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Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (8) I… February 24, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,quilt bindings,quilt shows,Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild — inspiredlayerslinda @ 2:33 am

…spent some time helping the non-profit group, Holliston’s Washington Street Players by mending lots of holes in lots of curtains.  They are working on their next play which will be held at the Holliston Senior Center at the end of March and first weekend in April.  I’m looking forward to seeing it!  It is amazing how thankful the actors are that I can fix their curtain back drops.  All it took was a little fabric, some Mistyfuse and some zigzag stitching to mend the many holes.  I also suggested that they put duct tape over the ends of the poles so they wouldn’t get caught on the edges and tear.  It was very humorous to see their repairs with giant safety pins and duct tape.

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With 8 curtains done and delivered, I now have an even bigger pile of curtains to fix.  I love a challenge, so I’m looking for to figuring out how to fix the rest of these curtains with the little fabric left. Wish me luck!

It is nice to be able to use  my passion for sewing/quilting to help others.  Learning how new tools work and can be applied to jobs outside of quilting is very  satisfying.  Who knew black Mistyfuse could rescue a non-profit theater group.

I also taped a TV show, “A Quilter’s Touch” on quilt bindings.  I shared 9 different binding techniques.  When I was thinking about this show and reviewing my piles of quilts, I was surprised to find 12 different binding techniques in the first two piles of quilts.  I love to learn and try new applications for techniques.  This show was fun to tape.  It is shows like this one that connect me to my first career.  I was always pretty good at math and always loved sewing.  I graduated from Northeastern University with a Mechanical Engineering degree.  I often look at that time in my life as a time to think outside the box.  With tons of math, the approach I often took was to think about what I was looking for and which formula would get me there.  When I am approached with a new challenge, I enjoy figuring out how to solve it with all the new tools I learn about each year.

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Next week I will edit and release the show to our HCAT newly designed website, http://www.hcattv.org.  This non-profit, HCAT provides a variety of informative, educational and entertaining shows to the world, produced by  Holliston residents.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to share my quilting knowledge via “A Quilter’s Touch.”

Labels and sleeves were also sewn onto the eight quilts I will have on display at the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show which is coming up March 8th and 9th at the Blackstone Valley Technical School from 10a.m.-4p.m. I will be there both days.  I hope you will stop by and say “hello”.  I can guarantee that this show will be worth the trip.  In addition to 200+ quilts and two years of challenge quilts, our guild has made many pillowcases for sale.  All the proceeds from the pillowcases will go to another non-profit organization which helps people of all ages deal with the loss of a loved one.

Non-profit organizations are full of good people eager to help others by entertaining them, or instructing them, or helping them with a listening ear or comfort quilt.  It is so nice when these nice people come together or overlap their efforts.  I am honored to have the connections discussed in this post.

It’s been a good week!

 

This Week (7) I… February 18, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 8:55 pm

….finished teaching “Doodle Dog” at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard in Franklin, MA.  This class is done in three parts.  First we learn about doodles.  We draw several linear, curvy and combination doodles on paper.  It’s fun and exciting to share doodles with our neighbors.

The second class is an opportunity to free motion quilt various designs on samples and on our Doodle dogs!

The third class is about finishing our doodles, filling in a background, and using Mistyfuse to add pops of color.  Once the quilt is squared up, a flange and binding is attached.  Three nights yielded loads of fun and many beautiful Doodle quilts!

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Each “Doodle Dog” is unique with the artist’s favorite doodles!  This class was loads of fun! I developed a new doodle which I call”pearls and ribbons.” I will show it in my next pattern.

My favorite part was when one quilter said (that her)” FEAR of free motion quilting was conquered!” YIPPIE!  It is FREE motion FUN without stress!

 

If you would like to take a “Doodle Dog” class, simply share my contact information (website: inspiredlayers.com,mailing address: Linda Ramrath, 67 Juniper Road, Holliston, MA 01746, 508-769-7881) with your local quilt shop.  I love to travel to meet quilters all over New England and beyond!

I have set up a separate email list to send those from my classes and those who request via my newsletter, a monthly doodle shape to fill in with your own doodles.  I Doodle each shape and post my Doodle quilts on my personal facebook page, Linda Ramrath and my business page, Inspired Layers.  I look forward to seeing yours too!

If you would like to be added to this email list, simply send me an email requesting to be added to the Doodle List.

 

This Week 6 I…. February 11, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:43 pm

Produced “A Quilter’s Touch” TV show on batting.  I have been quilting for 16 years now.  I have experimented with many different battings.  What I have learned this week is that the batting companies including The Warm Company and Quilter’s Dream Batting want to hear from quilters.  They are very interested in what works and what new needs we quilters have.  They are constantly working on improving their batting choices.  There are so many on the market right now.

The TV show is now available online via http://www.hcattv.org .  Simply click on the rectangle,” Streaming Video Online“, and select “A Quilter’s Touch” folder. The name of the show is “Quilt Battings”. I have produced 38 shows to date. Every show inspires another show or two!

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I am on set with thirteen samples provided by The Warm Company.  As I was remembering quilted items I have made with each batting, I was also inspired to make more projects with new batting samples too!  As a new quilter, I only used Warm & Natural batting.  As I learned to think about the end use of the item and how densely I was intending to quilt an item, I learned the varying aspects of each batting.  Now the choices are simply amazing! Insul Shine is a new batting to me.  I think my lunch bag is in need of a face lift. I am going to do another show using this product!  My yogurt will stay cooler!  Watch the show entitled “Quilt Battings” and let me know what you think!

 

Dream Wool and Dream Cotton Batting

Dream Wool and Dream Cotton Batting

Quilter’s Dream Batting also sent a sample card of their batting choices and smaller samples which are FREE and available at the Holliston Senior Center on fridays at the Quilting Class.  Stop by and pick one up!  I have been teaching fun classes on free motion quilting and batting choices. It is fun to see quilters stitch on battings they have never used before.  It’s so exciting to see the transformation from tentative quilter to confident free motion diva.

My new favorite combination is “Request” Dream Cotton along with Dream Wool.  By placing the wool on top, the quilting of feathers and stipples fills in with the fibers and almost looks like trapunto without stuffing the shapes.  When the quilt is complete, the entire piece has a soft hand.  This combination prevents creases from folding too!  If you haven’t tried combining two battings, maybe it’s time to jump outside the box and make your own combination.

My hope is to give the viewer lots of information about various battings to help the quilter make the best choice for his/her quilted item.  One story I shared was when I was advised to use black batting and didn’t even know that it existed.  I’ve had lots of ah ah moments when quilting.  I love information and learning new uses for battings.  I hope you will take time to watch the show and let the information help you make better decisions in your future quilting projects.

I also learned that if my local quilt shop does not carry the batting I want, simply call or go to the website for The Warm Company, http://www.warmcompany.com or Quitler’s Dream Batting at http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com and you will find a source for the batting you want.

I have decided to sell the “Request” (thinnest weight)  Dream Cotton batting when I vend at local quilt shows.  This seems to be difficult to find and a batting I use when creating no-hoop embroidery pieces and “Doodle” quilts.  I will also start to offer my customers Dream Wool

It was a fun week shooting the show, editing and now seeing it released!  This is a volunteer job that I love to do.  Sharing my passion for quilting with the community is FUN!

A Special “Thank You” to The Warm Company and Quilter’s Dream Batting!

 

Linda Ramrath

 

This Week (5) I… February 3, 2014

Filed under: classes,quilt bindings — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:51 pm

…taught different binding techniques at the Holliston Senior Center.

Binding #1 Single fold binding.  Cut binding strip 1 3/8″ wide.  Sew on with 1/4″ foot on machine.  I use this binding technique for placemats to prevent the ends from curling up when placing into a drawer.

Single fold binding

Single fold binding

Binding #2 bias strip.  I use this 1 3/8″ bias binding strip for placemats with curved edges.  Do not pull on binding strip when sewing it on.  Simply feed the strip into the foot and it will stretch around to the back and ease in where needed.

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Binding #3 miniature cotton cording.  I use a zipper foot to cover the cord.  I also use the zipper foot to attach the cording to the quilt.  Clip the edges to curve around the corners.  Add a binding strip to cover the stitching from the covered cording (piping).

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There are many ways to finish your quilt.  I will continue to show more ways to finish quilts at our next Holliston Senior Center quilting class.

Can you say, “FUN!”