Posts Tagged With: quilts

Making a Quilt – Three Perfect Shots

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Perfect Shots. Take a subject you’re familiar with and imagine it as three photos in a sequence. Tackle the subject by describing those three shots.

How to make a quilt in three perfect shots … well, not exactly perfect shots. I used photos of three different quilts because each is in a different stage of development, but you’ll get the idea.

Cut up perfectly good fabric into little pieces to sew back together

Cut up perfectly good fabric into little pieces to sew back together

First you take several beautiful, very expensive, perfectly good, 100% cotton quilting fabrics and cut them  into little pieces.  Then you sew the pieces back together to form a pattern.  This is your quilt top.

Take a large piece of fabric for the back of your quilt, place batting on top of the backing fabric and place your quilt top on the batting.  This is your quilt “sandwich” that is now ready to quilt.  Quilting can be done by hand (think quilting bees), by a regular domestic sewing machine or by a long-arm machine.  I am fortunate to have a Gammill longarm machine. My Gammill is not electronic so, yes folks, I hand guide that large machine back and forth sewing a thread pattern into the quilt sandwich. This is what holds the three pieces of fabric together to form a quilt.

Make a quilt "sandwich". I quilt on my Gammill long-arm machine

Make a quilt “sandwich”. I quilt on my Gammill long-arm machine

After quilting, sew on the binding around the edges to finish the quilt.  There’s nothing like sleeping with a hand-made quilt … sweet dreams guaranteed.

Quilts are made with love. Sweet dreams guaranteed!

Quilts are made with love. Sweet dreams guaranteed!

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Wonder Dog, Quilts and Black Water Tanks

I got to doggy sit my grand-puppy this weekend.  Oliver is a 9-year old chocolate Lab who thinks & acts like a puppy.  He may be the only dog I’ve ever met with a sense of humor. When Matt goofs with the dog, Ollie gets it and goofs back.  He’s very well trained.  You know how dogs take forever to sniff out the perfect spot to do their business? Matt’s command is, “This is the place, now POOP!”  When I took Ollie outside I tried the command and it worked!  Now if I could just figure out how to market that command for potty training parents I’d be a millionaire.


Ollie is also the only non-human allowed to use my hand-made quilts.  Quilts are made with hours of loving stitches and should be well used but treated respectfully.  I want my children and grandchildren to use the quilts I make for warmth, for crawling & changing diapers, for picnics & beach trips, for wetting & spitting up and sleeping.   I’ve never allowed an animal on my quilts.  But, I was cleaning out the Casita from my trip to the Keys and threw the used bedding on the floor and  just didn’t have the heart to kick Oliver out of the bed he made from my quilt.  He’s just so damn cute, and, since I was going to wash it anyway ….


Speaking of cleaning out the travel trailer, I finally have it down to a science.  It took me a while to realize that instead of taking all my camping gear; chairs, carpet, buckets, cords, hoses, charcoal, etc. and schlepping them out to the shed, I can just store them in the camper. storage1 So, now I begin by removing all the food & drink; the wine bottles cushioned in my underwear and the vodka & tonic bottles wrapped in WalMart bags under the sink, & other perishables and valuables. Then I strip the bed & convert it back to a table & benches and remove everything else from the Casita.  After a thorough cleaning & polishing, I load my camping gear back  into the bathroom & I’m ready for my next trip.

  Did you know that you can make your own black water tank cleaner?  1/2 cup  Borax laundry detergent and 1/4 cup Calgon Water Softener.  The Borax controls the odor and cleans the tank and the water softener makes the water softer and more slippery preventing waste from sticking to the walls of the waste tank.  Just another great tip I picked up on Pinterest.  Other women use Pinterest for recipes, fashion & design tips and I use it for tips on cleaning toilets – lovely.

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