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. 

SECONDARY DESIGN by Judi Mardsen        .

 

 

 

 

 

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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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

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO

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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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

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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I went to AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show

I am going to keep the written portion of this blog short … then I have a ton of pictures to post.  I am posting picture of close up of the quilts because I  did a study of the FREE MOTION  (FMQ) QUILTING exhibited at the show.   FMQ has been my main study for the past two years .. I want to be proficient by the time I retire because I have a large number of quilt tops that need to be quilted.  I was paying particular attention to the FMQ motifs and how they affected the quilt top.  

At the show there were section of quilts designated as quilted on domestic machines and other sections designated as long arm quilted.  I was surprised at the large number of quilts on display that were hand quilted.   I also noted that many of the quilts on display were more MODERN in ascetic then the previous quilt shows I have been to.  There were art and traditional quilts to be seen but modern quilts are definitely an increased presence at this show.

There were several special exhibits: WICKED, Cherry-wood Challenge, Quilt like an Egyptian, Animals we Love, ULTIMATE Guild Challenge,  Teacher’s display, AQS Authors’ Showcase,  Quilts from the Museum,  New Quilts from Old Favorites Challenge,  SAQA WIDE HORIZON ART QUILTS, Living Color, and my favorite RED, WHITE and Quilted ( A display of antique quilts and counterpart contemporary reproductions of the antiques.)  I will post pictures in future blogs. 

I am also considering posting a blog about what I have surmised about which quilts are selected for JURIED / REGIONAL shows.  I may be “all wet ” with my opinion about what quilts are selected but after attending quilt shows local and major for the past 10 years I have developed some observations that might be of value. 

I took over 45o pictures … I tried to keep all the particulars with each picture but some of the names and numbers were not recorded. In part because I concentrated on FMQ and not always on the entire quilt. I also had photographed the quilts on two different days with two different cameras … so information got lost in the process. If I know the information I will post it. But enough talk… on with the pictures.

close up of OWL
close up of OWL  … I think this #518 OCTOBER SKY by Bethanne Nemish

 

from the WINNER'S CIRCLE
from the WINNER’S CIRCLE

 

 

#105 SAFFRON SPLENDOR by Pat Holly
above ….#105 SAFFRON SPLENDOR by Pat Holly                                                                                   

 

 

POPPY
POPPY

 

 

SAM IN SUNLIGHT #428 by Deborah Hyde ( QUILTED on a Domestic Machine)
SAM IN SUNLIGHT #428 by Deborah Hyde ( QUILTED on a Domestic Machine)

 

 

407  DAZZELING DALHIA
407 DAZZELING DALHIA

 

 

FMQ : 223 FERN RISING --BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN
FMQ : 223 FERN RISING –BEST ORIGINAL DESIGN

 

 

FMQ over Black tulle
FMQ over Black tulle

 

 

Center Medallion FMQ from BRIDE'S TROUSSEAU # 508
Center Medallion FMQ from BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU # 508

 

 

BEST HAND QUILTED
BEST HAND QUILTED

 

 

BEST HAND QUILTED
BEST HAND QUILTED

 

 

DIANA .... this quilt looked best at a distance ... up close you could see the tiny patches ...
DIANA …. this quilt looked best at a distance … up close you could see the tiny patches …

 

 

STRAIGHT LINE MATCH STICK FMQ
STRAIGHT LINE MATCH STICK FMQ

 

 

Feathers on a Modern Quilt
Feathers on a Modern Quilt

 

 

Long arm FMQ
Long arm FMQ

 

 

RED AND WHITE
RED AND WHITE

 

 

CLOSE UP
CLOSE UP

MORE PICTURES TO COME … but I am way too tired tonight …. so enjoy
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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

 

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 …                 

 

PRE SCHOOL
PRE SCHOOL

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KINDERGARTEN
KINDERGARTEN

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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Working on my FREE MOTION QUILTING / Journal entries

Leaves ala ANGELA WALTERS

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LINK TO : http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/2014/06/13/quilt-dress-back/ ANGELA WALTER’s BLOG

This is the blog post where I fond the motif inspiration.

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Angela Walters has been posting some examples of a cute leaf motif on her blog. I really like it and as you know I love LEAF motifs of any kind. So I tried to sew my own version of this motif. I was not comfortable doing unmarked FMQ so I marked the leaves using Roxanne chalk pencils. I had drawn out the motif over and over again on scrap paper to build my muscle memory of the pattern and to help me learn how to stitch out the motif. After working it for several days on paper I then tried to stitch it out. I had also stitched the pattern out in order practice the motif. I stitched it out nicely in practice. I am sorry to say my attempt on the quilt left a lot to be desired. I am seriously considering ripping it out and trying again.
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Ricky Doodles

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THIS post is a lost post that never got published…. Should have been a long time ago… better late than never.

SECRETS of FREE MOTION QUILTING … The Craftsy Class …

SECRETS of FREE MOTION QUILTING
CRAFTSY CLASS
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTINA CAMELI

http://www.craftsy.com/classes/quilting/new
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SECRETS of FREE MOTION QUILTING- PIC

 

This class is the most recent FREE MOTION QUILTING (FMQ) class offered on CRAFTSY. I am enrolled in 18 of the classes offered. I think the only class I have not signed up for is PATSY THOMPSON’s class because I own every one of her DVDs. I plan to review many of the classes and DVDs in the future as I think they will be helpful to my fellow quilters. ( BTW I will be using the abbreviation FMQ for FREE MOTION QUILTING throughout my blogs… basically I am a lazy typist.)
I enjoyed Ms Cameli’s class. I will say that this class is not for a rank beginner. She does not review how to get ready for FMQ. She does not show you to bring your bobbin thread to the top, or how to get your quilt top ready for quilting. She feels you had learned how to do the basics in the other Craftsy classes. She jumps right into doing her different motifs and doing FMQ on a domestic machine. If you have never done FMQ before then you need to take one of the other beginner classes. I recommend CINDY NEEDHAM DESIGN IT QUILT IT , LEAH DAY SAMPLER , Angela Walters ( she uses a long arm for several of her classes) and ANN PETERSON BEYOND BASIC MACHINE QUILTING. (Patsy Thompson’s and PAULA REID’s DVDs.) These ladies detail getting started and what you need to learn in the beginning of your FMQ adventures. I am sure there are several other instructors that detail basics of FMQ but these ladies are the first instructors I took classes from and I feel I learned the most from them. I will be reviewing their classes in the future.
As for Ms Cameli’s teaching style. I thought she was well organized and well spoken. Instruction was given clearly and was easy to understand. She uses a table with a drawing capability to show how her motifs are designed. She then demonstrates how to sew the design on a domestic machine. I liked the close up of her demonstration. Craftsy camera people seemed to have finally learned to focus on the work being done on the machine, giving the viewer a better visual of the quilting. ( In the past they were frequently far away from the machine and it was difficult to see what was being done. They also did a lot of cut a-ways to the instructor speaking rather then showing work being done. I am glad they have been improving the filming of the shows.)
Ms Cameli’s classes concentrated on showing you how to FMQ a number of motifs and designs. Several of her demonstrations were on larger quilt projects ( throw size or larger.) It was helpful to see how she wrestled with her quilt project especially when she demonstrates several all over motifs/ patterns. I liked how she showed ways of moving from one area of the quilt to another without breaking thread. Ms Cameli’s motifs are modern in style but can be applied to traditional quilts. Some of the motifs were taught in other classes I have taken. She has a different slant style to the FMQ so even though the motifs were similar her application was different. Her quilting motifs is less dense more open then what I have used in other classes. Many of them were suitable for all over quilting. I loved how she applied her motifs in her sampler projects. I was not disappointed with the motifs she demonstrated I thought they were different enough that the class added to my quilting skills. For each motif she show several variations that made the original motif look different.
Each class was 20 to 30 minutes duration. She has group the motifs into similar styles and techniques used to do the FMQ…. Individualized one block motifs, top to bottom FMQ, all over designs. All in all, this was a worth while class which I enjoyed taking and can see I will be able to apply what I learn in the future.
Lessons:

1. Nestled designs
2. Beads on a string
3. Emerging designs
4. Echoing designs
5. Climbing designs
6. Branching designs
7. Follow along designs

 

Ms Cameli is also an author and her first book FIRST STEPS TO FREE MOTION QUILTING lives in my library. She has a second book being released in a couple of months. In the first book she goes thru all the information you need to get started in FMQ. This is pretty much the information she did not cover in this class. She has sketches of a lot of motifs, the actual FMQ of many of these motifs are shown in close ups of projects in the book. She has included several modern projects where you can apply what you have learned. I liked several of her quilt projects especially the QUILT AS YOU GO QUILT where each block has different FMQ. On GOODREADS I would rate this book 3.5 to 4 stars/ 5. I would have liked more coordination of the FMQ sketches/ drawings and the photographs of the motif. There were a lot of photos and illustrations but the sketches were in another part of the book. It took me a while to find the sketch and cross reference it to the projects. I would also have liked to have seen more close ups of the FMQ.
Nonnie

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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DISCLOSURE : Craftsy Classes and my INTERNET situation.

I am planning to review all of the CRAFTSY CLASSES I have taken so I need to disclose why I have a problem with the Craftsy platform. I also have a large collection of DVDs I will be reviewing them too. I am posting this disclosure as a separate blog post as it colors all of my reviews.
I had spent the last two years concentrating on learning how to (FMQ) FREE MOTION QUILT. I am currently FMQ several quilt tops and it takes me a really long time to get anything done. I am posting the reviews of these classes and DVDs as I feel they will be helpful to others.
Let us be real…. Since I take so long to complete projects if I do not post these reviews there will never be any new blog post …. How boring is that… I enjoy my connection to those that read my blog and listen to my rare podcasts.

DISCLOSURE:

I think I have purchased every FREE MOTION QUILTING CLASS available on Craftsy; if not every class then almost every class, including the long arm quilting classes. I do not even have a long arm. That said, I will tell you up front I do not like the CRAFTSY platform because of my internet situation. I have restricted bandwidth (10 GB per month, but unlimited from MN to 0500) and have restricted access to the classes. I have to pay extra if I exceed my restrictions.  I have to get on the platform only on the weekends after MN. THIS IS VERY INCONVENIENT. YES, the classes are supposed to be available forever and you can view them whenever but I honestly prefer DVDS. Using Craftsy requires extra expense as you have to pay for internet in order to view it.  As I am of retirement age I do not feel it is fiscally responsible to pay for extra bandwidth.  I have better use for my discretionary spending… ie quilt fabric.
Reasons why:

  • I can view on ANY of my TV which is a 32 inch High Def screens. I can view it in my sewing room as I sew along or I can view in my bedroom as I relax. NO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE ONCE you have purchased the DVD. With CRAFTSY and all the on line classes you have to support it by maintaining your internet connection… an added expense. Yes I can use GOOGLE CHROMECAST for Craftsy to broadcast to the TV but once again I am using bandwidth. I also am not a techno wizard and have to wait till my daughter sets it up for me.
  • I can fast forward and repeat what-ever I want to see. I have much more freedom in my viewing watching DVDs. DVDs are my entertainment and they are much more portable. I can view them at home, up north or with at my girlfriend. I often put a dvd in the player and let the show lull me to sleep…. Better than some of the garbage that is on TV.
  • I can watch the DVDs whenever I want without going on the internet and using my bandwidth. I have paid for the DVD once and do not see how I occur additional cost other than need to have a dvd player. ( I think I am being redundant.)
  • The main thing I dislike about CRAFTSY platform is how unstable it is…. maybe it is because of my whimpy internet but I continuously have to reboot my connection or wait for the program to buffer so I can watch the show.  This is always worse in the winter.  If my DVDs play funky … I just clean the disc and run a cleaner disc over the player and I am good to go. 
  • Since Craftsy -like platforms have become such big business in the on line craft learning, I have noted there are less and less DVDs available for purchase. Even the independent DVD producers who use to develop a DVD series are no longer producing as many. In the future I will review the DVDs I have purchased so that if you can find them you can decide if you wish to purchase them.

GOOGLE CHROME CAST MEDIA STREAMER
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEW : SHAPE by SHAPE by ANGELA WALTERS

ANGELA WALTERS new book

I bought the book on AMAZON a couple of days after the release. I have taken every one of ANGELA’s CRAFTSY classes and always enjoyed them. I think this book echos her class DOT to DOT FMQ but expands the entire concept, including all kinds of new motifs. I like how ANGELA encourages everyone to do there BEST but do not worry about perfection. Angela’s FREE MOTION QUILTING style is basically MODERN but can be applied to TRADITIONAL quilt tops. In this book she provides 10 motifs AND variations for free motion quilting a number of basic shapes. (CHAPTERS: Squares, circles, triangles, diamonds, hexagons, negative space and borders.)
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I LOVE THIS BOOK. I currently have two long term FMQ projects that I am working through. I will be using a lot of the motifs and ideas from this book in the quilt tops I am working on. I will be posting pictures here and probably republishing this post as I progress with my own projects.

 

UPDATE … 9-12-2014 … 2pm:
After looking at my EQ7 mock up of the design I realized it does not have borders pictured on it. The reason being I can design the quilt top but I cannot design a pieced border on EQ7. It will have a border but not the one it the pattern. I had been thinking of edge to edge blocks but realized it needs some kind of border or it looks incomplete. I do not think my niece would be happy with a fussy border so I am thinking of a plainer border but one where some nice free motion quilting will be highlighted.
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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READY for delivery when little Charlie comes for a visit … I am so excited

1-eee - finished quilt

TOMMY AND KRISTIN with there one year old baby is coming for a visit next week. The baby’s name is Charlotte after her grandmother ( my best friend ) We call her CHARLIE also after my best friend. They live in Arizona and this will be the first time I see the baby up close. I am so excited…. I can hardly wait. This is the quilt I made for the baby… I had planned to mail it but then I heard they were coming to Michigan this summer so I decided to deliver it in person. I also dilly dallied postponing putting on the binding since that is the part I HATE MOST about quilting… love the piecing and the free motion quilting but when it comes to squaring the quilt up and putting on the binding I delay, delay, delay. As is I have three quilts in storage that just need squaring up and binding… One of hose quilts was done two years ago and I still do not have a binding on it.

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I have posted some pictures in the past but the pictures were not very good. I was able to hang the quilt off the back porch and get some better pictures. This picture is of the center panel. I am trying to highlight the free motion quilting I was able to do. I have been taking multiple free motion quilting classes from CRAFTSY and number of DVDs. I have been working on my free motion quilting skills for a year and I feel I have come a long way.

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I used a different quilting pattern in each section of the quilt. Here I quilted around the sheep and then made swirls and feathers in the block frames. I have gone through the Craftsy classes from ANGELA WALTERS, CINDY NEEDHAM, LEAH DAY ANN PETERSON, and JACKIE GERRING. I also watched DVDs by Patsy Thompson, Karen Mc Tavish and Ricky Tims among others.

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4 upper right corner

I think I got carried away with the free motion quilting as it is rather dense, once the quilt was washed it did soften up. In the future I am going to try less dense quilting styles.

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back of quilt with THREAD PAINTING

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I do not like ….. I do not like pieced quilt backs. I buy the 108 inch quilting fabric backs then cut them to size. I use the left overs to make my practice batts for free motion quilting. I did not have any quilt labels available when I made this quilt so I thread painted the information on the back of the quilt. I used a sheet of RICKY TIMS STABLE STUFF as my stabilizer. This was the first time I had done anything like this and I was not entirely happy with the results.. but live and learn. I have since had quilt labels made from a local embroiderer. I had the usual information embroidered on KONA and will be using that in the future.
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UPDATE: CHARLIE GOT HER QUILT …. Yes that is me behind the quilt… I am the shortest person in my family… even my own DD towers over me by 5-6 inches.

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AS YOU CAN SEE… I am having formatting difficulty with WORD PRESS. I am going to try and fix it but might not be able to… till the next time.

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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My birthday present to myself — one of many

ART OF MC TAVISHING

I recently had a birthday and I treated myself to a several present, The Second edition of ART OF MC TAVISHING by Karen McTavish. I loved the first edition and Karen really inspired me to try FREE MOTION QUILTING. I had a long armer do all my quilting prior to seeing Karen’s DVD and reading her book. It looked like so much fun. I have spent the last two years learning and doing FMQ. I feel I have come a long way in my own attempts.

At first glance I thought the second edition book was a repeat of the first edition. I then went through the books page by page and realized that Karen has updated and added a lot of new material as well as a lot of new pictures of quilts and examples of McTavishing. The addition of a second DVD with more demonstration and instruction by Karen is worth the cost of the book. I have already watched the DVD twice and have been practicing several new motif I have not seen before and want to add to arsenal of FMQ motifs.

The only MINOR complaint I might have with the book would be that I wish they had re-shot the pictures for BACK GROUND FILLERS.   The motifs are so much fun and new pictures could have really highlighted with better picture.  But that is my preference, on the whole the book and dvds are excellent and worth being added to my reference shelves. 

GOOD READS RATING:  5 out of 5 stars.  I have used the first edition frequently and now I am looking forward to using the new motifs in my next quilting project.

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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More quilting on the NURSE QUILT

MY quilting on the nurse quilt is progressing but there is no way I will have this quilt done by May 8th, which is okay by me. We have decided to give it to my co worker for her trip to the Cancer Center instead. I have all the straight line quilting done and am now filling in some areas with FMQ. The blocks are 12 inches and it needs more quilting than what straight line quilting offers. I have mimicked the nurse blocks in adjacent blocks copying the look of the blocks; I plan to fill it in with FMQ. I am adding FMQ to the nurse blocks. Each one will have a different motif as I am using Angela Walters and Leah Day’s books for ideas. There is so much to try as I can have a different motif in every block.

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SERPENTINE STITCH / DIAGONAL
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Using the #4 SERPENTINE STITCH on my Bernina stitch size 2.0 width 3.0. This segment was sewn on the diagonal … I used painters tape to get my lines straight in this segment and the plain straight stitch segment.

 

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  I marked this segment incorrectly ( I mark with Roxanne marking pencils)  I should have drawn a line down the center of the segment so that all the points landed at the same line.  It might be hard to see in the picture but the points vary from line to line.  I am thinking of adding some FMQ in a couple of the bands with the hopes it camouflages my point mistakes…. if it doesn’t it is design decision.

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I am mimicking the nurse block in the adjacent space.  I still have to mark a inner square which will be filled in with FMQ.  When I first envisioned this quilt I had planned on simple straight line quilting but then the quilting took on a life of it own and I keep adding more and more details.

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If you click on the small pictures they will take to you a larger photo where you can see more detail.  Each nurse block will have different  FMQ fill in the back ground.  The batting stated I could quilt 10 inches apart as it is a needle punch batting but my quilting has been between 2 to 4 inches apart.  I think of it as a mix of Modern and Traditional quilting styles.  Modern quilts seem to have denser quilting; traditional quilts seem to have more space between quilting.

 

 

 

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HAPPY QUILTING,

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ACCENTUATE the NEGATIVE …. my new design book

ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE: Making the most of Negative Space on Modern Quilts … by TRISCH PRICE …

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I initially thought this book was about FREE MOTION QUILTING… but it is so much more!  I goes into in depth explanation of using NEGATIVE SPACE effectively in your quilting.  I highly recommend it to those quilters who want to study design for quilting.                                                     

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I just got this book in the mail.  I had a previewed it at a sew-in I went to earlier this month.   I did not get the chance to read the entire book but I was enthralled by what I did read.  Ms Price several different NEGATIVE SPACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES: Gradation, Reversal, Interruption, Negative Form, Ghosting, and Piecing.   She supplies several quilts to demonstrate each of the techniques she explains. The picture of the quilts are great showing the entire quilt and close up of the free motion quilting.    The quilts have a definite MODERN ascetic and some of the quilts are improvisational, while others are of a more defined pattern.  Ms Price discusses how values and colors are used in modern quilting. 

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This is one of the first books about modern quilting where more than patterns are given.  Ms Price’s book gives some of the first instructions in design principles of modern quilts.  There might be other books out there that give instruction in modern design ascetic but I have not found one.  Most of the books I have read are more pattern books without any in-depth design instruction.  For the instruction in this book I can recommend it if you want to learn how apply the principles of design to modern quilts.   I gave the book  4 stars in GoodReads but I will revisit my review per my habit after I have read thru it and apply what I learned. 

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I do have one major complaint about the book, but it is directed at the publisher and many of the other publishers that print their books with small, grey hard to read fonts.   I resent that I have to use magnification to read a book… I feel they are trying to hide good information.     I personally think that publishers have no consideration for their readers.  They are trying so hard to be hip and trendy they forget to be considerate of their readers.   I try to safe guard my vision after all I need it for quilting. AND Yes, I will be writing the publisher and tell them what I think of their publishing practices. After all this blog is about rants and raves!

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Happy  Quilting,

Nonnie

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RESOLUTIONS 2014 UP DATE for QUILTING for the REST of US ….

Last year I said I would only make quilts for me and mine… not one was made… This year it has become a PRIORITY … our beds need quilts really bad. SO THIS YEAR … I am only going to make the quilts I want to for my immediate family … other quilts and UFOs will be worked in between the QUILTS I HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT.   I will not feel guilty if they do not get done… no more baby quilts for me.. unless I want to make them … .

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BLACK AND WHITE and RED all OVER

I just got this quilt back from the long armer.  I had her quilt in the sashing only.  I did this to stabilize the quilt so that I could FREE MOTION QUILTING in the blocks myself.  I have some very specific things I want FMQ in the spaces as this is the quilt going on to the bed in the master bedroom 

NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT

Blocks are completed … ready for assembly into the quilt.  I plan to do the same and have the long armer just do the stitch in the ditch around the blocks so that I can do the main FMQ.   I hope to really improve my FMQ.   To that end I have been reviewing my FMQ classes on Craftsy and practicing on batts… I have so many placemats and pot holders right now.  Gave some to my sister and to my surprise she sold them in her second hand shop.  Hey a new income source…. hee hee. 

BABY QUILTS:

I need to finish the last of the baby quilts that I owe to my niece’s child… more FMQ.   These are actually toddler size quilts as I make them 50 x 50 for napping.           

Grandson Quilt:

MY grandson is demanding a new quilt and by golly he needs one.  He has been picking out fabrics that he likes…. Golden book panels, sport fabric and SUPER HEROS… how I am going to get them all into one quilt….. I HAVE NO IDEA.

Darling Daughter’s GRADUATION QUILT:

My daughter graduates from college after 7 long years…. YEAH ! ! !    She wants to move into her own home so she would like a new quilt for her bed.  She has picked a RICKY TIMS KOOL KALIEDOSCOPE quilt pattern.   She is waffling on the background color… Black, Navy or Charcoal Grey .  This one will be started some time this summer.  Yes graduation is this spring but THEMS THE BREAKS… I  will not be ready to start on it til then.  The medallions will be easy to work on but they do take a lot of drafting and energy with the cutting aspects of this pattern.                                    
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“I find the favorite part of the quilting process is FMQ… I find such joy in doing the FMQ… it is my favorite part… I will continue to follow the CRAFTSY classes & DVDs to learn the technique but I am going to do more of my own… I do not see it as a chore at this time… more of a pleasure… I am not very good but I do not care … I WILL GET BETTER WITH PRACTICE. 

I find I have such peace and enjoyment when I FMQ that it is the best part of quilting for me.”

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As stated in the above post I have been working on my FMQ … practice, practice, practice.

I have recently purchased a new FMQ book.  I have been collection all the FMQ books I can find, especially the ones noted to be MODERN.   I am enjoying JUDI MADSEN’s book, QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES.   Added bonus is the cD of patterns that is included in the book.   Judi is a long arm quilter known a GREEN FAIRY QUILTING ( links below.)  I have been following her post for several months and enjoy them immensely.  She has some beautiful motifs and uses fillers in an interesting manner.  She has a MODERN style to her FMQ and incorporates many different patterns in one quilt.  I like this style better than the entire quilt quilted in one pattern.  I think it adds more movement to the quilting.  Every quilt pattern shown can be done on a domestic machine.  Judi has some good instructions for quilting on a long arm, but I bet new long armers would have liked it if she went into more depth.  I do like some of her pictures showing DO-s and DON’T-s in FMQ.  THE cD is what gave added value to this book along with the close up pictures of the quilting…. NOW to incorporate all I have read into my own quilting… WISH ME LUCK.

http://www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com ….GREEN FAIRY BLOG …

index QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES

     http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/160460106X/ref=tmm_pap_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&sr=&qid=    QUILTING WIDE OPEN SPACES, the book in amazon
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FINDING more time to do my quilting … this has been hard for me. It is usually why I only get small projects done. I make one big quilt a year as when I get home from work I am too tired to sew. I think I am going to go back to the 15 minutes a day … or as TILDE use to say … ONE THREADFUL NEEDLE … I will need to set up my sewing area really but this is something that has worked for me in the past and will work for me in the future.

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I have not had the opportunity to sew even 15 measly minutes a day.  I have been able to sew in larger chunks on the weekend so I am making progress.  I am currently working on two projects.    The NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT, almost finished the piecing and need assembly next.  I also hope to have my niece’s baby quilt assembled and ready to layer in order to FMQ.  

I have a ALL DAY SEW IN this Saturday at the Guild’s Center and think I only want to do FMQ.  I plan to bring two projects that require FMQ.   Although I am debating this as I might bring my NURSE QUILT to start assembling… LOOK FOR A FUTURE POST WITH PICTURE. 

As always, HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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It is 3am so why am I awake????

It is 3 am (est) so why am I awake.  My darling grandson  had a night mare and woke up screaming.  He is now sleeping the sleep of the unconscious but I am wide awake and can not go back to sleep.. BUMMER!! So I decided to journal my FMQ adventures because this is basically what this blog is about. This little baby quilt will go live in Arizona with my nephew, his wife and their expected daughter. If I want to remember the lessons I learn in this quilt I have to record them here because I will probably never see the quilt once it is gone.

I was able to get some short quilting sessions in this week.  Each night after I came home and got some dinner on the table I was able to FMQ one of the small sheep borders.  Each session was about a hour before getting ready for bed.  I do not do my best quilting this late at night, but I have to do the quilting when I have some free time.  I find working in small time frames get the work done; but it does have some draw backs.   In this quilt I plan each border to have a slightly different motif, but if I wanted them all to be the same I would have some problems maintaining the same pattern in each border working the patterns on separate nights.  Since I did a new pattern every night I did not have to worry about consistency.

I wish I had placed a second layer of batting behind the little sheep as they would have looked very cute as a trupunto, but I opted not to do that. Each border has a slightly different FMQ motif in the background. Sewing in such a small scale was harder than I anticipated.     My hands tended to cramp a little as I worked so I had to shake them out to loosen my grip.  I had not noticed this problem when I worked on larger scale motifs.  Small scale FMQ is more forgiving if you break pattern… I dare anyone to find my mistakes.  The thin blending thread I chose to use makes it very hard to see errors.

On my last night I made a major mistake in my FMQ resulting in me spending part of my time picking out the stitches.  I now plan to pin my extra backing so I DO NOT sew it into my FMQ again.  I have done this before… YOU WOULD THINK I WOULD LEARN FROM THE FIRST TIME.

I will be journalling more as I finish each of the borders.  I am thinking a different motif in each section.  I hope you do not find it to boring but I want to write down what I have learned so I do not forget in the future.  I have been scouting out various motifs on FMQ BLOGS mostly Leah Day and Angela Walters and of course PINTEREST.  What would I do without PINTEREST?  I can mimic FMQ patterns but I am not to the point that I can design my own… I need all the inspiration I can get.

So sleep is finally coming to me.  Here is my first set of small border pictures.  Tomorrow I plan to do the larger borders.  I have no idea at this time what patterns I will do.

 

Swirls and Curls
Swirls and Curls

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Swirls marked with CRAYOLA WASHABLE MARKERS
Swirls marked with CRAYOLA WASHABLE MARKERS

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TINY BUBBLES
TINY BUBBLES

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RICKY DOODLES
RICKY DOODLES

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BIG BOO BOO-- sewed the side to the FMQ motifs...dumb
BIG BOO BOO– sewed the side to the FMQ motifs…dumb

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HAPPY QUILTING
NONNIE
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