Re: delurking: what I've gotten from rctq (LONG)
- From: Anne in CA <annerudolph@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:08:54 -0800
Hi Lynette <waves madly> I'm just up the peninsula a bit. There seem to be a lot of bay area quilters here on rctq.
Check out our Frappr map(http://www.frappr.com/rctq) and pin yourself on it if you like. You needn't drill down to exact address, city or neighborhood will do.
I second Marcella's notion of a PIQF meet-up this year.
Anne in CA
annerudolph AT comcast DOT net
Disclaimer: Any errors in spelling, tact, or fact are transmission errors.
I have been lurking for a while. I work full time plus being busy with
'other' stuff, so I really do not have time to read this newsgroup. WAAYYY
too much traffic.... However, I've been doing it anyway. :-) May not be
able to do it much longer. Today I finally marked everything 'caught up' although I wasn't anywhere close to it!
I just wanted to say 'hi' and to let you all know some of what I've gotten
out of rctq lately:
- I wanna do postcards! I looked at lots of the links and I liked so many of them! I am really inspired! I hope nobody minds too much if I steal some ideas like ginkgo leaves or flamingos or patchwork base or strawberries.... Of course, I would just use it as a starting point so my finished ones would be very different. Especially the first ones as a beginner!
I like the size and think it would be manageable size project that maybe I could even finish. I could also use it as a way to experiment
with techniques like free-motion stitching. Maybe a way to use up
And a place to do just a LITTLE beading or hand applique. I'm not much on hand work, I avoid it as much as possible - but a little
bit now and again wouldn't hurt!
Or just a LITTLE stamping or fabric painting or....
- BOM sounds so much fun! I will check in on it in April (coming up
really soon now! April starts only a few days away). But I'm not sure I'll have the time. Then there's trying to
decide which one to do.... I've never tried paper piecing. I've
not done too much hand applique either for that matter. So both
would be good practice.
Or maybe I should take a BOM at a local quilting store instead and have the in-person social aspect to it. I'm still considering.
- I'm afraid to drop the feed dogs too. Well not really afraid but just haven't
done it enough to get good results. That's why I think maybe practicing on small postcards might get me going.
Since I don't like handwork much, I think I really need to learn
free motion machine quilting or those tops will never get quilted!
I have a 'kites' top that I want to do some sort of Celtic Knot
design with the quilting. I'm kind of afraid to ruin it with amateur machine piecing but it's a lot of hand quilting! Although
it's fairly small - wall hanging or lap quilt size about 50" square,
that is bigger than anything I've quilted before. I've just done
- sewing and tools and organizing tips have been interesting. I can't think
of any right now but I know they will pop into my head when
I need them.
- Currently, I am more into wearables so I'm working on a couple of jackets
for the wearable arts fashion show in May. One is a collage jacket with a wild lizard print fabric. The other is a kimono-like pieced jacket of Japanese prints with butterflies, dragonflies, etc.
I've also just completed a long-sleeved t-shirt for a sewing class. Next project for the class is a pair of elastic waistband pants.... The class is actually too simple for me but I'd never sewed with knits. It's also a prerequisite for some more advanced classes.
It's also good for me because I need a deadline to finish things...
This news group is also inspiring me to finish some of my quilt
Besides the kites quilt, I have a Trip Around the World
top I must quilt someday.
Also a bunch of sampler blocks that was my first 'started'
quilt but not my first 'finished'.
- The group just sounds so supportive and it just makes me smile to read about
the HUGS and other giving projects you all do. I must admit, because
there is so much traffic I skip lots of the OT posts so don't always
hear about your lives - although other times I get interested and
follow the thread even after it drifts OT.
A little more about me:
QIs: just one outdoor-only cat Freddie.
chocolate: only milk! and actually usually prefer 'cheaper' to
more expensive types. Addicted to M&Ms!
live in San Jose California and work as a tech writer.
family: 'almost married' SO of 10 years - no kids.
addicted to classes! I may not have very many finished quilts
but I've taken classes on almost everything out there.
EXCEPT free motion quilting.... haven't been able to find one that works with my schedule.
Every year I go to Pacific International Quilt Festival
and try to take a few classes. Last year, I took 4!
Mostly with wearable slant, but many techniques work on either quilts or garments.
OK, I've gotten a bit carried away here. But just wanted to say THANKS
for all the inspiration and cheer and advice I've gotten from this group.
I hope to be able to continue to pop in here but it's so hard to keep up.
email is first name @ idiom dot then com
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