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 (42) I… October 22, 2014

Filed under: classes,finished project,free motion quilting,guild talks,travel — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:47 pm

…drove to Rhode Island to share my quilts and stories with the Ninigret Quilters. I stopped by the ocean and took a few photos before the talk.

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Here’s some show and tell …..

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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 (21) I… May 26, 2014

Filed under: finished project,guild talks,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 8:21 pm

…started the week out by visiting the Cornerstone Quilter’s Guild in Charlton, MA.  It was so nice to meet friendly, helpful people the moment I entered the parking lot.  Friends of my parents greeted me.  Friends from teaching classes at the Charlton Sewing Center greeted me.  The newly elected Vice President, Roland was even prepared to hear “my confessions” in my new talk, “Confessions of a Catholic Quilter.”  The brought his clerical stole to the meeting.  We shared a lot of laughs as I confessed 10 quilter “rules” I knowingly violated and what I produced as a result of those decisions.  I added many names to my newsletter and Doodle list.  Thanks to everyone who made this Sunday one to remember!

The weather was beautiful outside.  My drive home was nice and then we were off to a nice dinner outside at the Oregon Club in Ashland.  Our daughter left for Utah on Thursday morning, so we wanted to have a special dinner with her before she was off on her next adventure.

As the week progressed I finished two more Linda’s Clothesline totes.  This first one is made with 20 Pacific Bali pop strips.

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This next one is from 30 Caramel Bali Pop strips:

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I enjoyed teaching Doodle Sea Turtle at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, a midarm guide class, and finishing up the top of the 60+ t-shirt quilt.

I love to use the Sew Easy guide for sewing the 2 1/2″ strips together before covering the cording.  I use no pins.  This guide is very helpful.  I just love it!

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I use no pins. I just line up the strips right sides together and sew keeping the solid line on the diagonal.  I am now selling these guides in two sizes.  $5.50 small and $8.50 large.

I use this guide to make binding also!  I just love a tool with many applications.  I show how to use it when making my pattern, “Roman Villa.”

 

Hope you had a great week, quilting!

Linda

 

This Week (20) I… May 20, 2014

Filed under: finished project,free motion quilting,guild talks — inspiredlayerslinda @ 12:53 pm

started the week out celebrating Mother’s Day with my hubby and daughter!  We went boating!  The weather was unexpectedly beautiful!  Then we enjoyed conversation and BBQ on our deck.  A very relaxing and enjoyable Mother’s Day!

 

On Monday I taught a midarm sewing machine class at Emma’s Quilt Cupboard.  It was so nice to share my love of this type of machine with new and prospective owners.

Bethany was kind enough to deliver”Tea Mats”(also known as “Mug Rugs”) samples to “All About Quilts” in Walpole.  They were made from the “left overs” from the “Just Around the Curve” place mats I made which are on display at the shop.  This BONUS pattern is available for FREE on my website.  See the pattern page.  I love getting two project out of one purchase of fabric. I had fun quilting the four “Tea Mats” with four different techniques.  They are individual with four different backs, tops, bottoms, bindings, and corner pockets.  All the fabrics are available at “All About Quilts”

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I also continued to piece together 60+ t-shirts to create a memory quilt of over 20 years of riding the Pan Mass Challenge for a customer.  Photos will be release next week!

 

On Thursday I had the opportunity to share one of my humorous talks with the Hopkinton Senior Center Quilting group and friends.  It was so much fun! (I will try to edit this post after I get more help capturing the photos correctly.)

On Friday I emailed the link to the FREE May Doodle to all those who have signed up to receive the “Doodle of the Month”. My list is growing.  I hope to see some of you finished doodles soon!

It was a fun-filled week!

Linda Ramrath

Inspired Layers

 

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 (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