Hi Jennifer, I'm happy to meet you here, too. I enjoy machine quilting, some traditional blocks, some simple checkerboard, log cabin, and more recently art quilts with appliques (machine). I've recently tried free motion quilting on the blocks, but found i don't have great hand control for guiding along the lines, so have returned to straight line quilting with the walking foot in control. Some days I rip out as much as I stitch in.
I'm nearly finished the quilting for my niece's pink quilt, and will start tomorrow to bind that. Then comes the log cabin in green and purple for her sister (both of them are being treated for aggressive cancers, both in the mid-forties, and we are heart-broken for them.
I'll begin quilting the log cabin Sunday, but am not sure what (or where) exactly to stitch. It's a very clear, crisp looking top, and I don't want to ruin the geometry of it, so am thinking I'll just stitch in the ditch somewhere in each block. Any thoughts?
I'll post a full picture of the pink quilt tomorrow, if I finish attaching the binding in time. If not, Sunday.
Thank you for inviting me to be your friend here at My Quilt.
Hi Jennifer! It's wonderful to meet you! I have been quilting for three years, but life got in the way--so, this was placed on the back burner. I'm now back, it allows me to relax as it puts me in another world! I do have some ufo's that I need to finish, and fortunately, the tops are completed--it's just the quilting that needs to be completed. I must admit, this is the part that excites me--as well as scares me. I have always paid to have someone do the quilting, but once I retired, I felt the need to do this myself. It was more out of the desire--and not necessarily the "need". In any event, all of my quilts are pieced--as that's what I'm most comfortable with--however, I appliqué is something I really want to learn. I love Baltimore quilts--so, that's my ultimate goal.
I enjoy all kinds of traditional, Quilts of Honor, applique…you name it. I'm not a fan of contemporary quilts….maybe I just have to develop an appreciation for them. I consider myself an adventurist beginner….but I've been sewing for decades and quilting for at least 10. I think there is more to learn than there are hours in the day. I am pretty good at not having a lot of UFOs hanging around…only 2. And not starting projects that I know I'll most likely lose interest in. I've just finished and shipped off a Quilt of Honor top to be finished and presented and have started a machine applique quilt for my sister that I will piece, quilt and finish. I just don't have time to do everything on my list. How about you?
Like you I have a TON of things going at once. I (unfortunately) have not sewn or quilted in nearly a year. I have missed it IMMENSELY!! But now we have relocated back to Virginia and for a while my time is my own and I have BIG plans to get to work on lots of things "nearly done", in progress, or need to start.
Right now I am handquilting a wholecloth for a client and putting myself on a strict deadline for it. I know if I start something new or work on a UFO I will get totally distracted. This right now has to come first. :)
I will definitely check these out. So excited.
We live in the North Eastern part of Va this time in King George. West of Fredericksburg.
I have lived in all parts of Virginia but this area is new to us. We have in the past gone to Clarksville state park frequently, are you near there? Do you ever go there? Their cabins are excellent quilt retreat spots or wonderful "girls quilting week" spots.
Hi Janice I have been quilting for over 40 yrs now and my styles have changed over the years . I used to do a lot of applique, the eyes and hands are not as limber as they once were so I have slowed down there. I enjoy scrappy projects and the new low impact quilts. I am working on the Farmers Wife Quilt Sampler have 23 more blocks out of 111 to do. It has been a huge project and will probably take me the rest of the year to get it to the quilting stage. Nice to have you as a friend. Evelyn
Jennifer, five of those grandkids are adopted and two are by previous marriages. We get together at Thanksgiving and Christmas with twelve of the grandkids still at home. We go to my son's or daughter's because my house is to small for that many people. lol. Yes I am just SE of Springfield about 35 miles. I do most of my shopping there. And yes I have some of my mom's quilts. The nice ones she pieced in later life and the utility ones she made early on. I do have pictures of most of her quilts also. She hand quilted a quilt out just before going into a nursing home at 89. She was 94 when she passed on. It's nice chatting with you and will read your blog more later when I have time.
Hello Jennifer, I am pretty much a traditional quilter. I've been sewing all my life and learned sewing and quilting from my mom. My mom was born in 1906 so quilts were a necessity of life. She passed away in 2000 so I have just been able to devote my time to my love of fabrics and sewing since then. I am doing more scrap quilts these days but I love scrap quilts. I live in SW Missouri with my husband of 52 years. We run a small stock cattle farm and have four children and 17 grandkids.
Hi Jennifer, good to meet you. I've liked traditional quilts, love scrap quilts, and am about to try my hand at some modern techniques within a year. Our first grandchild is due July 3 so once I finish my husband's lap quilt, it's rush to make the baby quilt!
Had to wait for grand children to have a girl and now the new one is a girl also! Yippee. I'll bet your crew keeps you busy, I know how hard it is to craft with all the other things you have to do. My grand kids keep me so busy with baseball, softball, football, and basketball. The new one will live closer to you in SC.
I Started a star table runner this evening. It's all cut out and one block is sewn. Have a good evening!
Pretty much, you name it, I've tried it, I've done oil painting, crocheting, woodworking and scrapbooking to name a few. My family is all grown an. Have a grand son (12)and a granddaughter (9) and one on the way! I'm looking forward to retiring in 3 years then I can quit. I'm a graphic designer. I'll be able to quilt all I want!
Hi Jennifer, it's nice to meet you too. I've been quilting for about 6 months, but I've been crafting for at least 25+ years. I'm looking forward to meeting all the people on this group and learning new techniques.
Thank you Jennifer, for adding me. I love quilting blogs and online discussions but have to disipline myself or there would be no time to quilt. I've been quilting for over 35yrs and will try to contribute from time to time.