Sounds like a good choice! A friend if mine bought a quilt in a thrift shop. I got chills when I saw it and asked to copy it, at least the piecing. She gave me permission, except for the one mistake, where one of the flying geese blocks went the wrong way. I took a photo and measured the pieces. I did the quilting differently because it wasn't consistent. This is one of my favorite quilts! I would be happy to give you the measurements.
Hi Elana, I'm glad you like my Texas Wildflowers quilt at the Boerne Quiltfest. About the hoop, yes, I quilted it (queen-size) on the hoop as I have done all my other hand-quilted projects. I've tried to use a floor frame, but since I learned on the hoop which swivels 360 degrees, I found it too difficult to move my body and quilting hand instead of the quilt.
When I baste, I clear the furniture from the middle of my living room which has a parquet floor. Tape the backing using blue painter's tape, spread the backing, then tape the top. It's hard on the back and knees, so I only work in about 1 hour stretches - too old to bounce back up off the floor any longer! So I don't scratch the floor and to make it easier on my hands, I slip a marble under the backing and move it around to where I am working. It holds the fabric up while I take a stitch with a LONG needle and I just keep chasing the marble to the edge, then reposition it in the center and start all over again. A lot of the gals on Around the Quilt Frame have used a technique that lets you baste on a table, but I have never tried it. Ask that group and I'm sure they will have lots of advice.
Hi Elana! Glad to have you as a friend. Thanks for the nice comments on my quilting. Until this summer I did my sewing on a very basic Huskystar made by Huskavarna. For my birthday, I got a Janome Horizon which has made things easier. My free motion quilting is still a little rough in spots but I'm improving.
Hi Elana, I do machine quilting and have only done a few king size quilts. I have one on right now. I haven't ever just basted a quilt and then taken it off for someone to hand quilt though. I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to do. That is a lot of hand quilting for you to do and something my hands (that have tendonitis) cannot do. It would take me years!
Elana, I just saw your question about basting your quilt taped to carpeting. There's a trick that can save you lots of headaches. Find a marble and stick it under your batting before you begin. Position it where you will be working and in the direction you will be basting. Let it slide along in front as you go. It causes a little tent that lets you take a stitch without stitching in carpet fibers.
Elana---I'm glad you liked my Grandmother's flower garden quilt. It was a joy to work on! I hope you will try the English Paper Piecing--it's such a good project to carry along on trips, at the doctor's office, etc. And it is addictive. :)
I fused two pieces of fabric together with heat & bond, then cut out the flower shapes. I used 2 different fabrics - dark for the big ones, lighter for the 4 small ones. Then I attached them to the block by stitching in the center of the flowers. The edges are all loose - I didn't stitch around them. I don't plan on ever washing the block, so it should be ok.
Hi Elana. thanks for friending me. Please know that this is NOT why my sewing room looks like at the moment LOL! I almost felt like it was a bit of "false advertising" when I posted those pics. I have begun to get involved with Project Linus quilts and blankets. We had a free storage space that we lost, so everyone took as much fabric as they could to "store" and work through. I have piles in my room now. But those pics give me inspiration to keep working through the fabric. I love the pics of your quilts! I love applique, fabrics and quilt designs!
Hi Elana! You commented on my "Loot" photo and asked where was it taken. My friend and I took a road trip to Lancaster,PA and spent 2 days shopping at all the amazing quilt shops there. We love the selections and the prices!
Thanks for "friending" me, Elana. I have been looking at your pictures - looks like you have a real love for applique!!! You have some real art pieces shown. Your 3 grandsons are works of art also!! Looks like they would be fun to have around.
I have started a Grandmother's Flower Garden (album) hexagon quilt. I didn't know anything about EPP at the time, but only knew about the freezer paper method. I had a little acrylic template in a hexagon - you cut around the outside for the fabric size and drew around the inside (1/4 seam allowance) of the template onto freezer paper. I then centered the paper hexes on the fabric and ironed them on. You can either then use the EPP method, basting around each hex and then whip stitching them together, or go with my lazier method of just folding down the fabric along the paper edges and whip stitching one to another without basting to the paper. I found I could reuse the freezer papers until they no longer stuck to the fabrics. There were no basting threads to pull and I didn't feel like I was sewing the same quilt piece twice. I still got nice, crisp edges without the extra work. Let me know if this has helped, or if you still have questions.
My MIL just cuts out her hexes, draws a 1/4 sewing line on them and pieces them together with regular seams, no folding, no whip-stitching, no paper. The hex quilts are her favorite and she's done them in all sizes and patterns.
Thanks so much for the very kind words. Obviously, the picture with Chris was her wedding day and hard to believe that it's almost 2 years ago. I wasn't sure if I was ready for another kitty so soon but Cleo had no where else to go. She is adjusting to living with me where she isn't bothered by dogs. I've only had her for 1 1/2 weeks but she is coming around. Love your kitty's name. Your quilts are beautiful.