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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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I was making a small charity quilt when learning that a distant cousin just found out she has breast cancer in both breasts and her lymph nodes. So I've decided to complete it to send to her to keep her warm during chemo and anytime she gets cold, which some people seem to do. My question is which kind of batting to try to use, cotton or poly or polycotton. I don't know which is warmer or which would hold up better during a lot of use. All suggestions most welcome. God bless you all.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Socrch marks

Has anyone found a means of removing scorch marks from white cotton cloth?


Friday, April 23, 2010

other quilt related web pages

I just received a survey from Keepsake quilting. Among other things they wanted to know what web pages I look at.
Do you go to Quilt Arts.com, quitville, quilttropolis, etc. If so do you think these are worthwhile sites?
I finished the top of my QOV quilt last night. Yea!
Now to get it quilted.
Sara in Fla.

Friday, April 16, 2010

African Queen Quilt Top

It has been a long time since I've posted or done much of anything quilt wise.

However, a friend of mine sent me an assortment of about 20 African prints, plus several small pieces and a stack of solids along with a book about African American quilts. She asked if I could turn the fabrics into a queen size top. This collection of pictures shows the outcome. My husband helped with the color and print placement. Together I think we came up with a pleasing top.


The link above should let you view all the photos in my online album.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Almost there!

Just finished HQing the last block in a king size Tennessee Waltz quilt that I've been working on since 2002! That's when I cut it out and it probably took 6 months to piece it all, working in between other projects. Put it on a frame a few years ago for the quilting but just wasn't spending any time with it. So off the frame, into a hoop, with the bulk going into a big bag on the floor. I only have the border left and it should be relatively quick. Promised to son and DIL when they went overseas that it would be finished when they return - which will be in July. So I'm sort of on schedule??? Can't tell you how many other smaller quilts I've done in the meantime, but now all energy is going into finishing this one. NancyH


instead of chat page.

SEVEN MORE BLOCKS TO GO!!! That's the status of the wedding quilt. I might make it by the quilt show and the anniversary in August. Just might depend on how busy the long arm quilter is. I have a lot of squaring up to do with 99 blocks. They've been done on three different machines which is a mistake I'll never make again. The new 6600 piecing foot makes perfect seam allowances while having to eyeball it even with the help of good old Dr. Scholl's moleskin guidance is inconsistent. That foot is one of my chief reasons why I prefer Janome. Those blocks are almost perfect 10.5" but some of the others are smaller than that so I'll have to cut all of them down to 9.5. All that cutting is a pain both figuratively and literally on the bad foot. However I don't want to have to re-make them.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thumb thimble

Try Pacific Rim Quilting. They show thumb thimbles up to size 13. http://www.prqc.com/notions.htm#Thumb-Thimble


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thumb Thimble

Does anyone know where I can find a large-size thumb thimble, also called a tailor's thimble? It's metal and has a hole in the top. The one I have is a size 11, which was the largest they had in the shop when I bought it several years ago. They don't carry them anymore. It's too small for a friend who wants to try using one. She has some arthritis and her thumb is broad and flat. I've been searching and can't come up with a good source. Any suggestions? Thanks! NancyH