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Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018.
Started by Ann/FL. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Jul 16, 2016.
Started by Ann/FL. Last reply by Mary Britton Jun 25, 2016.
Handstitcher I love the quilt. The fabrics really make it shine. You did an awesome job finishing it! Surely an heirloom.
No complaints down here in North Texas as we love the wet spring, as we usually are dealing with drought. I know that Southeast Texas may not feel the same way. Also a cool May and June are so nice for a change.
PQ love your remark about an empty bobbin. I so understand! I finally pieced a block this am after at least two weeks of no stitching. I need to purchase some fabric to finish a top and get one marked for fall, but I am sure summer may end and it still may not have happened. Having Tom at home all the time really cuts into my time. But, I do enjoy spending time and doing things with him.
Sandy, every quilter definitely needs a magnet and the added flashlight is genius. LOL
Sandy, Sounds good. Just let me know what works.
Yes, Prairie Quilter, empty bobbins sure can kill momentum. My beloved--elderly!--Necchi Lelia has a broken bobbin winder, so when I run out of one bobbin, I just swap it for another pre-filled one--until all four are used up. Then I have to dig out the Sidewinder and fill bobbins. And I invariably drop one, which of course rolls under the sewing machine, usually after I've put it in the bobbin case and am just about to install it in the bobbin race. How bobbins can roll so far on shag carpet--and pins bounce so far--I'll never understand. Fortunately I have a flashlight with an extendable magnetic wand; crawling around on the floor is getting to be a non-option these days.
Prairie Quilter, I have used the acrylic nail bit; when I was hand quilting 920 little birds on a wedding present queen-size quilt for my husband's niece, I went through 3 sets of acrylic thumbnails--I wore them out too! Right now, I've got a kit from KISS that supposedly I can use to make acrylic nails. They come off in about three days. I do use the kit to mend broken nails--mine always break starting at the edges, and run across into the bed of the nail. While they do come off too readily, at least they stay on long enough for the nail to grow out a bit.
Annette, thanks for the tip about Crayola markers. I think I've even got a set of them. And I decided how I'm going to draw the cables. I'll just fold the quilt in half, half again, etc. till I get a reasonable length for one loop of the cable, then get an old-fashioned compass like we used in high school geometry and draw an arc. Alternatively, I'll just tell the Nelson gals to ignore the borders, I'll finish them at home, and do what I really wanted to do in the first place, which was to outline the cardinals on the borders.
Prairie Quilter, Dave doesn't want to make the trip out to Kearney, even if I can find/rent a vehicle that would be more comfortable for him. So I guess I'll go to the concert by myself (and Ellie), and make other arrangements about the quilting frame. Maybe I'll try to set up a mini shop hop with some of my quilting friends. I'll get back to you on that.
Diane, the farmers in this area are dealing with much of the same issues as in your area.
I admire you for pressing on with the difficult handquilting project. Since it only takes an empty bobbin to kill my momentum, I'm sure I would have a hard time sticking with it.
Lynne - I remember when your daughter and her boys moved in. Can't believe it's been 7 years!
Lynne it is so nice to see a couple of posts from you. I'm thinking of trying to make it to the AQS show in Grand Rapids this year. Just depends on our finances after our trip to New Orleans this next weekend. Our 40th wedding anniversary is next Sunday so we treated ourselves to a trip there. Just hope the weather is not horrible the entire time!
We have had enough dry days that the river levels have started to drop. People in our neighboring town are finally being allowed to go back home, but I don't know how since there is still a lot of water over the roads. This was the 2nd worst flood in this area only after a major flood that happened in 1993.
checking in,,,handstitcher that quilt is lovely!
Meeting up with people is so fun! I've been able to meet several fellow quilters I first got to know on the internet and they have been very close friends.
We have not had the rain and flooding like many of you but we still have not been able to get all the crops in. So many terribly wet spots in the fields. We are still working on getting the soybeans in. I have friends north of us a bit that gave up trying to get corn planted. It just wouldn't dry enough, they had to switch over to beans. Last year at this time our corn was over 3 feet high. This year it's barely 8"
PQ,, we had several blueheelers in our time on the farm. Such loyal dogs, they were great around the kids. Buddy, Buster and Oscar. Miss them terribly but decided on not getting any pets when we moved to town.
I haven't been going gangbusters in the sewing room this spring, yardwork and fieldwork have kept me busy. I have pieced some tops but the handquilting is going very slow. I'm still working on the vintage Carolina Lily I started months ago. It's slow because I decided to use the vintage batting and backing that I had. UGH what a mistake! That batting is awful to quilt through especially after quilting through nice wool batts and the backing is course muslin feedsack. It's all really hard to needle
handstitcher, I come in every day, or at least the days that someone has commented. I just haven't had much to share!!
Currently, I am working on a BOM with Jeana Kimball. Hand applique and hand sewing, (not what I am doing). 2 blocks per month.
I haven't done much hand quilting,,, and probably will just finish the one that has been patiently waiting to be finished. A lot of my UFO's have gone to the Long Arm quilter,, and about 9 are waiting for binding!! But the UFO pile has gone down.
Our long term guests, daughter and her 2 sons, will be moving out this summer. They will be here 7 years in July,,,, way to LONG!!!! Nate came when he was almost 3 and he will be going into 5th grade next year. Oldest is 20. We need our retirement back. Would like to do some traveling while we can.
Sandy, a quilter I knew used your same technique (if I understand your description correctly) using her thumbnail. She solved her dilemma by having an acrylic nail applied at a salon just to her thumbnail. It was stronger and more durable when she quilted.
Annette - Glad you made it home safely. I know you are used to ice and snow, and even though it is short-lived this time of year, it probably seems like winter will never end. We woke to water running down the canyon this morning. We only had 3/4" rain, but they must have had several inches north of us in order for this much water to be running.
We've actually been grateful for the couple of days of warmer weather we've had. We need it to grow the grass.
The baby quilt I was working on since April is finished and has been given to its newest little owner. It always feels good to gift them and move the project off my work bench. On to another project!
We had a family reunion yesterday, and one of my cousins bought a long-arm machine. She calls it her "retirement toy". She doesn't live close enough for me to have an opportunity to play with it, but I'm so happy for her.
Beautiful quilt, handstitcher! I love the colors and the pattern. What a wonderful heirloom piece. I'm sure your great-great grandmother would be so pleased to have it finished.
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