Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Inspired by something I saw in Quilting For Joy, by Barbara Brandeburg, I am starting a new project. It uses machine applique, something I avoided in the past because my old sewing machine was not good at it. But my new Bernina has special stitches that I think will enhance the look of the applique on this quilt so I'm giving it a go! Most of the fabric will be from my stash but I had to augment a bit. Thank heavens for The Fat Quarter Shop. My order is here so time to get started. I'll keep you posted on progress.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Amy@ParkCityGirl organized Bloggers' Quilt Festival as an excuse for bloggers to show off their favorite quilts (like we need an excuse, ha ha!). Here's mine: Queen Anne's Lace.
I made this quilt in 2005 using mostly pink-flowers-on-white fabrics from Moda's Paris Flea Market line, with a little pink and green tossed in. The block is half log cabin, set on point. I fell in love with that Paris Flea Market line as soon as I saw it in my LQS. I bought a yard of each of my favorite prints then admired it and fondled it at home until I came up with a scheme for using it. I mixed in a few extras then bought additional yardage for the setting triangles and borders. I still have some leftovers so they may make an appearance in a new project eventually.
Here's a close-up.
Queen Anne's Lace was machine quilted with a lacy feather pantograph by Karen of Poppy Court Machine Quilting and lives on our bed during the summer months.
Go visit Amy; she's got links to over 300 bloggers showing their favorite quilts! I'm getting lots of ideas.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Quilter's Edge, by Darlene Zimmerman - This book includes lots of photos of actual quilts from the author’s own collection. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with all your 30’s reproduction fabrics, you’ll find plenty of answers here as that is Ms. Zimmerman’s forte. But there is lots here on how to calculate for pieced borders, make perfect fit binding, measure and bind a scalloped edge, make and attach prairie points, as well as setting options for blocks. If you have ever been “gifted” with a set of blocks and wondered what to do with them, you will find ideas here.
Borders, Bindings and Edges, by Sally Collins – This book covers just about everything to do with borders and edges and includes more advanced and complicated options than the previous two books. Techniques include narrow and pieced borders, pieced corner triangles, use of border prints in borders, curved edges, appliquéd swags in borders, piped and bound edges. I recently went back to this book looking for ideas for a medallion style quilt. Ms. Collins own work typically consists of very small blocks set into wall-hanging size quilts but the techniques covered in this book easily translate to larger quilts.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I get my Japanese magazines and craft books from the Japanese book store in New York City, Books Kinokuniya, on 6th Ave and 41st St, across from Bryant Park. Magazines are on the main floor and craft books are in the lower level. They are a little pricey so it is a once-in-a-while treat. I've also purchased from eBay seller Rose Tree. This seller includes lots of photos in his or her listings so you get a good idea of what you are buying. The postage costs are reasonable and the selection and service are excellent.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I've joined Eileen in blogging of Easter dresses past. Because all little girls look cute in their Easter dresses! That's me below, with the red hair, at age 2, when we lived in Michigan.
The picture below was taken in 1968. We were living outside London and my maternal grandmother had come to visit. Left to right: my mom, younger sister Sara (age 6), Grandma, me (age 10); photo taken by my dad.
And this is a photo of my grandmother (same woman as above), Ruth Briggs Beyer, at age 4 or 5, along with her younger sister, Ila. This was taken when they lived in Wolverine, Michigan, probably in 1908 or 1909 (by 1910 they had another sister).
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Essential Quilting Books – The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide
(Ellen Pahl, Editor)
I’ve owned this book for about 10 years and go back to it over and over. It is the ultimate reference book – you won’t find much in the way of inspiration here but it tells you how to do just about everything related to quilting and, importantly, shows you how to do it with photos and illustrations. It is my go-to source when I forget how to calculate the size for half-square or quarter-square triangles, how much fabric I need for binding, yardage for setting triangles, and so on. It was published by Rodale in 1997 and so the blocks and quilts used as examples may look a bit dated but the essential information is all here and easy to access. Other quilters must like it too because 56 out of 60 on Amazon.com rate it five stars.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Funny story - When my daughter was about five years old, I was making her a quilt – I think it was the third one for her bedroom. I showed her a finished block but she did not seem very enthused about it. “Don’t you like it?” I asked. Miss Main Street responded, “I like it but I’ll be too hot with all those quilts on my bed!” She thought she would be having all the quilts on her bed all the time! She was very relieved when I explained that we would use them in rotation.