Episode 184: Getting Back to the Business at Hand

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VFW top with completed border: What color should the binding be?


Great blogpost about QuiltCon 2016 and the Best of Show quilt from Katie at Katie’s Quilting Corner:



Here’s a website that will give you the excuse you need to do handiwork during meetings!



Books I’m reading:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools by Dale Russakoff


24 Blocks just posted a video on hand-quilting–check it out:


11 Replies to “Episode 184: Getting Back to the Business at Hand”

  1. FRANCES….. LOVE the piano border … I think it adds a lot to your quilt. As to the binding… I think black would look best. Listening now so I might be back later.

    1. I agree with Nonnie. I think black. It would frame the whole piece. Haven’t listened yet, will do so next week when back from vacation and back to the commute – my normal podcast listening time.

        1. Remember to make visual decisions visually. Wrap a little piece of lime and a little piece of whatever other colors you are considering around the quilt to get the effect.

  2. And just for the record I’ve been called Chris, Christy, Krista, Christina, and Christa Walters (a nod to the co-author of my next book – Angela Walters). I’ve also been mistaken online for Krista Withers, Krista Hennebury, Cristy Fincher and Elizabeth Hartman (that last one was quite a stretch!!), plus a few other random people in photo montages. But it’s all good as long as they know I love quilting!!

  3. cool quilt! i vote orange for binding. i’ve been catching up on your podcasts and have had all these comments in my head that i’ve now forgotten.

  4. Hi Frances! I love your podcast. You mentioned wanting to make a Birds in the Iar modern quilt…I’d love to share my quilt “Grey Skies” which uses drunkard’s path blocks with different sizes of flying geese. It’s in my book “Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety.” Email me and I can send you a photo!

  5. I was interested to hear your comment about functionality in the modern quilts. My friend and I, while at QuiltCon, had various discussions about this (they might have been one discussion over several days) topic. We noticed it because there was a category that seemed to be comprised of wall (or perhaps they were just small quilts?) quilts. Wall quilts do not have function in the traditional sense of a quilt being a bedcover, but they do have functionality as art for the wall. That brings up the point, though, that modern quilters are distancing themselves (or were) from art quilters. My friend actually looked up the definition after we got back to the hotel one night and she said that the functionality part of the definition was different now. I didn’t look it up so I don’t know.

    I think your definition, especially including the washing, is very interesting!

    I also think the discussions around this conference are interesting.

    I like it that Christa W participates in the Twilter group. It makes her seem more real.

    Re: labels. I always put the size. It has come in so handy when I enter a quilt in a show, because I can just look at the label and I don’t have to drag the quilt out, lay it out, move the furniture because it won’t quite fit, find the tape measure, etc. I also like to put my inspiration for the quilt. It really helps me, because after awhile I forget.

    You can ask Thimble Pleasures to carry other solids. Tell them you don’t like the fraying and see if they will change or add. Kona is WELL marketed and has been around for awhile. All of the other solids came after. I am sure you can get some other solids (like American Made Brands) ordered online and sent to you quickly. Or you should buy a yard of each so you have them on hand. 😉

    More later.

  6. Pt.2
    Kind of a messy, near hellish week so I didn’t get back to this episode as soon as I thought I would.
    Have you read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend? I forget where I heard about it, but I just finished it and really like it.

    Re: donation quilt math. The blocks I make are made up from 16-2.5″ squares. they are easy to put together in a lot of different ways – sashing, no sashing, on point with sashing, etc. Those 2.5″ squares can be cut from charm packs. There you go: 2.5″ that is your quilt math for the day. I guess the point is that your blocks don’t have to be complicated to be made into wonderful donation quilts.

    I still love American Made Brands solids. At QuiltCon I found Northcott Colorworks – another brand of solid with which I was not familiar. I do not have a color card, nor have I found it sold in my area. I did buy two charm packs of white and just today just them into 2.5″ squares to use for my donation blocks. Very nice fabric. Not a lot of fraying thus far. I also use random neutrals in my donation blocks, to whittle down my neutral scrap pile.

    Check out the tutorial on paper piecing (here is part.5: http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2013/04/foundation-piecing-part-5/). Also get Ruth McDowell’s Piecing book: http://amzn.to/1RYLh03. It might give you some ideas for piecing. Please use my Triangle Technique for your HSTs. Please. I think it will make your life much easier.

    T-shirt quilt: I felt the same way. Shapeflex will make your life easier. Back the t-shirts with ShapeFlex. Daisy may have some tips. You can do it with no problem. I felt the same before I did the YM’s t-shirt quilt.

    I like rambly, but your writing is excellent as well.

    Have you tried English Paper Piecing? I wonder what you will think about that in comparison to ‘regular’ hand piecing? I really like it and wish I had done a different pattern than the half hexies I chose. Oh well.

    I was thinking about the handwork while listening issue and thought up doodling. We all doodle in meetings, so I wonder how that is different except that it *might* look like you are taking notes rather than piecing or knitting.

    Have a great week!

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