BOOK REVIEW : SECONDARY DESIGN by Judi Madsen

Just a little update on what has been going on with me.  I am having a non ending fight with FIREFOX.  It keeps saying there is a SCRIPT running that needs to be debugged.   I have followed all directions and it still gives me problems.  I would delete Firefox but it has all my bookmarks and passwords I need if I upgrade that information they would disappear.  So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Not sure yet what I am going to do.

I am in the midst of packing for my retreat at the end of the month.  I am going to bring piecing projects because I do not want to deal with free motion quilting at the retreat.  I am also considering going to my sister’s cabin for a sew-in party but that will depend upon if my old NEW HOME gets fixed.   I already had my 301 singer tuned up for my retreat.  

MY word(s) of the year is MOVE – IT! Last year it was HEAL this year it is to move more and get the weight off that I gained.  I will be posting a UFO list as this is the year I finish projects I have started.  Dreaming is OKAY but getting things finished is better. …. Well that is is … now for the book review. 

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I bought this book based on recommendation of several different quilters.    (I am beginning to think they are in collusion with each other) I should have thought twice as they were all long armers.  This is a specialty book probably very good for long armers. For long armers this book is rated 4 to 5, but as a domestic machine quilter I did not find as much to use in this beautiful book as I have in other books geared toward domestic machine quilters.  So, I would rate it 3 for myself, as I do all my quilting either by check book or on a domestic machine.  

Ms. Madsen walks you thru how she designed the quilting for several of her quilts. The idea, to the drafting, how she corrected what did not work…. her entire thought, design, and quilting process. The book included a cD which included over 300 pages of a pdf file which shows how the motifs and quilting was drawn.

Ms. Madsen designs are based on the entire quilt top and she uses her quilting to achieve her secondary designs. Her quilting is very dense and complicated … but real show stoppers. They are done on a long arm but a DETERMINED domestic machine free motion quilter could achieve similar results. She shows how she PRE- PLANS all of her quilting.   She said, she does extensive marking on her quilts and that sets up her designs using an air erase marker.   Her method on her long arm that requires no washing.  As it takes me forever to quilt a quilt due to lack of consecutive time … I would have to find a different way to mark my quilt as I often go days between quilting sessions.

As a domestic machine quilter, at first thought that there was not a lot that I could take away from this book. Especially since I am NOT a dense quilter and do more simple then complicated FMQ. Her secondary designs definitely impacts the negative space of the quilt.  Her ascetic in the patchwork is modern but her quilting motifs can be used on all styles of quilts.  This book is definitely could be used by those who want to quilt show quilts. 

The more I drooled over the quilting his book, the more I found motifs I could translate and use in my own quilting. It is all in the effect you want to achieve by your FMQing and how much time you are willing to give the work. I can see myself using just some of the motifs and block on some of my quilts. The motifs provide ways of punching up my quilting and making it better. Initially I thought little would apply to my quilting but it was a pleasant read. Ms. Madsen is a good author, she goes into a lot of detail.  I am happy I bought the book and see myself being able to use her motifs in my own quilting.  I can see myself applying what I learned from this book.

 

So long for now….. HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS….

This past year has been rough …. but I have decided to make things better I must actually do something  CONSTRUCTIVE about it.  So I am going to working on my weight and health,  try and improve my mood by getting back to the things I love…. quilting, blogging and podcasting. 

First thing …. evaluate my UFOs …. see what they need and get going on them.  I have to know where I have been before I can decide where to go and what to do next.

I also have to decide what stops me from doing what I want and   “destroying”  whatever is blocking my goals  ….. For example,  I often say I need to clean the sewing area, the room, the house before I get started.  Since I hate house cleaning I put it off for as long as I could till the day was gone.   In the past I have found that if I jump into the quilting project I get energized for other things and then cleaning is not as much of a “chore” and I actually get around to doing it.  Win-Win for me… I spend time doing the things I love and then actually have the energy and interest to do  chores during or after my crafting time.  ( I am always surprised at how much laundry I get washed and put away during my quilting time. After all I have to free up the washing machine to pre-wash fabric. )

I am going to stop blathering now and get to the point of this post.  I am listing my shameful list of UFOs.  Many of these projects I have blogged about before so they will look old to you.  I start many project because I get intrigued by a technique or a pattern that I want to try.  I get started then I stop because something happens in life or I hit a roadblock in my quilting or I have lost interest in the project.  This year my goal is to finish my UFOs.

HERE is my incomplete list of projects   ….

UFO LIST 2017 – – –

 FLORAL SPLENDOR NEEDS BINDING

MIKE’S QUILT … NEEDS HOUSE OF WHERE HE LIVES

 ***ANGELINA’S QUILTS … CHRISTA WATSON PATTERN

**** SKY NINES PATCHWORK QUILT … TAKE TO RETREAT

FMQing — TIMBO’S BLACK AND WHITE QUILT

 FMQing— NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

FMQing —NURSE THROW … DONOR QUILT nurse to nurse

 HAYDEN BABY QUILT …. Do a different quilt for her as she is a big girl NOW ….. FINISH ORIGINAL QUILT and donate.  Make HAYDEN another quilt

 FMQing – – –   SETH ‘s  QUILT

 FMQing – ANGELINA’s wall hanging ERIC CARLYLE

 

DOWN IN THE BASEMENT 

…. I have to find where they are hidden 

  1. CHRISTMAS BOM … Had over 20
  1. SEW AND FLIP …. TOM & KRISTEN SOFA QUILT
  1. JULIE’S PINK & PURPLE QUILT
  1. KAY’S FIVE SCRAMBLE ???? …. NEED PIECED BOARDERS
  1. DEAR JANE HAND PIECED … turn into a baby Jane with what you have
  1. BONNIE HUNTER MYSTERY QUILT …. FINISH AS MODERN BABY

 

HAVE MORE BUT I CAN NOT REMEMBER THEM …

 Happy Quilting …I will get back soon.

NONNIE

 

 

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BEAR LAKE SEPTEMBER RETREAT 2016

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This is what BEAR LAKE looks like in September … oh do different … I even took a short hike.

Look here to see what BEAR LAKE looks like in the winter.

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I finally finished my daughters wall hanging shade…. at least the top got assembled.  We will sandwich it this weekend then I will start free motion quilting it.  The following pictures are of projects being constructed during the event…. We had such a great show and tell.

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There was so much great eye candy and I had so much fun . . . .

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MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC : MILE a Minute technique ….

I first learned to MAKE FABRIC when I took a class at my local sewing bee back in 2005.  The instructor was snow bird and she had learned it the previous winter in Texas.  She came back in taught it to us.  Since then I learned several other methods.  I am going to post pictures of how to make your own fabric … my way.  I will post pictures and directions.  I will post tips about the methods and what makes the techniques I use better.

It starts with what you as a quilter have. I noted some of the tutorials actually cut yardage into chunks to use in their made fabric.   I use scraps and I have tons of them… going back 20 years or more.  As I pull out the fabric I discard any that are cheap, sub-standard fabrics…. Unless the fabric had meaning to me … i.e. fabrics from my mom, daughter, and family or special past projects.  If the fabric was questionable I just ironed on to fusible interface to reinforce it and used it anyways.  Once the fabric is made there are different ways of using the self-made fabric in your quilting.

 

I have noted that the SELF MADE FABRIC of today seems to be different from the techniques and style of fabric I have made in the past.   This is not a criticism but an observation.  I think a lot has to do with what fabric scraps the maker has available.  Many of the fabrics are blockier because they are made from strips, squares, blocks of fabric.  My SELF-MADE FABRIC tends to be wonkier and more angled because I use a lot of shaped blocks and I trim at angles. 

 

MILE A MINUTE BLOCKS  ….

This was the first self- made fabric technique I learned, it was taught at the sewing bee I mentioned before.  What was really fun as everyone brought a pound of their fabrics in a bag then we threw the fabric scraps into the middle of the table.  ( We had set the rule the smallest scrap had to be at least 1-1/2 inches square.)  Strips, chunks, ugly fabric whatever we wanted to use.  Our instructor said not to try and control our fabrics … but of course I did.  I personally dislike scrappy quilts that mix types of fabrics together… I like muted, grey fabrics with other muted grey fabrics … and bright clear colors with other bright clear colored fabrics.  I mostly do not like them mixed together.  We were suppose to just grab a hunk of fabric and use it in our self-made fabric.  I, all ways the rebel, cherry picked my fabrics and only used contemporary, more modern, bright colored fabrics.

I will say that this block is often my leaders and ender projects or mindless sewing project at the end of a sewing session.  I do several blocks at a time in that I sew my retro, muted fabric into one block and modern, bright fabric into another and I do not use the same blocks in the same quilt.  If the scrap does not look good in the block I am making it does not go in.

  

TECHNIQUE:

Take a strip of fabric at least one inch wide. I often have wider because that is what I have in my scrap bag. 

Chain piece hunks of scraps selected willy-nilly down the strip.

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Trim your fabric strips apart. I usually angle my cuts but you can cut the fabric straighter ….. it is up to you.   You now have the start of your blocks. 

 

I press as I go as I use a small travel iron right next to the sewing machine. The pad is on a TV table.  I also have a medium cutting mat and rotary cutter on another TV table next to my sewing machine within reach. 

 

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I sew my first patches to a new strip or to another hunk of fabric, once again depends upon what you have in your scrap bag.  Trim your patches and repeat the process until the SELF MADE FABRIC is the size you want or need.

As I progress I make sure to off -set the first patches so that the patches are not all in the center of the fabric I am making. I like a more eclectic, mixed look to my patches even though they have a lot of the same fabric scraps in the blocks.  I do try to mix up the fabric patches with different scraps so the blocks do not look the same.

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I try to sew the added patches in a circular pattern similar to log cabin application.  That usually results in an interesting block.  Also adding triangles or hexagon shapes to the block  adds interesting angles.

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When the fabric is large enough I square it up to the correct size.  12.5 inch square is my favorite size.  Any cut off segments can be used on a different block.   

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TIPS: 

As I progress the block I use bigger strips of fabric to the outside of the block.  I dislike seams and small chunks of fabric on the outside as it tend to make the seams bulky.

You can make the seam allowance open or to the side that is a personal preference.  Opening the seams is time consuming so I usually just press them to the side.

Be sure your block is flat.  Press as you go with and iron or finger press.  I have seen blocks made that puffed in the middle looking like D cup breast… This is usually cause by poor technique not taking the time to trim well or press as you go.   

Style wise I try to keep different style of fabrics seperated …. brights and contemporary does not get into blocks with repro, muted, greyed fabrics.   I just think the patches look better that way..

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

I am planning a series of  “MAKE FABRIC” techniques blogs.   I have listed all the links to blogs that have instructions on how to ” MAKE your own FABRIC” that I found doing a Google search and asking my TWILTER friends for links to the blogs they use.  I will add more links as I find them. 

Making your own fabric is technique used in the past and is being used now in modern quilts.  ” made fabric” is often cut into shapes and used in a block.  Sometimes the made fabric is used to make an entire quilt.  I plan to post all the technique I have learned over the years.   Often the blocks look similar when finished but there are several different techniuqes that can be used to make the fabric.  EACH technique has advanages and disadvantages, I will try and reveiw each technique.

 

Crumb along with me QUILT ALONGS

http://www.joscountryjunction.com/crumb-along-with-me-quilt-along

http://www.blogher.com/%E2%80%9Ccrumb-along-me%E2%80%9D-crumb-quilt-along-3

MOSAIC QUILTING  by Jaye the ART QUILTER  http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2014/04/mosaic-quilting-for-a-project/

 

 BONNIE HUNTER

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crayon-box.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crumbs-crumbs-crumbs.html

Bonnie has several free patterns on her web page using self -made fabric.  I have included links to the ones I actually used to make blocks or entire quilts from.

 

Christa Watson:

Christa highlighted a quilt on her web page using a pattern from her book, MACHINE QULTING WITH STYLE,  highlighting the use of self -made fabric cut into a specific shape.

https://christaquilts.com/2016/01/15/facets-quilt-along-intro-and-fabric-requirements/  

https://christaquilts.com/2016/02/05/facets-quilt-along-week-2-improv-piecing

 Machine Quilting With Style  PAGE 93

 Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria, (Yes, I am being cheeky Frances and addressing Victoria by her first name only. I am old enough I can get away with it.) has multiple posts about making fabric.  

http://www.15minutesplay.com/p/tutorials.html

http://www.15minutesplay.com/2010/11/refresher-course.html

https://saskatoonmqg.com/2013/04/14/tutorial-random-piecing/

 From my google search:

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

 http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/2013/08/calling-all-scrap-lovers-improv-piecing.html

 http://gnomeangel.com/how-to-scrappy-improv-any-patchwork-block/

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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EPISODE 6O SHOW NOTES: Book Review of MACHINE QUILTING WITH STYLE and ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING

SHOW NOTES:

Episode 60 : I reviewed Christa Watson’s Machine Quilting with Style and her book with Angela Walters, ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING.

LINK TO : MACHINE QUILTING WITH STYLE on AMAZON

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LINK TO: Ultimate-Guide-Machine-Quilting-Long-arm on AMAZON

MQ with Style

WARNING: Sound quality is terrible …. I have ordered a new microphone but it will not be available for the next couple of weeks.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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PODCAST that no longer are being produced …. you might still be able to download their episodes

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Amy and April are quilting friends who live in Colarado. They both are in the quilting industry as fabric designers and book authors. I love their episodes on their experiences at Quilt Market. Their podcast topics are eclectic discussing everything from notions, books, process and techniques. I definitely feel like a FLY ON THE WALL over hearing two quilting friends talk about quilting and their lives.

 

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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QUILT YOUR HEART OUT …. Maryanne and Mary Fons

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THIS PODCAST IS NOW DEFUNCT BECAUSE THERE WERE CONTRACT ISSUES. THEY HAD SIGNED A NON COMPETITIVE CLAUSE WITH THEIR PUBLISHER WHEN FONS AND PORTER WAS SOLD.

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Maryanne and Mary Fons now have a podcast…. it is cross between QUILTY, LOVE OF QUILTING and Dear Abby or Anne Landers Life columns. They just have 4 episode up as of this time but they have been fun and interesting. I love the mother and daughter interchange of ideas. I added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER.

http://quiltyourheartout.com/

QUILT YOUR HEART OUT BLOG

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QUILT PODCASTS …. THAT ARE  NO longer as active ….

 

Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com


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RSS FEED FOR HISTORY QUILTER
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http://www.historyquilter.com/

HISTORY QUILTER BLOG

HISTORY QUILTER is a sometimes podcast. She works full time as a teacher so she does not have the time to devote to podcast but she usually show up every couple of months.

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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 ….

I love downloading Bonnie’s videos on i TUNES. I can then view them conveniently in my time frame later. Bonnie has been in the quilt industry for a while and she always has interesting interviews with creative people.

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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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SEWING MOM PODCAST ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM 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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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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Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

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

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Direct download of the podcast …

History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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MARK LIPINSKI’s CREATIVE MOJO

Mark Lipinski Blog and Podcast

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https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com
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http://toginet.com/podcasts/creativemojo

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Mojo-with-Mark-Lipinski/144703325542844
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MARK has been in the quilting business for years after previous career in TV production. Mark has his own fabric lines and he lectures around the country. He has published a magazine and produced an internet quilting video on QNNTV …. QUILT OUT LOUD . With his connection to the quilt industry he has interesting interviews of quilter and all type of creative people. I use to listen to him all the time when I first learned to download podcasts. I stopped downloading not because of Mark but because I started burning the podcast to cDs and his MP3 files would not fit. The only place I could listen to him was on my desktop computer and that was so uncomfortable. I did not have any type of MP3 player at the time that came later when I got a new car with a port I could connect to the speakers. I am currently in the process of downloading all his podcasts. .

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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

NEWEST PODCAST DISCOVERIES …. or REDISCOVERIES …. 2015

I recently downloaded and listened to both of these podcast and found them delightful. Tsoniki talks creativity and sewing with quilting as an addition but her topics are worth a listen to… I LOVE her accent. I have only listened to a couple of the podcast but have her cued up to listen to them all. Mark’s podcast is a rediscovery since he did not podcast after his surgery but is now going strong. I love his eclectic interviews as they cover all aspects of creativity. Both of these podcast are inspirational.

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ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST ….. a new discovery
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/me-being-crafty-tsoniki-crazy/id935726720?mt=2
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TSONIKI is a native AMERICAN who lives on post in Germany with her husband who is active military. I just discovered her podcast and am working my way thru the last several years. She interviews people in the creative community , mostly sewists, quilter and bloggers. She discusses process and how they create and make money with their crafts and their life. So far I have found this to be an informative and fun podcast. ( I have only listed to about 6 of her podcast episodes and have about 40 more to listen to.)

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