REVISED List of Quilting Podcasts- – April 2017

I will be posting this yearly. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. When possible I post the direct feed to a podcast. You can download them also on any podcast catcher you may have, like iTUNES or Stitcher.  I am sure you have an app of some sort to do this.  THE LINKS AR.E HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE to make them easier to find.

I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the pod-caster. IF YOU find some new podcast please add a link to the comments on this post.  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.
  •  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 have been very bad at podcasting this past year…. I hope to do better… that said I am not removing my link.
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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 8 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. This past year Frances has started writing QUILT related books and quilts to relate to her books.  She entered two quilts in QUILT CON.  Recently she has been designing her own quilts both for her books and because THAT IS THE WAY SHE ROLLS.

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BIRDS in the AIR by Frances ORoark Dowell on Amazon

FRANCES’ QUILT FICTION can be found on this link

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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…..

Started in APRIL 2014 … loved them wish their were more

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

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BTW …. I will post links to Amazon and other sale sites but as of now I do not have any affiliation to these sited and do not get any compensation for doing so…… Just trying to make things easier for my readers.

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

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

direct podcast link page

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  with her friend Lynn also started a video podcast  QUILT SHOW on YOU TUBE.  Pam posts the video and the audio for this show…. if you have not seen it you will want to check it out.

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

YOU TUBE

THE STITCH TV SHOW

THE STITCH ON YOU TUBE LINK

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VICKIE’S CREATIVE CORNER 3

 

DIRECT RSS FEED
https://mycreativecorner3.podbean.com/feed/  

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VICKIE’S BLOG ….. MY CREATIVE CORNER 3
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MY CREATIVE CORNER 3 — PODBEAN LINK to find the newest episode

I met VICKIE at last year’s 2016 AQS GRAND RAPIDS QUILT SHOW.  This past year she launched her podcast and has been very consistent in getting a podcast posted.  She is a long armer and avid quilter, she also participates in other crafts.  In the summer her husband and her go on the road and participate in multiple HIGHLAND GAMES.  Her blog and podcast has been fun to follow.  I think I have a particular fondness for her podcast because she is a fellow MICHIGANDER and I can really relate to her posts.

http://mycreativecorner3.podbean.com/feed/

DIRECT LINK for CREATIVE CORNER 3 FEED

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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.                

LINK TO FANDOM IN STITCHES  

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http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/ Katie’s Quilting Corners

http://feeds.feedburner.com/KatiesQuiltingCornerPodcast

 

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/

 

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 in audio and occasional video .  She recently designed an awesome pattern that is free for download in craftsy…. absolutely love the pattern and hope to do it this summer.

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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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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CRAFTY PLANNER :

CRAFTY PLANNER DIRECT LINK TO PODCAST EPISODES

Sandi Hazlewood.is the creator of Crafty Planner.  She has great interviews of quilters and crafters … she is equal opportunity.   When I listen to Sandi’s podcast I know I am in for a treat.

http://craftyplanner.com/podcast/ >>> CRAFTY PLANNER

 

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WHILE SHE NAPS on iTunes
on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

.. DIRECT DOWNLINK TO … WHILE SHE NAPS ….

Abby post about quilting usually from the business side of quilting.  She host great interviews with the stars of quilting.  Her posts this year has been most enjoyable.  

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https://www.buzzsprout.com/70645.rss

DIRECT RSS FEED DOWNLOAD LINK

https://leahday.com/

LEAH DAY started a new podcast.  She does talks about what she is doing in her various endeavors and she does interviews of quilters…. some famous and some just regular home grown quilters.  She stared out posting weekly but now has cut back to every other week…. of if LIFE GOT IN THE WAY once a month.  I think you will enjoy listening to her posts.

I down load her on iTunes ( and you know I do not like iTUNES) but that way I have not missed an episode.

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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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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND ….. 

CHARLOTTE SCOTT … The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady from NEW ZEALAND

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Charlotte’s accent ( She has told me I am the one with the accent…. Ha! Ha! ) She talks about her new studio quilting space and her life on a boat.  She also does interviews of other NEW ZEALAND quilters.   She is a sought after Art Quilter and is in demand for classes…. I think this lady is going somewhere …. hope to see her on THE QUILT SHOW some day. 

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 MODERN SEW-CIETY ….

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

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

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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 . . . .

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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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

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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CRAFT SANITY with JENNIFER ACKERMAN HAYWOOD

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

links to CRAFT SANITY

LINKS to CRAFT SANITY PODCAST

Find her on iTUNES for easier download.

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SEWING OUT LOUD …

A mother & daughter team talk about the adventures of sewing as a business and a loving hobby.   I like their practical advice … and I love the stories on how to deal with customers and problems.  I down load them via iTunes as I had trouble finding them on an RSS FEED… but you can try the link below..

https://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/sewing-out-loud

SEWING OUT LOUD PODCAST EPISODES

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String and Story FACE BOOK QUILT VIDEOS

Holly Anne is a fellow TWILTER and started making quilt videos earlier this year.   I only get to watch them if I am awake at midnight…. when I am awake I make a point to check out her most recent posts.  She describes herself as a MODERN IMPRESSION QUILTER but also does T shirts for customers. 

https://www.stringandstory.com/

STRING AND STORY BLOG POST

https://www.facebook.com/pg/stringandstory/videos/

STRING AND STORY QUILT VIDEOS on Facebook

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HISTORY CHICKS is one of my favorite non quilting podcast.  I plan to make a thread for my favorite non quilting podcast but until then…. I am parking them here.  Check them out … even if you are not into history you will enjoy these ladies.

HISTORY CHICKS PODCAST EPISODES

http://thehistorychicks.com/category/podcasts/

 

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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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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

( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) …

YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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BEAR LAKE SEPTEMBER RETREAT 2016

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This is what BEAR LAKE looks like in September … oh do different … I even took a short hike.

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I finally finished my daughters wall hanging shade…. at least the top got assembled.  We will sandwich it this weekend then I will start free motion quilting it.  The following pictures are of projects being constructed during the event…. We had such a great show and tell.

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MAKE YOUR OWN FABRIC : MILE a Minute technique ….

I first learned to MAKE FABRIC when I took a class at my local sewing bee back in 2005.  The instructor was snow bird and she had learned it the previous winter in Texas.  She came back in taught it to us.  Since then I learned several other methods.  I am going to post pictures of how to make your own fabric … my way.  I will post pictures and directions.  I will post tips about the methods and what makes the techniques I use better.

It starts with what you as a quilter have. I noted some of the tutorials actually cut yardage into chunks to use in their made fabric.   I use scraps and I have tons of them… going back 20 years or more.  As I pull out the fabric I discard any that are cheap, sub-standard fabrics…. Unless the fabric had meaning to me … i.e. fabrics from my mom, daughter, and family or special past projects.  If the fabric was questionable I just ironed on to fusible interface to reinforce it and used it anyways.  Once the fabric is made there are different ways of using the self-made fabric in your quilting.

 

I have noted that the SELF MADE FABRIC of today seems to be different from the techniques and style of fabric I have made in the past.   This is not a criticism but an observation.  I think a lot has to do with what fabric scraps the maker has available.  Many of the fabrics are blockier because they are made from strips, squares, blocks of fabric.  My SELF-MADE FABRIC tends to be wonkier and more angled because I use a lot of shaped blocks and I trim at angles. 

 

MILE A MINUTE BLOCKS  ….

This was the first self- made fabric technique I learned, it was taught at the sewing bee I mentioned before.  What was really fun as everyone brought a pound of their fabrics in a bag then we threw the fabric scraps into the middle of the table.  ( We had set the rule the smallest scrap had to be at least 1-1/2 inches square.)  Strips, chunks, ugly fabric whatever we wanted to use.  Our instructor said not to try and control our fabrics … but of course I did.  I personally dislike scrappy quilts that mix types of fabrics together… I like muted, grey fabrics with other muted grey fabrics … and bright clear colors with other bright clear colored fabrics.  I mostly do not like them mixed together.  We were suppose to just grab a hunk of fabric and use it in our self-made fabric.  I, all ways the rebel, cherry picked my fabrics and only used contemporary, more modern, bright colored fabrics.

I will say that this block is often my leaders and ender projects or mindless sewing project at the end of a sewing session.  I do several blocks at a time in that I sew my retro, muted fabric into one block and modern, bright fabric into another and I do not use the same blocks in the same quilt.  If the scrap does not look good in the block I am making it does not go in.

  

TECHNIQUE:

Take a strip of fabric at least one inch wide. I often have wider because that is what I have in my scrap bag. 

Chain piece hunks of scraps selected willy-nilly down the strip.

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Trim your fabric strips apart. I usually angle my cuts but you can cut the fabric straighter ….. it is up to you.   You now have the start of your blocks. 

 

I press as I go as I use a small travel iron right next to the sewing machine. The pad is on a TV table.  I also have a medium cutting mat and rotary cutter on another TV table next to my sewing machine within reach. 

 

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I sew my first patches to a new strip or to another hunk of fabric, once again depends upon what you have in your scrap bag.  Trim your patches and repeat the process until the SELF MADE FABRIC is the size you want or need.

As I progress I make sure to off -set the first patches so that the patches are not all in the center of the fabric I am making. I like a more eclectic, mixed look to my patches even though they have a lot of the same fabric scraps in the blocks.  I do try to mix up the fabric patches with different scraps so the blocks do not look the same.

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I try to sew the added patches in a circular pattern similar to log cabin application.  That usually results in an interesting block.  Also adding triangles or hexagon shapes to the block  adds interesting angles.

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When the fabric is large enough I square it up to the correct size.  12.5 inch square is my favorite size.  Any cut off segments can be used on a different block.   

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TIPS: 

As I progress the block I use bigger strips of fabric to the outside of the block.  I dislike seams and small chunks of fabric on the outside as it tend to make the seams bulky.

You can make the seam allowance open or to the side that is a personal preference.  Opening the seams is time consuming so I usually just press them to the side.

Be sure your block is flat.  Press as you go with and iron or finger press.  I have seen blocks made that puffed in the middle looking like D cup breast… This is usually cause by poor technique not taking the time to trim well or press as you go.   

Style wise I try to keep different style of fabrics seperated …. brights and contemporary does not get into blocks with repro, muted, greyed fabrics.   I just think the patches look better that way..

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

Links to IMPROVEZATIONAL FABRIC MAKING :

I am planning a series of  “MAKE FABRIC” techniques blogs.   I have listed all the links to blogs that have instructions on how to ” MAKE your own FABRIC” that I found doing a Google search and asking my TWILTER friends for links to the blogs they use.  I will add more links as I find them. 

Making your own fabric is technique used in the past and is being used now in modern quilts.  ” made fabric” is often cut into shapes and used in a block.  Sometimes the made fabric is used to make an entire quilt.  I plan to post all the technique I have learned over the years.   Often the blocks look similar when finished but there are several different techniuqes that can be used to make the fabric.  EACH technique has advanages and disadvantages, I will try and reveiw each technique.

 

Crumb along with me QUILT ALONGS

http://www.joscountryjunction.com/crumb-along-with-me-quilt-along

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MOSAIC QUILTING  by Jaye the ART QUILTER  http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2014/04/mosaic-quilting-for-a-project/

 

 BONNIE HUNTER

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crayon-box.html

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/crumbs-crumbs-crumbs.html

Bonnie has several free patterns on her web page using self -made fabric.  I have included links to the ones I actually used to make blocks or entire quilts from.

 

Christa Watson:

Christa highlighted a quilt on her web page using a pattern from her book, MACHINE QULTING WITH STYLE,  highlighting the use of self -made fabric cut into a specific shape.

https://christaquilts.com/2016/01/15/facets-quilt-along-intro-and-fabric-requirements/  

https://christaquilts.com/2016/02/05/facets-quilt-along-week-2-improv-piecing

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Victoria, (Yes, I am being cheeky Frances and addressing Victoria by her first name only. I am old enough I can get away with it.) has multiple posts about making fabric.  

http://www.15minutesplay.com/p/tutorials.html

http://www.15minutesplay.com/2010/11/refresher-course.html

https://saskatoonmqg.com/2013/04/14/tutorial-random-piecing/

 From my google search:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbMjOfldNg

 http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/2013/08/calling-all-scrap-lovers-improv-piecing.html

 http://gnomeangel.com/how-to-scrappy-improv-any-patchwork-block/

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Book Review : 1000 BLOCKS by Quilter Marker Magazines

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1000 BLOCKS by Quilt Maker Magazine  is a collection of the first 10 issues of their block collection.  It is organized similar to the way the magazines had been organized from the beginning:  Applique, Foundation Pieced, Mixed Techniques ( fused, raw edge, hand sewn applique on pieced blocks, partial seaming, stitch and flip, pieced then slash and sew back together, foundation and standard piecing in the same block) and Pieced blocks.  What I really like about this book is the patterns are on a cD for the templates and many of the patterns. 

 

This book was great for me because I missed several of the issues that were sold out at my LQS when I went to buy them.  Since I now have this book I can give the magazines away to friends without guilt. 

 

The blocks in this book was sent in by both nationally known quilt divas and regular quilters who wanted to design blocks and quilts.  What I did notice when you looked at all the blocks the quality of the block designs greatly improved.  They were true designs and not rehashes of traditional blocks.  When a traditional block was submitted I disliked they did not use the original names but renamed the block.  I feel that dishonored previous designers and quilters.

 

One thing I did not like was how some of the blocks were dependent on the use of specific fabrics often no longer available.  These blocks can be made using other focus fabrics of the same scale, but I usually do not have suitable fabric.

 

I liked expansion of the block idea as there are magazines depicting  quilts made from the blocks.  (Only some of these quilts are in this book as illustrations.)  I always liked seeing the quilts made with the blocks as many of the quilts have secondary patterns.  I wanted to see more illustrations of the quilt blocks but that would make for a very fat book costing a lot more.  I have a feeling I will be re- drafting some of these blocks in EQ7 to see what the quilts look like.   I am hoping Quiltmaker and EQ7 (or another drafting software company) will publish these patterns similar to BLOCK BASE.  It would make it so much easier to make quilts.

 

The links to blogs and websites are noted when available this allowed me to add a lot of new blogs to my Feedly blog reader.  I see fun and quilts in my future when insomnia strikes.  I liked the designer index that is included in the book as it showed which designers submitted blocks over and over again.

 

I would like QUILTMAKER magazine should sponsor a challenge to quilters across the country to make quilts (crib, baby, child size)  with the block designs in this book.  These quilts could be exhibited in the AQS shows then donated the quilts to LINUS or various children hospitals and charities.  QUILTMAKER of course could publish an issue of the challenge entrants.

 

One thing that had me concerned as many of the pictures looked like an EQ7 rendering rather than a picture of an actual block.  This might be due to the fact many of the blocks were made in solid fabrics.  Pictures of the blocks proves someone actually made the block.  EQ7 renderings is great for designing but can the block be sewn as designed?  I know in the past when I tried my hand at designing I found there were times the block could not be sewn.

 

  The blocks in the book are all sized to 12 inch finished blocks so a sampler quilt can be made.  Or the blocks can be made in multiples and placed in a quilt top of your choice.  Examples of settings and yardages is included in the book.   

 

  I will still recommend this book to my friends.  I think it offers a lot for the cost and I love my encyclopedia of quilt block books since they provide inspiration and potential. 

 
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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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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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My favorite issue of AMERICAN PATCHWORK and QUILTING … COLOR ISSUE

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio 

PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

I picked up a copy of the COLOR ISSUE of AMERICAN PATCHWORKS and QUILTING.  It is one of the few magazines I actually pay for full price.   Most of the magazines I get are from quilt shows and guild meetings where they are donated and sold for a very reduced price.   I make sure to save this magazine in it entirety in in with my books of color theory. If you read my blog before you are aware of the rants I go into when the available magazines do stupid marketing. If not check back in my blog over the last couple of years.

I always enjoy WEEKS RINGLE’s Stash RX (THERAPY)  She teaches the magazine readers different ways of looking at their stash fabric to actually use their stash in different ways to make more exciting quilts.  I always learn a lot from this article and the series of quilt project they use where they actually apply the lessons and principles taught.  I also like how they frequently have multiple colorways of the same quilt pattern.

This last week the editors of AMERICAN PATCHWORK and QUILTING  recorded a podcast and published it on Pat Sloan’s podcast station. They go into detail on many of the quilts in the magazine and how they enjoyed making the project. I found I really enjoyed thumbing through the magazine as I listened to the podcast.  I have provide a link to PAT SLOAN’s podcast so if you have not downloaded the podcast before you can do so now…. It is well worth the listen.

ADDENDUM:   I was not too happy with the actual quilt patterns in this issue.  They were pretty much patterns that have the same blocks that have been published a number of times in the last several years ….. Churn dash, Snow Balls, hour glass, Ohio Star.  With over 4000 known royalty free blocks why do quilt magazines tend to use the same blocks over and over again?
HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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BOOK REVIEW: PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. By Cynthia England

PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. By Cynthia England

http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Piecing-Traditional-Cynthia-England/dp/0972096310 . . . PICTURE PIECING ON AMAZON

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I bought this book after seeing it highlighted on THE QUILT SHOW. I was looking for a MAPLE LEAF block to make first for a post card then later for an entire quilt. I will show you a picture of the block I made after several attempts at the bottom of the post. In part I can not blame the book and it instructions they are straight forward and detailed but I just could not wrap my brain around this technique. I think I set myself up for failure because I thought the technique simple after what I had seen on THE QUILT SHOW videos. ( By then I owned the TQS dvd.) I have been doing foundation / paper piecing for years this technique was suggested as a replacement for that technique. I will say after several attempts at making the block from the book I gave up trying and used a different technique. I had been enticed to try this technique by the pretty little block in several different quilts. I was terribly discouraged because I could not get good results. I may try this technique again in the future but for now I am putting it aside to go to something else.

MY FAILURES WITH THE BLOCK:

1.> I pre-selected fabric scraps ( from another quilt , more about that in a following blog ) that turned out to be poor choice for this block / technique. I would have a more successful block if I had selected similar color fabrics. The scrappy look did not work with this block.

2.> I had chosen black KONA as the background fabric but it was too dark, too close to the colors of scraps used in the block. I did not have enough contrast in the selections of fabrics to get the look I was trying to achieve.

REVIEW of the book, PICTURE PIECING > TRADITIONAL QUILTS …. Cynthia England

1.> There are 8-10 basic patterns that are then used in several projects. She has patterns for Maple Leafs, Roses, Violets, and several star blocks. She took the motifs she designs and used them in different ways with different effects in multiple projects. If you like her projects you might like this book they were very nice, very traditional in style.

2.> The instructions for the picture piecing process are detailed and inclusive with many tips and tricks that can be applied to any quilt. For that reason I enjoyed the book and came away some new ideas to be my quilting endeavors in the future.

3.> I will say this technique wasted a lot of fabric. I was only using scraps but I notice the waste when I watched the video on TQS and when I actually used my scraps. This technique wasted more fabric then the standard paper piecing . This is my opinion and others are free to disagree with it.

Rating:

At this time I rate this book 3 out of 5 ( GOODREADS) Frankly if I knew then what I know now I would not have bought the book. ( FYI: My library system does not carry this book … as a matter of fact they have very few quilting books of any kind. Which is odd as Mid MI is a quilt guild heavy area. ) That said, as of now I am keeping this book on my technique book shelf.


WHAT the leaf is suppose to look like… then what my block looked like. YOU can see why I threw in the towel.

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My poor mis-shaped block
My poor mis-shaped block

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Day spent with BONNIE K HUNTER, Scrap Quilter Extraordinaire ….

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BONNIE HUNTER came to our guild the EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD in Davison, MI. Of the many lectures she gives we had selected to learn about her SCRAP USERS SYSTEM…. you will notice this is the user system NOT the saver system. Bonnie’s goal is to get everyone to use their fabric down to the last sliver.

2E-TEACHING TOOL-0577 BONNIE’S teaching quilt for SCARP USER SYSTEM.

She has precise size selections that she recommends to use with the many patterns in her book and on her web page.  ( There are  many free patterns on her web page.) 

 

During the lecture and trunk show she showed us the quilts that she made using her system. She went into great detail on why she cut her scraps into exact strips and patches sizes. We were in for a real treat as she displayed a number of quilts she had made using her system.

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TUMBLO TRAIL  this is the quilt that was selected for our workshop.   When you click on the picture it should take you to a new window with a bigger picture.   . . .

 

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PINEAPPLE BLOSSOM… this is a free pattern on her web page.
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Bonnie has been exploring making quilts with strings patches.  At the guild night I purchased an older book STRING FLING.  She displayed several quilts from that book.  I think the guild’s favorites were her PINEAPPLE QUILTS.
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ONE of Bonnie’s best tips was to plan the border of the quilt and use those units to be your leaders and enders while you make the patches for the quilt body.  As she has said, a quilter is always tired  of the project and ends up slapping a plain border on the quilt to get it to size.  By a little pre-planning  you can have a lovely scrappy pieced border by sewing them during the piecing of the patchwork.                      
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PICTURES of quilts in progress from our sew day

Here are some of the quilts that were under construction during our SEW DAY RETREAT. ENJOY

4E-SHEILA's QUILT

5- UNDER CONSTRUCTION

6- DOUBLE SIDED

7 E- VERSION ONE

7- -VERSION TWO -E

8-E- E- SUDUKO -0564

9- E-E- -TRAVERSE CITY

12-E-E - PP HOUSE 2

HAPPY QUILTING, from this grandma to you…
NONNIE

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CRAZY THINGS I DO when I make a quilt

My Version of  FOCUS POCUS pattern My version of FOCUS POCUS QUILT

 

I was suppose to get the pattern from my friend who bought it at her local quilt shop. My LQS did not carry it. We were going to go to a all day sew at my guild together, but she had to cancel. Problem is she had the pattern and the cutting directions, it was too late to mail the pattern.  I just do not understand why my friend wanted to be at her daughter’s home when she arrived with her first grandchild… really a sewing day would be so much more fun. ( hee hee ! )

We started with a series of phone calls and emails as she read and emailed information I needed. Neither of us have the ability (software and scanner) to scan the pattern and email it so it has been slow going. To complicate the matter I redrafted the blocks to a different size to accommodate the fabric I wanted to use. I figured out the fabric requirements for using a fat quarter, as I have a collection of wonderful leaf and tree fabrics I wanted to use. I redrafted the pattern on paper and EQ7. I even figured out cutting the patches from the fat quarters. Some of my fabrics were directional so they need special cutting to maintain the directional look of the fabric. I spent the day before the SEW IN cutting out my fabrics.

THE hardest part of this design is figuring out where each fabric would go.  I am working with multiple leaf and tree focus fabrics and then more solid / tonal fabrics in oranges, reds/ burgundy, greens, browns and a couple of deep purple.  Some might say the purple did not quiet go with the rest but there was a deep purple in many of the leaf prints and deep purple represents the grapes that get harvested in the fall…. a refection of my Italian heritage.   I  have a special grape motif to FREE MOTION QUILT in the blocks.   I have been finding the more quilts I make the more I plan the free motion quilting during the designing / assembly process. 

I almost forgot ……… Each of the gold squares in quilt is cut from my collection of gold fabrics and are different.  I tried to get several different values of gold from dark butterscotch / caramel to a light gold.  All are tone on tone with different textures and prints that remind me of fall.  I will be posting more pictures in the future. 

This quilt MUST be done on a design wall .  It helps you balance the colors across the quilt so that the eye keeps moving.  Several times I had clump of one color either green or brown in one area but none in other areas.  Seeing the fabrics on a design wall helped me balance the colors better, at least there are no clumps of dominate colors.   I also found using the design wall made it easier to keep the complicated piecing in order.  I had to tear out less often.  Since the focus fabric is part of the pieced secondary block it is important to keep them lined up correctly or you will become best friends with your seam ripper.   This quilt is dependent on proper fabric placement. 

Well this is all for now….

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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NO I DID NOT DROP OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH….. crazy summer

I have not blogged in several months as it has been a crazy summer for me. LIFE over took me. I painted the landing (about 800 square feet, partial rooms.) First color I chose was a medium sky blue and I hated it. Made a dark area even darker. I love blue but I hated these room. I then got a pale grey ( almost white) with a blue cast and I liked that much better. There was a side hall that was painted the blue and I ended up glazing that wall with the pale grey glaze. It knocked down the blue color to make it much softer and made a nice blend to the grey walls of the landing. I really like the new painted walls. I tried taking pictures but none look good… I am just not that good of a photographer.

Now that the paint job is done. I am in the process of getting new flooring put in. The main results is not quilting is getting done. That changes this Saturday when I go to our BIANNUAL SEW IN with girls from the guild. I have picked out fabrics for a quilt for my niece’s new home. I think it will be a surprise for her since she does not read my blog.

The pattern is FOCUS POCUS by SWIRLY GIRL DESIGNS . . . here are some links:

http://www.swirlygirlsdesign.com/products/quilt-patterns/ …. SWIRLY GIRLS DESIGNS > PATTERNS

pattern direct FOCUS POCUS by SWIRLY GIRLS DESIGNS

FOCUS POCUS PATTERN

FOCUS POCUS PATTERN on the web …… http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=focus+pocus+by+swirly+girl+designs&qpvt=focus+pocus+by+swirly+girl+designs&FORM=IGRE

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Let us be straight …. even though I have purchased the pattern … I am not following it EXACTLY … I had a delicious collection of fat quarters ( all leaves motifs) that I cut into larger blocks and then I resized/redrafted the secondary pattern to fit the larger blocks. I will be putting these blocks on a design wall to hopefully really show off the fabric selections. If it works out I will be posting pictures in the future… SO STAY TUNED.
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Why I do NOT sew clothing….. bring on the quilts.

I made some aprons for the guild’s, APRON PARADE.   I had the laminate fabric for a year planning to make aprons.  I had selected the laminate fabric because I was tired of getting the front of my clothes wet and dirty whenever I tried to do dishes or clean the kitchen.   I do not know how but I always looked like a mess after cleaning and wanted aprons that would protect myself.

The second reason I made the aprons was our guild is  having a trunk show by a local quilter who collects vintage aprons.   To celebrate we are bring our own aprons for a contest  …..

For our contest there will be three categories for entry:

1) Vintage, usually anything vintage is something 15 years older than you, but in this case we are going to say that vintage is anything that you claim is old, as in “this old thing….” It need not be homemade, but if it’s not homemade it has to have a good story something that might be filled with nostalgia. If the story brings tears to the eyes, the judges will be impressed.

2) Made by me. Clearly, this means something that you made yourself. Maybe the pattern is your own design. Maybe you used a commercial pattern, but the point is that you stitched it yourself.

3) Very Unique – a definition that only you can describe as in “If you see it, you will know….

 

I think my apron would fit in any category as 1/ I selected a commercial pattern that resembled the apron style my mother and grandmother use to wear. Their apron was usually made of inexpensive cotton but there were a bunch of them.  My sister and I use to be put into the aprons whenever we helped do the dishes or clean the kitchen after dinner.   2/  I did not design the pattern but just simplified it, changing the placement of the ties and eliminating some darts.  3/  I think using the LAMINATED fabric made my apron unique.   I only wished that my new aprons fit as nicely as the aprons I wore then, when I was half the size I am now. …. hee..hee…

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I am listing the mistakes I made on while making the aprons and what I learned about using LAMINATED fabrics.

 

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I use 2.5 inch strips cut from left over fabrics from the apron back to make the ties and binding.

I only had enough fabric to cut the strips on the straight of grain not on the bias.

I sewed the binding from the back to the front on the arm hole and neckline of the apron.  My intent was to frame the front bringing it over from the back to add a decorative detail.  It was a total failure in part to my impatience in applying the binding and due to the difficulty of working with the laminate fabric.

I was using laminated fabric for the apron front and found it very difficult to get smooth turns and seams. I also found it difficult for the binding to go around curves. I think it was because I used straight of grain cuts for my binding pieces. LAMINATE fabric was a lot more difficult to work with than regular fabric.
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STRAIGHT of grain binding did not have the flexibility and give that was needed when sewing on the LAMINATE fabrics.  On the second apron using the commercial bias binding it was easier to apply the binding.  I also think I was more experienced in working with the laminate.  I would suggest that when working with a fabric you are unfamiliar with make some small project to familiarize yourself with the fabric.  At least that is what I plan to do in the future.

 

 

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The straight of grain binding was sewn from the back to the front of the apron.   The straight of grain binding buckled and folded and did fought me …. frankly it was a HOT MESS.   I think part of the problem is the binding was too wide, it would have been better to use a 2 inch strip. 

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The LAMINATE fabric would not stay flat ( like a quilt) when I turned the binding over the seam allowance.  The laminate fabric would fold over at the stitch line.  It also folded funny at odd angles.   I had less difficulty when I used the commercial bias tape on the second pink apron.  I am not sure if it was because I was better at working with the LAMINATE fabric or because I used the commercial bias tape and it worked better with the project. 

 

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bias binding COMMERCIAL BIAS TAPE gave a smoother look to the arm holes and neck line.
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On the second apron I used commercial bias binding to sew the binding from front to back of the neckline and arm holes          (traditional  method of applying facing and bindings) resulting in a much smoother and more professional finish.
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I used a facing for the back closures made by folding on the center line. I used a stabilizer when sewing on the button-hole. Right now I just need a button, I am looking for a cute button. I bought a commercial pattern that was similar to the aprons my mother and grandmother use to have. I changed the placement of the belts and eliminated the center pleats.

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IF you have any questions about sewing with laminates contact me and I will be glad to expound further on sewing with the laminate.

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A friend of mine post this information in comments I am moving it here since I found it so helpful …. ….. Planning to get more LAMINATED FABRICS to make more aprons.

 

I have sold 52 laminated aprons so far. Here is the secret. Cut the binding on the bias. I use one of those notions that folds the binding for you. (Get it at Joann’s) It’s not the electrical one, but the cheap handmade kind. If you buy the one that makes one inch binding, that works very well.- You cut the stip at 1 3/4 inches andput it through the device. It will come out 1 inch. Then you can fold it in half and press. If you round your corners a bit, the binding goes on very smoothly. I usually start the binding where I am going to put a strap or ties, which will cover the start section. Lengthen your stitch when you sew. They recommend using a teflon foot, but I found that my walking foot does just fine.

Best place to get laminates:

http://www.fabric.com FABRIC . COM

 

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT ….. started in 2012

 

Knotted Cotton  SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT 

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CHECK out the SLOW BLOG MOVEMENT at

  http://www.knottedcotton.com/2014/07/slow-blog-linky.html >>>> TO THE KNOTTED COTTON

 

Knotted Cotton LINKY PARTY at the KNOTTED COTTON

 

slow quilt movement  

 

 

 

 

 

I AM PROUD TO SAY  I AM A MEMBER OF BOTH MOVEMENTS….. SLOW BLOGGER AND SLOWEST QUILTER.

 

 

THE SLOW QUILT MOVEMENT is logo was created by PAM from HIP TO BE A SQUARE PODCAST AND BLOG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE

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UPDATE to LIST OF PODCASTERS …. direct links, blogs, i Tunes

UPDATE to PODCAST LIST ….. JULY 8, 2014 …..
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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.

 

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

  • 1/ RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog.

    2/ USE the various windows for that browser … SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET

    3/ Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST

    4/ TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

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Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

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

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QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US …… THE BLOG

Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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OFF KILTER QUILT the WordPress BLOG
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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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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND ….. new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

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

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

 

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

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

direct podcast link page

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

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

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Crafty Garden Mom …. YOU will find book reviews on this bloggers page.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com/

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

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

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Lazy Daisy Blog — looking for the RSS feed link

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com/

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

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PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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A J the QUILTING POT …. is back podcasting … BOY I missed her…

http://thequiltingpot.podbean.com

http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com

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Quilt Cast / Amy’s Creative Side PODCAST ….. new 2013

http://amyscreativeside.com/category/podcast/

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http://www.weezyworks.com

. . . WEEZY WORKS HOME PAGE . . .

 

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

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

 

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SEWING MOM PODCAST ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM PODCAST ….

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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

http://cvquiltworks.podbean.com/ … JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES …

 

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CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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MODERN SEWCIETY …. added new November 2013

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

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

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WITH IN A QUARTER OF AN INCH . . . . She’ BACK

http://withinaquarterinch.com/home-page-static/

http://withinaquarterinch.com/podcast-2/

RSS : direct download link of her podcasts

 

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Direct download links for the newest quilting podcasts / found SEPTEMBER 2014

Purple Daisies podcast and blog ….

http://purpledaisiesquiltingpodcast.libsyn.com/webpage …. PURPLE DAISY QUILTING PODCAST — DIRECT LINK
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom/16071219-introducing-my-new-podcast …… SEW LIKE MY MOM, PURPLE DAISY QUILTING

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/purple-daisies-quilting-podcast/id913053950?mt=2 …… Purple Daisies podcast
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http://purpledaisiesquilting.com/blogs/sewmuchlikemom.atom …… PURPLE DAISY BLOG ..

QUILTING BITS AND PIECES . . .

http://quiltingbitsandpieces.com/ …… QUILTING BITS AND PIECES

CRAFTING PODCAST …

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on iTunes … ABBY GLASSENBURG … WHILE SHE NAPS….. JULY 2014

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CRAFT SANITY with JENNIFER ACKERMAN HAYWOOD

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

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MY FAVORITE MICHIGAN NPR … RADIO LINKS …

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 …..

 

BELOW ARE LISTED PODCASTERS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASING NEW EPISODE RECENTLY …

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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com

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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.com/

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Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/category/podcast/episodes

Direct download of the podcast …

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History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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

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Updated on February 23, 2014.
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 ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.

 

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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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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NONNIE

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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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