a quilting poll

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I'm just curious as to what types/styles of quilts do you like and make? Myself, I like the 30's patterns and style of quilts. I enjoy doing the traditional patterns and don't really care for crazy or baltimore album style quilts. I also enjoy working on applique. And do you all have as many projects in various stages as I do?(I really don't think I want to count how many I'm currently working on)

-- Terri in WV (mrs_swift_26547@yahoo.com), April 11, 2002


Terri, I am the master of having a hundred projects going! I am really trying to complete one project before beginning another, but I am hopeless! However, I do have my knitting projects down to 2 projects at the moment, but am going to be slacking again because I need to start a third one (I am going to be doing slippers for Operation Toasty Toes ).

In quilting I also like the 20's and 30's patterns and also traditional. I really don't like the newer modern patterns. To me, those just aren't what I think of as quilts. I have never tried applique. It really seems hard for me and very time consuming. I am not participating in the quilt exchange this time because I am so busy but I hope to next time. It is really such a nice idea!

-- Karen (mountains_mama2@hotmail.com), April 12, 2002.

Terri, Love quilting, and like the old patterns the best. Am always watching for old quilting magazines at yard sales. I always have at least five things going at one time. Be it a quilt, knitting or crocheting. right now I am making a little boys Christening outfit for a friend, an appliqued table runner and chair pads for my daughter.Plus a crocheted table runner for me and an afghan for a grandson. My husband thinks I'm a little nutty, but I just have fun. Sharon

-- Sharon--in West Michigan (kandswhitaker@carrinter.net), April 12, 2002.

I sure admire those of you who not only quilt but crochet and all that too! How do you do it? LOL My quilts must have animals on them somewhere and usually feature them. I like wildlife a lot and like all of you(this is a virus you know...)have projects in all stages of developement and count myself lucky to get one finished! I am hooked on applique, foundation piecing(they are so individual)but am just now trying serious piecing. Almost done with my very first all-pieced quilt, houses and trees with animals(of course)peeking out of the trees and out of the house windows. Much fun but hard! And as mentioned in the "INK" post I enjoy designing quilts around favorite poems and picking fabric to bear out the theme. My latest, for my brother, Is a Quillow and features the Poem " A Hunting We Will Go" by Henry Fielding(c 1700's)and of course is all hunting motifs. I couldn't do a lick of clothing stuff and I am amazed at all of you talented people who do! To me, making a dress is like doing magic, no way could I do that! It is fun talking to other quilters about these things and having a place to ask questions, we are waaaay out in the country here! But love it! Little Quacker PS Have any of you who love the really old stuff got the patterns from The Kansas City Star News? Wonderful!

-- Little Quacker (carouselxing@juno.com), April 12, 2002.

Oh, LQ, I get mine done(sometimes) by not sleeping and working on my little UFO's after the kids go to bed. It's really kind of strange to me that I like traditional patterns since I tend to lean towards wild animal prints and flashy tropical prints and am not really a conventional person at all.

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one that has oodles of unfinished projects(I just knew I wasn't!!) but it's still good to hear anyways. If my mom would quit bugging me about some of them I would get more done-when she starts asking me about one of them every day it just puts me off on working on it for a while.

-- Terri in WV (mrs_swift_26547@yahoo.com), April 12, 2002.

I promised my self that I could only stat 1 new quilt if i finished an old one.LOL I belong to a quilt group in Excelsior Springs,MO;a Crazy quilt group at Liberty Quilt Shop; and got an invitation last nite to a Crazy quilt group in Independance. I've started working on the newest KC star pattern for this year.But I didn't do last years by Barbra Brackman and Terry Clother Thomas.

-- redhen (redhenfarm@yahoo.com), April 15, 2002.

I like to do a lot of hand work, both piecing and applique. Sometimes I will make a machine piecedquilt, but it just isn't fun and relaxing, too much like work, and the machine and I get in a fight over whether the fabric will be ground up in the feed dogs or turn into a quilt! Styles; I like to use hand dyed, batik, and bright jewel tones, but also experiment and try to broaden my horizons by trying new styles, techniques, and colors that I might not usually use. Many times I find that something I didn't think I'd like, isn't so bad, after all. And sometimes a pattern feels better made in different colors from what is shown in the magazine or book.

I like to take a traditional pattern, and make it in not so traditional fabrics. Often, instead of plain muslin or white background, I'll use pastel scraps or other light fabrics. It is not much more work, but has such a different, livlier effect than all the same background fabric. I have thought sometimes about using dark fabrics for the background, and light for the pieces, haven't tried it yet though.

Oh dear, do I have a lot of projects going, I don't even want to count them all! I wrote down my goals for this year, and there were about ten quilts that I wanted to work on, most are partially done or at least started on. I've been trying really hard not to start on new quilts until I finish a few of the ones that are started already. Ha!!

-- Rebekah (daniel1@itss.net), April 15, 2002.

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