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This Week (17) I… April 28, 2014

Filed under: classes,free motion quilting,quilt bindings — inspiredlayerslinda @ 11:34 pm

…Attended Easter Mass at St. Mary’s Parish in Holliston.  We enjoyed Easter baskets with gifts and dinner with Grandpa Frank and his wife, Astrida.  Lots of gluten free goodies for dessert!

On Monday, April 21st I was invited to go to see the Boston Marathon with a neighbor.  It was exciting!  God bless all the runners!

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I came home and started to draw a quilt to remember this experience.  It will be continuous line and sewn horizontally. Stay tuned…..

I organized a field trip for the Holliston Senior Center Quilters.  Our faithful bus driver, Connie took us to The Quilted Crow, Daley by the Yard, and Quilter’s Way.  Each shop was unique.  We enjoyed all three!  Plus a lunch at Crossroads Cafe!

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This group of women are so kind and thoughtful.  The weather was perfect, the company couldn’t have been any better.  The day was very special.  I’m looking forward to seeing new quilted projects!

I also finished quilting and binding my Plum Mix Quilt.  The pattern is my Mango Mix pattern.  I quilted it on my HandiQuilter Sweet 16.

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I ended the week by teaching a Midarm class and a Doodle Dog class in Shelburne Falls, at A Notion to Quilt on Saturday.  Look what one of my students gave me…

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My grandmother, who enjoyed my quilting visits, also raised chickens and gave us farm fresh eggs.  What a connection.  I was fighting tears.  This student really had no idea of my quilting journey story or the significance of this gift …. immense.

 

That was my week.  Looking forward to next week too!

 

Happy quilting,

Linda Ramrath

 

This Week (16) I…. April 22, 2014

enjoyed Holy Week!  It started with Palm Sunday and a reading of the Passion of Christ.

I finished up vending at the Pioneer Valley Quilt Show.  This show, in Springfield,MA was wonderful.  There were coupons for many of the vendors which could be printed out and presented at the show.  The local cable station produced a show encouraging people to attend.  Even with MQX and The Worcester Sewing Expo on the same dates, the attendance was super. There were even bus loads of quilters dropped off to enjoy the show and auctions both Saturday and Sunday.  The organizers really worked hard and saw the fruits of their labor.

Pioneer Valley Quilt Show

Pioneer Valley Quilt Show

Quilted a quilt for a cancer patient.

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On Monday I attended a lecture/trunk show from Linda Schmidt, a quilter from California now.  She has had quite the travelers journey.  Her quilts were plentiful and inspiring. The techniques she uses are interesting and effective.

Tuesday and Wednesday I finished two sets of mug rugs from the “left over fabrics” from two sets of “Just Around the Curve” place mats. This BONUS pattern is easy with the 1/4″ Martelli curvemaster foot.  FREE BONUS pattern available on my website!

Mug Rugs

Mug Rugs

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Holy Thursday was another community get together for the Mass of the Last Supper; another fabulous evening!

On Good Friday I let a friend use my HandiQuilter Sweet 16 to finish a t-shirt quilt as I attened an inspirational church service. Praise God! I love to share my creative space with other creative people.

Sarah quilting a t-shirt quilt with blanket edging

Sarah quilting a t-shirt quilt with blanket edging

Holy Saturday was busy and joyful as I visited my parents with my daughter, dropped off samples at All About Quilts in Walpole, and colored eggs for the centerpiece of our Easter feasting table.

Another blessed week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week (15) I… April 15, 2014

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…went to the Museum of Fine Arts with a friend.photo (76)

We looked at the quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection.  There were lessons about color and how to achieve good vibrations, perfect harmony and optical illusions.  I highly recommend going to the museum to see this display.  The gift shop had several wonderful items too!

What was most amazing to me was my personal reaction to each quilt.  I seemed to have a heart reaction within 5 seconds of looking at each quilt.  I learn more about myself every day!

What colors are you attracted to?  Complementary? Analogous? Cool? Warm?  Which colors are missing from your stash?  Have you ever taken stock of your stash and tried to create a color wheel?  You may be surprised at the result!

Next, I gave my new “Confessions of a Catholic Quilter” talk to St. Mary’s Women’s Group. It was a very delightful night. It was especially nice for me to once again combine two of my favorite passions, quilting and Christianity.

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My final stop for the week was in Springfield, MA at Pioneer Valley Quilt Show.  I was a vendor.  I made a “Linda’s Clothesline Tote” and demonstrated sewing curves with NO PINS, NO STRESS, and NO PUCKERS!  I also demonstrated some free motion quilting.  I now carry Doodle Dog kits (with practice pieces included).

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Have you ever seen a quilted air balloon?  It is so nice to have some men with new ideas in the guild.  There is a weather balloon inside of this display.  They used a hair dryer to blow this up.  Each section was quilted by various guild members and assembled by the member who saw this idea on the internet.  Now there are 5 world wide.

What an exciting week!

Linda

 

This Week (14) I… April 8, 2014

Filed under: guild talks — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:40 pm
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forgot my camera and forgot to use my iphone camera to take photos for this blog!  I also gave my new talk, “Confessions of a Catholic Quilter” to the Women’s Guild at Our Lady of the Lake, Leominster, MA.

Many thanks for all the laughs.

I attended a Penance Service where I made my “real” confession….. looking forward to Easter!

I also gave “My Quilting Journey” talk to a guild at All About Quilts on Friday night!  Another group of wonderfully kind and talented quilters.  I hope I inspired a few to continue to share their talents with future generations!

Another awesome week!

 

 

This Week (13) I… April 1, 2014

Filed under: classes,free motion quilting,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:33 pm

…enjoyed quilting using a Platinum 16 Midarm sit-down sewing machine.  I purchased a sit-down 16″ midarm sewing machine about 8 years ago. I absolutely LOVE IT! Last November (2013) Viking released a 16″ midarm sit-down quilting machine, named the Platinum 16.  Babylock has also released a sit-down 16″ quilting machine called the Tiara.  Do you have a dealer near you?  Maybe you should give it a test drive!

Here’s what I did while demonstrating how to use the Platinum 16 quilting machine by Viking…

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Doodle Horse

Doodle Horse

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Once you sit down and try to quilt on one of these machines, you will see how easy it is.  There is not pushing and shoving of the quilt through the 6″ arm of your machine.  I highly recommend you purchase an open toe foot so you can see where you are going.  You will become a custom quilter and finish all your UFOs in no time!

I love to demonstrate and show some of my quilts which I have quilted using various battings. I love to experiment. Call me to demonstrate at your local quilt shop!