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Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 30, 2020 at 9:58pm

Kris, I think your parrot will look great on the braided runner. Maybe one on each end.

Comment by Riana Noyes on April 30, 2020 at 9:58pm

Kris, love the parrot, you're good at improvising. I like the sculptured effect of your stitching on the runner. If your quilt with French braid also has those corner stones, you might try adding the arcs to them as a feauture. Maybe allow those quilting lines to follow the " v's".

Comment by Kris Howell on April 30, 2020 at 12:59pm

Gail - I have used coloring books, too, especially toddler coloring books as they have nice, big pieces, lol!  I hope you like the Patriots since you had to sew with them.

Elizabeth, many thanks!  I know you can do the quilting, it just takes some practice, so working harder today will reap results very soon.  I am using a ruler - Creative Grids Elvira ruler - developed by Angela Walters.

Zoe - what a really nice memory!  I'm glad my parrot made you think about.  

Comment by Gail Brown on April 30, 2020 at 11:41am

Kris, how clever of you to use a puzzle.  I have used coloring book pictures but never a puzzle.  He's quite the bird!  I love your Frence Braid.  I made one for a GGS for Christmas using patriotic fabrics I had collected.  Had to use New England Patriots fabric for a nice wide border.

Riana, I know how those scrap bins get messed up.  I have been making a lot of masks and it has given me the opportunity to get thos bins straightened up.  Using lots of 6x9 pieces of fabric out of those bins.

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on April 30, 2020 at 9:25am

Kris, the Parrot turned out so well!  Is it going to be a pillow or a wall hanging?  I like your French Braid bed runner too and I think that the quilting motif with the whirling lines would look great on it.  The other table runner that you used the same quilting looks so nice!  You have been doing so well - I think that you have inspired me to work a little harder today!

Comment by Zoetc49 on April 30, 2020 at 12:42am

Kris, I love your Parrot. I recall when I very dear friend of mine died right before 911, I had this yearning to make his wife a stain glass with a hand holding a pipe.  I found someone to make it and the only pattern I could find was from a cover of a Sherlock Holmes book. My friend never smoked a pipe like that, but the guy making this for me insisted. So, got it done and in time when I got it to his wife, she called me a few days later as I left it on her door step. She said to me, " I cannot get over this". I was thinking about how pretty it turned out.. there was a lot of symbolism put into that, there is so much more I could say about him and his family, they each made an impact in my life individually.. if you all want to know more.. I will be happy to write more. But, back to the stain-glass.  She said did you know that "C" game me one every birthday? I said nooo, then she said, did you know that 3 weeks before he died, his mom had sent him a pipe like that.  Your parrot made me think about that.   

Comment by Kris Howell on April 29, 2020 at 10:13pm

Okay - the runner didn't show up in my last post.  Here it is:

Comment by Kris Howell on April 29, 2020 at 10:11pm

A friend asked for a parrot.  I couldn't find a pattern I liked online, so I used a kid's wooden puzzle!  

I like the twisted line quilting on this French Braid table runner.  It works for this project. 

But I'm wondering if it will work as well on this French Braid bed quilt.  Any thoughts, ladies? 

Comment by Barbara Hughes on April 29, 2020 at 12:19pm

Very stylish Riana, does it looks like a Duck Beak to you??

Comment by Kris Howell on April 29, 2020 at 8:35am

Linda - glad you are getting to do some quilting!  Hang in there, and look at your turtles frequently.

Riana - good luck with the vegetable garden.  I'm waiting for several sunny days in a row to go out and see what I can do with the very neglected beds on either side of this mobile home.  I HATE gardening - but I like the finished product so I guess I'll just do it.


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