Monthly Archives: March 2015

3 things we should stop doing

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Although Angela Walters says these are things that machine quilters should stop doing, I think they apply to all quilters–not just machine quilters. If you always send your tops out to be quilted by someone else, the main ideas in Angela’s piece apply to those who are piecers as well. The rest I’ll leave up to Angela: Click here. (p.s. Blog candy coming soon. I’m almost to a milestone in my blogging at this site. Stay tuned!)

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Getting to know you…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I hope that most of you know our guild has decided to offer our fall seminars in alternate years, instead of annually as had been the tradition for 40+ years. Costs of sponsoring a national teacher continue to climb, and it seems interest from our members continues to decline. To give us some breathing space to raise some funds to offset cost increases and to work with our membership to reformat seminar to better fit current wants and schedules, we’ve decided to hold seminar in the same years as our quilt show. We’ll use the show as a publicity opportunity to both our own members and non-member visitors to the show.

That all said, I want to start making you aware of all that our next national teacher, Nancy Mahoney, is doing in the quilting world. Nancy has two quilts in the March/April 2015 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. Ruby Sunrise on page 66 is a challenging quilt for those who love a complex piecing project. Electric Blue (pg 74) is more intermediate. Still lots of wonderful piecing in a classic blue and white color palette. Nancy is not just known for her piecing–applique is often featured as well in her designs. She doesn’t just design for the more advanced quilter either. Many of her books feature designs easily achievable by the newbie quilter.

Here are a few links to visit to starting getting to know Nancy.

Nancy’s own website

Nancy’s books at amazon

 

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in a bind?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I don’t know about you, but hand stitching a quilt’s binding to the back is not my idea of a good time. I know there are quilters who love that, for a variety of reasons. Stitching in front of the tv is a relaxing time, the end of the quilt is in sight, love to hand stitch are a few I’ve been told. Only very special “heirloom” quilts get a hand stitched binding from me. Although I do it well, I’d rather take the faster machine stitched route on most of my quilts. Most my quilts are going to be used, (hopefully not abused), and will be going in and out of the washer and dryer. I’d rather use a decorative stitch to make it a bit more fun and snazzy and “git ‘er done”.

Here’s a new technique, new to me anyway, that might give nicer results on the back for many of us. I’m going to try it on a small project to see if the extra effort is worth it. It requires an extra type of thread (water soluble), some cotton thread, and 2 specialty feet for the machine. Luckily all are items I already have. I wonder though if the threaded side came to the front, would it look like a piping? Hmm…

Click here to see how she does it.

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In Dublin’s fair city, where the quilts are so pretty…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Apologies to all you Irish purists out there. I know those aren’t the right words but I hope you’ll allow me a bit of license.

Are you switching out your hearts and flowers and reds and pinks to greens today (or soon anyway)? I have only a few quilted pieces for St. Patrick’s Day and am thinking I should put together one or two small toppers for the special day. Here’s a link to some ideas, in case you have a similar dilemma. Click here.   I think I’m going to round up some green scraps and try out that shamrock with four patch leaves. It should be quick and easy.

What’s your favorite technique for 4 patches? When I only need a few, and I want them to be scrappy, I like to use the two from two technique I learned from Billie Lauder at a seminar of ours a few years ago. It’s easy to get a scrappy look without having to cut so many individual assorted squares. Click here for a quick explanation of this easy technique. It’s not written by Billie, but it’s her technique clearly explained. click here.

As I’m sitting here typing, I’m listening to the drip of a leak coming from some of the ice dams across my back roof. Anybody else having those issues? I guess I’ll be back out on the flat roof of the addition tomorrow whacking away at the gutters to see what I can knock loose. Oh the joys of home ownership!

TTFN.

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