Sunday, December 28, 2008
My hubby was wanting me to invest in a nice piece of furniture, solid wood. but they just cost too much. So, I went with what had what I wanted and looked nice. It is by Sauder. I can't wait for it to come.
This afternoon I went up to my "Quilters Nook" in my bedroom to sew and ended up rearranging my whole bedroom to accommodate my new sewing table. I think that it will look nice once the table arrives but right now it's a bit of a mess. I'm so excited I will have a nook that will be organized, I won't have to cut fabric on the floor! I can't wait! However, I will have to wait about 6-7 days.
The hubby will be out of town on business for the next few days and although I have to work I plan on getting lots of sewing done. The boys are going to be going to the local recreation department program while I'm at work, they love it, but when we get home I want to have a sewing marathon. It would be so much better with my new desk - but I have to take advantage of the time I have.
Happy New Years!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The day after Christmas I decided to go to JoAnne Fabric and see if I could find any deals. Wow, they had great deals on Christmas fabric for $1.99 a yard (regularly $8.99).... and I wasn't the only one enjoying the great prices.
I was looking through the ones left on the shelf thinking that there wasn't much left. I grabbed 2 arm loads of fabric bolts and proceeded to the cutting table. Low and behold - that's where it all went. The lady in front of me had so many bolts I couldn't count and was buying all the fabric left on the bolt! I heard her total in fabric was $150 - that's a lot of fabric at $1.99 a yard!
The lady next to her had numerous amounts of Christmas fabric as well but was not buying the whole bolts. When she was done, I peeked in to the fabric bins and got a whole new selection of Christmas fabrics to pick from. I behaved, I didn't spend a fortune but I got some great fabric!
You can count on quilters to stimulate the economy!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I got to use my new sewing machine for the first time yesterday. I really like it! It took me a few minutes to find everything and figure it out. I didn't figure out the needle threader - I had to wait until my hubby could show me how to use it.... technology - not always that easy for me - but once I get it I love it! I grabbed blocks from my Year 2000 UFO to work on and get use to my new machine. I'm so excited. However, I do believe I need a better work space, I might have to come up with something.
With all the snow that we have and are yet to get I bet there is not school tomorrow, then they will go back Tuesday and then off for over a week. Wish I had the same work schedule! Maybe I should have been a teacher instead of an admin assistant!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tonight he said "Mommy I want to wrap the Thomas quilt and give it to someone." I was a little disappointed. I said, "Well, okay, but I thought you really liked it." He said he did but he wanted to give it to someone he loved. So he took it and wrapped it in Christmas paper and brought it to me and said it was for me. awwwwww. Arn't kids the best?
Monday, December 15, 2008
I got it from the Joanne Fabric store here in South Burlington, and it was on sale! It has most of the things I wanted and in the price range I was looking for. No, it's not the fancy Bernina that would have been great to get, but baby steps to get there. I'm just excited I get something modern and didn't go into debt to get it!
I'm sad to say that it sat in the box for a while since I've been busy with other things but today I finally cracked open the box and pulled it out. I did the responsible thing and got the owners manual and read most of it first. It will take some getting use to it because I really know how to use my old machine - but I know once I master this one I am going to love it. I can't wait to get started, unfortunately it won't be tonight. Well, maybe I can stitch 2 blocks together on an UFO I have sitting next to my machine.
Now, I need a better workspace.... hahahaha.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I am making plans for my Christmas money and I am thinking maybe a new sewing machine. My machine is a Singer and is great - just over 15 years old. I took a pajama making class and got to use a new Berninia... very nice - but out of my price range. So here is my question - how much do sewing machines cost? And what is a good sewing machine for what I need?
Here is what I need - I make quilts. I do hand quilt but would like the opportunity to machine quilt with a walking foot. So this sewing machine needs to have a walking foot. I really don't want to spend more then $500 - is that possible.
I just started my internet search tonight and it really is overwhelming. I need your help. If you have any good or bad experiences with purchasing sewing machines please share them with me. I have no clue what I am doing! Please help a fellow quilter, there is nothing like the advice from fellow quilters!
Thanks so much!
Oh, by the way, we had a great snow storm last night and today - we have real snow now! How excited are we? We love snow here in Vermont!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
First off, let me explain that the Guild began in 1979, now has 250 members, and now does some amazing work! Tight seams, small stitch size (for those that actually hand quilted), and great themes. We'll take a closer look in a bit.
Now that praise is outta the way, let me gripe: with artwork of these sizes, WHY, WHY, WHY would you display them in such tight quarters?!? Come on ladies, you need to find a better solution than the Coach Barn. The racks were spaced at most five feet apart and sized just to fit the quilts. Ladies were bumping into each other, you couldn't take in the entire quilt at once, people flow was non-existent, and don't get me started on how hot it was inside. If these were paintings or photographs an art gallery would never consider cramming them so tight. Come on Shelburne Farms, give these works of art the space they deserve.
I spoke with a volunteer coordinator upon entering the show and made sure that photographing the quilts was allowed, and thankfully it was. Upon entering the display room, I found myself one of may with cameras snapping pictures. The spacing was so tight that even with my widest angle lens I couldn't get many of the quilts completely in a frame. So, I had to settle for some closeups... which is fine as it shows some of the very fine work these ladies do.
You can see all my shots here, but these are not all inclusive by far. There were too many quilts with too many people in front of them to get shots of them all.
"Baltimore Album" by Patricia Egan and Carol Egan is quilt meticulously hand quilted with the straightest lines I've ever seen. Certainly lines were drawn then removed, but even the stitches are parallel. It was really elegant.
"What Made Your Childhood Shine?" by Jane Massenas is the first quilt I've seen that is three dimensional. Jane sewed little tabs with inscribed with things like "love" and "kiss" along with fabrics that gave this quilt texture. Very busy, and very unique. I like it!
"Wool Bees" by Hope Johnson caught my eye due to it's hexagonal shape. Getting closer, it is indeed wool fabrics and just screams "WARM!". Sized smaller, it certainly wouldn't fit my 6+ foot frame.
Lastly, as advertised in their brochure, is the "Ground Zero" quilt. This commemorative quilt depicting over 600 images of people lost during the attacks of September 11th, 2001 was created by Lois Jarvis of Madison, Wisconsin.
Sorry, this quilt isn't as grand as it sounds. Visually unstimulating and creatively drab, the only thing of note about this quilt is the faces printed on the pieces of fabric.
Sure, Lois's heart was in the right place, and sure, piecing the star shows her technical ability, but come on, it looks like she just threw on the gray border! I don't think I'm alone in this opinion either, as when I encountered this quilt, it was all alone without a single admirer.
I encourage you to take a look at the pics I shot and keep in mind that I didn't get the best shots, nor complete coverage of all the works. And if you are in the area, or need a vacation in New England, you should really try to stop by next year and see the show. These quilts were, in my opinion based on many evenings of using quilts and being pulled into many quilt stores, simply stellar examples of this art form. BRAVO LADIES! You all should be proud!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This is a beautiful, scrappy double wedding ring quilt from my mother's closet (hidden treasure talked about previously) and it was probably made by my mother's grandmother. I really like this quilt with all the vintage fabrics in it. No reproductions here - this is all the real feedsack fabrics. This quilt is square, just like the other hidden treasures I found and done by the same quilter. I had previously asked if anyone knew why they made these quilts square - and still haven't had anyone answer so I guess it will remain a mystery.
I have this particular quilt hanging in my bedroom. I love looking at it. I have only attempted to piece curved pieces and didn't succeed - had to give it to a more experianced quilter. So I totally appricate the work on this quilt because of the fabric that was recycled and cut out of feedsacks, the time and effort into piecing the curved pieces, and the fine hand quilting. I would love to know all the stories behind these quilts and the family members that made them, but unfortunatly I won't get that information since no one who knows anything about these quilts is still alive. I just have this vision of a hot summer day or a cool winter night and my presumably Great-Grandmother making this quilt with the scraps of fabric she had after a long day of working around the house. Sometimes I wonder if I were born in the wrong generation, maybe I should have been born back in those days. I would love to have quilting bees and so forth, but I don't believe many women my age are interested in those types of things these days. What a shame. I guess the best I can do is put my own heart and soul into the quilts that I make and hope that the generations after me can appricate what I have created.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Hello all, this is Marty - Beth's husband. I'm taking this moment to talk about my Grandma's quilt.
Growing up, my brother and I would spend weekends at Pap and Grandma's house. They owned a smallish farm that had a creek that flowed through it. Dirt and adventure abounded for small boys. During the evenings Grandma would make us all the popcorn we could eat while we watched TV. We'd sit in a brown overstuffed La-Z-Boy and cover ourselves with this quilt. The top is scratchy wool, but the back is soft cotton corduroys. It was my first memory of how comfortable of sitting in a chair with a blanket could be.
It's a simple quilt, tied, and probably made for utility rather and artistic expression. I have a memory of Grandma saying that it was made from old men's coats, which fits her style. (That generation knew what recycling really meant.) The top is scratchy wool that has aged well, while the back and edges have worn a bit making it even softer. Many of the ties are missing, but it's still warm. You can see more pictures by clicking on the slideshow on the right.
Grandma is gone now, but I have her quilt to remember her, and it still lays on my lap during cold evenings.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I finished another project!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Angels - we all could probably use more of them.
I made this rose and teal angel wall hanging for my mother-in-law, Bobbie. She loves angels. In the Spring of 2008 we went to Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio, and she saw a wall hanging with an angel on it. She mentioned that she would love to have one. I replied - funny, I know someone who could make you one. She hadn't even thought of that.
I told her I would make her one for Christmas, however, that Fall we moved to Vermont from Ohio and it got put on the back burner. Instead I made this wall hanging (which matchs her bedroom) and gave it to her for her birthday.
The angel in the middle is really cool fabric art which I purchased from an artist on the internet. I corresponded the colors around the angel and Bobbie's bedroom colors. It turned out nice and was a quick and easy project.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Hello - I have been out of town visiting family and haven't had a chance to update my blog! I do have a travel story though that involves a quilt!
My son's and I made a quick trip to see family this past weekend. I had some room in my luggage and decided to stuff a queen size log cabin quilt (the one shown) into it. I thought I would take it to my mother-in-law to have her fix the binding. She is the one who made this quilt and gave it to us when we got married. This quilt is always on my bed and well loved. Unfortunatly, our flights were cancelled and rebooked with a different airlines and I was freaking out that I would lose my luggage (my quilt actually - who cares about the clothes)! Luckily, this story has a happy ending - my luggage made it to my destination and I was very relieved! Funny thing - when my mother-in-law took a look at the quilt she said "wow, I think I'm going to have to make you a new one." Oh, darn!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
As stated in my last post, I made a quilt for one son, Jack, about trucks and for my other son, Wyatt, I did this Bob The Builder quilt because at that time he loved Bob The Builder. I found a lady online who machine embroidered the Bob The Builder squares for me and even did one that says "Wyatt The Builder" which I put right in the middle. This was a very easy quilt and was done quickly. I hand quilted it, like I do with most of my quilts. This is currently on my son's bed even though he has grown out of Bob The Builder - it's more like Legos and Star Wars now. That's the problem with doing theme quilts for kids - by the time you make a quilt of something that interests them - they have moved on to another interest.
I finished a quilt! I'm so excited! This is a blue and green and white double wedding ring quilt.
I bought the pieces as a pre cut quilt in Holmes County, Ohio, from an Amish fabric store. An extended family member hand pieced it for me and I just finished quilting it.
Welcome to my new blog. I had started a previous blog bug have decided to make a few changes. So here we go with round 2.
My name is Beth and I am a wife and a mother of 2 boys - and I LOVE TO QUILT. Not only do I love to quilt, I love reading about quilting (fiction and nonfiction), I love seeing quilts, I love visiting quilt shops, I love talking about quilts, I love going to quilt shows and I love showing off my quilts.
I grew up around quilts. I remember my Grandma making quilts when I was little and my Grandpa helping her. I have always slept under quilts made by family. I really got started doing it myself in 1995, my first project being a Christmas gift for my parents. I have not stopped since.
I am what you probably would call an old fashion lap quilter. I enjoy having that warm quilt on my lap while I quilt. I realize I am in the minority these days. I admit I have machine quilted (with a regular sewing machine) a few small projects, and although I had them done really fast, I did not enjoy it nearly as much. I just am of the mindset that quilts should be loved and used and maybe not perfect. I think quilts that look too perfect arn't usable - I know that probably upsets some quilters.
I am hoping that some of you can help me with questions I have. I am self taught and so I am sure I am doing things the hard way. Perhaps I can even help you with questions you have. I find sharing information is the best way to learn, since I really don't have time to take classes.
I look forward to hearing from all my fellow quilters out there, especially if you are from Vermont - contact me! I'd love to make all kinds of new friends and talk about quilts!