Quilts at MIRACLE QUILT SHOW, OXFORD MI

Learn about Miracle Quilts for Desert Angel Program

Miracle Quilts
Founded March 2009
To Honor the Service and Sacrifice of
PFC Joseph A. Miracle, Killed in Action July 5, 2007

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts/

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MIRACLE QUILTS HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO:
Walter Reed Military medical Center, Washington, DC
Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland
United States Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington DC
Camp Leatherneck, Field Hospital, Afghanistan
V.A. Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
V.A. Hospital Saginaw, Michigan
Fisher House Landstuhl, Germany
Fisher House-Walter Reed at Forest Glen Annex, Silver Springs, Maryland
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia
VFW National Home for Children, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, the only orphanage for children of Veterans in the USA.
Wounded Warrior Center, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

 

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts/

QUILTS ON THE PORCH SUPPORTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE LAWN CHAIRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE PORCH BALUSTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUILTS ON THE WALLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS QUILTS are handed out in the Veteran Hospital Units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple and complex quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://thedesertangel.org/quilts

 

QUILTS FOR VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN

 

 

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http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN.  This is the only facility like it in the country.  Located in EATON RAPIDS, MI. 

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Quilts are often in the red, white and blue colorway, but unlike other Veteran quilt organizations.  Miracle Quilts will use all donations.  Besides Quilts they make costumes for the VFW NATIONAL HOME.  They accept any and all fabric ( in good condition)  donations and put it to good use.  All monetary donations are applied to finishing the quilts into the hand of active duty and veterans.  In the past and for the immediate future the quilts are delivered directly ( by truck)  to the military hospitals, rehab units and veteran facilities.

Consider making a donation to this wonderful organization.

 

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BLOCK BY MANY NAMES

ROSE DREAM

ENDLESS CHAIN

BROKEN SQUARE

TRUE LOVER’s KNOT

LOVER’s KNOT

LOVER’s BOWTIE

BARBARA BRACKMAN ENCYCLOPEDIA   pages 198-199, block #1532

 

A confession, I have never been able to sew a curved block to save my soul.  I decided to do something about that lack in my quilting education.   I signed up for a class at my favorite local quilt shop, SEW CRAZY IN LAPEER.   The class was taught by my friend Mary.  She is a talented, prolific quilter, who makes beautiful quilts.   She was an excellent teacher who was able to explain and demonstrate the steps so they were easily understood and accomplished.  She also gave us tips (learned from her making quilts using these same blocks) to make the cutting, piecing and pressing easier.  Since I have never been successful with sewing curved blocks before I found the tips helpful for my success.

The cutting of the patches took time and patience.   I think if I make this quilt, I will want to track down templates for this block.   I have contacted John Flynn’s company to see if they have laser cut acrylic templates.  Another method of getting this block made is to make a print out on a full sheet sticker of the block patterns.  I will then take it to my local glass guy and they will cut them for me.  I have done this in the past when I could not find templates on line.  If you ever go this route make sure your print outs are accurate as some printers skew objects in a print out. 

I found the hardest part of assembling the entire block was deciding how to press the patches so they will nest when you butt the seams together.  I found it very easy to get my seams flipped so the block did not lie flat.  I started out pressing the seam allowances to the dark but then the other seams in the block would not align properly when I started sewing the patches together.  I am going to have to make more blocks before I can decide if there is a consistent and accurate method to press the seams. 

This is going to be a LONG -TERM project.  Once I get my templates I will cut out blocks in groups of ten from my red and white stash fabrics.  I am not planning to be over concern with being matchy with the whites or the red fabrics.  I love the red and white quilts I saw in the book RED AND WHITE QUILTS: INFINITE VARIETY   but I have no intention of buying new fabrics.  I am going to use what I have from my stash and hopefully it will be a more meaningful quilt. 

 

If you are interested in making a similar style quilt I found instructions for the block and a free pattern at, QUILT in a Day.

https://www.quiltinaday.com/imgs/facebook/september/RoseDream.pdf

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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An evening with Laura Patterson from Bay City Michigan.

LAURA PATTERSON from Bay City came to our guild and gave a trunk show of her past quilting projects.  Her quilts were featured in the Bay City Heritage Quilt Show.  A group of the guild members met her at Lucky’s Restaurant in Davison.   The dinner conversation was lively getting to know each other.  It was more like a reunion of college friends, trading life stories and a lively discussion about various quilts, and quilt shows.  After dinner we went to the Senior Center where we helped her set up for the trunk show.

During the trunk show she explained how she made many of her remarkable quilts.  I was in awe of the two quilts her first quilts as she  used JENNY BEYER’s  hand piecing technique a tessellation quilt.  She also hand quilted the top.  .Laura  gave a brief demonstration of how to hand piece, how to use ultra-suede to make SKINNY applique motifs. and how to embroider and using beading on organza to make your own applique. Laura stated that hand piecing was faster for her then machine  works as she pieces when goes on trips, waits for appointments or watches TV.  She said she is rarely without a project.  

  All of her quilts were gorgeous and detailed.  Absolutely stunning eye candy.  I am posting just a few of the many pictures I took of her quilts.  I took over 45 pictures and would have taken more but my battery died.

Hand pieced and quilted, designed my LAURA PATTERSON

 

Hand applique, beaded, designed by Laura Patterson.

 

Close up … Hand pieced and quilted Tessellation Quilt
Hand pieced and quilted Tessellation Quilt

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This is just a sampling of the many beautiful quilt projects that Laura brought to the guild that night. I think if your guild is looking for a lecturer with a beautiful trunk show you should consider Laura. Contact me by email and I can forward contact information.

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NONNIE

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VARIATION STAR BLOCK

Variable Star Quilt Block ( 12.5 inch )

Found another STAR block to use in our guild STAR BLOCK CHALLENGE. I am making a quilt from the MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW on You Tube.

MIDNIGHT QUILT SHOW .. VARIABLE STAR QUILT

I often make a trial block when I am using a new/ different technique. Since we are making STARS for the guild challenge I decided to make a block using fabric selected for the challenge. If the block turns out okay I plan to donate to the challenge.

 

10 INCH BLOCKS of 2 background fabrics, and two focus fabrics of your choice.

YOU can make your HsqTri patches any way you want, but I used the method shown on YOU TUBE and I give the measurements for that technique.  The measurements can be used so you can figure out how to make the block using your favorite methods. 

NOTATION:  STARCH THE HECK OUT OF YOUR FABRIC … I LIKE MINE AS STIFF AS PAPER … MAKES THE CUTTING EASIER AND KEEPS THE PATCHES NICER THROUGH OUT THE PROJECTS.

Match a focal fabric with a second fabric then with the background patch.  ( See picture.)

Sew around the 10 inch patches with a generous quarter inch. The half square triangles will square up to 3.5 inch units.
I am showing where I will be cutting on the diagonal… ALL I have to say is BEWARE OF THE BIAS !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEW around the block using a generous quarter inch seam.  This is an over sized block and you will be trimming the HsqTri patches to 3. 5 inches.   

I marked the diagonals to show where I will be cutting the sewn patches to make the HsqTRIs.  REMEMBER the outsides of the block is on the BIAS and will distort if handled roughly.

PRESS the triangles open then square to 3.5 inches.

 There will be 3 sets of FOUR half square triangles.  They need to be squared to 3.5 inches.  As I said earlier these patches were over sizes so you have at least a quarter of an inch of fabric to trim off.  

When pressing your triangles BE SURE TO SET THE SEAM then open the triangle.  I pushed the seams to the dark side, but I found that sometimes I had to reverse the seam press in order to get the intersections to lock. 

 It is up to YOU to decide if you want to press your seams to one side or to press open all the seams.  IT IS IMPORTANT WHAT EVER METHOD YOU USE YOU ARE CONSISTENT.    ( Watch out for burned fingers when you press open your seams.)

SQUARE the patch to 3.5 inches
3.5 inches square … I use tape to help me find my sizes … be sure to put the ruler angle on the diagonal of the half sq triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Once all your half sq triangles are squared up lay out your block.  I did not mention earlier you will need 4 patches of 3.5 inches of your background fabric for the corners.

Lay out the block and sew the units together in the way that you prefer.

 

I like sewing the pinwheel first then I add the star points on the side.  I sew the top and bottom rows adding the 3.5 inch patches on the ends of the star points.  I press as sew each section together.

 

 

 

I like to sew my center pinwheel together adding the star points next .I sew the top  row together ,  then the bottom row,  I then assemble the rows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Surprise, surprise my block came out to the correct 12.5 inch block ( 12 inch finished)   I do not think I will have any cut off points. 

SQUARE UP TO 12.5 INCHES watch out for the star points.
12. 5 INCHES … off to the guild challenge it goes!

This block took two hours to make …. because I was taking pictures of the process…. the other blocks I made using this method was a lot faster… but not as fast as ANGELA WALTERS.

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I have been sewing a lot this past couple of weeks.  I did Darla’s, the Scientific Quilter’s March along.  I started sewing 15 minutes a day but that usually stretched into an hour or two so I have made progress on my quilt projects… not my UFOs very much but the quilts I have started assembling since January.   I need to sew binding on my daughter’s quilt then I will have a finish. 
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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TILTING BLOCKS TO THE RIGHT —

I wrote a blog post with how to tilt blocks to the left in FEBRUARY … I have posted links to that blog post here.

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/tilting-blocks-to-the-left/

TILTING BLOCKS TO THE LEFT

 I am going to first give instructions on how to do a TILT A BLOCK TO THE RIGHT ….. Then I am going to rant about the quilt I am using these blocks in.  The quilt is driving me NUTS….. I LOVE THE LOOK of quilt …. but getting it made is going to drive me to drink.

Make yourself a map of the block layout.

 

The map make it easier to chain piece your block without getting them mixed up.   The directions in the pattern said to make the rectangle 5-3/4 inches in length by 2 inches wide.  I found that my blocks came out better when I increase the rectangle to 6 inches by 2.5 inches.  This gave me more fabric above the corners of the block and made the squaring up easier to accomplish without trying to cut thru multiple layers at the corner. 

NOTATION:  I have discovered after investigating multiple patterns with tilting blocks, the rectangles need to be cut to 2 to 2-1/2 inches larger than your block size.   In this case, my block is 4 inches finished therefore rectangle size should be 6 to 6.5 inches.   The width of the rectangles should be at least a third to a half larger … for this 4 inch block the instructions said 2 inches was adequate but I found 2 -1/2 inch rectangles worked better.   I am experimenting with designing a template for the wedges without the waste of fabric.   That would be something that would need to be designed for individual tilting blocks.

PICTURE to be added here…..

I put my patches on the map. This allows me to chain piece quickly without getting mixed up.

 

It pays to be organized when making the tilting blocks.

right angle from the wedge is placed at the center of the 9 patch

Taking  wedge flip it so it is ready to sew.  THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too.  The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH.  You then sew the wedge to the nine patch.  I sewed the patches from the 9 patch side, so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch. 

 

Repeat flipping the wedge placing the right angle on the mid point of the nine patch. The angled cut is once again placed at the top of the nine patch

 I sew these blocks in sets of four … I  continue sewing around the block … wedge two, then three and at last wedge four when chain piecing.  Be sure to press wedges up as you go… finger press, use a wood iron implement or an iron….. BE CAREFUL not to stretch or distort the block. 

WEDGE 3
WEDGE 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH.  The block needs to be squared up to the correct size.   PRESS YOUR BLOCKS CAREFULLY. I did the  in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the  correct size ( 4.5 inches.)  IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt.  This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches.  Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.

 

There is bulk at the intersection of skinny part of the wedge at the corners. This requires careful trimming of the dog ears and excess fabric under the wedge patches.

The bulk at the corners where the skinny part of the wedge is sewn results in a lot of bulk that interferes with squaring up of the block.    I solved this problem by increasing the size of the rectangle I used to make my wedges.  I cut them to 6 inches by 2.5 inches then cutting the wedges to result in a right tilt or a left tilt.  This allows you to square up the block to get the tilt you want.   I am also experimenting with making a template that makes the tilting easier with less fabric waste.

When squaring up the block make sure to maintain a quarter inch seam allowance off the corners of the tilted nine patch.

SQUARE UP BLOCK to 4.5 inches
4.5 inch TILT TO THE RIGHT BLOCK ( finished 4 inches)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW FOR MY RANT…..

The instructions for my quilt works only for exactly, precisely  stitched blocks with no wiggle room or possibility of making a mistake or mis-sewing.  Most of them barely came to correct size.  I believe in making this kind of block big so that is can be can have some ability to square up my block so they had some difference from block to block.  Many of my first blocks came out wonky and not to the correct size.  I can use them in the quilt but I was getting discouraged and had put the blocks aside several time.  I later experimented with making larger rectangles to cut my wedges from.  I am now experimenting with making a template for cutting the wedges to the exact specifications.

Because I have so many wonky blocks from my first attempts at making my blocks I am now deliberately making wonky blocks with cut tips, askewed nine patches….. After all mistakes are opportunity for  designing your own quilt in your own style.  I will post pictures when I start assembling the quilt blocks.

 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS MAKE LEMONADE…..

FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT…..

 

These are the only wise words I have left so…..

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Making progress … UFO CHECK IN

LOST TRIANGLES … NOW FOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my current quilt in progress…. the fabrics for this quilt was donated and I am selecting fabric from my stash.  I made triangles measuring 6.5 inch from the donation and stash fabric.  I am putting the patches on the wall then sewing them as I go along.  I will be posting more pictures as this quilt evolves…. Trying to decide if the middle yellow square in the middle of the quilt or off center …. probably off center because it is easier to construct on the design wall. 

I have joined DARLA’S MARCH QUILT ALONG over on Scientific Quilter’s blog.  I have been sewing 15 minutes a day … that usually become several hours worth.  I think I have my mojo back…..

SCIENTIFIC QUILTER BLOG LINK

UFO LIST 2017 – – –

 FLORAL SPLENDOR NEEDS BINDING    done   

MIKE’S QUILT … NEEDS HOUSE OF WHERE HE LIVES

ANGELINA’S QUILTS … CHRISTA WATSON PATTERN  at the long armers … just need binding …. YEAH

**** SKY NINES PATCHWORK QUILT … TAKE TO RETREAT .. Worked on it blocks half finished.

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 …. 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,
NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEW: MAJOR EYE CANDY: RED and WHITE QUILTS, INFINITE VARIETY

I am so behind.  I became vice president and program coordinator for our quilt guild and have been having fun contacting speakers to set up guild lectures and workshops.   I have also been increasing the blogging on our guild blog.  Down side, is it ate up a lot of time so I have not been blogging her much.  Upside, is I will be duplicating some of the post here….. as sooooooon as I get organized. 

I also have been spending a lot of my time dreaming about the quilts in this book.   The quilts in this book  are estimated to be from the 1880s to the 1920 and were shown in an exhibit in New York City.   One that I missed a change to go to because I was still working and could not get the time off to go when my friends went….. BUMMER  !!!

https://www.amazon.com/Red-White-Quilts-Infinite-Presented/dp/0847846520

LINK TO AMAZON….. and NO I am not an affiliate

I love this book and rate it 10/5 …. It is so worth the money I spent for this picture/ coffee table book…. no patterns but lots of pictures. 

I have taken it to bed with me every night so I can dream of all the lovely quilts that could be made.  I am seriously thinking of making a red and white quilt for myself but I am having trouble picking out one pattern that I want to make.  Many of the patterns I have seen before but a few are new to me.  I want to make them all.

The book has over 350 pages of quilts, 4 quilts to a page.  The collection consisted of over 650 quilts. The names of the patterns and what information they have about the quilts are listed.  For most of the quilts they are  undated and the maker is unknown.  There were several forwards written for the book including one by Martha Stewart.  My favorite forward was written by the owner of the quilt,  Joanna Rose. 

If you belong to a guild this is an excellent book to add to your guild library so you can share with all the members….. AND no I am not going to donate this book to my guild.

Well I have to run as I have babysitting duties calling to me and I do not have enough words to praise this book.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

KEEP IN TOUCH,

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TILTING BLOCKS TO THE LEFT ….

Monday, February 6, 2017

10:34 AM

fyi:  if you click on the pictures a window with large pictures will open up.

I am making a series of tilted blocks for my SKYFALL NINE quilt.   I thought I would post some of the things I learned about making this block.  This can be applied to any tilt block.  This is a left tilt block… I will post a right tilt block soon, but right now I am chaining left tilt blocks.

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I am tilting my 3.5 in NINE PATCH BLOCKS.  The pattern said to make my wedges from a patch 2 inch by 5-3/4 inch rectangle.   I found it easier and much more efficient in the long run to make my rectangles 2 inch by 6 inches.  That resulted in more fabric on the pointed end, resulting  in a block that is nicer to square. YES, there is some waste but I thought it was worth it for the easier sewing and nice resulting block.

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I found in general having made other tilt blocks that the rectangles should be at a minimum 3 inches larger than your finished block you are sewing your wedges too.  The NINE patch is 3 inch finished therefore my rectangle worked best when it was 6 inches.

 

YOUR rectangle is cut on the diagonal to form your tilting frame.  The way the wedges are cut controls the tilt of the blocks. For this LEFT TILT rectangle from the lower left side to the upper right corner of the rectangle.

For a RIGHT TILT  blocks cut your diagonal from the left upper corner to the lower right corner of the rectangle.  The blocks are assembled pretty much the same.

.https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/tilting-blocks-to-the-right/

LINK for RIGHT TILTING BLOCK

You need to cut two rectangles for each tilt block.  Be sure the fabric rectangles are right face up and you can layer one fabric over the other, cutting the fabrics at the same time.   I tried cutting the rectangles with my fabric back sides together but that did not work as the rectangles were mirrored and had to be put aside.

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I found that by making a map of the block layout was helpful to speed up my sewing.  I just grabbed the pieces I needed in order.  Not having to figure out how each patch was sewn to the nine patch help keep things in order and avoided mistakes.

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Taking  wedge “A” flip it so it is ready to sew.  THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too.  The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH.  You then sew the wedge to the nine patch.  I sewed the patches so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch. 

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Aligning the right corner of the wedge to the mid- point of the patch is done in every step to align the wedges to the nine patch and form the tilt in the block.  Repeat this process with wedges B, C, and D.

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Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH.  The block needs to be squared up to the correct size.   I did this in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the  correct size ( 4.5 inches.)  IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt.  This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches.  Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.

 

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WHEN SQUARING UP MAKE SURE YOU MAINTAIN YOUR QUARTER INCH OFF THE CORNERS OF YOUR BLOCK.

 

Once I have finished this block …. I only have about  30 to 50 more blocks not to mention making right tilt blocks. 

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HAPPY QUILTING

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What I learned while making this quilt ….

MQ with StyleI was inspired to make this quilt by the quilt I saw in  CHRISTA WATSON’s book MACHINE QUILTING with STYLE. (page 34)  I really liked Christa’s pattern other than it was too small.  I wanted a queen size quilt of at least 100 inches wide and 100 inches length.   Christa’s quilt was more like a throw size.   So I  decided to make my own quilt inspired by Christa but as usual doing my own way.  

I am listing here what I learned while making this quilt because as usual when I go off on my own I usually run into trouble.

1.   The first thing that made it hard on me was letting my DD see the quilt I was making for her.  I had planned a rainbow quilt but she decided she would rather have a blue and green quilt.  I abandoned the  segments I had already made, putting them aside and instead made other segments. …. What I learned is ……  DO NOT show quilts in progress if you do not want input from someone else.

2.     I usually design on a design wall as I like to design visually.  Only problem is I do not have a design wall big enough to stretch out the segments  far enough to measure the quilt top properly.  I mis- measured  the quilt top multiple times and thus wasted some fabric.  I was also short and had to reorder more fabric.  Of course,  it was not the exact right shade because it was a different lot number.   I can tell the difference but my DD can not …. SO I AM SAFE.  MODERN QUILTS often require more background fabric than traditional quilts.  I had purchased 10 yards of KONA JET BLACK from a local quilt shop ( it was the last of the bolt)  I had to order an extra 3 yards on line.

Second thing,  I could have done to avoid this problem is to draft out a pattern of the quilt and estimate the size of segments I needed.  MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE.    I made the pattern below midway thru the project.  I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation if I had drafted it earlier. ….  like before I started the quilt top.                                                         

My pattern for my quilt

 

 

 

 

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO SOME BASIC PLANNING BEFORE STARTING ON A QUILT.  I TEND TO SKIP THIS STEP ….. BUT NOT IN THE FUTURE.

3.   In Christa’s quilt she used a pre cut 2-1/2 inch strips for the background and the colored strips.  Her quilt was 54 x62 inches.  She used a roll of background fabric paired with a roll of colored pre cuts.  I would have had to used 2 – 3 or more rolls of 2-1/2 inch back ground fabric and another 2 rolls of the colored fabric. ( I estimated 7 segments of 10 strips each. )        

My segments were made from a bin of strips I had cut in various widths for a different quilt.  I pulled all the greens, blues and yellows that suited the project.  I had left overs from a set of batik  TONGA TREATS, and I used many of those in the quilt. 

Because the strips were of different widths I had trouble making a matching segment to mirror the first segment.  The left hand segment should match the segment on the right side.  It would have been easier if I had used precuts.  I had to fudge with the segments to get them to the correct side.  The next time I make this quilt quilt.  I am going to echo the sizes of the strips on each segment.   I need to pre plan the segments more carefully. 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO BALANCE AND MIRROR THE LEFT SEGMENT TO THE RIGHT SEGMENT.  IT RESULTS IN A NICE PATTERN.   THE NEXT QUILT I MAKE WILL HAVE TWO CENTERED SEGMENTS and NONE OF THE HALF SEGMENTS SEEN AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE QUILT TOP.

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This quilt is so large I can not hang it anywhere to take a picture of the entire quilt.  The picture above is the top half of the quilt.   The picture below is part of the bottom segment.  I had not finished piecing the bottom segment that went below the segments shown here.   I am going to borrow a quilt rack to see if I can get a better picture.                                   .

 

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4.  I had used a batting as my design wall when I was planning this quilt.  It was white and shedded like crazy.  As a result I have hundreds of tiny fuzz all over the quilt.  I am spending a lot of time trying to clean the quilt top before taking it to the long armer.  I am having my long armer order black batting for this quilt.  Once it is clean it is off to the long armer for quilting. 

THE IMPORTANT LESSON HERE IS DO NOT USE A WHITE BATTING WITH A BLACK QUILT.

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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 

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  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

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

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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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UPDATED PODCAST LIST : MARCH 2016

I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the pod-caster.  I  wish I was a better programmer so I could make this blog post prettier  but I am self taught and half the time I never know what I am doing when it comes to programming.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  •  RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog. 2/ USE the various windows for that browser …
  • SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET 
  • Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
  •  TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

The podcasts are in no particular order ….. except the first one… that  one is mine.

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

This podcast is mine it is totally irregular uploading of episodes since I work as a full time nurse and when I come home from work I am totally tired. To be honest I have not gotten very far in my FINISHES this year. I love quilting and try to keep working on my projects… but it is slow going. I do blog and podcast about the the quilt books, notions and newest techniques I buy. I plan to post an episode once a month …. that said it has not happened yet….

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 Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

PODCAST LINK > > > http://quilter.podbean.com/

QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US …… THE BLOG

SANDY has been podcasting for over 5 years and it has been an interesting journey. She discusses all things quilting and creativity. Her podcast are often inspirational as by profession she is a theologian and works with immigrant families. Currently she is going for her graduate degree. She often reviews quilting books and notions so you can save your money not buying items that does not work. I love listening to her episodes.

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG

http://offkilterquilt.com/

OFF KILTER QUILT new blog page

…. … OFF KILTER QUILT has a new web page … adding it here till I get around to the next update of this web page

Frances is a children’s book author who has taken up quilting in the past 7 years. She is a dedicated finisher and takes you along on her journey. I loved listening to her podcast over the last 5 years as she progressed from a newbie with a new to her sewing machine to an accomplished quilter. Frances is from North Carolina and talks about her life, her kids, quilting and the weather. ( joke) She also often talks about the books she is reviewing. Frances often wanders off topic but so delightfully. I look forward to everyone of her episodes and often listen to them more than once.

FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids…..

Starting APRIL 2014 … loving it!

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

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Pam is the most prolific and consistent pod-caster and quilter. Her out put is amazing especially when you consider she works at home at a very busy job and family life. She talks alot about her process. I follow both her blog and podcast in Feedly so I do not miss an episode. Pam and Daisy are currently reading books together and then reviewing them as part of the podcast. Their book picks are interesting. I know you will find this an interesting quilting podcast to listen to… she will definitely inspire you to keep at your projects.

PAM now host THE STITCH TV SHOW on

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THE STITCH TV SHOW

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https://leahday.com/

LEAH DAY started a new podcast,  November 2016 …. Take a listen…

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LAZY DAISY QUILTS ( and READS)  …..

Because I AM and I Do ….

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Daisy’s podcast … she is so real.  She says it like she sees it.   Daisy use to be a costumer but now works in a quilt shop where she does the long arming.   She discusses all aspects of quilting,  current happenings in her life and what she is currently reading and watching on tv.  She is currently designing embroidery for the TV show OUTLANDER the patterns are available for free on Craftsy AND thru  FANDOM IN STITCHES.                

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Crafty Garden Mom ….

TANISHA is a book buyer for a major Washington D.C. company. She talks about her journey in crafty from her teen years to now as mother of two adorable little girls. She talks about the processes she uses to make her art quilts and art journalling. She currently has a serial quilting projects. Tanisha also reviews books that will be on the market soon. She also has a passion for classic movies and reviews them. I love her eclectic choice of topics… it is like talking to your neighbor over the backyard fence.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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I first saw Pat when she presented her trunk show soon after I was introduced to quilting back in 2005. To think of it I think she was the first national teacher I had been exposed to. Pat was also the first podcast I use to listen to when I learned about podcasting in 2010. ( Remember I am not of the computer generation that learns how to use a computer in grade school. Computers had not even been invented when I went to school.) Pat currently works with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine but she had been podcasting for several years before she affiliated with them. Pat has been in the quilting business for years and has interviewed many of the nationally known quilting divas. She always have interesting guest to listen to. Pat publishes weekly so you can count on her when you want to listen to podcast while working on a project she always has something quilty to listen to.

Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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ANNIE SMITH was the first quilting podcaster. She published over 100 podcasts when life through her a curve and she had to slow down in her posting new episode. I liked her podcast because she interviewed quilters on the west coast as she is based in California. Annie is teacher and quilt judge so you always garnered helpful hints from her episode. My favorite episodes of hers is the discussion of entering quilt shows. I have only touched on a few of the topics she discusses I always learn something from her she is well worth the LISTEN.

Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

http://www.weezyworks.com

http://www.weezyworks.com/feed . . . WEEZY WORKS VIDEO PODCAST … DIRECT FEED

NEW VIDEO PODCAST FROM WEEZY WORKS a fellow TWILTER . . . . found July 2014

Weezy is a twillter friend who I follow TWITTER. Weezy post video podcast but I can only view them when I am awake between MN to 0500 (eastern standard time.) I do download all of the audio episodes to my computer and listen to them when I listen during a sewing session. Weezy investigates all types of quilting and is a fun listen.

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HOBBIES UP TO HERE PODCAST AND BLOG

This podcast was started earlier in 2015 but I just discovered it in February, 2016. The conversation is between Dori the mom and Kati the daughter. They discuss various hobbies but quilting is their main focus. They also talk about what is going on in their life at the time of the podcast.

Currently there are 31 episodes and they are an absolute hoot…. I have been listening going back to the beginning …. I have added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER so I do not miss a post / episode.

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST… I think you will enjoy it.

Direct RSS feed to HOBBIES UP TO HERE…… YOU can also download them from iTUNES

http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/atgyk-3cd3d/Hobbies-Up-To-Here

RSS FEED for HOBBIES UP TO HERE

BLOG LINK > LINK to HOBBIES UP TO HERE BLOG

https://www.facebook.com/hobbiesuptohere/ >>>>

HOBBIES UP TO HERE FACEBOOK PAGE
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http://feeds.feedburner.com/KatiesQuiltingCornerPodcast

Katie is a 30s something quilter / crafter,  as she calls herself.   She talks about her quilts, her life and the recent changes, and her beloved dogs.  She took a hiatus from podcasting but has since returned and is putting out new episodes.   I am catching up with her new episodes and have her on my FEEDLY blog catcher.  COME and join the conversation.                                    .

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND 

theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html

 

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

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 MODERN SEW-CIETY …. http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

SANDI podcasts about her life as a mother of two girls ,  her quilts.  She is a designer of applique patterns and has been published in quilting magazines.  She is the author of  Little Quilts for Big Occasions .  Give her a listen.

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CRAFTING PODCASTs …

CRAFTY PLANNER

 

CRAFTY PLANNER :

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER …. found May 2015 ….

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JENNIFER IS BACK ON THE AIRWAVES … and she has a treasury of older podcast to check into… she interviews crafters.

links to CRAFT SANITY

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DEFUNCT PODCASTS:

These pages might have been taken down as it is rather expensive to keep it up but I am hoping they will come back.

PODCASTS no longer being published … but you may be able to download past episodes  >>> here is the link to that page.

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FAVORITE NON QUILTING, SEWING, CREATING PODCAST ……this section will be moved in the near future.

HISTORY CHICKS…. my favorite history podcast …. take a listen

http://thehistorychicks.com/?cat=6 . . . MY FAVORITE HISTORY CHICKS HISTORY PODCAST ….

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http://www.mythandhistory2.podbean.com/

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http://michiganradio.org/rss …… MICHIGAN NPR RADIO LINKS

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So you want to podcast … here is a good site to learn about podcasting .. from a professional …

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/…. AUDACITY to PODCAST …..

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IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE PLEASE BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION SO THAT I CAN UP DATE THE LIST.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File

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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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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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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

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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,
NONNIE

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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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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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Cute tip from last night’s guild meeting …..

ANNE a guild member demo-ed what she called a RED DUDE.  The red dude is a small scrap of shelf liner which is used under a ruler so it becomes totally non slip.  YOU can use it for marking or cutting with a rotary cutter. I was amazed at how well even a small square works to stabilize the ruler. Small scrap even works with big rulers.  I was amazed at how cheap it was.  Every one got a scrap or two to take with them and there were still more scraps available.  I was also amazed I have never heard of or seen this tip before. 

New use for shelf liner
New use for shelf liner

SHELF LINER -EE

Pics from some of the exhibits . . . .

FROM the collection of ANN HAZELWOOD Antique quilts hand quilted in traditional styles. Curator Linda Lasco quilted contemporary counterparts pieced by machine and machine quilted.

ANTIQUE HAND QUILTED from R-Wh & QUILTED
ANTIQUE HAND QUILTED from R-Wh & QUILTED
CONTEMPORARY RED WHITE AND QUILTED
CONTEMPORARY RED WHITE AND QUILTED

These small wall are destined to be sold in an online auction fundraiser for AQS. These are donated by AQS members as part of an annual challenge.

ANIMALS we LOVE exhibit
ANIMALS we LOVE exhibit

WICKED Cherry-wood Challenge .. Theme was the Broadway play WICKED. They had to use a collection called WICKED GREENS and black fabric to make their projects. Loved the individual quilts if I looked at them one at a time. Every-time I looked at the entire wall of the quilt collection on got queasy and nauseated…. Not a favorite display.

WICKED - Cherry wood Challenge
WICKED – Cherry wood Challenge

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This was my favorite quilt in the NEW QUILT FROM AN OLD FAVORITE Challenge. I could not read who made it from my picture as the writing was blurred in the picture. The FMQ was exquisite and totally inspirational. She used multiple different background in the quilt. I wish I had better close ups of this quilt.. every section was different and inspirational.

New Quilts from OLD Favorites Challenge
New Quilts from OLD Favorites Challenge

From the Juried Quilt Entries :

1EEE--102- WEATHERED STORM -0504

from GUILD CHALLENGE ... Famous Female Faces
from GUILD CHALLENGE … Famous Female Faces
THE KING .. would you believe the FMQ was done on a domestic?
THE KING .. would you believe the FMQ was done on a domestic?
Super Nova ... Ultimate Guild Challenge
Super Nova … Ultimate Guild Challenge