Inspired Layers – Linda's Blog

Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (12) I… March 24, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 9:30 pm

…helped to organize an Open House for Bose Speakers Toastmasters. The Open House is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 26th.  Who would have predicted a snow storm?  Keeping positive thoughts, I worked with many others to use new technology to advertise this event.  The monitors in the hallways of Bose Corp. with scrolling announcements have the Open House announcement.  Posters were made by the Bose print shop and will be placed at the entrance to 2 cafeterias.

Toastmasters is where I found the courage to give talks to quilting guilds and many others.  Although I know how to create quilts using various techniques, inspiring others to encourage others and continue to quilt themselves is not always easy.  Now I am enjoying crafting new talks.  I have a Humorous talk I’m giving this Lent to a couple of Catholic Women’s groups.

My grandmother lead me to quilting.  My friend, Donna told me about quilting guilds. A quilt shop owner lead me to start teaching. Toastmasters lead me to creative talks and courage to give them.

If you would like some courage, seek Toastmasters.org and find a meeting convenient to you!

 

The other exciting thing that happened this week was having my daughter and two of her friends home for spring break!  The energy explosion was fun!  I’m so thankful for this time.

 

Linda

 

This Week (11) I… March 17, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes,finished project,free motion quilting,guild talks — inspiredlayerslinda @ 12:55 pm

….made place mats with fabric I purchased from vendor, Amelia’s Garden at the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show.  I used my “Just Around the Curve” pattern which is available on my website, http://www.inspiredlayers.com.

Fabric from Amelia's Garden

This fabric is so soft to the touch and wonderful to work with.

 

 

 

 

I used the Martelli 1/4″ curvemaster foot to sew the curves with NO PINS, NO STRESS, AND NO PUCKERS!

Martelli 1/4" curvemaster footSEWING BLOCKS

 

 

Quilting each place mat differently

Quilting each place mat differently

Stippled
Stippled

P1040534   4 place mats

With only 3/4 of a yard of FOUR different but coordinating fabrics, you can make 4 place mats.  Each one has a different backing, binding, top strip and bottom strip.  I quilted each one differently too!  This is a FUN project!  You can sew curves and show your friends!

This is a super easy quilted gift too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a FUN week!

Enjoy!

LInda

 

 

 

 

This Week (10) I… March 11, 2014

Filed under: quilt shows,toastmasters,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 6:51 pm
Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild 2014 Booklet

Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild 2014 Booklet

…I helped set up the Vendor area for the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show with two new friends from our guild.  This year we had some demonstrations in the center of the room.  It was nice form guests to sit down and learn about quilting tips and tools, portable ironing boards, applique techniques and more.

There were over 200 quilts in the show.  It was such an inspiring show!  I purchased some fabric, thread and beads from the vendors.  I am filled with inspiration and cannot wait to start some new projects!

Stay tuned!

Over 1000 guests came to see the show.  Nearly 800 voted on Saturday.  Awards were given for many categories.  There was even a name tag challenge during the show.  Awards were given for categories such as blingiest, funniest, most creative and more!  All in all there was lots of talent and fun!

If you missed the show this year, TPQG will hang another show in two years, 2016 with more inspiring quilts.

 

 

 

I also wrote a new, humorous talk, “Confessions of a Catholic Quilter”.  This was so much fun!  I will be giving this talk to Bose Speakers Toastmasters, St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s Guild in Holliston and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Guild in Leominster this Lent.

 

This Week (9) I… March 3, 2014

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learned to make beaded spiders.  Did you know that women have been putting spiders on their crazy quilts since the 1800’s?  Why? I have recently learned that a spider on your crazy quilt is a sign of good luck.  On Thursday I joined 4 other quilters and learned to make these cuties.

What do you think?

spiders

My spiders

My spiders

 

Now I’m on the look out for beads that have a hole large enough for the gauge 26 wires.  I made a few more when I got home and put them onto my name tag challenge.

 

 

 

name tag frontThere are two spiders on this now….one on the upper left and one on the lower right of the flap.  I have no fear of these spiders.  I think I could add them to upcoming quilts…..stay tuned…..

 

Linda