Episode 231: The Long Quilting 17


 

Will I ever finish quilting Crown of Thorns? I keep thinking that I’m done, but I’m not. Sigh.

The quilting could not be any simpler than it is:

An interesting article on quilts and copyright:

https://www.thenation.com/article/gees-bend-quilt-alabama/

My eco-dyed fabric:

Travis got a haircut!

Reading:

My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley (finished–liked it!)

Impossible Owls by Brian Phillips (reading it now–essays–amazing!)


17 thoughts on “Episode 231: The Long Quilting

  • Kim Beidler

    Hi Frances, Enjoyed the podcast. Wanted to tell you about a book you might like. Not quite finished yet, but I like it a lot. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Just happened upon it in the bookstore. Easy, fun read. Thanks for all your book reviews. We have similar taste in books.

  • Sheila

    Hello! I wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I’m enjoying the off-kilter Quilt podcast. I listen while I’m sewing. I’m in agreement with you about Kona. I used it last year for a quilt and it’s been long enough that without the reminder I might do something I’d regret. Thank you!! The observation concerning social media is something I’m noticing in my own life. Quick little snippets of information are like snack food they fill you up but leave you dissatisfied.

  • Sheila

    Hello! I wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I’m enjoying the off-kilter Quilt podcast. I’m in agreement with you about Kona. I used it last year for a quilt and it’s been long enough that without the reminder I might do something I’d regret. Thank you!! The observation concerning social media is something I’m noticing in my own life. Quick little snippets of information are like snack food they fill you up but leave you dissatisfied.

    • Frances Dowell Post author

      I’ve had to remind myself about Kona, but this time I’m not going to forget! I’m working on a new quilt and using Moda Bella solids–so lovely!

      Yes–social media is the worst sort of junk food. We’d all be better off without Twitter!

  • Cindy Neidt

    I listened to your podcast on a drive down to Eureka Springs last week and heard you put a call out for book suggestions. I really love the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley. “Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” is the first in the series. It is a mystery set in 1950’s England with an 11 year old heroine. Very well written and interesting.

    I liked your comment that social media is making you lose IQ points or something to that effect. Totally agree. It is such a time waster and I am totally addicted.

    • Frances Dowell Post author

      I’ve heard that Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is good–thanks for the recommendation, Cindy!

      I still can’t believe how much I hate Twitter and how much time I waste scrolling through it. Somebody make me stop!

  • Misty-Anne Marold

    I know how those forever quilting projects feel. I made a queen sized quilt for my sister and was quilting it on my vintage domestic. It took FOREVER. My husband saw me struggling with the bulk and we fashioned a hanging system. We used clamps to a shelf that is over my sewing area. I looped a bungee cord over that. Then, I added little squeeze clamps at the end of that. I used it to hold onto the quilt and that kept the weight and bulk off me and my body. I use the same system on my sit-down longarm. It worked and it was so much better. It was, however, my last huge quilt on my domestic. I bought a Juki Miyabi sit-down with 18″ arm and I use that to quilt now. So much better for FMQ. But, for straight-lines, a long-arm with locks would be better. For a book, I love Alice Walker Possessing the Secret of Joy.

    • Frances Dowell Post author

      Hi, Misty-Anne, do you think your husband would mind coming over and building me a hanging system? That sounds wonderful–although maybe not as wonderful as a Juki! I’ve just got to get these boys through school, and then I’m getting me a longarm machine, I swear it!

    • Frances Dowell Post author

      Thanks! You know, I didn’t think I’d enjoy that workshop, but it was a lot of fun.

  • Daphne

    Your podcasts are so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them. I laughed out loud several times during this one – “we have moved into hell”; “when you’re working with a quilt the size of England” – hahaha! I have never machine quilted anything bigger than a wall hanging, so I can’t imagine how monstrous your quilt is.
    I am also not hard enough on myself either! In all sorts of parts of life. Your mentioning it was a good prod for me to start being more accountable. A minuscule example: I have enjoyed your podcasts for years but have only commented a few times. I put in my calendar “comment to Frances” so I would actually do it – and here it is!
    Best wishes for a quick and easy finish to the quilt – without too much physical and mental pain. 🙂
    Daphne

    • Frances Dowell Post author

      Thanks for pushing yourself to comment, Daphne–I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from you! I’m still recovering from quilting the quilt, but it’s done and that’s all I’ll say about that!

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