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0 thoughts on “Episode 45: Settling into Summer

  • NONNIE

    I like/love the contrast between your background fabric and the geese in your flying Dutchman block. I think the colors you are using will live easy in a home. What size blocks are you making ?

    If you do over any blocks there are a lot of things you can do with your original blocks…… Make into pillows as everyone crunches them under their heads and looks only at the pattern at a distance, rarely up close. Put them into a charity quilt with other blocks then they can “live” with their own kind. Most often the recipients are not quilters and just enjoy the fact of a warm quilt. Send them to me and I will put them in a charity quilt.

    What ruler are you using for squaring up your flying geese? Elenore Burns has a set of flying geese rulers that helps with the squaring up flying geese. She also has a great way to make flying geese that is easy and forgiving.

    Back later as I have to go to work.

    Nonnie

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  • NONNIE

    I am an hour off… with summer comes earlier mornings. We use to call the edges on fabric ” pinked” which were cut with pinking shears. The serrated edge is much finer.

    I have been using self cut strips and charm squares and they RAVEL and I end up with strings all over.

    As for setting of your MODERN BLOCKS, you might want to consider a different style of quilt blocks. A square in a square setting, on point blocks … alternating plain and wonky monkey wrench blocks. Something you have not done before.

    Fons and Porter had a twisted block setting using halved rectangles which made the blocks twist. It requires partial seaming your settings but I always like partial seaming so I though it was easy.

    Have fun with your quilting
    Nonnie

  • Vanessa (australia)

    Love the Dutchman’s Puzzle Frances, and the bold colours of the Modern Blocks look fine, but – and I know you want our opinion, I think they look too plain. But then if you are going for an Amish style quilt, then they would be perfect. Have Fun. Vanessa

  • NONNIE

    As for setting of your MODERN BLOCKS, you might want to consider a different style of quilt blocks. A square in a square setting, on point blocks … alternating plain and wonky monkey wrench blocks. Something you have not done before.

    Fons and Porter had a twisted block setting using halved rectangles which made the blocks twist. It requires partial seaming your settings but I always like partial seaming so I though it was easy.
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    I think I was asleep when I posted the previous podcast … WHAT I MEANT WAS:

    YOU might want to change the SETTING STYLE you use for your blocks to make your quilts look different. Look through books to find settings you have not done yet… there are easy one and hard ones but it can be so much fun to try different setting styles.

    I have been doing some vertical settings where I have blocks in a same line and they are separated by a solid vertical fabric coordinating fabric or border print….. You get a different look… This type of setting needs less blocks.

    The FONS AND PORTER show 501 shows how to do a twisted block setting that would look adorable with your wonky monkey wrench. The technique uses partial seaming which works out really nicely. Making an over size block that is then squared up to the same size so you can put them together. I remember you are a member of QCAm maybe you can see the show there. I have done this technique several times in the past and it is fun and easy… very forgiving.

    NONNIE

  • Susan

    Frances, your geese look wonderful! I agree that Jaye must be an excellent teacher but you also much be a great student. The Kona blocks are so lovely – the color choices you made are so pleasing to the eye. 🙂

  • KellyV

    Frances,
    In regards to your modern blocks (I like!), you might want to google Settings + Monkey Wrench blocks. You should see a number of interesting quilts that may spark an inspiration. Modern quilting seems to have as many rules as traditional quilting but I may be wrong on that! I have seen these sampler blocks on point, alternating with solid squares in a variety of, for example, green shades. Then maybe one of the squares is a surprise pop color. The solid, unpieced squares give one an opportunity to practice machine quilting a motif. Fun.

    Also I would love: if when you get home from your vacation you could tell us listeners a little about the Outer Banks experience. It is on my bucket list. I think seeing Summer of ’42 when I was an older teen imprinted the beauty of sea oats and islands in my brain.

    KellyV

  • QuilterCaroline

    Hi. I wanted to pop by to thank you for the podcast. I have just completed listening to all of your wonderful shows from the beginning and will now be keeping up to date with your new ones. I love your style and feel like I know you. – hope that doesn’t sound like I’m a nut or anything. I have left a review – your first one – on the UK itunes, which I have found is different from your US one – we don’t have many reviews on the quilty podcasts so I thought I would start the ball rolling over here. Anyway enjoy the quilting. Best wishes Caroline

  • Robyn

    Frances, I just wanted to thank you so much for sending me the DVD. I haven’t watched it yet but I will hopefully find some time this weekend to just sit and relax with a bag of popcorn or something on my couch while I enjoy it. I don’t have a blog, and I don’t have the time to start one, but I would like to share the wealth! I have never been one to watch a movie more than once. If one of your readers would like to watch the movie, why don’t you offer another giveaway…and I’d be happy to send it on. Or, maybe you could let me know some way that I could pass this on. Movies are not meant to be kept and hoarded, they are meant to be shared!

  • Cathie Preston

    Just wanted to drop by and say I love your poscast. I’m from the South and really enjoy a bit of a Southern accent! I’m a new quilter, but an older person.
    I gew up in south Ga (live in Alanta now) and evey summer was spent canning like crazy. There was a huge fig tree in my Grandma’s back yard, so we always had fig peserves, but we also made strawberry fig preserves. Not everybody is a fan of the fig and this recipe tases exatly like strawberry preserves.

    STRAWBERRY FIG PRESERVES

    3 c. mashed figs
    3 c. sugar
    1 pkg. strawberry Jello
    Sterilize 3 pint canning jars. Mix ingredients in boiler and bring slowly to a boil on medium heat. Boil for 3 minutes and pour hot preserves into hot jars. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids.
    Can as desired.
    Enjoy!
    CathieP

  • Jane

    I’m always behind on podcasts so rarely comment. Wish I’d listened in time to know you were going to ALA. Did you happen to see the Quilts being auctioned to benefit the scholarship fund?

    Jane in East Texas