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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11. 31 Replies

Stories of how you started quilting

Started by Carla. Last reply by Sandy Larkey Feb 19, 2018. 46 Replies

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Comment by Sandy Larkey 9 hours ago

Quite some time back one of the local guilds sponsored a trip to a big quilt show in Wichita, KS, and my guild was included.  Though there were quite a few people, the venue was big enough that nobody was overcrowded.  I'm thinking that may be the same way with the Houston show. 

Comment by Janet/MO 9 hours ago

Just a head's up that I received a notice from Quilt Festival via Facebook last night that they have not cancelled the show for this year.  I had the feeling that they were a little put out with the Mayor for announcing that all conventions, etc. had been cancelled.  If this virus doesn't let up soon, though, I don't see how they could avoid cancelling it.  Realistically will thousands of people still feel comfortable being inside a crowded convention center for several days?  I know I wouldn't be!

Comment by Katherine V. 10 hours ago

Handstitcher, it does feel good to finally get it basted.  I do have to do better at marking.  I was trying to something fancy in the 6” centers but that grey fabric is tough to not only mark but to quilt on.  In the end, I’m doing basic outlining.  It seems to be what the quilt is calling for.  Of course I had marked a few of the blocks before I changed my mind. 

This time I did use a wide back fabric from a Mennonite quilt shop in Sarasota.  She said this is what the Amish quilters require that work in the shop.  I will admit that I like it much better than the pieced backs I usually use.  It’s much easier to quilt through.  I’m also using Aurifil #12 thread.  I had two spools of a variegated grey put away.  I really like it and it easy to thread with my John James #10 betweens.  I thought I was going to have use an embroidery needle.  

I did buy a used Grace floor hoop from a woman in the guild I joined.  I thought I would like quilting on a bigger hoop.  I gave up finally and went back to the 14# lap hoop that I have.  I’ll have to try again with a smaller quilt.  I’m just beginning to get my shoulder back in shape.  I don’t want it to freeze up on me again. 

Comment by Carla 10 hours ago

It's a bit hard to tell Texans what to do but my advice is when your state opens to make sure you wear a mask and social distance.  I think many here thought the virus went away ......................thankfully the govenor's mandate really has people wearing masks.  Thanks for the update  Cat Lady!  Handstitcher, it will be interesting how schools will handle all this. Some school districts here are talking about letting the parents decide whether they come or do online classes.    

A 42 inch medallion block sounds exciting Handstitcher!  

Comment by handstitcher/IL yesterday

Your quilt is very eye-catching, Katherine! Bet it feels good to get it basted. I always like to have something ready to quilt when I finish whatever I’ve been working on. 

Finally got my red fabric today. I had ordered it nearly a month ago. It’s already washed and ready to cut tomorrow. My quilting thread also arrived today, so I’m ready to start quilting again. I’ve been at loose ends since finishing the Monkey Wrench quilt, waiting for my thread. In the meantime, I’ve enlarged the pattern and nearly have it ready for the center medallion on my Baltimore quilt. It will be 42” square, so it’s been cumbersome making a full size paper pattern. With the larger size, it should be easier to appliqué; the tiny pieces won’t be quite so tiny. Every summer I say I’ll start it, so it feels good to actually be getting to it. 

Glad the Mayor of Houston made the safe call. Illinois has been slow to open up and has required masks for several months, which has made it much easier for businesses. I’m going to attend our school board meeting via Zoom tomorrow to hear preliminary plans for how they’re going to approach the school year. I can’t imagine what it will look like for my little ones.

Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

Doesn't surprise me.  This virus has sure created financial havoc in the quilting world (as well as all others of course).

Comment by Cat Lady--MO yesterday

It sounds like the Mayor of Houston just shut down all conventions and conferences through the end of the year.

Comment by Carla on Sunday

Well there several countries now that are urging WHO to confirm that air borne tranmission of covid is a possibility.   We will see what they say this week and I just read that there are two young boys with the bubonic plague in China now.  Where's the good news?????? Texas has only shut down bars and gyms since the reopening, and just urging the use of masks and sanitizing as a way to cope.  I for one would not feel comfortable going to a large convention center until a vaccine has been developed.  Fortunately there have  been fewer deaths due to the elderly staying home and better treatments for covid than earlier so I guess we should be thankful for that!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on Sunday

Janet, my latest understanding is that they still planned on having the show in Houston.

HOUSTON – June 30, 2020—Quilts, Inc. would like to report that as of today, we are still pursuing and making plans to hold both of the fall editions of International Quilt Market (Oct. 24-26) and International Quilt Festival (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on Sunday

Katherine, that turquoise (teal?) and grey quilt is so striking!  That combination of colors really worked out well.

Janet, your story about Jaxson climbing in the tub is so funny!  Not that it's funny the dog was stressed out so badly, but that he thought the tub was a safe place to be.  The Weather Channel people do say if you need to go to a safe place during a thunder storm or tornado and don't have a basement, go into the bathroom and climb into the tub. 

One of our dogs (the last German shepherd we had) thought the tub was a good place to be--but she wanted a bath!  Sometimes we'd come home from work and find paw prints coming in from outside (muddy, of course) traipsing through the house and into the bath tub.  One evening after a hard day at work, I wanted a nice long soak-y bubble bath; started the tub filling up and went into the bed room to get undressed, came back into the bathroom and found Hilda enjoying MY bubble bath!  She also tried to climb into the shower with my husband one morning when he was getting ready for work; I heard this blood-curdling scream and went to see what was wrong--she'd pushed the shower curtain into his bare backside--cold curtain, of course.  Whenever anybody asked us what breed she was, we always told them 3/4 German shepherd, 1/4 collie and all water spaniel.  Harley was a black lab mix, but he definitely had NO, repeat NO water spaniel in him; the only time he ever willingly climbed into the bath tub was when he got skunked in his own back yard.  Ellie will get into the tub if I insist, but she makes it plain she'd rather be someplace else.  I tell her, "If you hadn't rolled in stinky stuff, you wouldn't have to have a bath."


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