (medium to dark fabrics ) ………………… 6-7/8th ( 7inches)
Squares (medium to dark fabrics) …………………………. 3.5 inches
Small triangles ( background fabrics > light) ……………. 3-7/8th(4inches)
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FINISHED block size ………………………….. 8 inches
Unfinished block size ……………………….. 8.5 inches
Large triangles (medium to dark fabrics ) …………. 8-7/8th ( 9 inches)
Squares (medium to dark fabrics) ………………….. 4.5 inches
Small triangles ( background fabrics > light) ……………….. 4-7/8th ( 5 inches)
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Let me know what you think of the instructions as I want to improve them.   I am posting the layouts I have used in the past.  I do not have the actual  pictures as I lost them in my last computer crash a couple of years ago.  These are just some of the layouts are available.  I used several books with layouts of quilts that have strong light – dark components to plan some of these quilts.  Check your books for log cabin block layouts.  I just have fun playing with the blocks.

SOLID CENTERS

SOLID CENTERS

LIGHT SMALL SQUARE CENTERS

LIGHT SMALL SQUARE CENTERS

PLAIN SETTING

PLAIN SETTING

WINDOW SETTING

WINDOW SETTING

ZIG ZAG LAYOUT

ZIG ZAG LAYOUT

PIN WHEEL SPINNER

PIN WHEEL SPINNER

FURROW CENTER

FURROW CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCRAPPY VERSION of Brave World Quilts

SCRAPPY VERSION of Brave World Quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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My favorite issue of AMERICAN PATCHWORK and QUILTING … COLOR ISSUE

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio 

PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

I picked up a copy of the COLOR ISSUE of AMERICAN PATCHWORKS and QUILTING.  It is one of the few magazines I actually pay for full price.   Most of the magazines I get are from quilt shows and guild meetings where they are donated and sold for a very reduced price.   I make sure to save this magazine in it entirety in in with my books of color theory. If you read my blog before you are aware of the rants I go into when the available magazines do stupid marketing. If not check back in my blog over the last couple of years.

I always enjoy WEEKS RINGLE’s Stash RX (THERAPY)  She teaches the magazine readers different ways of looking at their stash fabric to actually use their stash in different ways to make more exciting quilts.  I always learn a lot from this article and the series of quilt project they use where they actually apply the lessons and principles taught.  I also like how they frequently have multiple colorways of the same quilt pattern.

This last week the editors of AMERICAN PATCHWORK and QUILTING  recorded a podcast and published it on Pat Sloan’s podcast station. They go into detail on many of the quilts in the magazine and how they enjoyed making the project. I found I really enjoyed thumbing through the magazine as I listened to the podcast.  I have provide a link to PAT SLOAN’s podcast so if you have not downloaded the podcast before you can do so now…. It is well worth the listen.

ADDENDUM:   I was not too happy with the actual quilt patterns in this issue.  They were pretty much patterns that have the same blocks that have been published a number of times in the last several years ….. Churn dash, Snow Balls, hour glass, Ohio Star.  With over 4000 known royalty free blocks why do quilt magazines tend to use the same blocks over and over again?
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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QUILTING PODCAST LINKS … reviewed APRIL 25, 2015

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

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

 

 

 

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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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http://www.mythandhistory2.podbean.com/

MYTH and HISTORY of Europe

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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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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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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

 

 

 

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

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

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http://feeds.feedburner.com/amyscreativeside … RSS feed for AMY CREATIVE SIDE PODCAST with April …

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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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VIDEO  PODCAST ON iTUNES  by BONNIE MC CAFFERY

https://itunes.apple.com/al/podcast/001bonnies-creative-quilting/id162208330 <<< BONNIE MC CAFFERY VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES ….

 

 

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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

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

 

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CANADIAN QUILTERS

 

 

 

CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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MODERN SEW-CIETY …. 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

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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 …

 CRAFTY PLANNER :

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER …. found May 2015 ….

 

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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

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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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.

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.

 

STEP ONE > From picture to fabric

Saturday, April 19,2015

Saturday, was a day filled with errands including a trip to the dealership to have a mirror replaced on my driver side door.   I did not have a lot of time to actually work on my project but I did do a lot of thinking about it.  

My conundrum is how to replicate the art piece as close to his drawing as possible.  In part knowing myself I have to suppress my fussy nature I have to prevent myself from “fixing” his anatomical errors.  I also realized I wanted to be sure not to flip / mirror the orientation of the picture as I want it to look as close to the original as possible.  I am anticipating thread painting as some of the process so I am going to use my Ricky Tims Stable Stuff  to stabilize the fabric.   I drew out the picture on the stabilizer and then putting on a sun lit window redrew the picture.  I had used pencil when traced directly on the picture as I did not want to damage it.   When retracing on the window I used a fine line sharpie.  I figured since I can not get the sharpie marks out of my fabrics when I write on my uniforms by accident the marks will also stay when I do it on purpose.  I plan to fuse / my stabilizer to my fabric then sew from the back a single line of stitching recreating the drawing lines.   By having a mirrored drawing as my pattern when I sew from the back it should look like the original drawing.   I am going to use ( 60 wt) matching thread.  Hopefully, by doing this it will give me a basic sketch that I will use thread painting strengthen and define.  I can already tell the face is going to be the biggest challenge.

The next task I do have planned related to this project is fabric selection.  I am going into my stash to find fabrics that will work to replicate the drawing.  From those fabrics I will let my grandson pick the fabrics to go into the drawing.  I have to be careful on how I handle this as my grandson knows I have a stash of  Star Wars and Super Hero fabric that I will be using in the other blocks of the project.  I can see him wanting the drawings to have super hero clothes on.  It is his quilt but I will maintain control and decorum.

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1- planning & first draft

 

Doing a rough draft of the project on the stabilizer is as far as I have gotten for today….. no sewing. More errands and chores to do today …. such is life.

If anyone has any input, tips about the project and techniques I am using by all means tell me now, leave a comment.

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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TRYING SOMETHING NEW for me in blogging- –

I have been quiet for a while… just not sewing, quilting or doing much of anything creative or productive.  I have to decided to try something different for me.  I plan to post short blogs first detailing my plans then tracking my progress.  I am hoping this will keep me on track so that I actually make some progress with my projects.  Here is the first project I am blogging about as it is one I am currently starting as there is a great need.

My grandson came to me dragging his current quilt and told me he need a new quilt cause the ones he had are too small.  He is right cause he has a bed ( full size) and I have not made him a quilt since he was a toddler.  He has grown like a weed and the older quilts no longer cover him adequately….. My daughter has threaten to buy him a STORE BOUGHT QUILT if I do not get one done for him by the time they move into their new home.   So after consultation with my grandson we have come up with a plan.

Every year in school my grandson participates in a school wide art project.  They make self portrait and they are displayed in the hallways.  I sometimes wonder how much work he did on the projects and how much  was done by the teachers and para-pros.  Regardless he is very proud of these picture and insist they be kept safe.   I have taken pictures of his pre-school and kindergarten portraits (see pictures below.)  He is currently working on this years portrait  and I will probably include it in the quilt too.   I am planning to replicate the pictures in  fabric.  I am going through my stash of fabrics in order to get started.   I am planning to add my grandson’s favorite fabrics to the quilt but am not sure what pattern I will be using.  I am letting my grandson have a lot of input into this project.

 

I plan to post pictures of my progress …                 

 

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I just love these pictures and look forward to replicating them in fabrics.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

Having fun with FREE MOTION QUILTING .. .. …

MAPLE LEAF

It has been a while since I started this little project. Last January I made the block which is the subject of my previous blog. I detailed in that post the problems I had making a maple leaf block using the new(er) picture piecing method. When I got home from my retreat I had to take my machine in for service. It took almost 2 and half months to get it fixed because they had to send to Switzerland for the parts. I did buy a Singer 301 as a back up machine but it does not do any free motion quilting. I did use it to piece the block I was working on but then I got stalled. It did not help that LIFE interfered with other home projects that could not be delayed. When I got my sewing machine back I finished the block in one afternoon and had a blast doing it.

 

 

Last year I had designed a 8 and 12 inch maple leaf blocks I had seen in a magazine. I had made several of the blocks for a quilt I want to make for my husband… This is my version of a block of the month. I make blocks of various sizes when ever I get the chance. I then put the blocks into a box and will assemble the quilt when I get enough of them. I also recently redrafted the block in EQ7 because I was not 100% satisfied with my first block draft. I had trouble lining up some of the pieces. For the post card I used the improved design but had trouble getting the size I wanted. For the BOMs it does not matter what the sizes my blocks are as they will be assembled as if they fell out of trees. I do get aggravated when I use EQ7 and do not get the block to look like what I want… to be honest I do not have enough hand control to draw really nice blocks. I usually have to fix the block when I sew. I am finding that when I redesign a block a second or third (4th) time it usually comes out better…. YES practice makes perfect… or at least nicer looking. . .

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When I got to the free motion quilting I used a technique I saw / learned from my Craftsy class with CINDY NEEDHAM. She took a patterned fabric and used it as backing she then used it as her FMQ design. I did the same picked a pretty fabric; I then FMQed the background pattern. I used thread painting, over stitching and back tracking to add texture to the piece. This has inspired me to do the same to the BOM leaf quilt when I get to the point of FMQ. I have been looking for 108 INCH LEAF pattern backing fabric but so far NO LUCK. IF I do not find a patterned background fabric I like I going to make my own by using various stamping and marking techniques in order to get a leaf backing I like. By stamping my own background leafs I will take the plunge into mix media art work, but this is a blog for the future when I actually try out my ideas.
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This is the block I made … it is now on it’s way to the giftee. I am very pleased with it and look forward to making more blocks for my quilt using the new design …. I can hardly wait until I get to the FMQ part of the project.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEW: PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. By Cynthia England

PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. By Cynthia England

http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Piecing-Traditional-Cynthia-England/dp/0972096310 . . . PICTURE PIECING ON AMAZON

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I bought this book after seeing it highlighted on THE QUILT SHOW. I was looking for a MAPLE LEAF block to make first for a post card then later for an entire quilt. I will show you a picture of the block I made after several attempts at the bottom of the post. In part I can not blame the book and it instructions they are straight forward and detailed but I just could not wrap my brain around this technique. I think I set myself up for failure because I thought the technique simple after what I had seen on THE QUILT SHOW videos. ( By then I owned the TQS dvd.) I have been doing foundation / paper piecing for years this technique was suggested as a replacement for that technique. I will say after several attempts at making the block from the book I gave up trying and used a different technique. I had been enticed to try this technique by the pretty little block in several different quilts. I was terribly discouraged because I could not get good results. I may try this technique again in the future but for now I am putting it aside to go to something else.

MY FAILURES WITH THE BLOCK:

1.> I pre-selected fabric scraps ( from another quilt , more about that in a following blog ) that turned out to be poor choice for this block / technique. I would have a more successful block if I had selected similar color fabrics. The scrappy look did not work with this block.

2.> I had chosen black KONA as the background fabric but it was too dark, too close to the colors of scraps used in the block. I did not have enough contrast in the selections of fabrics to get the look I was trying to achieve.

REVIEW of the book, PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. Cynthia England

1.> There are 8-10 basic patterns that are then used in several projects. She has patterns for Maple Leafs, Roses, Violets, and several star blocks. She took the motifs she designs and used them in different ways with different effects in multiple projects. If you like her projects you might like this book they were very nice, very traditional in style.

2.> The instructions for the picture piecing process are detailed and inclusive with many tips and tricks that can be applied to any quilt. For that reason I enjoyed the book and came away some new ideas to be my quilting endeavors in the future.

3.> I will say this technique wasted a lot of fabric. I was only using scraps but I notice the waste when I watched the video on TQS and when I actually used my scraps. This technique wasted more fabric then the standard paper piecing . This is my opinion and others are free to disagree with it.

Rating:

At this time I rate this book 3 out of 5 ( GOODREADS) Frankly if I knew then what I know now I would not have bought the book. ( FYI: My library system does not carry this book … as a matter of fact they have very few quilting books of any kind. Which is odd as Mid MI is a quilt guild heavy area. ) That said, as of now I am keeping this book on my technique book shelf.


WHAT the leaf is suppose to look like… then what my block looked like. YOU can see why I threw in the towel.

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My poor mis-shaped block

My poor mis-shaped block

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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MORE QUILTS BY BARBARA DOUGLAS

Here are more pictures of quilts made by Barbara Douglas. I am not sure of the names of the quilts but if you look on Barbara’s web page for her patterns you can find them listed there. Barbara has classes and patterns for applique (raw edge) and pieced quilts. Lately she has been experimenting in art quilts. She loves trying out new techniques, mastering them then teaching those skills to others.
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4- MULT SQs-EE

5- ARROWS - - 556-EE

7-HOUSES- - 562.-EE

8-ARROW STARS -1592-EE

9- - CHAINS  - -594-EEE

10- - RAINBOW - - 1615-EE

11- -APPLIQUE

12- PEACOCKS

ARROW STARS -1592--E-E-E

http://www.stonecottagequilts.com/ … STONE COTTAGE QUILTS

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http://www.stonecottagequilts.com/books/SingularSensations.html . . . SINGULAR SENSATIONS

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http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com . . . QUILT PATTERN MAGAZINE
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http://www.amazon.com/Singular-Sensations-Great-Quilts-Simple/dp/1604680717

SINGULAR SENSATIONS by Barbara Douglas: Book and Lecture

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http://www.stonecottagequilts.com/ … STONE COTTAGE QUILTS

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http://www.stonecottagequilts.com/books/SingularSensations.html . . . SINGULAR SENSATIONS

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http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com . . . QUILT PATTERN MAGAZINE
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http://www.amazon.com/Singular-Sensations-Great-Quilts-Simple/dp/1604680717
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I met Barbara Douglas when she came to our guild to give a lecture and trunk show. Barbara is a delightful woman from Midland MI. She started her own design business in 1999 after quitting her job at a big box store. Along with her own design works she writes and designs for QUILT PATTERN MAGAZINE an online quilt magazine. She also has been a consultant for my favorite PRESENCIA threads. Barbara does her own free motion quilting on her domestic machine. She has also taught classes on being creative with threads… but that was a different lecture.

Barbara was a delightful and informative speaker with a good sense of humor. Her trunk show consisted of 30 full size quilts and smaller projects spanning her quilting efforts. I especially liked the quilts from her book SINGULAR SENSATIONS. There was only one block used in the block but from that she created 14 different quilts. She demonstrates how by making simple changes in value placement she created movement and produce intricate-looking designs. She uses value to make the same simple block construction to change the look of the quilt. She laughingly says you will get tired of making the same blocks but you get excited when you start assembling your blocks into the quilt top. I particularly liked the quilts COLOR PUZZLE and TRELLIS. There will be several patterns I can think will be good for future baby quilts.

I can highly recommend Barbara as a speaker for any guild. I will be review Barbara’s book on GOODREADS after I have made a project from it.

COLOR PUZZLE COLOR PUZZLE

TRELLIS TRELLIS

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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NOT blogging, NOT podcasting … because I have been sewing.

Quilt top almost done; just need borders.

Quilt top almost done; just need borders.

Almost finished… my FOCUS POCUS quilt top is assemble but it just needs the borders added. I could kick myself cause I have set aside fabric strips to bring the pattern out into the border but I have looked high and low for the zip lock bag that had the fabric and it is GONE. So I have been re- thinking the border and will simplify it. Such a shame. I know I will find the bag once the borders are applied…. OH WELL…. Can’t win them all. I will post more pictures in the future when it is done. CURRENTLY .. The top is hanging on my drape rods that is why it is not hanging straight… is is straight. Just want to see how it looks so I can consider the borders.

For the free motion quilting I am taking it to a long-armer and having a simple edge to edge leaves pattern quilted. I will add some simple FMQ motifs after she has it adding names and dates to the quilt. I hope to give this to my niece … in the future.

BTW … found and interesting article all quilters should read about the REAL COST OF MAKING A QUILT. Be sure to follow the links to the YOU TUBE VIDEOS from QUILTY they had interesting information.
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http://www.mooreapproved.com/2015/02/quiltonomics-the-real-cost-of-quilts/… REAL COST OF MAKING QUILTS …

Speaking of QUILTY the magazine will no longer be published. It is such a shame since it had become one of the few magazines I made a point to purchase. I liked their quilts alot, but I think the thousand of quilt blogs have cut into the magazine publishing business with tutorials, and free articles. A quilter no longer needs to buy magazines to get patterns.


WELL this is all for now. I am painting a bathroom this weekend and cleaning my bedroom as I am having a new mattress delivered tomorrow… Heaven forbid the delivery men see a messy bedroom.

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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