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Day Dedicated to Quilts

Most of my quilting has been a solitary experience. But I certainly felt the draw of joining an old-fashioned quilting bee last Friday when I had a quilt day with my friends Connie and Carmen.  Connie and I, mostly Connie, tore paper pieces off the back of Carmen’s newest quilt.   Carmen, who loves to sew, but hates to tear off paper, showed us her other projects, and thumbed through books showing us her next projects.  It was total mindless enjoyment!Landscape or picture quilts like this one often use the paper piecing technique to get the precision needed.  I haven’t ever tried it.  At first I had a hard time wrenching the tough freezer paper pattern from the tiny stitches that bound it to the quilt back, but soon I became as merciless to it as Connie.Carmen has a new long-arm sewing machine used to machine the fancy patterns on quilts.  I’ve never tried that either, and doubt if I could ever master it.  She showed us some goofs she made – fortunately – I would never have seen them if she hadn’t pointed them out.  She chose a variegated thread on a black background which she admitted might not have been the wisest beginner’s choice.  Yes, you can see every stitch.  I can’t picture this happening.  The machine is going at break-neck speed, no matter how fast it looks like it’s going.  The operator is following a pattern of curves and twists like a drive along the coast highway.  I’m afraid I’d be off the cliff at any speed.  She just made  some slightly pointed turns that you can barely notice if you look carefully.  You can also see that she had problems with thread tension.  My problems would have looked more like scribbles.

Quilt #1

The top of the quilt looked like a masterpiece.  See the pile of quilt tops under that one.  I’m just going to spread them out for you to admire just as we did.  All you miss is the wonderful conversations we had as we browsed through her collection.  Enjoy.

Quilt #2

Quilt #3

Quilt #4

Quilt #5 The Christmas Quilt With No Christmas Fabrics

Quilt #6 The Offbeat Star Quilt

Quilt #6 from a distance

Quilt #7

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    • It’s awesome! And you are so right. She puts a lot of time and effort into them. They are pretty close to perfect – even when she isn’t satisfied with them. I love her color choices.

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    • It isn’t so much that it is hard, it can get tedious and frustrating if the points don’t come out in the right place. I’m going to take some classes and improve my skills. I think that is what my quilting friend, Carmen is doing today. 🙂 Thanks again for your kind comments.

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  1. Carmen looks amazing! So do her quilts. It looks like a great day, full of fun and laughter. I have always loved her quilts and have wanted to be able to do that myself. Secretly, I really just wanted her to gift one of them to me. LOL! Love and miss you Marsha Marsha

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    • Hi lovely Froggystyle,
      I haven’t heard from you in SOOOOOO long! I miss you too. I wanted her to gift me one, too, and she DID!!! Yeah. She probably will to you as well given time. We did have a great day, and are going to do it more often. Love you lots!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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