pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.
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Date: March 19th, 2016.
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This mystery quilt uses five fabrics for the quilt center. Good contrast in value is more important than colour.
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This workshop is for first-time quilters and those who have just begun quilting on their own and want to be sure they have covered all of the basics. No previous quilting experience is needed. You do need to know how to use your sewing machine.
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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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When I think of February, I think of hearts and chocolate for Valentine's Day. The two just seem to go together.I also think about some American History with both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington having been born this month. And I think…Continue
Tags: 2016 UFO
Please click on the following link. It is the American Quilter's Society news article concerning the School Block Challenge 2016 results. If you scroll down the article there is a picture of many of the blocks being displayed at the Quilt Museum in…Continue
Remember the TV show where you could win prizes for having the weirdest items in your pocket or purse? I remember seeing someone win because she was carrying around a goat bra. Having milked a few goats in my time, I thought that was a great thing…Continue
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
Many people believe that what you do on the first day of January will set the tone for the rest of the year.Will this be a year spent making (and completing) new quilted projects? Will this be the year we downsize those "Unfinished Objects" (UFOs)…Continue
Tags: Jan 2016
One of the gals in our guild decided she was going to finish off her UFO's this year. So far she has finished more than 12, even has the labels on them, and donated them to our Safe House.I thought I'd be doing good to finish 2 a month. The dratted…Continue
I have been playing with scraps these past couple days. I have decided that I am only going to use scraps for the month of February. I do have to make one baby quilt, but other than that I will only be working with scraps. I started this scrappy quilt the other day. I will be using white yardage but the rest will be made from scraps. Here is a picture of what I have done so far.
I am liking the way it is turning out.
My sister got married today. Which is not relevant to the story except to say she lives in a city 150 miles away from me. Between her city and my city is a nice little town with a quilt store I like to stop at if it's open when we are passing through. Today it was open, so we stopped. They usually have a beautiful array of quilts and I just love walking through. This time they had a section filled with quilts made from patterns by Amy McClellan of Under the Garden Moon. As it turns out, Amy is the owner of the LQS in my neighborhood. Which is also not relevant to the story.
What is relevant is I walked into a quilt store a hundred miles from my house and walked out having purchased a "loyalty bag" and having signed up for yet another BoM. I just couldn't help myself. The Hub rolled his [very patient] eyes and asked if I was planning to drive up there every month. I said, "Of course not, don't be silly. They will ship it to me. And I get 10% off because I have a loyalty bag." So apparently, I'm ok spending $75 on shipping this year for a BoM, but I pay all my bills online in protest of the cost of stamps. I think I have impulse control issues.
Tuesday I was paper piecing and the machine worked like a charm. I took a break and then turned it back on to continue. That was when it started.
It would only stitch in reverse with stitches the length of a basting a stitch. I turned it off and back on. Still the same. I fiddled with the reverse button. Still nothing.
I was in a panic. Four test patterns to work on and my baby won't stitch. Finally I got it to go forward and it worked fine. The button seemed to be stuck in reverse.
Now every time I turn it on the same thing. I am pulling scraps to stitch on to get it working right. Tonight one of my presets would only stitch in a stitch length of .5. Changing the length did not help.
Guess I am going to have to take it in to be serviced. Hopefully it just needs a good cleaning, grease and oil change.
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?