I live in Naploeonville, La. Close to Thibadeaux. DH and I moved here from Kalona Iowa. We lived in Westwego La. before Hurricane Katrina. We moved to Iowa to help son #2. My Granddaughter had brain surgery, and my son has had 10 surgeries for infected sweat glands. Then his youngest son had to have brain surgery. Apparently it runs in the family. All are doing fine now. We moved back because DH had frost bite on his feet and when it gets cold they hurt.
I see some beautiful work here. I'm not as talented as some on this site, but working on it.
QD, the thread breakage problem for the swap blocks could have been caused by, stabilizer,thread, bobbin, needle, or needle size. Heavyweight tear away stabilizer is usually not necessary fro quilt weight cottons, usually one layer of medium weight is all thats needed. Since you changed the needle several times it could have been the needle size. I usually use a 80 sharp embroidery needle Organ brand. As for bobbin thread I either use a fine cotton weight bobbin thread and have recently discovered YLI polyester bobbin embroidery thread which I like, have not had any luck with prewound bobbins. Hope this helps
Hey, Barb! I was using my phone to answer you back earlier. Now I'm on my computer and typing is sew much easier here. Thanks sew much for your lovely comments on my projects. I've always been interested in learning new things and once I got my first quilting class under my belt 3 years ago, I've not stopped. I was very fortunate in the teacher I had. She made sure that every project we did had at least 3 new things in it for us to learn. Just in the first 3 projects, I learned how to select fabrics, rotary cutting techniques (well, ok, maybe I could have learned those better since I tried to slice off part of my finger last summer), squaring up blocks and the entire quilt, binding, machine applique, cornerstones, quilt sleeves, scalloped bindings, machine embroidery on quilts, half & quarter square triangles, and kaleidoscopes! That's a lot in just 3 projects! And, I had a blast while I learned. This summer I'll be making a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt for my daughter, Heather, for Christmas - EEK! I need to get started cutting on that one! Glad I've got a new seam ripper waiting in the wings for that one - LOL!
I also wanted to tell you how talented you are. The Nutcracker Tree Skirt is amazing. Did you print the pictures on fabric and then embellish them?
I'm going to make a quilt for my grandson using pictures from his travel baseball. I want to use pictures of him from all positions. I figured I'd have to and applique him in place at each position because my DH wants the quilt to look like a big baseball diamond. I'm going to print the pictures out and trim the background of the picture away.
Thanks, QuiltDragon, for posting the pictures, The kit is so beautiful. I've studied it for some time now and can't figure out how the spools of threads are held in place. It looks like it is with some sort of elastic around a button. I think I'm going to order the same pattern you used but I might make it a little bigger.
Hi ,Thanks QD wanted to et you know that I live in north west la. about 45 miles NE of Shreveport out in the country between 2 small town s Ringgold and Coushatta. We have a Blueberry Farm .My sisters and I like to go down south along the coast to vacation ,so that was one our trips to the quilt shops.
QD.. can you give an easy method of gaging how much sashing I will need to join my had quilted blocks together using the quilt as you go method. The blocks are 12 inches square and there is 12 of tem, any help would be helpful. I am going to a quilt show next Friday and would love to purchase. Bye for now from UK.
I just love your work, how wonderful having a basting husband, I am going to put mine on a training programme, hope it works. We also have watched the Tudors and loved the series. Have you got the new series of The White Queen Phillipa Gregory, it's a wonderful series and what makes it even better my son is a friend of Phillipa. Let me know what you think of the series when viewed.
QD - pattern for my NYB is a take of Karen Stones, didn't quite like her colours and changed to suit my décor and also taught this as an intermediate pp class and so I altered it a bit and divided it more work but wanted it to be my take on it as I was teaching the class. I am pleased with the results thinking of showing it at our local Fall Fair, it was LAQ by Debbie Winn.
Thanks. I don't think I reallyunderstood what a commitment making these blocks was going to turn out to be, but I'm getting excited to see them all finished. Just 7 more to go and I can start assembling the top. I think I'm going to put red sashing strips in between and then find a really cute whimsical type Christmas fabric for the border. I'm hoping I can find some with cute Santas on it.