Inspired Layers – Linda's Blog

Linda's quilting adventures

This Week (47) I… November 25, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes,free motion quilting,guild talks,HCAT,quilt shows — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:09 pm

…shared my quilts and a few laughs with Stafford Mill Quilters in Connecticut.

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On Friday the Holliston Senior Center Quilters had lots of show and tell.  Some were working on their “Farmer’s Market” quilt with very different fabrics.  When they are all done, I will post the beautiful quilts.  I don’t think any of them will be named “Farmer’s Market” like the pattern.

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I finished my quilt from the pattern, “Living a Charmed Life” by Six Gables Designs.

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I used cotton and wool batting and quilted feathers galore!

What have you created with a charm pack? I’m thinking of all the various things I’ve made with charm packs….a new television episode of “A Quilter’s Touch?” …..stay tuned.

Hope you had a wonderful week sharing your quilting.

 

Linda

 

 

This Week (44) I… November 4, 2014

…taped an episode of “A Quilter’s Touch” with special guest, Joyce Gilmore, who started the Brian’s quilts effort at the Milford Hospital.  Joyce shared her story of how this effort started.  In the past 12 years many small quilts have been donated to this effort.  Thankfully, still births are declining but other mothers are in need of a warm, comfy quilt for their newborns.  The nurses give the quilts to those in need.  I enjoyed sharing this time with such an inspirational quilter.  Joyce also started the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild in Mendon, MA.  This is one of her most rewarding endeavors.

If you are inspired to help others with your quilting skills, do it.  YOu never know how many others will be inspired by your kindness.

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I also had fun on a field trip to Bits and Pieces Quilt Shop in Pelham, NH.  We enjoyed a nice lunch at Dimitrious Restaurant just down route 38.

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Although a detour sent us on a longer journey home, we made it home safely. Thank you to Connie, our bus driver.

AnnMarie was the winner of Quilters Dream Green batting at the “Battings” class I taught at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard.  I brought 20 different battings to try with the Platinum 16 mid arm sewing machine.  There are so many great choices these days.

On Saturday, I was demonstrating on the Babylock Tiara mid arm sewing machine at A Notion to Quilt. A mid arm sewing machine is so much fun!  I love the small foot print and the ease of free motion quilting.  I have quilted up to a king size quilt on this machine.  My favorite thing to do is “Doodling” with this machine. Everyone got a chance to try the machine. It was a fun event!

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This week was full of quilting fun and friendship!  Thanks for a great week!

Linda

 

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 http://www.hcattv.org featuring Jerry Becker.  Watch the show on http://www.hcattv.org. 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…

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

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

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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.

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It was a great week!

Linda

 

This Week (25) I… June 23, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:16 pm

…donated a quilt to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Leominster, MA.

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I also taped “A Quiter’s Touch” tv show at HCAT studios, shared quilting tips and techniques with Holliston Senior Center quilters, and painted some fabrics under the direction of Mickey Lawler.  What a fun week!

You will have to wait for pictures from the HCAT show…..

Here are some pictures from show and tell at Holliston Senior Center….

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Theresa shared her beautiful “Just Around the Curve” place mats!

 

Yvonne shared her challenge quilts.  The first challenge was everything from a hardware store.  The second challenge is with under garments.  She used a bra to make a suspension bridge.

The third challenge was a round robin.  We all gave her ideas of what to do next with that quilt top!

 

 

On Saturday I took a workshop with Mickey Lawler on painting fabric.  Here are a few of my amazing pieces.  It was a great day with my quilting friends from Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and some of their friends too!  We learned to make happy and stormy skies, water, waterfall, streams, planets and shooting stars!

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Hope you had a wonderful week too!

 

Linda

 

This Week (22) I… June 2, 2014

Filed under: A Quilter's Touch,classes,free motion quilting,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 3:15 pm

…met Kathryn, owner of Dragonfly Quilt Shop in Bellingham, MA.  This shop is a destination for quilters or wanna be quilters/ artists to quilt, paint, finish projects, start new projects, do some stash busting, be creative, and have fun doing all of the above!  Grab some friends and head over there.  WARNING! check the website for hours the shop is open.  The website is http://www.dragonflyquiltshop.com

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Check out the “Starry Night” painted on canvas.  You can learn to do that!  Check out the Fairy button quilt.  Very cute!  Free motion quilting and tiny buttons that just make the piece!  Kathryn is going to have “Make it, Take it” projects too!  I would suggest that you bookmark her website and stay tuned in.  She has lots of good tips to share.

I will be taping a show for “A Quilter’s Touch” featuring a fabric box which Kathryn taught me to make during my visit.  I’ll also share a handy bobbin area cleaner made from a straw and pipe cleaner.  I’ll let you know when the show is released.

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I hope you had a great week!

Happy sewing!

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!

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Quilting each place mat differently

Quilting each place mat differently

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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 (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!