Episode 92: Big Finish!

20 07 2012

Yay! Hidden Stars is all the way done!

Here’s a close up of the quilting:

And the finished top for Rick’s Star Quilt:

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20 responses

20 07 2012
QuilterCaroline

Wow Francis! You have been hard at work. Hidden stars is beautiful and I really love the colour pallette of Ricks quilt. Well done.

20 07 2012
Laura

Congrats on your progress!

20 07 2012
Jaye

GREAT job! As QuilterCaroline says, you have been hard at work! Very nice job! Rick’s quilt is looking nice, too. It looks very Fallish and masculine. Again, I have to say that the way you are working with the negative space is great. Also, there is a just enough white int he quilt, not too much to suck the life out of the piece. Excellent work!

20 07 2012
A.J. Dub

Yay! They are both beautiful! 2 thumbs way, way up!

20 07 2012
Kristin

I love Hidden Stars- and I love the name of it too. I am a big fan of French General- you can go wrong with their fabrics. Love the improvisational look of Rick’s Star quilt. Great job!

20 07 2012
margaretk

Hi Frances, Sorry you’re not feeling well – you are being very productive anyway! Hidden Stars and Rick’s Star Quilt both look really nice! The camera technique is a great idea, as is the assistance from the Quilt Block Fairy. I watched the Forsyte Saga many years ago, and also read the books! Highly recommended if you have the time……almost like Trollope in scope. Hope you feel better, and glad I happened to be near the computer after I listened to the podcast so I could remember to comment!

21 07 2012
Ellen

Hi Frances.
Love the quiolting on Hidden Stars. You’ve done a great job despite teh caffeine withdrawal.
Rick’s Stars are shining beautifully.

21 07 2012
Torie

Gotta love the BBC Dramas; I just finished the newest “Sense and Sensibility” with Dan Stevens from “Downton Abbey” as Edward Fellars; so much fun.

As alwatys, I am wildly impressed by your ability to not only quilt on a domestic machine, but to make it look so nice. I am stil keeping the long-arm quilters in business.

All the best.

21 07 2012
SallyH

The quilting on Hidden Stars looks great! I think I have the same ginko stencil. I love the pattern for Rick’s Stars–would be a great wounded soldier quilt, minimizing the light colors is practical. Freezer tip: I keep a spare ice cube tray for small portions – great for pesto, would work for tomato paste too. Fill the tray, pop in a plastic zip-lock bag and freeze firm, then dump them out into the bag and re-freeze.

21 07 2012
verylazydaisy

I really like the colours and softness of texture in the prints you used for the hidden stars quilt. Well Done!

21 07 2012
SherriD-WalkerLady

I was going to leave a comment last week and didn’t and wondered if you’d miss me and when I heard my name mentioned in this episode, how could I even think of letting you down! lol
I saw someone else suggested using ice cube trays to freeze your tomato paste. I second that idea!

Projects…I say bedspread to quilt for beds. I have seen bear paw and bear claw blocks. You need more projects? I am all of a sudden even more behind here! I agree it has been an odd summer. I am so tired and I am doing less and less around here. I wonder if the heat has something to do with it?

Sorry you are still not up to par. I hope you get answers soon too!

Repro or retro might be the word you are looking for. Old fashioned fabrics are often called retro fabrics. Repro, short for reproduction is probably correct too.

Arranging those star blocks. When I saw you hadn’t sewn them together last week and were going to rearrange them, I hoped you would not put them in diagonal rows of like colors…and you didn’t! I love the randomness of the layout you went with.

Lots of folks hate binding. I love it! Sitting and hand sewing that backside around and down as best I can is really enjoyable for me! But I am often the exception I think. I always machine sew the binding to the front first and turn it and hand sew binding to the back secondly.

For ten bucks I could get two pints of organic blueberries. I don’t like the non-organic. I am jealous of your luck with getting so many blueberries! No sympathy here!!! lol

This is where I heard my name mentioned. lol Regarding the signatures and quilting through them……The only way to NOT quilt through the signatures would be to either quilt it from the back OR to cut out the signatures and applique them onto the back after you were done quilting. That poses another bunch of problems though, because you don’t really want to go through to the front when appliquing and would have to watch your stitches. If you do a meander quilting pattern, you could quilt from the backside. Or you might quilt with invisible thread in the bobbin. No matter what is in the bobbin though, it will still leave a line through the signatures.

If it were me…I think I would do the wonky setting you want and quilt it from the backside with a meander or something similar to it.

Hope that helps. Now I need to get back to the projects I have going on…I was just thread painting a dragonfly with a two inch wingspan on the boarder of the U is for Unicorn quilt that I recently picked up again.

Ed-woar-dian (woar like roar) Was after the Victorian period. Queen Victoria was Edwards mother I think. King Edward reigned in the early 1900’s. The Edwardian period ended around the time of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, just before WWI. Some say it was longer though, but I am not a history buff and won’t go farther with this story. My family and I dress up in the 17th century style with was near the time of the Renaissance. (ok, I know, too much information!)

EEEEEKKKKK, Now I REALLY must go!

btw, I was saying “Quilt long and prosper” out loud, JUST before you said it towards the end of this podcast. hehehehehe :D

21 07 2012
SherriD-WalkerLady

Didn’t I say I was going? I wanted to say that I am NO EXPERT when it comes to how you should pronounce “Edwardian”. I have a northern accent with a west coast flair and a few slips of southern drawl thrown into my speech! So how I said to pronounce it, might not be the way it is supposed to be pronounced.
Just thought I would throw that out there. :D byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

22 07 2012
Heather

I second the comments of using an ice cube tray for freezing small portions of tomato paste. I did baby food that way when my kids were little and it works really awesome.

Also, I love the hand-stitching of binding but like you, I forget about the preamble to the hand-stitching part. I reeeeeally dislike pinning the binding to the top and then joining the two ends to form a complete binding. The hand-stitching though….ahhhhh.

22 07 2012
Kelly the Fifth

Beautiful Miss Frances. Typing with one hand so I will keep it short. I think your quilts are wonderful and artful, too.

22 07 2012
SherriD-WalkerLady

(Next day after my first two postings)
Okay Missy, NOW I am dreaming about you!!! However, I came up with another solution for quilting around the names. Use a very bright thread and baste around the names. You will then see that on the right side of your quilt and perhaps can then quilt around them, but from the front side. Now I need my first cup of coffee. No more dreaming of YOUR quilts m’dear!!! lolol

23 07 2012
quiltingpiecebypiece

Just a few thoughts: I just started listening to your podcasts. They’re fun! Keep up the good work. Love the Foyle’s War series (starring Michael Kitchen)! The Forsyte Saga starts in Victorian times (if I remember correctly, the 1870s through 1920ish) Ed-WARD (as in “Ward of the state”)-ee-an Era: just after Victorian in Britian (Edward VII was her son.) He died in 1910, but sometimes the term is used to encompass entire pre-WWI era, or up to the sinking of the Titanic (Downton Abbey would be set just after it.) If the signatures are on the back of the quilt, I would just quilt through them. Or you could quilt the back of the quilt using the signatures as your quilting lines and meandering the rest?

23 07 2012
Carla (@coraquiltscarla)

I love those William Morris prints you were talking about, in fact I am making my second king size quilt with Morris prints from Barbara Brackman. This one with a layer cake from the same line you used.

And I also wanted to say that I *LOVE* hand sewing binding too. I just put a hold on Foyle’s War from the library per your recommendation so as to have some more excuses to sit down and bind :)

24 07 2012
Sarah

Love the way it turned out! I do the photo thing too, but I do it in black and white – great way to make sure the values of the blocks are balanced. And I LOVE the idea of using a bright basting thread to guide you around stuff in the back. Great idea, SherriD!

28 07 2012
Jaye

I am catching up on my podcasts, so I don’t know if what I write here will be from the VERY late episode or this one. At this point in time and space (Friday 7/27 at 5:50PDT), I have not finished listening to your most recent episode. Here goes:
1. Your quilting career is too young to have angst about UFOs. I know what you mean, though and finishing (or abandoning, if you just can’t make the project work) is part of the process. This concept took me a long time to learn. I am paying the price right now trying to plow through some older projects.
2. From my experience with my stomach issues: they diagnose by elimination (they decide what you have by what they know you don’t have). If this came on suddenly, I am hopeful that it is short term. My friends will tell you I always say to try a gluten free diet for a week or so when you have some serious tummy issues. My friends all roll their eyes at me so feel free to do so as well.
3. I am glad you decided to machine quilt the rest of the Hidden Stars. I think you have moved on from that piece and to have it laying around while you hand quilted it would have been frustrating.
4. You mentioned writing while you were on jury duty. Do you ever write longhand?
5. Let’s get going on the Sampler again. I’ll make an effort to make the machine appliqued block and do the tutorial.

Jaye

28 07 2012
Jaye

6. I have a handwork kit that has my marking tools, small scissors, thread, pins, needles, and whatever else I need. I keep it in the living room by my spot on the couch, so it is ready whenever I am. Yes, I have duplicates of things, but it makes my life so much easier.
Jaye

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