Threads of my life following quilting lines.
Patricia,I didn't know where to post this. Thanks for the great tutorial on the Monkey Wrench block. I don't know if you are familiar with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company. I recently found a tutorial of hers on this very block. She uses a layer cake and a charm pack. Actually she cuts the layer cake square into 4 5" squares - she needs them to be the same fabric. It was interesting tutorial. I'm sure you can find it among the many, many tutorials she has, if you are interested. There are many, many ways to make the block. I certainly had not seen the way she chose to make hers. Of course, part of her goal is to sell, sell, sell fabric and products. I'm sure you are probably familiar with some folks' concept having owned a quilt shop yourself. I'm amazed at the owner of my favorite LQS. I was talking to her about a project I am working on and a workshop I had taken. I had bought some fabric for the project several years ago at the LQS and now I'm incorporating a different technique into the mix. The teacher of the workshop told me that I needed to use a certain color fabric in one place. My goal is to "replace" a quilt that my mother had hand pieced and hand quilted for me and was stolen. My mother did not use that fabric in her scheme. The owner of the LQS told me that she has a quilt that was made by her grandmother that uses the same scheme that my mother used. She was not pleased that the teacher of the workshop basically told me that if I did not use the scheme she told me, I was not following the THE pattern. The owner told me to do what I wanted and there are no quilt police. She lost a sale of more fabric because I would have bought the fabric at her shop. On the other hand, if I ever get this quilt finished, I'll have a quilt that is more like the one Mom made and she'll still sell me fabric. I found some blocks that Mom had made, some she had cut out and some fabric she had set aside for the project. It is a Grandmothers Flower Garden. It is not EPP. Again, I just thought you might find another method interesting.Susan
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