A couple of new or updated items. Enjoy!
Hexagon Garden Quilt, with border:
Two yo-yo’s! Different sized yo-yo’s that are supposed to be the same size, but that’s okay, right? I’m a beginner.
Have a great week!
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I really like your Hexagon Garden Quilt and the colors that you picked.
The border looks great, Frances! I like the darker colour there.. pulls the whole thing together.
My son is reading Chicken Boy now. I think that is the title. It has been the PERFECT book for doing his daily reading assignment and writing a few sentences about it. He hasn’t really resisted as much since he’s gotten into it either! I think we will see more of them here in the future. :D
Oh, I forgot to mention that Bonnie Hunter was just here last month, teaching at our guild. She’s pretty good and entertaining and talented! I actually did not know that I had had contact with her before! I asked her permission, about five years ago, to use one of her patterns to teach an adult education class back in CA. She was gracious enough to allow that, with due credit, of course. Small world! (and I like your hexy quilt too, and laughed with you about the yoyo sizes. I have done the same thing! lol)
I’ve taken 2 classes with Bonnie Hunter. I really enjoyed the classes and especially liked seeing her quilts in person. She lives in NC, so if you ever get a chance to go to one of her classes or lectures, do it! She is fun and entertaining.
A confession: I’ve read all about her scrap users system and can appreciate it, but I’m just too lazy to do all that cutting at once. My scraps are in open plastic baskets, sorted by color. I cut when I need to, not before.
I think your books would be a great give away! A lot of quilters are readers, and a lot of us read YA books.
You were talking about how the quilt does not lay flat but it looks perfectly flat to me. MY GF ( similar block style) made a quilt top where several of her blocks were more like breast sticking up in all the wrong places. She was very frustrated with it so she decided to “stuff” the bad blocks. She cut out battings ( circular pattern since it mimicked the blocks) and layered them where the blocks puffed outwards, that filled the space. She stacked three layers of batting under her puffed blocks and then did a circular FMQ quilting pattern. It looked like trupunto and as if it was planned. I will try to get a picture but she lives 80 miles a way so it might take a while.
Scrap Therapy and Quilt-Ville systems….
5 inch squares mimic the pre cut charm packs there are a lot of patterns available using that size.
Bonnie says she never cuts 3 inch blocks but I use that size to make 2-1/2 inch triangles using the sew the diagonals .. need a slight trim.
Mainly I have been making jelly roll 2-1/2 inch strips width of fabric. Have several quilts I want to make using them. I have Purchased Jelly rolls but I am adding to them out of my stash.
Another fun podcast
i’m glad you got the clover yo-yo maker–i’m one of your listeners who think good thoughts your way but don’t usually get around to the computer to comment :-) this may be way obvious–but i’m using the yo-yo maker too, i have squares of fabric cut out, i fit a square into the maker–clamp into place, and then trim off the edges to get a rough circle–it saves a lot of time to not have to cut out circles which i think already makes the yo-yo maker a must-have. oh, and one more thought–pls don’t apologize for having your podcast run over 40 minutes–the longer the better!
I agree that any of your books would make a fine give-away, especially “Falling In.”
I am merrily cutting scraps from the Scrap Therapy book. I will have to send you a picture of my “Not an Easter Basket” full of scraps that came from our last Guild Meeting. Lots of them are clothing scraps, so we will see how well they play with the 100% cotton from the LQS.
I listened to both you and Sandy right after sending daughter back to NC State [from Easter Break.] If you ever make it over to the exhibit, she might be able to meet you :)
All the best.
Enjoy your podcast every time, listening to it while I work. A couple more medallion quilt sources came to mind for you – Fons & Porter have designed several. I searched their website, but am thinking they did one as a BOM in their magazine several years back. Pat Sloan just published a book called “Focus on the Center, 8 New Looks for Medallion Quilts” that give a more modern spin to them.
I do agree with the notion that the job of some quilts is to deliver color into our lives. The hexagon quilt is doing its job (and I bet most of the problems will “quilt out.”
Love listening to your podcast. I confess I never remember the gender differentiation between Frances and Francis. SIL got his PhD from U of Mass at Amherst last year so have enjoyed western Mass. Went to a quilt shop located at a former textile mill in that area that had every Robert Kaufman solid made. Had to take a picture! Also loved visiting Webs since my
daughter is a talented knitter. Keep up the talk!
I love your color-carrier quilt! It has movement and energy, making it the perfect cheering-up quilt for a blue Monday morning.
I wanted to tell you that my mom-daughter book club just read and discussed your book, “Falling In”. The four fifth-grade girls and their moms all loved the story, and we had a good time calling out all the fairy tales and fantasy stories you seemed to draw from in your writing. It was a very clever tale, fun for moms and kids to read.
Keep the quilt diaries coming! I love listening : )
OMG! Books written by Frances Dowell, particularly signed copies would be so sought after. People would stress the computer servers beyond capacity signing up for your give away, People who received such a gift would KNOW they hit the jackpot! You are way too humble and under estimate your talent.
LOVE new rotary cutter blades but I change them far too infrequently. Has anyone tried those blade sharpeners? If they would work, they would be so worth the initial investment which isn’t really all that much.
Love the colors in your hexagon quilt Frances. I agree with Kelly, I think everything will quilt out.
I would like to see the baby quilt you talked about and I am looking forward to seeing Rick’s Stars quilt. I would so TOTALLY love to win a copy of Falling In or any of your other books! :) That would be very cool. Charm packs are cool too. :) 2 things you can never have too much of. Books and fabric.(though my husband probably disagrees) I have been listening to your podcasts at the recommendation of Susan The History Quilter. LOVE THEM! I have listened to January 2012 on, pretty much straight through to this one.
Also, a possible tagline for you… Keep quilting a part of your life, piece by piece. ;)
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