William McGregor-Paxton (1869-1941)
William McGregor-Paxton (1869-1941)
For several months, I’ve been thinking of writing about this weighty topic…the dilemma we all face every time we have a few spare minutes…Exercise or Quilt? Quilt or Exercise?
So a few weeks ago, when several of you had a conversation about health and exercise in the comment section, my percolating plan came to a full boil.
For nearly twenty years, I worked as a physical therapist and saw first hand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
While there’s a lot of evidence that quilters (and others with hobbies) are generally happier...
We want to live long enough and be healthy enough to finish all of our UFOs!
The best way to do that is to push away from our computers and our sewing machines and Move More!
Next week, we’ll start an initiative to help each other maintain a reasonable quilt/exercise balance. There will be challenges, contests (with prizes-of course) and more.
For now, I would love to hear your thoughts…
Do YOU spend too much time sitting (quilting, blogging, photo-processing, like me?)
Are YOU up for a new challenge?
Are YOU ready to move more?
And of course, every social media campaign needs a “hashtag”. Let’s brainstorm ideas…I’d LOVE more suggestions!
#theinboxjaunts #stepandstitch #quiltfit
I’m really excited and I hope YOU will join me!
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Good Morning, Quilters!
Join me in a Happy Dance-My sister’s Basket Quilt is finished!
Can you guess how many hours of quilting it required (a king size quilt)? Keep reading…
The Basket Quilt was a group quilt stitched for my sister Pat’s 29th? birthday by a large group of family and friends and I was tasked with the machine quilting.
The quilt was pin basted and ready to go…
QUILTING THE BIG QUILT
I started by stabilizing the large blocks and the borders.
I used the time while I was stabilizing (15 hours) to plan the rest of the quilting.
Once the blocks were all stabilized (by stitching in the ditch of all the blocks and borders), I was able to quilt any area of the quilt, in any order.
I filled the large open squares with Faye’s Flowers.
For the appliqué border, I closely echo-stitched around each shape and added embellishments like swirls, leaves, pebbles and more flowers.
I wanted to add a subtle texture to the brown border. I chose brown thread to match the fabric and stitched The Grid Pop motif.
For the square border–I wanted the colored squares to pop. To do this, I stitched in the ditch along each side of the blocks and went back and filled the white area with scallops.
THE BASKET BLOCKS-CREATING CONTRAST
To create contrast with the adjacent blocks, I added simple, straight lines around the outer edge of the baskets. (Read more about Design Contrast HERE)
To fill the baskets, I used two different flower motifs under the handles: three small flowers and Faye’s Flowers used throughout the quilt.
ADDING PERSONAL TOUCHES
My sister, Patricia, is a lovely lady who has many talents and fills many roles…
Each basket represents one of these roles or talents… from wife and mother to dog walker and bunco player.
Because we are quilting our own quilts, we can add personal touches!
So much nicer for our family and friends!
What about YOU?
What personal touches do YOU add to your quilts?
We’d LOVE to hear!
PS…It took 40 happy hours of thinking about my sister…to complete this King Size quilt on my domestic sewing machine.
PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.