Beth Ferrier spoke at our EVENING STAR QUILT Guild meeting last Wednesday. I was able to take pictures but to be honest I had a rotten angle and could not get the best shots of the quilts. Beth entertained us over an hour giving us the history of her quilting. She even showed the remnants of her first quilt. Her trunk show showed the growth of her quilting techniques from the beginner piecing blocks and class samplers to her first applique motifs to her growth in her machine quilting talents. Beth said, she wants her quilts to be entirely hers so she does all of her quilting on a domestic machine.
Enjoy the pictures. I hope to post more in the future.
Our guild hosted speaker Beth Ferrier and we got the treat of seeing her newest quilt project that will be in her upcoming books. I will be posting pictures from ther lecture ( with Beth’s permission) I will also be podcasting about the meeting and lecture. …. When…. SOON….
I never had a comment for Sandy’s QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US… YOU KNOW YOU ARE A QUILTER WHEN page, but now I do.
YOU KNOW YOU ARE A QUILTER when, you go to a casino and all you see are quilting motifs. In the art work, on the ceilings, the carpets, on the bedspreads, in the fretwork, even on your dinner plates, all I see are quilt related patterns and motifs. It seems that there is very few places I go that I do not see something related to quilting. Here are just a few pictures and I will be posting more.
These pictures were taken at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt Pleasant, MI. http://www.soaringeaglecasino.com/ They are representative of Chippewa Indian motifs. I have no way of knowing if they are accurate, but I have seen them in other context in galleries and museums.
I found this link when surfing through, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY QUILT MUSEUM’S WEB SITE,I did not know they existed. There are video and podcast interviews here of various famous quilters. This is part of the save our stories movement among the quilt museums and major quilt related associations. Take the time to look through the pages here and at the quilt museum in your state.
I recently learned to make hanger and quilt labels all- in -one for wall hangings.
Take large squares x 4
Fold on the diagonal and press
Using your font decorative stitches, write out the information for your label on each of the corner triangles.
Place each triangle in the corners of your wall hanging. Raw edges in the corners. Baste into place.
Put on your binding making sure to catch the triangles in the corners.
Measure a dowel to the correct size of the quilt top. Wedge the dowel into/ under the corner triangles. It can then be used to hang the wall-hanging. I have several small nails, several inches apart where I hang my wall hangings. My dowel holds my wall hanging neatly on the wall.
If my wall hanging does not lay flat against the wall, I take a second (small / thin diameter) dowel and put them into the bottom corners and it helps hide a lot of sins.
I will post pictures in the future but I have to buy some new dowels. Works great for quilt if you forget to put your label on before you get it quilted.
When I assembled my QUILT FROM HEXX I broke a rule I learned in my first quilting class. I did not safety pin to mark the section I am suppose to add the new blocks/ section of the quilt to. That is what I learned way back when….. That is what I have always done religiously when assemble the quilt. We were taught to take small safety pins and pin near the edge, but not on the edge of where we are going to sew our long seams adding section to section of the quilt. YOU do this so that you mark where you need to sew your sections together and not get it twisted or misaligned and sewing wrong sections together.
DID I DO THIS??? NO, NO, NO. After spending THREE hours measuring and piecing the sashing so it will exactly match up the two sections. I take the quilt down from the design wall and sew a chunked section to the main body of the quilt. But I sewed the section to what would have been the top of the quilt instead of the side of the quilt ruining my design. I had to UNSEW my section put it back on the design wall, realign everything. This time I safety pinned the main body AND the new section so I would sew the correct sections together. The sashing strip lined up ALMOST EXACT as I had adjusted it when I sewed it onto the top of the quilt. It would have lined up exact if I had not adjusted it. I am going to live with it… I know the goofs are there but no one else can.
I am going back to the OLD ADDAGE….. IF YOU CAN’T SEE IT WHILE GALLOPING ON THE BACK OF A HORSE… then you are good to go.
Yes, a person should always strive for their best workmanship but to paraphrase Sandy in her podcast #38, “A QUILTER SHOULD NOT BEAT THEMSELVES UP OVER MISTAKES.” It is a design decision.
Back to sewing…. I am thinking about another podcast… probably a diary of finishing this quilt. Plus I am working on triangles, my mystery quilt and I had better get back to making leaves for hubby’s quilt.
BUT I HAVE A NEW RULE… DO NOT SEW WITH YOUR HAIR DOWN!
I tried getting my emails from G-MAIL this morning and there is some kind of certificate error for the entire site. Tried phoning Google in Ann Arbor and California and I guess I am too insignificant as I could not get through to them via their web page or via phone… THEY HAVE NO PHONE LISTING. There web pages / HELP SITES/ CUSTOMER SERVICE all have certificate issues. THERE is no way to talk to TIIC ( the idiots in charge.)
I can go anywhere I want on the web but I can not get to my gmail accounts.
If you want to reach me… use : email@example.com. Yahoo still works.
I get tried of scouring the internet for good instructions for QUARTER INCH SEAM ALLOWANCE so I am going to post all I find here in one place. Then YOU and I can evaluate the one that works best for our own understanding. I think this is a winner of an idea!
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, well it is true. This video gave the best explanation on how and why it is important to achieve a scant quarter inch seam allowance. This is much better than the explanation I tried to give.
This is Kay’s Mystery Quilt sample. Her focal fabric is the dark rose fabric and her flying geese units have companion fabrics that are a medium dark and blend with her focus fabrics. It may be hard to tell with my picture but they actually form a star. Her puss/cat in the corner blocks are framed by her light fabric. She is still working on the project trying to decide what border treatment would be most attractive.
There are four units. The focus fabric is either the green or the yellow or both, I have not decided, yet. There will be puss (cat) in the corner blocks to alternate with the focus fabric or to make the IRISH CHAIN pattern stronger. The four patches are part of the Irish Chain and the half square triangles become part of flying geese units. Should they have dark points or light points?
I played with my patches/ units, twisting and turning them…. What did I decide… nothing I am still playing until all the units are made and I am forced to make a final decision…. Oh well, a woman has to do what a woman has to do.
Which version do you think would make the prettiest quilt? Write a comment and let me know!