Afraid I am extremely slow and remiss in replying to you. I am starting year 2 with DH and his cancer. Does not seem to be that much time each day for more than snatches of this, that or another.
I am a 39 year transplant from IL and I miss it. 2 grown children and 1 grandson. Also 3 house cats and 2 wanna be's. Sewing is a catch as I can and for the last few years it has been hand quilting some old quilt tops my daughter bought at a sale on a farm near Cheaha Mountain.
I ordered 3 yards of the floral stripe fabric today. At least I will have that and then I can "fudge" the rest of it and make it unique to me! ;0) I got your mail today too.....thank you soooo much! xoxox
Thanks again! As you can see, I really love round, pointy things - especially Mariner's Compass. The border fabric is a Michael Miller asian influence print with Fairy Frost for the spokes. When it was finished I thought it sure looked like something a Gypsy would have, hence the name. I did what I thought was my invention, but others have done the same thing - I used "raw edge" applique for the flowers. I backed the fabric with fusable and cut the flowers out leaving a very small bit of the black background on, then ironed them to the corners and free-motion stitched all around with black thread. There is a very small amount of beading - my first attempt at embellishment!
Chris, Thanks for the compliment about my quilt. I made it for my DH back when he had an office to hang it in. The private University where he was a professor laid him off along with a few other PhDs last year. He's still looking for a job. I love Paper Foundation Piecing the most of any quilting method as it lets me make what most think are really complicated quilts in just a few hours. It's all in the prep work before sitting down at the machine. Thay quilt took just over 1 week from start to finished top. I designed the pieced border so that added to the prep time, but I think it was worth it. Thanks again.
Hey Chris no problem. I put out an alert and Lori came to my rescue. She found this site for me( I really had searched but under Devvie's name) and it is a pic of the finished quilt by someone named Christie. Check it out and lets get finished. It took me a long time to decide how to do it:what colors and then which fabrics; and now I am very anxious to get it done. I will post a pic when I get it finished. I will schat with you later and hope to see a pic of your top soon.
Hey Chris, do I need to send you a photo to get the other part to the mystery quilt instructions? I have everything cut and am sewing it together at this time, but wish I knew about the borders. I would take a pic if I need to, if I can borrow a camera. Mine died and I hoped I would get a new one for Mother's day but didn't. CUL
I went on my retreat March 26 thru March 28th... Had a really great time and met a lot of wonderful ladies! I didn't take any pictures (forgot my camera...duh!!) But I did get a lot done! I finished 2 pillow cases, 2 baby quilts, a couch throw and got all of the rows put together for a full size quilt. I think I'm going to do another one next month... (if the money is there..) It is a UFO retreat.. boy can I fill that bill.. I have 2 new commission quilts to make and about 14 UFOs in my closet!! The only draw back to my weekend was that my cabin was very, very cold... sunday morning it was warmer outside than it was in my cabin!! I talked with the manger of the center about it and he said he would give me $50 off my next retreat there... Thought that was fair!
Hey Chris, check out the Asilomar retreats. Have heard they are wonderful. But go online and Google Quilt Retreats and you'll be amazed at the variety and the amazing places you can choose from. And whatever you deide you'll have a blast!!!
Chris, about the retreats... I've heard the cruise's are wonderful. But I've only done a weekender with friends. I've also done several with one specific teacher and that was also a weekend at a B&B in Vermont. She's fabulous. I guess you'd have to figure out a pattern or teacher that does retreats... I know Carol Doak (Paper Piecing, queen) goes on cruises to the Mexico area...? Sorry not so much help, I guess. But they are a lot of fun!!! M~
Chris, the Tesselating Tiles one, another quilter was doing one similiar, online, & she shared the pattern. She did hers in just two colors, for a baby quilt, plus she did it so there was no partial seams to work with. So, my ideas just grew from that, with no one in mind to give it to, till Rod came home one day & told me of a lady friend in his office who told him she had just had cancer surgery & would be doing chemo soon. Well, when he said that, my heart said, now your quilt has a home! So I hurried up & finished it. Had the idea, using the strips in the border, then Rod suggested the black inbetweent them too, so they have a floating effect. I was really happy with how it turned out. Feel free to use any of my ideas, happy to share too! Our friend loves her quilt too, she was totally shocked when her hubby, who works at the office too, brought it home for her, so it was worth it! I felt like this became a very special & I was glad I was able to find such a great home for it.. I am working on another batik, tesselating quilt now, different, but neat too... It's nice that share similiar tastes, isn't it!
Chris, the one "My Quilt Top" was an idea I got using the french braid designs, then adding the four corner blocks from quilt club. Then Rod & I talked, his boss lady, & friend to both of us, was retiring, & I had long been thinking I wanted to make her a quilt, & he said, I think she would love this one! Soo... we came up with a way to make it more lap quilt size, & use more blocks, so this is what we ended up with. Glad you like it! I am kind of particular about who I gift a quilt too, but we know she loves quilts, so I didn't mind giving this one to her.
Chris, the Hand Applique by Machine, I did using Beth Ferrier's method from her book by that name. It is a little time consuming, but you stitch it on by machine & I was happy with the results...She uses freezer paper & a little glue, so it's kind of a pain removing it, but the end results are nice, as you can see...
I am not sure I understand this...do I send all the squares to the same person? Give me some more information please...then maybe I will know if I am interested (although I have less purple in my stash than just about any other color).