Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hi everyone i'm from northern ontario canada. the winters are very long, our summers are great and full of bugs. id love to make a mosquito wall hanging, maybe just one large one for the camp. anybody have ideas? ive been making quilts since i was 10 years and still have lots to learn. very limited on fabric up here, mail order may be my next bet. anyways hope to hear from all of you .
That quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Aren't we fortunate to have so many sources to consult when looking for something specific! Certainly, your patience and perseverance in looking for just the right fabric gave you a most beautiful pallet from which to work. Your son and his wife must be grateful owners. By the way, I know what you went through to make a large enough quilt. My son is 6'7", his wife is 5'6", and when I made a quilt for them as a wedding gift it had to be large--an understatement. They live 550 miles south of me. When I visit them I look at that quilt, and wonder how in the world I had the patience to hand quilt it. A picture of that quilt appears in the journal, "American Quilter", the March 2009 issue. It is on the last page
I used to live in Minnesota and have a pattern book "Minnesota Memories by Helen Thorn (PineTree Lodge Designs)
It has several paper piecing patterns you could identify with - mosquito, ticks, pine tree, cabin, wood ducks , dragon fly, snowflakes etc
The mosquito is paper pieced with a little embroidery (legs and stinger) or use a pilot pen really cute as a mosquito can get
I totally get the whole thing about supporting your LQS, but sometimes you just can't reconcile it in your head why the exact same fabric is 15.99 a meter in Canada (or more) but only 9.50 (or less) in the US. I browse fabric stores online and just buy from sales to support my quilting habit.
Hi, I'm all for supporting local stores, but if I can't get what I need locally, I usualy log on to www.hancocks-
paducah.com . They have some wonderful fabrics,and their catalog is to drool over. I can identify with
your problems (I live in Alaska),although the local stores have a better selection now than in the past.Hope
I was in Alaska a few years ago, and was interested in what a local fabric store offered quilters. They have the same problem that store keepers here in far northern Maine have. Only a relatively few customers. The customers have a similar problem--not enough foot traffic for the fabric store owners to increase their offerings. Thank goodness for the ability to drive to other towns. Best of all, searching through catalogues is an excellent way to take up the slack. When my mother was living (1901--1997) she used to accompany me when I went to quilt fabric shops anywhere from 160 to 600 miles from home. She was in absolute amazement at the offerings in each shop, regardless of its size. Often she would remark about how her mother (1872--1954) would have loved to have been with us.
Gram, who lived in the coal mining area of Kentucky, was one who made quilts from whatever was available. She used to get fabric samples from tailors when their catalogues had been replaced. The fabric samples were 5" or 6" wide, and 8" long. She would combine them with light weight woolens from the scrap box, or from Gramp's, and neighbor men's, worn out shirts, add embroidered motifs with worsted yarns to make the most beautiful quilts. She often used feed sacks. She tried to bleach out the printing on them. If the dyes from the prints were still visible that side of the fabric became the backs of the pieces in her quilts. Sometimes there was enough print left to be able to read it.
As I view quilts from years ago which are on display in museums, I marvel at the creativity the makers possessed. Often the thought comes to me, "What wouldn't those makers do now with all we quilters have for quilting materials?" I have my answer when perusing quilting magazines featuring innovative methods, and ideas for quilt making. When you come right down to it, we quilt artists have more options than do artists working on paper or canvas.
Wow....I couldn't agree with you more. I purchase a ton of fabric from Fort Worth, Texas and I live in Calgary. The price is exemplary, and although I would love to support my local quilt shop(s) I cannot justify paying twice as much per meter of fabric.
I new to My Quilt Place and just ran across your post. I live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area; however, my grandfather was from Ontario (town called Teeswater). This area is also heavy with mosquitos. I hope you post a picture of your wall hanging when it is completed. Would love to see it.
My husband and I made a 12 X 20 screened in tent area we use up north in Haliburton, ON. He bought the top canopy of white extra strength plastic and then we bought window screening. It only comes in a certain width so I had to sew two lengths together to get the right size. I then velcroed the top canopy and the window screening so that all we have to do is put up the main poles to hold the tent up and then velcro the screen to the plastic canopy. Took many hours to do because of the size but we have been using it for about 10 years and the top canopy is just now giving out and we are going to have to order a new one.
It amazes me no end to learn of the applications for Velcro. I visited a quilt exhibit in a museum down south. Many of the quilts were hung on walls, some were on point. There were no visible means of suspension, yet there they were mounted! I asked the curator how they did it. Velcro!
Do you know how the inventor of Velcro got his idea for making that most valuable tool? He had become about as enamored of burdock as anyone else. After a few choice words over a period of time, he decided to learn how it was that burdock could stick around. After much study and scrutiny of those &&&^%%%&* prongs in the burrs, he noticed the hooks which caused the adherence of those burrs. He then devised nylon hooks, a way of attaching them to a base, and developed a way of making them useful to people!
Pull up llbean.com, go to the camping section of their online catalogue. You will notice that they have developed a way to set up tents without poles.
hi everyone, i am new too. i am from salem, massachusetts. home of the witch trials, nathaniel hawthorne who wrote the scarlet letter, house of seven gables. if u have not visited, this is a place rich in history and architecture. i host a lot of swaps online and love to make small quilts including mugrugs.
you are trying to find a picture of a mosquito? Not sure what you mean... I have never heard of this. I thought maybe you wanted to make some mosquito netting, but I bet you would be as well off buying that. Good luck. Welcome to this site, it is a lot of fun. Carolyn
Go to the Three Sisters website and they would probably design one for you! Lol! What a funny idea!