Monday, October 20, 2014

Designing Monday

Goodness!  October is flying by like all the other months.  It is so chilly here.  We have had frost and we still have plants out, so it is time to get busy.

Quilting has taken a back seat to trimming bushes and all that other yard stuff that has to be done this time of year.  I made a trip to the quilt store last week and found fabric for the filler blocks for the Companions and Friends Sew A Long.  So this week I made those blocks and cut the setting triangles so here you can have a look.


I ran out of room on my design wall and every time I tried to put the triangles on the right side they fell off, but hopefully you get the idea.  I put all this up last night in my dark sewing room and didn't get a good look at it until I saw this photo.  I definitely need to move that orange swastika out of the middle.  Yikes!  There are two borders to add and I only have fabric for one, so that might dictate another trip to the quilt shop.  Darn!  

Have a great week and don't forget to stop over at Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Designing Monday

It's Monday again.  Our weather has turned really cool and wet here.  The leaves are turning pretty fast and some of the early turning maples have already shed their leaves.  We trimmed bushes and trees and cleaned out part of the garden yesterday.  Still more to do.

The good news is it is perfect weather for sewing and reading.  I got caught up on my Friends and Companions Sew A Long blocks.  Have you seen the final reveal?  Such a pretty quilt.  I will really have to get busy quick to get all the filler blocks done.  Here are the 3 blocks I finished this week and my design wall with all 9 blocks.





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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Designing Monday

I have been way too busy to sew or blog lately.  I have been on a reading jag and did some traveling and a little yard work/ gardening.  Now I am trying to get caught up on the Friends and Companions Sew A Long.  Here is the only quilt type sewing I have done lately ( lots of mending, though):



Saturday I went to the Farmer's Market and got this haul.


Healthy veggies
My favorite - okra
Yummy plums and Honey Crisp apples

Our tomatoes were really late this year and my plant is still full of green ones.


Our grapes really produced for the first time this year.  We got a handful of purple ones and big bowlfuls of green ones.


We ate some of the green ones, but tired of them quickly, so I bought a steam juicer.  What a fun toy!  The juice was flavorful, but still not what I wanted, so then I made a big batch of jelly.  It still hasn't set up yet after 3 days, so that may be all that it does.  Haven't tried it yet. But it has nearly a full bag of sugar in it, so it can't be too bad, can it?


If you haven't seen the photos of Quilt Expo, take time to scroll thru my last two or three posts.

Then hop on over to Judy's blog to see more beautiful quilts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilt Expo 3

More quilts to share.

 Summer's Bounty by Nancy Whitton
 Flamboyant Fascination by Linda Neri
 Little Red Schoolhouse by Caryl Brix
 Battle of Greasy Grass - The faces appear to be photocopied onto fabric and then thread painted or quilted .  The map around the people is quilted onto the background.  The larger words are machine embroidered.  The smaller words which are place names on the map are written in by hand.  Lots of beading and embellishment as well.  
 Roses for Katrina by Gail H. Smith
 Closeup of quilting and border 
 Piecemakers' 2003 Times and Seasons

The next few are called Winding River by the Rambling River Project.  There were a total of 17 panels, I think, made by 17 different people.  Each depicted a portion of a river and they were hung at different heights so that the river flowed from one panel to the next.  Very clever idea.




The next ones were made by several people and called the Whimsical Cow Stampede.  The makers all used the same cow block from a book called Out of the Box with Easy Blocks.  These are just a sampling of about 30 quilts.

 And the Cow Said Boo
 Cowmen Miranda
 Happy Moo Year
 Vino Cow  - the udder has corks for teats
 Cowabunga
 Moolah -- A Cash Cow
 The Three Cowballeros
Moooy Cowliente

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quilt Expo 2

Nothing new on my design wall today.  I am quilting a gift, so I will share more quilts from Quilt Expo.

 Summer Romance by Shirley Alexander
 Tiger Lily by Caryl Brix
 Aunt Mimi's Flower Garden II by Elsie Campbell
 Sedona Star by Sharon Christensen
 Acanthus with a Twist by Mary Olson

 Field of Poppies by Betty Richards
 A Pink Rose Garden for Zoe by Carol Schwankl
 Points of Interest by Mildred Sorrells


 Grape Arbor by Peggy Garwood
Mon Petit Baltimore by Susie Wimer
This was indeed a small quilt and the maker designed all the blocks to fit the smaller size.

Still more to come.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Livin' Large

We had a great day at Quilt Expo on Thursday.  I went with 3 friends and the talk was non-stop for the whole day 7:30 am - 9:00 pm.  How can we have so much to say?  The best part was that it was my birthday.  What could be better than friends, a road trip and quilts to look at all day long?


This is not my car.  It was parked by the entrance to the quilt show.


Here is a sampling of some of the gorgeous work we saw.  I tend to love appliqué, so my photos are definitely slanted in that direction.  Enjoy.


 Days of Wine and Roses by Cathleen Miller
 Close up of quilting and embroidery around each grape
 Tulip Serenade by Barbara Clem
 Cotton Candy by Linda Bergmann
 Ladies of the Sea by Carolyn Stone
 Stars All Around by Jean Hensen

Infinite Variety Revisited by Gail H. Smith

 Date
 Initials

Harry Potter's Bookcase by Jennifer Rose

Stay tuned for more soon