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Comment by handstitcher/IL on November 9, 2019 at 4:25am

Katherine, I love your Milky Way quilt! I’m glad you hung in there and was able to get it finished. Hope you’re enjoying life in Florida. I’m sure you’ll smile when you hear some of us complaining about the snow and cold this winter.

Very disappointing about the quilt patterns, Sandy. I know vintage patterns from newspapers should always be checked for accuracy, but one would hope that was no longer the case with recently produced ones, especially with all the drafting programs available now.

Off to a vintage flea market this morning. This month the focus is on Christmas. I’m looking for some vintage ornaments, a few particular pieces of Pyrex, and Girl Scout memorabilia for my oldest DD. She’s my vintage girl. Gives me an excuse to enjoy searching flea markets and antique stores. In general, neither one of us are shoppers, but we can both enjoy this type of shopping.

Comment by Katherine V. on November 8, 2019 at 6:47pm

Yes, Sandy.  This is the quilt I posted where I did reverse the row.  I fixed it and finally paid attention and got it pieced.  Milky Way is the name of the block.  I have several books on old patterns. This is one of them.  I’m not surprised there are others with the same name.  

I too was wondering what crow footing means.  I did find some links.  It looks like a way to tie a quilt.  Hopefully Annette can confirm.

Comment by Janet/MO on November 8, 2019 at 6:42pm

Katherine, your baby quilt turned out great. 

Annette, I must confess that I too am curious about crowfooting.  Is that done with perle cotton?

Sandy, I too would be ticked off if a company didn't make it right when a pattern has mistakes.

Tomorrow my Quilts of Valor group is awarding quilts to 17 veterans.  That will take awhile to do!

Comment by Sandy Larkey on November 8, 2019 at 5:21pm

I was about to ask that myself.  If it can finish a queen-size quilt in a week, sounds like ... magic?

Katherine, the baby quilt turned out beautiful.  Isn't this the one you showed us earlier, where you had managed to reverse one row?  As for the name "Milky Way", is that the block name?  It is so different from a block pattern I have that was also called "Milky Way."  Mine came from Capper's Weekly in a group of 24 other block patterns.  When I was one of the co-leaders of the Superior guild's Quilt of Valor project, I purchased this group and had each member chose a pattern to make a sampler quilt.  I provided fabrics and the pattern.  Very disappointing!  The Capper's Weekly patterns were so ... off, that we all wound up redrafting them.  Or rather, I did, except for one of the quilters who managed to re-draft her own.  I did write to Capper's, complaining about it; told them that my group regularly won ribbons at the State Fair, and that they should either correct the patterns, or ... I didn't ASK for, but strongly suggested, it would be nice to get a refund.  My only answer was that the patterns were removed from sale in the next issue. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 8, 2019 at 4:46pm

Okay, Annette...you got me.  What is "crowfooting?"  

Comment by AnnetteJ on November 8, 2019 at 2:41pm

Very cute quilt, Katherine.  I learned how to do "crowfooting" this year and whizzed through a queen sized quilt in just over a week.

Welcome Gail.  I hope you just jump in and join the conversations.  I only check in every week or two, and fine the chatter ramps up after mid-October.  We keep chatting until Christmas takes over our lives, then in January we get chatty again.

This year I decided that it was time to take in the Bonnie Hunter Quiltville mystery quilt again.  I was pretty disillusioned after Grand Illusion but have liked every one since, though I have not made them.  So this year I'll have some fun weeks ahead.  My family isn't all about gift giving.  We all buy one nice gift, then sit around the table playing a game until all the gifts are distributed.  It works well for those of us who have difficulty shopping as well as for those with lower incomes.

I'm not going to even attempt to catch up here except to say thank you all for your fellowship.  It means so much to me.  BFN

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 8, 2019 at 1:58pm

Cute baby quilt, Katherine!  

Comment by Katherine V. on November 8, 2019 at 1:14pm

I guess I haven’t check this group for a while.  Somehow, I had 7 pages of conversations to catch-up on.  No clue where the time must have went.  

Cat Lady, I am so sorry to hear about your husband.  I will be thinking about you and your husband as you embark on this journey.  

Gail, welcome even if it is a bit late.  This is a great group.  I joined several years ago when I was looking for advice on hand quilting.  These ladies have been the best. 

Janet, I am glad to see that your husband’s surgery went well.  Prayers for continued healing.  

Carla, as usual you quilting is wonderful.  On my last baby quilt, I tried the Baptist fan.  I remember the technique you outlined on your blog years ago but didn’t have a three hole punch.  I tried Tim Lattimer’s approach using string.  It kind of worked, but I think I will invest in a hole punch and make a better template. 

PQ, your vintage quilts are so special, especially with the family names.  You are very lucky to have them.  

I did finally finish my Milky Way baby quilt.  I finally conquered this pattern.  I did use perle cottons #8 to quilt it with.  Since it’s a baby quilt, I just wanted to get it done.  I hope this is my last baby quilt for a while.  I’d like to focus on a few quilts that i have in my head, but I have to clean-up my fabric room.  We’ve made the move to Florida and although I do not miss my house in PA, I do miss my basement.  It was nice to leave things a mess and just close the basement door.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on November 7, 2019 at 1:09pm

Gail, wow, did you ever lucky out with all that yarn.  Hopefully there's enough of any one kind/color to finish a project. 

Diane, I hope your farmer's wife is aware that GPS is occasionally "degraded" by the military so it's not accurate.  Would be embarassing for her to wind up plowing half the neighbor's pasture.  We had a handheld GPS on our houseboat.  At one time it showed us as being on the far side of the berm and a hundred yards up on shore when we were cruising the Tenn-Tom Waterway. 

Carla, our "gracious host" Connecting Threads occasionally has a mystery quilt online.  Check that out and see what you think.  They are fun.  One year, the Superior Guild's mystery quilt was a "Chain of Stars' design.  Basically a column of chains, that used 2" squares for the chain with halfsquare triangles that wound up forming the stars along the chain.  If I ever get this computer to post photos, I'll post mine.  I intended it as a Quilt of Valor, but then my husband wisted that he'd like a quilt of his own.  One of the other quilters used greens and pinks and you couldn't even tell that it had stars.  Amazing what a difference color choices make to a design. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 7, 2019 at 12:25pm

Gail - what a windfall!  I would like to think the previous owner would be happy to know her stash is being put to good use.  


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