Thursday, September 30, 2010

First, Last, Everything*

*Apologies to Mr. Barry White

Today is our day! Pat asked us to join in on her Ruler Blog hop and maybe talk a little about our first quilt (or rug), a recipe, and some chat about her fab new rulers. Okey Dokey, here goes. Since I blogged about my first quilt here, Polly will tell you about her first rug!

" I made it much later in life than Laurie did her quilt, but then she was an exceptional baby
and I think made her first quilt when she was three or something like
that. I made my first rug in the late 70's when the three Minick Boys
were in high school or maybe it was almost 80's as that is when they
graduated and headed off to college. Anyway, either junior high, high
school or college - I was in need of hand work as we spent the better
part of our life at sporting events. They played baseball, football
and wrestled and in college we had two football players and one
baseball player. So you get the picture. Many months spent on
bleachers watching events. I was an avid antique collector and was
seeing hooked rugs at shows and I thought I would try that. It was a
very dismal start. As you remember I am the non-sewing half of Minick
and Simpson, but this was not sewing, and I thought I could do it.
I did teach myself to do the procedures to hook a rug. However,
now we needed design and color - that was a major problem. I was
buying my wool at the Thrift Shop in Ann Arbor and if I needed red, I
bought a red skirt. So the first rugs were not good at all as the
"as-is" color of clothing does not usually work. Now on to what
should I hook..... An antique friend from New England sent me a catalog
from Marion Hamm and I purchased a linen from her, went to a thrift shop
for wool and hooked the first rug. The rug is at one of our son's
house now (the son who is not so crazy about my rugs) . That is why he
has that rug. He seems to think it is OK but, it is not. The other boys
really like my rugs and the Marine wants them all. The first rug was
not my design, had terrible color - but it was completed, as bad
as it was. It must have somehow inspired me to try another. It took me
many years and more than 400 rugs, but I must say I am liking my rugs
now, but it sure took some time. My theory when I started was to hook
two rugs for our home and be done with it. It took me so long to make
a decent rug - that in the process I actually got "hooked" on hooking.
Thankfully as I love all aspects of the art now."

Note..... We can't find a photo of Polly's first rug, but this one was made that first year. We Think she is being kind of hard on herself. It's pretty good. Here is one of her more recent rugs. It's even better.
I had a "first" of my own today. IS EVERYONE SITTING DOWN?.... I machine quilted for the first time today. Yes, that walking foot that has been staring at me for 2 years now, finally got the best of me. I don't really know if I did it right. Actually, I'm pretty sure I didn't do it right. I don't even know if the walking foot was attached correctly, but I persevered. Here are my little flags.....
Yeah, they're quilted in the ditch. Big deal. Here is a close-up of my machine quilting that isn't in the ditch.
I was going to rip it out, but it's my "first machine quilting experience." Also, there are about 300 stitches to the inch. It's staying.

We were going going to blog a recipe too, but this is getting kind of long, so we'll save the recipe for next time.

Finally.... Pat's Rulers! Yes, they are everything everyone has said about them. You need them. What do I like about them? Well, I like that satisfying sound they make as the diamond edge sharpens your rotary blade as it passes by. Oh, it's a lovely, solid crunching sound that you know is working for you. I felt so efficient sharpening my blade as I worked. You all know how I LOVE multi-tasking.

Make sure to stop by today's other bloggers, Carrie and Cheryl.

Don't forget to comment on all the blogs and maybe these rulers will be coming to your house!

Laurie

388 comments:

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Quilt n Queen said...

I've not mastered the machine quilting. Yep....I too get 300 stitches to the inch. I would not be without my walking foot. I think I have 4....for different machines of course. Love the little flags....you did good!!!!!

I think I NEED those rulers. Loving the blog hop. Good stories, good recipes....I'll be looking for your recipe next time.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Lovie said...

good luck on the machine quilting - looks real good to me - love the little flags.

Mary said...

I really need those rulers too.. Especially the 36 inch one. That is on my "must have list" already.

All I can say about free motion quilting is practice, practice practice Sit higher than normal with relationship to the machine and even turn the needle end of the head toward you.

Brittainy Barnes said...

These would come in handy for my new quilt I'm planning!!! I'm super excited :) thanks for the chance!!

Buri.sama[at]gmail.com

Debbie said...

Yes, Laurie, I'm looking forward to the sound of those rulers sharpening!

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohhh machine quilting.. talk about the earth spinning off it's axis! Def a shift in the force. Nice work!

badlandsquilts said...

Yah for you...there is always something we can be learning!

Shruti said...

i'd love to win some rulers... i'm keeping my fingers crossed...

SoozeM said...

I definitely need these rulers, they look so cool!!! Thanks for sharing your machine quilting with us!

Mystica said...

I'd love to win as well!

Paula said...

Wonderful giveaway!
Thanks for the chance to win
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Kathy said...

I am interested to hear what the rulers sound like!

Kathy said...

I am interested to hear what the rulers sound like!

Rose said...

My first attempt at rug hooking was about 6 years ago and is still not finished and sitting in a closet. I can definitely relate to 300 stitches per inch. There is no way they can be ripped out.
Hope to win those rulers as cutting is my downfall.

Brigitte said...

please put my name in the virtual hat - I'ld love to play with that clever rulers here in Germany. Greetings Brigitte
thank you for the great blogging

Stacey said...

thanks and happy birthday

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I really need to have one of those fabulous rulers.I'm loving the blog hop.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing your learning experiences with us! It's encouraging to read that designers struggle, too:) Good luck with your machine quilting! Are those little flags a new pattern? Very cute! Love quick small projects between intricate projects. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

The machine quilting look GREAT to me! Would love to win these rulers
Jill

Györgyi Varga said...

OOOh! I think I want that rulers. This rug on your blog is amazing. You are "goldhanded". I like machine quilting it so funny and quick. I love Pat's blog hop because of kind people I "meet", tasty recipes and inspiring pictures. Have a nice fall weekend! Györgyi

Zegi said...

What awesome rulers! I think the first-year rug is fabulous. It is something I would not attempt. Thank you for the giveaway!

SueB said...

Well Polly you can put your rugs in my house any time. I love them. Laurie you can put your flags in also with all that machine quilting. Cant wait to get my hands on one of the rulers. My blades are always dull.

Marj said...

Machine quilting is something that all quilters should try and who knows you may surprise yourself and like it. Enjoyed your stories. Hope I am the winner of the rulers.

crystal said...

Love your blog. Remember practice makes perfect with machine quilting.lol Please enter my name in your drawing for the new edge sullivan rulers.

QuiltSue said...

I enjoyed reading that, thanks.

Ila said...

beautiful rugs, darling flags. The flags are a perfect size to practice machine quilting!

azuree55 said...

I am very impressed with your first quilting. It just takes practice. I have also found that if I am not perfect then I double around again and people think it's suppose to be that way. If I want a perfect quilting pattern than I copy it on golden paper and just sew that until I get the pattern by memory...about the last part of the quilt! Great blog and I love ya'll's fabric designs. I have all the fabrics and am going to combine them to make the Moda u paisley prairie pattern into a king size. I can always depend on you girls for great Americana fabric.

Pat asked us to leave our email...azuree55@yahoo.com

gmp said...

Happy Birthday, Polly!!
Hope you have a great day!

I love your Beach Girl rug. And I think your placemats look great. Machine quilting, especially free motion, is not easy to do. I've taken more help classes than I care to mention, and I still can't get the hang of the free motion quiting! I'm told you have work at it every day. Practice make perfect, I guess!

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Donna said...

Love my walking foot. Without it machine quilting would not happen at my house. Thanks for sharing. Happy blog hopping.

Bea Lippott said...

I've just machine quilted for the first time the other day too! Thanks for sharing.

madrekarin said...

My machine quilting leaves much to be desired. Love your little flags! They are adorable and the quilting looks fine.
I cannot wait to try these rulers. My cutting skills need a bit of work as well. Maybe these will help. :)

AnitaS said...

I am practice my machinequilting. It looks so easy, but it is not. I love your little flags. And I think we all want this new rulers.

Diane said...

Good Luck in the machine quilting...I love it!! Now do quilting for other I love it so much!

Diane

Anonymous said...

I've decided I really NEED the rulers - plus I want to hear that sound everyone is talking about. . . Happy Quilting! julie stchsluv@aol.com

Maribeth said...

I love your rugs-especially the beach girl. Machine quilting brings me to my knees every time-we are our own worst critics! Loving this blog hop-thanks for the great stories.

Debbie said...

The rugs are fantastic. I always wanted to try one. Maybe I will. Love the rulers.

Mommarock said...

Congrats on your first machine quilt. I just pulled out my first quilt attempts and I'm keeping them too, it shows my progression, and what I've learned...so far.

Deb McHugh said...

Love the flags-they look good to me!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

So cute rugs and flag quilts!
I bought a walking foot some time ago, too, and just tried to quilt with it. Well, I think I need a lot of practice...it´s so totally different from hand quilting.
Would love to win the rulers!

Angie said...

I LOVE your rugs! I have lots of thrift shop wool RIGHT NOW, yes, TODAY, and it probably won't get any overdye,etc. :) So you can send your rugs to Ships Landing...I love them! :) And your flag is adorable! You did a great job. :) Now, could you please send me those rulers so I can have a sharp blade again (have no idea when I put this blade on) LOL

Lee said...

The rulers are looking better and better every day! Thanks for the info. love your site!

Angie said...

Those rugs are so pretty! Those rulers are great, I am new to quilting, I dont even have a quilting ruler yet lol, I think I need to get some- thanks for the chance to win!


Angie

dasmith2@charter.net

cvdnurse said...

I love your flags. It's nice to hear from others who are intimidated by machine quilting, but go ahead and take the plunge!
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

Holly said...

Quilting can be so much fun, especially when you have new rulers!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love the rugs! And I think I love the rulers, too. I'd love to get my hands on them:)
Thanks for participating in blog hop!

kautz potatoes said...

Beautiful rugs, and you are brave to start machine quilting...my least favorite part. Not even rulers can help there, I don't think, maybe I should try these super special ones....

Ursula said...

I can stipple and do loops pretty good and that's about it. Have to get brave and venture out a bit. Maybe...

Please enter my name in the giveaway.

patty a. said...

What cute flag quilts! I have one that I made years ago and all it needs is bound. I have been maching quilting a long time and the more you do it the better you will get. I do all my machine quilting free motion these days.

Cindy said...

I want to make those flags! I just machine quilted a baby quilt and I'm going to apologize to who I give it to as it isn't a good job.....LOL.

Would love to own those rulers.

so-crazy said...

so cool firsts are always great, I've attempted my first free motion quilting and it to is not perfect but that quilt is on my spare bed. Hugs Linda

TheQuiltedFrog said...

I loved hearing the story about the first rug. The rugs look wonderful! Can't wait to try the rulers--after all this blogging I am just dying to try them! Your machine quilting looks great. And with practice, those 300 stitches to the inch will get better! :-)

LindaWI said...

Enjoyed reading your blog, good luck on the quilting.

Katie said...

Loved your stories of your first quilt and rug. Thanks for the chance to win.

SarahVee said...

Happy Birthday, Polly! Loved the rug learning experience. 400 rugs! I loved rug hooking when I was in grade 8. My dad did 'string art' to relax. Do you remember that fad? I've also knitted, but love quilting. Congrats on using that walking foot. It only took me 10 years to buy one for my machine! I love using it! Thanks for hopping along with Pat.

Deb said...

Congrats on trying machine quilting. I've done a few small pieces but need much more practice.

Deb S.

Munaiba said...

I'd really like to see those rulers in my house. :)

Melissa Corry said...

They could certainly have a place to stay at my house :)

Pat Sloan said...

You girls ROCK!!! Thank you SO MUCH for joining me!!

And Polly your rugs are fabulous OF COURSE and Laurie I only saw 250 stitches per inch... perfect!!

Dolores said...

Your never too old to learn!:0)
Actually were never to old to keep learning. Enjoyed reading about your rugs and your first machine quilting.

Have a wonderful day!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

These rulers have me intrigued and I would love to win a set.

Alberta said...

You did a fabulous job on outlining your star!

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

Anything to help us quilters do a great job is a must have.
Just like mechanics - you have to have the right tools.
Happy Birthday

pinsandneedles said...

What lovely rugs and Americana all the way! Too cute!

I think I would love those rulers! Yay for multi-tasking!

Vicki said...

Thanks for the recipe break I'm getting full! hehe I would love to get the rulers I'll be back for the recipe when I get hungry again I'm sure that will be very soon knowing me

Darlene B said...

Love the pictures of the rug (it's beautiful!) and the first machine quilting experience (also very well done!) We tend to be so critical of ourselves, don't we? I would love to win these rulers! dsb448@att.net

bargello said...

Pat's rulers...HOP HOP HOP!!! Can't wait to see who is the lucky person!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I certainly ripped out my first machine quilting! Still learning. These rulers look fabulous. Thanks for sharing about your "firsts".

a.niza said...

i love FMQ because I think I'm pretty good at it since I doodle a lot on paper too.

I'd love to have those rulers coming my way...!

Diane said...

First, Happy Birthday - a little quilter birdie told us!

Thank you for sharing your rugs and your quilts! As a "fellow hooker" - rugs and quilts do go together well - don't they?!?

Congratulations on your quilted flags - great job!

Several years ago, I decided to tackle my list of "Stuff to do before I Die" and made a small flag quilt too for the 4th of July.

Thank you for sharing!

Sherry said...

I like how you think in regards to ripping out when you're ratio is 300/1 I with you on that. Are we thankful for machine quilters!!!!

Marjorie said...

That reminds me...I have a rug started somewhere...where is it...maybe behind the dresser? sideboard? daughter's desk?

rebecca said...

These rulers can certainly come to my house. Looking forward to the recipes!!

Shellie said...

Love machine quilting but I do not like to do the norm.

QuilterMary said...

A 36" ruler! woo hoo - how come no one thought of THAT before!

Glenn Dragone said...

Polly,

I love your rugs both old and new. I especially love the lettering of the newest creation.

Laurie,

Welcome to the world of machine quilting! Your "stitchin in the ditch" is bit....,,, I mean great!
You head towards the machine as I head towards the hoop.

Pat S. said...

I'd love to win the set of Pat's most cool rulers! Thanks for the opportunity!!

pam said...

Love your rugs. The Beach Girl is beautiful.
This has been a fun hop to read. As far as a recipe goes, your brownies on a previous post look wonderful. I will be trying those.
I for the life of me cannot get the walking foot down. I have ripples on the back of my quilts. I also am having a very hard time with free motion and I probably have about 300 stitches to the inch also :)
pamroever@yahoodotcom

Anya said...

How wonderful! thanks for the chance!

Nan S. said...

Have fun with the machine quilting. It's something I have really enjoyed - gives you the chance to make a quilt your own from start to finish.

Zlaty said...

Practice makes perfect! You also have to be in the mood! :)

Please count me in your giveaway! :)

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations on your first machine quilting! It looks great!

Becky said...

Good luck with the machine quilting!

lovetostitch said...

Happy Birthday, Polly!!!!
You gave me yet another reason to get the rulers - multi-tasking!! That happens to be my middle name!! Love all your fabrics, rugs, and designs (kept staring at the fabric in the flags - nice!!!)
I'll be looking for the recipe - lol!!

Winona said...

The only machine quilting I do is with the walking foot. I basically do a crosshatch. Even in the ditch looks bad when I do it. I can't seem to follow a line. LOL I think yours looks great. Winona

Michelle said...

Those little flags are just too adorable. Sigh. Yet another "I've gotta make" projects!! Those rulers would come in handy for cutting really straight strips! Love these blog hops!

Silvia La Gata Con Botas said...

Good luck with the machine quilting! It is really fun, I love it! Thank you for the opportunity to win those great rules... Please count me in!

Cassy said...

I am completely familiar with the 300 stitches per inch. I haven't mastered anything but the quilt in the ditch style. Absolutely LOVE the rugs. You brought back a lot of memories. My grandparents, yep Grandpa too, taught me to hook a rug. Thanks.

Michelle said...

Love reading your beginnings! Thanks for blogging!

CaraQuilts said...

Good for you for trying machine quilting! Now I feel the need to try out hand quilting!

Joan said...

I love the rugs--will be back later to read more on your blog, right now off to a quilt show. Hope I win the rulers.

Lynn said...

I love the blog hop and the giveaway....certainly could use the rulers!

angela said...

LOVE the 16.5" square - can't wait to try them!

emmy said...

As a new quilter, it's nice to read about others' firsts. I do have a built in walking foot on my machine and it's invaluable. Hope I get to try the new rulers.

Kathryn said...

Those flags are definitely cute. I'm a good ditch quilter, but outlining is harder. These rulers look great and I hope I win. Kathie L in Allentown

Susan said...

Great Rulers! They sure would come in handy:)

Jamie said...

I think the rugs are adorable! I actually did quilt (stitch in the ditch) my first quilt and for a first one I loved how it turned out. The flags are so cute!

Sharon said...

wow, the rugs are amazing. Good luck with the machine quilting, no reason you can't master this too!

tricialee said...

Great giveaway, and congrats on the machine quilting

Texana said...

I own a lot of rulers, I'm a gadget girl, but I MUST HAVE these rulers! In fact, my rotary cutter is screaming for them! And as for your machine quilting, you are your own worst critic...Love the flag placemats!

Kyle said...

I always enjoy your posts and your review of the rulers. Can't wait to try them.

Dawn said...

I have really been enjoying this blog hop-thanks for participating and giving us the chance to win such a great set of rulers!

Thankful~Threads said...

What great rugs and flag quilts. You girls are so talented! The rulers are fantastic. Please include me in the drawing. Thank you for being a part of the blog hop. Thankful~Threads ~Kathleen

suz said...

I think that "first year" rug looks pretty good too!
Happy Birthday Polly!

SheilaS said...

Hey, I liked Polly's flag rug. I'm still trying to rug hook and I also can't machine quilt-I just send everything to the quilting Godess, Kari. She can make anything look good! I can't wait for the new recipe. Those are the best! I really NEED those rulers!

Sandi said...

"300 stitches to the inch" LOL!!! I used my walking foot a couple years ago and it worked fine. Last fall I tried my walking foot again and it clomped along and made awful noise and stitching. Nothing I did seemed to help. I am sure I need a new sewing machine now. I have even convinced my husband that one would make a great Christmas gift. I would love to win the rulers. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. :-)

Jenni said...

Yes, muli-tasking is just what I think of with these!

Misty said...

wow! keep going on the machine quilting! and i love those rugs.

Tamie said...

Thanks for participating in the blog review. No one can have too many rulers.

bestjlb said...

Hi Girls!
Love all your fabrics, patterns, projects, rugs, you name it! You offer so much inspiration and fun!
Plus, you said it--we all NEED those rulers!
Looking forward to your recipe.
Thanks!

Gloria J W said...

Wow... 400 rugs, hooked. The two you showed looked pretty darn good too. Clever people. Smiles from sunny Queensland Gloria

Needled Mom said...

I think my comment just disappeared when my internet connection was lost.

I think that the stitching in the ditch is much harder than the free motion quilting. I am impressed!

Love the rugs! I remember all of the hooing....it took forever.

Wendy said...

Your little flags are wonderful!

Cory said...

thank you for sharing your firsts with us. Take care and God bless, Cory

Nancyz said...

Loved reading the story. I have three boys (now 21, 19, & 17) and have spent many hours on the bleachers too! The rulers look great.

thegoose said...

I'll be sure to check back -- I am loving all these recipes. I'd love to get my hands on those rulers, too!

kathy said...

I'm really enjoying reading everyone's story of their "first" projects.

Kathy

Linda said...

400 rugs. I can't imagine 400 rugs. I just began hooking this summer. I am still working on a mat! But I've had many interruptions! I've tried machine quilting. I'm going to try again and then perhaps find a long arm quilter!

Cheri said...

I have always wanted to learn how to do those rugs. Just another project added to my already projects! Hope those rulers end up at my house!

maggie muggins said...

I love your rugs and your flags too! so cute, and look very good for a first attempt. I would love to win the rulers too.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

So nice to see quilts AND hooked rugs. I love them both.

Melinda said...

I think she was maybe too hard on herself too! I like that rug!

Mary said...

I will have a number of these rulers, one way or another, ha! I am sure I will become addicted to the sound the rotary cutter makes as it runs along the ruler.

Machine quilting, I love it. Haven't been doing it long, and it's like being a second grader learning to write. Practice practice practice is the only way. But I do love it.

Regena@QuiltnQuiltthings said...

Like the flag and you did good for your first machine quilting. Yea!
Hope you have a great day.
Regena

Shirley in Canada said...

To my house those rulers can come! Your rugs are wonderful! And machine quilting will really be fun when you "bond" with it. Try a small decorative stitch on your machine if you have a hard time staying in the "ditch" ;-)

Deb said...

I'd love to see my blades get sharpened as I cut - I'm always using them too long.

sndy1 said...

Great shop hop--thanks.

Janet said...

I would love to win Pat's rulers. I've had a lot of fun reading everyone's blog posts.

Kare said...

Machine quilting just takes lots of practice. Love those rugs!

Nanbon44 said...

I am still practicing with my walking foot, my free motion and my stitch in the ditch foot, one of these days I just might get a close to perfect.. but I would rather have a not so perfect that I do with my machine then hand quilt like my mother did, I just don't have her patience for that.

Alma said...

I new at the quilting game but I'm HOOKED!

aroden62@hotmail.com

aztel2000 said...

Well, 300 stitchs to the inch is better than 3 which is about what mine are! The rulers sound very interesting and I would love to have a set. Karen in Breezy Point

mamabug said...

your swimming gal is just hilarious!

Wilma NC said...

Isn't this fun?? I really want those rulers.

busymom said...

This has been a fun giveaway. I am finding some great new blogs and visiting some of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

Good luck with learning to machine quilt. It's definitely an adventure.

Vickie said...

I will leave the machine quilting to more patient types-I got tired of sewing my fingers to the fabric.Lovely rugs-amazing detail!

krisgray said...

LOVE the Beach Gal! I'm still learning machine quilting and my first stars looked just like that.

Garilyn said...

Love the rugs...and yes, you are too hard on yourself.

jahogan said...

Love the rugs and your machine quilting looks great. Even though i've learned to machine quilt, I still send my large quilts to someone with a long arm machine. Thanks for the chance to win the rulers, they look amazing.

K8 said...

I had a hard time machine quilting my last quilt, but I was going for organic and it turned out ok :)

fingers crossed for the rulers!

Me said...

Would loooovvvveeee to win those rulers! You girls are so crafty - those rugs are amazing.

arjanz at xplornet.com

rsb said...

Have tried to machine quilt and can be moderately successful with stitch in the ditch.....it will takes lots more practice to master something other than that. I think I too gotta have these rulers! Am enjoying the blog hop.

Erica said...

I too have wanted to try machine quilting. But it scares me and haven't done it yet. Hopefully some new rulers will encourage me to try new things. ;-)

mascanlon said...

Yea, the 300 stitiches to an inch syndrome, I just need to sit down and practice! I'm going to love those rulers...I hope the fly to CA to live with me!

Julia said...

Thanks for the great story about your first rug. Love the blog hop, and finding out different things about you!

mean sarah jean said...

thanks for being part of the blog hop. i've enjoyed reading your post.

BettyK said...

I have hooked rugs but made mine from kits. Yours are great. Also, the rulers are great and would love to have them live at my house.

Janet said...

This is a fun blog hop.I love reading the different blogs. Thank you for the chance to win the rulers.

Moneik said...

Love my walking foot and wouldn't live without one.

AnnieO said...

I love the look of hooked rugs and punch needle embroidery but have been resisting starting another hobby in my crowded house--no room for more supplies! Thanks for the great story and chance to win the rulers. I machine quilt all my own quilts. Practice pieces are always a good idea. I don't spend a lot of time warming up but just work out my stitch length and tension over a few runs up and down a scrap sandwich.

Donna Joy said...

I haven't learned to machine quilt yet. I have a walking foot, just to scared to mess up. Just hand quilt so far. This year I am going to learn to machine quilt.

Birdena said...

I have not yet attempted any detailed machine quilting, just in the ditch quilting. Thanks for sharing very enjoyable

Gitte said...

Machine quilting is still a bit scary to me too. Maybe I should start practising?

Busty LaRue said...

I need those rulers! Hoping I win ;)

Mom of two said...

Congrats on your first! shhhh....I stitch in the ditch too. Would love to win these rulers!! Thanks for sharing!

Linda K said...

Thanks for a chance to win!! Keep practicing! I'm getting a tiny bit better myself but frustrating when you see all of the talented machine quilters out there...sigh...

House of Mouse said...

What a fabulous blog...thank you so much for participating in the hop. I have you bookmarked now and can't wait to read in the future.


Anett

Donna~~ said...

Love the rugs--something I've always wanted to learn to do! Would love to have those rulers come make their crunching sounds at my house! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

PunkiePie said...

I hope I'm the lucky one! I love the idea of these rulers. Awesome!

meri_drake said...

I love all your creations...thanks for "keeping it real" for us all!

Joni said...

Thanks for sharing the "firsts" experiences and the opportunity for a possible win at the set of rulers :)

Betsy Lynn said...

Great stories!
Thanks for the chance to win those fab rulers!

vanos said...

I really like your first quilts. They look pretty good to me. Happy Quilting your going to be HOOKED. ha ha

Tressa said...

I think your rugs look great. What a talent!

Rita said...

I enjoyed your post. Thanks!

LizA. said...

talk about procrastination..... hopefully it won't seem so intimidating now that you've actually
"taken the plunge".

Sunshine said...

Don't forget about these recipes, everyone else's were super delicious-looking! Cool rugs you showed and good job on the machine quilting trial!

Patricia said...

Keep on trying with the machine quilting. It looks fine.
I'd love to win the rulers.

free indeed said...

Funny girl...300 stitches to the inch!!! lol. Good chuckle for today.

I think I'd like the rulers for that sharpening feature...every quilter bemoans having to buy new blades all the time and wonders why they didn't change them out sooner when they finally do...it is a pain to work with a dull blade!

Stormy Days said...

I can understand the hooked on hooking, it's kind of soothing. The machine quilting looks good and that's what counts.

Ann said...

You started machine quilting, congrats on that. I'm still just "thinking" about trying it!

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

I'm terrible at stitching in the ditch, so when I use my walking foot I purposely stitch out of the ditch or on the diagnol ~ masking tapes or following the ditch as a guide works great. But lately my free-motion foot has been my friend :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Francine said...

What wonderful ideas, love the rugs, something I haven't mastered!
Glad you decided to jump in an quilt! And an relly enjoying all the comments about the rulers! Thanks for sharing & blogging!

bearcreekquilter said...

Oh how these rulers would be such a great birthday present. Kepping my fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

Have fun with the machine quilting! Great rug and quilting pictures! Ann in NC

Jennifer said...

Love the hooked rugs ... that's one hobby that I'd love to try, but just can't find the time or money to invest LOL! But they are so pretty!

the1800house said...

Polly, You are missed here at the 1800 House ! I love reading about how people get interested in their craft. Kind regards, Karen W.

Judy said...

Hi 300 stitches to the inch..tiny
flags..rugs...missing recipe..thats
OK!!..solid crunching sounds..mmmmm
great blug..I mean blog XXOO

Laurie Clinton said...

Fun seeing your venture into machine quilting. Good 4 You! I am not that brave (yet). Laurie

Beverly said...

I don't know how long I've had my walking foot but it scares me. Maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win those rulers. Love your flags! Maybe I'll try my WF on something small.

James-Linda said...

HAPPY DAY!
ALL THE BEST WITH THE MACHINE QUILTING-IT'S TAKING TOO MUCH PRACTICE TIME,BUT I CONTINUE!
THANKS FOR SHARING,LOVE,LINDA

Fibercrafter said...

I have an early machine quilted flag quilt around here, somewhere... maybe it's time to rotate the quilts again!

teachpany said...

Interesting! Thanks for showing the beginnings.

Kay said...

Love your rugs & would like to try hooking sometime. Thanks for the chance to win the rulers.

Lilac Barries said...

oh my goodness, I love the rugs! I've recently started crocheting a rug and I'm not sure how I'm liking it, maybe I should try hooking

I also have a round of applause for your quilting, I just tried it recently myself and also contemplated ripping it out. but they stayed

WvHmmngbrd said...

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congrats on the machine quilting!

Those rulers look brilliant, please count me in

Tina said...

Your the first one to not be bothered by the sound the rulers make. I can't wait to try one.

Monica said...

Here's one for you. I and my husband bought a longarm almost a year ago and I've yet to use it. He's become the longarm quilter of the family. One of these when no one is looking I'll give the machine a try...maybe.

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Polly's rug from the first year she was hooking is amazing. I can see why she fell in love with hooking. Bravo on your first time machine quilting Laurie! It just gets easier and easier after practice. =)
melissa
lussier99@comcast.net

deborah said...

Isn't it your birthday? If so, Happy Birthday!
I'm just going to have to invest in a set of these rulers!

margil said...

Those flags are sure cute. I dislike free-motion quilting--makes me nervous and I hunch my shoulders the whole time. But I absolutely LOVE your rugs!

Cindy said...

Wonderful first rug story. I think the quilting looks great! Love the rulers, too.

Carrie P. said...

You two are so talented even with your first projects.

Mary said...

Happy birthday, Polly! I love your quilts and rugs and fabric, and really enjoy reading your blog.

The 300 stitches per inch is better than my first attempts - the stitches were so long they could be toe grabbers.

I'll be looking forward to a yummy recipe.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun! I'm loving seeing all of the creative projects you ladies have made! Really amazing! ♥

SubeeSews said...

If your walking foot was on "wrong" it would have let you know. Baby steps to quilting bigger items. Sure would love to have those rulers!

Deb said...

I bought the attachment for machine quilting for my Bernina and I just can't get the hang of free motion quilting. Will do small stitch in the ditch, but just can't do the other! Thanks for the chance to win.

Patti said...

You've given me inspiration to try to machine quilt! I LOVE your rugs!! Can't wait to try the new rulers!!

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