Disappearing 4 Patch Block

December 18, 2013

2 More Customer's Quilts

I just finished quilting, packaging and mailing 2 customer's quilts. Thank you, Kay and Ingrid for asking me to quilt for you. It was a pleasure!

The first one is Kay's quilt, made for her husband for Christmas. It is made from Hawaiian print fabrics with a tan linen-look fabric for the sashings and binding, and a navy linen-look fabric for the borders. It is quilted in a pantograph called Wandering Leaves, to echo the leaves in the fabric.


It turned out so perfect! A great quilt and a great gift for a man!


The second quilt is made by Ingrid for her daughter. It is made from brights and white, with Ingrid's daughter's name pieced on the back. It is such a happy, bright quilt!

It is quilted with a pantograph called Daisies Galore, which echos the flowers in the fabric and seems so appropriate since there are butterflies in the fabric, too. What goes better than daisies and butterflies?


November 25, 2013

MY 100 Things List

I think that I need to see where I stand with this 100 Things List. My YES! answers are in RED. My NO! answers are in Blue.

100 Things Every Quilter
Should Do Before She Dies
1. Visit a quilt shop. Oh, Yeah! At least a Million!
2. Make a Nine Patch. Yes
3. Make a Log Cabin. Yes
4. Label a quilt. Yep, with machine quilting and pictures
5. Figure yardage for a quilt. Seems like every day! Well, every other day.
6. Learn about warp and weft. Yes, thanks Mom.
7. Use a rotary cutter. Of course!
8. Use templates. Yes, in piecing and longarm quilting.
9. Paper piece a quilt block. Sure thing!
10. Hand applique a quilt block. Yes, but I'm not very good at it.
11. Make a yo-yo. We made a family king-size Yo-Yo quilt.
12. Embellish a quilt. Do buttons count?
13. Try free motion quilting. I quilted a baby quilt and a twin quilt. Exhausting!
14. Stitch in the ditch. On the sewing machine and on the longarm.
15. Try hand quilting. I was taught and worked on one block. It was sooo slow!
16. Bind a quilt. Of course! I'm very slow at it. 
17. Miter the corners of quilt binding. Yes, not a problem!
18. Join the ends of quilt binding. Yes, there are several different ways. I'm still deciding my favorite.
19. Sew diagonal seams. I'm assuming that Half Square Triangles count.
20. Use a walking foot. How else do you do the free motion quilting?
21. Attend a guild meeting. Yes, I've even been on the board for 2 years.
22. Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival. Oh, yeah! One of the perks of living near Houston.
23. Have a quilt appraised. 
24. Visit a quilt museum. Yes, a small one. I want to go to the Texas Quilt Museum.
25. Go on a quilt retreat. Yes, 5 so far.
26. Try curved piecing. I love curved piecing! I've made 4 Montana Cartwheel! 
27. Miter the borders. Yes, Mom helped me. Thanks, Mom!
28. Learn to do blanket stitch by hand. Done this a long time ago. Now I do machine blanket stitch.
29. See a local quilt show. Yes, of course!
30. Put your quilt in a local quilt show. Yes, 2 of them.
31. Sell raffle tickets on a quilt. Sure thing.
32. Take a road trip with quilt friends. Well, of course! Who hasn't?
33. Create a Pinterest board with quilt images. I have two of them!
34. Make a 3-D quilt block. Yes, but I had to tack the edges down. I couldn't stand them up.
35. Donate a quilt to a good cause. Yes, a military hospital, a battered women's shelter, hospice, breast cancer awareness.
36. Make a sampler quilt. Yes, several. One has been in the making for 8 years!
37. Make an art quilt. In my opinion, yes, but not made a pictorial art quilt.
38. Try bobbin work. 
39. Learn to maintain your sewing machine. Yes, my longarm and my Featherweight.
40. Add rickrack to a quilt.
41. Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt.) Yes, on EQ??.
42. Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own. Of course, how can you make a quilt without changes?
43. Make a color wheel with fabric swatches. Not a color WHEEL, but a color LIST... for 2 quilts.
44. Chat about quilting with a stranger. Yes, almost DAILY!
45. Talk about quilting with your family. Yes, I've gotten most of the quilting now!
46. Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift. Yes, 3 wedding quilts.
47. Visit Paducah during the AQS Show.
48. Take a class with a nationally known teacher. Yes, Jo Morton and at the Houston Quilt Festival. 
49. Use some fabric you dislike. Yes, it's hard but I've done it for someone that wanted it.
50. Participate in Show and Tell. Yes, but I can't stand Show and Tell. Sorry.
51. Volunteer for a job in a quilt group. Yes, 2 years doing the newsletter.
52. Use a color you detest. Yes, that would be pink.
53. Make a quilt inspired by nature. Yes, my bargello quilt... fall leaves.
54. Get up early or stay up late to quilt. OH, YEAH!
55. Make a scrap quilt. Yes, I love scrap quilts!
56. Make a tote bag. Yes, several.
57. Make a postcard quilt. I have the interfacing and the book to try one.
58. Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn. Yes, grandchildren.
59. Understand the basics of caring for quilts. Yes.
60. Borrow a quilting book from the public library. Yes, from the quilt guild.
61. Teach someone else to quilt. Yes, family and I helped teach a class or two.
62. Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts. I love to do pieced backings.
63. Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it. Yes, they are fun!
64. Post quilt pics to Facebook. I like to us a quilt as my picture.
65. Install quilty wallpaper on your computer. Hey, I thought that I was so clever to do that!
66. Put a quilty bumper sticker on your car. That's never going to happen because I can't stand bumper stickers.
67. Cuss mildly when you realize you've been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread). Yes, Mildly???
68. Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover. Yes, I did for the featherweight and the longarm.
69. Learn to thread baste. Sure.
70. Learn to pin baste. Yes.
71. Use basting spray. Yes.
72. Help a friend make a quilt. Yes, I have, several times.
73. Make a quilt for a special child. Yes, how special? Do grandchildren count?
74. Make a quilt for a spouse or partner. Yes, but I should make another one for him now.
75. Make a quilt for a friend. Yes, she cried when I gave it to her.
76. Include your quilts in your last will and testament. No, Not yet!
77. Determine your favorite thread for piecing. Yes, tan or gray.
78. Understand the concept of value. Yes, but I'm not perfect at it.
79. Understand the mathematics of quilt blocks. Yes, kind of. I just ask Mom to tell me how to change the size!
80. Apply a bias binding. 
81. Take a guild speaker to dinner. Yes! My friend, Jeanne.
82. Comment on a quilt-related blog post. Sure, all the time.
83. Make a mystery quilt. Yes, several. It's hard to let go of making the choices.
84. Take part in a block exchange. Yes, but I worried that I wasn't perfect enough.
85. Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block. Yes, too often the patterns aren't right.
86. Be able to state clearly what you learned from a particular quilt. Of course!
87. Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain. Yes.
88. Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter. Yes, mostly for the longarm.
89. Organize your stash. Yes, over and over and over again.
90. Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks. I don't do hand sewing.
91. Finish a UFO. Yes, how many to count this?
92. Purchase fabric on impulse. Oh, brother! All of the time!
93. Try sewing with precuts. Sure, they are good sometimes. 
94. Trade fabrics with quilt friends. Yes, plaid fabrics! Oh, yeah!
95. Identify your ancestors who quilted. Yes, my great-grandmother, Flora Belle Riley Johnson.
96. Visit a quilt shop while on vacation. Of course! Duh!
97. Sew on a treadle for old time's sake.
98. Subscribe to a quilting magazine. Yes.
99. Become a regular reader of a quilting blog. Yes.
100. Go on a Shop Hop. Yes, but I don't like them. It's good to learn where the quilt shops are, though.

I'm doing pretty well! I have done most of them. A few I will probably never do. But, YEAH ME!

100 Things Every Quilter Should Do Before She Dies



100 Things Every Quilter
Should Do Before She Dies
1. Visit a quilt shop.
2. Make a Nine Patch.
3. Make a Log Cabin.
4. Label a quilt.
5. Figure yardage for a quilt.
6. Learn about warp and weft.
7. Use a rotary cutter.
8. Use templates.
9. Paper piece a quilt block.
10. Hand applique a quilt block.
11. Make a yo-yo.
12. Embellish a quilt.
13. Try free motion quilting.
14. Stitch in the ditch.
15. Try hand quilting.
16. Bind a quilt.
17. Miter the corners of quilt binding.
18. Join the ends of quilt binding.
19. Sew diagonal seams.
20. Use a walking foot.
21. Attend a guild meeting.
22. Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival.
23. Have a quilt appraised.
24. Visit a quilt museum.
25. Go on a quilt retreat.
26. Try curved piecing.
27. Miter the borders.
28. Learn to do blanket stitch by hand.
29. See a local quilt show.
30. Put your quilt in a local quilt show.
31. Sell raffle tickets on a quilt.
32. Take a road trip with quilt friends.
33. Create a Pinterest board with quilt images.
34. Make a 3-D quilt block.
35. Donate a quilt to a good cause.
36. Make a sampler quilt.
37. Make an art quilt.
38. Try bobbin work.
39. Learn to maintain your sewing machine.
40. Add rickrack to a quilt.
41. Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt.)
42. Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own.
43. Make a color wheel with fabric swatches.
44. Chat about quilting with a stranger.
45. Talk about quilting with your family.
46. Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift.
47. Visit Paducah during the AQS Show.
48. Take a class with a nationally known teacher.
49. Use some fabric you dislike.
50. Participate in Show & Tell.
51. Volunteer for a job in a quilt group.
52. Use a color you detest.
53. Make a quilt inspired by nature.
54. Get up early or stay up late to quilt.
55. Make a scrap quilt.
56. Make a tote bag.
57. Make a postcard quilt.
58. Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn.
59. Understand the basics of caring for quilts.
60. Borrow a quilting book from the public library.
61. Teach someone else to quilt.
62. Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts.
63. Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it.
64. Post quilt pics to Facebook.
65. Install quilty wallpaper on your computer.
66. Put a quilty bumper sticker on your car.
67. Cuss mildly when you realize you've been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread).
68. Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover.
69. Learn to thread baste.
70. Learn to pin baste.
71. Use basting spray.
72. Help a friend make a quilt.
73. Make a quilt for a special child.
74. Make a quilt for a spouse or partner.
75. Make a quilt for a friend.
76. Include your quilts in your last will and testament.
77. Determine your favorite thread for piecing.
78. Understand the concept of value.
79. Understand the mathematics of quilt blocks.
80. Apply a bias binding.
81. Take a guild speaker to dinner.
82. Comment on a quilt-related blog post.
83. Make a mystery quilt.
84. Take part in a block exchange.
85. Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block.
86. Be able to state clearly what you learned from a particular quilt.
87. Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain.
88. Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter.
89. Organize your stash.
90. Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks.
91. Finish a UFO.
92. Purchase fabric on impulse.
93. Try sewing with precuts.
94. Trade fabrics with quilt friends.
95. Identify your ancestors who quilted.
96. Visit a quilt shop while on vacation.
97. Sew on a treadle for old time's sake.
98. Subscribe to a quilting magazine.
99. Become a regular reader of a quilting blog.
100. Go on a Shop Hop.

November 20, 2013

BYU Alumni Quilt Retreat

This past week I attended a quilt retreat in Galveston, the Houston Chapter of the BYU Alumni Association Quilt Retreat. It was our 3rd year and, I think, better than ever! We had such a fun, relaxing, sewing-til-we-dropped time! I loved it!

We had a demonstration to show how to make a Disappearing 4 Patch Block and I was very impressed with the beauty of the quilt and how easy it was to make. I have attached it (from the Missouri Star You Tube channel) at the top of the blog, so that you can view it easily. I loved it in the 5" (Charm Pack) blocks and in the 10" (Layer Cakes) blocks. Both blocks made the cutest quilts! Here are some pictures of Disappearing 4 Patch Quilts taken from Yahoo Images.




March 26, 2013

Prepare Yourself for Sewing


This is taken from a Singer Sewing Machine Manual from 1949. After you read this, you will know what I mean when I say "We've come a long way, Baby!"
"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. Then there are urgent housekeeping chores. Do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing."


" When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."

February 06, 2013

February 05, 2013

Quote from a Book

From the book, "Wild Goose Chase Christmas" by Jennifer AlLee on page 75.

As they were setting up an exhibit at a museum, they were discussing the items, one of which they were hoping would be a Wild Goose Chase Quilt.

"Pieces of history here, unrelated artifacts and bits of days gone by there. In the same way that the quilt turned scraps of fabric into something meaningful, it would bring all these bits and pieces together into one cohesive, powerful exhibit."


Some samples of the Wild Goose Chase from google.com




And, a free pattern for the Wild Goose Chase from jinnybeyer.com

January 09, 2013



 
"Know that you can start a bad day over 
at any point in time, so 
that it is no longer a bad day, 
only a bad moment in time."

This quote was taken from an email that I received from one of my Yahoo groups. I have searched the internet for a source but I have not found one. It is probably from a book but the lady did not give a source for it in her email. Sorry. It is a good quote!