pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.
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We started making these quilts, and they are so fun to make -- they are about the size of a large placemat - and we have so much fun trying to come up with new ideas. From the feedback we get, the patients are so pleased with them, and the staff…Continue
March...In like a lion, out like a lamb. (?)Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Forty days of Lent. Time for self-reflection, re-evaluation, change.Saint Patrick's Day. Green, the color of growth.Spring officially arrives! I have been watching the…Continue
February is...Ground Hog Day - the mid-point of winter, will spring arrive soon?Valentine's Day - Do you have someone special to celebrate with?President's Day - here in the USA we remember and celebrate Lincoln and Washington.Only 28 days - 4 weeks…Continue
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Happy Birthday, Sorry I missed the party tonight., This is the first one I have missed , I was not feeling good as I ate something that did not agree with me today and have been resting and in bed most of this evening. I finally woke up feeling…Continue
DECEMBERCold... Snow...Decorating... Lights... Candles...Baking... Cookies... Parties... Food!Gift making... Gift giving... Family and FriendsCelebrations... Christmas, Hanukah, KwanzaaThere are a lot of things going on this month. Do you…Continue
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Someone just asked this question. It's a good question and, as with most things, I have an opinion I want to share. ;-}
I love TQPM and the great patterns I've collected and made, and lessons I've learned by reading it. I love it when people post pics of the projects they've finished that were first published in the magazine. Part of the fun of quilting is seeing the way someone else envisioned a pattern that had never occurred to me.
I also love Pattern Pastiche. I love the inspiration I get and the friends I've made. Part of that is seeing all the fun things our members are making. There seems to be endless variety of quilts and bags and toys and even clothes and cats that appear in the photo vaults of PP. I browse them regularly. I'm excited each time a new photo pops up because I know someone is opening part of their heart for all of us to look into, and I'm grateful to be trusted with that whether it's a prize winning quilt or a silly pet.
Thanks Cindy and staff for making PP a safe place to share and learn. My time here has drawn me out of sewing alone in my basement, into a whole new joyful world of quilting. Most of my quilting friends live inside my computer, but I enjoy the association I have with them as much as my Real Life friends. Please friends, share your quilty successes, no matter where they came from!
PS. No one should have to quilt alone. Come join us at chat times (listed in the far right column of the main page) for instant help if you need it, and maybe a laugh or two with new friends.
Every year my local quilt group makes an opportunity quilt that someone will have the privilege to take home with them at the end of our February quilt show.
This is the quilt that was made for the 2017 show:
Different members of the group were asked to make the hand appliquéd blocks. Then the opportunity quilt committee set the blocks together and another member of the group did the exquisite custom machine quilting. You cannot see it that well in this photo, but the outer edges of the quilt are scalloped and are finished with a double row of piping in lieu of a binding. And no, I was not part of the membership that made this quilt, although I have made many pieced blocks for other opportunity quilts and was the chair and designer of a previous year's quilt.
At the end of the show, as the granddaughter of this year's committee chair was getting ready to draw the ticket out of the drum, I went to the microphone so I would be ready to announce the new owner's name when it was made known. Someone called my name, and since I saw the ticket had been handed to the ticket committee chair, I asked "Who won?" The answer: "Nancy Noah won." Needless to say I was, and still am, in shock.
Like many people comment, I always get a ticket, but I never win anything.
But one never knows. The next time it may be your name that is called.
I love making quilts for a purpose. Actually I just love making quilts for any reason, but especially if there is a purpose behind the quilt.
I have so many scraps left over from quilts that I have made for family and friends that I am now on a crusade to reduce the scrap stash in my sewing room. That means making lots, and lots of quilts but having no final purpose for them.
This brought me to the conclusion that I should start donating quilts again so I have started looking through the small pieces of fleece I have and then making quilts according to the size fleece I have to back it (since I hate piecing a backing). I have found I can now make 12 baby quilts from sizes 36 - 48 x 56 and 7 lap quilts approximately 55 x 68. Awesome, but what about all those pieces 15x36 or 20x30 - well I found a solution for that too. Kennel quilts!
I have joined the kennel quilt retreat in March and am stockpiling all of my backing pieces that would fit that bill. I have contacted our local humane society and they are excited to get donations of quilts for the rescue animals and they told me that they need sizes 12 x 18 and 20 x 29 - so I am ecstatic because now I can make two sizes of kennel quilts and get rid of a ton of scrap pieces of fleece as well as all those smaller pieces of batting. Hopefully along the way I will also acquire some new piecing techniques and find some new quilt blocks that I love.
I have several quilts that I have made in the last 6 months that I have not found a home for and those are going to our local charity to help homeless individuals in our school district. They are going to receive several lap quilts next week and 3 twin size rag quilts that I made for grandchildren who decided they wanted a different color after they were made (it's not just women who constantly change their minds).
I do not belong to a quilt guild or any kind of quilt group so this is all stuff I am doing on my own - however I am…Continue
I plan to ask Santa for quilt designing software for Christmas. I'm looking for suggestions regarding EQ7 vs Quilt pro, or anything else you are using and love. And is a mini version good to start with or should I just jump in with the grown up version? Lastly, about how much should I tell Santa to expect to pay? Is there a coupon or other discount out there? I want to give Santa all the information I can so we can both be happy.
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I have been getting ready for our local guild quilt show and updating my website. Today I met with two friends to work on creating a nautical row by row quilt. I had also found some adorable cupcake panels in PA last month and brought one home for each of us. We like to sew together every few months and some times we work on the same project.
I belong to several quilting bees - an art quilters bee, a bee to finish ufo's (who doesn't have those) and a new bff bee. The bff bee started because all the bees in our guild were pretty much filled and our new members were so disappointed. They had all this enthusiasm and no bee, so we started one for them and it has been so much fun! This is the 2nd bee I have started and I have to say it is a little uncomfortable wondering if anyone will want to come and if they will like working on what I think they might, finding a place to meet, etc., but it is so worth it. It is a chance to spend real sewing and planning time with people who share your love of quilting.
So pretty much every week I have at least one evening a week with quilting friends!
My gardening chances are winding down for the year, but I have jars and jars of apples and apple peelings from our apple tree slowly turning into apple cider vinegar (hopefully!) and homemade apple cider in the fridge.
I also have the New England Patriots to watch again every week and 3 beautiful, extraordinary, and talented grandchildren to take on fall walks and take pumpkin picking. I was born in California and raised in Alabama among other places, but I married a man from Massachusetts and have been a New Englander for the last 31 years and I can't imagine ever wanting to live anywhere else now!