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quilt snob?

Started by Rebecca Keith/VA. Last reply by Sandy Larkey May 11, 2020. 31 Replies

Stories of how you started quilting

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Comment by Lynne on Wednesday

Gail, thats a very good idea.  I very seldom have orphan block.  The first t-shirt quilt I did, they wanted school colors.  Gray and red.  Our granddaughter wants her school colors, orange and black.  So, I making the extra blocks with those colors.   I have 3 rows done,, 4 more to go.  

Comment by Gail Brown on Tuesday

Lynne, I use a lot of orphan blocks in my Tee Shirt quilts.  I find that they add a little movement and use up perfectly good blocks that I don't want to or can't use in table toppers and such.

Sandy, that's what happens when you make a suggestion, it ends up being your project.  I once mentioned that I enjoyed putting on binding, it turns out that a lot of people in my guild hated doing it.  Guess who put binding on a lot of quilts for years?  I learned never to suggest something that I didn't want to do myself.  I can see from all the projects you have lined up that you have a big mouth like me.

Janet, I love the Maple Leaves blocks, I have never seen that particular pattern with the graduated colors.  It is beautiful, the colors are lovely.  I have made only the basic one with just half square triangles.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on Tuesday

Janet/MO, good theory about miscutting resulting in my blocks not working right.  I thought that, too, when the second block didn't come out right.  So I then recut, being very careful to use the 3 1/4 mark on my square-up ruler.  What I think I will do is to draft out the block and do paper-piecing on those end sections.  I just LOVE paper-piecing anyway!!!  Not!

My Superior quilt "guild" had a meeting last Thursday.  All of the girls took a good look at my failed bones--and none of them could figure out why things didn't work.  But anyway, one of the things we talked about was our ongoing project of a quilt for the First Baby.  Dorothy had a pre-printed panel that had little vignettes of babies, alternating cabbage-patch kid scenes with storks carrying babies in hammock-kind of things.   One of the cabbage patch babies had a ribbon bow on a wisp of hair, and a pacifier in its mouth.  Colors were such that, for all the world, made the baby look like a little pig.  I said, "That bow needs some embroidery highlights to make it stand out more as a bow."  So guess what?  I've got an embroidery project--too!  What with a pair of "Country Girls" dolls to finish up, a quilt to make for the Byron Fire Department's fund raiser, five McCall's "Victorian Treasure" dolls to make, I've got enough projects to keep me busy for the next foreseeable future.  Oh, and a "handlebar mustache mask to make for my favorite pharmacist.  Plus the usual housework, cooking, and etc.  ... I really don't have time to sit here at the computer and "talk" with friends.  But I'm going to do it anyway.

Yesterday (Monday) was the Nelson quilting group's weekly session.  We used to all get together on Mondays, but with this COVID "crisis", we've split the group into thirds, and do Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  We've also forgone our annual Christmas dinner out.  I had made Christmas gifts for the last several years, so maintained the tradition this year--made potholders out of some Kaleidoscope Quilts small kits.  Yesterday, there were two thank you cards waiting for me.  One of them said I was an awesome quilter--which was kinda funny, because there was no quilting on them.  However, it was nice getting the compliment. 

I'd made cabbage soup over the weekend, and had a lot left over, so I took that over for our afternoon snack.  I use red cabbage to make the soup and it turns out the prettiest pinkie-lavender color.  And there's enough cabbage, celery, carrots and ham in it to make it a fairly substantial meal, almost like a stew instead of soup.

Had to go give my brother a ride yesterday morning; he had one flat tire and one very low tire and no way to get the car moving without fixing at least the flat.  So, go get him, take him and the tire into Red Cloud, wait around till it was fixed, then take him back home, help him put the tire back on the car--with the "expert assistance" of his lab/border collie cross dog, then follow him back into Red Cloud to get air in the low tire.  Right now, I'm crossing my fingers that he doesn't have to call me for a ride back from Hastings where he's taken the car for an oil change.  He's going to have them check out the tire that went low, too, to find out why it went low.  His car has a sensor that's supposed to warn him of low tire pressure, but the sensor is bad and keeps triggering for no reason.  So he's got in the habit of ignoring it.  Well, this time when it cried wolf there really was a wolf. 

And time to get back to work.  Catch you all later.

Comment by Janet/MO on Tuesday

Thanks PQ.  I was so happy to finally find a use for that sashing fabric.  I have had it for many years.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on Tuesday

handstitcher, those vintage embroidery blocks and the quilt top makes my heart sing.  

Janet, Those leaves - just beautiful!  The the sashing for them is so striking.  Beautiful projects, both!  It feels good to use up those deep stash pieces.  

Lynne - looking forward to seeing your t-shirt design.  My t-shirt quilts have been pretty basic.  

Sandy, how frustrating!  Hopefully by the time I send this, you'll have figured out a solution.  

I'm at the layering/basting part of an oversized baby quilt for a great-nephew.  Cowboy fabrics...I know, BIG surprise there, right?  :D  All stash fabrics.  I found enough yardage for the back of this one so that it didn't need to be scrap-pieced.  Makes the process much faster for me if I don't have to design the back as well as the front.  

Comment by Janet/MO on Sunday

Thanks Handstitcher.  My husband is getting his 1st shot on Tuesday at the VA.  I signed up to get an e-mail when the Univ of MO has them available for their patients.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on Sunday

Forgot to mention I’ll get my first Covid vaccine this week. As a speech-language pathologist, I’m eligible as a health care worker even though I work in a school. I’m getting more children who can’t wear a mask, so I’m glad to get the vaccine.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on Sunday

Nice table toppers, Janet! The leaf block is very striking! Not a pattern I’ve seen before. And I love your pretty snowflakes. Looks nice on the dark table. 

I like your t-shirt quilt plan, Lynne. I think the quilts are more interesting when they have pictures and some quilt blocks thrown in. 

I’m sorry your doggy placemat has been so frustrating, Sandy. Some projects are like that. You do what I do when I’m frustrated—work on something else to make me remember why I like quilting!

Taught my youngest to sew masks today. She wanted more to take back to college next weekend. She’s got basic machine sewing skills, so it went well. Heaven knows I have fabric for her to use!

Comment by Janet/MO on Sunday

Handstitcher, love the quilts you are working on.

Sandy, that is very strange.  Are you sure you cut your square the right size to begin with?  I know there are times when I end up cutting 3-1/2" instead of 3-1/4" as I am more used to using the 1/2" mark on my ruler.  

A while back I found a box full of fabric along with a pattern and one block for a pattern for a quilt called Falling Leaves.  I started this a few years ago in a class with Donna Lynn Thomas.  So I decided to just make 3 more blocks in order to use the fabric I wanted to use for the borders.  Can't believe I waited so long to make this quilt. I started quilting it yesterday & hope to be finished within a couple of days.

The other day I machine embroidered 4 snowflake blocks and put them in to a small table topper.  I use able to use up another piece of fabric that I have had in my stash for quite a few years.

One of the goals I have for this year is to find ways to use up pieces of fabric that are 1 yard or less so these 2 projects helped meet that goal.

Comment by Lynne on January 16, 2021 at 1:30pm

Edit::   I don't do normal t-shirt quilts.   I add things as fillers.  HST's, chains, hour glass blocks,, flying geese,, etc.   On this quilt, I am also adding pictures of her in action at her soccer games.


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