Are you like-minded? Join us!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Are you like-minded? Join us!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The mission of the Texas Extension Education Association, Inc. is to work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development and community service.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Straightaway, I found this one that I absolutely LOVE!
At Barn Quilt Info, there is an interactive map of the
… quilt trails take visitors on a drive through the countryside where barn quilts are mounted on farm buildings, on homes, along fences, and sometimes on freestanding posts. A quilt trail may include stops at galleries, farm stands, wineries and other points of interest that make the journey a day-long event.
Now, barn quilt trails have sprung up all over
America, as rural communities re-ignite quilting’s important national presence.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Block of the Month Quilt
I found this "team" chart on a Mystery Quilt that Love Bug Studios will hold in January 2015, but I'm not participating because I want to see what I'm working toward!
You can find more, and bigger swatches at Hawthorne Threads!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Lone Star of
Quilts for Others is a place for like-minded folks to gather while creating quilts for others! As we journey through National and Community based service endeavors, we offer support and encouragement to one another. Texas
|Our 2nd gathering = a fabulous start!|
As of today, I’ve changed the non-profit organization that benefits from the following websites I frequently use:
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Quilt created by Lanetta J Sprott
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
|One of mine, in the process of sewing on the binding!|
- On the Stitched in Color’s website, you’ll find a great informative article on Choosing Fabrics. Among several points, Rachel talks about scale and value – something to think about!
- Sew Red Glasses “Color Value Made Simple” is a relatively new product that does indeed help with color values! I love mine!
- When sewing most everything besides quilt pieces together, we backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and then at the end of a seam. Never backstitch (beginning or end) when piecing pieces together for a quilt top!
I hope you found this series helpful and informative!
Wishing you all ~ Happy Quilting!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tip #1 – Keep your quilt dry. Find a place where your quilt will get good circulation of cool, dry air. Damp air and moisture can attract mold and mildew to that will quickly rot the fibers in the fabric and ruin your quilt.
Tip #2 – Wrap your quilt in a cotton sheet. Never store your quilt in a plastic box or plastic wrap as these are non-breathable and will cause moisture to build up. Wrapping your quilt gently in a cotton sheet is great as it will protect the fabric from dust yet will still let the material breathe.
Tip #3 – Avoid extremes of temperature. Although it may be convenient, it is never a good idea to store your quilts in the attic or cellar as extremes in temperature can be very damaging to a quilt. Changes in temperature can cause stress and deterioration of the fibers in the quilt and excess heat will cause it to dry out.
Tip #4 – Watch out for bugs and mice! When choosing a place to store your quilts, think about how accessible that place might be for small bugs, mice and insects. Garages, attics and sheds are popular havens for rodents and insects and should be avoided at all costs. Cardboard boxes should also be avoided as it is not unknown for mice to chew through the cardboard and harvest fibers from the quilt inside to build their nests!
Tip #5 – Keep your quilt in the dark. Sunlight can be very damaging to a quilt, by breaking down the fibers and fading the colors. Direct sunlight should be avoided at all costs. Be particularly careful when drying your quilt out on a line after washing it. Even the light from fluorescent lighting can be damaging to a quilt over time.
Tip #6 – Keep your quilt unfolded. It is best to try and avoid folding your quilt for long periods of time unless you have to. By far the best place to store your quilts is by lying them on an unused bed with a cotton sheet on top. If you must fold your quilts, then every few months you should make a point of unfolding the quilts and shaking them out to air them. Make sure when you put them back that you re-fold them in a different way to prevent creases that occur when a quilt is folded the same way all the time. The topic of folding brings us on to the next point which is:
Tip #7 – Use acid-free paper. If you must fold your quilts to store them, you should always place some crumpled acid-free tissue paper in the folds to pad it out and minimize creasing. Remember that creases tend to become permanent over time and the tissue paper will help the quilt keep its shape. It is important to use acid-free paper to do this however as conventional tissue-paper contains acids that will stain and corrode the quilt fabrics over time.
Tip #7 – Roll your quilts. If you are short of space then it is preferable to roll your quilts rather than folding them. The rolled quilt can then be kept safely inside a large cardboard tube, but make sure that you line the tube and wrap the quilt in acid free paper first to prevent contamination from the cardboard!
Tip #8 – Keep your quilt away from wood. Be careful where you leave your quilts! Unfinished wood, such as the type often found inside wooden drawers or chests, often contains acids that can damage fabric. If you must store your quilts in these places make sure you line them carefully with acid-free paper before putting the quilt down.
If you're hanging the quilt on the wall for the summer season, be sure to distribute the weight evenly over the entire width to avoid stressing the fabric. Don't plan to store a quilt on a wall for more than six months. (Emphasis mine)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This was a quilt-as-you go technique I was attempting to learn!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
To soak it, put your mat in a bathtub or large container (would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soak it for 15-20 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water. Let me repeat, cool water. Do this every so often to help extend its useful life.
Then use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory) and clean the mat with a mushroom brush (soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to remove the fibers that get trapped in the cuts marks preventing the cuts from "healing".
I love it when one of my favorite tools last… forever!!!
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
With the needle in the down position, stop sewing, lift up the fabric with the left hand, bend down & check the underneath seam and make sure the bottom seam allowance is going in the correct direction before stitching over! The reach of the stiletto works perfectly in flipping the small seam allowance which ever way it needs to be.
I have a nice assortment of beads left over from a prior endeavor…
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
NOTE: Which ever type border you decide upon, always always always measure your quilt top across the center width and length! Do not measure along the edge (where stretching from pressing and handling may occur).
A double line border will accent, therefore complement, the center’s focus. A prime example, found on Diary of a Quilter’s website, is a lovely Soul Blossoms Quilt.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
- #2 pencil
- assortment of colored pencils
- straight edge
- sheet(s) of ¼” squares graph paper
- clear scotch tape
- paper scissors
- big pink eraser
Sometimes it takes tape, like scotch tape, when I have to tape the 8.5” x 11” pages together to make it large enough when each square of the paper represents 1 inch. Keep in mind, at this writing, the minimum size of a Quilt of Valor is 55” x 65” (recommended size is 60” x 80” and maximum size is 72” x 90”) – so one sheet at 1” per square won’t be large enough! I personally create QOV’s around 60” x 70” ~ a nice couch or recliner lounging quilt size.
NOTE: Using a 1” square scale is great when working with 9” blocks!
Sometimes I designate the squares of the graph paper to be 2” per square, if I know all the blocks I’m going to use will be finished with an even number, like a 12” block.
What if I wanted to mix 12” and 9” finished blocks? What do I need to do? What do I need to add here & there to make it work out? This is when I have to take a bit more time, but it’s worth the extra effort to “see” the whole picture before making the first cut!
I’ll draw out the block I like in the correct size, color it in, then repeat the process scattered about the graph paper, not worrying about placement at this time! This process may take a couple sheets of graph paper.
Once I’ve created all the blocks I want to incorporate within the quilt top, I will take paper scissors and cut out the individual blocks. It’s then time to take a new piece of graph paper and draw the quilt’s outside diameter. I then start placing the pieces around until I like what I see.
The spaces between different sized blocks (for example, putting a 9” up against a 12”) are prefect places to add sashing (a narrow strip of fabric) around the smaller blocks. Using the graph “paper doll” method, you’ll know exactly the size you’ll need!