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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quilt-Cam 4/23/2014

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It’s Quilt-Cam Night!

And I’m really excited.  I’ve been plugging on these string blocks for the borders of my cheddar sampler for what seems like months now.

Truth be told, I haven’t been able to work on them at ALL in between our last Quilt-Cam and tonight….there has been too much else on my plate, so I am eager to finish the last 22 blocks – Yep! 22 more!  That’s what I’ve figured I’ll need to go all the way around the border of this quilt.

I love doing these – they are perfect for using up the smallest scraps.  As you can tell here, I am sewing with all the strips and strings left from taking men’s shirts and other articles of clothing apart.

Every bit counts!

Tonight since the Supernova Ultra was still set up from piecing a batting this morning, I decided to keep her going to give her a better work out.

When I do string piecing like this, I like to keep an ironing station right at hand.

This last trip, my trusty $10.00 wooden TV tray from Walmart gave up the ghost….it just finally fell apart to years of use, oh believe me – I got more than $10.00 of use out of that thing!

While in Carrollton KY with some free time on my hands, I wandered into THEIR local Walmart to see if I could find one to replace it.  They had them in cherry finish, not oak, and I prefer natural wood to fake stuff, so instead I came out with this:

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New & Improved!  And about $20.00  But I think I’ll use it for other stuff too!

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It fits my gifted pressing board perfectly! And the legs are adjustable to many positions.

I’m also really excited about my iron finds while I was gone.  I’ve now got 3 identical little Universal travel irons – One for home, One for Quilt Villa, and one to travel!  Weeeeee!  I hit the jack-pot!

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Let’s get going and finish these border blocks!

I just need enough blocks for 3 more sides, one length is already done – for one long side.  The red border is attached, the string blocks are not yet.

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53 comments:

  1. working on a string fling inspired quilt tonight while watching quiltcam

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  2. I am at my parents house in TX. No sewing machine! WWWAAAA! Hand applique will have to suffice. My friend Lily from Ontario Canada will be in one of your classes on Mackinaw Island. She is SO excited and I am jealous! Thanks for Quilt Cam!

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  3. You can have the hot summer...I'll take the cold winter any time!! lol Still working on my Lozenges...along with finishing up grandkids quilts and a billion UFO's! Started separating all my scraps into appropriate sizes and putting them into different containers to grab at a moments notice!! You inspire me a lot! I love your Dear Jane in the background...another one of my UFO's. LOL

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  4. Grand Hotel!

    Hi Bonnie! I'm getting my fabric around for your Crab Apple Tree class up at the Grand Hotel next Saturday, can't wait!

    Kim in Michigan

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  5. looking super forward to our classes with you in Michigan next weekend!

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  6. Are you using a Ferry service to get to Mackinaw Island? I hope it is Sheplers because Arnolds is in a holding pattern as to if they will be going this year.Love Quilt Cam.May,Michigan

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  7. Anonymous9:14 PM EDT

    Bonnie

    Do you have any tricks to taking the paper off if your aqyares?
    Jean
    jefarley@charte.net

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  8. Have recently been approached about making two twin size wonky wishes star quilts for someone and have no clue where to start with pricing something...so much time and heart and effort put in am not sure I can price it...any help where to start?

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  9. LOL at you! It's Wednesday in Washington State! I got my hand stitching done before time for QuiltCam YEA!

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  10. Anonymous9:19 PM EDT

    Hi Bonnie,
    I have a couple of questions about your newest beautiful baby quilt. How do you get a block with so many seams to lie so flat? And, how do you sew blocks on so many different machines and get them to fit together so well?
    Thanks for all you do!
    Barbara
    Parkman, Maine
    bc1@tds.net

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  11. I love quilt cam and miss you so much when you're gone (no I'm not whinning, I promise). Good to see you. I am working hard on a king size Purple Sisters Choice, which I'm LOVING. (PS: I've been 100% gluten free for the same reasons as you for 2 years. I feel so much better; there is no turning back. Ever). Take care. (((hugs)))

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  12. What is your size for the paper foundaton for string piecing you are working on tonight? I also would like to know what size phone book pages do you usually work with?

    I have your string fling book which I dearly love.
    Jean Keeter Lake Lure,NC
    hercules12k@gmail.com

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  13. HI Bonnie! Have 45 blocks cut for 9 patchs for a baby Sisters Choice in pinks. ..probably enough for 2 quilts!! Also have 50 4-patch ready to use as my leaders and enders!!. I have watched all the Quilt-cams from beginning so Im all caught up!

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  14. My first quilt cam. I love it. Spent the day sewing and then swept all the threads into a pile. Glad to watch you, hubby watching the Spurs.

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  15. Anonymous9:21 PM EDT

    I'm cleaning my sewing room while I watch, then basting a baby quilt. Great to take my mind off a tough day at work.

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  16. Anonymous9:22 PM EDT

    Cleaning my sewing room while I watch. Then basting a baby quilt. Good to take my mind off a tough day at work.

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  17. Hey Bonnie! Our Guild the Triad Modern Quilters had a yard sale last night. A friend sold me a half made quilt kit in my favorite Happy Camper fabric for only $7!. She had already made the bow ties so I am piecing them together and adding borders from all the fabric that came with it. There is no pattern for layout so I'm making it up as i go along.

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  18. Working on my Playing with Jacks blocks tonight. Hubby is off to Colorado for 4 days so I have lots of sewing time for the next few days. This is my first time being home to be involved with QuiltCam.

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  19. Hi Bonnie, I was glad to hear your take on the GF diet. I agree that food that is bad with wheat is just as bad without it, but those of us with Coeliac disease need access to those so we aren't denied all goodies. Since being diagnosed I have found it's easier to avoid the things we choose not to eat rather than those we CAN'T eat. Love Quilt Cam. 11.30 AM in Newcastle Australia :)

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  20. That machine you are using tonight sure sounds sweet. Love it, it is so relaxing a sound.

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  21. Hi Bonnie I'm working on a Baby quilt for a girl friend expecting her first grandchild, using my treadle and watching quilt cam.

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  22. Hiya Bonnie! I would very much value an explanation of how to make a large two color HST to use when setting blocks on point. I have become dependent upon the EZ angle for small HST's, but I do not know where to find the formula for the big ones. Thank you so very much for all your wonderful teaching!

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  23. Hi Bonnie,
    This is my first live quilt cam but have been sewing with your you tube archives. I'm putting borders on a Jacob's ladder quilt inspired by your free patterns.

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  24. Here tonight hand stitching applique down on a butterfly. Last few stitches here on this one.

    A basic black velveteen longest skirt goes to supper every evening with different shirts. Looks nice and is easy.

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  25. Just completed Book 3... now a Big fan of DG. No datw for the nini series on Starz.

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  26. I'm watching from a hotel room in Billings, MT. I have machine and am working on star blocks for a charity quilt. It's my first quilt-cam! I'll be back next time!

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  27. I am still working on a split 9 patch. I know many many people are done. I wonder how big everyone is making theirs. I LOVE making them. I may never quit. :)

    Eileen in Montana

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  28. Hi Bonnie
    It's great to catch Quilt-Cam tonight. I just trimmed 20 scrappy blocks at 4.5" They're crazy patch using the little 5 sided piece in the centre & lots of my strip scraps are only about 1" I sewed these on a Feather Weight while visiting my Mom who will be 96 this month. Two weeks ago I made 83 of them while staying & helping my daughter with her 3 little ones during the Michigan spring break. I'll use the bks in 9 patch & eventually get a single irish chain quilt. The ity bity trimmings go to the local daycare for the little ones to paste & play. Thanks again for all that you do.

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  29. Watching my first Quilt cam - So fun!
    Thanks for all you do! I have finished sewing all my individual blocks for the Strip Twist you taught at Tellico Village. It is looking good - I used a Jelly Roll and Layer cake - anxious to see how big it will be.

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  30. Thanks for the shout out on the pricing...I am still working on my own wonky wishes stars and just love it to pieces. Just wanted to say love Quilt Cam and your blog and thanks for sharing all you do . :) Hope to meet you sometime and take a class...if you get anywhere close to Wyoming I'll be there. :)

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  31. Hi Bonnie, this is Ann in Texas. I'm deboneing shirts tonight. I will be taking your class in Oct at Stitch in Heaven here in Texas so I'm getting a early start on my fabrics.

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  32. Can you believe it? This is my first QuiltCam!!!! I got a new laptop a few weeks ago, so I set it up in my sewing room and I'm SEW enjoying watching along as I cut sashing pieces for my latest project!!!

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  33. Anonymous9:57 PM EDT

    Fun to watch you will need to do again while I sew too....... luv both FB pg and blog
    Lori in AZ

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  34. Hi Bonnie, I'm working on My Blue Heaven quilt. I took your class in Tucson in Feb. I only have 13 more blocks to make. I love it.
    Thanks for Quilt Cam. Carole in Arizona

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  35. Cathy Hayes9:58 PM EDT

    Just noticed your Dear Jane quilt up behind you on the wall! I am planning to do one for my Jane in the next while...would you comment on yours? or tell me where you have your comments tucked away? Thanks. Love your books. Maybe I can convince my hubby to come on your cruise. :) Cathy Hayes

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  36. First time bto live Quilt Cam. I am super hoppy to be in the now.Lol! Thank you fir sharing your free time with us.

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  37. Hi Bonnie,
    So excited you will be in Michigan next week end. You will be on the island and another group of quilters will be at the Mackinaw City Quilters Retreat. We will wave to you from the Mainland....I am working on Scrappy Irish chain and lozenges...thanks for all you do...got to work with you on collaboration celebration last summer...

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  38. Finally got my books from you today!! Woohoo! Enjoying the eye candy tonight!!

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  39. Caught the end of QuiltCam. What were the papers you flashed...they weren't phonebook pages (no text on the white pages).

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  40. Surprised you're doing Quilt Cam!! "Downton Abbey" is on! This will be the first time I've seen an entire episode.

    I will watch Quilt Cam tomorrow when I have time. I think I'm hooked on this show now though!

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  41. Thanks for quilt-cam tonight. I'm working on blocks for my BOM from my quilt shop. This year we get 7 blocks each month. They are 9 patch blocks so not difficult but I got them all cut tonight and all the rows finished for all 7 blocks completed and pressed. Now I just have to join the rows to complete each block and I will be done for this month. I just love quilt-cam as I don't usually work in my sewing room at night, but I do while I listen and watch.

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  42. I would love to find a universal iron. I love the way it looks and that you said it gets really hot.

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  43. what size do you cut the paper, the size you need or a little bigger?

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  44. Hi Bonnie! Thanks for QuiltCam tonight - I really enjoy sewing along with you - I am altering my two great nieces dance costumes and binding the inside seams with satin ribbon so that the cut sequins don't scratch them during their big recital. They are ages 7 and 10 and I am hoping that this summer I will have a few sewing sessions with them so they can make some of their own projects :)

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  45. Anonymous1:34 AM EDT

    Yes, gluten is an issue for more people than actually know it. I, too, was very ill before I finally discovered it was gluten intolerance - it caused so many things to go wrong. I am so glad I finally found out what was causing it all!

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  46. Anonymous7:48 AM EDT

    Bonnie, pack a heavy coat//sweater for your trip to the island. Predicting below average temps and it can be windy in the straits. Be prepare to eat well in the hotel and buy the fudge! :) Able to walk everywhere!! Too bad the lilacs will not be out. Wish I was going but...

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  47. I just finished piecing 2 flannel "Crayon Box" quilt tops. The smaller one is set 3x3 and finished 44" square, the other is 46" x 60". #1 quilt will be going to Greenville,Tx to demonstrate binding by machine. Its a TOGA(Treadle On Gathering & Academy). Its fun event with lots of people who use people powered machines. I'm bringing a 1955 Pfaff 60 treadle.

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  48. I like what you do. You do like my mother done. What is in the box . No by the yard. Sunny Dunnellon Florida

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  49. So happy that you will be doing more segments on the Quilt Show. I would love to see you set the 1/4 inch seam using your little sewing machine seam guide. Also would love to see you make flying geese blocks. How about webbing the blocks together. It is such a great idea for keeping everything in the right order when putting the blocks together. Also do a paper pieced block. You were doing one while you were away. I am so happy I will get to see more of you on the Quilt Show.

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  50. Hi Bonnie, I am watching your Quilt-Cam for the first time!

    Funny that you mentioned Mackinac Island... I just escaped the area - suffered through the Polar Vortex, I did! Gads-zooks! Oui! Back in the Paficic NW until June... about when the ice melts off!

    Just sent off a Wedding quilt to get quilted, it's for my son & his bride-to-be who is getting married in a month.

    While I'm at 'home', I want to do a Sewing Night with my daughters who want to get started on the next quilt project. Figure that they just need a few new ideas (quilt blocks) and then they can send me pictures when they are all done.
    *Strings
    *Charms
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    Thank you for your constant inspiration! I've been going back and reading past blog posts... have to take notes because there is a wealth of knowledge and experience. I was in the middle of reading a post about using men shirts and thought "the next time I go to the store, I'm going to buy XXL shirts on sale"... then, the next sentence you said just that!
    Thank you for all the sharing that you do for us beginning quilters!

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  51. Hi Bonnie! I use the same Walmart tray table as my pressing station! It's the perfect height. I actually have three of those tables. If I'm making something that requires lots of trimming/squaring up, I place a second table on the other side of my sewing table for a trimming station, making a u-shaped work space. The third table I keep in the living room and use when cutting out / prepping hexies while I watch TV. I always enjoy reading your blog.

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  52. My TV Stand ironing board bit the dust also, I found your exact new ironing table here in Canada from Staples* $20.00 Just put on my ironing cover and I Love It!

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  53. This is my first time watching your live Cam & I love it! Thanks for all you do for us out here.

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