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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
10:56 pm
Mug Rug Swap 2013
Mug Rud Swap  by asthenie vd

Mug Rug Swap 2013 @ dunderklumpen

We're gonna have a Mug Rug Swap over at my journal.
If you have fun sewing mug rugs or if you just wanna try your hand on one for the first time
you're welcome to join us.

Posted with permission of the mod.
Monday, July 29th, 2013
8:39 pm
the old pre-washing debate
I've got a bunch of Tula Pink fabrics and I'm ready to start slicing into them - but lately I've been rethinking my "prewash all the fabrics!" stance. The high-quality stuff has such a nice feel to it I'm wondering if it would improve my rotary cutting to leave it as is. Plus I kind of hate ironing.


Current Mood: curious
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
9:11 am

This has been cross-posted. A few years ago I took Rossie's pledge to show progress. Up until now, I would sit down to work on a quilt and the next thing I knew it was done. Yesterday was a first. I actually grabbed a snapshot of all of the pieces cut &amp; on the wall.

And then another of the design.

Now this quilt started as a request from my mother to make her a quilt that was part of a duvet cover. So, here I am wondering what the best way to quilt it is? I plan on using very light batting as to make going over the seams easier. (A lesson learned in another quilt).

While dearest mother was visiting, the quilt conversation happened, as it does with everyone I meet... will you make me a quilt? So, mother &amp; I went shopping for ideas and so that I could make sure she loved her quilt. (For more that the fact that I made it for her.) I know she loves Art Nouveau and much of the art from the 1920's. So we found this panel:

It is the perfect color combination and style she loves.

Next I had to come up with the pattern, that was a long process. Trying to find a way to showcase the panel and be large enough to cover a queen size comforter. Then came the buying &amp; cutting. Yes, a good portion of the fabric came from my stash. I still needed to buy a bit more, mostly to round out the design.

Now, I am trying to think about the quilting. So far, we, Hubs &amp; I, have agreed that we will most likely use 3 colors for the quilting, Aurifil variegated in greens, creams and pinks. I am trying to determine if I need to take the duvet cover apart to quilt it? As mother wants to be able to put a comforter inside. If I don't take it apart how difficult is it going to be to quilt the upper corners? And what type of quilting. We, Hubs &amp; I, know that the more it's going to be used the more it needs to be quilted, but how, is the question?

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
6:41 pm
Craft Fair
Please delete this if it is not allowed! :)

I am looking for crafty vendors in Central Illinois! The BMCHS Band Program is hosting a Craft Fair in Kankakee, Illinois on April 28th from 9-4pm. If you are interested please email me at vruesch@bishop-mcnamara.org.

We are looking for any type of crafters! Sewing, quilting, woodworking, knitting, crocheting, anything!

40$ a booth, tables and electricity can be rented but are limited. We are also asking for an item donation to go into the band raffle which will also help fund the band program.

Let me know if you are interested and I can send out the application!

Thank you!
Vanessa Ruesch
Band Directer at BMCHS
Saturday, February 18th, 2012
8:53 pm
Long time no see!
Hey everyone, just thought I`d pop in, say `hi`and let you know I`m doing a giveaway on my blog:

Also, here`s my latest quilt:

Off to Oz  (c) 2011 Kit Lang

Hope you`re all doing well!
Friday, December 30th, 2011
4:48 pm
This is not a quilting link, per se, but the photos are stunning, and I had to share! I dreamed up no less than 20 different quilts as I paged through the gorgeous photos. I found numbers 12, 34, 43, and 52 particularly inspiring, quilt-wise!
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
4:58 pm
Fabric ID help
Hey everyone,

I bought a couple of fat quarters and the more I look at these fabrics, the more I want more! I will not go back to the quilt shop (don't ask, it was a terrible customer service experience. When will shops learn that people without gray hair have money?) so want to order online, but i have no idea what these fabrics are called. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Need to find out names of those fabrics
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
11:11 am
Lovely article on African-American improvisational quilts
Didn't see this posted elsewhere and thought would be of interest:

The Beautiful Chaos of Improvisational Quilts
Sunday, July 10th, 2011
1:36 pm
Modern Baby Quilt
Modern baby quilt by Ramble Queen
Modern baby quilt, a photo by Ramble Queen on Flickr.

My cousin adopted a little girl from Korea last year and I finally finished the quilt. A bad back and a baby have really cut into my quilting time. At least I've figured out a way to quilt and not kill my back--I have my machine set up on my high dresser and I do all my sewing standing up.

Anyway, I got the inspiration for this quilt from searching around modern quilt blogs. It was mostly a lot of trial and error to get it looking balanced.

I have to send a big shout out to Crystal for being such a modern quilting inspiration. Without her, I wouldn't know the first thing about modern quilts.

I also tried a new way of quilting the quilt. I didn't measure or mark anything. I just eyeballed a bunch of straight lines up and down the back. I tried to vary the width so it would look balanced and not totally "I'm too lazy to actually draw lines."

All in all, I'm very pleased with the results. I will get it in the mail tomorrow, only 9 months after the little girl came home to her forever family. I believe she will be three pretty soon. I think it's a good size for a toddler. My five year old has a quilt the same size that he loves to wrap up in.

Back of baby quilt
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
4:57 pm
I thought some fellow quilters would enjoy this little StoryCorps clip. I LOVE StoryCorps so, so much (do not miss their animated shorts!), and I love female friendships, and I love quilting, and this little story has it all. :)
Monday, March 21st, 2011
4:51 pm
Intro post-
Hi! *waves*

I've been quilting for years, but gave it up for a while. I recently got back into it when my friend informed me that she was pregnant and now I'm making a Mario themed quilt for her baby girl.

(Yes. We are THAT dorky.....Well, really, she is, because I'm not a gamer, but YOU SHOULD SEE MY BOOK COLLECTION....So what I lose from my geekiness for not being a gamer, I quickly pick back up in being a bibliophile, lol)

So, um, without further delay...clicky to see the beginning of the quilt, k?Collapse )

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
2:12 pm
Ticker Tape Quilts
I just learned about ticker tape quilts yesterday (Flickr Group) and now I want to make one! Wants wants wants!

I still haven't figured out what to do for a gift for my cousin and her baby (they have everything money could possibly buy and I don't have much quilting time b/c of my own baby and bad back). Now I'm thinking a super simple split rail toddler quilt (baby is more of a toddler b/c she is adopted), a baby doll and a baby doll ticker tape quilt with lots of scraps from the bigger quilt, plus a bunch more. I just hope that would be special enough. I guess that's where I'm hung up. I want it to be special, but I don't know how to make something special enough with my limited time/bad back. I guess I have a pinched nerve or something. I've sought treatment, but nothing seems to help other than not sitting in a hard chair and not packing around a 25 pound baby all day.

I'm very excited about this idea! Now to find some perfect fabrics. . . yummmy fabrics. . . shopping. . . oh yes. . . excited.

Have you made a ticker tape quilt? I'd love to see pics/hear advice.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
1:59 pm
Help me, quilt nerds!
It has been a long time since I've been in quilting mode. I haven't been haunting the shops or buying magazines. I am out of the loop.

My cousin adopted a little girl (I think she's almost 2) from Korea a couple of months ago. I keep saying I am going to make a quilt, but I have no time and my back kills me so I can't sit at my machine for long (see my user pic for the cause of both these problems).

Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had an idea for a nice little toddler size quilt that is girly, but fast to piece. I would love to throw in some Asian flare, but I want it to be little kid friendly so Asian flair is not required.

Patterns or fabrics or kits or whatever. Lay it on me!
Monday, January 17th, 2011
8:38 am
What counts as a UFO?
My local guild is having an Un-Finished Objects Challenge this year: List all your outstanding work, broken down into steps if needed. For each step completed, you get a star. For each increment of 5 stars, you get that % off your next purchase at our host shop. The person with the most stars at the end of the year gets a gift certificate.

So I'm wondering, what counts as an Un-Finished Object? Clearly, the tops count, and so do the block sets, and the things rolled up on various design walls. What about fabric that's been bundled with it's pattern for three years and I still want to make it? What about that stack of fabric that was originally bought for a specific quilt, but I'm not sure I like the pattern anymore? Does fabric I bought thinking 'oh, those go nicely together' count? I sure hope having bought a pattern and thought idly about what colors to make it doesn't count. I'm not going to count it, anyway! What do you consider a UFO?
Sunday, December 12th, 2010
9:50 am
I finished this little throw quilt today for my Mom for Christmas. She's always chilly when sitting around in the living room, so I thought this would be the perfect thing for her to keep on the sofa. It's a bit non-traditional for my mom's tastes, but I think she'll still really like it.


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Friday, September 17th, 2010
9:17 pm
one final update on the carousel quilt

I'd say it's "only" an Honorable Mention, but it's my first entry to a quilt show ever and I went through a heck of a lot to get it done!

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
1:48 pm
Since I've posted about this twice, I thought I would post the final product!

This is the photo that the quilt is based off:

I began the project back in February in a class taught for our guild by Carol Morrisey. In fine fashion, after the class I put the quilt aside and didn't look at it for months until deciding, at the last minute, that I ought to enter it into our guild's show. I still procrastinated for a month leaving myself only one month to finish it, which would have been plenty of time if not for all the crazy issues I encountered at the end. I put the very final touches on it at 11:30pm Monday and turned it in at 7:00am Tuesday. I helped plan our guild's show and got to see it hung up yesterday afternoon already. Judging is going on today!

For the person who previously asked how I did the thin lines--I assume you mean the "wires" coming off the center post? Those are your typical craft store polyester rattail that is handsewn on. The ends of it are poked through the fabric, which was an enormous pain in the rear, but is one of those little details that makes it all work. The think black line around the photo is just black piping.

Thanks again to everyone for the help and support!
Saturday, September 11th, 2010
9:53 pm
quilt fiasco update

An update to my post from earlier this week about my show quily with the bleed-out.

This time with picturesCollapse )

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
10:46 pm

This is cross-posted several places out of desperation.

I'm working on my quilt for the local show, which is next Tuesday. The quilt has a wide plain white border and a red backing.

The red was pre-washed and since this is an art quilt rather than a traditional quilt, I didn't worry about bleeding because it won't be washed.

That was until my machine got cranky amd spit some oilt on the white fabric. When I started washing that out, I didn't even think about the red--it was prewashed!

Now, my part of my white border, a part that is stitched down with a freaking free-motion pebble stitch is pink.

I only have a small ways to go to finish the quilt, but I also only have four days.

What do I do!

The quilt cannot go in a washing machine, this ia hand wash only. Obviously, bleach is out of the question. HELP!!!!!!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
12:20 pm
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