Every year the Israel Quilt Association has its annual workshop. It’s three days of quilting fun. Last year, I was only able to go for one day. This year I went to the whole thing. As my daughter likes to tell me, I went to quilting camp.
I love weddings. Now that may not seem relevant in a quilting blog, but the reason that I bring it up here is that a wedding brought Harriet to Israel. Harriet Carpanini is a Handi Quilter Educator from Indiana. She came to Israel for her neice’s wedding, and during her week-long trip she found some time to share her knowledge with a few of us on this side of the ocean.
Sometimes things go smoothly and sometimes they don’t. There are quilts that just get finished in the blink of an eye and there are others that just seem to take forever. This is a story about two such quilts. Continue reading “A tale of two quilts”
I am still on my kick to get the most out of a fat quarter that I can. There are a ton of ways to cut a fat quarter. Every time I start a new project, I always look up different ways to cut them. I found a very useful chart on a very helpful blog called Bright Linen. Ashton Bynum has a ton of cutting guides that I go to frequently. Since the standard size of a fat quarter is 18″x22″, you should be able to get the same cuts from each fat quarter. That works most of the time.
I hate waste. I find that a lot of quilting is taking a bigger piece of fabric and cutting it down an getting something smaller in the end. I can deal with that – it just makes sense. What you get is much nicer than you start out with. What I have a problem with is that sometimes parts of the fabric wind up as little pieces that are left on the floor that I can’t use. It drives me crazy. I find myself looking over that fabric a lot like Gollum from Lord of the Rings – My precious…. I save it all and I hope to do something with it eventually. Continue reading “My new favorite way to make flying geese”
When I grow up I want to be Angela Walters. I know, I’m older than she is, but she looks like she has so much fun quilting all day – or should I say all night? She has authored a bunch of quilting books, runs a quilting store, teaches free motion quilting classes, writes on her blog, Quilting is My Therapy, and quilts as a profession.
Besides the classes that she teaches on Craftsy. Craftsy has a series of series of videos featuring Angela doing what she does best. It’s called The Midnight Quilt Show. It’s a series of videos tutorials that teach quilting skills – both piecing and free-motion quilting. They are a lot of fun to watch, even if you don’t make any of the quilts.
I started making a new a quilt this week. I just love watching Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company make quilts. She has great patterns that look a lot more complicated than they are on her youtube channel. I was trying to make her double square star quilt. I thought it would be a great pattern to show off free motion quilting motifs that I wanted to use. The stars are really big and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Well, things didn’t turn out quite the way I had planned. I guess it was a bit more challenging than it seemed.
I was in the middle of free motion quilting a quilt for my younger daughter when the whole thing went wonky. I knew that it was a tension problem. I even knew that the tension problem is with my top thread. Usually when I see this problem, the way to fix it is to rethread the machine, making sure that the pressure foot is up, so that the tension disks are not engaged.
Unfortunately, none of that worked, so into the repair shop went my machine. Instead of letting it keep me down, I thought I’d take the opportunity to try piecing a quilt by hand. Continue reading “What do you do when your sewing machine is being repaired?”
I keep on trying to challenge myself with different quilts that I’ve made. When I think of my favorite quilt, I always come back to the one that I made for my lone soldier nephew, Raanan.
There are a few things that I love about this quilt. It’s the first one that I ever made using a pattern. It was challenging. It was the largest quilt that I had ever made. It was the first one that I used my own free motion quilting motif. It was the first quilt that I finished on my new sewing machine. And it was for Raanan, who picked out the pattern and the incredible colors that went with it. Continue reading “My Favorite Quilt So Far”