Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Features to the blog

For those of you using Google Chrome a new feature has been added to my can hover over anything on the blog and PIN it if you like! Feel free!! Tell your friends :)
And...But WAIT there's more! Look on the right and you'll see a 'contact' box, feel free to contact me day or night. I might be sleeping at the time, but I'll make sure I get right back to ya as soon as I can!
Any more that you need on here, just let me know I'm open to suggestions.
I'll be adding some more little history tidbits soon. It's a 'thing' of mine. I tried pole dancing...didn't work out 'sa well...:/

Basting- It's not fun but a Must!

Basting is High on the priority list of things to do to prep your quilt for quilting. "Sandwiching" your three layers and stablizing for the hoop, frame or lap.

My book will give you several different methods according to the space you have to work with for full size and smaller quilt tops.
Buy before October 28 for the Amazon special of FREE shipping!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

No, you Can't take it with you!

As quilters, we all have our stash of fabrics, tools, U.F.O'., finished quilts and who knows what else. Including your sewing machines, sergers. Etc.

Have you considered what will happen to all of your treasures when you go 'toes up'? NOT that we want to think about that, but it happens. Preferably in the quilt room.

A group of quilting friends and I made a “Will” years ago, specifying just who got what when we were no longer quilting on earth or of sound mind. (not that a sound mind really figures in this equation) I don't know about you, but my family would have NO clue at that time what to do with all of it. I could just see it all going to Salvation Army or to the curb at trash day. It would be an overwhelming job for anyone even if they knew what they were doing and the value.
Certain fabric of mine when to certain people, machine, etc. Actually, the local friends were to 'come and get it', first come, first serve on certain things.. The sewing machines and tools, gadgets were to go to certain people or organizations as well.

You might give this a thought, look around and see what you have. You'll be surprised if you wonder as a non-quilter might just What to do, even a quilting person would be overwhelmed without the help of our 'last wishes'....

Do you have ideas on this?? Leave a comment! :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Our scrappy ladies of the 1800's

On covered wagons, ladies would keep their little baskets of scraps that they traded and collected. They'd use for mending and would Hope that they had enough for some quilt pieces. They HAD to use quilts for their warmth and would piece as the wagons rolled on if they didn't have to walk that day. They'd meet up with other travelers and this was one of the highlights of their poor lives...meeting up with other women with scraps to trade....

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cleaning your Heirloom and New Quilts

When I was a curator for an historical museum, I had a group of girl scouts who needed a project for their badges. They were 12 and 13 years old. We very carefully took the quilt from their displays (all 123 of them) and had a plan.
I used white bed sheets to put on the board room tables, laid out one quilt per table and gave all of the girls a natural bristle, VERY soft, paint brush and an xtra soft toothbrush. Small strokes, 4 girls per quilt. It was amazing what was on the sheets underneath and the fly-away gunk on the floor from those poor quilts. They had been displayed for Years the same way, no cleaning and in a small room facing West, 7 windows on them and brick walls!! YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!! After they were cleaned this way, we refolded and redisplayed in a better, darker room. It took about 3 months and they had 'history lessons and stories' throughout...I had the Best time with those girls!
Not only did they learn something and got their badges, they brought the whole troop in for a Program on what they did, how and why, etc...along with some of the stories we came up with !

If you're concerned about cleaning the quilts or quilt blocks...check the fabric. If it's a quilt top and not sandwiched and quilted yet, the best and safest way to give it a little clean is to hang it outside in a good stiff breeze, put in the dryer in a pillow case on 'air' only. Otherwise, wait until it's quilted. IF it still absolutely NEEDS to be cleaned, take special pains and time to do it right or you might end up with shreds of its former self.

I've filled the washer with cold water and Orvus (cleaning solution used for quilts) . I don't use chemical detergents on Any quilt, new or old. Put the quilt into the full tub and let it soak for a bit with NO agitation. Now for the hard part....take the quilt out, dripping wet, try to gently wring it out and lay it flat outside, on a porch rail (being careful not to put too much strain on the seams) and let it air dry.

If it's just dusty and/or with a few stains, shake it out, put it on the line for the wind to 'dust' it out and the stains??? Use pantyhose on your vacuum attachment (cut out the toe from pantyhose to fit over the attachment). Sometimes it's just better to leave those stains in. That's the 'curator' in me. The stains add to the character and history of the quilt. If it's one of those OCD things and you HAVE to get those stains out, be Very careful. A tiny dab of Dawn on a q-tip, dabbing (NOT wiping) with a wet cloth, lemon juice. But above NOT take to a dry cleaner. NO! The chemicals are way too harsh for new Or older quilts.

Now, here's a good vid on how to clean a new quilt, lots of good tips in this video;

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This book is a great tool for your workshops, classes or by yourself! Learn the basics of hand quilting that pieced treasure! This is an updated version of my first book, "Quilt As Desired" from 1998. Thanks in advance