Hi! I am new and lost.... is their a profile page I should be writing al this on My name s Al Collier -yes men quilt. My wife and I are both retired and have matching machine at each end of the 6'…Continue
"for me there are some I literally use every single day and others that are , I admit, still in the package. but mostly because I bought them specifically for a certain quilt. do I need them? probably not, at least not all of them. I learned…"
"I spent two days going through the bags of 1.5" fabric quilt material. I made two piles - first 36" or longer and 44" length. Then separated them into lights and darks. Then the smaller pieces in a bag for the string quilts. organized…"
"and i have been remiss, al, as mary says ..thank you for starting this great discussion thread! it's good to hear others ideas and techniques and sources, as in mary's post about jaybird quilts & they're hex n more template."
"mary, you do a lot of, most of, your own patterns/designs. will these precut stencils work for you? otherwise, i agree with you, the multi sized sets are more desirable to me than single sizes. i watched a video this morning on the Quilt Show site…"
"I broke down and bought the Hex N More Template from Jaybird quilts. It goes up to an 8 1/2" Hex Crystal and all the varieties of hex shapes within if I use masking tape creatively. It is making the cutting of freezer paper for…"
"Well, I am moving backward - lol. ary Moore just sent me a box that I swear must weigh 40 lbs. There is a lot of Southwest and cowboy fabric, along with some toddler material and so much more. THANK YOU Mary for your generosity! There…"
"a town near me has a new dollar store. i'll check next time i'm over that way. i love dollar stores, had never heard of or seen one before moving here. i haunt their craft, kitchen tools and toys areas ...i find some pretty cool stuff for…"
Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I am a self taught male quilter. Took my wife to work and bought a Paaf machine ans se dozens of ttote baags ams deniem quilts for male teenage boys at the children's hospital. A stroke left me with memory and walking problems and I spent 2 years wondering why I had got the damn machine. WWe had been dumpster diving at a denim coat factory and still have boxes of new denim we are working through. I piece the tops and my wife does the quilting part normally tying them. Now I am 30 completed tops ahead of he and been told to learn to finish them. I am getting better at machine quilting. I have even mastered a straight line most of the time. Also on my second Brother SQ195 - named Mike after a dearly departed friend. I am trying to teach my 12 year old daughter to sew.
How many quilts have you made?
Over 100 mostly lap and baby quilts , with a few twins and lots of pillow cases.
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I love making them but refuse to o 1/2 square triangles or flying geese - points will not match.
How long have you been a quilter?
What is your favorite quilting technique?
string or log cabin
Why do you quilt?
therapy and the fun and love of it. "No day is complete until needle and thread meet."
Hi Al, my turquoise and brown quilt top was very easy to do, can make in a day, the top anyway. I used the pattern that's on the blue top with similar design. I didn't have enough brown, so had to add another color for filler, this worked out pretty nice. This will go to my niece in CA when she gets married.
followed yours & lindas' discussion re: native music. hadn't heard of blue feather ..looked him up, went to his web page ..listened to some of his music. very nice. i am long time fan of nakai, mirebal, huling & others. been listening to native flute & drums for many many years.