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

389 comments:

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Gill said...

Wish I was better at machine quilting!
Gill

Jo Anne said...

The little flags are great. That pattern would be very adaptable to quilt as you go. The hardest part of machine quilting is just having the nerve to do it the first time. Repetition helps. I enjoyed reading about the rugs. 400, wow!

Kathy H said...

I love your little quilts. they look like the perfect size for a placemat or a little table topper.

Karin said...

Couldn't live without my walking feet (yup, one for each machine - learned that the hard way). Haven't gotten good at free motion quilting yet to even use it on anything! Rulers would sure help me cut straight tho!! Thanks for sharing the love!

kcallander989[at]gmail[dot]com

Jenice said...

My first quilting experience and a few after that were 300 stitches as well. Gets easier I promise.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Happy birthday Polly! And congrat's on your first machine stitching Laurie~ it looks marvelous from where I'm sitting! :-)

I would love to try the rulers. Thanks for the chance!

Happy fall!

Carla said...

Brrrrrrr machine quilting. :( I do not do. My stitches are --- - --- - long and short and shortest. Blech. Love your little flags though.
dollartistcarla@aol.com

fiberchick said...

Love the hooked rugs as as well as the quilts! Am dying to try these new rulers...

Anonymous said...

thanks for this interesting post and happy birthday to the one, ;o))))

Cori said...

I remember quilting in the ditch and calico. I love my walking foot.
I have not master machine or hand quilting. But I can tie a quilt

Margi said...

yeah you! I still haven't gotten my walking foot out in,,,lets just say,,,,uuuummmmm, 6 years! LOL

Michele said...

Lovely quilts. Glad I found your blog

Jodie said...

Wow first time machine quilting, that's a lot to take in! Hope you keep it up, it will only get easier Thanks for sharing.

Ruthie said...

The rugs are beautiful and your first machine quilting is great!

Sandy said...

good first try on the quilting, loved the rugs. I haven't even tried to make rugs. lol I will just stick to the quilting.

Melisa Bakos said...

neat cherry fabric that would make a nice little girls dress.
Melisa Bakos Canada

Unknown said...

I'm shakey with my free motion quilting, but practice will make perfect!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Can't wait to either win or own those rulers.

Have only quilted one on machine and one by hand. No good at this at all....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Can't wait to either win or own those rulers.

Have only quilted one on machine and one by hand. No good at this at all....

corina said...

I long to hear the crunch of my blades against my ruler (never thought I'd say that).

Ida - quilt_therapy@yahoo.com said...

My husband being a retired Marine, of course I think you should give the rugs to the Marine. But, they are also AWESOME rugs. If you don't want to leave them to your sons, I will be glad to take them off your hands (I mean out from under your feet). As for maching quilting, that looks great for your first try. Leave it like it is (too much work to take it out anyhow) and wash it. You'll be surprised how the washing can make it all better. :o)

Unknown said...

I'm not very good at machine quilting, but I keep trying. I just wish I could hand quilt faster, thats what I really enjoy. Would love the rulers.

Linda in Calif. said...

I'm just learning to machine quilt too! I find it is so enjoyable and relaxing. I love your little Flag quilts! They are too cute! I want to make some too. And that hooked rug is exceptional! Such detail!

Linda said...

glad I'm not the only one who hasn't mastered maching quilting...I don't do it because I'm not good at it...and I'm not good at it cause I don't do it!!

hannah said...

I read your blog regularly and it's always fun and interesting. I'm just learning how to machine quilt and my machine quilting leaves a lot to be desired at this point but I'll keep trying. I'd love to win the set of rulers. Thanks for the opportunity. Can't wait for the recipe!!

VickiT said...

I'm still learning and have only tried free motion once or twice. I know having these rules will definitely make cutting much better and hopefully more accurate too.

JudyCinNC said...

The rugs are wonderful. One thing I learned about machine quilting from a very wise man, Scott Murkin, who quilts and teaches, was to use a crooked line instead of in the ditch as it is so much more forgiving. So increase your zig zag stitch as high as it will go and take off using your walking foot. Wonderful results.

Grammasheri said...

Loved reading your blog. That's the biggest plus for these blog hops...they take us to many interesting, entertaining sites we'd probably never have discovered on our own!

Lyn said...

I loved your post. I have not tried machine quilting either. I loved the rugs. Fun site. Will visit again.
Thanks for being a part.
Lyn

Linda said...

Just keep practicing the machine quilting, don't rip it out and get rid of the walking foot and do free motion - much more fun!

Sharon said...

I'm a beginner quilter and have to say that I think your machine quilting is just fine!

Sue said...

Love your little flags - so cute!

scottylover said...

Those rugs are beautiful! I never tried that kind of rug making, only the latch hook, which drove me crazy! But it kept me busy and out of my mom's way. :)

Thanks for the chance to win the rulers!

Sandy A

Anonymous said...

I am about to embark at trying my hand at long arm quilting. I don't know how it will work. But I would love to win those rulers. Thanks for the opportunity.

schmidt1016 said...

I think you did a wonderful job of machine quilting, Laurie. I've always done my own machine quilting because I'd be too embarrassed to let someone else see it. You'd think I would be better at it by now, but I can relate to the 300 stitches per inch! I think smaller projects are easier to maneuver.
Leslie S. in MN
esclante[at]comcast[dot]net

Robin C said...

love everything the two of you make!

~Michelle~ said...

Carrie says it's Polly's birthday today - so happy birthday!

Betteem said...

I love the idea of multi tasking and now at my age I need all the help I can get! hee hee
Betty M.

Judy G said...

Every time I start to machine quilt it feels like my first time. Alas, will it ever become second nature?
Probably not. Thanks for the chance to win the rulers.

Joanna said...

Beach Girl is too cute, and good for you for doing machine quilting. I'm just getting into free motion machine quilting, and it's challenging and fun.

Betteem said...

I need to leave my email. Here it is: duanemeissner@centurytel.net
Thanks,
Betty

Pat said...

We all need to start somewhere, we cannot all be the best at the get-go.

Karen said...

Congrats on machine quilting. Love "Beach Gal". Hoping for a win :).

Amy said...

Wow, Laurie, I love your little flags! And the quilting looks great to me! Happy Birthday to Polly too!

Sharon W said...

The flags are very cute. I think the quilting looks fine.

Patty said...

I'm still working on machine quilting too. I'm getting better at it but still not where I want to be. Love the rugs.

debbie said...

Hi- you both are so talented ~ your "firsts" look better than my "lasts"!! LOL! HAPPY BIRTHDAY POLLY~ beautiful weather here in Fl for you to celebrate!
Love the rugs & quilts! Would be great to win the rulers!
Thanks! Debbie :)

Laine said...

I'm loving this blog hop and getting to read new blogs. Good luck on your machine quilting which looked to me for your first time.

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for being a spot on the blog hop for self sharpening rulers. The rugs and quilts are great. The machine quilting is something I cannot master on my oldie sewing machine. Now, I need the rulers so can keep my blade sharp.

Kathy MacKie said...

Here's hoping a win is in my near future-thanks!

Jane Biles said...

Thanks for sharing. I admire the rugs, that's something I haven't tried! And machine quilting just takes practice. The Edge rulers are sounding better every day!

Julee said...

love your website and can't wait to use the new rulers
Julee

Judy in Michigan said...

I would love to win those rulers. Happy Birthday Polly!! Love your rugs and Laurie's quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pamela said...

Good for you - your quilting looks fine and it will only get better!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So fun to see the almost first quilt and rug!

Anonymous said...

Quilting in the ditch and straight line quilting I can do fairly well, but I've only tried FMQ on one small project. I definitely need practice. Rug hooking is one craft I haven't tried; I think I have enough going on with crochet, cross-stitch, and quilting.

jean said...

Love your little flags. I am really enjoying reading about these rulers, and think I NEED them.

Louise said...

I like the rugs and the little flags! I'm still learning on machine quilting...I still don't do free motion. I have a block against it!
Those rulers would be welcome at my house!

Kathleen C said...

I think your machine quilting is great for the first time--that's what I tell myself because I've only done straight lines too. I plan to practice more...
The rulers look so innovative; I'd enjoy using them. Thanks so much.

Deb G. in VA said...

The rulers sound great! Thanks for the chance to win a set!

Mary said...

Congrats on your firsts today. Please enter me in the drawing for these cool sounding rulers...

Mary said...

Congrats on your firsts today. Please enter me in the drawing for these cool sounding rulers...

webmailaddress2 said...

I like the patriotic theme to your quilt pics.

Debbie Lou said...

Rug hooking always gets my attention. Love all the flags. I have a Marine, too.

Diane said...

I would love to win these rulers.

Diane said...

I would love to win these rulers.

Joan said...

I'm going backwards for some reason... I didn't think I missed a day.... but I LOVE that bread pudding! I've already made a grocery list for tomorrow. Tomorrow night, that pudding is mine!! I'll have it for dinner. Can you recommend a wine?

Sequana said...

I'm dying for a taste of the Lemon Bread Pudding that you have up on Friday's. Oh YUM!

Jenniffier said...

Too fun thanks for the chance.

Gretchen said...

Great post! I cured my machine quilting 300 stitches to the inch by getting a bernina with a stitch regulator. It was definitely worth it.

Mary Beth Oberlin said...

Looks good to me!

Jen said...

Good job on your machine quilting! I stitch like you, 300-3 stitches to the inch, depending on where you look! I want to hear the crunch of the rulers!

Julia (Grammy) said...

Wishing to be a winner.

Sooz said...

Great post, thanks! So fun to blog hop with you all. Best.

bobbie23nc said...

I really need one of these rulers.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have those rulers!!

lisa said...

I do almost everythign in the ditch, I love it because it's easy and quick and works well. I want to learn hand quilting but I keep making huge bed quilts and intimidating myself. oen of these day! Congrats, and thanks for sharing firsts!

Debbie said...

Beautiful rugs ~ thanks for sharing
Debbie in WA

Kristen said...

That's great that you are FMQ on the first! Hopefully I will hear happy crunching sounds in my craft room soon!

Anonymous said...

Machine quilting does take practice, practice, and more practice! I'm still practicing. :)
I'd love to win those rulers.

sharon said...

I have always been a hand quilter and am now taking the plunge into machine quilting--so I know how yah feel! Thank you for joining in on the ruler give away, Sharonj.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Love the rugs! And awesome job on the quilting! :)

Michelle said...

Thank you for being part of such a great giveaway!

JJ said...

I love rulers and these look like need to haves.

HeyJudee said...

Love the hooked rugs. My mother used to do that but I never tried it. I could have used those rulers today...my blade was not cutting well at all.

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Anonymous said...

Nice rulers and lemon bread pudding looks good too

Cyn said...

I'm also practicing my machine quilting... and my fabric selecting, cutting, piecing, sandwhiching, etc. skills. Hey, I'm a beginner at everything except I see to have mastered fabric acquisition already! :-)

Looking forward to trying the Lemon Bread Pudding.

Cynthia

janet platzer said...

love the blog and recipe
janet.platzer@me.com

amroth98 said...

Rulers are the greatest! I wouldn't still be quilting without them! Thanks for participating the hop.

deserae said...

I am still learning about machine quilting too! It takes a lot of practice!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I, too, think that I need those rulers. It seems like my cutters go dull almost the minute I start using them. Thanks for the chance!

jackiero said...

Thanks for sharing your rug/quilt 'first'stories :) Even 'in the ditch'...oh, how I have been there relating with you on the 200 stitch per inch part!
Rulers that 'crunch' sound alot like a food item, LOL

Cecilia said...

I'm still learning machine quilting too! I'm enjoying it, but still need lots of practice. Your flags look nice! I really need those rulers.

CindyB said...

I'm learning machine quilting and it's a big learning curve for me. I hope I win the rulers.

Karen in Tucson said...

I love rulers and would love to win the new rulers!

Mama24Monkeys said...

I love to multi-task just as much as reading all these great blogs. Whom ever wins is one lucky person!

Sharrieboberry said...

The rulers "sound" lovely! I'm interested in trying them. :)

Amy said...

Good for you for giving the machine quilting a try. It is hard.

Debby, crowefan0517 said...

Congrats on finally getting up the courage to use your walking foot!
They look great!

-debby, chester, ny
crowefan0517@yahoo.com

Susan McCrea said...

Here's to 3-0-1 Love thedesigns you all create. Keep going!

Christine M said...

How good would it be to win those rulers!

Wendy said...

Good job on braving the walking foot!! Ouch on the 300 stitches to the inch. I had to repair someone's old-time quilt with that kind of stitching. Glad he was paying me! Just tell everyone you wanted it to look like that...heck, it's yours! :)

Tong said...

good luck with free motion quilting - i actually free motioned quilted my very first quilt! it was a disaster but i'm so proud of it! don't get frustrated, just practice practice practice!

and yes, i need those rulers, i'm so very terrible at cutting accurately it's pathetic.

Annieofbluegables said...

These sound so amazing!

Leah said...

I'm ok with machine quilting as long as I use my walking foot! but don't like my free motion machine quilting... I either end up with a million stitches, or way to big jumps!

Unknown said...

I'm working on machine quilting too. It does get easier as it goes along..... or maybe I'm just getting used to it. My neck muscles still get all bunched up and sore when I free motion quilt though. My nerves..... you understand. I do hope I win these rulers. They look wonderful!

Brenda said...

you gals rock, making rugs too,love it an love the chance to win the new Rulers, see ya Brenda in Utah

Bec Clarke said...

Oh you must feel great, I love those little quilts you have made.
They are the best way to practice.

Anonymous said...

Wow...what beautiful placemats! Makes me want to pull out my red, white and blue fabrics!

I would love the rulers...they look so easy to read! Great concept.

Vanessa in Oklahoma

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

Would love to win the rules. Those rugs are pretty.

Pam said...

I can't wait to try the new rulers~

Anonymous said...

Neat rugs! The lemon pudding sounds great too!
crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com

Rhonda Beam said...

Loved the flags. I love to piece quilts but have not mastered the machine quilting. Thanks for this blog hop. Lots of fun.

~ Sara ~ said...

Have fun with your machine quilting... I'm to scared to try! :)

Sarah in Houston said...

Love patriotic quilts.

Mama Spark said...

I would love to win a set of these rulers.

Michele T said...

Love those rulers! Wow! Someone came up with a revolutionary idea. Thanks for the chance! micheletimms@gmail.cm

Barb said...

Still afraid to even try the machine quilting..in a frozen pattern for about a year...soon to be brave and get 4 quilts FINISHED!!

Vicki quilternp said...

Thanks for joining the hop I love the recipe you added today I sure hope I win the rulers

Carlie said...

First quilts are great in that they show you how much you improve (hopefully)!! My first quilts all have rounded corners before I learned to make my corners when binding! Love the blog hop and those rulers look great!

peggy said...

Have loved the blog hop. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win these rulers.

peggy said...

Loved the blog hop. Thanks.

Sara said...

God Bless America---loving the patriotic flags here!!!

Peach Rainbow said...

Thanks for the chance!

Phyllis said...

Followed you girls work forever and love it. Thanks for the chance to win. Phyllis

KarrieLyne said...

Keep working with that walking foot!! I was like you, I just let it stare at me, but now I use it on ever quilt to quilt and put the binding on! It truly does help! :D

mennikelly said...

I think I want to try the lemon curd recipe and see if it lasts long enough for the bread pudding part.

Anonymous said...

I love both the rugs and the postcards. Its a lot harder to machine quilt than anyone thinks, At least you were fairly even. The rulers seem like a really cool tool.
Lois

marilyn said...

Thanks for the blog hop. Learned a lot from all the different blogs.

Jacqui's Quilts said...

Now that post really clicked with me. Way to go doing your first machine quilting!! I would certainly not pull that out either...it's great to save your firsts as you can see your progress!!

bobbie said...

I have done a little machine quilting but it never looks as good to me as a professional.

Love your rugs.

Bobbie

Marcy said...

I would love to try rug hooking but am scared that it might be another hobby and more to do and wish lists.

sandrasc said...

Your rugs & small flag quilts are just wonderful. I also love the 'flag' look when hooking or quilting. Just something so inspirational about the red, white & blue.

EngrSandi said...

Your quilted star looks great! Keep practicing, it will get easier.

ytsmom said...

The flags look great; yours and Polly'! Isn't it great to have such a wonderful hobby as we do?

Jeanne (RED) said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your Swimmer rug is wonderful; always have loved your color palette. Great first attempt for machine quilting, Laurie, and such neat placemats. You sisters are too much! Would love the set of rulers--what a fun way to measure and cut! Have a great day!

SheilaC said...

Thanks for sharing your quilting tips and photos

SHeilaC

Barb said...

Wow. Look at all those comments. I've never heard of lucky 300-something, but there's always a first! Thanks for the opportunity to see how well these rulers rule.

quiltmom anna said...

Polly and Laurie,
I think the hooked rugs are lovely and you did a terrific job on your machine quilting project. Quilting is such a great hobby- I loved seeing your first tied quilt- I did some tied pieces as baby blankets _ I now machine quilt those same wraps that I hand tied many years ago.
Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Sofei said...

I would love to try those rulers. Thanks for the chance to win the rulers.

BeachQuilter said...

I'm working on machine quilting too needing lots of patience! Love the flags.

Ruth B said...

I love these rulers. They must be added to my "must have" list!

carmel said...

this is such a great giveaway
thanks alot!

Susan Ingram said...

Thanks for the blog hop. It has been a lot of fun. I love reading the reviews on Pat's rulers. I would love to try them out myself.

Georgette Mitchell said...

Saw these rulers at my local quilt shop. They are fantastic.

Anonymous said...

You're the first to say the rulers make a satisfying sound! I guess I'll need to try them!

Leslie said...

Machine quilting! You can do it. Lots of practice. I would love to practice with those rulers.

Sooz said...

I'm loving the blog hop. Nice to meet you! (did I see Lemon Bread Pudding?)

Unknown said...

Okay, I must be too excited to post! It would be exciting to sharpen the blade and cut simultaneously! Multi-tasking is Awesome and so are the rugs! Those are wall rugs, right? Much too gorgeous for foot traffic!

hugz
Pam

Carol Sc said...

It is so much fun to read how you came to your present career --- and the bumps and bruises along the way. Certainly we like the end results!

the girlfriend gap said...

You have peek my curiosity of using wool garments to make rugs. How do you do that??? Your rugs are beautiful! encouragement for us all to STICK with it. Your sons can use them with pride....lucky dogs! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for a chance to win. We all want the rulers! can't imagine what life will be like with never a dull blade :O) sounds like HEAVEN!

Janita
abbas@mahaska.org

bwilder said...

Your La Playa quilt is so cute.

Melissa said...

I can't quilt. I can piece, but quilting is best left to the professionals. Thanks!

Deb said...

Would love to give those rulers a try!

Anonymous said...

Isn't 300 stitches to the inch "Standard"?? LOL Those rugs are great!! And yup - I need those rulers too. :)

KatieQ said...

I'm also working on getting my machine quilting to the point where I don't feel the need to rip it out.

Can't wait to try these rulers.

Miss Jean said...

Those rulers are a must have!

Nancy Sue said...

Thank you for sharing your "firsts"! I love the lil flags you machine quilted and the outlining of the star! Thank you for participating in this blog hop. It's been great reading how everyone got started in quilting!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

Great post, beautiful rugs!! Just can't wait to try these rulers, hopefullY I'll win then before I go to town to buy them!!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

Welcome to the world of machine quilting! Looks like you did a great job! And, thanks, too, for the chance to win those great looking rulers.

Sandy said...

Those rugs are wonderful!

Hannele said...

Lovely giveaway, thank you!

polly said...

I am just learning machine quilting.Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I love your little flags. I think the quilting around the star looks fine. It has a nice rustic feel to it that goes with the fabric.

Quiltluver said...

Those rugs are cute. I'd love to try thoses rulers!

Kim G said...

I really want to learn machine quilting! These rulers look like the greatest thing! Love all the stories on the blog hop!

Carol J said...

Congrats on your initial plunge into the world of machine quilting! I really enjoy it, but will never be an Ellen Anne Eddy, that's for sure lol. Thanks for sharing your quilts, and those rugs! How long does it take to make a rug anyways?? Thanks for participating and hope to win...

Sharon J. Hughson said...

Here's my comment to be in the running for the ruler pack. Man I need those. I love the Beach Girl rug/postcard. My sister is a Beach Girl, but I live closer to the beach. LOL

Sharon J. Hughson said...

Here's my comment, but I keep getting error messages. I hate when that happens and nearly defeats my attempt to win those great rulers.

Virginia said...

Great job with the quilting. I'm still learning myself - practice, practice, practice has become my motto.

Linda Dalton said...

LOL...your 300 stitches to the inch just made me laugh and laugh! Isn't it fun to try new things though? I also keep all of these projects so that I can look back and tell myself - look how you have improved! Love the rugs, you are extremely talented. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! :)

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Karen in Tucson said...

Great rugs and the machine quilting will get better. Looks good to me! Practice, practice, practice.

I need those rulers because my blades need sharpening!

quiltnkam@gmail.com

MoeWest said...

Thanks for the stories of your 'firsts' for hooking and machine quilting. Everything gets better with practice or so I keep telling myself. I love your rugs!

Sheryl said...

Love your story about machine quilting. I find that it helps to have a glass of wine, first! Try it and see if you don't get those stitches-per-inch down to 100-150 or so.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have those rulers to use.

BarefootThunder said...

those rugs just amaze me, and I love the little flags, I have done stitch in the ditch for some time now, but I am just starting to try free motion :) fun and a little scary at the same time

Carol said...

Don't kid yourself -- your machine quilting looks great!

Robin C said...

love all the red/white/blue designs. I've not tried to machine quilt, just so afraid I'll mess it up.

Sharrieboberry said...

Machine quilting? Lots of people do it - it should be doable...maybe? I haven't mastered it!

I bought a rug hooking book in 1992 and never got started. For one thing, being fairly newly married we didn't have any money. Whew! Wool isn't cheap! And living in the south, there aren't very many castoff wool items in the thrift stores. It's on my "to do" list though!

Anonymous said...

I love hooked rugs....some day......Nurse Payne

cakegirl said...

I am terrible at machine quilting! Can't imagine ever being good enough to machine quilt anything!

Janet said...

It's always refreshing to find out that the bigwigs in the blogging world may not be too much more advanced than me in their quilting! Love your little flags. Thanks for the chance to win the rulers.

Nancy said...

I found out that machine quilting is harder than it looks!

Brenda said...

Darn it. I just lost my whole comment to you both. I try to remember to copy any lengthy comments before I preview because I lose a lot of them. Suffice it to say I love both your work and your designs (I was just lucky enough to get a Moda Scrap Bag with Clermont Farms.)

Wish me luck. I could really use the rulers. I won't repeat what I've said about them several times already, but if you have any influence over Pat, tell her to pick me!!

BTW, don't rip out any quilting. Just tell folks, "I meant to do that" if they comment on it. A handy phrase for many purposes -- putting a block in upside down, etc.

b/

stephanie @ Luckystarquilts said...

I'd love to win the rulers also.
Congrats on trying machine quilting. It takes a long time to work up to something sometimes so don't be too hard on yourself! My machine quilting gets better with each project so keep going!
Best wishes.

Hithyshi said...

Thanks for sharing.

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