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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 (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




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 (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.


Next week I will edit and release the show to our HCAT newly designed website,  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!


This Week (5) I… February 3, 2014

Filed under: classes,quilt bindings — inspiredlayerslinda @ 4:51 pm

…taught different binding techniques at the Holliston Senior Center.

Binding #1 Single fold binding.  Cut binding strip 1 3/8″ wide.  Sew on with 1/4″ foot on machine.  I use this binding technique for placemats to prevent the ends from curling up when placing into a drawer.

Single fold binding

Single fold binding

Binding #2 bias strip.  I use this 1 3/8″ bias binding strip for placemats with curved edges.  Do not pull on binding strip when sewing it on.  Simply feed the strip into the foot and it will stretch around to the back and ease in where needed.


Binding #3 miniature cotton cording.  I use a zipper foot to cover the cord.  I also use the zipper foot to attach the cording to the quilt.  Clip the edges to curve around the corners.  Add a binding strip to cover the stitching from the covered cording (piping).

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There are many ways to finish your quilt.  I will continue to show more ways to finish quilts at our next Holliston Senior Center quilting class.

Can you say, “FUN!”