A few pics of quilts that made me smile:
March 10, 2014
A few pics of quilts that made me smile:
March 9, 2014
I spent a good bit of yesterday designing quilts in EQ6. These are quilts that I’ll be able to show right around Spring Quilt Market. I know, I know, it feels like I’m teasing. I’m not. I’ll share it when I can.
I did (re)learn something about working on the block yesterday: tweaking the settings on the work table gives better control of the grid which means that drawing lines becomes easier because the end up where I want them. I can tell you that for a while I was having a bit of a bang head here moment! Rrrrg. I’d move a line here and it would snap back to where I originally placed it. Tweaked the settings and voila. I also remembered something about drawing equilateral triangles: say the triangle is 4″ on each side, if I place a middle line and draw the sides two inches on either side of that line I have the triangle I need. Whew! Would you believe I did really well in geometry. I’ve just got to spend more time learning all this new fangled quilting stuff. Or just use it more often. Use it more often and at some point upgrade. From what I’ve read on the message board since EQ7 came out it’s so much more intuitive.
Several people have sent me photos of their feathers, I’ll be sharing those and their comments later this week. And an interview. I have an interview with Sue Reno coming up very soon! Watch the Generation Q Magazine website later this week for my very first blog!
March 8, 2014
I must admit that whenever I get my hot little hands on Melanie’s printed cloth I go all giddy. Last July Melly gave me some of her printed cloth and I made a quilt that has yet to be quilted.
There is something different in Melanie’s work now. The colors are richer, somehow more joyful and speak who I know of Melanie to me. It’s vibrant and joyful. Not that the cloth wasn’t before, it was, it’s just richer, deeper, clearer.
There were originally 6 pieces of cloth, I gave one away to someone who’s been very encouraging over the last few months and has had a few struggles herself. I can say that it brought a smile to her face! Mission. Accomplished.
I am looking forward to making something beautiful with this. I have a project in mind for a demonstration I’m doing in about 6 weeks.
March 7, 2014
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For something really beautiful. Melanie’s fabric will be here tomorrow.
There are so many thoughts rattling around my brain to preface this however there is nothing better than the words of the original writer:
We are the Adams Family and our daughter, Savannah, who is 13 y/o has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delays. Savannah was born at 25 weeks and weighed only 1 lb. 4 oz. She has overcame many obsticles as well as made great strides but she has gotten to the point where it’s hard for Wes & me to lift her into the minivan. Back in November we sent paperwork into insurance for a Bruno Valet seat. We decided the valet seat over a full handicap conversion because Savannah can walk with assistance, can sit by herself and has great head and trunk support. Savannah is currently in a manual wheelchair which can be carried to the rear of the minivan and that’s another reason why we chose the Bruno valet seat over the full handicap conversion. Also, because Wes’s work is self insured we wanted to save them money by going with the Bruno seat which saves them $17,300.00. Insurance states that they will cover a full handicap conversion every 3 years but they won’t cover a Bruno seat which can be transferred to another vehicle that is the same make & model with the exception of paying for installation.
Today we received the denial letter stating that under exclusions and limitations that the Bruno seat is an item for comfort and convenience therefore is not a covered benefit. We have reached out to organizations and charities however we exceed the income guidelines.
Our goal is to raise $8,600.00 for Savannah to get a Bruno valet seat for the minivan. Any donation, no matter how small, would be of great help. Even if you can’t contribute, please share and pass along the link to others.
Stephanie also shares a video lifting Savannah into their van – Here’s a link to their gofundme
March 6, 2014
There will be a two-fer post on this one. Melanie shared more of her printed cloth. Swoon!
Melly and I spent a little bit of time on the B 750. We borrowed the #24 foot so that I could show Melly some of the features and let her quilt for a bit..
I have to say I was happy to find Generation Q Magazine at the City Quilter.
Sara Lawson is adorable and her daughter, just want to pinch her cheeks.
We drew a little bit of a crowd while – there was a class inside that came out to watch us for a few minutes. We enjoyed our time with them.
I did a little bit of this quilting and Melly did a little bit of this quilting. I’m not sure if you can see but Melly’s hands show clear signs of dyeing sessions.
A little later on we had tea and talked and talked!
And talked until it was time to go home.
Today is a full schedule including some planning for GenQ, two phone meetings and working at the quilt shop.
March 5, 2014
to spend some time with Melanie Testa. We’re working together on a fun project that will be revealed at the right time. I’m thrilled to bits to be working with Melanie on this and to spend sometime with her. I come home energized and renewed.
On the way in I’ll be reading the current issue of Generation Q Magazine. In talking with Melissa last night I do know that my first blog will be 3/13. I’ll link over from this blog on that day.
I’ll be heading into Lancaster next Wednesday so if you’re going to be there please let me know.
Have a great quilterly day!
March 4, 2014
Seeing is believing.
Take a look at the feathers to the left here. I’m going to tell you a secret. Ready?
Don’t tell anyone but…
these feathers are not perfect.
That’s right. Not. Perfect.
And that’s okay. Taking time to learn well is an important component of mastering quilting. So I’m posting a quickie paper-practicing tutorial for the feathers I showed yesterday and I’m
issuing a challenge.
Challenge Step 1: Practice on paper
Challenge Step 2: Practice on a fat quarter or two
Challenge Step 3: Send me photos of your practice sessions and give me permission to post on my blog
I’ll get a couple of quilterly friends to choose a couple of “winners” and I’ll send you either fabric or a copy of Generation Q Magazine.