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The blocks are lovely--does that book have those blocks with a black background? The medallion of Charlotte's Quilt has me intrigued--love your colors and the flow of the design!! Keep up the great work!!
Jean: There's only one word for your applique - exquisite! I so admire those who do that work. When this project is completed it will indeed, be a masterpiece. I also have to say I love the photo of your kitty. It reminds me of our Blackbeard who can usually be found in the same position. Joyce
Hi Jean--No, I've never heard of Aie Rossmann--is she European? Her book sounds interesting! Yes, needleturn is the only technique for me--that's what I teach, and it's amazing what a beginner can do! I've tried the hundreds of other methods, but I can do it as well and so much faster by needleturn. Did you see the Quilt show in Chicago this Spring? You get a very good version of the Houston show!
Jean, I also had the idea to increase the size of the blocks to 10-1/2 inches (copy at 150%) and adding a 2" sashing in between the blocks to show them off better. Also you'd end up with a King size quilt. What do you think?
Hello Jean, I do several types of hand applique and also love machine applique. I have used needle turn and like it (I had to force myself to get used to it). I have the Aie Rossmann book you are using. She is a great quilt designer and I love her patterns. Have you noticed the quality of the applique she uses as examples in her book? I was surprised. The close ups show that she is a better pattern drafter than she is an appliquer. I don't know if I'll ever get around to making that quilt, but it is a WHIM (works hidden in my mind) of mine. And I can see that your stitches don't have to be perfect for the quilt as a whole to be totally stunning.
Thank you Jean. I appreciate your comments very much. I love your quilts too. My favorite quilts are pieced with applique or just plain applique. I like both hand and machine applique. I love to hand quilt too, but will have many of mine machine quilted by a good friend who does a great job for me. Your beautiful little girl under one of the quilts is adorable. Your cat is adorable too.
Well , poop.....I didn't get the first part that disapeared and as I look forward to your messages....I have had letters disapear on e-mail right before my eyes too....maddening.
Your room sounds great. and so does your quilt. Where are you looking for a design to quilt? Since mine are done by hand I usually end up trying to find a design that goes for a long way in one direction..like grids or strips...lazy person. I once heard and then tried some method where you just do what ever you want, like one corner a grid and next to it something else and so on...just keep the quilting balanced...It turned out pretty cool. It was a wall hanging though. I never tried it on a whole quilt. Your husband making you all that is really nice. My husband also works in wood but as he has his workshop in the basement, I would have to throw him out first. He might not be too happy about that. What do you use the ladder for? (dumb question # 2) I like to read too and I think I read some of those books by Jennifer Chiaverini. They were good and I enjoyed them. I read the reviews in the Trib and People magazine and try to pick out books to buy from the articles. Sometimes I get a great book....but...I enjoy Barbara Delinsky books also. When I start reading a good book I become obsessed...not too much quilting gets done then! My favorite authors are Jodi picoult and Anita Shreve......nothing gets done when I am reading them...I am on the second half of the 36 appliqued blocks in my quilt now. It is still a lot of fun as I love to applique. How big is your basket quilt? I think mine ends up about 55" square (or something in that vicinity). Are you movie fan? I think I have watched every movie on the tv because I alwas watch them when I quilt. I joined netflix and am watching documentaries now.....I am learning about the American Indians now...not learning, just watching... Well, I had better go or this will classify as a novel!
I somehow hit the wrong key and now I can't find the comments that I typed so maybe you got them. The quilt top I just finished has 12" blocks and is a basket sampler. Now I have to find a quilt design to put in it. I must admit my husband made me a sewing room in the basement and I just love it and it is very cool down there all year around. He also made me a niffty cutting table with a lot of wire drawers on one side and shelves on the other side. I also have a serger with fits on one end. I stand and serger whenever I have a project that needs a serger. He enjoys working with wood. He has made several quilt hangers for me along with a ladder. He has made them to sell. I enjoy reading the books that Jennifer Chiaverini has written on quilting. What books to do like to read? Let me know if you got the first part of this message. It just disappeared before my eyes and I could not find it.
Jean, of our 3 married children 2 live within 25 miles from here and one lives in Indiana about 200 miles and she has 2 children. I find it challengeing to free motion quilt but I am not in anyway perfect. On a scale from 1-10 I am probably a 5-6. The larger quilts I send to a lady in Morton, IL. I have never met her but have talked to her on the phone several time. I got her name from a local quilt shop. My machine is a 2140 Pfaff. I have software with it and a laptop that I send embroidery designs to my machine from the internet and CDs that I have purchased. I have had the machine 8 or 9 years and have attended several classes to learn the software but I have so much more to learn. At my age I can only absorb so much at a time. Ha! Have a great and happy sewing. Now I sound like Sue Hauseman on Sew Creatively.
Jean, How was your Mother's day assuming you are a mom?? I will not be hand quilting the basket sampler. I tried it once and said it is much too slow for me. I have machine quilted several walling hangings and a baby quilt. I have taking a couple of quilting classes that have encouraged me. I find it challenging and fun to decide on what designs to use. How about you do you machine quilt?? I do send out the queen and king quilts to be quilted. I must do some sewing so bye for now. Glenis
Jean, I will have to look for Aie's books at the quilt shops. Your quilt sound nice. I took a block of the month class at Robert's in Joliet last year. Each month we did a different basket pattern/design. Several had circle handles so I decided to applique flowers by machine in them. I try to stay away from hand sewing although I did add buttons to some. The fabric that I am using is Thimbleberries. I find that housework gets in the way of quilting a lot.
Bye for now. Glenis
Good Morning Jean, the quilt you are working on now sounds beautiful. What are the colors and make of fabric i.e. Moda, Thimbleberries? Do you have a favorite? I am not familiar with Aie Rossman. I am working on a basket sampler. I have machine appliqued flowers in several baskets. It is taking awhile as I change my mind on the flowers and the colors. Glenis
Hi Jean, Thanks for the visit and the message. I have found the basic pattern for those little hand appliqued houses - I must have saved it years ago - there it was on one of the spare hard drives. I do not have all the variations per season, so am glad to see that you have a pic of the completed quilt. I have saved it as a "favourite" and will think about making this for my Grandson one day. I will have to change the seasons though.