Yesterday I traveled to visit my mother so I didn’t have a chance to answer comments – thanks for all the compliments on my red and black mariners compass that I showed. I need to keep changing out quilts this year so they all get some use.
Seeing as I was traveling north to visit mom the Rabbits Lair was a place to stop and visit seeing as I have no local quilt shop here. The Rabbits Lair is a nice unique shop in Rogers, Arkansas and it carries a lot of hand quilting/applique/EPP tools – so unlike most of the quilt shops that you normally see that cater to the machine quilter. Some time ago on some Australian, European and Scandinavian sites when I started the Love Entwined quilt (all applique) I started to see some applique tools that people were using that they swear helps you applique better – it is for preparing your applique piece. The tools are called “appliquick” I started to look for them but could not find them sold in the US. Finally I found a place and it was only 2 1/2 hours from me – how odd. (I bought no fabric! just the tools) The link above shows them on Lynette Andersons site and how to use them.
The shop did have the scissors and tweezers that Lynette Anderson shows on her site but I’m afraid they were asking a bit too much at the shop for those. For some reason these sticks cost less than the other tools and it is the opposite on her website. A lot of the pieces on Love Entwined are very little and I am using some different methods than I normally use.
The drive there and back to my mothers takes up almost 5 hours of the day so my visit is actually short – I stopped at the quilt shop first – then on to my mom and take her out to lunch and shopping – get caught up on any family news and general chit chat.
I brought the 9 Patch Quilt that I had just recently finished with me for her bed and brought her old quilt home with me to try to clean it. I will show it later – I made it 18 years ago! wow big stitches without trying to do big stitch quilting It is so dirty on the edges I’m not sure if I will be able to clean it. Mom is in a wheelchair for many years ( she will be 89 at the end of the year) and she does not have a big bedroom. The wheels brush up against the quilt all the time making for a lot of black marks on a white quilt (but she won’t stop using it – she loves it). The 9 Patch quilt lays across her bed well without hanging over the sides of the bed much so I don’t think that one will have the same problems. I hope I have luck cleaning the old quilt. I will need to take before and after photos!