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New Year's greetings from Wyoming. It's been a bit snowy and blustery. I'm looking forward to playing in my sewing area all day tomorrow (okay, after I take down the Christmas decorations). I will leave my Christmas quilts up for another month. My currents project(s) is/are--I'm designing a wedding quilt for #2 son. The bride is all about fall colors and son is all about blues so I'm making a way too complicated series of snails trails. If it ever gets pieced, I will post a photo. In the evening I am hand quilting a small toile wallhanging.

Stay warm and safe tongiht,
Barbara

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Comment by Kathy Marlowe on January 9, 2009 at 12:35pm
I'm not a hand quilter and don't really think I ever will be, but I was at our guild meeting last night and the had Barbara (Yano) Shapel, who is one of the most incredible machine quilters I have ever met. She makes art quilts with heavy machine quilting and quilts that usually have as beautiful a back as the front. She is taking top honors in all kinds of national shows. She was asked about marking her quilt designs and said she loves the Clover marking pen (the lines don't show until the ink dries. One of my favorites) but when she uses chalk she "sets" the chalk with aerosol hair spray, not pump. She says she washes all of her quilts before she binds them. Wash them, spread them out on a sheet to dry so she can get them flat. Once dry she uses rulers to square up by drawing the lines on the quilt on the floor, then cuts and binds them. She says this works best for her since some areas of her quilts are heavily quilted and this way they lay flat. If you aren't familar with her work Google the name and she what she does. And then tell yourself, she has been doing this for years and has had so much more practice than I have! And then enjoy what you do, working to improve - at your own pace given your time constraints and other life! :-)))))
Comment by Barbara Graham on January 2, 2009 at 6:08pm
I'm not exactly professional but I have quilted a lot. Without seeing what we are taking about here, if I use a stencil say for the center of a plain block--I might do crosshatching to fill up extra space. With a ruler or yardstick draw a straight line (check the techiniques sections for markings) and mark lines away from that in both directions. It works in an X or +. You can just do straight lines--use tape the width you want them apart--Draw the first line and then line tape up to the line. It is is the fastest. Does that help?
Comment by Karen on January 2, 2009 at 5:46pm
Wow Barbara, you sound like the professional I need to get me started on my quilting. I am trying to do my first hand quilted baby quilt. The placement of the markings is what I am not sure how to lay out to make it come out even. I am using stencils but know that it won't come out on the ends. What do I need to do to get started? Thanks for your help!
Comment by Rhonda Huggins on December 31, 2008 at 6:33pm
Im going to play tomorrow too, in sewing room. Going to wait til Sat to take down Christmas decorations, that can wait. Quilting cant wait!!! I dont do much hand sewing, mostly machine. Just dont have the time. Have a Happy New Year and cant wait to see the picture of your son's quilt. Rhonda

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