Hi Ellen, sorry I have taken some time to answer your last message, it is half term here, and we have had our granddaughters to stay with us, they left this morning , so I now have some time for myself again.
Where you live sounds lovely, we are on the country side only 30 miles from Manchester,our house is quite old as it is now it was built in 1830, part of the house is 1500 I believe , it was the turnpike. We do not have any deters coming (we have a wall garden) it really sound idyllic were you are.
What are you working on now and what are you reading? I have just finished another jumper for Jack and tonight I will start a cardigan for Max went out with our daughter and children today and bought wool an another pattern book, we went to a quilt shop it was such a shame they didn't have any thing that said take me home and the staff was very unfriendly , never mind it was a nice drive.
Must go dinner is in the oven and smell like is ready, talk with you again later
our children were not with us, they are both married, Dubai was our last post and just left a month ago.
I also have lots of UFO .... maybe they will all be finish one day who knows.
when living in Dubai I was able for the first time ever to join a Quilting Guild, love every minute of it and became part of the committee I was the person that organized the workshop we had every month, learn a lot from it, we were also very lucky to have international teachers coming to teach.before that i had taught myself to quilt with books, we were living in Nigeria and there was no other quilters.
Once i have access to my sewing things i will send you some pictures of quilts i have made , i love applique,until them i had only done needle turn while in Dubai i was shown how to do machine applique, i have done one quilt using this method ,it looks good but i still prefer hand applique.
not much more to tell you just now, I love gardens but I am not much of a gardener, maybe now that we are home, hope for good, I will get in to it.
I am going to go on google and look at where you live.
have a lovely day and hope to talk with you again soo n
It is lovely to hear from you and I to look forward to getting to know you.
Home is the Rossendale Valley in England, we have only just come back to live here, my husbands work (Tim) has taken us to many countries in the world, we have not been at home for 16 years only visiting occasionally , our last posting was Dubai we were there for 5 years, I made some lovely friends and learn a lot about quilting.
We have 4 Grandchildren from 5 to 11 years , so ours are a little bit younger than yours.
I love all kind of crafts and I have tried several,lace making, embroidery, quilting and knitting this I learn at a very youn age my Grandmother taught me.
Right now I can only knit so our Grandson in Canada ,Jack, will have quite a few jumpers and cardigans, we will visiting them for Christmas, he is our son's child.
All my sewing things are still in storage, have to wait until we get my sewing room ready.
Hope that we will continue to chat this way, it is really nice.
Glad you got the patterns you needed for Dream Garden. I was worried whether you would be able to download the first one since the month is past. Some sites charge after the first month. Can't wait to see what you decide on for your background fabric. I don't think I'll be making mine anytime soon, so it will be nice to see how you and Amanda progress on your quilts.
Thanks for your kind comments on my quilts, Ellen! I do buy a lot of fabric as fat quarters, fat eighths or even "snippets" (10" squares). These days I'm trying to "shop" in my stash and only buy what I need to finish a quilt. Usually that means the larger yardage needed for backgrounds and borders. It's great that you use sewing scraps in your quilts. It's too bad that so many clothing fabrics nowadays aren't really suitable for quilts. I have one scrap quilt that my great-grandmother pieced and my mother can point out patches from her pajamas, school dresses, etc. Somehow the stretch fabrics my DDs wear aren't making it into quilts!
Hello Ellen... I am really liking the QD poly batting. I am about a third done on the top that I am quilting now. I even had my LQS order another QD poly in the select loft and one in the request loft. Once I am finished with the top I am working on now, I plan to try the request poly batting. Thank you again for your help in answering my questions concerning the QD poly batting. Bonnie
Hello Ellen...Hope this finds you well and still liking your QD poly.Just wanted to let you know that I have my QD poly select basted. Will let you know how I like it. Everything about it so far is a plus, so I just hope it needles good.
So interesting, Ellen. I'm sorry for your loss, but it is always heartening to hear of a committed marriage. My husband and I marked our 25th last May and it feels our marriage is strengthened with each passing year. We're aware we're not promised tomorrow, so we try to treasure each moment as it comes.
I like the bed quilts and (sheepishly) have 13 unquilted tops made. It seems I am more faithful about finishing the smaller projects like baby quilts. Maybe they don't seem so daunting. :) Sounds like your family is blessed to have you taking up your needle again. I'm always pleased when the recipients of my quilts take as much enjoyment out of them as what I put into them.
Hi Ellen, As you can tell, I've been enjoying your quilt pictures this afternoon. I was interested in hearing of your origins. My husband's family homesteaded not too far east of the Oakley area in Kansas. And my ancestors were Nebraska homesteaders. From what part of Nebraska were you originally from? I'm currently hand quilting Baptist fans on a baby quilt.
Hello Ellen...great to hear you are still liking the Quilter's Dream. Finding a marking took that shows up is fantastic. I tend to quilt in the ditch a lot. But I have marked some overall designs. The two quilts that I am doing now are both quilt in the ditch. I guess I need to get busy so that I can try my Quilter's Dream.
Hello Ellen...Maybe I should donate some of my older books...but it is so hard. I always think "What if I want to make another quilt from that book". There is one book that I have made several of the quilts. It is called Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. It uses the 2 1/2" strips. I have made 4 quilts from this book and in the process of making two more from the book as Christmas gifts. Our pioneer mothers would think we were spoiled rotten. LOL Using precuts is a nicety that I am still exploring. The charms are a great way to get little bits of an entire collection at a reasonable cost.
Hello Ellen....I know what you mean about the Warm and Natural. When working on my moms quilt I had to limit myself to just one hoops worth of quilting every other night. I could only take one stitch at a time. With my poly I can quilt for 2 - 3 hours once I have my fingers toughened up, and quilt every night if I wanted. Definite big difference. The one for my avatar was a tessellation quilt and they are all rectangles. It had to be layed out before I started sewing so that the pieces would twist correctly. Yeah I have a lot of patterns that I want to try. I have about 6 - 7 books that I have not done anything with. I like to make at least one quilt from every book that I buy. Boy, am I behind on that one.
Hello Ellen....Thank you for the information. The one that I have is the select. Maybe after I try this one I will try the request. I have tried both the request and select on the Quilter's Dream cotton. Both of those are easy to needle. But I really prefer my poly. The quilt that I used the Warm and Natural was for my mom and that was what she provided me with. Never again will I hand quilt with the Warm and Natural. Have you tried the Fons and Porter White marking pencil? That shows up fairly well on the darker fabrics. From the way you are describing your quilt I can't wait to see it finished. Sounds very interesting. Bonnie
Hello Ellen...Thanks for the info. I do have one more question. Is your Quilters Dream Poly in the request loft or the select? I realized that I did not ask about that. Now I can not wait to try my poly batting. Unfortunately I have a few other quilts that I have to do first. Thanks again for letting me know how the batting needled. Bonnie
Hello Ellen...Thanks for your time. I will be looking forward to seeing the finished quilt and hearing how the QD poly needled. After reading your post I had to pull my batting out of the bag and was surprised at how soft it was and especially no wrinkles. I recently pulled out some Mountain Mist poly batting and it had major wrinkles so needless to say it is still relaxing. The Mountain Mist is also a little stiff in comparison, not as uniform either. So far the QD poly has some very good points in its favor...I hope it needles great. Will be waiting to hear from you. Bonnie
Hello Ellen...I have been trying to catch up on Around the Frame posts. I noticed that you were going to try the Quilter's Dream Poly batting. I was wondering if you have tried it yet and if so how easy is it to hand quilt? I have a package of the Quilter's Dream Poly in the select loft that I have not tried yet. I normally use Mountain Mist poly and I was given the Quilter's Dream Poly to try. At this point I am not sure when I will get the chance to try the Quilter's Dream Poly as I have many other projects that I need to get done first. Any input you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. Bonnie