Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's a Party!

Geta, of Geta's Quilting Studio, is sponsoring a linky party this week and, after looking over some of the posts, I've decided to participate.  Forgive me if some of this is repetitive or boring, but I am to answer a few questions.
Tell a little about yourself:
I'm a wife, mother of three adult sons and grandmother of 7; I am a librarian and English teacher; and of course, I quilt and craft! 
I have the best of husbands: my darling built, outfitted and added on to my studio.  He is my cheerleader and supporter and attends many quilt shows so that I can be there.  I have two sergers for garment sewing, a Bernina 440 QE and an Innova long arm machine.  I love old machines and have a couple of vintage Singer machines. 
Do you have tutorials on your blog?
Absolutely!  Just click on the Tutorials tab on the top of the page.
Do you have tips and techniques to share?
Sure!  Just click on the Tips/Techinques tab on the top of the page.  Here are a few additional tips:
1.     Use an old gum container to drop broken needles and pins in.  They are easy to open and snap closed and will hold many needles before filling up.  Toss the container so the needles don't puncture the bag.
2.     Repurpose an old terry bathrobe for small, stuffed toys.  The texture adds to the tactile feel of the toy and terry is very sturdy. 

3.     I love office supply organizers for studio organization!  There are so many options available and are a bit more affordable.

4.     I bought an end roll of news print several years ago and use the paper to draw patterns for garments.  It's much sturdier than pattern paper and I can easily adjust sizes to fit without worry since I still have the original.

What is your favorite quilt or quilt pattern?
One of my very favorite quilts is this one on the left.  It's a quilt I made for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  For a while after their deaths, we couldn't find the quilt, and I'd almost resigned to the idea that it was lost when my husband discovered it in their camper.  What a treasure it is to me now.  Of course, I love every quilt I've ever made, even the ones that didn't work out quite as I had hoped.
My favorite pattern is one I recreated from a quilt top that my grandmother made years ago.  I'm currently working on having a die made for my Studio cutter to speed up the process of making this quilt.

I hope you are enjoying the linky party at least as much as I am.  I've already found a couple of really interesting blogs to follow and read, and there are a few ideas that I've got to try.  Thanks for visiting and if you are participating in the Quilter's Favorites linky party, please leave a note with your blog address--I'll be sure to come back and visit you.


Susan said...

I've poppped over from Geta's - I added a link to me too - humble though it is! Some interesting tips here - thanks.

Scrapatches said...

Hi, Mary, nice to meet you via the Quilter's Favorites. Thanks for sharing. You make beautiful quilts ... :) Pat

Calicojoan said...

I do love the idea of the gum container for storage of sharp things! It sure will save my fingers!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love paper on a roll--mine is brown butcher paper, but it works!

Geta Grama said...

Thank you for linking to my party and sharing your favorites, Mary.

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

Hmmm... my boys now have a reason to chew all that gum!!! :-)

Silvia said...

Thanks for sharing your favorites. Your parents quilt is wonderful.