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Many thanks for the nice comment on the Sunbonnets, Myrtle! They are for a Great-Granddaughter(age 4) that loves her dollies & seems to love this quilt.
I appreciate that you took time to add such a nice comment---thank you!
Hi Myrtle, Thanks for your comment on the Scrabble quilt! The whole thing is made of 2" squares. I put the quilt together almost like a counted cross-stitch, counting rows and squares. The first thing I did was write out all the names to make sure I had everybody and the correct spellings! If you have a scrabble board, life is easy, if not, write the letters for all the names on little pieces of paper and play with them until you get a pattern you like. Then plot them on graph paper. Once I got the names laid out on the graph paper, I just filled in the blanks between the letters with fabric. It was a little time consuming to sew because I had to keep checking to make sure I had the letters in the right places before I started the next row. The letters are stenciled on with a 1" letter stencil and black Tulip Fabric paint. It has a tiny little tip that you can almost use to write with so it worked well. One piece of advice, don't make yourself crazy about trying to match up or attach husbands, wives and children to the right people, it's almost impossible! Just fit them so it spreads the game out so you can add names later. To add extra names later I made new letter squares and appliqued them to the finished quilt. If you have any questions, let me know, I'm happy to help. Good Luck!
My free hand quilting was awful, just absolutely ugly awful when I started. Use your scraps. Two ugly pieces of fabric and an end piece of batting. Draw straight lines, circles, loops, etc.
I really started picking up doing loops, loops with stars, loops with hearts, and so on. I remember watching a lady at Joann's demonstrate free motion quilting with such fluid ease. After racing home to try this wonderful new technique I got a reality shock...it wasn't as easy as it looked.
In truth, it isn't hard either. This is a mind over matter and turning the rules upside down. If you can doodle on piece of paper you can 'doodle' on a piece of cloth...if you understand the rules.
When you doodle on a piece of paper, the paper stays stationary (pardon the pun) and you move the pen.
When you doodle on fabric, however, you move the fabric and the 'pen' stays stationary.
Once you wrap your mind around this concept and start practicing the mechanics, you'll do fine.
*Stay away from larger projects when you are learning this. Read my blog to get an idea why.
Hello! Thank you for your kind words about my sunset quilt. I was so scared to put all of those colors together, but it turned out just the way I had hoped. I took a sunset photograph into the fabric store so that I'd choose the right colors. There were 3 other people in the store helping me choose fabrics. They couldn't help themselves. LOL it was fun.
Welcome. Isn't it fun to meet so many other folks who share our love of hand quilting. I used to use the PVC frame but had to give it up because it took up so much room in my very small studio. I have a rather long Grace hand quilting frame (which also takes up room) but it can be folded back against the wall. I also use the small Ulmer frame for small projects like baby quilts, etc. Happy to meet you. Joyce
Hi Myrtle, sorry it took me a little while to get back to you, classes started this week and it's been a little crazy! Thank you for your comment on Emily Grace! Her Daddy calls her Gracie, and I just adore her. I see you have a lovely little one too! I just love being a grandma don't you? Nothing like it! I'm sure you are very excited about another one coming! I have my Granddaughters quite a bit, they live around the corner, so I know what you mean about busy! Keeping them so much gives me the chance to teach them to sew early though, I started sewing with Madison when she was only about 8 months old. She loved to hold the fabric for me, now shes almost 5 and she raids my stash so she can make blankets for her baby dolls. I have a quilter in the works! Happy New Year!
Thank you for your nice comments. Quilting is my passion and I really love to try new techniques and improve with every quilt. I am still learning to quilt with the longarm, but am loving it. My only regret is that I don't have much time to do it.
You can get instructions from me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you more pix and the directions with yardage if I can remember them. I have some directions still but I may have to make it us as I go since I threw away most of the paper it was on, darn! Well, I know with what I can send, you will do fine and this is a great way to use large asian prints. I also found Turning Twenty to be a great group of quilts for large asian prints and easy too. Lin
The asian quilt that is in my photo gallery has been getting a lot of comments. It is a pattern by a famous fiber artist but the name escapes me now. It is an Around the World "on point" and isn't difficult at all. You just need to cut squares and made them into half-sq triangles and sew them together so that the lights and darks go in a triangle on point. The border is the same width as the squares and the tiny border is one inch turned wrong side together and sewn into the border like a little open flap. I used fairy frost for that and the binding. I will post the back as it is very unusual. I wish I still had this quilt! My daughter has it but keeps it in a spare bedroom. It was made for her bedroom but it has so much black in it that lint collects and she has to roll it all the time so it is not practical, I guess. Anyway, if more directions are needed send me your emails so I can send more pictures and directions. It would be my pleasure to share it or anything in my gallery at email@example.com