INFORMATION BOX .... filled out

One of my PET PEEVES is when I load from iTunes or direct from a blog post the podcast MP3 file goes anywhere but where I want it.  For computers the iTunes downloads and MP3 files downloads from the web page are dependent upon how the podcasters saved the file to MP3 as the final step of recording the podcast. 

If the PODCASTER are not consistent in recording the information in the INFORMATION TAG FOR THE MP3 FILE,  iTunes and your computer can not organize and then find the file on your computer.  Each box on the INFORMATION TAG must be filled out correctly and consistently or iTUNES, your computer WINDOW MEDIA PLAYER will not know where to file the podcast on the listener’s computer.  The MP3 files end up in the DREADED UNKNOWN ALBUM.  THE LISTENER then have to edit the information in order to get the MP3 file into the same albums. 


<TITLE  ….. Episode number



<TRACK NUMBER  …. Episode number (again)

<Year ….. Current year

<Genre….. Consistently  select the same type of file

<COMMENTS:   I leave blank as I do not find it helpful when I download the information.

What is important is that the INFORMATION BOX is filled out consistently the same for those listener downloading to a computer.  That is how the podcast get organized to the computer. This may also be true for MP3 players and iPods but I do not know.  Make it easy on your listeners and they will love your for it.

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Quilting Excellance

This quilt was designed and machine quilted by Lisa Burmann of Burmann Studios in Metamora MI. Links are below.

Lisa Burmann Blog from Burmann Studios

Stop by at Lisa’s blog to see her other work.

Recently Lisa has had a quilt block accepted in the Barn Block Challenge.

Vote for Lisa at the Accucheck Barn Block Challenge

She was also acknowledge by Patsy Thompson for quilting one of Patsy’s quilts.

Link to Lisa’s Quilt pictures Patsy Thompson.
Getting ready for quilt market.

I think Lisa is an up and coming machine quilter who will be winning awards in the BIG SHOWS some day soon. Check her blog and see some great machine quilting.

Made and Quilted by LISA BURMANN of Burmann Studios

Hankerchief Boarder took 50 hours to sew on binding

Just One Star—- a call for STARS !!!

As a former service member I strongly support this cause and I hope everyone who reads my blog and listens to my podcast will send in a star. YOU can copy the flyer and the pattern to your computer by RIGHT CLICKING and save the image. That will make it easier to read the instructions and pattern.


Pattern for JUST ONE STAR




13800 HUTTON


http://www. unitednotions. com/ LA_just_one_star.pdf

FYI: I had to insert extras spaces in the link for the PDF file as I would have to upgrade my site in order to post the link for th PDF file. Remove the spaces. Better yet GOOGLE …. MODA FABRIC / JUST ONE STAR and multiple links will be given.

QUILTING FOR A DIFFERNCE / Tradition with a twist for the lover of hand quilting by Nikki Tinker

QUILTING FOR A DIFFERNCE / Tradition with a twist for the lover of hand quilting ……… by Nikki Tinker

This book was published in England. This is a 2005 revision of a book originally published in 1988. The basic premise of this book is to use embroidery as the hand quilting to add another decorative dimension to your quilt. Ms Tinker reviews tools, threads, thimbles, needles that should or should not be used. There is a beginners sample of various stitches that can be used to embroider and quilt the project through three layers at the same time. Ms Tinker states this is just a beginning of the process, she suggest exploring old needlework books for other stitches and embellishments ideas. The actual stitches shown are lovely but the pictures of the completed projects are simplistic and dated in appearance. Since this is a reprint of an earlier book I was disappointed not to see updated pictures of any recent projects. The lack of updated projects is my biggest complaints about books that are reprinted. Dated projects are presented without any updating. The projects themselves are nice. Satin pillows, wall hangings and a quilt as you go quilt. She shows you how to make small embroidered blocks that are attached using sashing. I loved the stitching the book and recognized many of the stitches.

My other complaint about this book is that none of the pictures show the backs of any of the projects. I often wonder why books and magazines do not show the backs of the quilts. I would be interesting in seeing the backs of the projects in this book in particular. Embroidery does not look like hand quilting on the back. Some times it can be actually messy looking. I know my mom tried to drum “correct” technique with the back looking as nice as the front of my stitching but I was not always successful. I have done some hand embroidery on a mix media quilt. The way I handled the issue was to quilt using a stab stitch technique to quilt the three layers while maintaining the embroidery on the top of the quilt. I do very little hand quilting due to lack of time but I find I enjoy thread painting and hope to do more in the future.

I was felt I got a good deal on the book. I will post a link for the book when I find it again.

Now for a segway, It is my understanding that in England has a long and involve process for learning and becoming certified in needlework. A student / stitcher studies various type of needlework and then get a certification. Some classes are restricted in that you have to have certifications in a technique before you are accepted as a student into advanced classes. It is my understanding that education of needlework is much more formalized then it is in the USA. If anyone knows any more please leave a comment in my blog as I am interested in learning more.

Quilting with a Difference on AMAZON by Nikki Tinkler

Do you know what is a big surpriSe to me. The new books are about $15 but the used books are for sale for $65….. GO FIGURE.

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Experimenting going on…. MAD QUILTER AT WORK. …..

Supplies need for this exeriment.

Supplies needed:

  • Scrap batting, cut slightly larger than your charm.

  • Contact Paper to make templates with. Cut them out the same method as making paper snow flakes. Mine will be 3-1/2 inches to 4 inches in size to fit inside the charm.

  • Technique:

    I use this technique on full size quilts and under. ( MOSTLY BABY QUILTS.) I am using it here on a FALSE TRUPUNTO CHARM QUILT. Each charm will be backed with batting and then the sashing will be sewn on per usual. I will then assemble the block, layer over a batting and then proceed to quilt as desired. I will be posting more pictures of this quilt as I progress. Who knows it might be a big failure.

    1./ Cut out templates from the contact paper. I find it best to make practice shapes on regular paper then recut out using the contact paper. Be sure the template fits pleasingly within your charm.

    2./ Press the charm on the center horizontal and verticle of your charm by folding in half and pressing lightly. You can also fold on the diagonal. This is useful to place your templates evenly on the charm.

    3. Place your template on your charm, then sew around it. You can sew around a second time by peeling off and realigning the template in a new position. Or you can use another shaped template. It is up to you.

    4. To start and stop… I find it best to start the sewing with really small stitches about 6-8. I then increase my sewing stitch to reqular quilting size 10 to 12 stitches per inch. Sew around the template and stop when you reach the small stitching. I take the tails to the back and knot the thread. I have tried sewing tiny stitches at the end but it usually looks very lumpy.

    Sewing around the template.  To start and stop decrease the size of your stitch and pull the tails to the back.

    Sew around the contact paper template being careful not to sew through it.

    My conact paper templates are made similar to cutting out snowflakes. It is a good idea to practice using regular paper, so you do not get a surprise. Some shapes work better than others. YOU have to decide which ones you like and which shapes you do not like. Mary Marshuta’s book had some nice examples of pretty shapes… I wish I could find my book….. BUMMER

    SEWING RESULTS from the First Template... Yes there are wobbles

    I can see I have been out of practice and I need to work on my stitching… but as I have said before… I POKE OUT THE EYES OF ALL QUILT POLICE. This block will be burried in a corner where no one will see. And I will get better with practice. This is what happens when I sew around a three year old, who likes to push buttons.


    This is what I got after sewing around the second template... I added more

    I was not happy with my template, I had made cuter ones in the past. I had lent my book and walking foot to my girlfriend who is on a week long quilt retreat. ( Long story, do not ask.) I am using my regular quarter inch foot to sew around the contact paper templates. DO NOT SEW THROUGH THEM AS THEY ARE HORRIBLE TO PULL OUT! ! !

    White 2-1/2 inch sashing to be added to each block. The batting is sewn in.

    Link to the book:

    Mary Mashuta’s FOOLPROOF MACHINE QUILTING (domestic) Using a Walking Foot This is one of my favorite techniques. I use it often when I want to make a quilt baby quilts. The quilts I do not take to a quilter.


    This was my second quilt but the first one was made 25 years prior. This quilt started life as a full size quilt. But as various family learned of the project they brought me pictures they wanted included. It has FIVE generations of the family. Old pictures from the 1940 and 1950 of my parents and grandparents in Italy. Pictures of my brothers and sisters growing up. Weddings with all the family. I appliqued or photo shopped over divorced spouses. Some blank spaces were left for the children that were yet to be. I gave it to my mother the year after my dad died. She kept it with her until she passed. It covered her coffin. My daughter now has it tucked away to save for her own house, she says. …… .



    Off with the Hair… On with the new N/Q

    I finally got my hair whacked off after growing it for three years for LOCKS OF LOVE. 11 inches was cut off …. I feel like I lost 10 pounds…. NOT ! ! !

    11 inches wacked off for LOCK OF LOVE

    I am proud to say this is still my natural color. GOOD GENES since my mom did not turn gray until she was almost 70 years old and then it was a beautiful salt and pepper.

    Love the back- Hair Still All Natural Color

    I did inherit the traditional Italian nose from both of my parents. Some call it Roman… I just call it large.

    Italian Nose

    UP date in…. NOT quilting….. but I have plans ! ! !

    HI everyone,

    No quilting updates here… life got in the way and I have not gone near my machine since March 12th sew-in. On the weekend of the 2oth of March we hosted my grandson’s birthday party. We decorated the fire hall all things “CARS and Lightening McQueen.” My daughter bought yardage of LIGHTENING MC QUEEN fabric and use that to decorate the gift table. We also used several panels to decorate the walls. We had games, cake, decoration, paper plates, piñata, and everything “Cars.” We are taking the fabric after we wash it and my daughter is “designing” a quilt for his twin bed. I am going to turn that girl into a quilter yet! She would be more into quilting if she did not have college and son on her mind. This QUILT is what I am planning to use for Sandy’s Children Challenge.






    Last weekend I had a bad, bad cold. Actually everyone in the family has the same cold so we veg’d out. I tried Frances method of doing nothing strenuous when feeling sick. So I viewed cartoons with my coughing, whiney three year old grandson and surfed the internet. I manage to listened to all the podcast with my head set on while Cars and Brother Bear scampered on the TV screen. I was intrigued by Sandy’s podcast on fabric and tried to research the quality of fabric used in the antique quilts that are in quilt museums. If quality fabric today is 60/60 thread count, what was the thread count of antique fabric? I dashed off the questions in an email and sent it off to every textile and quilt museum I could find on the internet. So far out of the 10 museums I got answers from three museums. I have sent the emails on to Sandy with the hope she will give us an update in a future podcast. As I posted previously, my laptop died and I need to reload my podcasting software. That will not happen till next week, besides you do not want to hear a FROG VOICED NONNIE.

    As for the JoAnn fabrics, they do have licensed Disney prints and I have NEVER seen that type of fabric at a quilt shop. The panels, fabric designs at quilt shops are usually from the mind of a designer and not from cartoons, movies or TV shows. The closest license type of fabrics I know of in quilt shops are royalty free books, repro art work, sock monkeys, Dr. Seuss and Earl Carle. I love that fabric but my grandson does not relate to them… he knows Spider Man, Car and Disney. We are trying to introduce him to the best of Children’s literature but sometimes he RESISTS. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the fabric. It washed well, had a good hand and weight. No shadowing /good thread thickness. I would match it to the quality of quilt shop. I cannot say all of this type of fabric is as good. You need to use, BUYER BEWARE attitude when you buy fabric REGARDLESS of where it comes from.

    I also read the articles and comments for the articles posted by Darla at Scientific Quilter. Scientific Quilter – Dumbing Down of Quilting

    Of course I posted my two cents worth and I also went to THE QUILT SHOW FORUM and re posted the link. I enjoy the quilters there I have since been following the discussion at TQS. I DO understand a quilter needs to grow in skills and learn techniques but right now I want to make some simpler quilts because I have made several large complicated quilts recently and I am ready for fast and easy. Actually I see both side of the issue, agree with both sides and disagree at the same time…. So maybe I cannot make up my mind. (My hubby says I lost my MIND, years ago so maybe this is proof.)

    Below is the chart posted on TQS blog of the amount of thread estimated to be needed for machine quilting. The least amount is based on batting recommendations that can be found on the outside of the package. The second number represents moderate amount of quilting ( What I do when I domestic machine quilt) The last number being what a long-armer would do when she did the dense “show” quilting. I think this is a good reference to save for future use.

    Below is the chart posted on TQS blog of the amount of thread estimated to be needed for machine quilting. The least amount is based on batting recommendations that can be found on the outside of the package. The second number represents moderate amount of quilting ( What I do when I domestic machine quilt) The last number being what a long-armer would do when she did the dense “show” quilting. I think this is a good reference to save for future use.

    Laptop / Crib quilt – 200 yd . /400 yds. /600 yds.

    Twin quilt- 400 yds. /800 yds. /1,200 yds.

    Queen quilt -600 yds. /1,000 yds. / 1,600 yds.

    King quilt -700 yds. / 1,500 yds. / 2,000 yds.

    The one quilty thing I did this week was go to my guild meeting. We had a delightful time viewing the trunk show of Dan Burke of Quilting by the River. …. QUILTING BY THE RIVER … THE QUILT GALLERY

    He has beautiful quilts. He had given a workshop on foundation and paper piecing techniques. I did not get to take the workshop but the girls said his technique was much easier than other methods they had tried. They all held up their work from the afternoon. Dan gave an interesting lecture on the various methods and experiments he had used for paper piecing. I learned a lot and I think I might even try a paper piecing project using his technique. My camera battery had died, so I do not have any pictures to share but check out the gallery. You will just have to take my word that THEY WERE GORGOUS!