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Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
I was in the mood for paint by numbers quilting.... where the only decisions where what fabrics to put where.
I definitely hear ya on that.
Busy all day with guests so I'm just now getting to this "party".
Judges at the Dallas show are not very picky, are they? Or perhaps there were not many entries in the category this quilt was entered in and so it placed well for that reason. Your description of the baby t_ts in the quilt were quite vivid ... humph!! How did the person have the gall to even enter that quilt?! Must be related to the head of the judging committee.
I have been forewarned so I will avoid the pattern. I am at the age where I do not want to re-draft any foundation pieced pattern's papers ... nosireebob, not fun at all.
I've purchased a Kaffe Fassett kit and will happily foundation piece one of his strip quilts one of these days instead of trying to emulate your skilled piecing.
Part my new reality is accepting what I cannot do anymore.
Hey, Dee, I just wrote that I was going to do one of Fassett's simple strip quilts? I'm off and running on a new project from his book Quilts in America (wish the forum allowed underlining!)
On page 112 there's a humdinger called "Red Ribbons" but I am going to re-name it "Hot to Trot" because I do not consider the fabrics in his company's kit to be very "red". Get a load of them in the attached photo.
As I sliced the fabrics in my new AccuQuilt (a marvelous contraption indeed!) I cut off a schnibble and glued it to a bit of corrugated cardboard just so I could keep track of how I am using these bands of color. So I'm a bit OCD in the random game, yes?
Here are my very first rows of stitching in the center square of the quilt.
I think I'm feeling the heat from this quilt already.
That's going to be one awesome quilt! You have a truly "hot" selection of colors there.
That certainly is going to be stunning, Judy. Almost glows in the dark. But is that pink I'm seeing in there?
Yes, there is some pink in there. (Hanging head in shame.)
When you buy a kit from Kaffe Fassett you accept what the master deals out.
There were some substituted fabrics from those in the original quilt shown in the photo because the original prints had gone out of production but that could not be helped. And I have also found some of the Fassett fabrics feel a bit "flimsy-ish" to my way of thinking, more like dress fabrics than quilt fabrics. More like Liberty of London dress goods.
Oh, well, I tell myself I won't live long enough to wear this thing out.
After 13 plus years I have finally figured out how the needle threaded on my machine works. I was shown when I purchased the machine, Reshown a number of times on request when I had the machine serviced, but could never get the threader to work for me. I have tried a number of times over the years but it only created frustration at a high level. Than last week I was reading the blog rachelrossidesign and she had a video, very clear, very slow and now I can use the needle threaded. Now to remember to use it.
Put a small label sticker on your machine near the needle area (the kind of label offices put on file folders) with the name "rachelrossidesign" on it as a memory jogger.
(I'll send you the kind of label I'm thinking about if you do not have one handy; no need for you to buy a whole package. Send me your snail mail addy through the forum messaging system.)
That will indeed be a "hot " quilt. Enjoy making it. Are you wearing oven mitts?