Reminding ourselves periodically of good technique helps keep us on the quilting straight and narrow. I found a cutting tutorial that I thought was interesting. It starts out talking about tools – rotary cutters, mats and rulers. I usually position my ruler so that more of one of the lines is on the fold of the fabric. This tutorial does it differently. My ever burning question was not answered and that is: when lining up the ruler do you put the fabric on the line or next to the line. Anyone know?
Art Gallery Fabrics has a guide to machine stitches.
Color, Patterns and Projects
Love of Patchwork & Quilting have a Selvedge Sewing – DIY Taravel case project on their blog. This could make another useful and interesting addition to my gift list. I haven’t tried this pattern, but based on my experience with the Clippy Pincushion project, it shouldn’t be difficult. Looks like a good way to use up selvedges as well.
Have you seen the Pantone Color of the Year? What do you think?
I found a good laptop sleeve pattern. I want to try it.
Fun and Games
You know those hotel door hangers that keep the cleaning people out until you are out of bed? Moda has one to keep the family out while you are sewing. There is a little bit of crafting required, but not too much for some much needed peace and quiet.
Some comments on artists as hoarders.
I happened on an old post over at Lily Street Quilts and was amazed at the fabric. Marci has done a bargello type quilt using pebbly fabric and the choice is so effective.
Weeks Ringle has written a post about a traditional Japanese Festival which facilitates giving thanks to our tools and supplies.
My sister sent me a link to an article about Yayoi Kusama, thinking her designs would make great quilt patterns. I think her work looks like Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
My mom made some placemats for my niece’s wedding shower. They came out really well and are perfect colors for her.
Fabric, Notions, Tools and Machines
I was looking at text themed fabrics and saw that Pink Castle Fabrics also sold sewing machines. I was very pleased to see that they include the price on their site, which I find unusual, but also very pleasing. For kicks, I looked at the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP SE machine. The color and the wheel on the front bother me, but the specs tell me that it has everything I want. Since the price was listed, I was pleased that it and the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000 were not as expensive as I thought.
The New England Regional Quilt Study Group/American Quilt Study Group is having a quilt study day in Rhode Island at Quinn Hall, 55 Lower College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI on April 8, 2017.
Dr. Margaret Ordoñez and Dr. Linda Welters will present our program featuring materials from the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island. This is a rare opportunity, and we will need to limit the group to 48 attendees. To read more about our presenters, here are the links to their pages at URI:
Lunch – Bring your own bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.
Afternoon Show and Tell – Bring an antique quilt from your own collection. (Dr. Ordoñez and Dr. Welters have promised to share quilts of their own too!)
To sign up:
Please send your registration and check made out to Marjorie Farquharson:
682 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
The deadline to register with payment must be received by April 1, 2017.
Additionally, there will be a WQSG meeting on Saturday, March 18th. We will be starting at 10:00. Welcome/social time begins at 9:30. The meeting is being held at the Oshkosh Library, 106 Washington Ave, Oshkosh WI 54901. It is one block east of Main Street in downtown Oshkosh. There is a large on site parking lot just north of the building. Our meeting will be in the basement. A donation to the library will be collected as the room will cost us $40.
Bring a sack lunch or there are several fun eating options within a short walk of the library. Allison is bringing water and she says there are two excellent coffee places within two blocks along with a hot dog joint, a wine bar and cafe, and the best cookies in Oshkosh. Allison will be talking about quilts associated with the Temperance movement and said she found some really interesting information and photos to share. Please bring any quilts you may have from that time period to share as well as any new acquisitions you’ve come up with since the last meeting.
My brother-in-law has published his first book, Verity Creek. It is on Kindle and in paperback. Please try it out.