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!
Quilting, Quilting with Friends

Disconnected?? That Depends On How You Look At It!

On the last weekend of March 2020 some of my quilting friends and I had planned an annual quilting retreat to Bridal Creek B&B in Hamilton, NY. It’s a beautiful place to regroup and reconnect.

On past retreats our host Barbara has served us some wonderful meals and catered to us all throughout the weekend. In addition, as a quilter herself, she has joined us daily in the quilting studio as well as at meals.

Unfortunately, like the rest of our country this year, this is one of the many social activities that had to be canceled.

Quilters are a resourceful group however. Technology to the rescue.

We got together with a google hangout for almost two hours of video chat where we were able to

catch up, share our current projects and laugh, and laugh…… Laughing is definitely good for the soul. The only thing missing was the overwhelming amount of snacks that normally accompany our get-togethers.

In fact we enjoyed our video chat so much that we’re chatting weekly. You can’t keep a quilter down!

Looking forward to next year’s retreat.

There is always time to quilt!
CNY Weather, Winter in Central New York

Winter? Spring?

Looking outside this morning, it was hard to believe that today actually is April 15. Last week, in the evening before supper, we were able to sit outside on the deck. Definitely not today! The temperatures were in the 60’s then; not the 30’s that they were today.

April 15???

I guess its just Mother Nature showing us who’s really in charge.

Upstate New York celebrates winter every with a Golden Snowball Award. Five cities, Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Rochester and Syracuse are in competition. Normally Syracuse’s annual snowfall for the season is 123.8″ and we have won the award numerous times. However snowfall has been light this year for each of the five cities. Syracuse itself has had a shortfall of about 40″. The Snowball Award website reports that Syracuse’s total accumulation for the season is 84.3″. This means that Rochester with a total of 89.2 will the take the award for the 2019-2020 season.

In addition to these totals, another 2″-4″ is expected south of the city tomorrow afternoon. Normally we have about 4″ in April. So far we’ve accumulated 4.3″

All the more reason to spend time quilting.

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting, Quilting tools, Tips

Making Lemonade

Calamity Strikes! I recently broke my arm. And of course it’s my right arm and I’m right handed. LOL

Since I can’t quilt one of the next best things I can do is to search the Internet for quilting topics. I came across an article from All People Quilt on organizing your stash. Of course with any thing like this, everything will not appeal to everybody. But it did have a couple of ideas that I certainly think will work for me.

Ruler Storage

The first it’s really pretty simple.

Item 21. Fill a 3-ring binder with see-thru pages (either zippered or unzippered) to store your small rulers. You could even go a step further and organize the rulers by manufacturer or purpose.

Ruler Storage

Keep track of smaller templates and specialty rulers with a large D-ring binder and zippered see-through pockets.

Stashing Notions

Item 24 repurposes a cutlery organizer:

Stashing Notions

Use a flatware divider to store often-used items next to your sewing machine. They’ll always be in reach, but won’t roll off the table.

Check out the entire article for yourself.

There is always time to quilt!