Monday, March 31, 2008

Tulle or Bridal Illusion for quilting designs?

I was at my Uhuru Quilter Guild meeting the other week and the topic was about quilting designs and ways to transfer the pattern. The suggestion was brought up to use tulle or bridal illusion to mark your design. I had never heard of this before, but clearly there are other quilters who have done this. Check out the following links for some more on this:

Monday, March 17, 2008

Finishing a quilt - facing it

I have been doing a bit more of facing a quilt rather than binding the edge. In part, I think it works a bit better with a curved edge and sometimes I just don't want to see that extra lump around the edge. Facing is a garment making technique that gets used a lot with edges and especially curved edges like necklines. There are a few articles out about facing quilts. The most recent article I have found is on Jeri Rigg's blog. I've seen two other articles on the technique as it pertains to the quilting world, one in Quilting Arts Issue 31 called Whole Cloth Facing written by Vikki Pignatelli and one was a project by Kathleen Loomis in the American Quilt Society materials.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Curves in unusual places

1 found inspiration in curves: the curved line of a fence and the curves on a windmill.

Today we went and saw windmills working.

Friday, March 7, 2008


We have been traveling in the Netherlands. Traveling is different with a three year old than with only adults.

Our first night, we could admire the dance of two ferry boats across a canal. On each side, they would load up with cars, bikes, motorcycles or walk-on passengers and then they would both leave the shore. They would spin in the middle of the canal and then dock on the other side. We watched this dance for quite some time.

Our second day, we walked along the river and watched the boats and drawbridges. Between two drawbridges was a lock and we watched that too. Large barges would enter the lock. Sometimes the barge had another boat on top of the roof of the cabin and sometimes it had a car. This was in addition to its normal load.

We went to the family event and our three year old played happily with cousins around hrs age. We had some family time the day before and it was good to see how my aunts and uncles interacted with him.