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Comment by Janet/MO 9 hours ago

Annette, your family gathering sounds wonderful.  Last year I told my daughter & husband that I no longer want to fix holiday meals, but to be honest, if I don't, no one else will and going to a restaurant is just not quite the same.  

Comment by Janet/MO 9 hours ago

Diane, your quilt is lovely.  Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

Comment by handstitcher/IL yesterday

What a lovely quilt, Diane! Your quilting is lovely and sets off the blocks perfectly! I love the mix of stable and fugitive dyes. Those are the touches that make antique quilts so intriguing. A job well done!

Comment by diane yesterday

here is a shot to show the quilting. i just cross hatched in a 1" grid. i contacted Barbara Brackman to ask about the fading and she had been doing research on that subject. She says that there were 2 types of red dye around 1915- 1925. the Turkey red we are familiar with which was a stable dye and congo red which faded to peach. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE yesterday

Diane, the Carolina Lilly is beautiful!  Another great finish.  

Comment by Sandy Larkey yesterday

Update on the Singer Featherweight ... adventure.  I did find a small machine that the seller said was a Singer Featherweight.  But it was a very modern-looking machine.  Anyway, he had posted several pictures on eBay and one of them clearly showed both the Singer logo with the number 150 across it, and another showing the model of the machine.  It definitely was a Featherweight.  But it has a five-step buttonhole feature and 18 specialty stitches.  And the guy was selling it--no bidding--for $75.  Plus shipping of about $30.  Well within Angel's price limit.  So I bought on it for her.  EBay said the seller was away until the 20th and shipping would be delayed.  Well, the machine came yesterday.  I was strongly tempted to open the box, but, hey Angel should get the pleasure of opening the box with a new toy in it.  Anyway, this coming Saturday is Third Saturday at Sew Country in Belleville, KS. and the Superior quilt group goes.  Sew Country has a Block of the Month program on 3rd Saturday, and deals on a lot of fabrics.  I've never got into their BOM, just never was interested, but I'm told that the cost of the first block is $5 (along with buying the book the pattern comes from), and as long as you show up the next month with the completed block, the next block kit is free.  But Dorothy is always substituting her own fabrics for portions of the block, and she says sometimes the store's color choices are pretty wild.  Coming from Dorothy, that means they are REALLY wild.  (Dorothy won a ribbon at the State Fair for Best Contemporary Quilt one year.)   Anyway, I'm going to meet the group in Belleville and deliver the machine to Angel.  I hope she will open the box right then and there, so I can at least see it. 

I also had another case of "foot 'n mouth" Monday.  Some time back, Dorothy wanted us to do a group quilt, with everyone making some blocks, and she'd put them together for a Quilt of Valor.  Well, Angel and I did our blocks, 6 red colorway and 6 blue colorway.  But Nancy is babysitting a great grandchild, and is developing tremors, so sewing is getting difficult for her.  She had two, count them two, blocks done and Dorothy is getting antsy about it.  So "foot 'n mouth", I volunteered to make the rest of Nancy's blocks.  State Fair rules for group quilts, if one person only does so much--or little--as stitching down the binding for a foot or so, that counts.  And Nancy has made two blocks. 

I am getting antsy about working on this cute wall hanging, "It's all about finding the right tree."  Featuring a boy dog and a bunch of snow-covered pine trees.   I'm sure you can figure out the layout of the pieces!  I want a near-block solid for the dog, since my Harley boy dog was NOT a black lab; he was sort of a chocolate lab, if you consider that dark Belgian chocolate.

Diane, beautiful quilt.  And the way some of the blocks faded, it almost looks like that was planned.   That Carolina Lily is a pretty block.  Not one I'd ever make, but I do think it's pretty.  I always admire the floral quilts, but since I'm not a floral-type person, and would want something more "gender neutral" to share with my husband, I stick with admiring them.  As for slow with your hand quilting, it took me three years to finish the wedding quilt for husband's niece.  Of course, most of that time was spent in waiting for a better location to do the hand quilting.  And then, 920 little birds at 15 minutes per bird.  She's lucky she got the quilt before the divorce. 

And I'd better get up into my sewing room--after all, I've got 10 quilt blocks to make, hopefully before Saturday.  Later, people.

Comment by diane yesterday

finally finished hand quilting this carolina lily top I bought at auction several years ago. The blocks are hand pieced and then put together by machine. As you can see this is an example of unstable dyes. I'm getting slower all the time with my hand quilting, mainly beca...

Comment by AnnetteJ on Tuesday

Good Morning Ladies!  This past weekend was our Thanksgiving here in Canada, so for us it's all about family.  We travelled 3.5 yes to get up to my nieces home where 28 of us gathered for the weekend.  From as far North as Whitehorse, Yukon to as far South as Lethbridge, Alberta which is just a few miles North of the Cdn/US border and many points in between.  Sisters & brothers, cousins, grandchildren  and great grandkids, Aunts & Uncles.  We are so blessed.  Unfortunately none of our children, grands or great grands were there but that's how it goes sometimes.  I haven't laughed that much in years.

BUT, and I get you didn't think I'd ever get around to quilting, I did get some applique done in the van.  Boy, does that ever play with ones ones, LOL.  Now, back to my hoop to put in a few more stitches today.

Comment by Carla on Monday

I tried the tulip needles several years ago Annette.  I was not impressed either.  I guess it's one of those cases where a you don't get what you paid for.  I have been using Richard Hemmings needles ever since I tried them a few years back.

Comment by AnnetteJ on October 10, 2019 at 7:31pm

Sandy, thank you for your kind offer regarding needles but there is one qUilt shop in Calgary that I know will have some.  Or I can probably order from my old supplier in Vancouver.  At the moment, I'm trying Tulip betweens...not impressed.  Compared to Clover or JJ, they have a definite drag going through my quilt which has a Polydown batt.  No other needles have done that!


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