Tips and Humor From Kaye....
Kaye meets many people and sees many things while she travels. She always comes back with a couple of humorous stories to tell. Here is one of them.
I'm Going Down With The Ship
One of the first events on any cruise is "the lifeboat drill". For those of you who still haven't cruised, this is what happens. The whistle blows (you have already been warned that this will happen). You are supposed to go calmly to your cabin, put on your life jacket and go to your muster station (the place you will gather if the ship is in trouble). Now this sounds great when you know it is only a drill.
Something is wrong with this plan! Let me tell you how I think this will work if the ship is really in trouble. First of all, there are some cruisers who are still looking at the ship's map to find their cabin on the last day of the cruise. Will there be electricity to read the map if the ship is sinking? Then they need to read the charts on the back of their cabin door because they don't remember where their muster stations are. Most people spend their time at sea on deck or somewhere on the upper levels of the ship. When the lifeboat bell rings, you can't use the elevators. To get to your cabin, you may have to climb down six or seven decks, get your life jacket, then climb up six or seven decks to get to your muster station.
Some of the quilters said, "The heck with that, I'd rather go down with the ship than climb seven flights of stairs."
A crew member told me, "There are enough life jackets in the lifeboats for everyone." So, it is quilters to the lifeboats; everyone else can try to find their cabins.
Brand New - An Oldie But Goodie....
(Can it be new if it's an oldie? Sure it can. Check it out....)
Kaye's Stardust Quilt has been electrified!
DVD of the Week....
Autumn Splendor Technique DVD
and Scrap Happy Quilt DVD
Regular price for the DVDs are $12.00,
but this week, they are each only $5.00!
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Attention All Quilters - Your Opinion Is Needed....
Do you have a perfect iron for piecing your quilts?
I know what I want, but haven't found it yet.
I might have to have it made.
This is what I want: cordless, no steam, flat bottom, no auto shut-off, in-expensive.
Let me know what you want in a quilter's iron?
Email me HERE
Make Sleeve For Hanging Your Quilts... Kaye explains her methods....
Leave your sewing machines at home.
Sewing machines used on the ship are sponsored by
Be the one of the first 100 people to reserve a cabin and sign up for classes to receive the AccuQuilt Baby Go and Dye.
Cabins and Classes will fill fast. We suggest you book by September 30, 2012.
Prices based on availability. Prices are per person, based on a double occupancy for cruise. Price listed includes taxes and fees. These prices cannot be combined with any other promotion.
Included in your price: Class fees, (except kit fees,) Shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, most meals, some beverages and most onboard entertainment.
Not Included: Kit fees for classes which will be paid to instructor at class time, Air transportation, transfers, items of a personal nature such as shore and land excursions, specialty restaurant fees, some beverages, photographs, gratuities/service fees, medical services, etc. All prices in US Dollars.
We are going to have a
Wackiest Cruise Outfit contest for the cruise.
Wacky Cruise Clothing Day: You could win $250. February 22nd has been designated as Wacky Cruise Clothing Day for our group only. Wear your wackiest cruise clothing and you could win $250. Second place will win $150 and third place will win $75.
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To sign-up for this cruise contact
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Q and A With Kaye....
Q: What is the "rule-of-thumb" to estimate the amount of shrinkage of a quilt.
K: Some fabric will shrink and some will not. The shrinkage will depend on the batting. A very thin batting will shrink very little. Just check the instructions on the batting to see if it should be pre-washed or not. That should save a lot of guess work.
Q: Is there a measure on how much fabric is actually needed to make a certain sized quilt?
K: For the quilt top it measures like this: Twin-6 yds., Full-8 yds., Queen-10 yds., and King-12 yds. Now mind you, these are estimations based on the quilts that I have made. I'm sure other people will have different measurements.
Q: Can you give me some details about quilting a log cabin design?
K: I like to have my log cabins quilted in anything but squares. Maybe you could try this. Quilt a motif in the center of each block. Then you can quilt curves or circles around the center block.
Q: What is the best way to ravel fabric?
K: You will need 3 or 4 layers to simulate the look of chenille. Stitch it 1/2" from the edge and then clip the fabric to the stitching line. Wash it and machine dry it and it will ravel.
Q: How big should you make squares embroidered with Sunbonnet Sue?
K: I would make them at least one inch larger then the embroidery design. Doing it this way will frame your designs.
During the 18th century, very few quilts were entirely pieced. If there was no applique in the center of the quilt, it was added to the border.
African American slaves used scraps of worn clothing to sew quilts that reflected their African heritage. At the same time, abolitionist women of the North constructed quilts to raise money for the cause. Even the names they gave their quilts are a sign of the times - Underground Railroad, Slave Chain and North Star.
Post Civil War quilts were constructed from the uniforms of returning and dead soldiers, due to the scarcity of fabric created by the war.
Signature Quilts were a nineteenth century fad. Quilts were inscribed with poems, bible verses or personal notes.
Crazy Quilting became the rage after the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 when Americans became aware of the asymmetrical designs found in Japanese art.
During the 1890's, Blue and white quilts were popular. Blue and white were the colors of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and patterns like Drunkard's Path lead to speculation that quilts were made to support the cause.
The art of quilting was on a decline until 1971 when the Whitney Museum of American Art displayed an exhibit of antique quilts which lead to a renewed interest in quilt making.
A Baltimore Album quilt was sold at an auction for $225,000.00!
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