I know I say this all the time but my email is a little like a black hole. Things go in there and NEVER come out. I’d been better, not great, at keeping up with it but then last week with all the family stuff came up and my email got lost yet again. It’s an ongoing battle.
Today I’m pulling out lots of emails and sharing them here on the blog with you.
This one came from Lynn. She is busy putting together her Inspired by the Past quilt. Thanks for sharing Lynn.
You might remember that I came up with this quilt and it was published in American Patchwork and Quilting in the February 2022 issue. HERE is a link to the original story about the quilt. I later went on and did a tutorial on how I made the block. Find the tutorial HERE.
McGill wrote and said:
“I hope that you are feeling better. I saw this quilt along and I wondered if you had seen “Aunt Daisy’s Quilt Along” by Vanessa Van Trease? HERE is the link.
It is so beautiful and I immediately thought of how great it would look scrappy. The block has lots of flying geese units. What is your favorite method of flying geese? I think I am going to try using Bonnie Hunter’s Essential Triangle tool and see how it goes.”
I make flying geese in several different ways. If I’m doing a Lori Holt design, I do the “make four at once method” made with squares.
I sometimes use the method with rectangles and squares that create bonus triangles. I sometimes use the companion angle with the easy angle ruler method. I’m not picky. These last two are my favorite though.
Carol sent THIS RECIPE and suggested we give it a try…It’s from Joyfilled Eats
Sally sent this recipe and said these were great. I haven’t tried them yet as I didn’t have any coconut oil. It’s on my grocery list.
I was talking about crumb quilting and I have two blog readers send me pictures of projects they were working on that used crumbs.
Karen sent this…
and Rita sent this…
Those are both inspiring. I typically am not drawn to black and white quilts…this, I love.
Thanks for sharing!!
“I knew the minute I saw your Rustic Charm quilt that I had to make it! It took me a while, mostly because I could not figure out an alternate way to do the quilting.
I loved the quilting on yours and would have liked to do that on mine, but alas, a king size quilt on a domestic sewing machine doesn’t work so well for curvy designs. So I played around with ruler quilting and managed to get it quilted in an alternative way. The quilting is not my best, but this one is for me, and I learned a lot, so I’m OK with it. I used one layer of flannel instead of batting so I call this a summer-weight quilt for our bed.”
This is our Rustic Charm quilt printed in American Patchwork and Quilting in the August 2019 issue.
I love Jonnie’s version.
From another reader:
“I’m from SE Iowa and don’t write to you often but read your blog daily. Wanted to let you know that when you posted your beautiful batik quilt a few weeks ago, you inspired me to try making my own.
I really don’t make fancy quilts like you and had never worked with batiks before. Since I had no scraps I started collecting 1/3 yard pieces of many batik prints. I’ll never tire of all those pretty colors and designs.”
WOW. I’m so glad my simple quilt was an inspiration. I truly loved making this quilt and would happily make another.
I had made this one…just a simple charm quilt with batiks. You can read about it HERE. I gave mine away at the fireman’s benefit this past month.
I think it’s important to try different fabrics or designs as a quilter to keep us interested in our craft.
Mary was the winning bidder on one of the auctions I help back in December and got a wonderful jelly roll. She’s already put it to good use. Check out her blocks.
Susan sent an email….She writes:
“I’ve so appreciated your blog over the years.
When you wrote about your Christmas Star pattern featured in American Patchwork and Quilting, I suggested the issue as a Christmas gift idea to my husband. He purchased it right away, but also gave it to me immediately, which meant I worked on a Christmas quilt during late November and December. I don’t usually sew “seasonally” but found it enjoyable to be working with Christmas fabrics during the season.
We visited our daughter for Thanksgiving and I noticed the quilt I made her for graduation was on her bed, as it seems to always be when we’re there. I decided then that Christmas Star would be hers.
Thanks for a great pattern. It was fun to make and will bring joy in the giving!
Sorry for the not-so-great picture. With the Christmas tree up, I don’t have any open space big enough for a full shot.”
Oh my word…BEAUTIFUL. This is another quilt I’d love to make again. I have a 2 1/2″ bucket of scraps that I could happily use up only not make it Christmasy this time.
GREAT and SPEEDY work Susan. I love seeing a different background with this. So inspiring.
Here is our version.
The pattern is available in American Patchwork and Quilting in the December 2021 issue.
I wrote about the quilt in THIS blog post.
It really is an honor to see you making our quilts!!
Thanks so much for the emails and sharing of recipes and projects. I’m so sorry I’m slow at responding. It doesn’t mean that your messages aren’t important to me!! THANKS…Jo