|Last Updated: 11/30/05||
I don't know where to begin to chat about this quilt top. Well, to begin with I guess, the gals at the Sewing Society asked me to make a quilt from a book they had. (Sandra Haatch's "Log Cabin Quilts"). The only thing is, the quilt in the book was only like 48" square. They wanted BIG. And, the book utilized the foundation piecing method. (Where you use either a printed muslin foundation or printed paper foundation. And I don't do that). This was to be for their contribution to the Menn. Central Commitee state Relief Sale in Enid, Oklahoma, Fall, 2006. They never know how long it will take them to get a project hand quilted, so they try to plan ahead about a year or so.
It was such a beautiful quilt in the book, I said "SURE!". Oh boy.
SOooo, I opened up EQ and drew a few blocks, set them in a variation of a broken star setting, printed out the templates, measured them so I would know how wide to cut strips and in that way I could use a quick strip method. Sounds simple enough, huh? HA!
First of all, you have to consider that EQ allows a PERFECT 1/4" seam allowance. I don't know anyone that has that-- in REAL life anyway. Second, I was dealing with eighths and sixteenths of an inch on cutting these strips. The math was a quilting nightmare. Anyway, I carefully measured all the strips and was sure I had a pretty good 1/4" seam allowance as I sewed merrily along.
In no time at all, I had all of the 8 inside squares completed. Piece of cake! And they measured exactly what they were supposed to! Shoot--I'd have this thing whupped in another day or so. On with the diamond sections! I just whirred right thru them too! Wow! I thought I could make these things in my sleep! I started putting the shapes together on the design wall. UH OH--what's the deal?
I had made 32 diamond sections. All with the dark red on the tip of the diamond shape. I had never even noticed that half of them have the dark red on their side. OMgosh.
I ripped out half of those suckers, strip by strip. Luckily, the strips don't have to be replaced. After disassembling them, you just move the piece to it's proper place, and resew. A hard lesson learned. I'll sure know better NEXT time.
Then I happened to notice that the diamond sections, didn't quite fit the square sections. The diamond sections were bigger. I ended up having to cut each diamond section down by 1/2" on 2 sides. This was due to my "imperfect" seam allowance.
Finally--I was able to start assembling the sections. EVERY SINGLE INTERSECTION IS A "Y" SEAM!!--Arghhhhhhh! At least the corner sections were easy and straight. But, of course, I had to miter the borders, just to make that part harder.
I turned it in to the ladies last Thursday and marked it for their hand quilting. I swore I wouldn't make this again any time soon.
Hmmmmm, the local library is needing a fund-raising quilt. Wonder how it would look in icy and dark blues?
The Quilt Shoppe Forum News:
The fall forum block lottery drawing will be held this month. Irish Karen is "over" her Halloween pranks now and starting a "Little House on the Prairie" theme swap. Char's flannel swap is winding down and she has started the "A" Train (A is for Appliqué). The Bricks Scramble drawing for the 188 brick blocks was won by Jane (Tartan). The Antique Tile Scramble is going strong. Grace (Eriksnana) won the Monthly Mystery Member prize for October. Lots of activities! To join in go to: http://forums.delphiforums.com/quiltshoppe
Quilting News Network -- News -- Did anyone happen to see the segments of "show and tell" by the Black Forest Quilters in Germany? Claudia Heber, a Black Forest member, had a segment of her own. And the first quilt -- her "Toy Box" quilt from Claudias Quilt Shoppe. com! She also displayed her awesome Dear Jane quilt. Good job, Claudia! (and I like her name, too!).
http://www.marcusbrothers.com/challenge/2005/winners.html The winners of the Marcus Bros. Aunt Grace Challenge for 2005.
http://www.toilette-humor.com/flash/carve_pumpkin.swf Interactive pumpkin carving. Should have put this on last month's newsletter.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml Hurricane name facts. FYI.
Tag Line of the Month
know it's the early bird that gets the worm, BUT
the second mouse gets the cheese.
May you always have a quilt in the hoop,
October 31, 2005
ARCHIVES: (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters
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other words--It's Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue: Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué
January, 2002 - New Year's Resolution; Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site, equiltessence.com, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links: Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics; Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project; Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links: Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links: Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs. Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg, Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links: 71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links: 12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links: Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner; What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links: Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links: QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links: Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test; What's New: Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing: Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links: Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links: Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links: Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Dancing Paul, ZeFrank.com, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links: Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links: Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner
April, 2004 - Mary Covey Feature, Site-Seeing Links: Fling the Cow, Owl Cam is Back, Tomato Pincushion, Paint a Wall quilt
May, 2004 -Muskogee 2004 Quilt Show, Site-Seeing Links: Batting in a Can, Many uses of Freezer Paper, Senses Test, Chiseled in Cloth. com, Boy Scout songs, Pass the 3rd Grade, The Wedding Dress Guy; What's New: Mystery Free
June, 2004 - Pups N Pails, Site-Seeing Links: Serial Quilter, John Flynn's Backing Formula, Are You As Old As You Feel?, Computer 101 Lessons, Office Supplies Attack, Snoopy Happy Dance; What's New? Mystery of the Half Moons
July, 2004 - Quilt Frame Corner Stands, Site-Seeing Links: Marvin the Martian, Organizing Tips, Scouts Crafts for Summer, Baby Shade Tent, Liberty Fireworks
August, 2004 - Nine-Patch Wonders II, Site-Seeing Links: Bargello Design Program, Freezer Paper Project, HP Fabric Printing, Cow Tipper Game, Penguin Game, Paper Snowflakes, Timed Typing Test, Penguin Slapping
September, 2004 - Inola Independent article, Big MOVING day arrived, Site-Seeing Links: More kids' craft projects, Every Cat Picture that Ever Was, Quilting Stencil Super Site, National Quilting News Site.
October, 2004 - Workroom curtains; Missing Scrappy Cat; Mystery Solved; Site-Seeing: Curtains 101, Craftgard products, Curtain Instructions, Photo stamps, quilt index ORG.
November, 2004 - Site-Seeing: Handkerchief Magic, EQ challenge album, Amish Country Lanes quilts for sale, Quilt Bus Halloween quilt story, The Boring Site
December, 2004 - Christmas Cactus quilt top; New Starlight Sampler in the works; Site-Seeing: Mt. St. Helens watch-cam, Bizarre Star Dance site, Painted Barns, Hummingbird nest; Whitehouse Pan-cams; Carola Forsberg's Webshots Album
January, 2005 - Home Sweet Mobile Home; Starlight Sampler 2005; QI Mall Crawl; Site-Seeing: Lost Frog, the Real Story about the Frog, Super Stencil Site, quilt fiction, hieroglyphics, colorful eye candy
February, 2005 - Carola's Square Dance; New Mystery--Granny's Road Trip; Forum news; Site-Seeing: Cat Screen-saver, Interactive quilt design creator, Dianne Johnston products, Home projects site, Little Village Eye Candy, Road to California Show Winners, Club Q's Star Challenge Entries, More Painted Barns
March, 2005 - Dutch Blues; Quilting By the River, 2005; Forum news; Anilee's Mystery Travelers; Site-Seeing: Paducah game, Wild Salmon on Parade, Patches the Horse, Granny's Road Trip Online, Kona Coffee Contest, EQ's January Challenge Results
April, 2005 - Baby Hearts, Quilting By the River 2005, Forum news, Site-Seeing: New Quilting Channel, Penguin Cam, Dover Weekly Sampler
May, 2005 - Nickel Nines, Forum News, Favorite Things, Site-Seeing: Pretreated Fabric by the Yard, the Dark Room, Buzzwhack, Shaken Faces, Po'boy Long Arm, Bubble Wrap, AQS 2005 Winners
June, 2005 - Sisters In Stitches, Jenks Quilt Show Link, Forum News, Site-Seeing: Normal Test, Bear Pyramid, Photo Stamps Again, Genuine Smile Test, Skunk Formula, Mercury Template, Country Music, AQS Contest.
July, 2005 - Memorial
August, 2005 - Jenks Quilt Show Pictures, Site-Seeing: Interactive Dancing Skeleton, Excuse List, Texture Color Wheel, Men In Coats!, Duct Tape Clothing, Dog Humor Links
September, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Site-Seeing: Ice Cream Quiz, Find the Real Penny, Hoffmans 2005 Challenge, Goodwill Auction Site
October, 2005 - Eden Day in the Country, Uncle Sam & Regina, Site-Seeing: EQ Contest; Fractal Katrina Images; HP Learning Center; NOAA Satellite Imagery; Forum "netiquette"
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