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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Links for Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
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PODCAST LIST … updated AUGUST 2015 …

 
 
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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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

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/

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 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.                                   

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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

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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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Amy and April are quilting friends who live in Colarado.  They both are in the quilting industry as fabric designers and book authors.   I love their episodes on their experiences at Quilt Market.   Their podcast topics are eclectic discussing everything from notions, books, process and techniques.  I definitely feel like a FLY ON THE WALL over hearing two quilting friends talk about quilting and their lives.

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

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

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http://feeds.feedburner.com/amyscreativeside … RSS feed for AMY CREATIVE SIDE PODCAST with April …

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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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VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES by BONNIE MC CAFFERY

https://itunes.apple.com/al/podcast/001bonnies-creative-quilting/id162208330 <<< BONNIE MC CAFFERY VIDEO PODCAST ON iTUNES ….

 I love downloading Bonnie’s videos on i TUNES.  I can then view them conveniently in my time frame later.  Bonnie has been in the quilt industry for a while and she always has interesting interviews with creative people.

 

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MODERN SEW-CIETY …. added new November 2013

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

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

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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
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QUILTING BITS AND PIECES . . .

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

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NEWEST PODCAST DISCOVERIES …. or REDISCOVERIES …. 2015
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I recently downloaded and listened to both of these podcast and found them delightful. Tsoniki talks creativity and sewing with quilting as an addition but her topics are worth a listen to… I LOVE her accent. I have only listened to a couple of the podcast but have her cued up to listen to them all. Mark’s podcast is a rediscovery since he did not podcast after his surgery but is now going strong. I love his eclectic interviews as they cover all aspects of creativity. Both of these podcast are inspirational.

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST

ME BEING CRAFTY PODCAST ….. a new discovery
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/me-being-crafty-tsoniki-crazy/id935726720?mt=2
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RSS feed for ME BEING CRAFTY
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TSONIKI is a native AMERICAN who lives on post in Germany with her husband who is active military.    I just discovered her podcast and am working my way thru the last several years. She interviews people in the creative community , mostly sewists, quilter and bloggers.  She discusses process and  how they create and make money with their crafts and their life.  So far I have found this to be an informative and fun podcast.    ( I have only listed to about 6 of her podcast episodes and have about 40 more to listen to.)   

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MARK LIPINSKI’s CREATIVE MOJO

Mark Lipinski Blog and Podcast

 

 

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https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com
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http://toginet.com/podcasts/creativemojo

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Mojo-with-Mark-Lipinski/144703325542844
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MARK has been in the quilting business for years after previous career in TV production.  Mark has his own fabric lines and he lectures around the country.  He has published a magazine and produced an internet quilting video on  QNNTV …. QUILT OUT LOUD .  With his connection to the quilt industry he has interesting interviews of quilter and all type of creative people.  I use to listen to him all the time when I first learned to download podcasts.  I stopped downloading not because of Mark but because I started burning the podcast to cDs and his MP3 files would not fit.  The only place I could listen to him was on my desktop computer and that was so uncomfortable.  I did not have any type of MP3 player at the time that came later when I got a new car with a port I could connect to the speakers.   I am currently in the process of downloading all his podcasts.                        .

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CRAFTING PODCAST …

CRAFTY PLANNER

 

 

CRAFTY PLANNER :

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

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

.. DIRECT DOWNLINK TO … WHILE SHE NAPS ….

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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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QUILT PODCAST …. NO longer as active ….

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Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com
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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND ….. new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.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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SEWING MOM PODCAST ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM 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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JACKIE QUILTING CHRONICLES ….. restarted podcasting … MARCH 2014

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

 

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CANADIAN QUILTERS

 

 

 

CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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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

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History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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FAVORITE NON QUILTING, SEWING, CREATING PODCAST ……

 

 

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/

MYTH and HISTORY of Europe

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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 …..

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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

( 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.

 

 

NOT blogging, NOT podcasting … because I have been sewing.

Quilt top almost done; just need borders.
Quilt top almost done; just need borders.

Almost finished… my FOCUS POCUS quilt top is assemble but it just needs the borders added. I could kick myself cause I have set aside fabric strips to bring the pattern out into the border but I have looked high and low for the zip lock bag that had the fabric and it is GONE. So I have been re- thinking the border and will simplify it. Such a shame. I know I will find the bag once the borders are applied…. OH WELL…. Can’t win them all. I will post more pictures in the future when it is done. CURRENTLY .. The top is hanging on my drape rods that is why it is not hanging straight… is is straight. Just want to see how it looks so I can consider the borders.

For the free motion quilting I am taking it to a long-armer and having a simple edge to edge leaves pattern quilted. I will add some simple FMQ motifs after she has it adding names and dates to the quilt. I hope to give this to my niece … in the future.

BTW … found and interesting article all quilters should read about the REAL COST OF MAKING A QUILT. Be sure to follow the links to the YOU TUBE VIDEOS from QUILTY they had interesting information.
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http://www.mooreapproved.com/2015/02/quiltonomics-the-real-cost-of-quilts/… REAL COST OF MAKING QUILTS …

Speaking of QUILTY the magazine will no longer be published. It is such a shame since it had become one of the few magazines I made a point to purchase. I liked their quilts alot, but I think the thousand of quilt blogs have cut into the magazine publishing business with tutorials, and free articles. A quilter no longer needs to buy magazines to get patterns.


WELL this is all for now. I am painting a bathroom this weekend and cleaning my bedroom as I am having a new mattress delivered tomorrow… Heaven forbid the delivery men see a messy bedroom.

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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SOURCES for buying QUILTING DVDs

I have been touting the fact that I like DVDs  better then on line streaming in several blog post.   I have decided to post the links to where I bought my DVDs for others who might like to buy quilting DVDs.   The list is in no particular order.  I have deleted any source that was unsatisfactory.   I have enjoyed the DVDs I have purchased from these source but as always you should  always think twice before buying on line.

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THE QUILT SHOW …. Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson dvds
http://store.thequiltshow.com/

The STORE at TQS

http://store.thequiltshow.com/category-s/110.htm

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PATSY THOMPSONS DESIGNS (FMQ)
http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/shop/category/cd-s-dvd-s/dvds-by-patsy-thompson-designs

DVDs for FMQ

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LEAH DAYs BOOKS AND DVDS

http://www.leahday.com/shop/category/dvds

LEAH DAYS’ DVD and Store

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QUILTING ARTS TV ….

http://www.quiltingdaily.com/media/g/qatv/default.aspx

http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting

QUILTING ARTS TV – DVDs

PATCHWORK SCHOOLHOUSE DVDs

http://www.patchworkschoolhouse.com

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FONS and PORTER

Quilt Out Loud
QUILTY
QUILT IT
QUILT MONKEY
…. Among others

http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/category/dvds-and-books

SHOP at Fons and Porter

I do wish this shop would separate DVDs from the book. It is hard to navigate and find the DVDs you might wish to purchase.

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QNNtv.com    

Carries many of the same dvds as found at Fons and Porter.

http://www.qnntv.com

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C&T PUBLISHING

http://www.ctpub.com/cds-dvds

C & T publish store and dvds

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QUILT IN A DAY : DVDs
http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/dvds

Expanded collection of DVDs … mostly QinD but also other well known quilters.
http://www.quiltinaday.tv/tv/default.asp
Live stream past shows

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Nine PATCH Media
http://www.ninepatchmedia.com/html/home.html

Elizabeth Phillips

Director of Business Development
Nine Patch Media
2563 Gibson Road
Courtenay, BC
Canada
V9J 1L5

(250) 703-0444

sales@ninepatchmedia.com

VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL : 22 Modern Quilts from Classic Blocks

VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL

By Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones
Published: 2013

This was another book I was given, but I really enjoyed it. The blocks in this book are traditional vintage blocks. Most of the blocks are identified by BARBARA BRACKMAN’s book ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS. I really appreciated the identification of the blocks used. One of my biggest complaints about the recent quilt books and magazines I have read is that traditional blocks are used and the names are changed. I personally think this is disrespectful to the quilters who came before us. I think we should all be encouraging the book and magazine editors to insist on identification of traditional vintage blocks in their quilts. If a quilter wants to rename a quilt that is one thing but to rename blocks is an entirely different matter.

This book included historical mini lessons for each quilt / block presented. I found the factoids interesting and informative, I really enjoyed reading them. In some ways this made the book for me.

The book includes a cD of templates for the quilt blocks which I found very helpful. There are 22 project in the book using the blocks. The blocks are 12.5 inches and one of the quilts is a sampler. For each block a quilt just using the block is presented. Other projects are presented using different size blocks.  I am not into making purses, pouches or pillows but I thought most of the projects were cute. ( I have too many beds right now that need full size quilts… maybe after I retire I will make cutsie stuff.)

Another section in the book discusses colorways and even though they are not my colors I found the way they used colors was interesting. Many of the quilts had different setting not seen or used in traditional quilts. I also like the fact that most of the blocks are not run of the mill blocks so over published OHIO STARS, MONKEY WRENCHES or Drunkards Path. I have EQ7s BLOCK BASE, Barbara Brackman’s and Jenny Beyer’s block books and all of these blocks are in there. What I liked best was these required increasing skill. The blocks start out simple and become more advanced as the book progresses. Most of the quilts had interesting modern settings and colorways. I have taken many sampler quilts and found them a good learning experience that improves your quilting skills.

I also found a lot of FREE MOTION QUILTING exhibited in the quilts. The FMQ went from simplistic to very intricate, giving me a lot of ideas for the quilts I am currently working on.

BLOCKS INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:

  • Double Z
  • Dakota Star
  • Riviera
  • Rolling Squares
  • Red Cross
  • Mayflower
  • Tea Leaf
  • CrossPatch
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Tilted Star
  • Cross and Crown
  • Geometric Star
  • Exploding Star
  • Double Windmill
  • Dove in the Window
  • Art Square
  • Mosaic No 8

All and all I am giving this a 4 out of 5 ratings ( GOOD READS) as I think a lot of quilters will find this a good book to use, regardless if you are a modern or a traditional quilter. I think you will love the blocks in this book. I also rated this high because of the historical factoids in the book. I will review the book again after I have made some of the blocks…. I feel another sampler quilt coming my way.

Happy Quilting to all,

Nonnie

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BOOK REVIEWs: MY reasons for doing them ….

I do some web work on the side for a friend who opened a quilt shop in south east MICHIGAN.   It is a pretty much one woman shop and she runs out of time to do the niceties of advertising and posting on her blog, so I have been helping her out by posting her sales and writing blog posts for her.  I do a very simple blog and email advertisement send out for her customers.  We do most of the work over the phone as her shop is 70 miles away from my home and I do not get out there as often as I would like.  This weekend I went to visit her and her husband and the next few blog posts will be about some of the books and magazines I recently picked up.

She can not afford to pay me in cash since she makes just enough to pay her bills, cover over head and a small salary for herself.  So we came up with a wonderful payment plan…. fabric, thread, quilt books and quilt magazines ( those that do not sell) and various sundry items that I use in my projects.  As far as I am concerned I am making out like a bandit since I rarely spend more than 6 hours in a week doing these tasks.

In these book reviews I try to be unbiased ( something hard to do) and give a factual review of the book’s content.  I try to think of all quilters and what they need.  Sometimes my prejudices seeps through by the choice of  adverbs and adjectives I use.  I do review books that I purchase (or am given) that I do not like.  I have very particular and marked tastes and I try not to let me influence my reviews.  WITH that said I try to evaluate the directions and instructions given in the books, magazines and articles for their ease of understanding.  I do not mince words if they are unclear or difficult to understand as I feel that is why I or other quilters buy a book.   Yes, we are influenced by the ascetics in the books and magazines but if the directions are garbled I feel I have wasted my money and that make me very unhappy.

I will continue to review books, magazines, dvds, and classes, whether I like them or not in the future.   I will do my best to be unbiased but since I  try to be a straight shooter I will voice the negatives as well as the positives.   I am fully aware that the authors work hard to make the quilts and write the directions, I try not to be brutal and find something good in  every book.  But I feel I work hard for my money too and poor instructions lead to wasting my time, effort and fabric. ( WASTING my fabric is a big pet peeve.)

I am going to ask you, my readers, would you rather have only positive reviews or do you also want the ones that are somewhat negative in nature EVEN if they are just my opinions.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE
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A really great TRUNK SHOW at the guild

This was the description from our guild’s calendar:

May 28th Meeting – A lecture/trunk show by Linda McGibbon and Leslie Peterson
of Bay City/Midland area. These two have been friends for years, thus the name of their presentation: Friendship. But they have different tastes.

Linda likes paper piecing, machine piecing and bargello.
Leslie likes hand needle turn appliqué, wool appliqué, red work, and color tinting fabric. They will be bringing loads of quilts to show.

Their pattern company :    LAKE VIEW PATTERNS BY LINDA MC GIBBONS . . .

THIS was a very enjoyable trunk show. They had over 100 quilt projects to show between them. I enjoyed how they each were cheerleaders for the other ones work. Many of the larger quilts have been entered and won prizes in various quilt shows including Puducah and Houston. The GIRLS are available for  workshops, classes and trunk shows.  I am going to let their quilts  talk for them….          … 

LESLIE PETERSON’s QUILTS:
Leslie enjoys embroidery and hand applique. The majority of her quilts are done by hand … piecing and quilting. Her kids were involved in after school activities and sports. She said many of her quilts were totally made in her car and never made it into the house until it was completed.

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Linda made this quilt for her daughter to commemorate her love of ballet.

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LESLIE said she made many of her large scale appliques by cutting the fabric out directly on the quilt. Each of her kids was given a quilt to suit their sports passions.

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Linda gave Leslie some left over paper pieced MARINER COMPASS blocks from some of her projects, the problem was they were different sizes. It was up to Leslie to design a quilt using those blocks. She used her favorite applique to unite and highlight the blocks. Everyone ohhhed and ahhhed over these quilts.

12 pieced background applique

This wall hanging used a pieced background to highlight the and emphasize the applique. As part of her lecture, Leslie discussed how her quilting evolve over several years.
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RECENTLY, Leslie has been playing with the DRUNKARD PATH BLOCKS. She has been seeing how far she can go with adding PIZZAZ to the blocks and quilts….. I THINK SHE HAS GOT IT!

 

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING…
NONNIE

 

I am running away for a mini vacation with DH… so I will get back with you later with more pictures.

LOOSE CHANGE BLOCKS — REVISTED

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LOOSE CHANGE — NEW TECHNIQUE FOR PRE-CUTS– LAYER CAKES AND CHARM PACKS by KANSAS TROUBLES QUILTERS, AUTHOR : LYNN HAGMEIER. Of course, I did not follow the pattern exactly. I have a lot of make do patches to use so I am modifying the patterns accordingly. The book has about 5 quilt patterns I really like. I think this will be a great method to make donation quilts because it is really quick and easy.

Commercial Charm patch
Commercial Charm patch

A commercial charm square 5 inches by 5 inches is placed on a layer cake patch 10 inch by 10 inches. For a commercial charm since they are pinked can be stitched with a straight stitch. I used the special ruler to align the charm square and layer cake. Once sewn I used the ruler to line up the cuts. The book has clear cut directions on how to use the ruler.

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Stash charm cut 5x5
Stash charm cut 5×5

I raided my stash and cut several patches 5 by 5 from large scraps or fat quarters. I tried two techniques, either one works okay but it is labor intensive. One set of patches I cut using my rotary cutter. The other set I pinked using pinking shears, while watching TV. I did this over several nights when I could not sew at my machine. I also had had a huge stack of 6.5 x 6.5 patches I got in guild exchanges over several years. I am using this for the diagonal blocks…. more on that later. I also straight stitched around the patch’s edges.

Decorative stitches used to sew the edges down.
Decorative stitches used to sew the edges down.

I have since decided to stitch the edges of the charms with decorative stitches. Yes, it will take longer to make the blocks then using commercial charms and layer cakes and plain straight stitches. (The book said the quilt top could be made in an afternoon.)

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Cut on the vertical and horizontal.
Cut on the vertical and horizontal.

Once the patch is sewn you then cut the patch horizontally and vertically. The thread tails are cut off and will be in the seam allowances when you sew the patches together. You will need to make 12-16 of these blocks depending on the size quilt you will be making. I also make extras so that I have a good assortment of cut patches to make a pleasing arrangement. I am using solid KONA and tone on tones, cut to 10in x 10in, layer cake blocks as my background. The colors range from pastels to medium lights all from my stash. For most part I am using stash cut charm squares. I have a large assortment sewn and ready to be cut for more patches.

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Once sewn I press the seam open. I found that due to the multiple layers the patches lie flatter when pressed open.

4 patch matched BLOCK A: four patches mixed and matched then sewn together.

I have made the equivalent of 10 blocks that will be divided into 4 patches and re-sewn to make scrappy FOUR PATCHES on a layer cake. Once sewn you loose a half inch to the blocks and they will need to be square up to 9.5 inch blocks before sewing them to Block B. BLOCK A and B alternate across the rows.

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BLOCK B is cut on the diagonal. The patches are shuffled and sewn together.Second cut on the diagonal
Second cut on the diagonal
BLOCK B: Diagonal cuts
BLOCK B: Diagonal cuts

13- FINISHED BLOCKS-AFinished Blocks

Blocks A and B will be alternating across the rows. I have not decided on what size quilt this will finish at. 5 blocks across will be around 45 inches for a nice baby quilt; or slightly larger 6 blocks at 56 inches across. Down will be 5 or 6 blocks to.

For me this is a make do project in that I do not have any Layer Cakes or Charm Packs so I plan to go through my stash and just pick out suitable fabrics and cut my own 10×10 background and 5×5 charms. I also have TONS of 6.5 charms from charm exchanges at my guild and from on line. I will uses those in the diagonal cut B blocks. All in all this will be a cute project that will make some cute baby quilts for donation or gifts. I already planned some free motion quilting patterns using things I learned from my Craftsy classes.

If you use pre-cuts and plain stitching (charms with pinked edges the project can be done in an afternoon. It will take longer if you cut your own fabric from your stash. Also the use of decorative stitches will also slow the project down but it is so much fun to explore the fancy stitches on my machine. I also think that because I am not fusing, by selecting stitches that tack the edges down I will get less fraying.

Speaking of fusing, I found that the corners on my charms tended to curl when I was preparing them. If found I used a dab of washable glue stick, kept the corners under control, till they were sewn.

I also suggest when doing decorative stitches you start and stop the pattern at the corners of the charms. On my old machine I found by resetting the stitch to a straight stitch and then resetting the decorative stitch I got a much nicer pivot. I tried to take care that the patterns did not over lap each other, by straight stitching on the edge of the charm to an appropriate area where I could restart my pattern. I will try to post pictures of what I mean in another post as this explanation is as clear as mud.

This is the quilt technique I will be demonstrating in my quilt guild for the annual FOUR CORNERS TEACHING DEMOS in June. I plan to have a quilt top made demonstrating the techniques I have discussed here. I will have a mock up the steps and the book and rulers. (Books and rulers from a local quilt shop will be available for purchase.) I talked about this project on my last podcast, EPISODE 41.

Here is where you can see the video demonstrations of Ms Hagmeier’s technique …. QUILTING WITH THE STARS: FONS AND PORTER PRODUCTION

I also talked about the Ricky Tims Seminar. I blogged about the Seminar and have posted pictures in earlier blogs. Take time to check them out as the quilts are gorgeous. In a way this project is an homage to Ricky’s seminar as he said to always ask yourself, “WHAT IF” and I am ” WHAT IFF-ING ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH THIS PROJECT.

Happy Quilting,
Nonnie

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UPDATED: JUNE 22, 2013

I finally got this little quilt top assembled. I was not sure I liked the top because I felt the solids was too dull, but when it was assembled a secondary emerged and suddenly I love it. I chunked the blocks together and was only able to sew one section together each night after I got home from work. It actually took less then 6 hours to assemble the top and I finally got the chunks sewn together this morning.

Here is a bad picture of my cute little quilt. I do not have a place to hang a real design wall in my house. But I make do as best I can. I hung the quilt on a flannel back table cloth over the deck. I will get a better picture hopefully this week or when the quilt is finally finished.

assembled top
assembled top

Now I am going to iron this top and the backing then get it ready for the demo coming up. Then I will be sending this off to the long arm quilter for basting. I have some ideas on free motion quilting for this little quilt and I have the perfect thread picked out.

Time:
Cutting out the patches and assembling the units … 8 hours

Decorative stitching: I did that on nights I wanted just mindless sewing but I think that was another 4- 6 hours. Straight stitching would have been a lot less time.

The assembling of the blocks took less than 6 hours but it was divided up over several night.

TOTAL TIME: Estimated 20 hours

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No INTERNET means I actually sewed!

1-ruler used to place charms - then cut the patches

It took thirty minutes to set up for sewing the blocks. Most of the delay was due to the time I had to fussing with fabrics selection. The actual aligning of the blocks only took a few seconds. I am planning to track the time it takes me to make this quilt top. WHY you ask, cause I am curious.

good and bad corner stitching
good and bad corner stitching

I have been agonizing over this little quilt. The quilt started out as a guild project and then there was an announcement of a new baby on the way. So now I know that this quilt will be needed for a sweet little girl, due in August. My first idea was the Kona cottons with various patches from exchanges but I found the Kona cotton made the bright novelty prints look dull and muddied. If I used just white it just looked like a four patch on a white background, the pattern and technique was lost. Since I now had a special little baby to make this little scrap quilt for I wanted it more planned and controlled then I had originally planned. So I started planning the patches and using softer, sweeter fabrics from my scrap stash. ( I use a modified BONNIE HUNTER scrap system in that I cut patches into 10 inches, 5 inches and 2.5 strips.)

I am using decorative stitches to sew down the patches. This nails down the patches to background and controls the edges from fraying. To my surprise this has been the funniest part of the project. I have really been enjoying using the stitches on all of my machines. I have also started using decorative stitches to make the patches themselves. A technique I saw Pat Holly use in some of her quilts.

Some of the things I learned when sewing the patches to the background:

1./ Pull the threads to the back to bury them.

2./ Use school glue sticks ( washable) to tack down the corners if they do not lie properly.

3./ When sewing the corner down I would go to the very edge. I would reset the machine to a straight stitch then reprogram the decorative stitch to the same settings. I had practiced the stitches several times before using them on the blocks. I have a stitch journal where I take notes about the stitches and settings used.

4./ I find it especially important to know how the various stitches start. That helps me to pivot and produce a nicer corner. This is important for the patches cut on the vertical and the horizontal as the corners make a focal point of the blocks.

5./ Decorative stitches get lost on busy or printed fabrics. The stitches should go to the plain fabric or to the background fabrics so that it can be highlighted. I try to keep the decorative stitches highlighted.

6./ I am trying to select colors that complement the patches. My fall back color is variegated gold threads as it seems to work well the chosen fabrics without taking over and dominating the patches.

7./ As I am sewing I take a needle to sweep under the patchwork any fraying or loose threads.

8./ I need to find my quilter’s bar so that I can do better at sewing straight lines of decorative stitches. I tend to waiver and drift when I am sewing. I am looking forward to using more of my decorative stitches.

9./ I used Ricky Tims Stable Stuff as my stabilizer for the stitches. When the quilt is washed it will soften up and not add any stiffness to the patches. I like the way the stitches look when a stabilizer is used.

Making my own patches all PAT HOLLY
Making my own patches ala PAT HOLLY

Happy quilting Nonnie

Finished thread basting

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I spent the day thread basting my quilt. It took about 8 hours but it would have been faster if I did not have to cook two meals, keep the grandson out of the pins and machines. I also had my neighbor drop by for a visit but since she is a quilter that was okay we just gossiped.

You will note my thread basting is kind of close together…. two reasons… I only had a short needle and I stopped paying attention to spacing cause I was talking too much. Sharon Schamber’s YOU TUBE videos show spacing about 3 inches apart, but she uses different needles. I could only find my embroidery needles so my spacing is much closer together. As she has stated if you have applique elements in your project you can space closer together.

I also realized I should not have basted over my seam lines. I am taking CINDY NEEDHAM’s Craftsy class Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques. She said you have to stitch in the ditch EVERY STINKING SEAM! That same sentiment has been stated by RICKY TIMS in his DVDs, so I guess I will ANCHOR EVERY STINKING SEAM with stitch in the ditch.

The last picture I posted is of the back. I had done some thread painting instead of a label as I got kind of lazy I did not want to applique or piece a label into the back. I also think the label should be applied before quilting. I used a free form thread painting technique. My only regret, besides my sloppy handwriting, is that I did not use a good stabilizer. I used an iron pellon instead of my wash away stabilizer and it did not do a good job stabilizing. Live and learn.

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SLOW going on my FMQ

IT has been really slow going with the FMQ I have only been able to work on it an additional hour or two. I hope to get time to work on it tomorrow. Right now I am editing another podcast. I have finished the CRAFTSY class BEYOND BASIC FREE MOTION QUILTING with Ann Petersen. I learned a lot from Ann’s class and applied what I learned to this project.

Close up of MACHINE tacking method.

IN these close up pictures you can see a MACHINE TACKING METHOD. Quilters have hand tacked quilt tops for ages. I did similar technique, but using machine. The batting says that the quilting can be 10 inches apart. I did some thread painting or free style embroidery which tacked the quilt top. I think it added details to the top but maintained the lightness and puffiness I wanted in the baby quilt. I opted not to do continuous line quilting as I felt the quilt was getting over quilted. I feel the free style tacking added to the design of the quilt panel by adding cute details. I still have half of the quilt to FMQ, and then add borders to get it to the needed size….. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

CLOSE UP of the FMQ details

and then……

Captain America went trick or treating in the rain, sleet and snow… nothing will keep him away from his CANDY.

Captain AMERICA came to trick or treat… but it was so cold he had to have winter coats and hats on….. He changed his mind endlessly all day Halloween cause he could not make up his mind which SUPER HERO he wanted to be… Iron man, Superman, Bat Man ( never Robin) or Flash. He put on all the costumes and kept changing all day long. My hubby took the pictures as he walked them around the neighborhood this year. I stayed home where it was nice and warm.

Happy QUILTING,

NONNIE

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I arrived at 9 am. Although I drove to Grand Rapids on my own, staying with my niece, I kept bumping into guild sisters. Every time I looked up it seemed I ran into someone else. It is fun sharing a passion with others of liked mine.

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It was a delightful day. I got to talk to Bill Kerr and Alex Anderson several times as I wondered around the vendor booths. I was very good and refrained from buying any fabric ….. but I was not so good with books and notions. Found several I have wanted but had not yet purchased.

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If you want to see another GREAT quilt show, YOU should visit the :

QUILTS ON THE GRAND

OCTOBER 5 THRU 7TH

DELTA PLEX ARENA

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I have visited this quilt show the past two shows and always come away inspired. It is well organized, eclectic in the quilts, antiques, Repros. contemporary styling and even modern. Last year I took over 400 pictures. I also liked that they had DVDs of the show available. Frankly, as delightful as the AQS show was I think QUILT ON THE GRAND QS is better.. more quilts, deserve and better food.

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NEW BLOG site for NONNIE’S QUILTING DREAMS…

As you know I have been having issues with WORD PRESS. I format my pages one way but WORD PRESS displays it entirely differently. I am now testing BLOGGER. I plan to post blogs in response to other bloggers I.E. Sandy’s color blogs and other blogs that request links. As with any blog hosting sites, BLOGGER has steep learning curve and will take a while to figure out if it works for me. One thing I did not like was that even though I have a G-mail I could not use my NONNIE QUILTING DREAMS as a blog name. Every name I submitted got rejected… so that is why I have a funky blog name and address.

I plan to keep the Word Press blog for more personal blogs, my quilt journal and what ever else is on my mind.

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Playing with COLOR

JUST SOME FUN COLOR WHEELS AND COLOR LINKS I HAVE FOUND ….

Since I do not have my HOMEWORK ready for Sandy at, Quilting for the Rest of Us, done… I am giving you this:

PICTURE:  Color Wheel stolen from Victoria at Peace Brook Quilting  … here is her podcast about color
PEACE BROOK QUILTING PODCAST on Color

  http://inoyan.narod.ru/kaleidoskop.swf …      Color Kaleidoscope …
PLAYING WITH A COLOR KALEIDOSCOPE WATCH OUT it is ADDICTIVE

COLOR WHEEL                 WEB DESIGN COLOR WHEEL FROM KISSMETRICS

… COLOR-WHEEL SCHEMES … COLOR WHEEL SCHEMES

THEY may ask for a donation but I just clicked through … I do not donate to site that ask for money.
Shows different color schemes and really highlights the principles that SANDY has been discussing on her blog.

COLOR WHEEL FROM CLEVER QUILTER

KULER COLOR APP

KULER COLOR SELECTION

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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ART QUILTS, THREAD PAINTING and FREE MOTION QUILTING DETAILS

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YOU can find more pictures on my Podcast blog since I ran out of room here!  I am also adding my TWO CENTS about what I think about some of the pieces.  AS you know I have an opinion about just about everything.

These pictures were viewed at THE OAKLAND COUNTY GUILD QUILT SHOW. This group of pictures detail the thread paining, embellishments of a series of art quilts. Several of these quilts are from a challenge using MASTER ARTISTS as inspiration for the pieces. (Georgia O Keefe, Van Gogh, Frankenhaler, Klimpt, Hokusair, and Hunderwasser.) These quilts will be going to exhibits in Europe as part of an exchange.


This portrait used surface embroidery to add texture and highlights to the surface.  I think the big stitches were used in lieu of  quilting as I do not see any free motion quilting on the piece.  I would think if a piece was quilted the embellishing embroidery would have to be added after the quilting was completed otherwise the FMQ would interfere with the embroidery.   I am not sure if that is the way it is done,,, but it would probably be the way I would do it.  I do not think I would bring the stitches to the back of the quilt but travel through the batting from section to section.  

This style of FMQ was called angles by Patsy Thompson on her DVD.  She talked about how the sharp angles added energy and edginess to a piece.  I think the jagged zig zag angles and the sharp flame like FMQ on this piece added contrast to the softer circles and spirals of the applique motifs.

I know this was one of several quilts made after the style of Georgia O Keefe.   The free motion quilting (FMQ) adds details to the flower petals.  Thread and fiber was used to embellish the centers of the flowers.   The FMQ in the background maintained the vertical movement of the stalks and leaves of the flowers on the left side of the piece.  The quilter mimicked the background fabric with circular flowing patterns.

What can be prettier than a lily in full bloom and this lily was skillfully executed.  The in person viewing shows that this is a fused raw edge layering of colors form the bloom.  Variegated threads was used to accentuate the petals and leaves.  I like the upward movement of the FMQ when it mimics the flower growth.  

It is difficult to see in this post  but when seen in person or  in the original photo where I could zoom in I could see the raw edge applique used in this piece.   The FMQ follows the movement of the fused applique pieces adding texture by heavily quilting some areas of the quilt and leaving some area softer expanded with the batting. 

I think this was one of my favorites of the pieces… but then I am a sucker for POPPIES.  This quilt has a lot of visual impact and I do not know if it can be seen in his picture but each petal seemed to be of a different but closely related values the darker in the back of the flower.  I am assuming the fabric  was  hand dyed  and the gradation and use of the fabric was effective in creating depth.   FMQ mimics the veins and details of the petals and leaves.  I  liked the scattered  “pick” stitches in the background using  variegated threads to quilt the background it provided interesting texture.  

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My grandson loved this piece when he saw it on the computer while I was resizing the pictures I took at the quilt show.  He called it LOLLIPOPS.  I have a feeling I will be trying to do my own rendition of this piece, in the future.   I feel the quilter successfully combined free motion quilting which mimicked the over all pattern of the quilt and embroidery embellishment that adds to the texture of the piece.  

 

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FREE MOTION QUILTING : PRACTICE PIECE

PRACTICE FOR FREE MOTION QUILTING

I have been trying to get some actually quilting instead of being a fake/ wanna be quilter. My daughter and I pinned some practice pieces to use for me to practice my FREE MOTION QUILTING. My daughter made this quilt from a panel, this is the first time she got her quarter inch seam allowance correct. The panel lies flat. She has design a cute little quilt picking out the fabrics on her own. I am very proud of it; but now she wants me to free motion quilt it. And now I AM AFRAID, I have only played with FMQ before, WHAT IF I AM NOT UP TO THE TASK. WHAT IF I RUIN this little quilt?

My DD says just go for it… do what you can, the baby won’t know or care. What advice could you give me to FMQ this project?

Happy Quilting,


Nonnie

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Cook books to the rescue of THANKSGIVING

MARTHA STEWART LIVING COOKBOOK: ORIGINAL CLASSICS

The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original ClassicsThe Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics by Martha Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

2000, 2007

I do know how to cook,but I do not like to. The only reason to cook is to feed my family. I find basic American food to be too high in fat, salt, sugars and basically things that are bad for you. I also think a lot of it is pretty flat and tasteless. ( I love ethnic foods best.) This book is pretty much European in flavor and technique, but I do have to watch the salt and fat content of the recipes. I do consider it a GO TO BOOK for basic cooking, if I am stumped for what to bring to a gathering or party this and the sister book NEW CLASSICS are the books I read. I think they will save Thanksgiving this year. I reference it a lot. I consider it a great book to give to a new bride.

Yes I am using it for my THANKSGIVING TURKEY.

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MARTHA STEWART LIVING COOKBOOK: NEW CLASSICS

The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New ClassicsThe Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics by Martha Stewart Living
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

2007

This book and the ORIGINAL CLASSICS book are my GO TO COOKBOOK for basic American cooking. I often have to bring dishes to work potlucks and I usually pick a dish from these books and they are usually received well. I like this book a little better because the flavors are more ethnic and adventuresome. Many of the recipes are from Asian, Hispanic, African, Indian cultures along with other experimental American cuisine. The flavors are more experimental and exciting. Great gift to a new bride or a novice cook who wants to expand their pallet.

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More left over turkey recipes

TURKEY CURRY IN A HURRY

LEFT OVER TURKEY …2 CUPS …10 TO 16 0UNCES

HEAT  skillet with 2- 3 tbsp oil…… add chopped onions , raisins, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1/2 tsp salt … saute till onions are tender… 5 to 7 minutes.Stir in chopped garlic ( four cloves) and 4 tsp fresh grated ginger root stir for a minute.

Stir in leftover roasted vegetables ( Any root vegetables work good,  I usually make extra just to have left overs …..  carrots, turnips, parsnips, onion, potatoes, jicama is great. ) Frozen  peas/ snap or sugar pea pods…. Heat through add water or broth to keep moist  (few tablespoons at a time, avoid adding extra calories. )

 Add turkey …. When heated through take off the heat add plain yogurt and cilantro or chopped parsley.

I do not have an exact calorie count for this recipe but turkey is about 40 cal per ounce, it is the other stuff we do to our food that adds calories.

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SKILLET TURKEY POT PIE

BAKE A REFRIGERATOR BISCUITS …. According to instructions … or use leftover from Thanksgiving dinner.

Making sauce, in  a skillet …. Heat 2 TBSP BUTTER ( unsalted)  chopped onion, sliced celery, 1/4 tsp plus dried thyme, salt 1/2 tsp….  Add 1/4 cup flour in small amounts until incorporated.  ( This gets rid of the raw flour / pasty taste of uncooked flour)  (optional add 1/4 cup vermouth or dry white wine or broth) Slowly whisk in  2-1/2 cup broth and 1/2 cup of heavy cream ( I use milk )  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

Add leftover roasted vegetables, I also add any left over other vegetables… broccoli, cauliflower, or casserole (rice)   When heated trough add  cooked turkey ( 2 cups /plus)  and left over frozen pea pods or peas.   I have been known to throw cheese on top …. Then  Top with  biscuits.  I put my skillet in the oven at 350 just long enough to set the table.  Serve immediately.

 

I may have to cook an extra turkey in order to have enough turkey to make all the leftovers.  I also frequently freeze some of the sliced turkey to thaw at a latter date… Hubby will only eat so much turkey  so many days in a row. 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

 

THANKSGIVING RECIPES: Family favorite left overs….

TURKEY WITH CHEESE FONDUE SAUCE ( WHAT TO DO WITH LEFT OVERS)

SLICED cooked turkey one pound
1 one jar artichoke hearts
clove fine chopped garlic
2 tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoon all purpose flour
SEASON to taste with salt (1/2 tsp) dash pepper and dash of nutmeg
one cup milk
1/4 cup dry white wine ( Called for in the original recipe but I have omitted it substituting broth. Good but a different flavor.)
ONE CUP SWISS CHEESE OR MY FAVORITE FONTADINA (MIXTURE HALF AND HALF)
OPTIONAL: Tablespoon CHERRY BRANDY

In a baking dish, layer turkey, artichokes.



In a pan over medium heat, saute garlic. Reduce heat. Add flour and seasoning, stir continuously till smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat add wine and milk. Bring back to slow simmer stirring. Remove from heat add cheese and brandy, stir till melted. POUR OVER TURKEY AND ARTICHOKES. Sprinkle with paprika.

BAKE AT 350 degrees x 20 to 30 minutes


330 calories per serving / 6 servings

from Lisa Burmann's Studio / Two Fabric Challenge ...


This quilt was made by LISA BURMANN of Lisa Burmann Studios. It was shown in the HADLEY FALL HARVEST QUILT SHOW, last September. She originally made it for the OAKLAND COUNTY QUILT GUILD CHALLENGE but she challenged our EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD to join in for a similar challenge. We will have the big reveal next meeting. NOVEMBER 30, 2011 AMI SIMMS: “LIVING WITH QUILTS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE” … http://www.amisimms.com/…&#8230; Ami Simms

TURKEY KABOB
12 SLICES BACON
CAN new potatoes, drained and rinsed
Cubes of cooked turkey
Chunked cuts of vegetables: onion, celery, green and red pepper, mushrooms,zucchini… what ever you like!
cherry tomatoes or grapes for the top of the kabobs.

Fry bacon till cooked and limped not crisp. DRAIN WELL.

For each kabob skewer potatoes, vegetables of your choice, chunks of turkey. Wrap a piece of bacon around the turkey by skewering the bacon adding the cube of turkey then adding the bacon.
Brush with Ginger Wine Sauce … but I find it easier to marinate the ingredients in a plastic bag for a while before assembling the kabobs.

Broil on high ( 550 degrees) or grill x 5-10 minutes, brush with more sauce.

GINGER WINE SAUCE
1/2 CUP dry white wine
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
CLOVE crushed garlic
Tablespoon cornstarch

Cook all ingredients in a sauce pan, till it thickens, stir continuously. Calories: 270 per kabob.

Gathering Gals of Hadley MI and their raffle quilt

These ladies are in my quilting group and I have known and worked. We have met at Elaine’s Quilty Shop each Wednesday since 2005. Times have changed, our life has changed, we are disbanding the weekly meetings; but never fear we will now be meeting once a month for open sewing meeting the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at the town hall. 4:30 pm til 8:30 pm. (The building where our quilt shows have been hosted.) The sewing sessions will be open to anyone who wants to quilt or learn how to quilt. We have few rules or requirements, except you must bring a project to work on. The quilt behind the ladies is a raffle quilt they made for HABITAT OF LAPEER, MI; it will be raffled this December.

GARLIC CHICKEN (TURKEY) BREAST

OKAY, it is not turkey but I like it with chicken better. BTW I cook by the seat of my pants, and improvise all the time. Recipes posted from the original source but I make notations about how I changed and improvise them.

6 chicken breast, flatten between plastic wrap or wax paper.


Make a herb butter by softening half cup butter ( I usually make double and use in other recipes) Chop chives and / or chopped green onion tops (tbsp each) to taste, garlic POWDER 1/4 TSP to taste. Shape into a log about 1 to 2 inches round. freeze, then cut into small slices about 1/4 inch thick.

Take the flatten chicken breast and put a slice of the herb butter in the center. Roll/ fold and secure with tooth pick or long skewer.

Mix 3 cups crushed corn flakes, Two tablespoons snipped parsley, 1/2 tablespoon paprika
butter milk or milk ( 1/2 cup) (Can add an egg, beaten in the dip.)

Dip the chicken roll in the butter milk then in the cereal mixture. Place rolls in a baking dish seamed side down. Cook uncovered at 425 degrees x 30-35 minutes.


265 calories per serving

I have substituted the corn flakes for other plain cereals when I did not have cornflakes. I have also used bread crumbs… my favorite was rye bread crumbs. For the dip I have substituted plain yogurt and or sour cream ( half and half) It usually depends upon what I have in my kitchen that day. I also increased the amount of seasonings, because I am Italian and love the flavors of garlic, chives and or green onions.

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