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April 2016 Blog Posts (28)

The Serape Quilt

About a year ago I responded to a call for quilt patterns in recognition of Cinco De Mayo.  This is the throw I designed:

The pattern can be found in the April 2016 issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine  http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/

I made this quilt using fabrics…


Added by Cat Lady--MO on April 30, 2016 at 12:18pm — 6 Comments

For All the Newbies...let's start some chatter about our best advice...

I like to interview my fabric before selecting which ones to use. I do a rough layout and switch different swatches or scraps then take a photo in the light where the finished project may be. This is a Christmas bed runner I'm in the process of deciding. I'm not happy with the first ball...the accent fabrics do not show up very well...so will be switching that out. Our…


Added by Pam/NY on April 29, 2016 at 7:43am — 8 Comments

Seeing Purple...and Orange

No, not talking about Prince, although he's been the topic of discussion these days. Strange how people scurry out of the woodwork to capitalize when tragedy strikes...family or otherwise. 

Anyway, I have once again (somehow) subjected myself to help out (a cousin-in-law this time) with making her daughter a quilt.  I say help, but yes, I am making the entire thing start to finish.  The mom wants to surprise her for her graduation this year from Clemson U.  with this "tail gating…


Added by Sandra Paananen on April 28, 2016 at 1:18pm — 10 Comments

Quilts for Kids need

This morning I received an e-mail from Quilts for Kids saying they just mailed out the last boy quilt and are in need of more with boy themes.  If this is something you would like to help with or learn more about, here is the web site:


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 28, 2016 at 8:04am — 3 Comments

I need mental help

I knew that title would grab your attention. hee hee.  But with some of the things I put up with that title might not be too far off.

Bud is back to the nursing home.  He went into the hospital with double pneumonia.  After her recovered they took him back to Marshall's in Machias for long term care.  This is his 3rd trip over there.  He is still up to his old phone calling and leaving numerous messages.  I went to a public supper Friday night and then stopped in to visit a neighbor…


Added by Irene Gallway on April 26, 2016 at 5:26am — 12 Comments

High Fiber—Spinning in the RAK

We had a spin-in this past week in The Frog Prince and his Knitting Community Orphans.

That was the first bobbin. I’m close to finishing the second one. I’ll try to remember to post a photo of the two together, plied when…


Added by Peggy Stuart on April 25, 2016 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Better late......

I see that my last posting was in February so obviously I haven’t been contributing as regularly as I had planned at the beginning of the year.  However, here’s a bit more ‘catching up’.

This past Saturday our quilting group (now named The Charm Pack) got together for our monthly Quilt ‘til you Wilt at our meeting room at the local university satellite campus. The name came as a result of us being asked to purchase insurance to protect the university from liability should one of us…


Added by Rebecca Sundberg on April 20, 2016 at 10:23am — 10 Comments

Last word on those darn turtles

Finally got that paper-pieced turtle quilt set off to my sister in law.  She loved it, thought it was so cute.  I really wish I could post a photo, I've tried everything I can think of.  My Vivitar digital camera software just isn't going to cooperate.  Anyway, if any of you have gone to Java House quilts and seen the original pattern, you'll have a pretty good idea what it looks like.  Only real difference is the fact that I used a whole strip of a cute cartoon turtle print for the outer…


Added by Sandy Larkey on April 20, 2016 at 7:24am — 4 Comments

August Itty Bitty

Aug 12

The August Itty Bitty was a challenge for me, not in the way you would think. It was the most, uh, how shall I put this, plain of all the …


Added by Mari/WA on April 19, 2016 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

Birthday gift...

My granddaughter is turning 5 in a few weeks, and has always had a thing for mermaids.  I have a feeling she will love snuggling down into this mermaid bag with one of her dolls.

Added by Barb/WI on April 18, 2016 at 5:53pm — 10 Comments

Presencia thread

I'm hoping to get some help from machine quilters on here.  I started machine quilting using Presencia thread using a size 90 top stitch needle.  That is the same needle that Superior Threads recommends you use so I thought it would be okay.  Anyway, the thread is continuing to break and there are times when it looks like it wasn't twisted properly.  Do you all think it is the thread itself or am I using the wrong size needle?  This happens more when I'm trying a more decorative stitch, but…


Added by Janet/MO on April 18, 2016 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

High Fiber—Bats, Beethoven and Booty

Now that I have your attention….not done with doll clothes. Here is Dolly wearing the jeans that are part of her western attire:

The hat and boots came from…


Added by Peggy Stuart on April 18, 2016 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Paducah here I come

My BFF has a quilt in the AQS show in Paducah. We have always said if either of us has a quilt there, we both go. There was a bit of panic when the shipping tracker lost track of it but it did arrive. (Sound of angels singing). We are headed out before dawn tomorrow.

So exciting!

Added by Barbara Graham on April 17, 2016 at 2:39pm — 10 Comments

wedding Quilt

Added by Debra Symons on April 16, 2016 at 6:31pm — 8 Comments

365 Days group

If you have made some of the 365 days blocks and would like to post them Amanda has made a link at Grandmother's Choice. This group does follow a longs, Like Civil War from Saturday Morning post. it is how the group got started. i will try to post some of my 365 days. I do like some and others take too long for me.

Added by LKC on April 16, 2016 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Long Time!!!

 Hello EVERYONE!  

 Its been a very long time since I added a post.  I have come and checked out what everyone is doing.  I just had many new things going on these last few years!  Some good, and some a bit difficult.  Yet always everything moves forward.  Sometimes it seems so slow, yet I do have to say its been all to fast for me.

Such as Sheba just had her third Birthday in Feb. 18th 2016.  Evy will have her 3rd Birthday,  April 29th 2016. 

For you…


Added by Morgan Hess /Fla. on April 16, 2016 at 10:13am — 12 Comments

Beginner Quilter looking for input please

Hello Ladies,
I just signed up for my first quilting class and was given a sheet with tools that I will need to purchase.
Mats , rulers rotary cutters etc . Would love some input from all you experienced ladies on what brand to buy, I am so lost!! All the mats come in different colours with different grids, same as the rulers. Any input would be greatly appreciated .

Added by Curda on April 14, 2016 at 7:57am — 16 Comments


The worst kind, not even about quilting! 

I know some members on QWU also enjoy doing hand embroidery and cross stitching.  Recently I purchased a cross stitch pattern that only lists Valdani color numbers.  The pattern is Quakers & Quilts, a design by Karen Kluba.  After a couple days now of searching online for a conversion chart for Valdani to DMC, I'm broke busted and disgusted.  So, when you run into a pattern chart that only calls for Valdani, do you take out an equity loan…


Added by Joan on April 12, 2016 at 8:16am — 13 Comments

High Fiber—The Adventures of Sisters in the Spirit

Dorothy Alexander and Gabrielle Tonner cordially invite you to attend the birthday party for their friend Daphne Jr.’s Uncle Zachary, who turns four on April 8, 2016.

Here are Dolly and Gabi, seeing how they look in their new aprons. I raided my quilting stash to find fabric to coordinate with their…


Added by Peggy Stuart on April 11, 2016 at 8:30am — 18 Comments

How, when I'm being so careful, can it NOT come out right?

I recently started a new project, or rather picked up one that had been hanging fire for some time.  My brother used to like to buy me fabric; trouble is, he liked the large-scale scenic prints.  One day he came home with a large scale scenic of pheasants around old farmyards.  I got a notion, and used the "Hunter's Star" block in red and white, and blue and white, fussy cutting the pheasants fabric for setting blocks.  Somehow I managed to cut twice as many pheasants as I needed, and the…


Added by Sandy Larkey on April 8, 2016 at 7:22pm — 10 Comments

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