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Jocelyn

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #285 on: July 03, 2013, 05:08:28 PM »
  One poster wrote this wonderful post about what memories the pattern of the fabric brought up for her, and how she might design around those images.  I was floored...the best I could come up with was matching the colors of the print!

(and shamefully, years later, I *still* haven't done anything with that fabric).
I got this from a Jinny Beyer workshop years ago. She showed 2 quilts, one where she exactly matched the colors in the main print, one in which she did the same design but went a shade darker or lighter than the print. It was astounding how much more vivid and lively the second quilt was. Then she showed a third quilt, where she used several shades of each of the colors in the print...3 shades of purple, 3-4 shades of blue,  ranging from a close match (as in quilt 2) to being very much lighter or darker. The third quilt, most of the audience agreed, was by far the most interesting.

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« Reply #286 on: July 03, 2013, 06:10:32 PM »
Wasn't there a story about a famous author - possibly Isaac Asimov - anonymously sitting in on a university lecture about his work?  If I remember correctly, the instructor was going on and on about the symbolism of this and the allegory of that, and Asimov finally stood up and said "Excuse me - I'm Isaac Asimov, and I didn't put any of that into my book."  The instructor sniffed "Just because you wrote it, doesn't mean you know everything about it."  Asimov sat down and shut up.   :)

I remember a similar story involving Marshall McLuhan.  In a Woody Allen movie, he was standing between Woody and his date and a twit who was holding forth on 'The Medium is the Message'. 

In the movie, McLuhan turns around and confronts the idiot. 

'Excuse me.  I'm Marshall McLuhan and you know nothing about my work'.

Four words: "Death of the Author."  >:D

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #287 on: July 03, 2013, 08:31:32 PM »
  One poster wrote this wonderful post about what memories the pattern of the fabric brought up for her, and how she might design around those images.  I was floored...the best I could come up with was matching the colors of the print!

(and shamefully, years later, I *still* haven't done anything with that fabric).
I got this from a Jinny Beyer workshop years ago. She showed 2 quilts, one where she exactly matched the colors in the main print, one in which she did the same design but went a shade darker or lighter than the print. It was astounding how much more vivid and lively the second quilt was. Then she showed a third quilt, where she used several shades of each of the colors in the print...3 shades of purple, 3-4 shades of blue,  ranging from a close match (as in quilt 2) to being very much lighter or darker. The third quilt, most of the audience agreed, was by far the most interesting.
Which is why I have Great Wall of Fabric.  I bought this panel:



and put an inner Flying Geese border in about 15 different fabrics, all shades of turquoise and blue and purple.  If you use that many fabrics, it doesn't matter if you run out of something -- you just substitute something else! 
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #288 on: July 03, 2013, 09:24:38 PM »


She once talked me into buying three pretty but simple padded quilt squares with a ribbon design with the hopes that I would recreate these myself for upcoming holiday gifts.   
FYI- if anyone thinks about making potholders this way, DO NOT use polyester batting. I already knew this, but it was brought home to me when I was home this past week, and used a potholder to put a casserole dish into its basket. The dish was oven-hot, and the corner of the potholder got stuck between the basket and the dish, and after trying several times to remove it, I just put it on the table as it was. After dinner, I pulled the cooled dish out of the basket...and the corner of the potholder had melted and fused into a shape molded by the corner of the hot dish. There was also another long gash where the fabric had melted (it must have been polyester, too). I was just lucky I hadn't gotten any of that melted ******* on my hands...

Use cotton or wool batting when making pot holders, and cotton or wool on the outside.  FIL burned several of the potholders I made him, but he never melted them, and never hurt his hands.  My pot holders were loved and replacements requested when the old set got too bedraggled to function anymore.  FIL had a gift for destroying my potholders...  But he really did like that they protected his hands so well, as he had neuropathy after having chemo, and didn't always notice when things were too hot to be safe.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #289 on: July 03, 2013, 10:28:15 PM »


On another note, for the lady who's afraid to take her gorgeous cross stitch to Micheal's to have it framed, because of an entitlement poisoned mother whose daughter works there and might make it disappear, I would have gone right to a manager too, and told them what that entitlehog told me. After all, they might like to know they've got a potential thief working for them. Or perhaps daughter might end up having words with her mother, about how such entitled ranting could make her lose her job.

Did I miss this post?

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« Reply #290 on: July 03, 2013, 10:33:54 PM »


On another note, for the lady who's afraid to take her gorgeous cross stitch to Micheal's to have it framed, because of an entitlement poisoned mother whose daughter works there and might make it disappear, I would have gone right to a manager too, and told them what that entitlehog told me. After all, they might like to know they've got a potential thief working for them. Or perhaps daughter might end up having words with her mother, about how such entitled ranting could make her lose her job.

Did I miss this post?

It's this one:

I made this a while ago http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/369401065_27eb23826c.jpg&imgrefurl=http://januarysstitchingblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/sampler-teresa-wentzler_10.html&h=500&w=375&sz=181&tbnid=aGs54EqKxxjdGM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=68&zoom=1&usg=__AqxrznEFmfegIbjvDxj69NCdvGE=&docid=Dx-q8tvOWeImwM&sa=X&ei=OMbIUam7MYXJ4AOwoIHABA&ved=0CFkQ9QEwBw&dur=55

  took it to Michael's to get it framed...and heard from a child in back of me 'Mommy, Can I have that for my room?"  and the mother agreed. She sauntered over looked at me and said " Allison wants that."

Me: " I want it too, and because I stitched it, I am keeping it."

Mom: "Allison wants it, and she gets what she wants."

Me: I used XXX pattern, DMC threads, and it took me 6months to do. good luck doing it for her!"

Mom: " I will just have yours, my older daughter works here and she'll bring it home."
 
  I did not end up leaving it and it still sits,rolled up in a tube because I won't risk it again. Someday I will have to take a course in framing and matting. :(


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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #291 on: July 04, 2013, 04:35:42 AM »
I know a very talented man called David Wood  http://www.david-j-wood.co.uk/Recent.htm

As well as painting, he writes plays.  When he directed one in an am dram contest, the judge said he didn't think the director had quite grasped what the author meant...  I wish I'd been there to see his face when the cast collapsed in hysterics.


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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #292 on: July 04, 2013, 08:53:08 AM »
I know a very talented man called David Wood  http://www.david-j-wood.co.uk/Recent.htm

As well as painting, he writes plays.  When he directed one in an am dram contest, the judge said he didn't think the director had quite grasped what the author meant...  I wish I'd been there to see his face when the cast collapsed in hysterics.
That is just lovely.
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christmascarol

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« Reply #293 on: July 04, 2013, 09:30:00 AM »
It all ended on very friendly terms on both sides so yes, it was lovely :-)

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« Reply #294 on: July 04, 2013, 01:17:31 PM »
And I tend to be the other way around.  I can sew very well, and so many people say that I'm 'creative', but honestly, I'm a mechanic.  I can follow a pattern. I can pick out a cool fabric and follow a pattern. I can even, sometimes, come up with something from a picture.   But PLEASE, please don't ask me to design something with an offset hem, or off the shoulder, or even try to decide where to put a line of lace.  I simply can NOT make something from nothing.  It doesn't exist in my head.  I need directions and a pattern.

This is the way I am when playing the clarinet.  I can follow music and play it well, but don't ask me to improvise or transpose in my head because I can't do it.  I'd love to be able to play like Benny Goodman, but he had real talent; I am merely a competent technician.  Now, with sewing, I'm about halfway between "mechanic" and "artistic".  There are some things I can design, but nothing really complicated. 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #295 on: July 04, 2013, 05:55:31 PM »
Four words: "Death of the Author."  >:D

Hear, hear...

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« Reply #296 on: July 04, 2013, 07:13:58 PM »
I made this a while ago http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/158/369401065_27eb23826c.jpg&imgrefurl=http://januarysstitchingblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/sampler-teresa-wentzler_10.html&h=500&w=375&sz=181&tbnid=aGs54EqKxxjdGM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=68&zoom=1&usg=__AqxrznEFmfegIbjvDxj69NCdvGE=&docid=Dx-q8tvOWeImwM&sa=X&ei=OMbIUam7MYXJ4AOwoIHABA&ved=0CFkQ9QEwBw&dur=55

  took it to Michael's to get it framed...and heard from a child in back of me 'Mommy, Can I have that for my room?"  and the mother agreed. She sauntered over looked at me and said " Allison wants that."

Me: " I want it too, and because I stitched it, I am keeping it."

Mom: "Allison wants it, and she gets what she wants."

Me: I used XXX pattern, DMC threads, and it took me 6months to do. good luck doing it for her!"

Mom: " I will just have yours, my older daughter works here and she'll bring it home."
 
  I did not end up leaving it and it still sits,rolled up in a tube because I won't risk it again. Someday I will have to take a course in framing and matting. :(
Surely there are other places that do framing than that one store?

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« Reply #297 on: July 05, 2013, 12:20:56 AM »
Snowdragon, I have been thinking about your beautiful piece a lot and the worry about taking it to that particular store. You ought to have it framed; it belongs on your walls! Do you think it would be worth making an appointment with the primary store manager and meeting with her/him to show him your piece, tell her what happened, and ask the manager (and maybe the frame shop manager or lead person) to personally take charge of it and see it through to completion, thus ensuring its safety?

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« Reply #298 on: July 05, 2013, 09:44:52 AM »
Hey ladies.. I was reading your thread. I want to save up for 2 twin sized quilts for my son and daughter's bed. How much should I plan on? I was thinking something like this but with the name and birthdate on it

http://www.google.com/search?q=baby+quilts+with+name+embroidered&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TtvWUdH1H_PlyAGAtIGgDw&ved=0CE4QsAQ&biw=1920&bih=887#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=DEWEyIj7W31aCM%3A%3B8qPL4cmmflGPtM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fimage.dhgate.com%252Falbu_314357777_00-1.0x0%252Fbaby-quilt-play-mat-nursery-cotton-bedding.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dhgate.com%252Fproduct%252Fbaby-quilt-play-mat-nursery-cotton-bedding%252F154795107.html%3B800%3B800

Blue themed for our newborn and purple for the boarder for our 5 year old...Not expecting it rushed.. I would love to save up for it and then pay honest price. Never asked for something custom made so sorry if I offend.

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« Reply #299 on: July 05, 2013, 10:01:38 AM »
This might be a better search for you to run: http://www.etsy.com/search?q=baby%20quilt%20name%20embroidered&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US (especially since some of those photos came from Etsy).

Every quilter is going to have his or her own price scheme for something like this, so your better bet is to find someone who makes quilts like that and ask them.

To give you a ballpark idea, though, I regularly spend around $100 for just the materials (fabric, batting, thread) that would go into a quilt that is twin-sized. If you are asking specifically about the design that comes up after page load (with the owl), that uses something called applique that involves more work than just piecing together a quilt—so, more time to make it, meaning more labor involved.

I don't sell my quilts, but I would expect to pay something like $350 for a twin-sized version of that owl quilt, based on materials cost and how long I think it might take to make, and that is on the absolute low end.