Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIPs on Wednesday

While trying to decide how to quilt a small quilt a few weeks ago I began thinking about hand quilting and how it doesn’t mean the same thing as it did when I first started quilting.

When I started quilting in 1994 hand quilting was done with hand quilting thread and between needles. These days when people say hand quilting sometimes they mean that big pick stitch quilting with a large needle and perle cotton.

I don’t have anything against  big stitch quilting, I’ve used it and will probably do so again. I’ve seen some outstanding quilts done with it. I’m just hoping that we don’t forget to pass traditional quilting along to the next generation. It seems these days we’re in such a hurry to finish we either machine quilt or use big stitch quilting for everything. I know there are some people who although they make quilts they don’t like hand stitching one bit! I for one love it, hand stitching of all kinds, from quilting to embroidery. I find it very satisfying and always have.

I don’t think you have to choose one or the other. I think some quilts call for machine quilting while others definitely call for hand quilting or big stitch. And actually some quilts may call for all three. So what do you think?

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Do you now or have you ever hand quilted? What do you think about big stitch quilting, yea or nay?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIPs on Wednesday

Now that the hot, hazy and humid weather has found it’s way to my part of the world the sewing is slowing down. I still have lots of ideas floating around in my head and I start every day with good intentions. If only good intentions were enough!

I did start something last week but sadly it’s still at the 4 block stage. This stack of fabric has been sitting on the shelf for a while. The line has many large prints so I’ve decided to make one of my favorites, a string quilt.




I always use paper foundations on my string blocks, so I guess I’ll have plenty to do when I just can’t get around to sewing!

Do you find it difficult to sew when the weather gets warm?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


          Sprucing Up Your Office Walls

Your office space is your home away from home. Why not add a few personal touches to make it just that? Here are some ideas to spruce up your work space. These shops are all on www.Etsy.comwhere you will find some original works of art.
Here are some choices for your wall space in your office. 

Modern illustrations from Jaycphotos. One example of JC’s work is this modern colorful print. This would brighten up any wall in your home or office. Check out some of JC’s other works at

Orbicular Colours - modern illustration and wall art
If illustrations doesn’t touch a cord in you, try for abstract paintings. This original design has a peaceful feel to it with watercolor inks in blue and greens by Ali B. Ali B has some wonderful original art pieces in her shop!

Original Abstract Painting, a mixed media art work with watercolour inks in blue and green.
Did you every think of hanging some fiber art? Take a look at this textile fiber art quilt by Kathy Kinsella. This one is mounted on canvas! Looking at this you would not think it was a quilt but it is a form of mixed media textile fiber art mounted on canvas. Her shop has many diverse items along with her art quilts.

Hand-dyed Cheesecloth Fiber Art, Mounted and Ready to Hang
One last thing to think about is a quilted wall hanging. Quilts are not just for snuggling under anymore. There are some true artists working with fabric. Take Terry Aske’s wonderful quilted wall hanging called “Looking Up”, a perspective view of city buildings.
To see many of her original art quilts go to

Art Quilt - "Looking Up", a Textile Perspective View of City Buildings

So many decisions to make. Please check out all of the shops mentioned above and enjoy shopping to spruce up your home office or work office space.

       Submitted by Patricia Caldwell