Friday, August 29, 2014

Quilty Crime....Flanges!!

Quilty Crime Friday!!


These post as previously mentioned are intended to teach.  To show quilters the quilt from the perspective of this machine quilter.  I hope you are enjoying and learning from the content and photos that I am sharing. 
Some of my local gals tell me they are happy when they don't recognize the fabrics in the photos.  LOL!!!  Thanks gals, good to know that you are reading these.
No quilt was seriously damaged (so far) from any of the post previously posted.  On with the show!!
I, as a  machine quilter for a while would just cringe when one would come my way.  "NOT ANOTHER ONE!!"  They, flanges are a royal pain and here's some photos to show you why.
Yep, when I see this it's never a good thing.  The machine is clunk, clunk, clunk and I'm racing to hit that stop button.

 it's never a good thing.....

See the thread on the black?  The hopping foot is caught and the machine is not moving even when it's trying too.  Stop that machine quick!!

Lots of tiny little stitches inside that hopping foot requires quilt surgery.  Not good for me or the quilt.  Pressure is on for me to remove those stitches and not tear or cut the fabric.  

 Now for the way I love to get those flanges on quilts.

This quilt has not just a border flange but flanges also inside on the sashing!  A total of SIX flanges for my machine to quilt over.  As  you can see in the photos  a simple basting stitch will hold the flange down as the machine is stitching.

Perfect passing makes me a happy quilter!

Double check the second photo up, you can see the flange just tipping over.  The machine actually stitched on one side of the flange, it flipped back flat and we got a great stitch and a flat flange.


Quilt is done and all flanges are flat, perfectly stitched over!

 That's it for today,
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

How about a few quilts tonight?

Quilts, quilts, quilts.

It's my life and I'm lovin' it!  

Here's a few that passed my way.


How about a super cozy one from Sue in VT. Love the color combo, Sue told me she began with a simple panel and the results are AMAZING!!

What a wonderful wedding quilt this is going to be!  Lauri and her sisters pulled this one together as a group project for a nephew.  Great job ladies, I know the young couple is going to love it!!

Ellen put together this great little baby quilt.  It's full of muted colors and tons of texture.  Simple stars finished off the quilt nicely.

Don't you just love the colors on this one?  Jamie made this great little quilt and it's one for her!!  Go Jamie!!  Modern quilt, modern quilting design...

Next couple of quilts came to me from Ginny in WA.  Two simply fun quilts.  I love those 1600 quilts!!  They are the 'go to' quilt for so many of us.  Ginny did a great job on these...

That's it for today,
hope you enjoyed the show,
thanks for checking on me,
love to hear what you've got to say........

Monday, August 25, 2014

Win, Win!!

Last Thursday I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time at the Dartmouth Hospital Children's Rheumatoid Arthritis Camp. 

I loaded up a stack of the place mats, some Tulip Fabric Markers and set out to spend a little time with the kids.  I was schedule to be one of their craft activities at camp.  

I was given an hour and half to work with the kids on the place mats. The scheduled time seemed to be the perfect amount of time to finish the project.  The girls did a wonderful job on their projects and it (in my opinion) gave everyone the perfect opportunity to slow down a bit and relax.  I noticed the girls taking the time to talk about school, their challenges with Rheumatoid Arthritis, parents, camp and many, many other topics.  I noticed they did a wonderful job of taking care of each other and offering suggestions and really helping the younger campers both with the place mats and how to deal with their challenges.  It quickly became very obvious to me how important this camp is for these children.  And yes, children, children who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was shocked that one little girl said she was diagnosed at the age of 2 years old!

Here's the girls and their place mats....

I hope the girls had a good time, the place mats were pretty cool when they finished.  I've posted them at the other blog you can see them HERE.

Even nurse Susan got in on the activity,

Thanks to my friend Melynn for the opportunity to join the girls, I had a wonderful time.

Now on to the winners of the drawing....

Blogger Michele T said...
Your placemats are amazing!!! My favorite two are the Motorcycles and Love Bug!! Thanks for the chance!!!
August 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

And just for fun, let's send a couple more to....

Blogger JudyCinNC said...
I finally got in ... and I really like the parasoles, Morgan, Lexi, bodangle and bird houses. JudyCnNC
August 11, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If  you ladies will send me your mailing address I'll get those in the mail to you.

Okay, that's it for today,
have a wonderful Monday!
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilts, Place Mat and the Nicest People!!

1) Place mat....

This would be yet another one that I had fun coloring, don't forget 
about the giveaway post it's 

Now that I'm done with the shameless part of the post, how about a few quilts?

I am sooooooo lucky!! 

Quilting for others gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know the nicest people!  Granted I am NEVER going to get rich doing this quilting stuff, in addition to meeting the nicest people it is kinda fun...look at the coloring I've been doing!!  Like I had nothing else to do...

Okay on with the quilts....

TURTLES!!!!  Marjorie in NH brought me this huge, wonderful t-shirt quilt that she made for one of her daughters.  Based on the shirts in this quilt, this is one interesting kid who has had a lot of interesting adventures. 
I TOTALLY loved this one block....(notice the turtles??)

But the message on this block says it all....It's the little things in life that count.  Marjorie, not a quilter did she a great job on this project.  The turtle design was perfect since her daughter has the nickname Turtle Girl from one of her many adventures.  Here's a few more of the blocks...

Lisa is a fairly new quilter, but her work is improving by leaps and bounds in the very, very short time she's been quilting.  I am seeing wonderful changes and she didn't have much improving to do to begin with.   Here's a couple....

Talk about STUNNING!!  JoAnn makes the most amazing quilts EVER!!!  I am so lucky to be able to share just some of her work, but you need to check out her blog to see some of the more detailed quilts that she has done.  Here's the link to JoAnn's Blog.  Here's a couple of her quilts that I've had the 
pleasure to work with.....

Frances, Frances, Frances.....I enjoy having Frances drop off and pickup her quilts and spending that time with her.  She's on a mission to use her stash!!  But aren't we all?? 
 She says " I tell myself, Frances, you don't need to buy that, use what you have!".  I have that same conversation but sometimes I don't win and end up buying the fabric anyway.  Here's three quilts that I recently 
quilted for Frances...

Bonnie is going to score MAJOR Grandma points with this quilt!!  She made it for her grandson and he is going to LOVE it!!  So bright and cheery and what little boy wouldn't love to have this on his bed for those little 
Hot Wheel cars and trucks?  

Today was about just five of all of the wonderful women I have the pleasure of getting to know through my quilting.  They are all amazing and special to me.  I'll introduce you to a few more in the coming days.  I can't wait to share Janet and some of her quilts.

Quilting will never make me rich financially, but it sure does a great job on enriching my friendship circle.  And on that note......

Hi, Becky!! 

More photo's of these and all of the quilts I quilt can be found at 
the other blog....

that's it for today...


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