Hi, Nancy! My frame is a Graceframe Z44 (bought it several years ago). I use it mostly to tie quilts or to baste on. When I hand quilt, I usually use a lap frame. I also have an old floor frame that was given to me by a great aunt, but to use it, I have to clear out my living room! Thanks for the kind comment on the quilt. It is half done, but our little grandson was here for a visit, so I haven't worked on it for a day or two. I'll hopefully have it finished up tomorrow.
Hi Nancy! I'm glad you have made some rag quilts. Aren't they a fun, easy way to make quilts? I need to make more of them ... they are really an easy way to use up scraps or flannel. I LOVE that you have a "completed list" and two UFO lists! What a great way to keep a person motivated. I would need to FIND my UFO's before I could list them. I know they are in my closet - somewhere. LOL
Thanks Nancy for the nice compliment on my sewing machine cover. Just use any machine pattern and draw an applique you like to put on it. Machine embroidery can be used as well. It's my friend Jenny from England who is visiting me. I don't have a daughter. We are having fun sewing and chatting together. She will be leaving on the 28th after being here for a month.
Nancy, the name of this book is Quilting by Hand by Jinny Beyer, it has been intersting. I have a daughter who is a R.N. now and I so enjoy visiting with her about medical stuff now if I could get one of the 5 girls interested in quilting that would be so nice!! So glad Casey loves it. do you live close to one another?
Friendship starter: 1 c. regular starter, 1 c. milk, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. flour. Take a cup of traditional started, put in a glass or ceramic bowl Add milk, sugar and flour and blend well. Cover with plastic wrap and let work 24 hours.
Regular Sourdough Starter, 2 c. warm water, 1 tbs. sugar or honey, 1 tbs or 1 packet dry active yeast, not the instant, 2 c. all purpose flour. Pour water into a two quart glass, never metal, container, add yeast then stir in flour. cover with cloth, put somewhere warm. let it bubble/brew for 3-5 days, stirring it once or twice a day as it will separate. Once the mixture gets the very sour yeasty aroma, the you want, stir for the last time, put a lid on it and refrigerate it. The starter should have the consistancy of pancake batter. The night before I need to use mine, I take it from the refrigerator, add 1 cup water and 1 cup flour, stir using plastic or rubber, and leave on counter with no lid overnight to bring it alive. If you use more then a cup or two you may again want to replentish it with equal parts flour and warm water. remember never let metal touch the starter that is in your jar. Once it is being mixed for a recipe that is different. Keep me posted. Linda Love your Shih Tzu, I have two.
Good morning Nancy ... it was so great getting your message. Oh, I forgot to tell you that the restaurant in Conrad, Carol's Kitchen, is operated by my daughter's in-laws. Her name is Cortney and she works there sometimes during the week. I tell ya' ... I'm sure hoping that we get some sunshine pretty soon. I am definitely a sunshine person, and I need some to get myself energized. I am going to attend a mini-retreat this Friday evening and Saturday in Ankeny. I'm hoping it will be fun. I just need to take any project that I'm working on, and I'm cutting out pieces now to make a SunBonnet Sue lap quilt. Thought I better start out small and get something finished. I do have some other queen-size projects cut out but haven't finished yet. Well, I'm at work and I better get into action. You have a great day and I will write more later.
Hi Nancy, and it was great hearing from you. I hope someday to be able to create a beautiful quilt. I do have several in the making, but with working full-time it sometimes gets put on the back burner. I see that you live in Marshalltown. My youngest daughter lives in Conrad. I sometimes venture to see her when our weather is nice. Have you ever been to the fabric shop in Conrad? I visited last summer and was surprised to see all the beautiful fabrics. I have three children (all grown), 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. My husband passed away about four years ago and oldest son died 6 months later (he had ALS). I'm 62, but don't feel old at all ... and, my little Bichon (Mollie) makes my home feel complete when I'm home in the evenings and week-ends. I don't know what I would do without her. I am so happy you sent me a message, and I do hope to hear from you again real soon.
Nancy, no I have not decided on what I am getting just yet, but I have some thing in mind. A mid arm has a larger space between the needle and the side of the machine. the area where the quilt goes thru. I have found a web site that sells all kinds of machines and frames, even both together! Check it out, www.sewingmachineplus.com
This web site list all the features of the machines. I am thinking about getting one from there, if I can get my hubby to agree to it!
Thanks, Nancy. They weren't home, thank goodness, but she told me this a.m. that no one can sleep at night. You hear every sound. She said you can replace all the "stuff", but that security is gone that you feel when you are home. Don't know how much longer she is going to stay out there. They moved there almost 10 yrs. ago when she was transferred by Gateway to manage their retail stores there.
The pillowcase pattern is one my youngest daughter did in high school a few yrs. ago, but I just happened to find one alot like it on www.quiltmag.com. It's a free pattern. Go to Sewing Projects and I think it's one of the first patterns. You can just download it to your computer. I made them for all my grandkids a couple of yrs. ago and now they all expect new ones every Christmas, along with new PJ's and slippers. I'm known as the NIght-night Grandma. LOL
Your puppy is adorable! Aren't they great company? I'm just lost if ours go with our daughter to "visit" her. Must be that empty nest syndrome hitting after all these years.
Hi Nancy. Thanks for the welcome note. I think this site is going to be a lot of fun. Love the photo of your little doggie! We don't have any pets because of family members with severe allergies, but I do enjoy other people's dogs.
Oh, forgot to mention, I finally got the other two packs of squares yesterday, so I am through receiving. All beautifuul fabric and I'm very anxious to see what the quilts are going to look like. Don't know yet which pattern I will make. Probably will try several different ones before I decide. Right now it is a mistery, even to me!
Hi Nancy, Yes I did get your fabric on Monday. Beautiful pieces and already sorted for me! I love it and will be happy when I get my other two quilts pieced together so I can start on this group quilt. Thank you so much.
It is nice to spend time with a daughter. I don't get to spend much time with mine as she is about as busy as I am. She has sewn in the past, but her homemade dog,horse,cat threats take up most of her extra time. Love to see the quilt after it is finished.
Hello Nancy; I just messaged Donna and asked her to send you a copy of the addresses list. If you don't get it for some reason just let me know. We got about 5 or 6 inches of snow here. The plow just went down the street so now I can get out. I live up on the hill where the wind comes from hadies. Allot more snow on the roads then anywhere else. Have a great weekend. Happy Quilting.