Marlene, I just saw your site for the first time. Welcome to quilting. The ideas and joy are limitless. If you don't have a quilt shop around to get classes from, check out your local quilt guilds. Mine offers classes on just about everything (even quilting 101) to members. The classes are $20 each and the money goes to the guild for bringing in big names. The teachers are other members themselves. You can also get some instruction on line. Or even purchase DVDs. You are blessed to have a husband who let's you indulge in your talents. Enjoy.
Oh silly me, I forgot to answer the other question.....The R, W, and Blue is a kit that I bought and t is all based on 18" squares. The 4-patches equal 18and1/2" and yes the borrom row is the same as the top. Since my hubby is kind of tall he sat in his recliner and said I needed to add a few more inches on the top and bottom and cut some off the sides. I told him length, yes but there would be no cutting down the width.My other patriotic was too big for a chair throw and so I started over once already.
Marlene, thanks for the comment on my "stash blankie". I had no pattern and just decided that it should work and went to it. I guess that is pretty much what I do about most things anyway. I would like to know how you use the fleece todo them as I have never made anything with fleece.
Thanks for your kind comments about my quilts...I love quilting, it is a joy for me...by the way, I would just "die" to have a stash like yours! lol!! Love your work. You use such pretty colors. I like to use a lot of bright colors in my quilts also.
Saw the picture of your stash and had to come take a better look. Wow.... you have a LOT of fabric. What I think is the best is you make so many donation quilts. Thank goodness for people like you!
All the best,
Hey Marlene! I finally got my life back in order, sometimes it spins out of control! I found Shasta's pattern and would be glad to mail you a copy including a color picture of the quilt. The picture actually shows the back of the quilt. The front of the quilt is a panel (both are Thimbleberries fabric. Lynette Jensen is the designer. Send me your address and I will get the patterns to you ASAP. I am copying them at home right now, and you will have color photos to help you along.
Life of course has gotten in the way, and I haven't forgotten you! I will try and find the pattern tonight, photocopy it and put it in the mail to you. Would you please give me your address? email it to email@example.com, thanks!
I love going up to the bridge and to the falls. We try to go at least twice a year. My husband is in Myrtle Beach golfing this week.
I'm working on the Civil War Tribute quilt. I have been in to the 1800's fabrics lately. I meet with a group of ladies every Monday for six to nine. Our friend Pat has a large sewing area for use to sew. Sometimes ten ladies will show up.
Are you working on anything special.
One last thought...on smaller wall pieces I want to get done quickly and are not intended to have an antique look, I have used a fusible batt (polyester). This is good for machine quilted pieces but I'm not sure I would use it for hand work. I use it to avoid having to do basting and I have never had a problem with the needle getting caught up in the adhesive.
For contemporary pieces, pieces that I want to look "trapuntoed" I use a wool batt. If you get a good quality wool batt it won't shrink, but after you wash it upon completion, the wool puffs up and really accents your work. It's also lighter than cotton so I prefer it on bed quilts. It also breathes better than the poly batts but is very insulating for winter.
Marlene, I saw your post on Michele's Twilight and Frost quilt and I know how hard it is to be new to something and feel there is so much to learn! You asked about batting, and I have some thoughts on the subject. The batting you use is related to the purpose of the quilt. I think 100% cotton batting is great for making something look antique. It's thin like older quilts where quilters would use things like flannel and other fabrics for the batt. Also it shrinks a bit, giving it a slightly weathered look. ...more to follow
Hi Marlene. Thanks for the compliment on my harlequin quilt. I love batik fabrics and this kit just seemed to call to me. It was fun to work with all the pretty fabrics. You've made an mazing number of quilts for charity - way to go. I've made some for a local preemie project but nowhere near as many as you. I used to work in a peds unit and I know how much the quilts are appreciated.
Hi Marlene. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my Easter quilt. It is so nice to hear from fellow quilters. Like you, I am self taught and have a hubby that indulges my obsession. I was so happy when I found this site because it allows me to find others with like interests and I can see how different people quilt. I have already learned so many neat tricks that I probably would have learned had I ever taken classes! See you again on the site and thanks again.
Hi Marlene! Not much snow here in the thumb, even with the last ''warning!!~warning!!"all of the previous day. If you don't mind me asking..... where were you from in MI? Hope you get to post some photos of your projects. take care, Vanda/MI