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Jenyfer
June 5th, 2007, 02:44 AM
My name is Jenyfer. I'm an author with Cerridwen Press, a mother of two and a quiltaholic.

I started quilting over a decade ago and have been addicted ever since. Since I've been spending more time writing these days, my quilting time has suffered, but I still manage to squeeze it in here and there. I quilt a lot at night while watching TV. It's kind of sad, but if I'm not busy I fall asleep :)

I most recently finished a king sized broken star quilt which is the nicest thing I've made to date. I'm not as prolific as I once was, but I hope I'm making up for it in quality. You can see pictures of some of my quilts at my blog http://squashblossom.vox.com
Stop by and let me know what do you think.

Anyone out there want to talk about quilting?

Deborah/Claire
June 5th, 2007, 07:49 AM
That flame tree is amazing! It reminds me of a quilt, in a book called QUILTERS' MASTERCLASS. The quilt is called Flamboyant by Valerie Hearder and was inspired by a flame tree. Maybe I can google up a link....yup, here it is, right on her home page (http://www.valeriehearder.com/). The picture in the book is more detailed and brighter.

I quilt, but sporadically. I piece the top, then don't always get around to the actual quilting bit. Two that are waiting for my needle are Jumping Jax Flash which is a Judy Niemeyer (http://www.quiltworx.com/) pattern - mine has a black background and stars in gold to peach - and New York Beauty which is a Karen K. Stone pattern - mine is in blues and yellows. I took a workshop that Karen taught last summer, finished the top, and it's been sitting ever since.

One of these days...

Claire

Jenyfer
June 5th, 2007, 09:21 AM
That flame tree is amazing! It reminds me of a quilt, in a book called QUILTERS' MASTERCLASS. The quilt is called Flamboyant by Valerie Hearder and was inspired by a flame tree. Maybe I can google up a link....yup, here it is, right on her home page (http://www.valeriehearder.com/). The picture in the book is more detailed and brighter.

Claire

Thanks for the link - that is exactly what the flame tree blossoms look like, carpeting the streets and cars.

I'm a compulsive quilt finisher - I feel guilting looking at UFO's :turned:. The broken star took me longer than usual because I lost about six months doing an international move and then I was down with back trouble. Once I got going again it took me a couple of months to quilt it.

Karenne
June 5th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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WOW! That Cathedral Window quilt...beautiful! Did that take a lot of time to do?

I have done 1 quilt in my life (yes, 1) I still use it. It is on our bed. It took me two years to finish. I spent so much time sewing it and pulling it out because it wasn't perfectly ..perfect (yes, that is my nature) that it drove me crazy.

So now I am back to the 'look at other people's quilts' and drool in envy! :mumbles:

Jenyfer
June 6th, 2007, 12:55 AM
How did you post that picture, Karenne? (Thanks!) I wanted to do that with my broken star picture but couldn't figure it out so I posted the link instead :)

Ah...the cathedral window....pretty isn't it? It's been in process for going on five years now. Obviously I don't work on it that often!! I'm trying to get back to it now.I can probably make a block like the one in the picture in about a week if I work on it a little every day. I have about five blocks that size made now. It's a great take-along project because I do it all by hand and the bits are small. The beauty of that pattern is that once the block is finished - that's it. No batting, no basting, no more quilting. Just join the blocks together and finished!

My next project is still in the thinking stages. A neighbor of mine wants to commission me to make a twin sized bed quilt for her son - a sampler with a mix of traditional blocks and Egyptian symbols, as a keepsake of Egypt for him. I have some ideas but it will definitely be a challenge for me!

Karenne
June 6th, 2007, 11:44 AM
To post a picture directly into your post...

Start your post
at the top of the box (where you enter your text in) there is a line of little pictures to help you with writing your post.
The one that looks like this http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/images/bo20/editor/insertimage.gif is the insert a picture. Click on that and a screen should pop up to let you enter a URL. Either that or you are going to receive a pop up blocker asking you if it can be opened.
Then you enter the URL address (just like you did in your post) and you put it in there and click 'OK'
Then the picture will appear in your post.:teacher:<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->

Ciara Gold
June 6th, 2007, 12:47 PM
I'm so jealous. I started one of those cathedral quilts 20 years ago and well, I pull it out every once in a while and stitch a little, then it goes right back into the closet. It's over half done, but . . . I'm thinking it will be great to work on when I retire and I have lots of free time. But - your work is beautiful and I admire you for finishing your projects.

Jenyfer
June 6th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Ciara - I'll probably still be working on the Cathedral window in 20 years, LOL. I planned it as a wedding present for DD but as long as it's taking to make it, I'm not sure I'll want to give it up! I may just have to bequeath it to her!!

Karenne - I tried doing as your instructions suggested and it doesn't work. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong because all I get is a broken image icon :(

Karenne
June 9th, 2007, 01:45 AM
hmm...double check the URL you put in. Make sure there are no spaces at the beginning or at the end. If it is broken, then that is the problem.

Also make sure you have the FULL url...http://www. and the rest!

If not...put it in your post and I will look at it honey!:balloon:

ViolaGrace
June 9th, 2007, 10:33 AM
I am no where near that advanced. I am a log-cabiner. Oh, and I once made a quilt called "Pucker up and kiss the stars". It is in my laundry pile right now. :)
When I sew it's for the love of the fabric, not the love of perfect stitches. If I did that, I would never finish anything. :)
I am currently tucked under my first ever quilt. Log Cabin Polar bear. It is all shades of blue, very soothing, and humungous. I had insomnia, was watching a quilting show and thought...I could do that. So off to my machine. The top sat for 8 years before I quilted it last winter. So, my first one sewn, my last one completed.
In between there were about 14 baby blankets. :) All log cabins in pastels and neat patterns. I just wish I had pictures.

HeartFelt Promos
June 9th, 2007, 12:07 PM
Hi all
I have my grandmother's quilt she made it all by hand.
She sewed each piece of material together for the top of the quilt.

I would watch her cut the material into a square shape. Which is a great memory for me.

Kissa Starling
June 9th, 2007, 11:41 PM
My mother just recently started teaching me how to quilt. I found an old Kenmore at the thrift store and I've been using it ever since. I took a ton of old drapery splotches and cut them to make a quilt design of my own. It took forever to make the top but I am finally done. Now we are going to work on putting the whole thing together. I look for old quilts all the time at yard sales and goodwill. I'm off to look at your quilts. Thanks for sharing!
Kissa

Jenyfer
June 10th, 2007, 03:15 AM
Still haven't figured out what I'm doing wrong with the link, Karenne. The broken star quilt pictures are in the photo section of my blog http://squashblossom.vox.com

The wonderful thing about quilting is that quilts don't have to be complicated to be beautiful. I can't tell you how much I LOVE to play with fabric. So many colors / patterns, so little time!

Log cabin is a great pattern because there are so many combinations. I have a lovely christmas star quilt I made in a log cabin pattern. It was one of my first big projects.

I have a pretty snazzy machine now, but it isn't a requirement. The first quilt I ever made was hand pieced. Slow but soothing. Then I inherited an old Kenmore machine from my mother which I used for a long time. Basic can be better, depending on what you want to do - I haven't mastered nearly all the features of my Bernina yet!

Karenne
June 10th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Not to worry! I am here to help!

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Jenyfer
June 10th, 2007, 02:20 PM
:notworthy::notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:

Thanks, Karenne!!!!!

Elaine Cantrell
June 10th, 2007, 10:50 PM
My hat's off to you for finding time to both quilt and write. I have an Ohio Star almost finished, but it's been in the closet for a year or more. Maybe one day...

Jenyfer
June 11th, 2007, 08:07 AM
I think my strategy for writing and for quilting are similar - I can see the finished product in my head and then I make it happen, little bit by little bit :)

My big plan is to make a quilt for every season - only have winter left to do. Give me enough time and I'll have one for each month!

Jenyfer
July 1st, 2007, 10:26 AM
Sorry I disappeared on you for a while but I was chained to my sewing machine churning out Christmas quilt blocks and autumn leaf quilt blocks which I will use to make table runners to sell in a local craft shop in the fall. Had to get them done because I leave on a two month "vacation" in a week!! Yikes! That's expat life for you though.