"Iris Garden" by con8487 

Let's face it we all have UFO (un-finished objects) that we say we are going to complete some day laying around our quilt area.  Many languish in our "to get to" pile for months if not years.  While glancing through our Quilt Gallery recently we came upon a UFO that required 33 years of diligence to complete.  The kit was given to the quilter by her mother in the 1960's.  All of the flowers required cross-stitching.  At one point she even ran out of thread and had a difficult time trying to locate a color to match.  But she perservered until she found DMC floss to match perfectly.  The quilt was completed in 2005 and includes many quilted iris to compliment the cross-stitch design.  Let's all give a big WooHoo! to con8487.  She definitely deserves it.



(Jean Wells with Ricky and Alex)

Jean Wells, artist, teacher and co-owner of The Stichin' Post quilt shop, will spend an hour with us in chat room Featured Guest on Monday September 10, 2007 at 1:00pmPacific/4:00pm Eastern. Jean will share how to create your own miniature nature quilts based on her book Portraits From Nature. We hope you can join us for a very inspriring hour.



 "Ragtime Circle Quilt" by MontanaGramma & Kessley Newton

As we race down this highway of modern life, it is important to remember to preserve the traditions of the past for future generations.  Quilting is one of those art forms that need to be kept alive and what better way to ensure its continuation than to include a young person in the making of the quilt. When they are able to choose the pattern, fabric and do the actual sewing, a real sense of accomplishment is the result.  It may also lead to a desire to continue creating quilts; and thus the passion is passed from one generation to the next.  

Was there someone in your past that took the time to share their love of quilting with you? Was it a Grandparent, Aunt, or neighbor? What was the first quilt you worked on with this mentor? 



  New York Uglies by Jan Eaton

If you have ever gone to a quilt shop with a group of friends to buy fabric you know that each of you is drawn to different fabrics.  One or two pieces of fabric will be loved by everyone in the group.  But invariably there are those you personally consider "real uglies" and would never want to own, let alone purchase.  Well one person's ugly is another's beauty.  Jan Eaton and a group of friends decided that they needed to purge their stash of "ugly" fabrics.  They challenged themselves to come up with a quilt using these fabrics.  The group traded and didn't care if mistakes were made while sewing up the blocks-remember these were fabrics they didn't like that much to begin with. 

My grandmother used to say that "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's (pig) ear".  Well, I think in this case she was wrong.  Jan's "New York Uglies" should definitely inspire us all to go through our stash and come up with a quilt this beautiful.



 She's piping hot - meet Susan Cleveland. Susan's approach will take your quilts to a new level! It's her details and incredible precision that result in smashing quilts. Her exciting piping technique adds just the right amountof "pop". Don't miss the afterset - Susan continues to teach - talk about a great teacher!! In addition to this you'll meet Mother Superior, Heather Purcell, see the studio of Mickey Depre and Ricky plays Uptop from Sacred Age.



It's time to get back to learning - after all, the school bell has just rung! My video editing continues to unfold - Moving on with sewing room 101 - storing fabric. My next video is off the beaten track - Fishing for Pop-Pop - stay tuned.


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If you have been following along with us to make your very own Fishing With Pop Pop quilt, you should now be ready to begin work on the water blocks. Click here for Part 3 directions . And remember, the more blues you use for your water the more interesting it will appear. We definitely want to see everyone's work, so post them on your profile. Let's get started and make some quilting waves.



After suffering from sore shoulders while quilting a twin size baby quilt I finally followed the suggestion of a number of our members and went out to buy myself a set of rubber door stops. I put them under the back of the machine and to my surprise it really helps to tilt the machine. Why was I so reluctant to try this? Stubborn I guess. Many of you I am sure have quilting tools you use that aren't from the quilt store at all. We want to know what you have found and how you use it. I promise it won't take me as long to try a new "gadget" next time. Oh, and Wayne ("The Big Kahuna" cameraman) found out that a rotary cutter works great for cutting his gels. I guess it works both ways with great tools.



YIPPEE - It is always SO much fun when the preview copy of my latest book arrives along with a beautiful arrangment of flowers. This signals that the publisher will soon be getting all of the books and shortly there after shipping it to your local quilt shop. It takes forever to have the finished product in hand, but oh so worth it. If you have ever wondered what it takes to get published by C&T, please check out my latest podcast at www.alexandersonquilts.com episode 67. Jan Grisgby gives you the inside scoop.


As an aside - start collecting your neutral fabircs today - a person just can't have enough. Tongue out



May 8-10, 2008, Salt Lake City, UT, USA – This famous quilt, a reproduction of DaVinci’s masterpiece, will be shown at the 2008 Home Machine Quilting Show.  The “Supper” quilt exhibit at Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) is sponsored by Gammill Quilting Systems. 

 The quilt was created by Donald E. Locke, of Waxahachie, TX, USA and is comprised of 350 different fabrics, including some hand-dyed and cut into 51,816 half-inch squares.  The computer image of DaVinci’s original painting was enlarged until the pixels (blocks of color) appeared.  A printout of the pixels aided Locke in the determination of color and fabric placement.  The quilt was finished in August 1999, after 2 ½ years of labor.  Joy Press of Godley, TX then hand-dyed the fabric for the back of the quilt. Renowned machine quilter and HMQS instructor, Linda Taylor of Etna, Wyoming, then quilted the piece, which took three weeks.   

“The Supper” measures 5.5 x 15.3 feet, and had to be quilted sideways because the quilt was longer than the quilting machine table.  Taylor says, “It was the most challenging project I have ever worked on because when you are close to the quilt, it is hard to see the figures.”  Taylor had to count the squares, like counted cross-stitch, to see where she was quilting.  She utilized her Gammill longarm quilting machine for her portion of the project. 


 The quilt will be on display at the HMQS 2008 during show hours. The show is open to the public and all are welcome to visit “The Supper” display.   For more information on HMQS 2008 visit www.hmqs.org.  “Supper” creator, Don Locke and quilter, Linda Taylor, will be present during the show to answer questions about the work.  For more information on “The Supper” quilt, visit www.TheSupper.net

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