My first assignment for my retirement is ……

I am thinking of retiring this year and already I am getting assignments . . . My assignment if I choose to accept …. make three    (?) quilts to be used as window shades . . . (to block light) for daughter’s pre-school class room. She raided my fabric stash to find my hoard of fabric I was saving for something… I guess this is it. She has since gone on line to buy more fabrics … We will be adding some bright solids / tone on tone to get enough yardage … not sure how yet.

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I am thinking I will using the people panel on the top and bottom of the shade. The small blocks and the larger animals will be fussy cut then framed. I will be using the stripe fabric as some of the frames. I will also use solid fabric and tone on tone in bright fabrics from my stash to make the frames.

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I am thinking of splitting the sun, branch and caterpillar fabric and framing it with the bubble fabric on the other picture. I will put them at the top and bottom of the shade.  I will center the main panel….  using the food and butterfly fabric around it to get it to size.  If I need more blocks I will do raw edge applique of the caterpillar and butterfly… maybe some food.                 .

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Not sure what I will do with these fabrics … They are on hold.  Looking for more book related fabric that is appropriate for the project.  I have Dr Suess fabric but I was saving it for a special grandchild…. so we will see.

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Now that this quilt has been gifted … I can post some pictures

THIS quilt has gone to my niece, Kristi,  and her great husband David.  I am just going to post pictures as I have posted in progress pictures in the past.  I will say the quilt pattern was inspired by FOCUS POCUS by Swirly Girl Designs.  ( BEWARE of really big pictures because I am so proud of this quilt.)

Quilting is done by LISA BURMANN QUILTING STUDIO,  DRYDEN MI

LISA BURMAN QUILT STUDIO in Dryden Michigan

PINTREST Board of some of LISA’s Work

 

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FABRIC from my stash
Black KONA
BLACK and GOLD Border Fabric
I started this quilt in the fall of 2014. I initially found the pattern in a quilt in a quilt show or at a guild meeting. To be honest I do not remember where I saw the quilt but I had taken a picture of it. I tried finding the pattern but did not find anything until months later I found the PINTEREST BOARD dedicated to FOCUS POCUS PATTERN after I started my own quilt. There I found 100s of patterns for Focus Pocus and links to the Swirly Girl Designs web page on Pinterest.

Finding the pattern, my girl friend and I ordered the pattern but it was too late for me. I had already started on my quilt several months before. I had drafted the pattern in EQ7. I had figured out I wanted the focus fabrics to use 14 inches square. Using fat quarters from my stash I was able to cut the center and the four side pieces from the fat quarters. Some of the fabrics were directional but I was able to cut the side patches with that in mind. None of the fabrics are identical but I have several of similar style and print. I tried to balance the fabrics on my design wall.

I later designed the B BLOCK once again using EQ7. Each block had a center of gold once again from my stash. Each patch was of a different fabric with no repeats. Kona Black was used for the side patches that created the illusion of a larger block.

The border was 4 yards of a fabric I fell in love with years ago and had been saving. This was the perfect quilt to use it. I cut the binding off and set it aside for later use. I left the rest of the fabric alone planning to cut the borders after I had pieced the quilt top and knew the size I wanted it to be. I aimed for 100 x100 with the knowledge that the quilt top like all my quilts would grow in size and take on a life of its own.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
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WORD of the Year …. Non Resolutions …for 2016

I do not believe in making resolutions for the NEW YEAR…. why because I never stick to them.  What I do do is make lists …. Priorities change on that list some rise high then some drop really low…. to the point of non existence.  I will be posting my UFO and list of dreams at the end of this post. 

I also think not making resolutions comes from being different aspects of our life cycles.  I am having more surgery soon.  I am looking forward to retirement.  I realize it is not a time when I can make a lot of resolutions and plans that I will feel bad about because I can not accomplish them.  I do not want to set myself up for failure as that could lead to depression.  My energy is going to be in getting better after the surgery.  Beyond that anything I accomplish in the next year is gravy. 

Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of Us RESOLUTIONS & WORD of the Year

I have participated in SANDY of Quilting for the Rest of Us …. New Years Resolution and Word of the Year blog post  for the past several years.  The first year I just posted my UFO list, last year I stated I had no resolutions (my memory could be off on this.)  I did have a WORD of  the YEAR.   Last years word was FINISH … Can you see the on going theme here…. I tend to start projects in fits and starts then feel guilty when I do not finish them…. but my quilter A.D.D. kicks in and I find a new project is more fun then what I am working on.   I had some success in FINISH but then a lot of failures too.   Adding more UFOs then what I finished…. but enough of my failures … let us look forward to the next year …. 2016.

This years Word of the Year for 2016 is HEAL.   First off I had surgery and will have a second surgery next month.  I learned with the first surgery I have a lot of physical therapy  to do in order to heal.  I have other healing to do …. spiritually and mentally.  I will not go into the details because I hate when I read blogs that spew the disappointments in life …. I think some things should be kept private.

I am giving myself a pass in the future if I do not complete any of the UFOs this year because my priorities will be HEALING.  So sorry there is no resolutions to be found here… I will have a list posted of my UFOs I want to finish but if they do not get finished oh well …. some of these will be repeats of previous UFO list.

2016 UFO list … with details:

1.  Niece ‘s Quilt

…. just have to sew down the binding … but if not finished by this years holiday party for the family it will not get done for a long while….. My record is not putting binding on a finished quilt for 4 years.

LINK to pictures of the quilts I am talking about

2.  Sew binding on TIGER QUILT

3.  Finish FMQing on give away NURSE QUILT … and bind

4.  Finish FMQing on RED SETH QUILT … and bind … by machine

5.  TIMBO’s black and white and red all over … needs FMQing

6.  My retirement nurse quilt …. needs FMQing

7.  SKYWARD NINE PATCH QUILT …. finish blocks… assemble

8.  Finish Hayden Quilt and think about something simple for her baby brother.

9.  Nephew’s  Quilt …. need to plan, design and start … not a UFO but it is something I want to do.

10.  LOOK in the basement quilt storage and pull out all the other UFOs that are down there… dig for GOLD in my RETIREMENT STASH.  This is the end of the list I could add more but I do not want to be unrealistic.

Please join Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of US …. RESOLUTIONS post and inspire the rest of us.

Sandy’s Quilting for the Rest of Us RESOLUTIONS

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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A quilt finish…. almost

While I am off on medical leave I got two quilt tops over the LISA BURMANN QUILT STUDIO who has done most of my long arming. My grandson, Nee-Nee designed the quilt with a little help from Nonnie.  Initially he wanted me to just sew up the two fabric panels right up the middle but I talked him into the quilt pattern I call THE THREE HOUR QUILT.  Basically one length of fabric was divided in half and each divided section was sewn on the side of the undivided focus fabric.  VERY SIMPLE but looks great on a bed.  The quilting makes this simple quilt special … and reversible.  I can see myself turning  the quilt over so the back side shows.   I had torn off enough fabric from each section of fabric to make my binding …. that will be the next thing I do after I pick up my quilt.

Let me know what you think about my not so little quilt… ( I meant it to be full size. It turned out to be queen size, as I measured wrong.)
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LISA BURMANN QUILT STUDIO in Dryden Michigan
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Gd Son's TIGERS Quilt
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TIGER QUILT after quilting. . .

Back of the Tiger Quilt
Back of the Tiger Quilt

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TREASURE TROVE of …. HOW TO ENTER A QUILT SHOW BLOGS

I have been absent from both blogging and podcasting as I had surgery last month.   I did a lot of surfing thru the web reading quilting blogs from my FEEDLY list.  I also spent a lot of time doing physical therapy but very little sewing.  Actually my sewing room was demolished and my sewing machine packed away as we need the room for other things.

In the past I have verbalized that I wanted to enter a quilt show with one of my quilts.  I recently found a blog that lead me to other blogs about judging in quilt shows, entering quilt shows and being rejected.    I thought I would share them with you as I found them very interesting.

Mandalei > Entering a Quilt Show

INTERVEIW WITH SCOTT MURKIN part 1

INTERVEIW WITH SCOTT MURKIN part 2

CHRISTA QUILTS > QUILT SHOW VENUES and Quilts she has entered

What if your quilt is REJECTED !

I hope to get back on schedule after the holidays  …. in the mean time SEASONS GREETINGS.

 
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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REVIEW: Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter Vol. 1 >> DVD by Patsy Thompson

 

RULER WORK for the SIT-DOWN QUILTER --the DVD Ruler-Work – for the -Sit-Down-Quilter-volume-1
As I have said before DVDs are my favorite way to get quilting instruction. Streaming and on- line classes are okay for those without restrictions to their internet but I have major restrictions on download on my service. DVDs can be played over and over again without internet… I just need a TV , a DVD player and my hubby out of my hair so I can play without worrying about cooking his dinner. I also want to say how much I enjoy the production value on these DVDs. Ernie has done a great job in that you can see how Patsy is doing the work with close ups. His camera work highlights what is important in the DVD the FMQ-ing. Too many other classes I have seen on line do not do a good job of close ups when demonstrating a technique.
I love Patsy’s DVDs and have everyone of them. She always goes into so much details in how she does things and takes a lot of the guess work and experimentation out of trying new techniques. She is so inspiring. I just got this DVD because I have been a little bored lately and needed some inspiration. I have been hearing about using rulers on a domestic machine but could not phantom how to do it….. So when I saw that Patsy had developed a new DVD series of classes. I just bought it site unseen and do not regret it. I had not planned to want to learn how to do ruler quilting but Patsy’s DVD got me over that nonsense and I have already ordered a series of basic rulers and a ruler foot for my machine.

I should mention that PATSY is a woman after my own heart she does her demonstrations on all kind of machines just to show viewers that a machine that can do FMQing can do ruler work. She shows working on a Bernina, a Janome, a Baby Lock and a GEORGE machine. ( The noise level on each machine was totally different and would be something to consider when you go to buy a new machine.)
I like that Patsy indicates what type of machine, type of foot ( modified or unmodified) the type of ruler (& source) she is using to do the work. Patsy quilts on a real quilts rather than just samples and I think that is important to inspire learning… I must also say I love her quilts, they are so vibrant.

CHAPTERS:

INTRODUCTION
RULER FEET
RULERS
BASICS OF RULER WORK
STRAIGHT LINE RULER WORK
CURVED RULER WORK

In the DVD Patsy discusses:

Safety issues of doing ruler work
A variety of different rulers from different manufactures.
Equipment needed to do ruler work, including sources and manufacturers.
TIPS and TRICKS to make your ruler work easier and more efficient.
How to modify ruler feet for improved visibility
How to modify drafting / drawing pencils to make them efficient
Patsy then goes into details on she designs her quilting patterns and her philosophy of her designs.

 

STRAIGHT LINE RULER WORK:

Stitch in the ditch
Straight line ruler work as frame works
Channel work …. Single and multiples
Channels with fill designs
FEATHERETTs
FRAME motifs in smaller quilt blocks
Using a LINE TAMER …
Changing scales and dynamic movement
Straight line ruler work in borders

CURVED LINE RULER WORK:

IMPORTANCE of designing on paper and sketching designs
Curved line rulers used for seaming patchwork
IMPORTANCE of direction of which way the seams are pressed .. open or to a side
Custom fill design using a ruler
Marking circular designs
Arcs and Arced swags
Curved ruler work in borders
Fill work in curved channels and arcs
HOW to fudge when your designs have changed
Tapered swags
Curved FMQing designs in diamond and square blocks

The DVD is titled Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter Vol. 1 DVD by Patsy Thompson … I am hoping this means there will be more DVDs in the future.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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FREE MOTION QUILTING REPORT – – 9-20-2015

FREE MOTION QUILTING – Report

I have been inspired by the STASH REPORTS I see on line every week by prolific quilters. I can not do a STASH REPORT because I am not making quilt tops / projects until I have finished the UFOs I already have. I will be posting progress reports … block by block til the quilts are done.

Since I have not sewn much this summer I thought I would evaluate what was stopping me and do something about it. First step was to go through my UFOs, make a list and decide what needs to be next on each one. To my surprise the majority of them need the part I love most …. the FMQing. So I am ranking the quilts in the matter of importance. I then will post each week … probably on SUNDAY night what I accomplished during the week. I will post pictures of the quilt as I go along. ( I already have some pictures of the quilt tops but not all of them.) Tonight’s post will just be the list as I am not planning to sew today as I have to babysit the munchkins.

I have collected a series of quilting motifs and FMQ books to use as my patterns for the various projects. I have also taken a number of classes and DVDs to help teach, inspire, keep me on track.

 

NURSE THROW …..
Gift for a nursing co worker with cancer. I want it finished before winter is here in MICHIGAN. … that means next week (month.)  If you note the dark spots that is a pre treatment with Dawn dish washing liquid as I am having trouble getting the ROXANNE CHALK marker off the quilt.   If this does not wash out completely I plan to put DAISY’s over the spots.  Daisies are a logo for a nurse’s award in our hospital.

 

NURSE THROW

SETH’S SUPER HERO QUILT …..
I only have a few blocks left to quilt then I can square up and bind.

SETH's QUILT

Timbo’s Quilt …..
This was a quilt I made using the pattern PIECE of PIE from a Craftsy Class. I had collected black and white fabrics ( some with a second color usually red.) Carol Wool also sent me a stack of 12 inch black and white fabrics. I figured out how to consistently cut the fabrics to obtain the blocks with the fabric I had. The blocks were squared up to the same size then assembled into the quilt top. I took the quilt top and had a friend just quilt the sashing. This was more expensive than basting but less expensive then what it would have to quilt the entire quilt. As the quilt is way to big        ( king ) for me to FMQ without a secure sandwich. I know other have done it but frankly I want this to be fun.

TIMBO's QUILT

 

MY RETIREMENT NURSE QUILT ….
I had made this square in a square block I saw on THE QUILT SHOW demonstrated by KAREN HALLABY a couple of years ago. Since I had several panels of LORALIE nurses I cut them up, added coping strips then squared my focus blocks to the same size. I then used Karen Hallabe’s technique to make my square in a square blocks. When they were all the same size I assembled my quilt top. Once again I took it to a long armer and had the quilt sandwich stabilized, but this time she stitched in the ditch of the blocks. I had told her to just do the main blocks but she also did the big triangles. She said it stabilized the quilt better and allowed her to travel across the quilt top easier so there was no extra charge.

 

MY RETIREMENT QUILT

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TWO QUILTS that are going to the long armers….. I will be updating this page with new quilt pictures periodically.

 

My Niece’s FALL QUILT ( 100 x 100 in) … planning to have an all over leaf pantagram

FALL SPLENDOR

 

 

 

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Gd Son's TIGERS Quilt

 

A quilt for my grandson’s bedroom at grand ma’s house.  NeeNee designed the quilt himself.  He told me he did not want to have the fabric cut up in small blocks. ( That  is what I had planned originally.)   He finally agreed, after a lot of discussion,  to having the panels split and arranged like this.  Okay by me a lot less work.   A friend is going to FMQ match stitch style on her long arm.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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