MY FAVORITE “QUILTING” GADGET

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People ask me what my favorite “quilting” gadget is frequently.  I know they are hoping I will name some tool they saw advertised in a quilt magazine or website.  My answer is generally met with disappointment, after all it is a very common household item.

Drum roll for favorite quilting gadget
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And my favorite “quilting” gadget is……….(drum roll please)……….my stove timer (when home) or the alarm on my phone (when traveling) !!!!!!  Before you roll your eyes and give a disgusted snort…

A timer is my favorite quilting gadget
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Let me explain my reasoning:
  1. I work full time, and I spend hours many weeks traveling. I carry along parts and pieces of quilts that I can work on while in an airport or hotel.  In order to prepare for this, I need to have items sorted, cut, and organized. This includes thread, needles, and small scissors.  Setting the timer/alarm allows me uninterrupted time to concentrate and prep the supplies I need. 

2. Setting the timer allows me to concentrate solely on the task at hand.  It is amazing how much sorting, cutting, or even sewing on the machine I can get done in 10 or 15 minutes. 

3. If I am lucky enough to be home working, instead of traveling, before I start working for the day I sort, iron, cut, or sew for 15 minutes to start my day already feeling like I have accomplished something. It gives me a good mind set for the rest of the day.  

4. Setting the timer for a short amount of time allows me to hand quilt without distractions too. 

5. I try to utilize all those little spans of time between other things on my schedule to do something quilt related, but I get so engrossed in what I am doing that I forget to leave on time, or make a scheduled phone call, or get to an appointment, etc.  However, if I let the timer pay attention then I can relax and just enjoy the process of quilting.  

I would encourage you to try it

Stack the pieces you want to sew together in order by the sewing machine. Remember the machine needs to be in good repair and threaded correctly at all times so you don’t waste time on that when the timer is counting down. Set your timer for 15 minutes and sew. 

When the timer goes off, get up (this also breaks the concentration you had) turn off the timer, and go to work or the next thing on your “to do” list for that day. It might take a little practice, but if you get in the habit of setting a timer for those little bits of time within your day, you can get so much more accomplished on your quilting.

MY FAVORITE "QUILTING" GADGET
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https://indianaquilter40.com/basic-quilters-tool-box/

https://indianaquilter40.com/spending-the-day-cutting-quilt-pieces/

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/quilt-life-balance-how-find-more-time-quilt

PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

IT IS A NEW WEEK – SMILE AND QUILT

IT IS A NEW WEEK - SMILE AND QUILT

I have not been spending much time reading the daily news. Frankly, I end up either angry or sad. So much chaos and upsetting happenings. Enjoy life. Remember that it is a new week – smile and quilt.

I hope you enjoy these “pins” and are encouraged as we get going on a new week with these fun things from Pintrest.

Be productive and get some piecing or quilting done this week. While working on a quilt, listen to an audio book or some favorite music.

Happy quilting.

Happiness is a full bobbin.

...I'm going to the turret now to do some quilting.

...spool of thread.

IT IS A NEW WEEK - SMILE AND QUILT

Some more quilting smiles are here:

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilters-laughter-is-good-for-us/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/08/smiles-for-today.html

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

So far this year I have not been to a single quilt show, and I am missing seeing quilts by other quilters. Quilt shows are fun. Great way to meet other quilters, see quilts, and just generally enjoy being a quilter. I am sharing photos of a show many years ago. It’s fun to see how quilting styles and colors change over the years. Enjoy these memories of a quilt show in Billings, MT back in April 1995.

Scrap quilt with lots of small triangles.

Enjoy each day, the time flies so quickly. I was looking through photos and found these. Twenty five years ago I had small children, lived in the country in Montana, and was still feeling like my quilting style had to be similar to other quilters.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

Time and experience have taught me that my quilts do not have to look like other people’s quilts. I have grown comfortable with taking ideas from other quilts and making those ideas my own.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT - 4 small quilts.

Quilting fills a need in my life that family and job do not fill. I love to quilt and hope to encourage you in the process and completed quilts that you make.

Unique row quilts at the Billings, MT show.

Look at these photos and enjoy the finished quilts. I do not know what inspired each quilt, but each one has a unique story. The makers are unique people so the quilts show be unique too, not just copies of other quilts.

Cowboy inspired quilts at Billings, MT quilt show.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

Scrap quilt of pinwheels and small squares.

MEMORIES OF A QUILT SHOW IN BILLINGS, MT

When you have a chance, please visit a quilt show. Take a friend along and make a fun day of it. My mom and I went to this one. She was not a quilter, and seeing the quilts through her comments was really eye opening for me. Enjoy the memories of a quilt show in Billings, MT back in April 1995. More importantly, enjoy the process of your own personal quilt journey.

Enjoy these other quilt shows:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/04/quilting-in-country-part-3.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/paducah-ky-april-2018-part-1.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/quilt-show-paducah-ky-2013

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PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

NAUTICAL SCENE WALL HANGING (fabric panel quilt)

I am sharing this quilt because I thought the readers would enjoy this small quilt. It is another idea for a personal quilt for yourself or someone in your life. I love the ocean, and purchased this panel in Maine on one of my trips there. Eventually, it evolved into the Nautical Scene Wall Hanging. It is another fabric panel quilt.

NAUTICAL SCENE WALL HANGING (a fabric panel quilt)

The actual panel is larger than the part I used for this wall hanging. In the photo, the panel extends from the solid blue inside border (between bubbles and sea shells) to the center section.

I trimmed the panel up and added the blue bubble batik fabric as the outside border. It was cut 2.5″ wide.

I pieced the top while up in Maine and somewhere in my travels the top got dirty. I opted to wash it after completion so that there was no much unraveling and threads to deal with.

For quilting, I used my sewing machine. I outlined around the sailboat and the lighthouse on the panel. I did simple stitch-in-the-ditch around three of the borders.

Nautical Scene wall hanging completed.

The backing is a nautical toile. The binding is the same fabric and was cut 2.5″ and ironed in half. It is machine sewed to the front and hand finished on the back.

Backing and hanging sleeve of the Nautical Scene wall hanging.

The hanging sleeve is also hand sewn to the back of the quilt. The finished size is 24″ x 25″.

The Nautical Scene wall hanging (a fabric panel quilt) is a gift to family friends who allowed me to stay at their home while dealing with mom’s final days and funeral. They are wonderful and I really appreciated all their help. This couple is very minimalist and a large quilt would not have worked. However, a small wall hanging in a nautical theme is perfect because they love the ocean too.

And so ends the story of the Nautical Scene Wall Hanging, a fabric panel quilt…

You can do this too

Making personal quilts for other people in our lives is fun and a great way to utilize the fabrics in our stash. Keeping the quilts simple can also make them fast and easy.

Here’s some other ideas for personal quilts using fabric panels:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/06/farmall-quilt.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/thankful-harvest.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/sailing-ships-of-old-quilt-another-panel-quilt/