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Monday, March 24, 2014

End of year teacher gifts--pictures, finally!

Hi Everyone!

I have been promising pictures of the projects I am working on for the end of the year teachers gifts for quite a while.  Here is one of them, I know they need ironed, but you will get the idea.  They still need framed.








Would love to know what you think in the comments!

Keep quilting!
Rose

Monday, March 17, 2014

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Hi Everyone!

I received an email from the IQSCM about their quilt this month.  Head over to their website to check it out.
I just LOVE medallion quilts.  I've never made one, have you? would love to hear about it and see pics!

http://www.quiltstudy.org/collections/quilt_of_the_month/qom.html

I am working on end of the year teacher gifts. I know, I know, I keep promising pics.  I will post something, soon, I Promise! ;)

Wish I had time to work on my hexie projects, oh well. They will get done, eventually!

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Until next time,
keep quilting!
Rose

Monday, March 10, 2014

more and more snow!

Hi Everyone!
I had two more snow days this past week.  I love snow days.  I worked on catching up with my Dresden Plate kits. They were put in the mail on Tuesday. If you haven't received yours yet, please let me know!

I cut the HEXIE blog's BOM this week for myself and the customers I have that are participating.  I love this BOM!  This month was a shamrock. When I finish it, I'll post a pic.

I'm still working on my hexie scrap quilt.  I realized my quilt was really wonky.  "Crooked" was an understatement.  How ON EARTH did I get a wonky quilt?  I finally realized if I folded it in half similar to when you are straightening fabric, I could add where needed to take out the "wonky"-ness. So I continue to add hexie flowers and partial hexie flowers to even it out. This was going to be a charity quilt, but now I don't think I can part with it. I've gotten really attached.

I also started working on my end of the year teacher gifts. More details and pics to come.

I'm working on my next BOM to start in June/July.  Here is the fabric I have picked out.  It's called Curly Q.  I'm not sure if I will use all the fabric or some of it.  I'm planning an English Paper Pieced (EPP) block using diamonds, squares and triangles. Stay tuned!

















until next time,
keep quilting!
Rose

Monday, March 3, 2014

Organic Cotton



Hello Everyone!

I recently read an article on organic cotton. Have you made a quilt with organic cotton?  The article I read, "The Organic Cotton Difference" (by Stephanie Smith, Quilters' World, April 2011, p. 68+) was very interesting.

Organic cotton does not use synthetic fertilizers like conventional cotton. They rely on crop rotation, adding absorbent matter to the soil,and manually removing weeds. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is co-planted with a "trap crop" which lures insects away from the cotton plants and attracts predatory insects.

Here are just a few companies that provide organic quilting supplies:

Cloud 9 (www.cloud9fabrics.com)
JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (www.joann.com)
Michael Miller Fabrics (www.michaelmillerfabrics.com)
Organic Quilt Company (www.organicquiltcompany.com)
Robert Kaufman Fabrics (www.robertkaufman.com)
YLI Thread (www.ylicorp.com)

If you are interested in buying organic cotton, it's important to look for these symbols:

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Logo
USDA's National Organic Program logo
               
 Have you used any of these fabrics and materials in your quilts?  I have used Cloud 9 fabrics and I love them.  My son suffers from Eczema and I am very picky about the fabric, laundry detergent and dryer sheets that I use.  I also pre-wash all my fabric before I put it into kits for those with allergies. I wonder if I switched to organic cotton if I would need to pre-wash?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

Keep quilting,
Rose