pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.
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Whew! My arm and hand are killing me.I had to make templates for a quilt I am making. I usually just use paper ones but I want to make this quilt again so decided to use template plastic.The one I used was the heavy duty. Man is it thick. Rotary…Continue
I'm interested in finding our what sort of binding folks use. I know you have to use bias binding for any curves but what out for quilts with square edges. Many patterns seem to opt for straight binding but I had learned that bias binding was…Continue
I thought of the saying "So much Fabric, so little time!" and then I went on to think about patterns in the same vein. As I see what people are doing in the BOMs or the posts of photos of quilts that are shared, I think "Oh, oh, oh, I like, I…Continue
Ok, so I am sitting here at the computer, taking a break from crawling around on the floor marking a quilt so I can start quilting it. It is hot outside and humid and I am putting off turning on the air conditioner.So as I sit here procrastinating,…Continue
Tags: needle-turn appliqué
Flying Balloon Zoo: On the Fence? I was on the fence with this one as well. I am a tester for TQPM and when this pattern came up for testing I was undecided as to whether to sign up for it. I had a few other projects on the go and wasn't sure if…Continue
Today, real work started on our addition. The addition will consist of a 3 stall garage with a room and half bath above plus a transition room connecting the new with our existing house. This transition room will house the stairs up and down. Four trees came down today - 2 cherry and 2 red oak. Tomorrow they go off to the saw mill. An existing retaining wall and concrete pad were yanked up and removed. The stakes with tape marking the area where the new construction will be are all in disarray. Even our garden shed got slid a few feet to make way for progress.
On the other side of our house sits our 12 x 16 foot deck. It has been pulled all the way around the house and will be reattached where a new door will be installed. This new door will replace the existing window in our bathroom. In time, the bathroom will be moved into a larger space which is currently my sewing room.
At 10 x 10 feet minus a closet that is 4 x 3 feet, my sewing room room holds a 40" x 60" table, a 36" x 60" desk, 2 short and 1 tall bookcase. Stash and batting in waiting takes up the floor space on one side of the table. On the other side I can sit either facing the table to sew or my desk. There are also shelves on the wall over one end of the table that holds more stash. In order to layer a quilt, the sewing machine goes on the floor under the table. Cozy, yes; comfortable, no.
The new room will be 32 x 16 feet. It will only be 5 feet high along the sides where we will have some built-in storage. Of course, I will have to share this new space with my husband. He is an avid photographer and has boxes of equipment and images (slides, negatives, CDs, enlargements) that have been in boxes since we moved last summer.
I am dreaming of the day when I will have a real sewing cabinet and won't be sewing with the machine up on a table. My shoulders and neck are relaxing just thinking about that. I'll have a separate table for cutting and layering quilts. Plus my desk…Continue
I believe I have found the one thing that I hate the most about quilt making: ironing yardage of fabric after it comes from the washer and dryer!
I am in the process of ironing 10 (ten) yards I recently purchased for a current project. Even though I was able to cut it into three segments, that is still a lot of yardage to iron.
And yes, I have to wash it. Terrible thing, you know, to be allergic to some of the chemicals used in your avocation.
Is there something you hate about quilt making?
Well I am looking for a piece of border print fabric today. Since I haven't been able to find it, I did the dreaded . I started taking fabric out of a 5'x2' closet that has stretched out into the room. Now covering an area about 5"x8"x6" high. Some of it is in boxes. Some in ziplocks. But most just stacked.
Here is a picture of what I have removed so far.
I am trying to work through a pile of UFOs that have been resting on my flannel board for ages. A number of them are tops that I have pieced as I have been testing patterns for The Quilt Pattern Magazine as well as other designers. So far this year I have removed and quilted thirteen items. Admittedly most of them have been table runners, table toppers or small wall hangings, but they are now finished!
Today I removed the top three pieces and laid them aside briefly so I could see what was under them. These three are lap sized or larger and will require a larger area cleaned up on my cutting table before I can get them pin basted for quilting.
Under them I found three table toppers that had been pieced and were waiting for the appliqué pieces to be added before they are ready to quilt. In the pile of fabric I have stacked on and next to my cutting table, I found the section that went with these three tops. I normally do not put the fabric away until the top is finished, or at least until the piecing is done and the binding is made and the top is ready to quilt. We will discuss piles of fabric at another time.
However, the pattern was not with the fabric. Nor was it in my pile of paperwork. And since this was not a TQPM pattern it was not available on my computer. One of the benefits of TQPM, I could have gone back to the issue it was in and downloaded it again.
Luckily, after a little more digging I found one of my plastic storage containers that had the fabric I was using to make bias for the stems. It also contained my bias tape makers. And on the bottom of the container I located the directions for the tops with the applique templates.
Now, I just need to make more quarter-inch bias for the stems, get everything cut out, find matching thread, and then I can have a nice relaxing hand appliqué project to do in the evenings.
Question: Do you…Continue
I have been trying to use up scraps of batting lately as I have been quilting table runners and smaller projects. Today I was going to baste a table runner that measures 40" x 22". I have a piece of black batting that would be perfect, only it measures 44" x 21-3/4". Not enough of a difference to piece some more onto it as I will often do.
Guess this one goes back into the pile and I will have search for some more appropriately sized piece(s).
Just finding time to share a little of what I do as a quilt designer, teacher, retreat coordinator, wife, mom and Nana.
I am currently teaching at our amazing local quilt shop Quilter's Haven quiltershavenllc.moonfruit.com. Below is the class I will be sharing. This is one of my original designs using the traditional "School House" Block. Also, is a banner I put together to compliment my quilt. Then, I put a twist on another "School House" quilt with a primary theme with a number of learning factors, such as colors, letters, shapes and soon to be numbers. Just need to get it quilted. Stop in at my website and blog and I hope you enjoy what I love to do! I am hoping to be more diligent in my posts and keeping you up to date with what I do. Be sure to checkout my up-coming retreats.…