MAY/JUNE Ď06

Weíre into the rainy season here in Pennsylvania, and thatís fine with me.  The plants need the rain and for some reason, a rainy day is very calming to me.  Maybe because itís a good excuse to stay inside and quilt. Hmmmm.

Eliad is beginning to talk!!  The only problem is that most of it is language weíre not yet privy to!  But Mr. Donna is really tickled that he lights up and says, ďpa-paĒ whenever he sees his grandpa.

Mr. Donna here:  The last two photo attachments were picked by grandma.  This one gets picked by grandpa, and here it is:  I  call it--
Watch out world, here I come. Please click onto the following link.

I love this quote I found, ďOne yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough.Ē

MORE HINTS: Iím still sorting through that file of hints I ran across.  Thought Iíd pass on a few more:
     1. Do you need to gather a large run of fabrics that blend together?  Go to your paint store and get a set of paint chips.  They already show a  value spectrum and will help in picking the fabric.
     2.  When doing needle-turn applique, try using a wood toothpick to turn under the fabric.  The rougher surface works better than a smooth needle.
     3. When sewing seams in a quilt, the thread does not have to match because, unlike a garment seam, it will never be ďpulled onĒ after its quilted.  So here is a good chance to use up those six spools of chartreuse thread you  own.  Just be sure itís sturdy thread and hasnít been sitting in a sunny window for years.  And please donít do what I did when I heard this great hint.  I used up all my odds and ends and the next time I needed just a bit of blue thread to sew on a button I had to run to the store to buy it. 

CATHY WRITES:  My husbandís Aunt (80 yr) gave him an old family quilt, undocumented.  It is the Courthouse Steps pattern and looks as if it might have been similar to the foldy-stuff or just made so the strips fit.

It has a slight 3-D quality to it.  It is black and red (not scrappy) and has a saw-tooth border.  My husband said he wanted to reproduce this quilt as it is quite worn.  He was trying to figure out how to get the folds and when he asked me I told him I had some great foldy stuff that could make it easy for him.  He studied the pattern, pieced in scrappy reds and blacks and designed a slightly different border.  It is a great quilt top.

Our question is:  Can we just put a light bat in the border area and let the center of the quilt go without batting?  What is the best way to put the bat in just the borders?  We plan on just quilting in the ditch and in the block centers, as the Foldy Stuff is beautiful.

My answer:  What a wonderful thing to do about a special antique quilt that is badly worn--reproduce it!  The quilt sounds beautiful.

I often put a light batting in just the border and none in the quilt itself.  Or,  if the quilt is not terribly heavy, I just ďlineĒ the border with a piece of muslin.  To use the muslin I just cut it at the same time I cut the border and use the two layers as if it were one.  If I use a batting I prefer not to have the seam turned back on itself.  To prevent that bulk, I attach the border to the quilt as usual, then baste the batting in place so that the batting extends one-quarter inch under the quilt center.  The quilting will then hold it in place.  Enjoy your quilt.

A GREAT IDEA:  I received a great idea and photos via email from an unknown reader and would like to thank her.

     She is using up her scraps to make potholders using the Foldy Stuff Pineapple block.  The center, all even numbered rows, and the corners are medium (or dark) fabrics and the odd numbered rows are light fabrics.  A ďboneĒ ring is attached to a corner to hang it.  This quilter sells them as a bazaar item. They are gorgeous and a great idea as a fundraiser for your guild!

FREE PROJECT:  Another free project is posted at the website.  The name of the project is CHRISTMAS TREE WALLHANGING (which uses the Amish Foldy Stuff pattern), and  it can also be used as a table runner. This makes fifteen free projects, enough for a nice book.  Remember, these projects are not covered by copyright, so make as many copies as you wish and share them with your quilting buddies.

COMPUTER PROGRAM: I have a quilt program on my computer and really like it, but Iím always wondering what the other programs could do for me. Iím asking those of you who  have a quilt program (or programs) to take a few minutes and tell me what you like and what you dislike about the one you are working with.  Is it user friendly?   What are the design limitations? Howís the help when you need it? Anything at all you would tell someone about it.  Iíll try to share the information.  I know some of you are very computer savvy, but I really think most of you are like me;  I use the darn thing only because I like what it can do for me!!

Iím off now to the sewing machine and the design table.  Iím working on a few new patterns that I think you will really like!  Iíll write again in July.  Till then, smell some pretty flowers, sew some beautiful quilts and have a lovely month.

Your quilting friend,