Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Well, I certainly have my share of books and then some. In fact, last year, a friend of mine wrote one, "She Came From Kansas," and I edited it for her. It is published by Kansas City Star. I have an MA in English and taught high school English for 24 years so the knowhow came in handy.
Many people remember the Kansas City Star patterns that used to appear in the Sunday Star many years ago. One friend recently completed a sample quilt using many of those patterns, but he had to do some drafting on a few of them. But he is an engineer so it was second nature for him.
Yes, the fabric and quilting industry is multi-billion dollar for sure. Every time you turn around, some new tool is being introduced, and new magazines have cropped up too. Believe me, they are all looking for "new" patterns and something terrific to sell books. The modern designs have attracted the younger quilters who want simpler stuff they can finish quickly because they are working.
Look what Missouri Star Quilt Company has done for a tiny town in Missouri that had been dying until Jenny Doan and family moved in. Now the town is a bustling place, and mom and pops are cropping up all over town to accommodate the busloads of quilters who arrive daily. Daily! Nearby roads and highways have had to be updated. It's one of those "If you build it they will come" dreams for the little town and for the Doan family who all work for the family business. Smart cookie. She was featured on NBC news not long ago. My own group is talking about taking a trip to go there since it's only a few hours away. She and her husband came to my quilt guild earlier this year for a trunk show. She is every bit as entertaining as her videos are. Even her videos have contributed to the Internet trade.
Believe me, even when some people say they don't contribute to the world economy, they really do in some way or another. Just putting gasoline in your car once a month is responsible for giving someone a job hundreds of miles away or right around the corner. Houston thanks you.
when i married my husband a whole new life opened up for me. i was a city girl and even though i did sew, i don't think I had ever even seen hand quilting. the first week we were married, we moved to TN and i met my new in-laws. my mother-in-law was sitting at her quilting frame with the most beautiful thing i had ever seen in front of her. i have been quilting ever since. i love the look and effort of doing it by hand, but i understand too the need for machines.
I agree that people are in a hurry to finish quilts. However, many women work outside the home and don't really have the time to put into hand quilting. Now that I am retired, I have more time to quilt. One thing though, my hands have begun to bother me so I rely more on machine quilting. We have an older woman in our quilt guild who has always hand quilted and she does a perfect job. I have "The Perfect Stitch" by Roxanne McElroy, an excellent book for hand quilting and I love it. By the way, at our county fair, there is a category specifically for hand quilting only. This allows hand quilters to compete with other hand quilters and not machine quilters.
Thanks so much for that link. I have been reading about Mark Lipinski and his method. I also recently bought "Quilting in the Big Stitch Style" by Billie Lauder. Similar to Sashiko but not quite. I do Sashiko and love it. She has some great ideas about making templates and keeping them stiff. BIG patterns!
I agree on the slowing down time when you were still working. I am a retired teacher and I too needed the down time that quilting afforded me. Incidentally, I heard of a group of gals who get together to hand sew. They recently lost one of their own and quietly sat nearby at Hospice for her with their sewing. Made me cry to hear it. Wonderful send off.
"B IG" patterns for templates means oversized ones that she instructs you to copy on a copy machine, rough cut out and cover with two layers of clear contact paper on the back and front, then cut out more carefully on the cutting line. Use that as template for quilting lines. Really works.
I use pearl cotton for Sashiko. It works better than the real sashiko thread and doesn't shred like the real thing. I am a sucker for white on indigo fabric. So classic.