Bits and Bobs

I want to share a few items that I’ve been saving up before I completely forget I’ve been saving them.  If you’re above a certain age you’ll understand this.

First, I was reintroduced to the technique for making 6 minute circles (your mileage may vary) at a modern quilt guild meeting. If you’ve never used this method, let me recommend it. It’s adaptable for various circle sizes and can be used for ovals as well.

Easy Circle

Here’s a link to a HGTV episode where Dale Fleming, the technique’s originator, shows how to do it. It can be further streamlined by just using one layer of freezer paper if you’re willing to tear it once you’re done. The Modern Quilt Guild Blog also features this technique using HSTs.

Another random item is this funny post by the Bitchy Stitcher about the proliferation of deer in recent fabric designs. Since I experience proliferation of deer in my neighborhood, on my block, and in my yard, I’m not about to encourage it in my fabric collection. Bambi has a lot to answer for. I just love the Stitcher’s suggestions for other animals that deserve to be immortalized on fabric. At least the owls seem to have flown off.

Michael Miller deer fabric

Finally, for a bit of eye candy, check out the wonderful star quilts on exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, as shown on Love Those Hands At Home. The museum’s website shows only one of the eye popping Amish and Mennonite quilts on display, so Kerry’s photos are probably my only chance to see some of these beauties.


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4 responses to “Bits and Bobs

  1. sandy

    If not, I hope someone told them. It’s all you see, once it’s pointed out, ya know?

    • It reminds me of a poster created by the graphics department where I worked. It showed a Halloween style cat surrounded by bats. Unfortunately, some of the bats seemed to be flying right out of the cat’s rear. Fortunately, that was caught and corrected before the public saw it.

  2. sandy

    The deer fabric was my laugh for today. It’s early, so it’s great to get that over with.
    As I look at the fabric, it seems that it’s covering the digestive cycle of a deer meal. In one frame, the little blobs seem to be near the deers mouth and are being ingested. In the next frame they are situated on the other end of the deer, and seem to complete the digestive cycle.
    Anyway…..that’s a look into my strange creative mind. 🙂

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