Your comment about me loving stars made me take another look at my photos and, sure enough, everything I have quilted so far (still new at this game) has stars - didn't even realize that until you pointed it out. I shall have to diversify to add a bit of variety.
Thank you Annie for the nice comment about my new cabinet. The extension arm can be folded down if I need floor space but I am finding it handy to leave up.sure is nice to have a table that is the right height for me I just love it especially because my hubby made it.
Annie,,, thanks for telling me about Rick. I had heard about him years ago,,, but forgot. I have loved playing with the 301a. I have 3 Featherweights,, 2 Bernina's 830's from the late 70's, a Red Eye treadle that was my great aunts. Also a 99 with a dome lid, but no knee lever to run her. A 128 and a 28 hand crank. I also have a Handi Quilter 16.
Ann Sewing Center is about 45 minutes from my house,, so one of these days I need to head back over there with a machine. My oldest FW was smoking the other day, only at the light section,,, its from 1937, so I don't want to lose it.
I an new to your t-shirt group, and have posted a question I had. I am anxious to do more t-shirt quilts, as I found it to be very creative which is what I like. I did of course not have a pattern, guess that is why it got away from me in the width.
Hi Annie, Thank you for the wonderful comment about my quilt. As much as I would love to take credit for the design, I can not. I saw something similar in a catalog and drew what I remembered on graph paper. I am very pleased with the way it turned out. My sister-in-law has been patiently waiting for over a year so I think I will be delivering it this weekend.
By the way, where is Willis? I've lived in Michigan my whole life but can't say that I've ever been there.
Hello Annie...Not a problem, I often have lots of projects going at the same time along with other stuff. It sometimes takes me awhile to get a quilt finished. Send me a note when you do post a picture, though I do try to look at all the newly posted photos each day.
Hello Annie...Thank you for the kind words on my Weaver Fever. This block is actually strip pieced. Each row is a different strip set. There are 10 rows...so 10 different strip sets. You cut one strip from each set to make the block. Please post a picture when you have finished yours.
I forgot to mention that I also made up a poem about the nativity, telling what each piece means in the story. When I do my blog post, showing the set, I'll use the poem, too. My great-grandkids will have several things to remember me with; my sewing and my poetry, if I'm not remembered in any other way (probably as the weird grandma who made them eat green things in the yard--peppermint, purslane, pansies, etc.)
Regarding your comment on how your sewing space just grew as your interests grew: I can relate very well to that. I used to sew on the kitchen table. Then I got a dedicated "sewing desk" in the kitchen. Then I used part of the bedroom. Then I graduated to an unused closet in a bedroom. Then I enlarged another closet! Now I have an entire large bedroom. What next? I do have an entire basement "familiy" room to expand to...in fact, I'm thinking of putting my hand quilting frame up in there, but now that I have my Bernina 440 QE I don't know if I'll hand quilt much. Maybe... I'll send you that pattern when I locate it. I'm going downstairs right now to find it. Wish me luck.
You are welcome. Here's another one I found after I posted you. I think this gives a better representation of how a quilt would look using the block as I prepared it. Would you like the instructions for that block? I think I know where it might be.
Annie, you commented on my vestibule block. I didn't make an entire quilt of vestibule blocks -- it was one of the sampler blocks that I learned while taking lessons. But I found a picture on another website and this is what an entire quilt would look like, although my block seems to be a little fancier with the star in the center, doesn't it? Anyway, you get the idea. An entire quilt would be lovely, I'm sure.
Hello, I love your quilting room - lucky you - mine is a real mess and needs attention with design etc. my husband is not very good with diy so things take a while to become a reality - I loved your work too bye for now Marianne UK
Thanks for looking at my quilts Annie! That quilt was quite a challenge so I am happy with how it turned out. I took my daughter to a quilt show and she picked out the pattern-it was supposed to be just a wall hanging but she wanted it for her bed. Enlarging a pattern is not easy!
Annie, no problem ask as many questions as you need to. I haven't washed this quilt yet, it was in a bin for 15 years, I took it out every year to check it. The colors have not faded, they are still as colorful and bright as the day I scanned them. Not even the old B/W, they are find but there are two B/W that was studio shot that the background seems to have yellowed slightly and my high school studio picture which was in color but my cap and gown was white has multiable colors in it now.
I made a pillow for someone with their baby's picture so I hope to ask her how the color is holding up, I hope she still has it and will invite me over to examine and I'll let you know.
Annie again thank you. Don't be afraid of the printer, I was at first but practice and practice some more. Once you get the hang of it, it is wonderful. You will be making quilts, pillows, even aprons. And the fabric sheets are great, just put them in the printer and scan your picture. I have even been able to practice separating my picture into 4 8x11 sheets. Now that's a large photo. When all 4 sheets are printed, you can match them up and sew them together and you will have one large photo to put in the center of a quilt. I learned this technique from Nancy's sewing program and it's wonderful I haven't tried it but will like you know when I do.
You should see my sewing room. When we built the house a few years ago I finally got to have a sewing room. I designed a small room something like 5' by 8' off of our bedroom with some cupboards and shelves and a small counter space for my sewing machine. HA! Well I've certainly outgrown it now! The monster is on the loose! I'm slowly taking over our bedroom, first with a hutch full of fabric then another dresser also full of fabric and now a long arm quilt frame. Curiously, my husband doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he practically twisted my arm to get me to buy my new sewing machine and the quilt frame. At first I hated my new machine and we didn't get along AT ALL, but after a trip back to the dealer and a talk with the sewing machine mechanic, we're starting to bond.
Hope you have a great summer traveling to see your kids and a sparkling new sewing room when you get back. Maybe just a dorm fridge?? Just teasing....