Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 2011

Hello :)

Welcome September !! School will be starting soon, the leaves will start to turn. Hardly seems possible.


Below is a article from one of our chatters.


am Blind Stitcher, I use to be Stitching Angel I am a totally blind quilter and seamstress. I have been blind for around 25 years. I have taken four years of Home Ec. In high school and loved every minute of sewing. When I became blind, I put my sewing machine away thinking that I would never be able to ever sew again. My Dad was the one that helped teach me to sew clothing and other projects before I became blind. My grandmother taught me how to do hand embroidery. If I did not get the stitches right I was to pick them out and redo them over again. I even made three of my son’s Halloween costumes, along with a little clown outfit for our family pet poodle Mimi. My son was surprised to find out that he won first place in the parade with him and Mimi being a little clown.



Now that I am blind and work on a quilt I guess I am just as fussy as she was when she was teaching me. I guess it is because of being blind and how others look at me because I am different and cannot see. Many think because you are blind you cannot do much of anything, or your just plain stupid. So imagine when they find out that I run my own sewing machines and use a computer. Sure my Mother-in-law helps me once in a while when I cannot fix a sewing machine. And yes I do take it apart and put it back together. I even cut my own quilt blocks with a rotary cutter, but not as much as the Accuquilt Go. This item makes cutting blocks easy as making a peach pie. We have tried writing letters to the sewing machine companies asking them to help make machines accessable for the blind by having speach speaking menus. Some day it will happen, but right now we have to snag older machines. My dream is to one day have a quilting machine to earn some extra money, since employers have problems hiring persons who are blind in our area.



The quilt that I made was made from 4 inch blocks that were bought from a seller on Ebay. I received second place for the angel quilt, along with a hunter green long velvet hooded cloak trimmed with white fur. First thing I did to make the angel quilt was to make a block of nine four inch blocks. Now mind you many blocks I have to imagine how they are put together, someonewas the one set me strait that the flying geese block does not, look like flying geese. Lol But with this quilt I wanted something different, so not knowing if I was using someone else’s idea I continued to lesson to the quilt as it told me what It wanted me to do. Secondly I cut the nine patches in half diagonally. Then I thought hmm, I wanted a challenge so I continued with the idea that I was getting. Thirdly I cut those two triangular pieces in half again to get two smaller triangles. Then I thought about how I could arrange the blocks to keep from using the one of the same blocks over again. Fourthly I placed the total of the four blocks from the original nine patches each on four different piles. Happy with how my design was going I continued. Then I laughed when I heard my fiancĂ©e who is also blind say, why make a block then cut apart and then put it back together again? Honey, he said that makes no sense. Lol I just laughed and continued the last step, I took a small triangle from each of the four piles, not sure that each triangle was from a different nine patch quilt block. Then after sewing the blocks back together. I then gave them a good pressing with an iron. I was tickled when I started to sew all the blocks together to form Linda’s quilt. It sure was hard not to let her know the quilt was for her. I had a friend send the quilt top out to be quilted with surprisingly with angels. It really fit the gift idea, because it was a gift for our Pastor. She has been such a bright light in our lives, that is why I thought she deserved a special quilt.



Now to tell you about my Renaissance cloak. Someone helped me cut out the lining and outer velvet for the cloak. I did the cutting of the fur that was to go around the edges for the trim. Working with seven yards of $18 a yard of velvet I sure did not want to make a mistake. So once the pieces all cut out I then had her hand me the pieces that went together and I started pinning them together. When I pin a project together I use the small quilt pins. Forget the strait pins; they sure can be dangerous when you cannot find them on the floor and they come out to easy for me. Once the two sides of the cloak was sewed together I then put the two sides of the cloak together making sure that the out sides of the cloak was facing inwards. This was the fun part, but wow what a fuzzy mess. Lol I placed the three inch fur all around the edges of the cloak trying to make sure that the seams of the fur was not right in the middle of the front of the cloak where it would show. After sewing it all together all but the bottom of the cloak, I started folding over and tucking the fur to be ready to be hand sewn down. This was the slowest part doing a blind stitch making sure that the fur would not have a spot where someone could get their fingers under the fur. Then I machine sewed all but one foot on the bottom of the cloak where I could work the cloak back through. Once this seem was done I began working the material through the one foot whole so it was turned the right side out I then hand sewed the frog or clasp up near the neck area to keep the cloak on the shoulders. Finally I tucked in the one foot seam so I could blind stitch it together to make sure that no seam showed. I was so proud of this cloak I then entered it in our county fair along with the cloak. Two days letter after dropping off my entries I found out that my cloak received first place plus best of show. If it was not for Sandy my mother-in-law incur ageing me to help her with sewing down some hems on the girls dresses that was in the wedding. I probably would have given my machine to someone or it would have just sat on the shelf gathering dust. Thanks to my dad and grandmother for giving me my taste of sewing, and Thanks to a friend who gave me the confidence that just because I could not see did not mean I had to give it up. So now I am returning the favor, I also have a group of blind quilters called the Touchable Quilters that helps others by offering tips and suggestions. So that they don’t do what I almost did by giving up and not continueing sewing the quilts and clothing that we love to create.



Thank you ever so much for letting me tell my story.



Thank you Blindsticher :)





Quiltchat's Stocking Swap sign up's open this Monday, September 5th !! If you are interested, or need more information please email me alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com w/stocking swap in the subject line. This is truly, truly a fun activity to be part of :)


Sweetjessy has another BOW project ~~ The next Block of the week project will start September 12 at 9 pm EST The blocks will be 9 inches. Come and make some blocks, and have fun too :) At the end of the project, you will have a nice quilt.


As always, your articles are always appreciated. If you would like to share your story of what got you interested in quilting, or how your first quilt project went, email me.


Next month's newsletter will include idea's for the upcomming holidays. Small projects that can be completed in a short period of time. And even things that could be included in the stocking for your swappee <:)



Until next time,


alaskaquilter


Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas in July

Happy Canada Day to our chatters north of the border


Happy 4th of July to the U.S.A.



Here are two articles from iowegian

Purse size tissue cover

Choose two fabrics one main one contrast
Main fabric cut 3 rectangles 4x6 inches
Contrast cut 2 squares 4x4 inches
Press both squares and 2 of the rectangles in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Place remaining rectangle right side up, lay pressed rectangles on top
with pressed edges towards center, raw edges on the outside

Take the folded squares and weave them under the ends of the rectangles,on each end
again with the folded edges to the center, raw edges to the outside.

Pin as needed and stitch completely around the outside edge with 1/4 inch seam I sewed around twice to reinforce. Clip corners diagonally, careful not to cut stitches.

Turn the cover inside out thru the hole in the middle, square up the corners after turning, and
enjoy!


Here's iowegian's other article
In 1988, I was introduced to the amazing world of antique power!! In case you don't know what that is, I will do my best to describe it for you. It is rather like a working museum, where people do farming the way it was done at least 50 years, or more, in the past. Long before there were all the fancy hi-tech machines, things ran, and were powered much simpler. Many of the old fashioned machines were fueled with wood, burned to heat the water in huge boilers. The engines were used for plowing, running lumber operations, harvesting the ripe crops, amongst other things.

The shows that I attend have old school buildings, a working lumber mill, huge stationary engines that originally were used in factories, like breweries and machine shops. These machines have been repaired, kept up, and loved by the people who find them in some rather strange locations, to be shared with the public. They still use horses to plow and work in the fields, as well as the tractors. There is usually a parade during the day of the shows, where people drive the big machines along the road. It is very exciting to be a part of this history, and I have done that now, since I first discovered them.

I have worked in the kitchen, serving and cooking breakfasts, which is done with very old, usable cookstoves. The ovens tend to be very cranky, but people don't complain about having to wait. It is very much like how our forefathers, and mothers, had to do things a long time ago, for the hired farm help in the fall, during harvest time.

We have a museum with old, hand cranked churns, washing machines, and clocks. I love when the school buses bring the young kids to tour and see all the goings on. My main job now is to sit and give information at the quilting table. We do have a quilt set up every year, and lots of the ladies, and some visitors, sit and hand stitch the quilt. That is where I first quilted, and that is how long I have been doing it, 22 years this September!! Most of the ladies that sat at that table with me back then are no longer alive, so I can only remember all the fun we used to have talking and stitching. My quilting mentor was one of the original members of the show, and she is the person who would not let me work on one of her quilts unless I wore a thimble, because she did not want blood on her work!! I carry a thimble nearly constantly in my pocket to this day. I have one everywhere!!

There is an old Depot at the show grounds, where an extensive model railroad is set up, working and on display. That is a favorite spot for the kids, as is the old fashioned popcorn stand, and the hand cranked ice cream. There are buildings where music is played for the enjoyment of the visitors. On Saturday afternoon, there is a fiddle contest, which always brings in lots of people. My husband, Tom, spends most of his time with the music venues, because that is what he does!! Lots of musicians come to the show, to play music for very long hours during the days and nights. Sometimes the music is playing until the wee hours of the morning!!

When we go to these shows, we never know what the weather will be like. It has been rainy, cold, windy, snowy, hot, rainy, muddy, tornados, rainy, sunny, so just the weather keeps us on our toes. Last year when we went, it was so wet, we could not park in the designated camping area, so many people had to park campers at the local funeral home in town. We are hoping this year is not the same.

We have an old fashioned General Store, where members can sell homemade goodies like breads, jams and jellies, cookies and cakes, old looking sun bonnets, aprons, etc. It is a very busy place on the grounds. We have a blacksmith working during the show, as well as a lath mill, where they make cedar shingles as souveniers. We have an old church, which was donated and moved to the grounds, which gives tours. There is a log cabin, with an old wood stove, where ladies make, and burn, cookies to share with visitors. They usually choose a theme to decorate the cabin, most often Christmas. There is a water mill, where they grind flour you can buy, a mini farm with baby animals, which is always well attended.

One of the best things I ever found at the steam show is my hubby. We met there in 1992, and are still together and attending the shows. He started the music in the Red Shed, which he still oversees, but this is his last year for that. I still go sit and quilt, which I love to do. I also demonstrate the old treadle sewing machine, which is what I learned to sew on, about 60 years ago. It is a busy, fun time for me, and I love going. Hope to continue for many years.

Thanks for letting me tell you about what keeps me away from the chatroom during the month of September every year. It is my big habit now, and not one I want to break.

Thank you iowegian :)


Here's a great recipe from purplefiend

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana

Traditionally, eggplant is fried in oil on the stove top. However, baking it drastically reduces the calories and fat without sacrificing flavor. Plus you get to eat more.


Serves 4

Eggplant:
2 large eggs
a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
a couple of pinches of salt
3/4 cup bread crumbs (preferably plain)
1/4 cup grated Reggiano-Parmigiano cheese
1 large eggplant, cut into 3/8-inch thick slices (yield 10-12 slices)

Marinara Sauce:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 shallot, diced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano tomatoes*
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like some heat)
a couple of pinches of salt
2 heaping tablespoons each of finely chopped fresh basil and parsley
3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Reggiano-Parmigiano cheese

1. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, crushed red pepper, and salt. Pour into a wide, shallow bowl or plate.

2. Mix breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup grated cheese in a separate wide, shallow bowl or plate.

3. Slice eggplant. Dip one slice at a time in the egg mixture, allowing excess to drip into the bowl. Dredge in the bread crumbs, ensuring that the entire slice of eggplant is coated with the crumbs. Place on a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining slices.

4. Bake eggplant at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

5. While the eggplant is cooking, the marinara sauce can be made. In a medium pot over medium heat, warm 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add shallots and saute 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the canned tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir until well combined. Reduce heat to medium-low. Let sauce lightly bubble for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off heat. Stir in the fresh herbs.

6. To assemble the eggplant parmigiano, use either one 9-inch round or 8-inch square baking dish. Start by covering the bottom of the dish with a layer of marinara sauce. Add 4 slices of baked eggplant (larger slices on the bottom), and top with 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella and 1/3 of the grated cheese. Repeat two more times, or until all ingredients are used.

7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until the sauce begins to bubble and the cheese turns golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

*San Marzano tomatoes are Italian plum tomatoes that are prized for their sweeter, less acidic flavor. They can be found in Italian specialty markets and some major supermarkets.



Now for the Christmas in July part :)

Yes Christmas is not that far away, as evidenced by the holiday fabric now appearing in stores <:)

The Quiltchat Annual Stocking Swap sign up's will open in September, date to be announced. It is truly fun to be in the room, to listen and see everyone open their stocking and tell everyone what they've received. The time and effort that each swappee put's into the stocking they give is very apparent. The time part is twofold. The first being the time put into hunting/finding things to put in the stocking, and second is time spent in the room chatting and listening. I think I've mentioned this before, but will repeat myself <:) The best example that I can give of this is from the most recent swap. Two swappee's were in the room, telling everyone what they had been given. One was mentioning the sugar free items, telling us that she was going to give them to her husband who is diabetic. Now the only way that her swappee knew that she had a diabetic husband was to have been in the room through the year and listened. Listening, getting to know as many chatters as a person can does not happen over a weekend, it takes TIME. If you have any questions about being in the swap, don't hesitate to email me :) To put it simply, it really is alot of fun to be part of the swap. Some might not think a stocking swap could be "special" or "fun" but it is !!


In next month's newsletter, I will be sharing quick, easy projects that could be included in the stocking, or just to be given as presents. As always, I am always looking for stories about your first quilt, what got you inspired to start quilting, recipes, and stories. Email me alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com with newsletter in the subject line.


Until next time,

alaskaquilter

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June 2011

Summer is here !! Well almost <:)

June 21st is the first offical day of summer. YEA




As promised, here are more anagrams.


fertile foe
honorable one-third hole
in his chair
intact widow
logic ban
many neglected fans
never giants
nice flare
outward print holder
prank adds hurt


Email me with your answers.


With hot and muggy weather, recipes that don't require turning the oven on are great, as are bbq idea's. If you have any summer recipes to share email me, just remember to put newsletter in the subject line.


UPCOMING EVENTS

June 8th 9pm EST A special bingo !!! Prizes are here: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/578042198gmykGQ.


Please join us. As always more players the merrier.



In future newsletters, I will be talking about the Stocking Swap. The sign up's will open in September, the date will be announced. I will be sharing idea's and hopfully patterns for quilty items that can be made up quickly.


We all like to hear about each other's projects. What is really fun is to hear about how we each got interested in quilting, our first quilt project. What inspired us to quilt, be it a tv show, a friend, or ??? Please email me with your stories :)


As always, if you have any quilty idea's, pictures of your projects, recipes, or stories please email me alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com w/newsletter in the subject line.




Until next time,


alaskaquilter

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2011

Happy May :)


Does not seem possible that it is May already. How time flies !!


The first couple of newsletter contained articles from those who participated in last year's Quiltchat Annual Stocking Swap.


Below is a partial list that is sent to those who sign up for the swap. This list is intended to give a quilter idea's of what to send their swappee.

Thread
Needles, hand or machine
Thimbles
Thread conditioner
Pens or pencils for marking
Template material
Pins
Pin magnet
Quilt magazine
Pincushion
Needle threader
Hand lotion
Coffee cup/tea mug
Flavored coffee's
Tea's
Applique scissors
Small cutting mat
Replacement rotary blades
"Emergency" chocolate--for those times when we need an energy boost



The full list, combined with the information about a chatter's swappee, should give the other chatter a good idea of what to put in their homemade stocking.


A point that I can't stress enough is when I ask a person if they are allergic to any food, scent, pets, or have any dietary restrictions/concerns. When a chatter emails me asking to be part of the swap, I email a information list that they need to fill out and send back to me. That needs to be filled out fully before they can be in the swap. Sounds trivial, even picky I know, but there are chatters in the room that have serious allergies/restrictions that need to be taken into consideration when it comes time for the stocking swap.


Now on to something less serious.


Bingo !! Each Wednesday at 9 pm EST, we play bingo in the room. You can use as many cards as you wish. If you are one of the lucky winners, actually prizes are given out :) It is nice to receive in the mail a "bingo squishy" Do join in on the fun, more players the merrier !!


If you have any pictures of your quilty projects, or stories to tell about your quilt adventures, please send them to me, alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com with newsletter in the subject line :)


Stay tuned for next month's blog for more annigram fun.

Until then, happy quilting ~~~~


alaskaquilter

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 2011

April 1, 2011 April showers bring May flowers. Although for some, today's forcast is calling for snow, not the "nicest" of April fools jokes <:)


Here is a recipe submitted by chatter inspectorcmm This recipe is for people who hate making pie crust because you don't roll this one. It is patted in the pan. SPICE AND EASY APPLE PIE Combine 1 1/2 c flour, 2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 c cooking oil, and 2 Tbsp milk. Mix just until it forms into a ball and pat into bottom of 9 inch pie pan. Mix 2/3 c. sugar, 1/4 c. flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 4 c. sliced apples, 1/2 c. sour cream, and put on top of crust. Mix together 1 c. rice krispies, 1/3 c. flour, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and nutmeg, 1/4 c softened butter. Put on top of apple mixture Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 375* and top is brown.

Another great story of how a quilter got started, submitted by a chatter by the nick of ?
I started making quilts with my my while I was in high school. Mom had always sewn for other people. Her grandmother had taught her to knit, crochet, sew, and quilt, and lived into her nineties when I was in high school She crocheted, sewed, and quilted until she died even though her eyesight had changed to be very nearsighted. Mom love to piece but hated to quilt, so all the quilts she did and we did together, she just tacked with the sewing machine in places. Now that I have a longarm, one goal I have is to take out those tacks, and replace the blankets she used instead of batting with batting. That was we can use the quilts and not be suffocated because they are so hot. Mom loved to recreate the patterns that her grandmother did with her. So, the grandmothers flower garden, and the basket blocks were her favorites. Some quilt she finished, since I was in college or just starting teaching, and I had started the quilt but got bored with the blocks. One was the Oriental Poppy from Ruby mcKim, and another was the hillbilly pixies from the stitch and sew magazine. I crocheted for many years, but quilting has become the love of my life.

Quilty Puzzle Time !!!
Anagram: A new word or phrase made by re arranging letters contained in a sentence.

Here are some quilty anagrams. Send your answers to alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com Good luck :)



FYI The answers are quilt blocks



1. a cosy cliche'


2. a green pole


3. and help it to bounce


4. bad closed jar


5. broken assaults


6. crack dirt


7. crush hand


8. enter pie


9. fear shattered


10. female pal





Stay tuned for May's newsletter for more (I hope) anigram fun !!


As always, please share your quilty idea's recipe's, and your story of what inspired you to start quilting, with us. Send them to alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com with newsletter in the subject line. Till next time, alaskaquilter


alaskaquilter

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 2011

March is here :)

Hope you are all well. Spring is not too far away, the days are getting longer (really).



Here is a story from a chatter telling about how she got hooked on quilting.

How I got hooked on quilting

About 18 yrs ago I asked my aunt, who taught quilting, if she would make me a quilt. Her answer was "make it yourself". Um, convinced I wouldnt like it, or let alone do it, I went over to her house, sat on the floor and fondled fabric from her vast collection. I could not believe there were so many beautiful fabrics. Anyway, I chose to do a house quilt. Quite adventurous for a first. It was handpieced. I became fascinated by the history of quilts, how one would use what they had on hand, and so my love of doing scrappy quilts became addictive. I joined an online chatroom, made many friends, some of which I still have to this day, albeit in another chatroom. I have had the privilege of meeting so many special quilters from all over the world and shared many happy and sad occasions. I go off quilting on occasions, when life and work gets in the way, but it doesnt take me long to renew my love of quilting. When time is of an essence, I will machine piece but when it is a labour of love and I have the time, nothing beats handpiecing. I still love all fabrics but I adore the civil war colours and designs. So here is to another 18 years of friendship, quilting and chat.

romika


And here is another, submitted by a chatter, who's nick is unknown.

started making quilts with my my while I was in high school. Mom had always sewn for other people. Her grandmother had taught her to knit, crochet, sew, and quilt, and lived into her nineties when I was in high school She crocheted, sewed, and quilted until she died even though her eyesight had changed to be very nearsighted.

Mom love to piece but hated to quilt, so all the quilts she did and we did together, she just tacked with the sewing machine in places. Now that I have a longarm, one goal I have is to take out those tacks, and replace the blankets she used instead of batting with batting. That was we can use the quilts and not be suffocated because they are so hot.

Mom loved to recreate the patterns that her grandmother did with her. So, the grandmothers flower garden, and the basket blocks were her favorites. Some quilt she finished, since I was in college or just starting teaching, and I had started the quilt but got bored with the blocks. One was the Oriental Poppy from Ruby mcKim, and another was the hillbilly pixies from the stitch and sew magazine.

I crocheted for many years, but quilting has become the love of my life


Here is an absolutly delicious, yummy, recipe from Iowegian :)
I found this recipe online, loved the way it sounded, so I made it. My hubby totally loves it, warmed on sliced apples!! It is very easy, and stores great in a covered jar in the fridge. Hope you like it.



I've Been Called Evil Caramel Sauce

1/2 Cup Honey
1 stick of butter
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk


Mix together honey, butter and sugar in saucepan. Turn on medium-high heat, while
stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to a rolling, bubbling boil for 2 minutes, while
continuing to stir constantly. Add condensed milk and mix well, keeping the stirring
and heat constant until completely mixed through.

Store in airtight containers in the fridge. To warm up, use a microwave on a low setting.

Great on sliced apples, sliced poundcake, ice cream, any sort of dessert. It is also good on fingers.


I'd be willing to bet at least one or two people will make this!!!




This is from kewpie. Sharing with us how she became interested in quilting.
Okay, here we go.

The first quilt I ever made was a 9 ring double wedding ring for a friend who had just completely remodeled her house. This is how it started.

In 1997 I took a class on a window pane vest that I saw advertised in the paper. I had never done much sewing in my life, but I thought that sounded interesting. I never did finish the vest, but the lady who taught the class invited me to come to a quilt group that met each week just a block from my house, so I thought I would give that a shot.

I told this lady that I wanted to make a quilt, mauve and gray, for a friend of mine, so she gave me a book to look at with different patterns in it. I fell in love with the double wedding ring and told her that is what I wanted to make. She discouraged me and told me it was the hardest pattern there was to make. Well, needless to say, I'm always up for a challenge and figured surely it couldn't be that difficult so I set out to prove her wrong. I went shopping, got the fabric, purchased the templates by Sharlene Jorgenson, and was off and running. I drew each of the templates onto the fabric, cut them out by hand, and started hand piecing it together. Needless to say, getting everything to fit together correctly proved a huge challenge, but I did eventually finish it and it didn't take me quite as long as she said it would. I hand quilted it and put a spider web on the back for luck along with a label with lots of information (I am known for my labels that read like a short story). I mailed it off to her and she loved it.

She and I had been friends for 25 years, but unfortunately, we had a misunderstanding and are no longer friends. It was a very petty misunderstanding and when she broke off our friendship over somthing so small I wondered if she would keep the quilt since it appeared she thought very little of our friendship. I wanted to ask her to send the quilt back, but everyone on Quiltchat told me I couldn't do that. I had given it to her and no matter what; it was hers to do with as she wished. I often wonder if she still has it.

That first double wedding ring led a smaller 4 ring one for a wedding gift for my step-daughter and then to an 80 ring queen sized one for my youngest son for a wedding gift and I am currently working on another 80 ring queen sized one for my eldest son who got married a year ago. It took me 1.5 years to do my youngest sons and I have been working on the current one for a year now. It is over half finished so, hopefully they will get it within the next six months.

My husband asked me to make one for our bed and I told him the one I am currently working on is the very last double wedding ring I will ever make!



I would like to thank those who have shared their stories, and encourage all who read these to please share their's :) Just email me, alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com with newsletter in the subject line.



We have all seen the horror, and devistation that has taken place in Australia, and New Zealand. And wondered, how can I help ? Efforts right now are, rightly being concentrated on restoring order,rebuilding homes. Perhaps at a later time it would be appropriate to think about helping those quilters/sewers who have lost their stash. My thought might be to contact your local Red Cross, as they have contacts with local relief agencies in the affected area's, and would be better able to direct efforts that are needed now, to help those in need.


And now on a lighter note :) The bow project in quiltchat has been a great success !! Thank you sweetjessy for thinking up this project :)



Again, I would like to thank those who have taken the time to share with us their stories, and recipes :) And to encourage others to share their's as well, just email me alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com with newsletter in the subject line.




Happy St Patricks Day !!

alaskaquilter

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 2011

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Hello February !

It does not seem possible that February is here already.


As promised, here are some pictures to go with meme's cat rescue story in last month's newsletter.

























Here is a story with pictues from one of the chatters who took part in the recent Quiltchat Stocking Swap.






My experience with the stocking swap was great! I loved being able to get a pattern for the stocking and making up the stocking. Then there was the task of stuffing the stocking…I loved wrapping them up and deciding what the best items were to include. Once the package was ready to go, I was off to the post office to get the package to my swappee. Then there was the waiting for the time that she will open the package and her reaction to her package contents. Then there was the waiting to see who was my swapper and fighting the temptation of opening the package before the appointed time. Then shaking the package to see if it makes any noise. Then the day I was waiting for has finally arrived and I almost forget to show up…then I see that my swappee is on so we both can open and see what we got for each other, then to get the reaction from her that I did get was great. The items she sent me were unexpected but great to see. She even got a bag of chocolates for dh so he wouldn’t feel left out. So that is my story for my experience with the stocking swap.

Quilternextdoor.



















I hope to inspire more chatters with stories from those who took part in the stocking swap to join in this year's stocking swap. It is really really fun to take part, when your in the room for the openings, you can hear and see the others open up the package from their swappee, and ooh and ahh over what they've received. Taking part in the swap also inspires/encourages you to think outside your comfort zone if you will. Once a person has received the likes and dislikes of their swappee, they are off and running to find things that their swappee might like. A swappee might like doing applique or paper piecing. This very well might inspire the shopper to try their hand at this new method that their swappee likes, after being on the lookout for tools or patterns for the stocking.
I'm always on the lookout for stories from chatters, such as what inspired you to start quilting ?? What was your very first quilt project ?? Share your stories with us :) Email me, alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com w/newsletter in the subject line.
A closing note. Thursday is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit.
Gung Hay Fat Choy !!!
alaskaquilter

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year !!

Welcome to 2011 !!

I hope you all are doing well. Welcome to the new edition of Quiltchat's Newsletter. Here's just a bit of what's been going in in quiltchat.



The Annual Stocking Swap

Quiltchat's annual stocking swap had 10 swappee's this year. It was quite fun listening to those in the room each time I came in, each wondering who their swappee was, and hearing about the stocking that they were making and what goodies they had discovered while they were out shopping. Two stocking openings were held, one at 8 am, and the other at 5 pm the next day. When I came in the room for the first opening, quite a few of those who were in the swap were in the room already <:). When it came time for the swappee's to open their stockings, you could litteraly hear them start ripping their packages :) To listen, and "see" each person open their stocking and tell us what they had received from their swappee is truly fun. One swappee had a story to tell as to why she made a particular stocking for her swappee. Another included items that pertained to where she, the giver lives. Alot of thought, effort and time went into those stockings. And it showed. I would like to share an example of why there is the rule of a chatter being in the room for at least 6 months to be able to join in the swap. One swappee was opening her stocking package up, and telling us what she had received. Fabric, and other quilt goodies. What caught the swappee's attention, and her dh's, was the inclusion of sugar free chocolates. Now the only way that her swappee could have known this, for that information was not included when she signed up is TIME. To be in the room over and over again, and just as important, LISTENING. Sounds insignificant I know, but when it came time for the swap, her swappee remembered that conversation in the room when her now swappee mentioned that her dh is diabetic. That very well may have happened many months prior. I will be including stories and pictures from the swap in upcomming newsletters. Here are a couple of stories submitted by chatters. A couple of years ago, just before Christmas, I heard a kitten crying and crying across the road. He had been dumped in the orchard that is there, and surely would have died that night, as it is full of coyotes, here in Arizona...little things won't make it out here in the desert and way out in the county. I was so upset and tearful that I could hear a cat or kitten crying when I had pulled in the driveway, that when my husband pulled in behind me, I made him cross the road with a flashlight and see if he could find out what was crying so loud. I knew I could not keep a cat, my dogs would'nt have any part of that, but I could not let an animal suffer. So my hubby crossed the road, jumped a ditch in the pitch dark, and out came this tiny, tiny black little kitten, crying so loud you would have thought he was a huge coouger or something ! He was cold and scared, and had a little yarn collar on, so we knew he was left out here in the country like so many dogs and animals are. That kitten jumped right into my husbands palm and curled up and purred all the way back home to our warm house. He was put to bed in a cute box with quilt batting inside, and I called shelters all over the next day to no avail..but then I remembered "Blistered Whiskers" a no kill shelter that I know the head lady of. She said to bring that kitten right over that next morning, and she fell in love with him,,,she said he was a boy, about 2 weeks old. He was checked out by the vet that they have and within two weeks he was adopted out to a loving home. He was checked up on twice since, and the new owners simply love him, and he is very happy with his new people he adopted. I thought about how I could volunteer and help this kitten rescue place, as I can not keep a cat, but since they helped me,,and my little friend,,I made him what I call a "kitten quilt". He went home with things and instructions, and his VERY OWN QUILT that he adored, and clutched and hugged and would not let go of !! So now I am the official seamstress/quilter for Blistered Wiskers shelter. and every cage has a shelf with quilts attached with velcro that are washable of course. EVERY kitten adopted goes home with his or her own little quilt ! They are simple, and you can make them for the kitten or cats in your life, and change the size for doggies too ! Simply take a fq of kitten print cottton, a fq of either flannel/minke/fleece and place them right sides together on top of a piece of nice puffy leftover batting. Round all corners, and sew around all three layers, leaving a small opening in one side to turn the "kitten quilt" right side out after trimming. Close the opening by hand or machine...trust me the kittens won't care. Then I use clear thread to I don't have to keep changing/matching, and free motion a few circles, scribbles or lines on the quilt and you are done. Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoyed my little story of how I am a tiny part of helping out Blistered Whiskers kitten rescue shelter in Peoria Arizona. Signed, MEME Please take note !!! There are pictures that MEME sent that go along with her story and as soon as I figure out how to post them in here, I will <:) Thank you for your patience.



Here is another story submitted by a chatter.
My first quilt project. After the death of my father from cancer in June 1993, I found that I couldn't knit anymore. I was a keen knitter at that time. I had been making clothes over the years an doing some embroidery so thought I would try and find an embroidery pattern and sit and stitch that to fill in spare time. I had some old magazines that I had mainly kept for the recipes in them but knew there were crafty sections too so went through those and came across several articles made from hexigon done in the English paper piecing method.

Well I read the how to and gave some thought about trying this. The instructions said to cut up birthday cards and Christmas cards for the templates and then cut out the fabric and stitch, well it took me a while to get the hang of it but I made a cushion for my daughter, a grandmothers flower garden design. I gave it to her for her 4th birthday in January 1994. She promptly told me that two of her friends had to have one for their birthdays too, luckily the birthdays were to be the following July and October so that gave me the time I needed to make them.

I haven't made any more English paper pieced articles over the years,but have certainly been hooked by the quilting bug and have enjoyed making all the projects since even if they haven't turned out quite like they should.

That's how I became interested in making quilty projects.

arniepat
South Australia






And now. The moment you've all been waiting for !! The January 2011 Chatter of the month



The January 2011 Chatter of the Month is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Sweetjessy

What can one say about sweetjessy ?? She is simply wonderful. How she does what she does in quiltchat, I don't know. Quilting alone takes up alot of anyone's time and judging from the pictures she shares of her projects, she is one busy lady :) But to find the time to be in the room AND to run bingo !! The special bingo's she holds at various times of the year are very much looked foward to by everyone, and the prizes she offers during those special bingo's are made by her !! There isn't just one prize given out, but several !!! The last special bingo she held, the prizes were stockings, and they were all beautiful. She regulary posts the pics of the prizes prior to the event, and that starts the chatters, oohing and ahhing at her handiwork. It also gets everyone starting to pick out "their" bingo prize,,,,,, before they win <:)

She sponsored collecting, and sending a chatter a collection of heartfelt gifts from those in the room, to a chatter who was in a crisis. The unsuspecting chatter got a HUGE box in the mail one day, and had not one clue as to what it was. When that chattter opened up that box and looked at what she had received from her and those who contributed, she was touched beyond words. To do that for someone she knows only online, shows what heart she has. A true friend. A friend who would take the time and effort to do something like this for someone she has never met !! She is simply special.

Sweetjessy, thank you for being you, and being part of quiltchat.

If anyone has a quilty story or two to share, how to articles, projects to make, recipes, please send them to me, alaskaquilter@quiltchat.com Please, please put newsletter in the subject line.

Happy New Year !!

alaskaquilter