Monday, September 28, 2015

Designing Monday

I got all the blocks sewn into rows in my Crabapples quilt.  This is a Bonnie Hunter design and I am really excited to be getting it put together.  Each step makes me a little happier.  When I finished each row I put it back on the wall.  Somehow they got all crooked and running uphill.  At first I didn't even notice it, but then I walked by close up and got a little vertigo and my tummy started doing back flips.  How weird!  I hope I can get it sewn together soon so I can get back on an even keel!

I have been sidetracked the last week doing sewing for church for fall.  I am working with a group that made two very very large banners ( about 4 ft. x 8 ft.)  Then I sewed 5 flag size banners out of fall materials.  They are just a front and back panel, so not really any piecing.  Each has fall leaves on one side and a different solid on the back.

Hop on over to Judy's to see more beautiful designs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My husband made an overnight trip to Dayton, Ohio with a friend this week and they visited the National Museum of the US Air Force.  While he was there he spotted two quilts on display and took photos of them for me.  I found the following info on the blue quilt.

In January 1997, the 50th Anniversary Office received approval for the creation of a special anniversary commemorative quilt. Production of the project was funded through the Air Force Services sponsorship, and all 85 Air Force installations worldwide responded to participate in the project. Guidelines were established to ensure size, material and color were standard in each square. Dependents, volunteers and various individuals associated with the Air Force assisted in making the squares. Contests were held in some locations for the design and theme of the squares. A "Grand Quilting Bee" was held in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1997, where quilting students and volunteers could contribute the final touches of the quilt.

This distinctive quilt, "Fabric of the Air Force," was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States Air Force. It contains 100 hand-made squares from virtually every Air Force installation throughout the world. Each installation provided a 16-by-16-inch custom-made square reflecting its mission. The quilt center features a 36-inch Air Force seal and is surrounded by seals representing each major Air Force command. The four corners of the quilt are dedicated to installations that have closed in the continental United States, Asian Theater, European Theater and other worldwide installations. The top border is embroidered with the Air Force core values and flanked by the 50th anniversary logo of stars and wings. Measuring 20-by-20-feet, the quilt contains more than 180 yards of Air Force blue material. Thread used to join the squares together was flown aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its Sept. 22, 1997, mission.

Final assembly of parts and pieces took more than three months to complete. The hand-embroidered lettering took more than 500 hours. After its unveiling on Dec. 5, 1997, "Fabric of the Air Force" was placed on display at the Pentagon before its transfer to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Since both my dad and brother were Air Force members, this quilt was special to me.

Based on the symbols in each of the blocks, I am assuming this quilt is part of the Holocaust Exhibit at the museum.  I could not find any info on the Internet regarding its history or maker.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Designing Monday

I finished the little Sunflower square I was working on.  I want to do some embellishment on the brown centers, but I have it hanging for now so I can enjoy it for a few weeks.   Then it will be time to decorate for Halloween.

I am back to working on my forest of trees.  I found a fun fabric to sash it with that has marshmallows on sticks.

Hop on over to Judy's blog to see some more beautiful designs.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Designing Monday

I sewed a little more on these sunflowers.  Made a third Dresden and added the centers.  Now I am auditioning some greens for leaves and stems.  I was on my way somewhere and had to stop and check out the leaves and stems of real sunflowers and looked them up on the Internet to see if I can duplicate them or make a reasonable facsimile thereof.   We'll see.

The Quilt Expo was the highlight of my week.  If you didn't see my last post, be sure to check out all the photos.

Found out this week that I will be in Florida when AQS introduces a new Quiltweek show in Daytona.  Guess where I will be that week.

Have a wonderful week and hop on over to Judy's blog to see some beautiful designs.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Quilt Expo

Yesterday was the opening of Quilt Expo at Madison, WI.  We loaded up the car and headed south for a day of laughter and beautiful quilts and shopping.  I took lots of photos of some of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy them.  Credit is given for the quilts that I remembered to take photos of the accompanying ID's.

 Closeup of rusching in flower centers and tiny crystals inside the circles
 BEST OF SHOW - Red Feathers by Claudia Myers and quilted by Marilyn Badger
 Closeup of Marilyn's quilting

 The space wasn't big enough to stand back and view this quilt.  Orange was big this year.

More Orange.  

 Benedict Cumberbatch deserves a quilt this big.
 I love this shade of blue.  Kind of periwinkle.

 One of my all time favorite quilts from an old time Marie Webster pattern.
Beautiful quilting

 ORANGE!!!  Gorgeous compasses and flowers

 I'm a sucker for irises

 1000 Points from me for Cuteness.  Love this quilt.

 Another fabulous quilt.  I want to make one of these.
 I think she used Texture Magic to get a crinkly 3D effect on the centers.

 Loads of little strips joined together with some fussy cut flowers at the bottom.

 This was everybody's fave.  The buildings were printed on fabric.  The stone bridges were cut from stone fabric.  Everything else appeared to be thread painted.  The people were threadworked on a separate piece of cloth and then cut out and applied to the quilt.  The horse tack was stitched leather that was applied.  There is even a tiny metal horseshoe attached. The fur muffs and collars were needle punched to give them more depth.  I wish I could have gotten some closeups, but there were people clustered around constantly.  You can see more about this quilt and Nancy's many other award winning quilts on her website.  She is one talented lady.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Designing Monday

Not much to show for the week.  I made the monthly block for the Americana QAL hosted by Dreamworthy Quilts.  It is a cute little birdhouse.

I am also playing with sunflowers.  I am designing a little 12" block for fall.  I am using a carpenter's ruler for my frame to get an idea of how it will lay out.  I am not a paper and pencil kind of person as I can't draw anything.  So I have to work it out in fabric.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Designing Monday

Lots of sewing time this week.  Yay!  I finished off my little flag quilt from last week and it is hanging on the wall.

I joined in the fun with the Sentimental Quilter and made a spool quilt.  The blocks finish at 3", so this is just my style.  Quick and easy.  I must have been a little too quick since I got my blocks turned around somehow.

Here they are all straightened out and sewn together.  This week I'll figure out how to finish it.  Such a little cutie.

I had two reject blocks.  The one on the left just didn't get along well with the others, so I put it in the scrap pile.  The other one is just a hot mess.  Those checks just went all wocka wocka, so out it went.

We went to the rodeo this week at the county fair - an annual tradition for us.  This year, someone had a drone and was flying it over the crowd on the far side of the arena and over the chutes.  This is the second time this summer we have been in a public space and someone has flown one over the crowd. It is fun to see, but also kind of creepy knowing there are cameras watching overhead.  Have you had this experience?  What did you think?

Of course, my husband wants one.

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