Monthly Archives: August 2014

another jelly roll 1600 idea

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I think this idea from Jenny Doan is super. You may remember that last summer we came up with a few ideas for these Jelly Roll 1600 quilts. They are archived in the side bar of the blog or you can just search for jelly roll 1600. Many quilters love these because they are so fast, and just as many dislike them because of the “boring” appearance. I don’t know which camp you’re in- I’m in the camp that thinks this idea is great. Click here to see Jenny’s video with an idea for changing up the appearance a bit. Watch to the end. If you went to summer camp, I think you will remember enjoying the same sort of silliness that Jenny and her assistant get into!

I will tell you that when you make them with a jelly roll of batiks, they are gorgeous!

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Aren’t these gorgeous?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Want to see some extraordinary quilts up close? At this site (click here) you can zoom in close for a good look at some spectacular quilting and applique. I don’t see myself ever making a quilt of this caliber, but I do get some inspiration from the quilting. When working on my free motion skills, I have a few patterns that I fall back on again and again, and it’s nice to find some new ones to try. I’m sure those of you who applique will find the designs on the applique quilts amazing as well.

What are you working on these days? Remember the Lucy Goosey quilt along that I had on the blog a while back? I’m making another block so I can set the blocks on point, and then I’ll be finishing the top up. I am making an effort to get the many UFO’s off the bed in the guest room. So far this summer I have made some slight progress. The quilt which is the topper for the bed is beginning to peak out here and there-an incentive for me to keep at it!

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P.S. Don’t forget the work session at the BNHV tomorrow to prepare kits for our seminar favors. 10:30 in the Steffan room. We will have all necessary supplies; just bring yourself and perhaps some 2 1/2″ x WOF strips to donate to the cause.

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just because

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
We’ve all been seeing bits about the Ice Bucket Challenge everywhere in the news of late. Do you know who Lou Gehrig is? I come from a family where my sister is nuts over baseball. She requested a trip to Fenway Park for her honeymoon! My grandfather got her started as a Red Sox Fan as a tiny tyke and she’s still one today. We always had baseball on the tv or radio through the season each year. Although Lou played for the Yankees, he was one of the players that all true baseball fans admire. Even if you’re not a baseball fan yourself, if you are aware of youth baseball programs because of a child in your life, I’m certain you’ve heard the name Lou Gehrig mentioned.

It’s the 75th anniversary (July 4, 1939) of Lou Gehrig’s speech about his “bad break”. I’m sharing this video clip with you just because. I wish we still had a culture which revered athletes for being gentlemen. I know there are many current athletes who are true gentlemen, but it seems they don’t get the same amount of press that the bad boys do. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Get out a kleenex or two, and have a look. click here  for a modern montage or  here for a blend of his original speech with a clip from the movie “Pride of the Yankees.”

Something to think about while watching the ice water flow.

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bits and piecing

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Heading off for an eye exam shortly. It’s getting harder and harder to thread those darn needles! I’m sure many of you can relate. I think I am going to graduate from drug store readers to a real pair of glasses. (Of course, maybe not, when I hear the price tag info!)

As I kill a few minutes surfing around the internet I’m sharing the sites for fun things I find.

Huge button art for your sewing room wall (It’s DIY so you can keep the price in check. Would make a great gift too for any seamstress friend.) click here

Clever way to take simple scraps and Christmas ornaments up a notch. If you have some kid’s craft foam around the house from other projects, you’re all set. click here

From one of my favorite sources for classy free patterns, a twenty-minute tote! They use cotton webbing for the straps which is why it’s so fast. If you made your own straps instead you would take the time factor up a bit, but bring the cost factor down. You choose which route you prefer. click here

If you were at the guild meeting, didn’t you love the Matryoshka Dresden that Paula shared? Perhaps she’ll share which wedge ruler she used, or how she adapted one of the basic ones for a circle of the size she made.

TTFN!

 

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the old ways…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Visited Bonnie Hunter’s site this morning. Found this link to a clip about making scissors by hand. Would love a pair of these! Click here. Bonnie is just home from a recent quilters’ trip to Great Britain. That girl sure gets around–she’s home right now, but before she comes to us in mid September, she’ll be spending time in Alaska teaching.

Weaving modern cloth on old looms (found in side bar at link above): click here

Here’s a bit of trivia for you. The roots of modern-day computers are linked to weaving. Joseph Jacquard came up with a system of punched cards for weaving patterns which eventually inspired the binary code of ones and zeros representing the punched or unpunched holes in the cards. Those ones and zeros were linked to electronic circuitry being on (the one) or off (the zero). And the rest is history. Binary code became the foundation for most of the systems of coding used in computer programming today.  (Very oversimplified history for you, but those of you with math phobia can perhaps still appreciate the connections!) Read more about it here: click here.

I have a lot of burlap scraps remaining from the flowers I made for my wreath class at seminar. I’m going to make it up into little treat/gift bags. I’ve done this many times, with all sorts of fabrics, so I don’t really need a pattern. But…this pattern is a cute and very easy one. (click here) Let’s call it another installment in the Christmas in July pattern sharing, shall we?

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Bonnie H update

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

We spent time yesterday at the museum getting the mailing of supply lists, etc for this fall’s seminar all set. They will be going out in today’s mail. Please pass the word to your friends who do not have the internet that they should be expecting them in a day or two. We set a record this year–16 mailings going to Canada! Several all the way in Toronto! We sent to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Long Island… More than half are to non-members; many out of the immediate area. Must be the avid readers of Bonnie Hunter’s blog. Right now, as you know if you are one of her subscribers, Bonnie is in Great Britain-London for the past day or two! She really gets around.

We have had a cancellation for a seat in her Crumb Piecing class. If you are interested, go to our guild page (www.amqg.org) for registration information. If you are a member of our guild, you can find Jan’s contact information in our roster.

Yard work on the agenda for today. Another holiday project to begin after that. I’ll give you the details in the next post, continuing our Christmas in July (I know it’s August!) theme for a bit.

TTFN!

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back again

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

The demo night at guild last month was a success as always. My only wish is that there would be a way for those who are demonstrating could visit the other tables and see what other fun things are being shared. As Roxie announced, I will be sharing more Christmas ideas here on the blog to continue with the Christmas in July theme. Can you believe that on some of the radio stations they are already doing a countdown of the shopping days left?!! No wonder the holiday has become so commercialized.  This first link I’m sharing is one of my go-to’s for free Christmas patterns of all kinds. There are ideas for quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, cooking…  If you like the idea, you can sign up to get e-mail notifications from them, but that is not a requirement at all. Try them out here.

Today I’m going to be working on a basket from the ladies at Aunties Two Patterns. Previously I  made a beach tote of theirs, and a similar smaller scale purse. Both were fun to make, and garnered compliments when I’ve used them. The basket will be for a series of Christmas demos at a local shop, but it will come home to my house when the demos are finished. I can confidently recommend the patterns from Aunties Two. I find them to be well written, with plenty of photos accompanying the directions. Not all pattern companies do a good job with the technical writing. Don’t you hate it when there are omissions or errors in the directions that you have to sort out?

(Pausing here for real life … several days go by …. humming Jeopardy theme to self)

Now here is a goldmine of patterns from Ruby McKim. Ruby was designing stitchery and pieced quilt patterns actively in the 20’s and 30’s. Those of you who are fans of redwork quilts are probably familiar with some of her designs, even if you did not know the designer’s name. Many of the antique redwork or penny square quilts still around are stitched from Ruby’s designs. I found this link at a member’s (Karen G.) Facebook page. In addition to all the patterns there is a section at the end of the “book” of patterns that were for sale with their prices. It’s fun to see what those cost back in the day. Amazing actually. click here

Spent the day at Fantasy Island with the kids yesterday. Back to the sewing machine today. Continuing on the basket I mentioned earlier in the post. The weaving will begin today!

TTFN!

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