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Years ago, Linda Greene introduced us to Spoonflower by handing out little welcome packs at guild, but the whole thing seemed way “out there” to me at the time. It took my hip daughter Elizabeth to kick me into gear this year.
In honor of my niece’s wedding, Elizabeth found this great project online: How to Turn Handwritten Recipes into Tea Towels. I couldn’t improve on the instructions in that blog if I tried, so I’ll just give you a précis… Scan in 3×5 recipe cards and arrange them in a JPG sizing the result to 36”x54”. Then order 1 yard of that design in Linen-Cotton Canvas. When it comes, cut them apart & hem.
The entire time I was working on the towels not-exactly-yardage projects popped into my head. The Linen-Cotton Canvas would be a fabulous customized chef’s apron with a collage of personal memorabilia. You could design your own “panel” for a round robin center. You could arrange perfect wedges of a floral closeup to build your own kaleidoscope or stack-n-whack. The result would be much better ink and larger formats than our inkjet printers, easier, not particularly expensive considering the costs of inkjet cartridges and fabric for printing. You could even design custom quilt labels and order just a $5 swatch by positioning your swatch correctly on your design.
Want to get started?
- Create a Spoonflower account –free.
- Make your design using photo software of your choice. DPI (dots per inch) is important – Spoonflower likes 150. You’ll find lots of advice & tips in the FAQs.
- Upload your design to Spoonflower – free.
- Order a $5 swatch (8”x8”) to test your colors, fabric, and image quality.
- Order the fabric. The price depends on what fabric you order. Kona Cotton quilting weight is $16.50 for 42×36, and the Linen-Cotton Canvas is $24.30 for 54×36. Here’s the whole list: Products & Pricing
Betty Tyree alerted us to Bonnie Hunter’s appearance on The Quilt Show. You can watch free through Saturday:
You’ll have to register for The Quilt Show; she explains in the link above about that.
(Sorry for the rather short notice; I just got back in town from vacation.)
Member Spotlight (reprinted from Jan 2005 Star Quilters Newsletter)
I caught Angie in the spotlight for the first in a continuing column on our members; shown here with her prize winning whole cloth entry at the Salem Fair.
After 40 years working for a CPA firm she left the work world and took up quilting. She’d been doing hand work such as embroidery, knitting, needlepoint and crochet, but had never done anything in the quilting area beyond collecting patterns and magazines.
A general beginner class at a local quilt shop started her off. She continued with other classes; many through our guild. Most of her 100 quilts became gifts of comfort and kindness. For a while she presented a quilt to each new baby in her church, but her fellow Presbyterians proved too passionate for her. She created many quilts for the Good Samaritan Hospice, for our guild’s comfort quilts project, and made double knit single bed quilts for transient men at the City Rescue Mission.
Her favorite project was teaching hand piecing to 10 and 11 year olds at the Presbyterian Community Center in the after-school program for “at risk” youngsters. Four of an original 10 completed their quilts. After hand piecing them, Angie made the sandwiches & turned them. Then each girl tied them to complete the project. Angie made “Hand Quilted by..” labels for each girl with their name and age. Their obvious pride made it clear she’d made a real difference in their lives.
She’s one of the Crazy 8’s; currently comprised of Joanne Kling, Claire Barton, Sallie Powers, Nancy Ratner, Ann Weaver, Dianne Bragg, Wanda Nawrocki, and Angie. In January they begin a new project — single bed quilts for the women/children facility at City Rescue Mission.
She does all her assembly with a sewing machine, but enjoys hand quilting whole cloth quilts even though hand problems force her to limit her time. She shifted away from using a large frame to an 18” hoop which she can use from the recliner. She gets smaller stitches with a size 12 between, but usually uses a 10 because the 12’s break so easily. She saves her back by thread basting with the quilt sandwich on a pair of banquet tables raised about 6”.
– Susan Kraterfield
Angie’s work from our archives
Our 2005 & 2007 shows had lots of lucious work by Angie. Do click on the pictures to get more detail.