MY HINTERBERG QUILT FRAME: People ask me frequently about my quilt frame. I love this frame and am very proud of it. I purchased this frame in the spring of 1990. It is rock maple. The website for Hinterberg is: https://www.hinterberg.com/default.aspx
The bars are 92-93″ long and it can be dismantled to transport or to move around at home. It also has a tilt feature but I like to use it flat. I love having my hands free. It is also nice not to have the quilt on my lap (like with a hoop). I have had 6 people quilting on it at one time.
I admit this frame looks used, but it works just as well now as it did when it was new. And the frame is used. Before I take out a quilt, the quilt to go into it for quilting is ready and waiting. The frame is never sitting empty.
This frame is so easy to adjust, tighten, or even tilt.
The frame I used before this was simply 4 (1″ x 4″) boards with c-clamps that was held up at the corners on chairs. The quilt was tacked into the frame. It was big and bulky but did the job of holding the quilt tight.
My husband took time to put a double layer of duck cloth on this frame (when new) with tacks. I pin the quilt to the fabric.
So here is my Hinterberg quilt frame with a quilt in it. The quilt is tight and without wrinkles or puckers. A joy to quilt this way.
My kids were teenagers before it really hit them that a quilt frame is probably not standard living room furniture. They all can hand quilt and have quilted at this frame.
In my opinion, one of the nicest things about a quilt frame is the room to have a quilting bee. I try to do one once a year with other quilters just for the fellowship and joy of being with other quilters.
While I definitely prefer to have an actual quilt frame, it is not for everyone. Some people prefer a different type of frame, or a hoop. Some prefer just to wad it up in their hands and quilt. Find what works for you, and just enjoy the process of hand quilting.
Some other quilts I have hand quilted on this frame:
PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP – The corona virus is getting to all of us it seems. I love being home and able to do things here. But after a week of “quarantine” even I needed a change of scenery this past Tuesday.
My husband had the day off and so we decided to do a road trip to see if we could see any barn quilts. I also thought it would be nice to take along some quilts and stop at a state park to photograph them.
Most of our trip was in Vigo County, IN. The first thing of interest was a round barn.
We also found two barn quilts. They actually seem to be getting more common and I watch for barn quilts now when I am driving around.
Our road trip goal was Fowler Park, which has several things to do normally. We walked around the Pioneer Village and used it as a backdrop for taking photos of the quilts. The day was cloudy but warm and dry. The park had only a few other people walking around, so we could safely do the current status of “social distancing” while enjoying the outside.
This quilt started out as a Birds in the Air quilt, but I was not happy with how the blocks looked laid out that way. So after moving blocks around and combining them with more of the same blocks, I came up with this design.
This quilt was really fun to do. All the teapots are different. The tea cups around the border just give it a nice “finished” look. It was hand quilted. After looking at it again, I am thinking about making another one. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/06/teapots.html
And so I come to the end of my PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP for this time. It was a nice way to spend a few hours outside and exploring an old pioneer village.
My Challenge to You
I know that right now we all need to be careful to stay healthy and avoid situations that may spread corona virus. However, part of staying healthy is exercise and sunshine.
Quilts look different outside in natural light. Usually the colors are brighter and the quilting design is more visible. Even if you don’t want to take a road trip, try taking a quilt (or quilts) outside and getting some photos of it (or them). Wash lines, tree branches, fences, and porches are also great places to display quilts outside.
Sometimes a change of scenery can be inspiring and encouraging. A new perspective can lead to new ideas.
Have fun and stay well.
Please note that all the quilts in this post are mine. I also took all the photos. You are welcome to use the photos, but please give proper credit. Thank you.
The Bird in the Air quilt that I had given me the idea had lots of blocks all set together in rows with narrow sashing and posts. There is nothing wrong with that, but once I had enough blocks made to start playing with how I would set them together that “look” just did not inspire me. Um….now what?
Finally after some time of playing around with different settings, I came up with this by putting four blocks together:
So I made a total of 16 large blocks (each made with 4 of the original Birds in the Air blocks). At this point I did not want to make anymore of these blocks. I sewed the 16 large blocks into four rows of four large blocks. The top of Scrap Bonanza #1 was about 60″ square.
It is really cheerful and bright and busy at this point. I love it but wow, I need somewhere to rest my eyes. So I will add a solid border – I still have lots of 2.5″ strips. Just FYI, the brown border is linen left over from another project.
I have two plastic containers of 2.5″ strips for log cabin blocks. What if I made a piano key border to complete this quilt? Can I be honest – I am not a fan of piano key borders. They are time consuming to make and right at this point, I just wanted this quilt top done.
So I looked around at my stash of UFOs – was there other blocks that could be used as a border? Not that I wanted to use for this. How about just a plain old solid border? That would be quick and easy. None of the fabrics I auditioned for an outer border looked right.
Yep, back to my first idea – make a piano key border. So I just started pulling strips out of the container. No rhyme to the colors I just sew the strips end to end into a long, long, long strip.
Cut the strips into 15″ lengths. Sew those lengths together in pairs down the long sides. Make enough to add to sides of top so this border goes all the way around.
I added the border to one side, then opposite side. Made a lot more border which I added to the remaining two sides. It was time consuming, but really easy. This quilt top “Scrap Bonanza #1” is done and I am really happy with it.
I also did not stress that all my points were not perfect. The “quilt police” are not coming after this quilt (I would not listen to them anyway). It was fun to make and really made a dent in the scrap problem I am trying to conquer.
Your mission should you decide to accept is to make a dent in your scrap bin. Step out of your comfort zone, do something fun (and maybe a little wild) with all those scraps you have been holding onto because they are just too nice to throw away. Have fun. Be creative. Enjoy the quilt journey you are on.
Now I am confined to working from home until further notice. It is so much easier to be productive on my quilts when I am right here at home. So I am challenging myself to see how many “quarantine” quilts I can make during this time.
Feel free to join me in this if you want. We can always give the tops or quilts away to friends or family. Or we can donate them to a worthy cause.
This week has been really out-of-sorts…maybe just flat out weird. I am not a person to continually have the news on anytime nor do I live on social media. My thing is to be able to see something accomplished at the end of the day – yep, I am a visual kind of person. In my mind I titled today “Staying Busy Thursday”.
I am admitting that I did not take photos today as I worked on items, I will try to fix the mistake and get them posted on here ASAP.
I am also going to admit that I did not do social distancing today. It’s ok if you gasp or think me a fool. I took today off, and spent it with another quilter who just wanted company that spoke “the same language” meaning we mostly talked quilts.
We set up tables at her place several feet apart. She had her machine and tools, and I had mine. We each worked on our own projects and ate our own packed lunches.
The point of this was to work on our own projects while visiting and just enjoying being with another quilter.
It was a nice day. We did not listen to the news, but we did talk quilts.
My quilt project goals for today:
My goals included completing three different projects that were at three different places in their making.
The first goal is to sew together three foot of piano key border and attach it to the quilt. Complete (and more scraps used too).
The second goal is to put together a wall hanging top of 8″ HST that was cut out. I want something simple that uses up some more blue and brown scraps. Done with the HST being sewn together, however, I forgot the border fabric at home so the top is not complete yet.
The third goal is to add sashing and posts to 16 blocks that are made up of 3″ squares. I have the final sashing and post row to add to the top. I am still unsure what to do about an outside border.
So in six hours of sewing we worked on projects, discussed fabrics and quilts we wanted to make, and enjoyed the quiet when we were in between topics. No music, no panic, and no news. We were just enjoying sewing.
My point for other quilters is simply this while staying busy Thursday 03/19/2020:
Check on other quilters that you know. Some may be fine, but others may need something simple that you can provide.
Keep busy with your quilting or other projects on your list. It’s super easy to get depressed if you spend the day listening to the news or other people complain on social media. Instead stay busy. Having something to do helps all of us have a better attitude.
The past few days have been interesting to say the least when it comes to the media panic over corona virus and how people around the USA are re-acting. I live in a rural area and am currently working from home instead of traveling for work. Any excuse for taking time to quilt is always good, but quilting during a crisis is productive and helps relieve the stress.
I want to encourage you to take care of yourself including eating properly, getting enough rest, some form of exercise, and of course quilting. If you are not sick, the most important thing is to stay well. If you are already sick, rest and allow yourself to get well.
This is great time to drag out those quilting UFOs you have shoved to the back of the closet. Pick one or two to work on and get busy. Busy hands tend to help us have better moods and being able to see progress on a project is always great.
Another important thing to do during this time is check on other people to see how they are doing or if you can help. Obviously the best way to check on people right now is using the phone or other technology. As quilters we tend to be generous and this is a great time to show that.
It looks like I will be working from home at least two weeks. I am understandably happy to not be traveling right now. Here is what I am doing that is quilt related during this quarantine time:
Weeding old quilt magazines
Cutting scraps into standard sizes and putting into plastic containers
Catching up on reading other quilting blogs
Some encouragement about Quilting During A Crisis:
Books, books, books….3 more quilting books. I love having a personal library of books in general, but quilting books specifically especially when I suddenly have an idea or even need an idea for a quilt. Or a part of a quilt. It is very helpful when I want to check directions or look at color choices for a quilt.
Today I am going to share 3 more quilting books from my personal library.
I am currently working on 30 spool blocks from the anthology below. The patterns are easy and clear. In my case, this is another way to work some scraps into a quilt. The blocks are rectangle which gives a different look to the top too.
Start your own personal quilt library. If you are not big on having actual books, then favorite on your computer good directions or helpful blogs that you can refer to when needed. I think of having good quilting books like having a good stash.
Sharing ideas is one of the greatest things about quilting.
Last week I had a chance to combine work and a road trip for fabric !!! I was in Washington, IN for the day. Instead of eating lunch I made a fast trip into the Stitching Post for some fabric I had already perused on the website for a planned project. See here: https://stitchingpostquilts.com/index.html
I haven’t been anywhere close to this store in a year or two. It has been here many years and always has an outstanding amount and variety of quilting fabric. If you are in the area, it is a great place to shop for fabric.
I like the wooden quilt squares on the outside too.
But you ask, “why were you there? You have made 2020 a year to work in scraps.”
Why? I saw some photos of several quilts I did 10-15 years ago that were super simple but had a definite theme. And thought it would be fun to make something to do with sewing /quilting in that pattern. The stash did not have enough of any themed fabric to do a planned quilt. Oh the distress…….
By looking at the website ahead of time, I knew the store had fabric that would work perfectly for what I had in mind. Even better the fabric I wanted had been moved to the sale room.
I purchased two yards of the burgundy fabric with the sewing supplies, and one yard each of the other three in the photo. I have plenty of solid black, solid burgundy, and a small print grey in my stash that will be worked into the design.
Road trips and buying fabric – quilters they go together so well.
Quilt shows come in all themes, sizes and locations. I had the opportunity of enter quilts in the Quilt Show of Powell, Wyoming in 1994. While many people would not consider this a big quilt show, it was fun and easy to enter. A nice thing about my own (or your own) quilts hanging in a show is that they are seen from a totally different perspective than on the bed or wall of home.
Before moving to central Indiana in 1996, we returned to the area of Montana both my husband and I grew up in after several years in the military. Distance out there can make travel a challenge, especially in winter months. But road trips for quilting and scenery change are usually a learning experience on some level.
This quilt show in Powell, Wyoming in 1994 would be considered small by many people. The variety of quilt patterns and themes was amazing. Quilts that were western themed, but also traditional scraps quilts too.
Give any quilter some thread, fabric, batting, and an idea and they will create beauty.
Why go to a quilt show?
Attending quilt shows gives all quilters a chance to network with other quilters. Plus being surrounded by new color combinations, new techniques, and new patterns is like being in quilt heaven. It never ceases to amaze me how someone can take fabric, thread, and a pattern or idea and make it into a completely personal creation.
I encourage quilters to enter quilt shows. If you’re a new quilter then a small local show is a great way to start. For the more experienced quilters bigger or more distant shows give you a chance to compare your skill sets to others.
I look at these pictures and am happy for taking time out of my busy schedule to travel the distance to go to this show. So many ideas and inspiration to keep quilting. My life was chaos working full time and having two children not yet in their teens at home.