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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jan 27 Quilt-Cam Afternoon!

This is Lucy ----and she is Gisele’s Keeper of the Quilts!

Gisele writes:

Hi Bonnie
Joining you for quilt cam from dreary Jersey in the UK. Loved doing easy street, my 1st mystery Bonnie Hunter quilt & had a little help/hindrance from Lucy! Gisele x
 Oh she is so cute!  And OH...she looks like she could get into SEW MUCH TROUBLE!

It’s a cold cold day here in North Carolina as well, and I’m gearing up to do some more stitching on my string geese in the basement!
 
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They are now into pairs….I’ve snipped and pressed so things lay flat. 
 
The next thing will be to stitch them into 4s, and then finally into 8s….
 
Will we have complete rows by the end of Quilt-Cam?  Who knows!  But I know I’ll sure enjoy sewing along with you!

Want to come join me?  Bring a project!  I’m turning on the cam in the studio for a while!

You can leave a comment in the comment section below, or leave one in the guest book by clicking the blue guest book button in the left hand side bar, While I can't answer them all ---I do pick randomly and try to answer questions and comments as I sew!








81 comments:

amidthismoment said...

Hey, Bonnie. When I'm chain piecing, my thread tends to break or tangle between the pieces. Changing the needle doesn't make a difference. Do you have any idea what could be causing it?

-Bobbi
amid.this.moment@gmail.com

Hanne said...

Hello Bonnie :-) What perfect timing for QuiltCam! I am home alone for a week and I have plans for a lot of Me-time. I always enjoy Quilt Cam. It is snowing a lot here in Norway. Perfect for sewing time at home :-)

Sandra Henderson said...

Bonnie, I was hurrying to finish my shower and thought, "Oh, I'll dry my hair on commercial...." HA!~ THought you'd get a kick out of that. Sewing binding on a quilt I've been hand quilting since before Thanksgiving today!~ Hi DALLAS~~~~XO

Beth Probasco said...

Bonnie, I found your website approximately two years ago and have become thoroughly addicted. Now I also have fun introducing others to your book "Leaders & Enders", Quiltcam and your blog. Your quilts remind me of where I started from 45 years ago, when I made my first quilt. Thank you for re-establishing the love affair I have for scrap quilts. Right now I am putting borders on Easy Street as I watch QuiltCam. Beth in MN

Freda said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm still working on Easy Street, love it. Of course now I have moved on to aother project so it isn't getting finished very fast. Have a great afternoon.

gmp said...

Hi Bonnie,
Watching you sew together your flying geese. Can you please mention what size they are?
Thanks,
Grace
(From L.I.)

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Hi Bonnie. Working on easy street while watching. The feed seems to be choppy just a tad...at some points it seems as if you are "stuttering" and a tiny bit of lag time. Is it just me........??

joyce g said...

Hi Bonnie. Working on a class project...n kisses from your beloved, and watching you and Indiana basketball, "go hoosiers " enjoy joining you, thanks for all you do!

Sue K said...

Hi Bonnie, any chance you can do a little demo on using your seam guide thingy with the credit card? I can't seam/seem, lol, to get it straight?

fabricpixie said...

Bonnie don't you worry about Kitty getting threads wrapped around her tongue, or swallowed? My kitty had to go to vet cuz she couldn't meow, was drooling, couldn't eat ... she had thread AND pillow fringe wrapped around the back of her throat. Dr said if she had swallowed it, it couldn't have strangled her gut killing her OR costing huge vet bill. yikes. hubby said if she went back to vet cuz of same symptoms she was NOT coming back home, he wouldn't spend that kind of $ on her!

Ann Sheehan said...

Hi Bonnie, joining you from cold, wet and windy Cork in southern Ireland. I am putting together my final 3 blocks on Easy Street. It is destined for Victoria in Australia for my brother for his 50th birthday. I have really enjoyed working on it. Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing you in June. Cheers, Ann

Valerie said...

Love you, Bonnie, but had to mute you for five minutes for the finale of Full Monty! What a fun movie and sound track. Okay, now back to stitching...

Sandra Rocco said...

Hi Bonnie, it's raining in the UK as well. Broadcast is working well and I'm enjoying your goosebump blocks! Sandra in the UK

Lynn said...

Hi Bonnie,
I'm working on Playing with Jacks. I'm trying to add to my four from our class in Prescott.
Lynn

Terri in BC said...

feed is fine on the West Coast. I'm working on finishing a flimsy UFO, then back to Easy Street today! Thanks for Quiltcam, it's a great motivator.

Ann Sheehan said...

Hi Bonnie, joining you from cold, wet and windy Cork in southern Ireland. I am putting together my final 3 blocks on Easy Street. It is destined for Victoria in Australia for my brother for his 50th birthday. I have really enjoyed working on it. Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing you in June. Cheers, Ann

Mary Ellen said...

I will be working on paper piecing again - the BOM from thequiltshow.com. Anyway, after yesterday's fiasco with the Singer 66 (Jack Daniels, smoking cord, etc.), I have another prospect on the hook. We will be going to see it on Tuesday. The machine belonged to the man's mother and her name WAS THE SAME AS MINE! OK, I have a pretty common name, but is this karma or what?

jskeeffe said...

Working on a braid quilt here in sunny but cold New Hampshire. So glad to join everyone today! Sandal

Quilter Kathy said...

Joining you from cold and snowy Ontario, Canada. Hello to all the Bonnie fans around the world!
I am hand stitching a binding today while enjoying Quilt Cam.
Love that scrappy backing you sewed that is behind you today Bonnie...it's a beautiful quilt on its own!

Jacki said...

Hi Bonnie... I am quilting along with you from dreary Phoenix! Its been rainy for what seems like forever ! I have all my blocks for Easy Street sewn into strips but its on hold for today. I need to make mug rugs for a swap at my guild. Thank you, as always, for your support, encouragement, and faith in all of us quilters.

stashoverflow said...

A theme song for you:
As I was driving back to MD from IL yesterday, I was listening to Cathy Miller's CDs. When "Scrap Bag Polka" came on, I thought of you.

Got my Bernina 1230 back from the hospital and it sews great! Makes me wonder how long it was broken.

I also have lots of threads in my patchwork. I don't know how to control them.

Barbara in MD

rondiquilts said...

Feed good here Bonnie. I have a question from when you were speaking of what you did to rehab the machine you are working on now. You said something about the bobbin tightner? I think that is what I am needing to replace on this Emdeko I bought, or it is something in the same direction on my machine where you pointed on yours. Its a little rubber ring that makes the connection to the belt to wind the bobbin? That little ring is preety much dry rotted. Where would one get another?
Love quiltcam, many thanks always,
Rondi

Coloradolady said...

Hello Bonnie!!
Today, I am finishing one of my Barrister Blocks quilt, sewing the center together. I finally settled on the sashing, scrappy a bit, but not too much. I also am working on finishing the Barrister Blocks quilt I did in the Christmas fabrics. Both of these are my Jubilee quilts. Thank you so much as you were the inspiration last year that caused me to follow suit and make these my Jubilee quilts. Can't wait to finish them....so close!

Sandi1100 said...

Hi Bonnie,
Just wondering when you use sta-flo, do you spray the fabric and let it dry before ironing? I'm thinking of trying sta-flo but heard others mention that it messes up their iron.

Your scrappy backing made out shirts is great! I must admit when you said you were going to do it, I didn't think it would look good but it sure does.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for all the sharing you do. I love your mysteries.

Melinda said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm joining you from sunny, cold CT. Working on a BOM and really wish I had your machine that cuts the bobbin thread. Question, do you ever use pins?

Patty D from NC said...

Joining from NC and cutting borders for Easy Street

Brigitte said...

Hi Bonnie, I enjoy watching you. Dealing with a bad cold I prefer to just look and hope to get infected with your energy!
Greetings from Southern Germany
Brigitte

ria vogelzang said...

Hi Bonnie, love to see you again on Quiltcam!
I started last week to make a scrapsystem from strips. I didn't know I had SO MUCH fabric!!!
Still cutting strips....this week!! But I can't stop smiling........ thinking of all the great quilts they can be turned into.....
Love from Ommen, in the Netherlands.

AddieNCE said...

Hi Bonnie!
This is Janina from Germany.
So great to finish this weekend with a little bit of quiltcam.
I will just be watching tonight since I had enough sewing the past 5 days since I attended 4 longarm quilting classes with Claudia Pfeil and a maintenance class for my brandnew APQS Freedom...
Thanks for turning on quiltcam at this time of the day for us Europeans!

Kathy in GA said...

Hi Bonnie - wildly waving to you from Atlanta! I'm finishing up the remake (3rd try the charm???) of DD's little black dress to express mail it to her, then locate all the parts to Easy Street...I got stalled last month when I did in my car, want to work on it and take to retreat in a couple of weeks to finish up...after I finish My Blue H... that has gone to every retreat for years...hopefully it will get finished this time!!!

scraphappy said...

Bonnie,
I just got home from shopping with my girls and was so happy to see that you are doing quiltcam today. I have vowed to finish a gaggle of paper pieced geese today and am glad for the company. Now I am tempted to try some of your string geese too, but will finish these first no matter what.

Julierose said...

Hi Bonnie! I have just finished your Bluridge Beauty (mine is "Blues-ey" and have the back made too! Yay!! I NEVER thought I'd be able to do a scrappy quilt with SO MANY PIECES--my hubby says it's his favorite of all I've made Thank you for all your books--I love them--Julierose

lazydaisy said...

I have a ginormous bin of batik crumbs that I am going to dive into soon. After convincing my bee friends that truly no piece is too small, they started giving my little baggies of snippets. It's like candy to me. I use them for art quilts and soon for some crumby projects. It's the best way to get a wide variety of colours in my scrap stash. Thanks for all you do! Enjoying quilt cam on my iphone and the feed is perfect on my end.

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Bonnie, I am also making your inspiration "Geese" quilting using my 1922 treadle. Her name is Miss Ginny. I don't have to be sooo precise when doing string quilting. Does your treadle have any movement from side to side. Miss Ginny seems to be noisy.

Faith Kayajian said...

Bonnie - working on hexies kits for a quilt guild mini workshop tomorrow evening - thanks for the distraction. I totally understand the ticking clock - I have removed the batteries from many clocks in the middle of the night. :)
Faith in Maine

farmhousequilter8 said...

Bonnie, I too would like to start a crumb quilt. Can you name off some that we can look up on your site or in the books.
Thanks Paula in KY

Still working on Easy Street

Mary Lou Ozburn said...

DH and I escaped the cold in IL by heading to FL for a couple of weeks. We are in a rental unit right on the beach. This is the wrong time of day to be in the sun without burning so I'm enjoying quiltcam. I brought some handwork to do at times like this. Right now I'm doing some applique for a quilt for my granddaughter and also have some embroidery.

By the way, you only need 3 sets of 8 geese to get a string of 24, not 4.

AmyDe said...

It IS a great motivator this quilts cam of yours. Thank you. I know many (myself included) have grumbled about the EASY factor of Easy Street. Then I received String Fling in the mail and got to looking at Orca Bay - I stand corrected about grumbling ;-)

Randi said...

Watching you on QC, I am sewing together EZ Street blocks! But wanted to let you know I found a great mint condition Singer 301a several weeks ago. Yesterday, I found a Singer table to put it into!!! Bonus? It came with a very clean 1948 Singer 15-90 installed in it! And it sews beautifully! Can't beat these old Singers!!!! Thank you for your inspiration and generosity.

Mary said...

I like a Solid Border at least around the very outside of quilt so it is easier to load on the frame. No popped seams that way. Usually at least one or two Borders for me. Getting out my Bow ties again to finish putting blocks together this week.

bukaus said...

From cold and dreary Washington state,
I almost never do borders unless I need the quilt to be bigger, but I am a HUGE fan of the wrap around backing style of binding so sometimes I make it a bit bigger to make a "faux border" kind of look.
-Shanea

Lily Quilts said...

I loved the pieced back when I first saw it, but I love it even more with the row of geese on it! I think I might replace my green stripes with pieced plaids! So pretty! Thanks Bonnie! Love Quiltcam!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

My first QuiltCam! I'm in Toronto... loving this....

SubeeSews said...

You were the first person I ever saw chain piecing...I had found your site on the internet by accident...maybe 6 years ago?????
The lightbulb went off in my head too. Made me cry with joy!!
XOXOXO Subee
who does not need much to make her happy

Tracey said...

Hi, Bonnie!! Happy belated B-day! Soooo happy to join you for Quilt Cam today! I am working on ES, again. LOL. Finally down to the last block A. Only 3 left of B. I hope to have it finished this week, but still thinking of a pieced border vs. large scrap blocks. Had to stop and do some cutting for a new leader/ender batik quilt. Very simple 4 & 9 patches, so easy to do as L&E, but busting my scrap bins BIG time. Still haven't received my new Quiltmaker mag, although I dash to the mailbox daily. Good grief, you would think this little lass has not enough to keep her busy. So nice to listen to you as I sew.

Mallorie Anderson said...

Hi Bonnie, Taking a break from my sewing room to sit and enjoy Quilt cam! Woke up this morning with a sudden lightbulb moment of how to fix my favorite room. Still have about 1/2 the room in our dining room, but all the furniture is moved and it makes much better use of the space! Next I need to figure out how to hook the computer up to a t.v. now that I know it can be done :)

Rosemary Youngs said...

Enjoying quilt cam here in Michigan , nice to see you use so many different sewing machines, was wondering how many different ones you have. As far as the border question, I have never made a quilt without a border, Not sure why.

Mary Ellen said...

So, did you buy the LeMoyne Star quilt or not? Inquiring minds want to know!

Nancy James said...

Glad to be with you today with quiltcam. Today is my birthday so I'm spending part of it with you and all quiltcam viewers. Nancy

Hanne said...

I am not coming to Indiana this spring, but I will go to Nantes, France, to see the DJ quilt in person :-) Can not wait! Greetings from cold snowy Norway :-)

Jan said...

Enjoying sewing along with you. Chain stitching my strips for my Strata Star.

krisgray said...

Hi Bonnie, I will see you in Bloomington, IN, in March for your Pineapple Blossom class - can't wait! I went to grad school in Bloomington, such a lovely town and campus, so it will be nice to visit.
Kris in St. Louis-

Angelia B said...

Hi Bonnie, I plan on going for at least Thursday. Could not get into any of your classes, Taking the Surprise Yourself. Just started new job so couldn't get off for whole weekend. Are there plans yet for you to return to Pigeon Forge Quiltfest? Trying to make that an annual event this will be my third year going.

Sandra Rocco said...

I like to put a border on my quilts so that I can longarm quilt a lovely pattern on it. Before I got my longarm I used to put a narrow border on my quilts because I didn't like quilting! Sandra in the UK

Louise said...

Regarding treadle vs. electric machines: On the Vintage Singers yahoo group once someone asked "Why do people even want to use handcranks?". Several answers quickly came back, some which apply to treadles...some said "it's unique & fun", "more control - kids can use them", and "if the power grid ever goes down, at least I can sew!".
We had an ice storm once in my area with power down for 10 days. The lady in my guild who had the treadle still got to sew!

Gwen said...

Hi Bonnie!
I think you made the comment on quilt cam the other night that you were going to be 4 short- looks like you were right! If you could give just one great tip to a new quilter, what would it be?

windermereprocrastinator said...

Hi Bonnie, It's coming up to 7 am here on the east coast of Australia. I was woken by a hungry feline and thought you usually do Quiltcam on your home sundays and here you are. It's a holiday here today I would be sewing with you, but said feline Max is now settled on my lap, so of course I can't move! It's a rule! I haven't made a large quilt without a border, but I think that is because either I was following a pattern or it wasn't big enough, I like a small inner border with a wider border on the outside. I love Quiltcam, and haven't been able to catch you in the last few weeks, thanks again, Eddie

Sally said...

Hi Bonnie, I've been watching for an hour whilst going through a box of bills/papers looking for a bank card I havent used for 2 years. After an hour and not finding it, I tried a purse I have NEVER used in an 'odds' drawer and there it was! All down to you as I would never have started the task if you werent on line,I appreciate your company! . Borders- I made 150 mini moths for my moth in the window quilt- 3 inch finished moths was hard going but the quilt looks much better for it!

Heather said...

STOP....Bonnie, you're about sew those geese beak to beak!!

AmyDe said...

STOP you're geese are going the wrong way!

Becky said...

Hi Bonnie! I'm enjoying listening to you as I put together a pot of soup for dinner. I'm going to let it simmer while I sew this afternoon. I don't like applying borders but do feel that they make a quilt feel finished. If a quilt is really busy I feel it needs a border to help calm things down.

Christie said...

Hi Bonnie from Christie in Texas! I just got my sewing room unpacked after moving cross-country, so this is my first Quilt-Cam in my new home.
I'm working on Easy Street and when I unpacked it, was so glad that I used one of your tips by safety-pinning sets together....what a head ache I avoided!!! Thanks so much for sharing practical tips...and by the way, I learned how to spin my seams because of your tutorial too!

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

The stitch dial, glad to know how to control the stitches.....My string geese will be much better now...I had been loosing stitches at the start and stop.....

9d9e5c84-68be-11e2-aeec-000bcdca4d7a said...

Greetings from also cold Germany. First time I am with you on quiltcam. Still learning (started about 8 month ago).
Working on my 'Stars and Stripes'-quilt - Bandanas, bluejeans and the quilting is 5-pointed stars.
Take care.
Monika

farmhousequilter8 said...

Bonnie, think you missed my first comment so here it is again. I would like to know some names of crumb quilts that you have made that are on the blog on in your books. I have been "itching" to make one.
Paula in KY

Potpourri said...

Greetings from sunny and cold -5C Nova Scotia.I am ironing some scraps so I can cut them into shapes with my GO cutter.

Nancy James said...

Bonnie on borders, the lady that mentioned using the backing folded over to the front is the way that my Grandma always made her quilts. That is the way I made my very first quilt too, back in 1978.

tkdmom said...

Hi Bonnie from soggy So Ca. I am trying to finish up my blocks for Easy Street so I will be ready for your new mystery in the magazine. Love your quilts. I should be at my moms today sewing but we have yuck use here so font want to go and share, mom is at home sewing and watching webcam. Isn't that neat to be able to still hang out , thanks to you!

Arlene from So. Ca.

Mary Lou Ozburn said...

Oops, I must have misunderstood something you said earlier. I thought you said you needed 4 sets of 8 geese but now I see you are just using 3.

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

Love Lucy! Just finished putting the magazine pull outs that I stuffed into sheet protectors the other night during quilt cam into their binders! Now have to go back and pull more project ideas and get them organized (and get rid of the rest of the magazine!) Can't believe how much space I have freed up with just this simple project. thank you for giving me the kick needed to do it-20 years worth of quilting magazines does hog a lot of space! :)

UFOQueen said...

Hi Bonnie! Loving Quiltcam this afternoon! I'm sewing my last long diagonal seam on Easy Street! Still figuring out my borders so this border discussion is excellent! Im also disassembling some thrifted cotton shirts this weekend to finish my Virginia Bound UFO! Thank you for all the inspiration!

- Jen in IL

Nancy James said...

I meant using the back as a binding

Cheryl said...

Well, I'm bummed! I've tried every electronic device and nothing is working well today! 4 words max..... Saturday night was OK...I've even installed Chrome. Guess the ice storm is causing the internet disruption. Too painful...will catch you another day.

Blue Bird said...

I was in a block exchange and ended up with one extra smaller block. I decided to put it in a corner and have only two sides bordered, top & left with that small block in the upper corner. It looks great and has special quilting in those borders.

Ellen Lipscomb said...

Hi Bonnie:

I am working on a sewing machine binding for a baby Quilt. Personal question -- are you letting your hair grow. It looks good on you...you look like a teenager...go girl!!

Kim said...

Oh I'm packing up my sewing room too......moving south !
It sure is a lot of work but I am thinning out the collection of books, magazines, fabrics and notions.......my local quilt
group at my library will be getting all of these items.

Enjoy the quilt cam and my break from packing,
Happy Sewing

JoAnn said...

I make quite a few charity quilts, and I nearly always fold the backing over to the front for the binding. I sew it down with zigzag or straight stitch. It is much quicker than a traditional binding so I can finish more donation quilts. I often make pieced backings for these quilts to use up fabric that I don't like as much anymore, but I do like it to blend with the front.

JoAnn said...

I make quite a few charity quilts, and I nearly always fold the backing over to the front for the binding. I sew it down with zigzag or straight stitch. It is much quicker than a traditional binding so I can finish more donation quilts. I often make pieced backings for these quilts to use up fabric that I don't like as much anymore, but I do like it to blend with the front.

Kathy in GA said...

Sigh...had to miss the quiltcam after all...hubby came home, walked by when you said something about digital subscriptions, he said something in agreement under his breath...think I've got stacks of mags to go through all over the house, YUP! And of course that was after two important,couldn't wait phone calls...Mom and BFF. Better luck to me next time - I'll be basting some hexies while I watch Downton tonight!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad I found you and got to tune in to your Quilt-Cam today! I've been making pieced backs for awhile now and really love the look! It gives the quilt more character from the "wrong" side and sometimes I find people like that side better! I got that advent calendar straightened and progressed to the point where it's pinned in a sandwich ready to quilt. But for today, that's enough. Now it's time for food and nearly time for Downton Abbey! Looking forward to tuning in again soon!

Liz in Kansas
Gypsy Dreamer Quilts

VickiT said...

:( Bonnie every single time you announce you'll be turning the camera on I miss it. Example was this one that I didn't get the email notification until 8:07pm tonight yet you posted about 2pm. I'm surprised it was that quick as I normally don't see the emails until the next morning. Maybe one day I'll get lucky. I hope you had fun this afternoon.