Monthly Archives: July 2015

Carol’s quilt

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I told you in my last post that when I found the correct information about Carol Bryer Fallert’s quilt, that I would share it here. Here’s a link to the story of that quilt that galvanized the quilting community. Many folks thought (in 1989) that a completely machine constructed quilt wasn’t really a quilt. Hand quilting was something that the purists weren’t willing to relinquish. It seems funny today when machine quilting your own quilts and sending them to long-armers is generally accepted among most quilters. I will say that there are a few quilters I know who still feel that hand quilting is automatically better somehow than machine quilting.

Here’s a link to the information about the quilt that got the quilting community talking! Click here.

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big name in quilting

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

If you are a true quilt “fanatic” then you are likely very familiar with the name Carol Bryer Fallert. When you see one of her quilts, you know you are looking at a Carol quilt. She has been recognized as one of the most influential quilters in America. I was researching Carol’s work, looking for a picture of her quilt which was the breakthrough prize winner that gave machine piecing and quilting a place in those top prize winners at Paducah and Houston. Until Carol’s quilt got the conversation moving through it’s controversy, the “quilt police” thought that only hand quilted works deserved those big prizes. (When I find the quilt I’m looking for, I will add it to this post. I don’t want to make an error and tell the wrong story).

In this researching process, I came across this post in which Carol tells a bit about her quilting journey. Our guild figures strongly in her career. Have a look. Click here.

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OMG! Never, ever, ever hold pins in your mouth!

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I think this article explains it all. I will break this habit TODAY! Click here.

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easy summer recipe

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Although it’s going to be pretty hot for turning on the oven, here’s a very easy recipe for using all the great fresh fruits and berries of the season.

Mix together 1 can of crushed pineapple (20 oz) and the dry ingredients of an angel food cake mix. That’s it-nothing else. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 min. (Do the toothpick test for doneness). As it cools the center will sink, not to worry. This will have the texture of a sponge cake. Serve with fresh fruit and cool whip. Yummy! and can’t get much easier.

Let me know what you think. Got this recipe off the radio, and it was a hit with my family.

And if you like them easy, have you seen these recipes? Click here.

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Take the pledge

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

If you are of a certain age, that phrase has an entirely different meaning to you than it will in this post. I spent some time this morning looking around on Pinterest for NY Beauty block quilting designs. Didn’t find what I was looking for, but ran across this series of posts instead. Click here. I took the pledge this morning.

I am often asked questions by my quilting students which have answers all boiling down to one simple fact. I make my quilts to be used; “for keeps” is the phrase the author uses. I would rather have them used up, worn out, stained with grape jelly, or skidded with green grass and red dirt stains than have them be still in pristine condition 20 years from now. That is why I prewash my fabrics (baby skin is so sensitive to chemicals in fabric and I don’t want the reds in the pattern to migrate onto any of the others), why I am very particular about straight grain along the outer edges of the quilt (no wavy fluted edges on quilts for me, unless I did it on purpose for a girly girl), and why I machine stitch most of my bindings (pulling the quilt up over your shoulders on a cold winter night puts a lot of stress on the seams.)

How about you? Are you making your quilts for keeps?

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Are you a cut up?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

We had our monthly guild meeting last evening. Committee chairs spoke about their groups, activities and how one can get involved if so desired. It is amazing to me how much we have going on in our guild. We can rightfully be proud of all of the charity work that gets made and given away with little, if any, fanfare. True giving from the heart (and hands).

Lori R and I demonstrated our guild’s Accuquilt machine. It is available for any of our members to use whenever the BNHV is open. You can find documents of what dies we own at our guild’s web page. Some of our members were not aware we owned the machine, and some of our long time members had not seen how easy it is to operate. In today’s e-mail I got a link to a video where a shop owner is demonstrating, with a representative from Accucut, the machines that are available to consumers. Our machine will do the same things-on a somewhat larger scale. Our machine is the studio model which is designed for shop owners and other quilting professionals who would give the machine heavier use than a home owned machine would get. Still you might like to see what they have to say. Click here. I think the her mention that all of the binding strips for a king size quilt can be cut with one pass through the machine is quite impressive. (Our machine can do it too!)

Lori and I have plans for an Accuquilt demo session and a project class in the works. We will announce the dates and times via our e-mail tree and our guild newsletter.

Since I also wear the hat of a seminar co-chair I want to make sure that those who were not able to attend last evening’s meeting know that we have plans in the works for re-vamping our fall seminar. I spoke a bit about the concerns Jan R. (my co-chair), the guild board and I have discussed about the escalating costs of seminar, and theĀ  declining interest from our members. We want to make seminar an activity that serves the needs of our own members first of all. The mission of seminar has always been continuing education of our members. That fits perfectly with the mission of the BNHV as well. There have been rumors circulating that there would be no more seminars. That is not true. We have made the decision to cancel the national teacher we had contracted for 2016. That is the only firm cancellation of anything related to seminar. Seminars going forward may or may not look like those in the past. We are asking those members who would like to get involved in the process of redesigning seminar to come to a meeting at 6:00 prior to the August guild meeting. I’m sure that this meeting will just be the first of several (many?) as we put together a new style seminar. We are hoping to get input from the long time attendees of seminar and from new members as well. Please join us if you would like to be part of our seminar “design” team.

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boutis

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Do you recognize that term “boutis”? I thought it was a French term for whole cloth quilts, but apparently in the French quilter’s mind there’s more to it than that. The link I’m including I found in my Pinterest feed today. It’s completely in French, but the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. This quilter (blogger) has some wonderful things to share. If you have Google translator you can do that for yourself, but the pictures alone are worth “a thousand words”.

Get ready for beautiful images. Click here.

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