Hi Suzanne, sounds like you are busy with your kitchen remodel. Just think of how pretty it will be when it is done. I've gone through a major kitchen remodel and I'd sit in the doorway at night just thinking of how pretty it would be when it was done.
I haven't done a lot of quilting in January. My grandson was sick twice and we had him and I just didn't have the quilting bug. January is a hard month for me personally. I lost my father in January. Even after 30 years I still miss him and want to ask him questions. but each year it gets better.
I have a tulip quilt for my nephew and his wife that I want to quilt. I have to cut out some quilt stencils and mark it. I'm thinking of buying one of those 18 watt heated stencil cutting tool. Have you cut your own stencils and if so what did you use?
Hi Suzanne, if you mean the snowman who is framed on two sides by little pine trees and by stars on the other two, he is a pattern from PineTree Lodge Designs called HomeGrown Snowman #102. Looks like it is still available:
I did amend the pattern a little - his arms are supposed to be real twigs but I couldn't seem to anchor them on well with stitches and I didn't think they would hold up well when I stored the wall hanging till the next season so I decided to "ad lib" some arms from fabric. I've made this pattern twice and it is a fun one to do.
Suzanne, several of us try to meet at the show in Columbus in June. If you are planning on going, perhaps we can meet. Several of us decided to get together for lunch and a quilt shop last year. We picked a day and a location and then whoever could make it showed up. We had a great time. I'm sure we'll try something this year. We'd love to have more people meet up.
Sue, you are so ambitious to have made all of those beautiful quilts in such sort of time. I do have a Gammil Classic long arm and love it even though I haven't used it as much as I would like. I injured my elbow quilting one of my first quilts. It's taken a couple of years for it to totally heal. I've used it a little in between but have been very careful not to aggravate the old injury. I do mostly free hand quilting because I like that look more on my quilts. I will do something different in the blocks/sashing/center vs the borders. I think if I mastered the pantographs my control of the machine would be better. I do use the Clover iron erasable pens to mark my quilts to at least give me a guide if I'm using a specific pattern. The Tulip quilt in my gallery is the next one to go on the long arm and hopefully get it done this year. I plan to do McTavishing around the Tulips and I have several patterns that I designed for the border. It will be a challenge.
thanks Suzanne! My "kitty" quilt is a Jacob's Ladder. Quite a few mistakes in it, but what the heck, aren't we the most critical of our quilts? The blue one (with black) is called "City Lights". I have three cats, all of who like quilts. One even sleeps under the one on my couch! My older daughter got me into making my own labels, it's fun. As I write this letter I am looking at the rest of your quilts - what a wonderful collection. I have forgotten to take pics of some I gave away and really hate that. oh well, definitely do it now.
Great to have you!!!! When someone tries to organize a get-together it will be on the group page. Feel free to join in whenever the location and time works for you!!!! Looking forward to talking to you again soon.
The pictures of us in front of the displayed quilts were taken at the NQA show in Columbus. I went on a bus trip on Friday and met up with several of the ladies who were staying there for the whole show and taking classes. I'd love to do that someday. Gwen Gwinner had a quilt displayed and one of the pics shows us in front of her self portrait quilt - not sure if that's in my pics or in Hearts and Faces connect group.
The picture of us sitting at a restaurant table and at a quilt shop were taken this fall. Several of us met in Mount Vernon as it was centrally located and we couldn't wait till the next quilt show to get together again! We are all members of the Ohio Quilters group and like to plan chances to get together throughout the year. I guess I didn't realize you weren't a member but we would LOVE to have you. Please think about it and join us. It is a very friendly group and perhaps you could join us when we get together at a location convenient for you. It is amazing - don't know if you've had a chance to meet any of the ladies you talk to online in person but when you do, it's like meeting an old friend - an automatic connection. I have made some very very good friends through OH quilters. Please consider joining us!!!!!
Hi Just checking in to see if you posted any of those 8 quilts for Christmas. I still like your green and cream small one and wish I could figure out how you did that. I love the Baltimore Album too and want to do one of those.
Thought I would stop by and see what you have been doing. I am working on Christmas gifts. Never to early when they need to be mailed across the states. Thanks for the Mariner's compass idea. I need one with a round center. OH duh why didn't I ask for it on this site? Someone surely has one.
They are Irish Chain squares with flying geese on borth ends and boarders. I really didn't have a pattern to follow except the two I mentioned. The finish size I wanted was 22x40 so I just did the math and figured what size boarders I wanted. And the rest is history...... DIL sure liked it.
Actually I'm a Cornhusker fan as in grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska..... GO HUSKERS!
Well, duh..... especially since my DD lives in Champaign and works at the U of I....... However, the rivalry between her and her brother is BIG - he lives in Prudue country.....so there is also a quilt for DGS with Purdue colors! The runner with shamrocks I designed........ actually they are cut outs that I just threw on the runner. Not sure what actual pattern I used! I'll get back with you! This sure is a lazy Labor day weekend. Nice and cool but not in the mood to sew but nothing else to do except computering! Have a good one - CUL
You do sound busy....me too! Last Christmas I gave my DIL a gift of a table runner a month so have been busy making those. Of course, doing a few quilts in between. I also upgraded to 7 and still haven't had the time to really sit and plan with it. A friend from Iowa (Chris Bell/IA) was here for a "Friends Stitchin' Retreat" at my house and she loaded it on for me and played with a quilt for herself. So I really need to get down to business. Have you done any more SBS blocks? I'm still on 18 and hope to start back on those soon. I have missed chatting with you! Glad everything is going good for you. In October I'm taking a BabyLock LA quilting workshop. That should help with the LA quilting questions I have..... This message site is going bonkers so I'm getting off for now - will catch you later.
Hi Suzanne....I've been thinking about you lately! How are you doing? Looks like you have been busy. Looks like you have joined EQ - did you get 7? I did but now I haven't had time to work with it. When life settles, I'll play!!! Let me hear from you........
The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Hi Suzanne, you sound like me, I had 6 on my computer for over a year before I went through the lessons, only because I needed to design an appliquéd quilt and the program I was using did not have many already drawn appliqué blocks to draw from. Even after using EQ6 I still drew all the original blocks by hand with paper and pencil. Now I am learning 7 the same way, and I still have the center block drawn by hand with a pencil. I really need to learn the draw features!