The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
M-3 was a bear. I have uploaded a .pdf that may help. EQ would not let me put some of the pieces together, so I have moved them to the spot where I needed them to be. a1,a2,a3,b1, belong together. You will see what I mean when you look at the .pdf. The outer units, were sewn on using 'y' seams and I hand stitched in the center square, i1. Hope this helps, I like your idea of "why". Did you ever find the hoop? Have a great weekend.M3 - Fireweed Flower.pdf
WOW, you are almost done! The closest I can find on the internet is at
http://www.faedmunds.com/ The item number is: 5915 - 9" X 15" Oval. Mine is actually 11 x15 and the name printed on the inside is Marie Products. There is a listing for Marie Products, on the internet:
1252 W Roger Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
But, that's about all I can find. I don't know if that is the same company that made mine. I have had mine for a long time. I do hope this helps. I have really enjoyed the quilting, it's not perfect, but it's not too bad either. LOL
Are you cheering now that school is out? I thought so. When do you start back? We start back way too soon is all I can say. I keep thinking--two weeks of my vacation are already over. I don't know where time goes.
Just checking in with my "HST quilting friend"! Once again I looked at all your quilt photos and... was again inspired by your workmanship and pattern choices! Such stunning scrappy quilts! :-)
Are you working on any new projects? I am just pecking away at my UFOs as I attempt to cross them off my "TO DO" list! LOL
Hope all is well with you~Marcia
This is the first year in quite a few that my school district has not had a full week off for Easter. I guess we only got two days because Christmas break was extra long. I would have liked more time now though.
There is not a NI CD, so I have been doing my own paper piecing patterns. I copy the picture, and then cut it up the way I think the paper piecing should be done. I have to remember to add seam allowances in my head, however, because they are missing, of course. I guess I could cut the pieces apart, tape them to a plain sheet of paper, draw seam allowances, and then copy the sheet again, but that sounds like way too much work. So far, I have been able to remember that there should be seam allowances and it is working out well. I would not have even considered doing that if I hadn't seen how DJ was paper pieced. Maybe the same thing could work for Civil War Diaries?
You expressed interest in Dear Hannah. I do not have the book, but I have looked at one in a quilt shop. There is more applique on it than on DJ, which discouraged me from buying it. Even after all of the applique on DJ, I still don't feel very comfortable doing it. Your applique stitches are perfect--as evidenced by the basket block you did for the block exchange. It is absolutely beautiful.
I have finished 15 blocks of Nearly Insane, but I really want to do the Civil War Diary Quilt. It really appeals to me somehow. I wish the CD for it didn't require EQ6 to run. Does the book look like the CD is necessary?
My school had last Thursday and Friday off for Easter break (WOW--two days), and I'm back at school tomorrow. We have only six more weeks.
Glad you liked it. I remember you told us you had liked that block very much, so I thought it was appropriate for you. I love my basket too. Full moon tomorrow. Some stars drown in it's light, but it is always interesting to watch.
Oh Edna, what a pretty little basket you made. I love that block, and I love knowing it comes from you. What perfect sewing, too. Thank you very much, not only for the block, but for everything you are sharing with us.
I can certainly understand your feelings about quilting, and I can absolutely relate to your feelings about school. I truly admire teachers in the younger grades. I teach fifth grade, 28 years in the same district, 17 years in second grade, and the rest in fifth. I had a class a couple of years ago that about undid me. I had 34 in the class, and 22 of them were boys. And they were (to quote a famous Alexander) a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad" class. It didn't seem to matter what I did . . . The incredible thing was that we made AYP that year, and I don't know how. I looked into retiring mid-year every couple of weeks. THAT was the year that quilting saved me. I had to quilt before I could go to school, and quilting after school was my unwinding time. I had not discovered Dear Jane, but that was the year I did Omigosh, which was almost as labor intensive as Dear Jane, although maybe not as challenging because every other block was the same. All I can say is good for you and Dear Jane! Your blocks are wonderful, and I look forward to seeing pictures of each of them.
It was good to hear back from you, and I hope you have a good day.
Edna, I've been through my stash and ... not many purples ... more like lilacs or lavenders ... but I'd be happy to send them to you in case they are any good. I wouldn't want to wait until the block exchange because you'll be done with your quilt by then!
If you want, drop me a line with your postal address in my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful help she is! Within each size, I also sort by color and value. I always try to use up the smaller pieces first and then move up into the yardage. I sort my books by theme ... but its hard to find a quilt I know I've seen in some book. I'll have to work on an index of some type to keep track of them! There are sooo many quilts I would like to do. Anyway, if I'm ever looking for a particular one, its easy to run into another one I like, so it's ok I guess. I'm learning so much with DJ. It's a good training.