0 Replies to “Episode 85: Bits & Pieces”

  1. Woohoo! Progress on Rick’s Star Quilt! Nice wonkiness. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to seeing more.
    The quilting is looking good.
    I have enjoyed the podcasts. I marathoner my way from January to April and just went back for some earlier episodes when I needed something to listen to last night. You are very entertaining. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks! Keep ’em comin’!

  2. I made one quilting practice sandwich years ago. I agree, I do not want to make a bunch of them. I KNOW I SHOULD make example squares of my machine’s stitching choices for decorative references, but I don’t do that either. I just go for it when quilting. I have no delusions of grand prize winning quilts at shows. I do this for enjoyment! So, you are in good company. ๐Ÿ˜€

    You mentioning the manuscript stuff reminded me to tell you that my son really did enjoy Chicken Boy. Did I ever tell you that? I don’t know if I dreamed that I told you or if I actually did. lol

    I did a block of the month last year. I still have to do October, November, and December. Once you get behind, it seems like you stay behind forever!

    Notes on your NC comments…I am from Arkansas. I am often embarrassed to be from this state. I’ve only been here for four years. There are such extremes in the populace here too. I happen to agree with you on the recent vote there. I really take more issue with government making moral laws. Sometimes I think that those who vote want to be sure their agenda gets passed and perhaps those that would have voted no in this instance, just thought their vote wouldn’t count, or they were apathetic, or just didn’t take time. Perhaps they don’t have preachers preaching at them as much. Who knows? I just hope that people, on any side, wake up and vote before all our rights disappear. (my rant over too) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you read Nancy Thayer’s Hot Flash books or Marie Bostwick’s books? Neither are historical fiction, but both are very entertaining and a definite woman’s read. Marie is a quilter too, and Nancy is not. Terrie Thayer is a quilter and writes mysteries if you like that type of book.

    Oh my, I’ve written a mini-novel again! Now it is time to get my son off to school and walk a mile to Yoga class and then back again. LOTS of work to do in the studio!!!! Will listen to the rest of your podcast when I get back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love the quilting design Francis. Well done. I look forward to seeing the quilt when it is completed. C

  4. Love the wonky star for Rick! Your fmq is looking good. I recently found this method of transfering a quilting pattern to fabric and love it! http://tinyurl.com/7zvoor3 You have to draw it twice (or more) but that just reinforces the pattern. Not much different than drawing on tracing paper. I just couldn’t do the stitching through the paper business. One advantage though is there are no marks to remove. My son is in Belmont, NC and was talking about the recent vote too. Anyway, all that to say I love your podcast!

  5. Sheesh, I should have listened to the whole podcast before commenting, but I had to come in and see pictures of what you were talking about. So I neglected to say HAPPY PODCASTIVERSARY today!!

    And one other thing – I found that if I tried to keep my elbows down on the table as I was fmq’ing, it made my neck hurt a lot less. And take some ibuprofen. Just don’t give up. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  6. Wow! Two years of podcasting. That takes both discipline and love. We were going to my son’s graduation in San Diego yesterday and a car full of teachers (the family trade of the elders in my extended family) usually visits politics somewhere when we are together. NC’s vote came up and took all of us back to how we felt when Prop. 8 passed a couple of years ago – we were all pretty heartbroken. I brought up your thoughtful remarks and how they made me feel better about where I live. And that things are getting better here and there.

  7. Hi Frances

    You were talking about your tracing paper and how you had to pick out the little bits. You wondered if the “proper” quilt tracing paper was better. I’ve used Golden Threads, and had to pick out the bits, so I doubt it’s any better in that regard. Maybe it tears easier, I don’t know.

    Congratulations on two years! I hope you keep podcasting for a long time – I really enjoy them.

  8. Your 2nd Podcastiversary was our 22nd Wedding Anniversary; very low-key this year since Kurt just got Katie home from NC State and Mother’s Day was Sunday.

    You are pronouncing Tilghman correctly; it’s an old Maryland name. I read a review of his latest; it looks like it’s a prequel to “Mason’s Retreat.” I went ahead and ordered them from the library.

    Thank you for sharing on the “NC Issue.” I’ll send a separate E-Mail, but it’s nice to hear someone express a thoughtful opinion.

    All the best.

  9. WOW! So much to say. I agree with a lot of what others said. Mostly I want to acknowledge how far you have come in your quiltmaking in general. FMQing takes time and practice and you are doing that! Your feathers look great!

    I am also against hate. I try not to use it in my speech or writing. The dictionary says hate is defined as “to feel hostility or animosity toward”. If I feel that word coming out of my mouth and stop to decide how I actually feel. “Sincerely dislike” usually works. I do think that the ‘h’ word has taken on new and more angry meanings than just “to feel hostility or animosity toward”. I don’t want those feelings in my life. I appreciated your thoughtful opinion and really appreciated your point about the number of counties NC has and how people from every county voted both ways. Excellent point and a good one to remind me that I can’t say “oh the people of that state all believe X.”

    Take care!

  10. Belated Happy Podcastiversary! Wow, two years already… I think I joined you around episode 2 or 3, and have been hooked ever since ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the funky feather design – it’s a good choice for that quilt, I think. And your quilting looks great! I have great admiration for anybody who has the skill (and guts!) to quilt anything larger than a table runner on an ordinary household sewing machine. My (lack of) ability to FMQ on a domestic machine is the reason I now have a longarm… (which I only have because I have the store).

  11. Frances,
    I love your statement that Muggles won’t know. I’m going to take that to my next guild meeting but am sure I’ll have to explain what Muggles are……..
    my soon-to-be 12 year old granddaughter is coming this summer to spend 2 1/2 weeks with my and I plan to get 1 or 2 of your books for her. I’ll tell her I know you and it won’t be a lie. You just don’t know me.

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