Hi, I just joined about 1/2 hour ago so I'm really, really new. I love to read about quilting, talk about quilting and participate in quilting.My name's Eileen Keane, I'm a longarm machine quilter, a…Continue
"I lack patience and just want to get down to the stitching. I make freezer paper templates and iron them on the right side of the applique pieces -- then cut them out and start appliquing. When there are a lot of little pieces, I make a…"
"i have read so many interesting articles about the lowell, ma area. we visited ma, maine etc while living on east coast. but i never got him talked into mills. we did forts, ship yards. hubs & son...guy stuff lol
the only needlework history…"
"I love history in general, but when it comes to handcraft history, I like American history first, especially family history, then I like all time frame and location history about handcrafts in no particular order. I grew up just south of the…"
"looking forward to seeing it, cheri! i know eleanor is credited w doing the stitch and turn inside out thing, but i was taught that trick by an older quilter many years ago before eleanor published many of the books she has out. she used a dryer…"
"Hi Eileen, I tried needle turn but was unsuccessful I tried Alex Anderson's method of gluing and turning the pieces in on a template and then I used the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine. I also used Eleanore Burns method of…"
"Hello Ladies - Just want to let you all know about a Mother's Day Mystery Gift Giveaway I am having on my very new quilt blog. Just become my follower and I will enter your name into the drawing which will be held on May 12th. What…"
"I enjoy both hand and machine piecing and usually have projects with both going on. For gifts I usually do machine piecing as it means the gift is completed in a more timely manner. I currently have two hand pieced projects going, one is a UFQ…"
"i forgot to mention earlier. most of my needle work pattern & needlework history books are still packed away.but. i did come across a pattern leaf of chicken scratch last winter cleaning and sorting pattern files forgot how cool it is. thought…"
"interesting time coincedence here! read rianas most recent blog post about texan quilt show. i used to do chicken scratch. she photoed blocks from a quilt that used chicken scratch. i am loving the resurgence of embroidery, especially hand…"
"I like to do a little of both - I agree with Nancy about loving the 'hand' aspect of quilting. I like the portability of projects, too. BUT - there's a time and place for everything and I do love my machine. I guess…"
I'm a quiltmaker. I'm also a longarm machine quilter; I have a home based business called Designing Quilts.
I have a very supportive husband who has now begun his own quilting journey. We have 2 grown kids, a great DIL and an awesome grandson.
How many quilts have you made?
I've lost count
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I want to make them but I want to enjoy the process
Have fun, Eileen. (That's my mother's name, too) I really enjoy hand work, but because I design patterns, I do a lot of my quilting on machine because it's faster. I'm going on a vacation soon, too & trying to figure out what hand work I can take along.
Hi. Turns out there are only 59 blocks. :-( No, I haven't made diamonds, but I do them just as Linda Franz does . . . with freezer paper. If you have only made five, maybe it still seems awkward . . . they are awfully small. My sewing machine would have 1/4" finished squares for lunch! They are great to work on while watching TV. Many would not agree with me, but I find handwork to be fun . . . the machine would turn it into work.
My husband keeps telling me the same thing; he thinks I'm bored and need a challenge. I do make small art quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and those are perfect to try new techniques on. I make a quilt a month for them, and it's time to start a new one. Maybe that's what I should do. Those are always a challenge for me because I'm not really into art quilts and it's like staring at a blank piece of paper and not knowing what to write. I do have an idea though. I've made three in a series and I can do a fourth. I call them "Metallic Threads" and they are challenging. Maybe I should do that. They're fun to plan as well. I usually make one ever couple of months. I already have an idea too...a Christmas theme. Many of them are taken to the Quilt Festival in Houston and they need some with fall and Christmas themes. Another plus to making them is that the maximum size allowed is only 9"x12".
Thanks for the encouragement...another reason I love this site!
I can see how a DJ quilt would definitely improves ones' skills...I've only been quilting for 6 years and have so much to learn. I think I should be an intermediate by now, but I make a lot of quilts to donate and generally use simple patterns. I'm actually starting to get bored and my husband says he noticed I'm more excited about quilting when I'm doing somehing challenging. I've been in a dry spell lately, so to get back on the horse I'm just doing another charity quilt; hoping it'll get me back in the mood!