Archive for January, 2008

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Antique Stars

January 29, 2008

I haven’t posted my progress on Antique Stars in a while. I have made quite a bit of progress on it. The blocks are all finished and assembled and the borders are almost done. I just want to put another white border around the whole thing and then it will be ready for quilting!

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Dressed for Dinner

January 27, 2008

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I am making progress on Mr. Turkey. I’m finding the hand work very relaxing. I was afraid that I would not find the time to do hand work but I have been; a few minutes here, a few minutes there.

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UFO- Finally Finished

January 25, 2008

These quilts were originally one quilt pieced by a quilter in the 1970’s. The top was put into storage and forgotten about until recently. The piecer’s daughter pulled it out, decided she would like to make it a gift to her nephew’s twins, born in December, 2007, and brought it to me.

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I cut the top in half and backed each with flannel, one pink and one blue. Terry Twist quilting in the blocks holds the layers together and flannel binding finishes the edges.

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The icing on the cake is the matching labels which Debra stitched up for the backs.

It is so good to see this top finished up.

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Bella

January 23, 2008

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Bella has four legs,

She can walk, she has two ears,

And her eyes are as black as her nose.

Bella is a cute friend.

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Christina Geyer

1/22/2008

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Joy

January 21, 2008

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To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

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Dressed for Dinner

January 20, 2008

I’ve never been too confident with my appliqué. In fact I’ve avoided it at any cost!

Well I decided this year to challenge myself to get comfortable with appliqué. I signed up at my LQS for a hand appliqué class that will be based on this quilt, Dressed for Dinner.

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Saturday was our first class and it went very well. For the first month we will be working on the turkey in the top right hand corner. Here is the progress I have made so far.

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He is a handsome dude, with pinstripes and a checked vest. One of the nice things about the instructions on this pattern is that she has numbered which order the pieces need to be appliquéd. It is easy enough to figure that out but nice to have it already done!! Next I’ll be working on the wings and then the head. Last to be appliquéd is the tail.

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Mahalo

January 17, 2008

My father-in-law did some consulting work with a company in Hawaii about 10 years ago. As a thank you, or Mahalo, they gave him this Hawaiian quilt block framed under glass.

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Isn’t it beautiful?! The block is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. I believe that the block depicts breadfruit.

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Look at all that tiny hand work. How were all those edges turned under so smoothly without losing the shapes? Clearly it is the work of a Master.

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Sunbonnet Sam

January 15, 2008

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I quilted this quilt last November for a gentleman that had received the quilt top on the occasion of his birth; 75 years ago. He was very happy with the quilt and sent this poem back to me.

The Saga of Sunbonnet Sam

Sunbonnet Sam is quite a guy.

He’s kind of bold and kind of shy.

He’ll kiss the girls and make them cry.

 

Then hide behind that big old hat

And say, “Oh no, I didn”t do that!”

“Maybe it was the Cheshire Cat.”

 

And then he’ll smile, and then he’ll say;

“Might have been that kid in the hay.”

“Little Boy Blue who loves to play.”

 

“How about Jack who rolls down hills?”

“He might kiss a girl for a thrill.”

“If not him, I don’t know who will.”

 

“But don’t blame me just cause I’m here.”

His hat pulled down over his ears;

No one can see the smile that’s there.

 

Girls talk it over, then agree,

It wasn’t all that bad, so you see,

Didn’t have to steal; could’a got one free.

 

Paul K. Dugan

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Clear the Roads!

January 11, 2008

My son got his learner’s permit today!

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YIKES!

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Manipulating Fabric Monthly

January 4, 2008

My first task for my Manipulating Fabric Monthly series was to decide how to divide up the book to spread it over 12 months. Looking at the table of contents I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has 12 chapters with techniques in them. Hey! That was easy. There is a 13th chapter but it only has tips and ideas on combining the techniques in the previous chapters. So I’ll probably read through it and get ideas later when I have a few of the techniques under my belt.

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Chapter 1 is on gathering. There are sections on single-edge gathering, opposite-edge gathering and all-sides gathering. I’m going to include all three of these types of gathering in my first piece. These should be fun techniques to play with as they include yo-yos, furrowing, ruffles and puffs.

Unfortunately, I cannot post any pictures of my progress so far as I have not loaded any photo software on my new computer yet. So I am not able to edit and size photos for posting. So the cute little ruffled Victorian piece will have to serve for visual support today.