pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.
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Sindy Rodenmayer’s Chocolate Stars is a beautiful quilt featuring 12 different pieced stars. The simple, four-color palette (plus the background neutral) makes it easy to customize this quilt to your liking. Consider hitting your stash and pulling together scraps in the colors you choose.
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November brings about a change in seasons, as we move from fall to early winter here in the central part of the USA. It is also the time of year we are reminded to count our blessings and think about all the people and things for which we…Continue
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What batting do you like in your quilts? What do you like about it? Have you tried other types/brands? Do you use a different batting for baby quilts? wall quilts? bed quilts? throws? What do you do to prepare your batting for quilting? Which…Continue
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Does any one have a Christmas quilt pattern ...something different. Using about 4 or 5 different cottons. I would like to make a lap size or bit bigger quilt for my sister who is also a quilter. I can't seem to find 1 that is not…Continue
October brings cooler weather and often a profusion of color in my area. The fall harvest is producing a cornucopia of abundance (hopefully). October is often the start of a decorating frenzy: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.Better get to work. …Continue
September...When I think of September I think about going back to school, both as a student, and later as a teacher. I remember cooler mornings where I need a jacket to go outside, but by noon it is so warm the jacket gets left in the…Continue
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A few weeks ago my DIL mentioned she'd like to learn to do hand embroidery, so I gifted her a Craftsy class. Two weeks later she sent me a photo of an adorable embroidered Christmas tree, complete with decorations and gifts, that she had embroidered using the techniques she learned in the class. I suggested she post the photo on the class photo album. She began telling me all the reasons she should not do that: It's a first attempt, it's not her own design, It's not perfect, blah blah.
SEW WHAT?!? I spent the next while explaining the concept of "the Have's and the Have-not's". We all start as Have-not's in any new skill, whether it's embroidery, quilting, or bungee jumping. We all start somewhere. Some people go it alone, repeating the mistakes others have already made on their journey to being a Have. Why do that when you don't have to? Which is why we Have-nots take classes and surf the internet for inspiration as part of our path to "Have-hood". Each step we make, no matter how imperfect, is one step ahead of some other Have- not. I explained to my DIL that the pattern she downloaded was a gift from a Have to a Have-not. Don't we have the same responsibility, to inspire other Have-not's who may not know where to begin?
I spend WAY too much time browsing photos. I just love the beautiful things shared by my Virtual Friends on Pattern Pastiche and elsewhere. I have never for a second thought, "Look at those flaws! That imperfect project should not be shown on the internet." On the contrary, I have many times thought, "That's beautiful! I wonder how they did that? I sure would love to see more photos." PLEASE EVERYONE! Share your Haveness! even if it is only one step past your former Have-not-ness. Your imperfections may be the very thing that inspires someone else to try.
Isn't it interesting...
The quilt has been ingeniously designed, fabrics painstakingly coordinated, pieces carefully cut with directional prints all aligning together. Then with great precision it's all sewn together so it all fits perfectly and measures perfectly. Everything is perfect in the beautiful quilt.
Then it happens...
There is something magical about a photograph. After all the care and precision put into the quilt, a photo shouldn't damage it. Then how is it that, so often silly surprises don't appear until someone takes a picture?. Those seams that don't lay right were fine before the photo. The directional prints that were cut with such care? Somehow a photo turns them so they no longer align. And those colors you chose looked fine on the design wall. But the camera tells you that perfect tomato red is really orange.
Isn't it interesting?
I learned something about myself while I was pulling fabric for next week's virtual retreat. It seems I don't buy teal fabric. I own almost none. I have a yard of what would be teal if it wasn't so minty and a yard that could be teal if it wasn't so green. There is also a yard of what I thought was teal until I put it next my focal fabric, I now think it's aqua. So what will I use since I don't have teal? Brown, of course! What would you do?
Thanks for asking about machine embroidery.
What I do is cut out my desired block size for my quilt then embroider a design of my choice to fit within this field, also make sure your block is at least 2 inches larger on all sides to allow for sewing your blocks together. When finished and ready for quilting I make sure there is some kind of quilting or outlining done on the embroideries so they do not pucker.
This has been a week of elation and deep depression.
We are going to go on retreat, (can hardly wait) then Thurs. took my Viking down to be fixed. Nothing was wrong but for me. I didn't know to just change settings and hadn't tried. It wasn't sick after all. Still we got a real good deal on the Viking Ruby.. still learning how to use it.. And, I love it.
That evening, the dishwasher of unknown vintage began making more noises and we shut it off. Fri. morning, it was worse. Went fishing and did a lot of sewing.
Sat we went up shopping and bought a new Bosch dishwasher. They will deliver on Tues.
We came home to a letter telling me why the spinal neurosurgeon won't do the surgery to relieve the cervical pain which is also causing all the shoulder and arm pain, and help stop the advancing deterioration of use. I still cry at times. I just can't imagine living with this pain, or be under the influence of heavy drugs for life. I guess it will all sink in and settle down after a while. Meanwhile I can use any and all prayers and good thoughts you can send my way.
My mother is a fabric hoarder. When she was making quilts she bought fabric by the bolt. When Daisy Kingdom went out of business in the 80's she drove a thousand miles to Oregon and bought hundreds of yards of fabric. Now nearly 90 years old, she no longer pieces quilt tops so she has a room dedicated to just fabric storage...shelves and shelves of bolts of fabric. Many still in their factory wrappings.
Mom won't share willingly. But each time I visit I manage to squirrel away a tote full of scraps or a couple of bolts. I always tell her what I've taken, because she WILL notice, but I never let her look. Much of what I get is not what I want to use so it gets donated. But I've decided to make the Grandmother's Legacy quilt using fabric I've hi-jacked from Grandma. So my Grandmother's Legacy quilt will be a fabulous mix of prints straight from the 80's mixed with a few solids from my own hoard. It's gonna be great! Maybe I'll make two...or three. That's what Grandma would do.
I woke this morning and my consciousness came back to my body - It had been off wondering the globe having a good old time. It came back and awarenss slowly awakened. I first thought I am awake - TYL - then became aware of the pain lifting its ugly head - so as usual I reached for that medication that allows the pain to recede to the furthest depths of my consiousness... I got my body up and out of the wonderful yummy bed as once awake the bed stops being that warm wonderful yummy place... I moved to my Lazy boy - picked up my computer and a great jumble of yummy thoughts came to my mind. It - no matter what happens - is going to be a great great day! I wish yummy wonderful thoughts to all those in need of them today and also to those not in need. Bring on the Heat!!! Teeheee