“Joyful Noise” is growing and making blocks continues to be fun:
I’m making progress on the third block of “Sweet Journeys”:
And I have returned to hand quilting “Spring Sonata”:
The other new thing for me since I last posted is that I have created a Pinterest site and have started putting quilt pictures there. I haven’t gotten around to putting a “button” on my blog or web site connecting to it, but will be looking into doing that.
This morning while reading quilt blogs I was directed to “13 Spools” where Amy had generated a lot of discussion by bloggers after she posted her 10 “quilty secrets.” These are things she does that supposedly are against the “rules” or contrary to what is perceived in the quilting community as popular and/or wise. There were over 60 comments and it was fun to read through many quilters’ thoughts and opinions. It’s evident from the comments that many quilters don’t follow “rules” and do “their own thing.” For the most part, I think this is good, but sometimes – in order to exhibit good craftsmanship – one does want to follow the rules. The trick is to pick and choose when it is OK and when not to “do one’s own thing.” Anyway, as I read through the comments, I was thinking about my own “quilt secrets” and here are some of them.
1. I have never, ever washed one of my quilts. I’ve been quilting for 20 years and one of my quilts was on the bed my husband and I sleep in for 10 years before finally being replaced. I am afraid to wash it because it has a white background and I used a deep maroon and a deep teal fabric that did not stop bleeding when washed before I used it in the quilt and I’m afraid it will run. The quilts currently on my bed are darker colors and look, feel, and smell fine so I see no need to wash them even after a few years of use. I also see no need to wash quilts I have on my walls. Are there others out there who don’t wash their quilts?
2. I don’t change my machine needles anywhere near as often as recommended and I have never oiled my machine. I do have my machine serviced yearly as recommended.
3. I regularly sew over pins with no trouble 99% of the time on my Bernina 440. I am more careful – or don’t pin if I can get away with it – when I am using a shorter stitch (such as with paper piecing) because the shorter, more frequent stitches increase the chances of the needle hitting pins and breaking.
4. I thought everyone loved batiks but a surprising number indicated they don’t. I’m not in love with batiks either but I do have quite a few pieces in my fabric collection and use them sparingly when appropriate in my projects. I don’t collect them, but buy pieces for specific projects often because the color is right. I’m not a fan of “designer” fabrics either – I buy fabric purely based on beauty or utility. I’m not a fan of many of the new “modern” designer fabrics; I particularly don’t care for the “retro” colors. I generally don’t care much for quilts made entirely of solid fabrics, but solids do have their place (Joyful Noise has a solid red background) and a small number of quilters do get spectacular results with solids only, especially when using silk.
5. “Pressing” vs “Ironing” – I’m with the folks who iron rather then press, at least in most situations. It’s the most boring thing in the world to set an iron down, pick it up, move it, and then set it down again. I much prefer pushing the iron forward and back and 99% of the time this is OK as long as my pushing is gentle and I’m careful not to stretch the fabric.
Here is the last group of pictures I am going to post from our trip to France – already 3 months ago! These are pictures from the chateau Chenonceau which some feel is the most beautiful chateau in France.
This is the path leading to the chateau:
Here is the view of the chateau from the path as you get close:
A doorway with decorative surrounding:
A view with the garden (lovely but not as spectacular as the gardens at Villandry):
Some interior shots highlighting decoration everywhere, including some wonderful tapestries:
A ceiling tile:
A close-up of the above tapestry:
One room had several lovely antique drawings of the way the chateau looked when it was first built. Here’s one:
Part of the chateau is over the Loire river:
It was the trip of a lifetime!
I have been trying to post weekly through the summer, but now that I’m back at work full time, there may be less to show and I may post a bit less frequently – we’ll see how it goes. In any case, my husband is going on a road trip to Nova Scotia (while I stay home and go to work!!!) later this week and is taking the computer, on which I do my posts, and my camera so it will be at least a couple weeks before I post again.
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