Monday, January 6, 2014
Friday, October 11, 2013
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Here's what happened. Many of my blocks used an odd number of pieces and I selected a normal size block (12"). From that point on it was a disaster. Some of the actual sizes you would need to cut would fall into the 32nds and 16ths. But, EQ kindly rounded up to the nearest 8th. Pay attention to your screen when you set sizes. There are little circles that give EQ permission to round up. There is no way to get away from it. It rounds up to either the 1/6th or the 1/8th. In my case, I was working so quickly I didn't even take notice of that selection and several of my pieces were rounded from a 32nd to and 8th. I just assumed I would select the size block I want to make and EQ did all the math.
True to a certain extent but, not close enough in this case. One might think that all the pieces are calculated the same and sewing a 1/4" all around would go together and only change the size of the block. Not so. Some of the sections in the block didn't need rounding off so the sections that did round off didn't fit with the rest of the pieces.
The quilt that was the worst had a star of eight diamonds in the center with diamonds coming out from it in all four corners. When you put 8 diamonds together that have been calculated bigger than needed, it just doesn't work.
Unless you know how to work your math, the only way I see around this is to draw the block out to the sizes you want your pieces to be. That way you can give EQ an exact block size to work with so there will be no rounding of cut sizes.
On top of that, I was using a sewing machine I don't normally use when piecing and had trouble keeping the seams a 1/4".
It wasn't a complete loss, just took a lot of overtime to work it out. I managed to get the three that go to QW completed and shipped.
The one for QN that I didn't think I would get done, went better than I expected. I had to reduce the size of the quilt and the quality is a bit less than I'm used to doing but, I did get it done and sent in on time.
All in all this past few weeks have been not-stop working but, the fruit of my labors is well worth it. I can hardly wait to see how they are photographed for the magazines. One in particular is my favorite quilt and even though I usually give all my quilts away, I just may keep this one.
Til next time, Happy Quilting!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Til next time.
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays as the case may be.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
If we look back at the last four years, regardless of who you voted for, it seems that some of the problems we have now stem from lack of cooperation among our leaders. I could be wrong of course but, I would like to believe that things might not be quite as bad if there was more cooperation to work things out rather than dropping everything just because they can't get along.
I learned during this past round of campaigning (if the TV ads are true) that many of our representatives wouldn't attend meetings or even vote on things. How is that going to help make things better. If they had at least shown up and discussed things and added input, maybe negotiations could have been reached to make things a little better.
We also have to take into account that this former office had several natural disasters (i.e. tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, etc.) across the country that money was given to help out that also contributed to the debt.
I don't disagree that frivolous spending needs to be halted but, I do think that our record of pointing fingers and blaming the last few years has done nothing to improve our situation. If democrats and republicans could learn to work together better this time around, maybe we can make this country great again.
Now, it's JMHO but, I think we should get back to quilting!
I am quilting the submission quilt today so I can bind and ship by Sat. As I was making it, I found it to be a little on the boring side so I added another fabric.
I now have the two dark greens and two light tans mixed together. It has a sort of watercolor feel to it and I think it turned out quite nice. It isn't one of your bright flashy quilts. It has a soft, quiet feel - something to cuddle in. I will be excited to post a picture next spring when the issue comes out.
If you want to have a great day, pull out some quilting, play a cd or dvd and stay away from the TV and radio.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Off to work on it. Have a great quilting day everyone!
Friday, November 2, 2012
I was excited to get my quilt back from Quilter's World that was featured in their "Simply Solids" publication. I hope some of you will drop by and get one. Here is a peek at my quilt...
|Every Which Way|
Here is the link to get the book containing 12 great projects.
I am currently working on another submission. Robert Kaufman was kind enough to supply the fabric for this one. I will post more in the spring when the publication comes out.
Till next time,
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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Visit http://www.anilee.net/books.html for a list of the items I have for sale.
Click on any title and it will take you to a picture of the book cover/pattern.
Thanks for looking.
Lee of AniLee
located in WI
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
It has come to my attention that some of you are finding load time is a problem. I am in contact with the software company and we are trying to figure out why load time is taking so long so we can fix it.
The .pdf link is also given if you find loading the magazine program difficult. I will keep you posted to progress trying to get this issue fixed.
Some non-subscribers have also emailed asking to know what is in the magazine before subscribing? I am working on the website and will soon have a short description with each issue of what can be found in that issue. Hopefully this will help you make the decision to subscribe or not.
I will also be sellling off a huge amount of quilt books for half price or less. The list along with links to the picture of the book will be listed on site. This will probably happen in a couple weeks as there are a lot of books to get listed. I will post and let you know when the list is ready and how to get to it.
Well, I have a busy day ahead of me so I best get to it. I hope you enjoy the new issue of FiberBytes.
Be sure to let us know if there is something in particular you would like us to include in a future issue.
Lee of AniLee
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
We also introduced Meladora who offers fun crochet patterns as well as finished items you can also purchase.
I also asked my friend Nancy to share her Trout quilt story with us. In honor of Dad's Day, I thought it would be a fun story to share with you.
Last but, not least, are the regular articles you find each month. The Alpha-Dorable's are still keeping busy and Carol and Paul Streif are entertaining as usual.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Betty of Betty's Bytes. Her schedule has gotten so busy she is unable to maintain a monthly column. You can still see what Betty's up to and contact her through her site at http://www.bettyalofs.com . Our best wishes go out to her in her new endeavors.
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Till next time, Happy Quilting!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Inviting quilters to join me for my workshop Aug. 1 at MQToday in Oconomowoc WI http://www.mqtoday.com/classes/main/301.html . I have been adding more things to offer in the class as well as lots of quilting tips and hints I want to share with you. Door Prizes are planned so get registered for a fun day of quilting know how.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
If you quilt for yourself it isn't as much of a problem but, if you quilt for customers, you do need to tell the customer if you use it to do marking on their quilt. In one of those bad instances I used one on a customer quilt that she picked up in Jan. Apparently it was kept in a place that was cold enough for the lines to return by the time she got around to taking it out of the bag. I can imagine her horror when she found the black lines all over her quilt.
She decided to wash it right away instead of calling me. Of course, she washed it in cold water so, the lines did not go away. She then called me and I had her come over. We tested and the lines did iron out again. I told her to take it home and place it in her freezer or somewhere very cold for 24 hours to make sure they didn't come back. Fortunately, when I talked with her again, all seemed to be ok.
I have to say that I was lucky in that instance but, I have not used them on customer quilts since unless they are also good friends and I ask them first.
In another recent incident, some friends were helping me make quilts for a special exhibit (we are in the north so it was cold when we were making them). One of my friends used the markers and ironed them away. Then held the piece up to a window to try and trace something she missed. The cold just from the window made the lines come back. She then washed the quilts in hot/warm water in hopes to remove the lines permanently. Hopefully that is the end of the lines but, until it gets very cold again, we won't really know.
I think those who want to use these marking tools need to be aware and very careful. Another instance to be very careful would be something you are entering in a quilt show exhibit. If the quilt were to get cold enough (think about the cargo bay of an airplane that gets very cold) or, shipping to a show late in the year when it's cold, even placed too close to air conditioning or in a very cold room, the lines could possibly return and I'm sure the judges would just pass it by.
My suggestion as with all marking tools is to test, test, test and then still be careful. I myself did run tests when I first found them and all seemed ok. However, each time I freezer tested the lines got fainter sometimes taking several ironings to remove completely. Over time now, it looks like different fabrics can react differently so you need to be careful. I am even finding that their are variations of outcome due to the color of ink you are using.
I would also suggest that you visit and read another warning at http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/warning-frixion-pens-t108544.html .
Bottom line, BE VERY CAREFUL! You don't want lines appearing on your masterpiece every time it gets cold.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Have you ever heard a song for the first time thinking it belonged to the artist singing it only to find out later that the song is much older and was originally done by someone else? Well, this is proof that designs in the quilting world are no exception.
I have been working to learn EQ7 for several months now and stumbled across something I found interesting.
I teach a class called Quilted Applique' for longarm quilting (soon to be offered in our online Quilt Club) and found that using applique' motifs from the EQ library made it possible to produce some handouts for students to practice drawing different quilting designs. I have been teaching this class for three years and the motif shown below is one I use in the handout.
I recently decided that my quilt magazine collection is way out of control (more than 1,000 and counting) so, I decided to sort out some that I will be offerning for sale at our Holiday Quilt Show and Sale this November. As I was looking through them to decide which I would keep and which I would sell, I stumbled across a quilt on page 35 of the May 1982 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine using this motif in a setting just slightly different from the EQ setting.
As I look through my magazines I will now be on the lookout for similar incidents. I encourage you to take some time to look through some of your old magazines and see what might catch your eye.
This is the EQ applique' motif I use in my handout.
This is the block setting from the EQ block library.
This is the way the quilter in 1982 used the block.
A slightly different setting but clearly the same motif.
I'm anxious now to try some layouts of my own to create another look with the same motif.
Till next time,
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Starting to catch up on things so my plan is to blog more in the coming year. I will be working hard to improve the Quilt Club - to offer more patterns, quilting instructions, hints, tips etc. If you want to join the club at a reduced rate skip on over to http://www.anilee.net/clubhouse/mystery/mystery.html and check it out. The special lasts till the end of the year.
If, you subscribe to the mailing list http://www.anilee.net/clubhouse/mystery/mystery.html - wait until Christmas day for a special surprise!
With the stack of quilting I had in-house almost caught up, I should have plenty of time to expand the website http://www.anilee.com/ and Quilt Club. We have some exciting things in store so please stop by after the first of the year and check it out.
May you all have a Very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
Lee of AniLee
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
This weeks tip is about orginizing. I have to admit that several things have put my life in turmoil. Having to house two buisinesses as well as a home under one roof, you can imagaine how my household is out of control. There is absolutely no room for everything and everything is so disorganized it is difficult to keep track of everything.
So, this weeks tip is about getting organized. I have found that my computer files have become just as disorganized as my household. I ran across this site while surfing and thought I would share it with you. Take a look and see if it is something that can help you get organized.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Have a great day!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Then I thought, why not carry it a bit further and try to bring you a tip of the week. So, I will do my best to find a new tip to share with you on Monday's.
This weeks tip is about getting out of a rut. It only takes 20 minutes. I have to admit that I thought it was silly to think that setting a timer for 20 minutes could do any good. Well, it not only gave me time to think about something other than work, it let me come up with this idea.
If you want to know more about the 20 minute techniqe to getting out of a rut, visit the link below. Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you.
I hope you enjoy the tip this week. Now to set my timer and see what I can come up with for you next week.
Have a great quilty week!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I'd also like to invite you all to participate in our 24th Mystery Quilt Treasure Hunt. We opened our door to new designers for this hunt and are proud to present our Holiday Stroll pattern designed by Stephanie. It is a wonderful six part pattern designed to be used as a fall/winter decoration or given as a gift.
We have been hosting these hunts for almost 10 years. Hunters have had so much fun visiting shops and collecting clues to the Free Mystery Pattern. Gifts are also awarded both during and at the hunts conclusion.
To register and collect your free mystery pattern parts while qualifying for the gifts visit http://www.anilee.net/island/island.html for details.
Note: Information and emails you provide when you register are never used by anyone but us. They are used only for remembering the clues you register and notifying you if you have been chosen to receive one of the gifts being given away. You will not receive junk mail from us by registering.
I hope some of you will have the time to join us. Have a great day and Happy Quilting!