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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May Day! May Day!Does that sound like a distress call (maybe too many UFOs being sighted)? Or do you see a May Pole with brightly colored ribbons, beautiful flowers and people celebrating?May is the month of celebrating life and moving forward.…Continue
April showers bring May flowers. I remember this rhyme from my childhood.For those of us in the U.S.A. the middle of April is tax day.Later on is Earth Day, a time to remember we need to be good stewards of our planet, as well as the 3-Rs (Reduce,…Continue
Okay I have a question. How do you quilters tell if you have a dark, medium (med dark/light) or light fabric. I am having a hard time with this. I have fabrics which I think are dark. I have to take a picture with it next to other fabric colors,…Continue
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
If you are a member of AQS, you might have notice an article in this month's magazine entitled "A Year of Giving: Kennel Quilts". TK Harrison interviews Nan Baker about the kennel quilts that the readers of The Quilt Pattern Magazine has help…Continue
Tradition says "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Back home, March winds would blow a lot of snow around (especially during State Basket Ball playoffs), but it would also blow away a lot of the moisture as the snow melted…Continue
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
One of the first non-patchwork quilting classes I signed up for when I started quilting a few years ago was an applique class. I had done some other types of handwork off and on throughout my life and I thought I might enjoy applique. I love the freeing feel of making any design you can dream of with fabric. In that first class I learned that "Applique is done by sewing one fabric on top of another." With that nougat of wisdom and a demo of the basic stitch, we were turned loose to work magic with needle, thread and fabric. After a significant learning curve, I thought I'd gotten pretty good at it so I signed up for another, more advanced, class.
In the second class we were taught several different methods of applique. There was needle turn, template and several choices of Freezer Paper applique. I fiddled with those techniques for a while and realized there was more to this than I had imagined. In another class, I was told if you don't make a vinyl overlay and add your pieces in precise order, you were doing it "wrong". Yet another class I learned if you didn't use a specific needle, hold that needle exactly so and use your thumbnail to pinch the fabric together, you were again doing it "wrong". And I learned the top fabric should appear to be painted on, not sewn on, or it's "wrong". This year I've signed up for an applique Block of the Month. Yet another applique method, this one involving glue sticks, has been encouraged.
I've given each one of these techniques a good faith effort, regardless of pain or frustration. Has my applique skill improved? Probably. But I'm not convinced the improvement has been a result of the many techniques I've tried, so much as a result of the many stitches I've stitched. In the end I've learned that sometimes I like my applique to look poofy. And sometimes I like it to lay flat. Usually I just want one fabric sewn on top of another, just like I learned in the beginning, and whatever method, or combinations of…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.