Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I've been AWOL for a few days due to my back problems.
Mary, so sorry to hear about Paul's accident. I am praying that the "Miracle Surgeon" has performed an actual miracle for him.
Wilma, you are a great friend to be there when you are needed. I know that was a comfort to your friend.
I see some beautiful progress going on, Pansies and Tulips, it's looking like a flower shop. I'm hoping to be able to get back in the game real soon. Right now arm movements cause a great deal of pain in my back. It is driving me crazy not being able to do anything. Guess I'll just have to be a spectator for now.
Liz, perhaps " quilt as you go" in rows...or make a matching table/ dresser runner?
Riana, the stains faded a bit but are still there. My friend who is the little girl's (eventual recipient) GGM said that she might not even notice them.
I'm beginning to doubt my first instinct of having 16 blocks in Tulip Twist. With borders the quilt will be too cumbersome to quilt. I may rethink just having 12 18 1/2" blocks.
Liz, those tulips with the green stems do look like they're dancing in the wind! That must've been the block the quilt was named for! I saw your explanation of the duck quilt over in the quilting bee group...you must've thought it was Beth who asked. Sounds like a great rescue. Were you able to get the stains out ok?
Wilma, it's nice your friend had you there to comfort him. The longer our journey , the more we lose a lot of friends and aquaintances. I often think of friends now passed, especially when l see or experience something they would've loved. I think to myself " my friend ___, l'll enjoy this on your behalf."
OMGosh, Mary! I feel so bad for both of you! Prayers for Paul and you.
Mary, sorry to hear about Paul. Sometimes our husband’s don’t listen. Hope he heals quickly, and glad you have the help of your grandson.
Everyone is doing so much and the quilts look wonderful. I have done nothing for the past few days. Went to CA for a memorial service of a long time friend whose wife passed away on Dec. 6 from lymphoma. Just a young 73 and always helpful to everyone. Hope to get back at it later this week.
On the way home there was a large alpha/hay field just loaded with Canadian geese. All resting and enjoying life.
So sorry to hear of Paul's accident. Prayers for healing.
Linda, Cute pic of Indy waiting for the drop!
Elizabeth and Linda your quilts look great.
Mary, I hope Paul doesn't play with saws anymore.
Elizabeth, your blocks are beautiful!
Today I replaced the border on 3 of my blocks. I switched the position of 2 of the blocks. Now I'm pretty happy with the layout. I've been overly tired the past few days so have been resting. This week I will be getting the ablation in my low back so will be out of commission for a few days later in the week. The beginning of the week I have my follow up visit with the throat doctor and I need to work on the community newsletter. You have a week to catch up, Elizabeth....LOL!
Mary, so sorry to hear about Paul's accident! I'm amazed to hear that the hospital was able to do so much for him. Doctors can do miracles these day. I hope that he will do as you say, Haha! and get better soon!
Moving right along today! #14 and #15 are 1 pieced and 1 applique block. Out of the scraps I cut out another pieced block (#16) so I will have 16 blocks all 18 1/2" for my Tulip Twist. So 3 more blocks to go!
I also straight-line and free motion machine quilted the Duck Quilt and I am ready to trim the sides.
#12 and #13 blocks for the PhD Challenge are done!
Oh Mary, how scary! Thank heaven for your grandson!
Have spent the last 3 1/2 days in and out of the hospital because of Paul's close encounter with his table saw. If I can make him behave, he may get full use of the three fingers he half severed back. Miracle surgeon at the University hospital. Home now, and all is confusion. Grandson here to help me get things ready for me to do, that are usually Paul's jobs.
Mary, we haven't seen any progress pictures lately. Are you too busy stitching to visit with us?
Barbara, my fmq students have the same problem , until l teach the lesson on " managing the larger quilt". The thing to remember is to get all the weight up on table first. You might need to place the ironing board to your left and set it's height even with sewing surface. And it's very difficult to do big areas without the machine set into a table or at least a large " extension" addon that fits your machine. The secret is to make a " loose puddle" of quilt where your hands are. Loose enought to move around without drag. After those 8 or so square inches are stitched, you must create a new puddle. Frequent breaks are needed, to save shoulders & back. If your machine has a standard 7" throat, quilts larger than 50 " could leave you only 3-4" or working room. You just took a lot of stress out of the project...good for you! It will still be lovely, as your top already it pretty on it's own :-))
I wish I had read this earlier today. I've spent about 3 hours picking out thread. I have most of it out now only one or two small snags that are not to bad. May relax after a washing. I'm so glad I have it done. I can start fresh on Monday. I was trying to put a filler into a grid like I have seen many many times and it looked terrible so I decided to just do squares, and stitch in the ditch, and lines Until I can practice more.Practicing on a small square is much easier that trying to do the same thing on a 70 X 70.
Barbara when taking out those tiny stitches of machine quilting, l use Leah Day's method. It's the safest l've found ( not to damage fabric). She pulls just the top thread ( to start, you may need to carefully get ripper under one very visible stitch) and pulls up on it enough to get the bobbin thread to just peak above top's surface. Then use a pin or back of ripper point ,not sharp edge, to pull top thread out of one stitch. Repeat. The first 3 or 4 are fiddly, but after that it gets easier. I swear l say " thankyou Leah" every time ,lol...it works!
I have been working on quilting my star. I decided to take out some of my quilting. It is a set back but I am still at it.
Kris how fun !
I took my mom today to sign up for a free gym membership and the way we had to turn, it led us behind Walmart near us. I stopped the car in amazement as I saw 3 ducks in the creek water, then 2 geese, then at least 10 black cats ! I told her now when we go to the gym, we have to take duck and cat food !
I put that one on my desk top Kris!! LOL!!
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