pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.
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July: Summer. Hot. Humid. Fourth of July Fireworks (in the U.S.A.). Beauty. O-o-o-h, A-h-h! Noisy.Picnics. Swimming. Vacation.Hopefully there is still time to work on some of our projects, be they official UFOs, current projects, or those we…Continue
June...The month conjures up all sorts of summer time activities: playing baseball, swimming (in the pool, lake or ocean), sailing, picnics, watching and trying to catch fireflies...In the U.S.A. we will honor our fathers and our flag this…Continue
Do you use a long-arm or domestic machine? Or do you send it out to be quilted? If you quilt your own how do you decide on which quilt pattern to use? Do you use stencils, embroidery machines or just free motion? Do you have a favorite quilter…Continue
Now My first rodeo but I'm behind the times again as I've been adjusting to a new life that has been ever changing of late.
But as it sits now today. I'm a single mother of 4 boys. Two I gave birth to.. and two who came to me later in life.
I live with my youngest son, Robert, my mother and an old family friend, Jamie. Which has been real fun considering one of my son's name is Jamie. :)
I am an avid, quilter, gardener and chef to my family. I love fairies, fabrics, colours, flowers, walking and the outdoors.
Recently lost over 40lbs and beginning to feel alive again for the first time in over 15yrs. And after a knee surgery about 4 yrs back I am finally able to enjoy walking again.
Now if it wasn't raining right now I'd be outside so instead I'm in the sewing room. Nursing a bad elbow (which I'm waiting on seeing the specialist again - got shots a year ago and was pain free afterwards... .. well there was those REALLY bad 3 days but right now.. give me the shots so that in 3-4 days I can finally get some work done around here!)
When I spotted the centre of this quilt on Pinterest in January I had to make it. But I have no need for a table topper. So I'm "growing" the top by adding a border each month. I forgot about the project in June so it wasn't until this past week that I started working on June's border. I figured I might as well add July's as well and be ahead of the game.
Basting a quilt, either with thread or with pins, has never really been high on my favorite quilting activities. Lately it has even become more of effort.
I have never been able to baste a quilt on the floor. Injuries to both my knees, resulting from a car accident when I was in my 20s, has kept me from kneeling for any length of time for any reason.
I used to go into the church fellowship hall, set up some of the 8-foot long tables, push them together, layer my quilt sandwich, and then start basting, often laying on top of the tables to reach the middle of the quilt. I could spend all day, sometimes basting two or even three large quilts. After awhile though, leaning over the tables began to put a strain on my back. Even putting the legs up on cans or bed risers did not raise them high enough for me.
Later, after purchasing a large cutting table from a local fabric store, we customized the height so I would not have to bend over as much, and this released the strain on my back. I was back to being able to baste a number of quilts in a day with no problems.
A couple of unintentional falls (are falls ever intentional?), degenerative arthritis, and age has made even using my cutting table for basting a little more of a task, as I can no longer stand for any length of time.
I have five quilts, I want to get basted. The smallest is throw size. The largest is almost a queen. The cutting table has been cleared off. I have one of the tops already laid out and sandwiched. I have started pin-basting.
As I said, I have started. I am now taking a short break, at least until my legs stop hurting. Then I will go back and baste some more. Now days I prepare one section of the quilt sandwich, take a break, baste, take a break, baste, take a break, baste, take a break, move the quilt sandwich to do the next section, take a break, baste, etc., etc. Eventually I will get this one finished and start on the next…Continue
It is over 90° outside, too hot to do much, better to stay inside where it is cooler with the ac on.
I decided to do some piecing. So what do I do, turn on the iron to iron fabric and press seams. Do you have any idea how much heat a steam iron can generate!
I know my quilting friends will understand this oxymoronic juxtaposition.
Today and probably tomorrow we are putting down flooring in the living room and master bedroom. We only managed 3 rows in 7 hours yesterday.I was nearly ready to become an abuser!
Today our grandson and his cousin and our daughter will be here to help. If any of the guys make a suggestion, he will do it.
Then in the next week we need to get vinyl siding on the add-on room. All of that has to be done so we can get an inspection. and it will be in these first 2 weeks.
Shaking, I moved things I shouldn't have and am suffering for it. Won't mention it, and will move as normally as I can.
It didn't help that I jambed my bad shoulder on a door frame.
I hope some Aleve will help.
My oldest son is a baseball fan. I'm not sure how it came about because he's never played. It may have been my fault for giving him the initials MLB. One of his treasures is a fist full of grass clipping from Yankee Stadium. The great part about being a Yankee's fan is that it makes him easy to shop for. Anything Yankee's will make him happy. I once gave him a toaster that branded your bread with the Yankee's logo. He thought he'd died and gone to toast heaven.
Baseball players are notoriously superstitious. From lucky socks that can't be laundered to tapping the plate before an at-bat to fans wearing their hats inside out, the list of baseball superstitions is long, sometimes ridiculous and often disgusting. But enough about that.
What about quilters? Are there quilting superstitions? Yes! there are many, and I dare say, none involve spitting.
-Only a brides quilt, begun after the lady is engaged to be married, should be quilted with heart motifs. This quilt should be the 13th quilt prepared for the brides hope chest and never used before the wedding night.
-Remember the movie a few years ago that referenced the family's lucky quilt? They called it the Baby Maker.
-Quilts should never be started on a Friday, Good Friday excepted. If so, they will never be finished. Check your stash of UFO's. Any of them started on a Friday?
-I know a quilter that keeps a scrap of every quilt she makes.
I haven't been quilting long but I already have my own superstition: Anything stitched after midnight will need to be unstitched in the morning. It has proven true on too many occasions to ignore. Luckily, I won't be tearing them out with my teeth as a punishment for stitching on the Sabbath.
What about you? Do you have any quilting superstitions? I'd love to hear about them.
Organization can be a wonderful thing. Everything in its place and a place for everything. It is unusual though that happens in our sewing spaces consistently. We work on one project and start another. We get bored with a project and set it aside. New stuff comes and gets set somewhere until you have time to store it because you are busy working on something that has a deadline.
Companies have developed all sorts of bins and buckets for organizing our things. There are boards your can wrap your fabric around. There are clear bins and colored bins. Where should your sewing machine feet go? Is your rotary cutter near your cutting mat? What about the accessories to ironing? Where do you keep your starch/sizing? On the ironing board or nearby? What do you want sitting out handy and what should be hidden from view? There are so many questions to be answered before you can have all things in their place.
I've tried a lot of different storage solutions. Some have worked for me and others have not. It is a work in progress to get everything assigned its place. Maybe if I only quilted, it would be easier. But I also do machine embroidery and counted cross stitch. Those supplies also need a home. Then there are the myriad of books and patterns that have accumulated. Did I really buy that twice? Goodness, I need to create an inventory of then so that doesn't happen again. But I know it will.
Over half of my fabric is assigned to a pattern. Maybe closer to 70%. I have kits I've bought and kits I've created. Quite a few 'kits' are for patterns I have designed. I need to get busy with them so I can check the pattern and post them for sale. Sewing is more fun though so that tends to get done first. Then there are the designs I've created that need instructions written. There are about a dozen of those still to do. I want to create custom quilting designs for them. The software I have will create many formats of embroidery files. Maybe folks will want to…Continue