Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quilting by the Lake 2014

This is my second time going to Quilting by the Lake.
Last year we had so much fun, and this year my friend
Victoria Findlay Wolfe was teaching, so what's not to love?

I took her three day Lemoyne Star class.
Yes that big brown suitcase is full of only fabric!
That little black and white duffle under my pillow and quilt
had my clothes, etc.  Don't need to overpack clothes
when fabric is much more important!

Earamichia and I drove up in time for the 
Teachers Merchant Market and Quilt Show.

I had sent up three quilts for the show.
Allow me a little "showing off!"

"Leftovers! It's What's for Dinner"

"Fractured Hard Candy"

This is how our first day of classes began.
My Emily modeling my mini dresden plates.  Hehe.
And it only got funnier from there!

Victoria had giant diamond templates made for this class.
They are awesome!  

This is what I worked on first.
I had brought up alot of "made fabric" that I put together 
before the trip so that I didn't waste time on that and could get right
to construction of stars.

I slashed in the orange to give it a bit of pop.

I added smaller diamonds around it to make it bigger.
Then I found the perfect Jennifer Paginelli fabric
for my setting fabric.

This group was so fun helping each other pick what fabrics to use,
and generally encouraging each other all along the way.

Here is My Emily with her purple and lime green star!
Love the orange arc too.

And now I'll let you look at all the eye candy!

This is the third star I worked on for the week. 
This diamond is even bigger than the first one.
I love this!
And I can see how I can make this pattern more balanced
in the future.  Love to learn as I go as you know.
Jump in and see what happens.

Victoria sewed her apron to her skirt!
Haha.  It was finished too before she realized it.

And here she is all detached and finished!
They auction the aprons off for the scholarship fund.
It is a riot!

Here is part of our class show and tell.

And here is part of our class!

Another great week spent with quilty friends
and being creative!  Doesn't get any better than that!
Thanks V for a really fun time!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

So Much Fun! Christie's Quilting Boutique!

Today is the 6 month anniversary of the opening

And yes this girl knows how to party!
Jennifer Paganelli and Kate Spain were in the house.
How fun are these three!
I met Kate for the first time today and she is so lovely. Great energy!
Jennifer is fun, fun, fun! Lights up the room.
And Christie, well, you know how I feel about this little go-getter!

Kate's new fabric line is coming out in September.
She got her inspiration from sea glass.
I told her those were mermaid colors! 
Any way you cut it they are fabulous.
And we each got a sample pack of these little beauties.
Yes I am hoarding.

Christie has a whole section devoted to these two dynamos!
You can buy yardage, and precuts.
Hard to decide . . . . 

Here is the lady herself showing off a quilt.

And working the cutting table!
It's blurry because she is never still!

Edgar and the girls!

Here is my take for the day.
I had to restrain, I'm on a fabric diet.
Gross!  No fun!
Clearly, I cheat!

And here is what I'm working on . . . 

A very tiny doll quilt for my buddy's b-day
that was a month ago.
and so it goes . . . . 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014

It's that time again!

If this is your first time visiting, welcome.
If you are a regular, you've seen it all before!  Sorry.

This little quilt started in January of 2012. I had no plan.
I just started making four patch flying geese in bright colors.

I knew I wanted total chaos.

Then I thought it needed something else.
So I made some of these block in block beauties.

I just kept sewing and sewing.
No plan.

When I had a ton of blocks, I started playing with a layout.
Each two geese block equaled the block in block.
So a nine patch is how I started.
Nine units, in any combination.

This was the fun part.  Making each block different and crazy.

The blocks came together pretty quickly because I was so addicted!

25 nine patches.

All foundation paper pieced for precision.

The back before peeling.

Hours of un-papering!

For the quilting, I marked a diagonal line with painters tape,
and sewed a straight line across the top, corner to corner.

Then I used the edge of my walking foot 
and did straight line channel quilting for the whole top.

This is one of my favorite quilts to date.

Some fussy cuts for the centers.
And a black and white check for the binding.

This one has little peas in a pod.

Straighten Up And Fly Right
58" x 58"
Machine pieced and quilted by me!
On my faithful Bernina 910, that I bought in 1986.

And the best part . . . . 
My quilt was featured in Rachel May's book!
The kid has the page next to mine too.

Hope you are all having fun checking out all the quilts.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This and That . . .

Where does the time go?
I haven't done a post in a month, but I have been busy!

I'm finally finishing my Fractured quilt for the Quilting by the Lake Show.
And I know exactly who is going to get this beauty when it comes home!

I have been getting ready for our next Metro Mod meeting in June.

I did a bee block for my buddy.
I LOVE this one.
Thinking of how I can adapt this block to make a quilt for me!

I finished block 5 for the Pat Sloan quilt-a-long.
I am really loving this little project.  It's so fun to see everyone's blocks.

Here are my five all together.
So fun!

I caved and bought a Singer Featherweight . . . 
I have always wanted one and well . . . 
Ebay is like a drug!
It's adorable and light and I love it!

Went to visit the munchkins a couple weeks ago.
I so love them!  They are a riot.
I really miss having little ones around . . . 
Am I just saying that because I can go home?
Hehe. Lots of action!

The kid and I were featured in a article in our local paper 
for Mother's Day.
It was really quite lovely to enjoy our 15 minutes of fame!

And here is a picture of me and my Mum.
I think I'm about two there.
We had matching velvet dresses.
Those were the days!

Happy Mother's Day! OXOX