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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1091556 views.

I like this quilt that Donna posted recently.  It's actually not a new design - I took a class a long time ago to get a little lesson on this very simple technique.  I like the one she does with 10-inch squares, but I also like to insert the "chopsticks" into a block that is already scrappy.  

I really enjoy Donna's videos because she is so efficient and professional in her presentations.  Lately I lose so much patience with YouTubers who are NOT very efficient or professional.  And don't you wish you had a pressing and cutting area as big as they have?!  And one of those "industrial strength" steam irons! 

And wow, she has a very pretty new Spring quilt - Super Poppin' Tropics Quilt.  


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


agreed, she does some of the best videos out there.  No "ums" constantly.  And no silly personal chit chat at the beginning.  A good balance of friendly and information.  I like the lady from Missouri quilts too but watching her she's kind of sloppy on cutting, sewing & pressing sometimes- sort of like being in a house with a crooked picture - makes me anxious.  Though I'm guessing she's just rushing a bit to keep the video moving.

Regarding pressing area, I'm pretty spoiled with the big boards I put on my LA table.  The part I'm jealous of Donna Jordan is her just grabbing  stuff off the shelf - including the precuts and then not worrying about saving the waste.  I know she's trying to "sell" the precuts - plus they make the video go faster.  But I agonize over the waste way too much, especially given I have more fabric than I will sew in my life time. smile  I've been working on Lynne's arrow quilt and found myself trying to "skootch" the large flying geese piece so that I could also cut the 2x2 from that large waste triangle.  Had to lecture myself a few times to Let it go - Cue the Disney sound track.....  There were a few fabrics that I've had for YEARS that there was only about a 10x10 piece or smaller left that went into the scrap drawer reluctantly.  It always makes me sad when I use the last of any fabric, no matter how many quilts it's been in.  Sniff.... the very last of the purple snakes & big ice cream cones...


From: judyinohio


But I agonize over the waste way too much,

You made me giggle, Dee, because you sounded like my mother while you were fretting over using the "last" of some bits of yardage.

What, were  you raised during the Great Depression like Dorothy (my mom) and you now have a fear of never having enough ... enough fabric, enough thread, enough buttons? My mom didn't relax about having "enough" until she and my dad moved to Florida during their retirement years (at age 62) and she caught the spending bug from some of her fellow retiree friends.

I have her jars of buttons on a shelf in my sewing room. I will never use her mother-of-pearl buttons but I keep them to remind me of her thrifty ways. I catch myself  thinking like her sometimes, mostly of her habit of finishing one project before starting the next thing, but the women of the forum broke me of that habit.

And there are several YouTubers whose videos I would watch, but they have some of the most annoying "baby" voices and go on and on and on before they ever get to a point.  And I cannot STAND those streaming videos that last 1-2 hours or more, and at least 75% of the time is them saying HI to everyone who is in the chat room, and stopping to read and answer questions.  Ugh.  Life is too short for those videos.  I like the tutorials that are quick (but not TOO quick) and to the point, without a lot of extra talk.  

There is one YouTuber whose projects I really like, but she took so long to get to ANY point and finally get started, and she spent so much time just stroking her finished project and picking threads off of it and stroking some more, while still just going on and on and on -- aaaarrrggghhh!  As one radio talk show host in Dallas used to say -- "Get on, be good, and get off."  OMG, I'm getting so old and crochety.  LOL

If there is a slowpoke YouTuber with an annoying voice, but I want to see what s/he is doing, I mute the sound and set it to play at 2X normal speed.  Hah!

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


Hope pretty your quilt's are.I love the one that look like a Irish pattern.I took a picture of it.I want to make one.



From: NanaSuz


Hi Ladies,

I haven't been on this forum in a long time and was sent a reminder this morning of all the quilting things I've missed.

I enjoy reading all the fun posts and especially this one from Judy about being frugal. Guess we learned to watch our pennies from smart family members. 

I am also from Ohio and enjoy seeing that Judy is still here.


Suze welcome back to the forum.  Still lots of great conversation going on over here.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Hiya, NanaSuz!

It's easy enough to continue not doing something once you've stopped ... like reading the forum!  But happily, it's an easy habit to pick back up!  You may recognize old names and if you join in the conversations, you'll become acquainted with new people!  :-)

Welcome back!   What have you been working on?


From: NanaSuz



Thanks for the welcome. It is too easy to get out of a routine. I'm glad to be here again. I have been doing Project Linus quilts for a number of years and during this quarantine year it has helped keep me sane.  I also enjoy watching the videos that Alex Anderson has been posting this past year from her home. I have worked on several of her projects. If I ever figure out how to post pictures I will send some.

take care and stay safe.



From: bornblesse2


Welcome back NanaSuz!

I am at camp for another day.  About a year ago I made up this quilt kit panel from The Hungry Caterpillar book.


I used up scraps from this Eric Carle top to make this backing!  I am giving this to my eldest son to have for his preschool or kindergarten classroom one of these days!