Monday, April 14, 2014

Designing Monday

I got brave and took the flannel sheets off the bed yesterday and today we woke up to this.
This is not a B&W photo.  It really looked this gloomy and dark.
Hopefully it will warm up again soon.  

I had fun making this little quilt for the challenge on Kathleen Tracy's blog, Sentimental Quilter.  I had never worked with Prairie Points before and did okay except for one corner which gave me fits.  I took it apart several times and finally got it close to right.  The points are supposed to square off at the corners and one of them didn't.  So it was a learning experience!!  This week I should be able to get it quilted and done.

This is not the naughty corner.  
You didn't really think I would show you a closeup of that, did you?  LOL

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Quilt Challenge: Idioms

Our guild sponsored a challenge this past year which was featured at our recent show.  Each person who participated received a small piece of cloth and then had to choose an idiom that had to be represented in the quilt.  An idiom is a saying that can be taken literally or figuratively.  Here are a few of my favorites from the show:

 Zero Tolerance
 Right Up My Alley
A Fish Out of Water

As you can see the three above were all award winners. They are all fantastic in their own way.  The nuns were actually made in 3 D and their chins stood out from the quilt.  Same with the hands and the items they are holding.  The detail in the alley scene is incredible.  The fish in the third piece is beaded to perfection.  

 This is my idiom quilt.  I actually have two idioms.  Time Flies ... In a New York Minute.  I made each NY Beauty block represent a different season.  It was fun to make and I love all the colors.

 This quilt was not an idiom quilt.  It was an art quilt entry and it won the Best of Show.  It is truly lovely and well done.  The quilter made it from a photo taken in Europe by her nephew.

The weekend is coming.  Hope you have a great one.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Designing Monday

This week I have been working on Kathy Tracy's monthly quilt challenge.  This month she has selected a quilt from her book, Remembering Adelia.   This quilt has prairie points and I couldn't resist.
 I made a pile of these.
These were a lot of fun to make and went pretty quick.
Now I am deciding which of these fabrics to use as background.  The one on the left is perfect from a color and value standpoint, but I don't love working with directional fabric for setting squares.  I usually end up with stripes going every direction.  Kind of a crazy quilt look!  LOL

Hop on over to Judy's blog to see more lovely quilts.

Friday, April 4, 2014

More Quilt Show

More quilt show photos.  I enjoyed being a part of this show.  I volunteered as a white glove person for a couple of hours.  This gave me time to really look at some of the quilts close up.  And a little time to shop the vendors.

Gorgeous colors.  

Close up of the little 4 patches
Close up of the lovely quilting
Gotta love the cheddar

Stay tuned for a few more.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Designing Monday

It was Quilt Show time this weekend in our neck of the woods.  Our local guild sponsors a show every other year in March.  Everyone helps out and it all went very well.  I even recruited my husband and daughter to help set up and take down.  I took photos of some of my favorites, although I didn't have time to take as many photos as I would have liked.  So enjoy!

 The maker of this quilt is my appliqué idol.  Such great work.

 My friend, Barb made this great Civil War sampler.

Love, love this quilt.  It won a Judge's award.

 Detail shots of ribbon embroidery on the quilt above.

Nothing on my design wall today.  Hop over to Judy's blog
 to see some more beautiful quilts.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Designing Monday - Threads of Memory Part 1

I have decided to take on Barbara Brackman's latest Civil War quilt.  It is a BOM, so I should be able to keep up. LOL!  Here is my first block.

Portsmouth Star

My task this week is to add more quilting to my Idiom quilt for the upcoming quilt show.  I sort of short cut the quilting part so I could get it bound and entered in the judging last week.  So now I need to give it some pizzazz.  Hopefully that won't distort  the quilt or I will have to take the binding off and do it again.  That doesn't sound like much fun.

Have a great week.  Hop on over to Judy's blog  to see some more beautiful designs.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Belated Pi Day

Did you celebrate?  We did.  With a big old piece of pie.  Mine was strawberry rhubarb.

Hope you had a great pi day!