Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I am 68 years old i have a large family who have loads of quilts , i make quilts for linus uk .
i have lupus and quilting helps me cope with my illness when i am too ill i read quilting magazines and have a large library of book on quilting i also have a adoring husband.
How many quilts have you made?
more than 100
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
i love to make quilts
How long have you been a quilter?
What is your favorite quilting technique?
al techniques. at the moment i am doing miniatures
Of course I would like a new friend. Quilted with several English women on a quilt tour of Norway. They were way too good. Just rewatched "Gone with the Wind", with my 12 year old granddaughter. There were several quilts I hadn't noticed before, mostly in the evacuation scene of Atlanta, Georgia.
Hi Julia, I just checked to see where you were from..duh you had the civil wall quilt quilted in the UK. Ok...If you made an English Civil War quilt...would it be Cromwell or War of the Roses...and what might that fabric be like?
I wish Jane Austen had made a prettier quilt...maybe I could design one that Jane and Elizabeth might have made for one of their nieces.
This is looking really good Julia.lt looks like free motion, but with more even stitching. Before doing any more, you should perhaps do all the stitch in ditch first,even the lines between brown and cream. That will keep it all square. l hope you're having fun with this method! l love your bows. lf those are 6" blocks, you probably won't need any more quilting in them. Even so, when you're all done what you've been doing, you can always go back in and add stitching where you may feel necesary.
Julia, I have the same problem. I've been just doing 1/4" quilting, using a walking foot (even feed), or stitch in the ditch. My machine has a foot with a blade in the needle position (although I had to bump the needle off-center just a hair). I don't know how big your squares are, but how about just stitching an X across then? Another alternative is to draw a line diagonally from corner to corner, then stitch evenly spaced diagonals, creating diamonds/squares. This is also done with a walking foot, with a quilt guide on it, for even spacing. Lately I've seen quilting done with crooked lines. I'm such a symmetric person, that sort of jars, but then, throwing all kinds of different patterns together is hard for me, too, and I'm still quilting. <G>
hi julia, was down w my back issue and my "forever flu" yesterday after spending a few days running the yard sales w the hub and digging out ground cover and the massive roots. spent yesterday on couch trying to read...difficult to post commemts on i-pad laying down. it's heavy! lol and to hold w one arthritic hand and type with one finger of other hand...so i just read and snored all day :)) but ...today i am upright again and after all the rain the last couple nights and yesterday...thinkin' i will stay inside today and try to get a little sewing done. the next installment on the mystery quilt should be out tomorrow, so want to clear table and ready for more color play! you should join us! we'er sorta quiet, but all the members are fun and have different levels of quilting skills and backgrounds. usually the mystery quilt projects on mqp stay up for a long time after the last offerings because we are mostly behind or slow to put all together or...whatever! lollol
on my mini quilts i have always just used scraps of batt or wadding. i buy king size low loft and cut out what i need for small quilts etc. have used pieced batt on occassion too, if only one or two seams will be needed. if i have a batt that seems too thick for my project, i carefully seperate the top & bottom layer. one is not supposed to do that because then one side of batt not bonded and will beard. these go on wall or table...i don't care about bearding on the backside that will not be seen.
i have used the thin poly/cotton blends that are supposed to give appearance of antique quilts, i dissagree, they don't have the appearance of any of my antique quilts with wool or cotton wadding. speaking of wool, one of my favorite miniature quilt designers/authors is sally collins. i was most fortunate to be in an area where she was giving a workshop several years ago. i have saved an article she wrote in an old issue of the now out of production "Miniature Quilts" magazine. she described her hand quilting technique and explained why she has switched to wool. she also showed photos of a quilt...she made two..used usual batt in one, and wool in the other. she said that not only is wool wonderful to needle thru, but that it has "memory" and instead of all wrinkly looking when done. in the photos you can clearly see the quilt motif. almost as if lightly stuffed.
so, since i am going to be needing more batt for a couple of current wip's, i thought i would also pick up a small roll of wool for current and future mini or small wall quilts, like my sunbonnet sue.
my hubs problem was arthritis. i have had arthr in my hips, feet, knees, back etc etc etc most of my life. tho not RA like you do. but my hubs is very sedentary..a very bad thing when arthr comes to stay with one. i hope that treatment will work for a while longer and more surgery put off for few more years.
it is so cold, still in the mid teens centegrad. but supposed to return to normal low twenties by next weekend...hope so..going to set out some vegies and hope for warm. when normal temps for this time of year & later gets here we will have temps from mid 30's to occassional lo 40's. want the plants settled in before the blasts of heat arrive.
tho i do not have the severe form of illness that you do...i have the symptoms, but the tests are always negative. but i have had increasingly sever arthritis since i was a teenager. have, without exageration, lived my entire life in pain. i think it has made me stronger. my vest friend lives in holland, a british national (we met on-line, & have been as close as sisters for many years now)has juvenile on-set rheumatoid arthritis from since she was 12 years old. yes, i agree with your statement - "we carry on". as my son grew..he realized mommy was not quite like the other mommies. then as a teen he would get so upset on my "bad" days. but i told him that no matter what difficulty we have, physical or other...to remember - there is always someone somewhere worse off ....count your blessings.
it is satisfying isn't? working on miniatures i mean :)) .. my little pink & green scrap is 1 1/4" cut, 1" finished. in my mqp album, there is also a pic of my "chicken" quilt i did for friend. she is doing a version of it for me, w my help. she is having such a great time. she had never worked w such small pieces before. i haven't posted pic of finished quilt that went down to her via the hubs in march, but i will when on pc again. this time of year is outside. terraforming, trying to get my garden in, cleaning flower garden messes up from last years neglect. i lost my beloved wolfdog to cancer last spring. she died one week after her feline bff died of probable tumor. the loss of the two of them at the same time, even tho expected, was an extremely emotional time for me. they were my outside work companions, quilting and sewing companions...sat with me wherever i was in house or out. and tjey both would sit and seemed aware that i needed them near when i was having very bad day physically. then the hubs had a total hip replacement in mid june. he is a very sedentary personality. also, like most male members of the human species - very needy, labor intensive...high maintenance. by the time i got him back on his feet amd back to his job & out from under my feet ...too much time had passed and too late to do the work i am trying to do now ---between rain & thunder storms! lollol we should be between 20 & 25C this time of year...but nights have been l to 3C hi 12C ...very strange weather year.
keep posting...you may be new to this but it doesn't show! i enjoy your comments and "visiting" with you.
welcome to My Quilt Place, julia. i don't have lupus, just several forms of arthritis and my "forever flue". they tried to diagnose me w lupus as i have all tje symptoms but they kept getting what tjey called false negatives on the tests they did on me. and like you, on my "bad" days, i love sitting with my quilting or knitting or... also, i find great pleasure in my numerous quilting and needlework books amd magazines. i also enjoy miniature quilting. there are two miniature groups here. here is a link to my curre t mini wip that i posted a pic of on my gallery pages.