Archive for July, 2006

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Piped Binding

July 30, 2006

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How cool. The piped binding turned out to be pretty easy to do. I think it lends a sharp finish to the quilt. And I am thinking of a hundred other ways to use piping too.

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Quilting International

July 27, 2006

Kay of outofthebasement did a nice review of quilting magazines called What Should Quilters Read? I mostly agree with what she said but I wanted to add some comments on my favorite magazine; Quilting International.

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Quilting International was a magazine that used to be published back in the early ’90s. Does anyone else remember it? The fine print says that it is an All American Crafts Publication. A search of All American Crafts Publications website did not turn up any mention of Quilting International. So I assume it is no longer being published. I know I have not seen it lately. Nor have I seen any other magazine that I enjoy as much.

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Every issue was packed with inspiring photos of the quilting being done around the world. And all of the work was original and creative.

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This is where I became familiar with names like Nancy Crow, Ruth McDowell, Ellen Anne Eddy, Nancy Halpern, Vicki Johnson and more.

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The photos inspired me to spend every minute that my toddlers were napping at my sewing machine with the belief that I could do that too.

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This magazine probably did more to shape my work today than any other book or magazine. I applaude the folks that put it together.

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Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Bindings and Ribbons

July 25, 2006

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I played around with making a piped binding today. It went a lot smoother than I thought it would. I had never made piping before, let alone trying to add it to a binding. I used the suggestions from a book by Debra Wagner called Traditional Quilts, Today’s Techniques. I only made a straight sample piece today. Over the next few days I will be attempting the corners around a whole quilt. 🙂

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I felt badly that the kid’s quilt only won one ribbon when there were 6 of them that worked so hard on it. So I got some ribbon and some pins from the show and made each a little ribbon. They were super easy to make and I’m hoping will have a certain WOW factor for the kids.

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Quiltfest 2006

July 24, 2006

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The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild had a very nice show this last weekend. Quiltfest 2006 ran for 3 days and included over 100 quilts. It was very busy and included visitors from every walk of life. That is one thing that is so cool about quilts- they touch everyone’s life! I enjoyed walking through the show and talking to so many people about all of the wonderful quilts. I decided that they all deserved a ribbon!

The quilt that took Best of Show was a delightful redition of Texas motifs. It was very creative and had incredible attention to detail.

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A Look Through Time, the quilt I helped some students make took 3rd place in the group wall hanging catagory- Woo-hoo!!
And Dresden Plate won a second place ribbon in the mixed techique wall hanging catagory- double Woo-hoo!!

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A Look Through Time

July 20, 2006

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This group of industrious kids made this quilt while studying Medieval History. Each one painted a block. They then assembled the blocks and sashing by machine and quilted it on my longarm quilting machine.

I think they did a terrific job. They are so creative and bold.
I have more pictures but I am having trouble getting photos to load to blogger this morning. Maybe I will be able to add more later.

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We’re Back!!

July 17, 2006

We are back from our vacation to Indiana. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing family. We spent…

an evening at a local family festival…

a day at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio…
some time wandering through and photographing the downtown and historic districts…
and lots of time walking through the parks.
It was very relaxing.

But now it is time to get back to our usual routines. The kids and I will be starting school again today and I need to get ready for my guild’s quilt show later this week…