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Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (39) I… September 29, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 11:08 pm

…quilted two “modern” quits.  The first one was designed by Barbara Wittenberg. I quilted it with black thread and made straight lines that created some triangles.  It is hard to see the design of the quilting because of the black thread on black fabric.  I used the Quilter’s Preview Paper and drew with a red dry erase marker the pattern I was thinking of quilting so that Barbara would have a good idea of what it would look like after being quilted.  I wonder if she would have liked it more with red thread.  Modern quilting is very new to me.  I’ve been watching the movement take hold here in Mass. recently.  Let me know what you think.

WP_20140923_09_33_43_Pro WP_20140923_09_33_55_Pro WP_20140923_09_34_03_Pro WP_20140923_09_34_13_Pro WP_20140923_09_34_31_ProThis last photo is of the back.  Barbara continues the design process on the back of her quilts.

This next quilt is called “Dimensions” by Angela Walters. I did not use solid fabrics.  I used what I had in my studio.  The top was made on my recent quilting get away.  This week I quilted it.  Still sewing on the rod pocket.

WP_20140929_15_27_47_ProLet me know what you think….I quilted this one with four different color threads.  The light green has cream thread free motion quilted up and down.  The light purple is quilted with white thread in a similar fashion. The dark green was quilted with polyester variegated green thread with 1/2″ spaced lines and then a fat figure eight free motion quilted on the bottom rows.  The dark purple was quilted with purple polyester thread.  Although I had no problem quilting with the polyester threads and cotton threads, I do prefer cotton thread.

I also taught a “Doodling” class…..look at some practice pieces….

WP_20140923_17_31_48_Pro WP_20140923_19_47_56_ProI can’t wait for the final class and a group photo of all the accomplished doodlers!

Happy Quilting!



This Week (38) I… September 23, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,finished project,guild talks — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:11 pm

….forgot to take photos with my phone.  So sorry about that!

Here are the highlights…

1. I released an episode of “A Quilter’s Touch” on featuring Jerry Becker.  Watch the show on Click on “Programming”, then “Public” and “A Quilter’s Touch.”

Jerry is a quilter and he makes men’s ties too!  He’s also married to Millie Becker who was featured on “A Quilter’s Touch” last month.

I am a volunteer producer at Holliston Cable Access Television (HCAT).  I enjoy sharing quilting tips and techniques to viewers and introducing talented quilters too!

If you would like to be a guest on “A Quilter’s Touch,” please send me an email, send me a tool to try, or comment on this blog.

2. I shared my quilts and my “Confession of a Catholic Quilter” talk with the Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters on Thursday.  It was a perfect weather day for a drive and the setting, the Carver Library was amazing!  The guild was a very talented group.  I enjoyed watching their business meeting and “Sew and Share” time.  How I wish I had taken photos! (When will I learn?) I think I did my grandmother proud.

3. I spent my birthday teaching a class at the Holliston Senior Center where there is always amazing “show and tell”….look…


Mary set her row by row together like this, using 9 shops, from different states too!


Denise made a small wall hanging and quilted it herself. Awesome job!


Diane used her embroidery machine to make this banner for her granddaughter’s 1st birthday.

Then I spent dinner with my husband and a colleague from work. On Saturday I traveled to St. Michael’s College to spend a couple of days with my daughter, Bethany.  We went apple picking…

Bethany took photos with her iphone and sent them to me……not sure how to download them and get them here….sorry!

Trust me, we had fun!  The weather in northern Vermont was picture perfect!  We picked apples on Grand Isle, just 30 minutes from college.  We had lunch at Vermont Sandwich.  We each ordered half sandwiches which were amazingly flavorful and filling.


It was a great week!



This Week (37) I… September 15, 2014

Filed under: finished project,free motion quilting,quilt bindings — inspiredlayerslinda @ 2:35 pm

…taught a modern quilting mid arm class and a doodle class.  I also prepared 7 projects to work on over the weekend get away to the Franciscan House in Kennebunk, ME.


The modern quilt class was fun!

The doodle class was amazing! 12 students left the class with doodles dancing in their thoughts!  I’m looking forward to the next class.  If you were there….practice, practice, practice!


Enough shouting….7 projects packed for a get away….what was I thinking?

I’ll tell you…I have along list of quilt still to quilt this year.  I have many projects started.  This get away is dedicated to finishing.

Project 1: Sew binding onto “redo” of August Doodle quilt.


Project #2: Finish quilting September Doodle and bind.



Project #3: Finish October 2014 Doodle and bind.



Project #4: Finish UFO#2 for guild challenge. Without the help from Rita, a master hand quilter, It would not have been completed.



Project #5: Make a modern quilt: “Dimensions” by Angela Walters



I will sandwich it and quilt it at home.

Project #6: Make a modified “Mango Mix” quilt for Bethany’s dorm room.



I will add moose, bear, elk and trees as appliques on top at home.


Project #7: Design a new quilt using the Sew Easy Guide to make flying geese and Kaffe Fassett large floral prints.



I made some components, but ran out of time…..

I enjoyed Lobster soup, Autumn salad and Fruiti Tutti Martini at the Hurricane Restaurant.  I can highly recommend everything!.


I walked along the ocean edge and even put my feet into the cold water.



I attended Mass, went Knight’s Quilt shop and enjoyed seeing so many different project being created.



I highly recommend treating yourself to a quilting retreat at least once a year! I return home with lots of great memories and finished, or almost finished projects!

Thank you to Christine and Donna who organized the weekend and Lindell for driving and being a super roommate!

It was a great week!



This Week (36) I… September 9, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:43 pm

…finished up making items to sell at the Holliston Senior Center Harvest Fair and baking goodies to for the bake table.  It was mighty hot outside, but our craft booth was in the air conditioned hall! Lucky us!!!

Here’s our working crew…..


Many items were donated by the dozen other quilters and loads of crochet and knitted items were donated too!


It was a busy week!  If you missed the fair, some of the items are still available for sale at the Senior Center Bookstore.

All the proceeds (100%) go to funding the programs at the center.  It is a very lively, fun place to be.

Hope you had a good week!


Linda Ramrath


This Week (35) I… September 1, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 1:50 pm

…went on the NCL Dawn cruise to Bermuda. Here’s a photo of me ready to board the ship and cruise into new adventures.  On my list is snorkeling and drinking rum swizzles! Yes, in that order.  We had booked two excursions, so there was no baking out….

day 1

This cruise is also our 30th anniversary gift for my husband, Rob and me.  On our honeymoon we cruised from Amsterdam up the Norwegian Fjords.  It was amazing and memorable! We went on train rides and several excursions at various ports of call.  The weather, scenery and wildlife was beyond our dreams!  What a way to start our marriage.


Unfortunately, we did not go on any excursions on this cruise due to a hurricane.  All our excursions were cancelled and we left Bermuda without even touching the water or red sand beaches.  We did take a Fun Bus tour of St. George with Reggie, our guide.  Reggie was amazingly friendly, courteous, and filled us in with lots of information about Bermuda.  He is a native and loves this island.


Rob and I did celebrate our anniversary on board.  At dinner one night at the Venetian restaurant, the waiters sang a romantic song to us with harmonies too!  We received an “Anniversary cake too!”

anniversary cakeI must say that my most memorable and unexpected time on the ship was with the comedian, Tim Kaminski.  He did three shows and a Q & A session.  We also saw him in line waiting for the Garden Cafe to open for lunch.  He is a wonderful, clean comedian with a huge heart!  He is a master of his craft.  How great to lift people’s spirits for a living.

Tim Kaminski and me

Tim Kaminski and me

As a Toastmaster, studying the Humorous speaking advanced manuals, and a quilter always looking to talk through quilts and sharing them with other to bring smiles to their faces, I learned a lot.  I saw how Tim connected with so many, if not every member of the audience.  He closes his shows with a heartfelt message for the good of the community.  He never lost his cool and helped all the passengers wishing for sun day after day and getting rain 6 out of 7 days keep smiles on their faces, me included.

I am not taking snorkeling off my bucket list. It might not happen in Bermuda, but maybe somewhere else….that’s the adventure and mystery I like in my life.

The cruise ended with a beautiful sunrise as we floated into Boston Harbor.

sunset coming homeMy husband was thrilled to hear his phone ring with messages as he was ready to reconnect with his life at Bose, Corp.  I was looking forward to a day of shopping with my daughter before she headed to college for her sophomore year at St. Micheal’s College in Vermont; a day of gardening and yard work; and then back to quilting projects.

It was a nice week of disconnection from the “busy” life at home and focusing on our marriage and the fun times we’ve shared over the past 30 years.  Thankfully, we are both focused on staying healthy so we can add to our bucket list and look for new adventures!

Hope you had a great week!