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Comment by Carla on October 10, 2018 at 10:46am

It cooled down here last night after some rain and it is so nice to go out and feel cool.  Yippee hand quilting weather is very close.  I really need to get my quilt sandwiched. It has been draped over the hoop with the backing and just waiting.  I have a king size medallion quilt I am assembling at the moment and really want to finish assembling it first so I guess I will stay on that path.  I have never been one to have a huge stash I still have several tops that need to be completed and quilted so I will be busy for a while.  I find with my achy back I can't sit and do one thing for too long.

Comment by AnnetteJ on October 9, 2018 at 2:25pm

I agree totally, Carla.  I'm still enhancing my stash because I'm still making quilts.  So, yesterday, I was quilting some little placemats for Christmas gifts, all from my stash, and wondering what I would do for binding, given that I had used up every piece of fabric that I had purchased on a holiday last year.  Then I remembered a red that I had purchased last year 'cause, you know, red us probably my neutral ;-). Sure enough, there it was in all its glory and exactly the colour I needed for binding all 8 placemats.  Whoohoo!  Oh, something to make note if.  It's a Michael Miller and did not bleed at all.  I remember that because I washed it as soon as I got home to test for bleeding, then went back and bought another 3 metres.  One for the good guys.

It's time for me to sandwich another set of UFOs, then get down to some serious handquikting.  I can hardly wait.  What a fin winter this one will be :-)

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 6, 2018 at 2:18pm

Carla, Our local LQS with the longarm consistently had a waiting time of 3 -4 months out.  Now it is 3 - 4 weeks.  I was wondering if the quilting industry was going through a downturn.  I'm not helping the economy any, because I'm determined to use up what I have.  (I guess, since I HAVE a stash, I've more than helped out in years past.)   

Comment by Carla on October 6, 2018 at 1:47pm

I heard one of the big winners in Paducah this fall was all hand quilted so that it is nice to hear.  I have listened to several quilting podcasts that have discussed the industry.  The baby boomers have stashes they feel they need to use as they get older and the younger quilters buy enough fabric for their project and don't build stashes.  So, the industry is not quite as robust as it was earlier.  I hope there will always be those that love to make that will keep the craft alive.  I feel out of all the crafts I have done over the years it has been the most enduring for me. I am always learning something new and I never get bored.  I hope others feel that way also.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on October 6, 2018 at 7:56am

Prairie Quilter, no I didn't go to the State Fair this year.  Missed the deadline for entries, so didn't have a chance to buy exhibitors tickets.  Didn't have anyone to go with, either, and it just wasn't much fun the only time I went by myself.  (Hmm, mentioning the State Fair reminds me, I haven't received any data about the Best Quilt of Valor Award.  Better talk to Shannon about it!  Sorry, side track.)  Have you tried looking on the Fair's website to see if maybe they have pictures?  I haven't.  As for using Aunt Clarice's quilt as a fund raiser, my Nelson group already has one in the works as a fund raiser.  Proceeds from it are going to the Nelson volunteer fire department.  Maybe I'll think about giving mine to the local fire dept.--they do a fund raiser with silent auction every Easter. 

Katherine, I do understand the bit about difficulty with two different locations.  When Dave and I were living in Minnesota and my family was in south central Nebraska, I wished for a "load binder" to hook one end to Minneapolis and the other end to Hastings, NE, so I could just crank the two places closer together.  Now I want one between my home and my friend's in Lincoln.  Unfortunately, I've never managed to find a load binder that worked the way I wanted it to!   

Comment by Katherine V. on October 6, 2018 at 4:23am

Thanks Sandy.  That’s what I am going to do.  I just have to figure out how.  I want to enhance the design.  I am going to pack all the fabric away and think about it. 

We are packing up for the winter in Florida.  I have to figure out what quilt supplies I am taking.  That the problem with two houses.  The thing I want is always I the wrong house.  I will take the Carpenters wheel with me.  I do have my original hoop in Florida.  It’s not me favorite, but my Barnett hoop takes up too much space.  Last year was the Hippie quilt.  That was easy. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

Sandy, good suggestions.  

How about using the quilt as a fund-raiser?  

Did you go to the Nebraska State Fair this year?  I was told the overall Reserve Grand Champion quilt was hand quilted and it was spectacular.  I didn't go, so I don't have any first-hand knowledge.   

Comment by Sandy Larkey on October 3, 2018 at 11:37am

Katherine V., something you might try for the sashing on your Road to California--cut the sashing strips you currently have in half, that will give you twice as much sashing.  Then get a coordinating (or a nice contrasting) fabric and use it to expand the width of your current sashing strips, i.e. cut strips half as wide as necessary to make up the original width desired for your sashing (+ seam allowances) and sew to the sides of your original sashing.  I've found that striped sashing like this really blows people's minds--how did you do this? how did you figure the width you needed? etc.  With the right colors of sashing strips, it really makes for a spectacular looking quilt.  Good luck!  On the other hand, you might try searching for the fabric online.  I one time had a quilt back that turned out too small for the quilt I wanted to use it on.  My local quilt shop owner got online and searched for the fabric (it helped that I still had the selvage strip with data), and finally found the fabric in a Georgia quilt shop. 

An update on my activities lately: my quilting group in Nelson has just put in the frame a quilt top one of my father's sisters embroidered--State Flowers, only 48 of them.  So you know how long ago she did the embroidery!  Aunt Clarice used a solid red and a white with red stars as her sashing; red, white, red stripes along the sides and a 9-patch arrangement in the corners.  Going to be a pretty spectacular quilt when we get it done.  But what the heck am I going to do with it?  It's a queen-size and our bed is Calif. King.  And no, hanging it on the wall is no option--I don't have a wall that big.  Wonder if it would suit as a Quilt of Valor? 

Comment by Janet/MO on October 3, 2018 at 11:07am

It is so nice to hear of more shows exhibiting hand quilted quilts.  I'm wondering if more people are going back to that at least partially due to the cost to get a quilt longarm quilted.  

The other day I realized I have still never finished hand quilting my basket quilt so I really need to make a vow to myself to get that done this winter.  Since having carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists I have not been able to hand quilt as much as I used to, but if I just take it slow & easy I should still be able to do some.  

Katherine, I wonder why there were fewer vendors at the show.  The Mancuso Bros. always put on a good show, but I think the cost to vend is keeping a lot of people away.  Bummer about not having enough of the fabric for your Rd to CA quilt.   

Comment by Katherine V. on October 3, 2018 at 4:33am

I too saw several hand quilted quilts at the Quilt show in Philadelphia, more than I’ve seen in the past.  They also had an exhibit off to the side that had a warning that the quilts may be offensive.  They were protest quilts for the #MeToo movement.  It’s amazing what people can do with fabric.  

I was disappointed with the vendors this time.  This is a Mancuso show and there were less vendors.  I’m finally able to pass up the fabric but always looking for new tools. 

I’m trying to salvage a quilt I’ve been piecing for the last 7 years.  The block is the Road to California.  I have 18 blocks completed along with the sash setting blocks.  I thought I had enough of the light fabric left for the sashing but I am way off.  I went to my LQS on Saturday but I couldn’t find anything to use.  The color is off.  I bought this fabric close to 20 years ago.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to use the other fabric to create the sashing.  

Making progress on my Carpenter’s wheel.  Stitches aren’t perfect but I do like the way it’s looking.  


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