Monthly Archives: November 2014

Buried? In Quilts?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I hope you are safe and warm and buried only in quilts. What a storm some of us have been through! It’s not bad here in my neighborhood, but one doesn’t need to go far from here to either find an other-worldly scape, or to be turned back by driving bans.

What have you been doing to keep busy these past few days? I hope you got to sit at your machine or in your favorite chair for at least a bit of stitching time . I got a wall hanging cut and pieced and have begun the layering and pinning process. It’s a modern take on the old favorite drunkard’s path block. Love it. There are blocks of bright colors in the midst of white sashings. Not sure what color of thread to use in machine quilting it. I recently finished an online machine quilting class taught by Jacquie Gehring and want to use one of her ideas for the stitch pattern.

I also have been getting some knitting of Christmas presents done while I listen to the reports about our weather on the television. Fingerless gloves are going to be given to a few on my gift list.

What have you accomplished? I hope if you were stuck, it was stuck at home!

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What are your values?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

What a beautiful morning we have today! The first canine perambulation of the day was so refreshing! Both of us enjoyed meeting some of the neighbors out walking too, since many of them are working today due to the holiday.

I’ve been playing with a new computer program (EQ7 is new to me and my Mac) which makes it so easy to move the placement of values in a quilt block. I once heard a big name quilter (can’t recall exactly which one though!) say that “value does all the work, but color gets all the credit!”. Definitely is true.

Here’s a link to a short video (click here) which makes this point so well. I think a fun challenge for our guild might be to choose a block, give just a line drawing to participants, and see what everyone does with it. If we all got one of those dragonfly eye lens that multiply the image, we could have fun looking at all sorts of quilts without having to make them all ourself! Just a thought for whichever member is going to be the next challenge chair.

Heading outdoors now to enjoy our last bit of fall, before Old Man Winter comes to visit.

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folded fabric ornaments

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Title is self-explanatory so I won’t say anymore.

star 1: click here

pentagonal star: click here

Very easy–my personal favorite (can use 60 degree triangle ruler): click here

demo night ornament (I think it is anyway, I was giving a demo myself so I didn’t get to visit the others. I did see one of this type of ornament on the table though.: click here

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recent finds…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Still not adjusted to the new times yet (nor is the dog!). I find myself wide awake quite early and find it’s better to get up and moving, than to just stare at the ceiling wishing I could sleep for another hour. Instead of heading out on the morning walk before the world awakens, I have explored the web instead.

I’ll share a few of my recent finds.

fabric twine–love this! Can use up very narrow scrappy strings since she says 1″ wide is the maximum! Does anyone you know make blocks with pieces narrower than that?! click here

Houston Quilt festival (on the bucket list!) click here

Recently I made fabric baskets from a pattern from Aunties Two. Their patterns are very well illustrated and explained. I went to the website to see what others they have that might be fun and found a section of FREE patterns. Christmas is coming and I found a good one for quick gifts. You might too. click here

Was checking out Robi’s Pinterest boards and came across this. Like the author of the DIY piece, I have been sewing for many years now (won’t say the number, but let’s says I’ve passed most of the metallic anniversaries) so many of these tips were already familiar. I did find a few hints though where I thought “what a good idea, why didn’t I think of that?” If you’re a relative newcomer to the world of needle and thread, you’ll probably find a couple of hints you’ll want to remember.

Tips for a thorough machine cleaning: click here

Last one for today is a list of DIY gift ideas for guys. It’s not hard at all to come up with cute handmade gift  ideas for your female friends and family, but not so much for those guys on which you want to bestow one of your hand-made creations. Here’s an idea list. I love the magnetic wristband idea. I think I’ll make one for myself too! click here

Do you think today’s round of leaf raking will be the final one? Me either.

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