Hello Quilters!! So how is your Spring cleaning coming? You know, I spoke about it in last months' newsletter - that EVERY Spring thing you do to your Whole House. Well, my Spring cleaning has been downsized to my sewing room, and that ain't doin' so hot. Lots of indecisions going on in there and come to the conclusion, that moving is no option. SO, I am sinchin' up my garter belt, tighten' the corset and diving in. I think my goal will be to get thing 'Prettied' up and then take a picture. Maybe I could do a Quilting Room tour again. I usually have to have a reason for deep cleaning. Like my sister is coming for a visit, (yes - that would be my tall, white gloved sister). Don't you get a spurt of deep cleaning when you know company is coming? But I will say, that the quilt room tour was a fun thing and will need to be revisited soon.
Wasn't Carolyn Freidman a wonderful surprise. So accomplished for such a young age. I really enjoyed all of her quilts, and how she had different colors combinations for the same pattern. She had a calming easiness about her designs. Modern, yet Amish - simple. It made me feel like I (or anyone) could do her patterns. Her classes were awesome. Wait till you see the end results and those of you in the Strip Club, who did not join us on Saturday and Sunday are really going to groan cause you didn't.
Carolyn shared an insight on how she decides what pattern to use when making her quilts, which I want to share next month. So - for a tip session - would each of you bring your favorite marking devise or devices on how you prefer to mark your quilt tops for quilting. I think this will be very interesting because there are so many things out there, and yet some of the old true through time tested things may still work the best. So come and see all the different ways to mark a quilt and you be the judge.
Our May 9th meeting is the day before Mothers Day ~ and the day we draw for our Chapter Quilt. You still have time to SELL, SELL, SELL more tickets to the beautiful Majestic Mountain quilt LaVerne Johnson headed up. I've dogged eared my tickets so they will be easy to pick out of the drawing box. (oops, I probably shouldn't have said that). I can't wait, this is always and exciting meeting to see who the winner is. Like the Lottery - I hope it's Me or someone I know. Good luck everyone!!
Last month I my ticket was drawn and I won an drawing with some fabric and a book from Eleanor Burns. I was looking at the front cover and felt like home. There was an old singer treadmill (like I have) with my piano stool (my sister now has) sitting in front of a log cabin wall, like the school house on our farm. There was a log cabin quilt draped over the machine and it felt so warm and homy. I have been taught that when you get a book, read the table of contents, to know what the book is about. This will help you decide if you will like the book. There are 14 chapters starting out from Measuring & Choosing a Pattern to, yardage, cutting charts, techniques, sewing, backing, borders and finishing your top. I have always enjoyed Eleanor in a light hearted way because she would always TOSS the scraps over her shoulder. Since I have been a kid watching quilting shows on PBS, she had throw fabric behind her for Years..... and now I watch her on You Tube and see her in a different light, (still tossing fabric) and this book - so detailed and informative. So Compete there is no guess work to any part of quilting. What a gift. Lesson learned - Always visit Mary Ann and Alan before the meetings!!
May is fast approaching and the end of another school year with summer vacation plans just around the corner. If you are leaving us for month or so, keep us in mind wherever you go and check for great quilt stores along the way. If you are adept with cell phones, you can Google the quilt shops near you. You might just stumble across a little gem of a store. Earl and I got new cell phones recently. And as you all know I am not the brightest blub in the box. So I see him talking into the phone, 'Location of nearest Publix grocers' and in seconds, the phone pops up a list of Publix grocers listed by closest in miles up to all those within a 10 mile radius. So------being the quick study that I am ----- I pick up MY phone and speak into it "Location of nearest quilt shop".........nothing. So I say it again, slower, louder, more enunciated, "find me the location to the nearest quilt shop" and still the phone is dark,,,,,,, So, I tell Earl my phone is broke and needs to go back to the store. Where he takes one look at my phone, glances up to me and so cocky that he is tells me I have to press the microphone on the screen to open up the phone before it will work. Well, who knew?. So this might be a good quilters tip also - how to use one phone for quilting. Not a bad thought. Must work on this more. So until May, see you all at