Monday, July 4, 2016

Designing Monday - 4th of July

Happy 4th, everybody!!!  I am looking forward to the fantastic fireworks tonight.  It is always one of the highlights of our year.  We always go early and stake out our place and then people watch until it's time for the show.  It's amazing how many people we see that we haven't seen in many moons.

I finished the last row of my Florida Row by Row quilt.


Here is a closeup of the bright sun.


I still have one more piece to applique on Row 3, but I haven't unearthed the perfect fabric from my stash for that piece.  I will just have to keep looking.  Now that I am almost done with the applique, I am ready to get it all sewn together.  Yea!!

Enjoy your day and hop over to Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.

There is also a cute free design available at p3designs.com for the holiday.  Be sure to check it out.  It is only available until midnight tonite.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun Sewing

I recently found this Goodnight Moon panel for $3.50 at the local quilt show.  That seemed like a good deal to  me, so I snarfed it up.


A few days later I was gifted a ½ yard of this striped fabric from a guild member who was cleaning out her stash.  She actually gave away ½ yard cuts to everyone at the last guild function.  That's a lot of stash.  I looked at that striped fabric and couldn't quite imagine how I would use it.  When I got home, I set it down on the chair where I had put the Goodnight Moon panel and it was Kismet.


I couldn't wait to get to the store to buy the green border fabric and make a top.  This will go to our guild's Comfort Quilt program that supplies the local pediatrics wards.  The borders are big, but there is a size requirement, so big they are.  This couldn't be any easier.  Now to find a backing and whip up some binding.


I also found this turquoise fabric to make the final row of my Florida Row By Row quilt.  I have been slowly making progress and only have a few more appliques to complete.  Yea!


My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this week.  It hardly seems possible that I was ever this young and that time has passed so quickly.  We had a big day hauling mulch to our backyard.  We still have more mulch to haul, so we will be celebrating for days to come!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Little More Quilt Show

I cleaned out my camera today and found a couple more photos from the quilt show.  I couldn't resist sharing them as this is such a great quilt.  This looks like a printed panel, but it is not.  All applique.

You can see the detail in the close ups.  This quilt was made by Marilyn R. and she says that a friend asked her to make a quilt from his old neckties.  The barn in the top right is his barn.  The quote in the center panel is from Paul Harvey.



I dare to show you one of my quilts that I entered.


TADA!  A blue ribbon.  When I picked up my packet of judges' remarks, I received a check for $20 in prize money.  My husband asked if that means I am a professional quilter now!!  LOL!!  I was really surprised, but very honored.


Finally here is a little more work on my Florida quilt, two flamingos.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quilt Show Part II

More photos to share of some of my favorite quilts from the show last weekend.  Enjoy!

 This Santa quilt was done by a student of Gail V.  Gail is the teacher and she entered the same quilt with a white background.  Both are fabulous.  This one has a tan background and was made by Patti.
 A lady that I see at the Y asked me to submit this quilt for her as she was on vacation that day.  It was all rolled up on a long core and wrapped in plastic, so I couldn't see what the quilt looked like.  Imagine my surprise when I saw it hanging!  This is Carol's first entry in a show and she won a blue ribbon!!  This is Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler.
 Butterflies over Baltimore by Peggy V.  Her first hand applique quilt.

 Lorraine's entry in the modern quilt category.  Lorraine makes perfect circles.  

 Another quilt by Lorraine.  She also makes perfect leaves and birds.  Plus she is so nice and always willing to teach others.
 A closeup of Lorraine's quilting.  She's pretty amazing at that, too.
 Glacial Star by Denise M.
 Jacobean Journey by Mari H.  This is machine embroidered and quilted on a Pfaff machine.  It is made in squares and then sashed on the back to cover the seams.  It is truly a work of art.  How she got all the pieces to line up is a miracle.
 Closeup of one square -- about 6 "
 Old Glory by Faith
 Colorful stole made by Birgit when she retired from the ministry
 Silk vest made by Sandy who also teaches silk scarf making
 Adorable Owl also made by Birgit
 Lots of Prairie Points on the Back
 Snow Days by Judy C.  It is in light yellow, white and grey with a touch of pale turquoise.
 Closeup of hand embroidery in greys and pale turquoise.  Really lovely.
This is A Spooky Evening by Sally N.  It is based on Happy Village techniques.  Can you see all the cute little rooftops?  So fun.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Designing Monday & Quilt Show Report

I have worked a little more on my Florida quilt.  I don't seem to enjoy machine applique as much as hand applique, so I dole out the work on a daily basis to keep it moving.  Here's the little I accomplished this week.

But I have a great excuse.  My son and his fiance came to visit for the weekend, so there was some house cleaning involved.  We got to hear more about their wedding plans and just catch up on the news.  This was also the weekend of the guild Quilt Show, so I have photos to share.  Lots of beautiful quilts.  I am so in awe of the members of our guild.  New this year is a modern quilt category.  Here are some of my favorites.

 Barb's cute Twisted Pumpkin & her first ribbon ever.  Yea!
 Sweet Applique Tulips by Susan V.
 Love these fabrics and colors.  By Jan M.
 A favorite pattern.  By Barb V. - an applique teacher
 Winter Memories by Lonnie A.
 Can you see the little snowflakes and ice skate in the border?
 Chestnut & Vine 
 Silent Night by Sheri
 Closeup of a Dresden
 4 Squares were machine embroidered with the words from Silent Night.  The filigree around the circle is exquisite.
 This Dresden is stuffed trapunto.
 Words to Live By by Cathy M. - a wedding gift for her daughter
 Lovely applique.  The words are stamped.

 My very favorite quilt in the show.  It is based off of a pen & ink drawing of downtown Green Bay in 1976, (the year I moved here).  This is a slice quilt completed by 12 people.  I really don't know how they got the slices to match up so well.  
 Some detail of the slice quilt.
 Giant Batman in flannel by Roxie
 A Flock of Feathered Stars by Angie - all pieced on a hand crank machine.  It was awarded an Honorable Mention by the judges, a ribbon for Best Machine Quilting, and a Ribbon from the chairwoman of the Show.  Pretty Special.
Some detail of the machine quilting.  This machine quilter also did the quilting of the ice skates and snowflakes on a previous quilt above.

More to come.