Hi Jane. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I have been very busy at work and it seems that I don't get to the computer at home as much as I 'd like to. My daughter has a home business and is frequently on it. I do have a laptop but the wireless is not always reliable so I'd prefer to plug into the modem.
Anyway, how are things out there in New York? I've never been that way, not even seen eastern Canada. My daughter, who is living with us, go engaged at the Empire State Bldg. My friend went to NY with her family, did a historical tour and had a fabulous time. Someday....
We have a daughter, son in law and 2 grandchildren who live in Copenhagen so our vacations are usually over there. I'm hoping they will come and see us this year but my other daughter has to move out first.
What quilt project are you working on at the moment? I did not get my middle daughters tree skirt done this year so I want to complete that for this Christmas as well as a Christmas quilt. I'm also working on a photo quilt for my granddaughter that lives with me. I work full time as a medical secretary so I have a hard time finding time to do all of this. But it is my therapy so sometimes I just have to let the housework go until I can't stand it.
Well, it's time for me to get back to work--my break is over. Talk soon.
I can relate My Aslan sheds and in clumps unless I keep his ahir shorter. My son's Cholclate lab Brley sheds something fierce and I thoughtthis would be taken care of by the poolde hair but because he is firt born gneration his hair is mroe wvy adn being 1/2 qne 1/2 he sheds a ton. Labs are known for shedding My son takes his to a groomer 2 or 3 times a year for furminator treatment. He sayd it ia amazing how much of the undercoat they taek out adn this helps the shedding. I am also feeding him BLue Food as al the reviews say better skin and less shedding. Sandee
I recommend using a four to the inch graph paper as you can quite well see the pattern emerge. Sounds good to use colored pencils, or even a plain pencil with different patterns in each block, as in one block could be penciled in in regular pencil, the next block and patterned fabric, could be penciled only in half of the block in a triangle, the next block could be penciled in with a circle for the next pattern fabric and style, and so forth. But, I think your best bet is to use colored pencils. I use various instruments for marking the graph and I use the 4 to the inch. There are different sized paper tablets for the graphs to be printed on and there is a graph paper tablet that is 12X12 inches made especially for quilting and should be available in a quilting store, and is great for all your needs for quilts. Also, if you are making something like a sampler quilt with all sorts of different patterns in each block, then you might want to have another way of keeping up with the actual blocks so that you have a "key" list to the graph you are making of the quilt and that is to have another piece of paper, or several pieces of paper so that you can actually pin a sample block to it and give it a "key" for the graph of the design - for instance, for a windmill block sample you might put a "key" on the separate pieces of paper of a "black penciled in box". For a "snowball" sample block, you might want to put a "key" of a "circle" in a box. For a "Hole in the Barn Door" you might want to give it a "key" of 'blackened in circle"., and so forth. That way, you have made a "key" with the sample blocks pinned to the paper (or even on the sample block itself) so that you will have no confusion as to what the "keys" on the graph paper mean. I hope I am explaining this so that you get a clear picture of this. If not, please give me questions on it. Everything I am putting here I have learned from reading different magazines and books on quilting, and I thoroughly enjoy reading each and every one of them. Mostly I now start my quilts with looking at the fabric I have in stash in my home and they start talking to me and giving me ideas of how they would like to be used. Then, I start thinking of how they would fit into a quilt and what type of overall pattern I want to use, whether it is going to be a present, or perhaps one for myself (finally after making 200 quilts and giving most away - I have some for my own use), or if I am going to do a sampler (which I am in the process of making the twin quilts for my God sons and for other children in more needy circumstances). After a while all of this will just fall into place for you, as it has to me. I have been quilting since 1993 and had absolutely no training on quilting but just wanted to do so. Then as the time passed and I got magazines and books, and thought some of the processes through, I began to love quilting even more. The same, I am sure, will happen to you. And, yes, now we have the internet and sites like this one to share our experiences with others. Best of luck to you, my Friend. I will be happy to answer any questions and just hope that I can explain it clearly for you. Sometimes it is hard to put down what you do automatically from experience. The main thing is to ask questions, like you are doing here, and to not be afraid of making a mistake. I quite often make mistakes, sometimes major ones, and they end up being a much better idea for the quilt than I had thought of. And, some I have had to take out as they just didn't work at all. Seam ripper is a good friend I always have available.
Hi Jane, I can remember how I was glad when summer was over when I lived in Hampton Bays. I think everyone and their dog summered in the Hampton's. It was a very busy place and I expect it's even busier today. The Montawk Hyw. is probably a super highway now isn't it.?
What town do you live in?
I was in Bay Shore a couple of years ago. I belong to the American Sewing Guild and our Regional meeting was held there. We were treated to a tour of Manhattan's garment district. It was a fun day but it poured so hard the whole time we were there. Didn't dampen our shopping spirit a bit.lol
Did you make your "Red Hat" outfit? I was invited to join a goup here but was still working at the time and didn't have time to join anything else. Between the church, guild, and home, my time was pretty well maxed out. They have allot of fun I hear. I don't know if they still have it here anymore.
Jane My sister feels teh same as you. She stays home from work unless a fridned and her husband are going to work adn pick her up. One day she drove adn at 12 Non when she got ready to walk she was surprised to see large snowflakes coming down and her car got snowed in sometime between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm./ I can definatly praise the Lord that I'm in FL No grand kids yewtt ios your lab at canince vacuum eats anything adn everything? I love Asln to death but I never saw my sons dog' who has s chocolate lab go after napkins and papaer like this one. Sandee
Hi Jane, I see your from Suffolk Co. N.Y.
I lived in Hampton Bays in the early 60s. My husband was stationed at Suffolk Co. AFB. I loved the area. But when he got out of the service he couldn't wait to get back to his old hunting grounds here in Maine.
I am new to this site but find it very interesting and fun talking with people all over the states and looking at the beautiful work they do. Right now I'm working on a flannel baby quilt. I like quilting, home dec., garments, and I take in alterations. You can see pictures of my studio on my page.
I have the same problem with math, but I have had to just pull it in and get real and realize that Quilting is all about math (Iafter fabric selection and pattern selection, of course) and I gave in. A valuable tool I use when I am thinking of how to make a quilt and see a pattern that is attractive, but not one I would want to follow exactly, I take a few pieces of graph paper and draw the design on it so that I get the gist of it and then I change it to what I would prefer. Using the graph paper I can find out how big each piece should be and with a calculator, I can figure how many blocks it would take to make a quilt both lengthwise and widthwise. I am sorry, but there just isn't any way I know of getting arond the math part of it, but it is simple when you take one step at a time and write all the information down - another important step since you don't forget what you calculated. It takes time to get used to the math, but over time you can do it. By the way, I also hate my checkbook and the budgeting and balancing that goes on with it, so you are not alone in that. Another suggestion, don't be frightened of any pattern you see that you may want to do, just take your time, read the pattern through, several times if necessary (I do this every time I see a pattern that I want to do - that way I see if the pattern is easily navigated and clear - then if I want to put that much work into the quilt - I do if I really think it is great) and then think of the types of patterns, colors, etc. you might want to make the quilt in. TAKE YOUR TIME is the main ingredient of success here - don't rush what you do as it then begings to be very frustrating. I also sometimes don't finish a project for quite a while and other projects come up and insert them ahead of the first quilt. But, they all get done. When I just relax and not worry about the quilting time frame, then everything has its own way of inserting itself in the overall schedule of the quilts and everything gets done when it is needed. I am currently making a lot of smaller wall hangings instead of the queen-sized quilts I need for my bed. I have made over 200 quilts and last year was the first time that I kept one for my use, and now I have 7 queen-sized quilt tops ready to be quilted, and about 10 small wall hangings, and a few larger wall hangings waiting to be finished. So, like I said, it all happens when it is supposed to, not when I foolishly set an unneccessary time frame on completion for it. When I have a present to make, well, then I get it done ASAP and give it. Hope this helps you.
Hi Jane. Sorry but I wasn't able to find out what company made the cheater cloth with all the "snow friends" because I recently sold it, so I don't have it anymore. I had so many quilts and wallhangings sitting around and my sister offered to take them to her office and try to sell some. It was hard coming up with prices, but anything was better than them just laying in a storage box! I made $475 which I used to do my Xmas shopping!! Not bad, huh?
Hi Jane - Love the outfit! I have to admit making the tote bags is not my favorite thing to make but this pattern really works up well, is practical to use and since it's customized to suit various personalities it really does make the perfect gift! I ususally add more seams inside to make more smaller pockets. Let me know if you ever decide to give it a try. There are 2 or 3 small tips that will help to make it a little easier.
Hi Jane - so glad that you liked my wallhanging. If you noticed it was done from leftover scraps of an earlier quilt. I started it January 2007 thinking that I'd have it done for Easter that year but didn't complete it until after Easter 2008...oh well, I'll have it for 2009. Read that you have a Bichon. Our little Bichon passed away this December 21 - he was a sweet little boy. We really miss him...he would have been 16. Give your's an extra hug for me.
You asked if I had a favorite quilt that I've done. Not really as most of them become 'favorites' for different reasons. It's been fun trying a variety of techniques. I would have to say the ones that are close to the top of the list of favorites are ones that I've done a lot of the "creating" of (girls at the beach, Daniel's quilt, etc.). I'm working on one now for one of my sons. The center panel is from a pattern that is a pieced background with appliqued wolves on it. The cactus applique quilt was my practice for it. I've then created paper pieced borders of trees, mountains and a river -- getting the idea from a quilt I saw at the Tucson Quilt Show last year. I do a lot of baby quilts as well as vests and bags. I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures.
Hi Jane, so glad you joined. Good for you for "stretching the envelope" so to say and trying the applique. It will come in time - as those grandbabies get bigger you'll want to be making all sorts of quilts for them!
24-1 1/2" finished yoyos. 25 2 1/2" . 2- 3", 6- 3 1/2", and 4- 9" Unfinished. I am missing them in my pile, so that is why I don't have the finished measurements. You will need to have a doll needle to put it all together. They are not expensive and I have found that they are good for alot of other uses. I can still email you the templates of unfinished sizes to make it easier for you. It is not a big deal. Just let me know and have fun with it. It seems that you will be busy holding babies. You are soooooo lucky. I really miss having little ones around. Sitting and reading to them. I love disney movies and I can't get my guys to watch them with me anymore. Too big..... Good luck Jane!
Thanks for your message. I found quite a few "larger" piece paper piecing patterns that were free on the internet. I tried one for Christmas. It was an evergreen tree with 5 different pieces to the body, a trunk and then the border. It wasn't too bad - I'm a beginner at it and it went pretty well. "Quiltmaker.com" has some free downloads; and "freequiltpatterns.com" has a category for paper piecing. I'm sure there are lots more if you have the time to surf the web. Good luck. I think you'd like the larger pieces and the blocks with fewer total pieces. It's a good place to start.
Red Hat Club? You really are busy! I am so sorry to hear about the grandchildren. It is so hard when they are ill. How old are they? You will have a great time with the snowman.... He measures about 14". The last one I did was much nicer than the pic. Although that went to a friend. I always keep the practice ones and give away the good ones....I have all my yoyos done for another one to make, just haven't gotten around to put him together. soon, soon, soon.