Barn Quilts, Quilting

Yes I’ve Got the ‘Barn Quilt Bug’

Just finished my second Barn Quilt and am looking forward to displaying it with our new (that is new to us) on our first trip next week.

Illusion Quilt: Wandering Star

We’re headed up to Clayton NY, along the St. Lawrence River. This will be the second time there is as many weeks. We enjoyed our first trip so much in our old camper that we decided to go again to christen the new one. During our stay we plan on visiting the Barn Quilt Exhibit at the TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate NY) Center in Canton NY.

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting and the Internet, RVing

Camping Again – Finally!

Our first actual trip in 2020. Like most Americans, Covid-19 has delayed any travel this year. New York is beginning to get back to some sort of normalcy and we are now able to do some traveling. As a result, this trip brings us to Clayton NY on the St. Lawrence Seaway. On our first night in the campground. we were treated to a beautiful sunset.

Unfortunately, since this is the first week of Phase 3, many of the beautiful venues are not opened yet. We did visit the lighthouse at Tibbits Point,, where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence meet.

Here we enjoyed a leisurely lunch by the river.

Last evening before dinner we sighted a beautiful sailboat from our campsite.

Oh, I wish I was on this sailboat right now!

In addition, I was able to attend of virtual zoom meeting of my quilt guild. This is only the second time we have had a virtual meeting this year. Our presenter was Karen Miller of Red Bird Quilts. She gave a very informative session on Auriful Threads. It’s so good to see everyone even if only on the screen.

Today we are headed for Alex Bay and the Thousand Islands to check out some of the tourist sites. Even if they are not open, the area is so beautiful that we may just enjoy a hike and lunch by the water.

Does it get any better than this?

There is always time to quilt!
Barn Quilts, Quilting, Quilting and the Internet

Outside My Element

Each year our quilt guild members are able to enjoy a number of workshops. This year is no exception – although the workshops and monthly meetings will be presented a bit differently. Unfortunately, thanks to Covid-19 we have not been able to have a physical meeting since February.

Last month our membership participated in a virtual meeting via ‘Zoom’. We had our scheduled program on ‘Barn Quilts’ along with our regular business meeting and ‘show and tell’. Our members (58 of our 90+ members participated) have certainly been busy during our time of isolation. Many of them had multiple ‘show and tell’ quilts. It was definitely welcome to participate again!

Also our May meeting was paired with a workshop giving us the opportunity to make our own Barn Quilts. Even though I was anxious to participate, having seen some barn quits on recent trips in our camper, I was definitely working out my element. Quilting is one thing, painting and drawing quilt another!

Luckily Wenda Coburn of Barn Quilts with Wenda was able to transform the workshop to a Facebook group with videos that gave us the step-by-step directions on the how-to’s of making a barn quilt. She readily answered questions as they came up

Also we were provided an extensive collection of designs. I planned on making the illusion pattern Pinwheel Maze but when I looked on Pinterest to see some color variations I came across a barn quilt featuring a hummingbird . I couldn’t resist. The result:

HummingBird Haven

I still have some finishing work to do. Can’t wait to see it hung on our shed.

Now I’m looking for an excuse to make another one!

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting, Quilting and the Internet

Graduation Day

Today we celebrated my youngest granddaughter’s graduation from UNC-Greensboro. Our original plans were to be with her as she accepted her diploma. However Covid-19 changed our plans. Fortunately the college stepped in and provided a virtual graduation for all of us.

Of course I couldn’t just sit and watch the ceremony. Why not quilt too!

Congratulations Jordan. Job well done!

What did we ever do before we had technology at our fingertips?

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting, Tips

To Wash or Not To..

Some quilters pre-wash all their fabrics before using them in a quilt – others do not.  Similarly some individuals insist on pre-washing their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher and some dislike pre-washing.  (Personally I do not pre-wash dishes that are going into a dishwasher, but I do pre-wash fabric before it goes into my stash!)

Concerning me mostly is color transfer of the fabrics used in the quilt. Nowadays most of colors do not run  but red and dark blue can sometimes cause a problem.  Using color catcher sheets when washing a finished quilt for the first time is always a good insurance policy.   

While some quilters like the resulting shrinkage and puckers that result after a finished quilt (that has been assembled from unwashed yardage) is washed,  I think that the puckers detract from the overall beauty of the quilt.  Others believe that they make the quilt more antique-like.  Definitely personal preference.  

My personal choice is to wash all fabric before storing or using it in a quilt.  Treating the fabric with chemicals during the manufacturing process leaves a finish on it that I’d don’t like.  In addition even after washing yardage or precuts, I do not iron the fabric but just fold it for storage and iron when I need it.  The pieces have to be ironed before use anyways to remove fold lines.  Ironing them twice doesn’t make sense!  Normally I wash yardage in the machine and soak fat quarters or other precuts.  Then  dry them both in the dryer.

So I guess the answer is – it’s your personal choice. The popular quilting website, Bluprint  agrees that it depends on you alone. 

There are no ‘quilt police.  

There is always time to quilt!