Monday, September 30, 2013

Some More Quilts from the Quilt Expo

One of two of this pattern, both were gorgeous.   This particular quilt was done in all batiks and is a stunner and one of my favorite at the show.  I would love to do one in the same manner and it would be very simple to make the block. 
Here it is in beautiful flowery prints and it, also, is gorgeous.  I don't know the name of the quiltmakers, but they should be very proud of these lovely pieces.
Turning the corner and heading down the aisle between displays, you were greeted with this absolutely electric, wonderful quilt!  What a standout it is.  I try to figure out how it's done, but just can't.  Kathy says it's tessellated.  Whatever it is, it's gorgeous.

Two pictures of an unbelievably awesome crazy quilt done by hand which tells the story of the maker's life.  Again, I am sorry I don't have a name.  I think she came to the US from Germany in the mid-fifties.  I must use a word that is so overused nowadays,  but it describes it perfeclty - the quilt is amazing!
A quilt from a book that I have (I think it's by Blackbird Designs) and that fascinates me so much I would like to do one.  The blocks are only five or six inches and every so often there is a nine patch block thrown in.  Again, no name to put to this pretty quilt.
Little nine patches alternated with plain blocks.  I kid you not, the nine patch pieces are about 1/2 inch square.  Jaw dropping!  And so perfectly done.  Surely must have been done with strips then cut.   My hat is off to the unknown quilter!

Here is a birdie I made for one of the blocks in the Laurel Wreath quilt.  I like this little guy sitting on the bunch of grapes.

Here's how it is coming along with the filler blocks being readied for applique.  I think it is going to be a-okay.

Words for the day--

Friday, September 27, 2013

What a Nice Day

It was such a pretty fall day for a road trip to Birch Run with Kathy and Stephanie to go to the first annual Quilter's Showcase at the Expo Center there.  For being the first,  it was a lovely show and there were many great vendors with all sorts of tempting items for those of us hooked on quilting!  I want you to know that I have friends that really, really make gorgeous quilts!!  Our guild was well represented.  Lots and lots of lovely pieces there.  I took pictures with my phone but had a time getting it to work like I wanted it to.  Will have to look into this aspect of the device more.  However, I managed to get some pretty good photos and you can get an idea of what was there.   This photo is of Linda's quilts -  Linda does the most amazing paper piecing and designs all her own pieces on EQ7. 

She also had a booth there selling her patterns and kits and also some fabric.  I should have taken a picture of her booth - it is amazing to see all of her beautiful work hanging together.  Leslie, another good friend, goes along with Linda and helps her. 
Leslie does beautiful work, also!  Here is her dresden plate quilt - the centers of each of the plate is embroidered.   Wish I could control my camera better - I would have taken some closeups.
Here is Kathy standing by her Dresden Plate quilt.  This lady does machine quilting on  her home sewing machine that is unbelievable!   Just exquisite.
At the bottom left (I did get a closeup of this) you can see the itsy, bitsy little circles that are so perfectly done along with other gorgeous fill. 
Another wonderful wallhanging done by Kathy and
here is one that is a whole cloth - no applique - just beautiful thread and done freehand.   Is  that not amazing?
Another friend, Earlene, did this really great hanging with a shadow effect.  This one was taken from a magazine - I think Quiltmaker.  And it was in Quiltmaker as an example of how patterns look in other colors. 

This was fun to see - my two quilts that hung in Paducah - the left one in 1992 and the right in 2002 - hanging side by side.  I am very proud of the fact that they were picked to be shown by AQS.  The black one, Blooms in the Night, won second place in Amateur Applique.  From There to There to There to Here did not win -  but I always figure it is a win to be juried in.  A great moment in my life!  I have no doubt, however, that either one of these quilts would ever be juried in in this day and age.  Both quilts are machine appliqued and hand quilted.  
I also had this one in the show.  I was editing my pictures and rather screwed up the color on this one.   It looks so very pretty hanging with the light above.  This was one that Linda quilted for me and did such a wonderful job.  It pops up on Pinterest every now and again. 

I have some more pictures of other pretty quilts which I will save for another post!  I would say that the first annual Quilters Showcase started out with a bang.  A lovely time of year to have it - the fall color is starting in mid-Michigan and it was a lovely day.  Good time!!!

Quote of the Day:

I am a Material Girl

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Laurel Wreath

Back up on the basement wall again and now all thirteen of the wreaths have the vines and leaves appliqued.   There will be five by five blocks - the wreaths separated by a block with a single motif.
I got this idea from a quilt I found on the internet and it's much easier than doing 25 of the wreaths. 
The original quilt plan--would have been great, too.

I had some of this ombre fabric that I will use for sashing.  Ordered more of it from Glorious Color so now have enough to do anything I want with it.   Love, love the colors.  Not sure what I will do for the border but I have plenty of the background fabric and the green for stems if I wish to use it.

One of the blocks I just appliqued. 
Here is a filler block --
and another--
and still looking for candidates to add.    I have so many books and the entire internet so it's hard to make choices!   There are too many!!
The absolute mess in the basement!!   All that Kaffe fabric messed up as I find the right pieces for the very small appliques.  That will take a while to clean up but eventually it will get done.  Applique creates havoc with fabric!  Some of it looks like Swiss cheese.   But it's fun!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cute Projects

Since becoming a great grandma and having little ones in the family again, I find myself drawn to projects that would be fun young children maybe now or maybe
later.  Pinterest is a treasure trove for all things fun.  Case in point - this sweet nativity scene made from felt and found at the following link along with patterns.

Included is the pattern for the figures and the instructions.  This looks like something that could be put used and then put away for the ensuing years and children.  Thinking hard on this one!

Here is another  cute project which looks to be pretty simple to do.  The little fellow even looks a bit like Henry.   I'm sorry I could not find the website to give credit.  This is a pretty straightforward project and could be any size you wanted.

If you like this felt snowflake garland on rickrack, go to the link above and find out all about this pretty project.  Would be rather labor intensive, but what a beauty you would have over the years.  So many beautiful things to make!!!!
Pinterest is full of such awesome stuff!

Next post I do will be on the Nancy Page  Laurel Wreaths quilt I started some time ago.  I have been sewing leaves on the last of the wreaths and will be appliquing the squares between.  I am hot and cold on that one, but warmer than I am cool. 

Some wise words-- 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Song

Today when looking around on Pinterest, I came across this little video of Elvis Costello singing "She".    I can't get it out of my head - it's beautiful.

Thought you might enjoy it also. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time for a Guardian?

 I am feeling like an absolute noodnik!!  Look what I sent to me  instead of to my son who just had outpatient surgery yesterday.   He is doing well!  I thought I would send him a little bouquet to add some cheer and color to his recuperation so yesterday I ordered a bouquet from Teleflora to be delivered to him today.   A little while ago, I looked out the window and there was a local floral truck out front--the fellow got out of the truck and came up my sidewalk with this lovely bouquet in his hands.  I could think of no occasion today that I would be receiving flowers.  Then I thought, they look like the ones sent to Bill.  Then it hit me - did I make an error on the order?

After answering the door and taking in the beautiful posies, I quickly pulled up the e-mail confirming my order.  OMG - there it was - billed to me, delivered to ME!  Of all the ordering I have done on the internet, how did I screw this one up so royally.  I called Bill and told him what happened - we both got a laugh out of it.  Maybe I am ready for the funny farm and don't realize it.  But we do all make mistakes from time to time.  I have therefore sent pictures so that Bill can see his pretty flowers and I will enjoy them for him.  
Wise Words--
My parachute wasn't open yesterday!!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Together At Last

 The snowball is all together now along with
this pieced backing which took quite a bit of time.  Not anything extraordinary, but it saved me from buying yardage which can be pricey for a bedsized quilt.  I like it okay although some of the pieces are pretty iffy.  However, what the heck - it is the back!   Lots of long seams that had to be sewn -- glad it's together.
Then the other day I made a recipe from Pinterest and it turned out great.  Kind of a blueberry bar - the only part that was kind of fussy was trying to pat the crust in the bottom of the baking dish with the remainder "sprinkled" on the top.  My butter might have been too soft.  Smelled good baking and tasted good after it was out of the oven.  Here's the recipe (I made half since there is just me to eat it!).

Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 cup white sugar                            1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking powder                       1 pinch cinnamon (optional - Left it out)
3 cups flour                                      4 cups fresh blueberries
1 c. shortening (I used butter)         1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg                                                3 tsp. cornstarch

375 Oven - grease 9 x 13 pan.   In a medium bowl, mix together the cup of sugar, flour and baking powder.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, blend in the butter and egg.  Dough will be crumbly.  Pat half of dough in prepared pan.

In another bowl mix the rest of sugar and the cornstarch.  Gently mix in berries.  Sprinkle berry mixture over crust. Crumble remaining crust over berries.

Bake for 45 minutes or until top is slightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.


Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 7, 2013

One of my Favorite Things and Snowball Progress

This counted cross stitch was done by my husband in 1986.  I actually started it but the fabric had such small threads and it was done over one.  Ray finished it - I had not done hardly anything on it.  The deisgner is P. Buckley Moss and it is a beautiful piece - I treasure it.  I found the frame in a little antique store in a town north of Chillicothe where we lived at the time, and I thought it was just perfect for this lovely piece.
His stitches are wonderful - he would always stitch and stab where I worked from the top of the hoop.  There are many beautiful cross stitch pictures that he did.  I have others hanging in my home and Sherry and Ann have some also.  This was something he started doing when he retired - and he also framed and matted them after I washed and got them ready for framing.
 I am loving the photos my IPhone takes.  They are very nice!   Excuse the little bright dot, but I was taking the photo through the glass of the frame.

Another mess in the room where my machine is.  It has been so neat for a couple of weeks!!  No more! 
I have the snowball top together and the polka dot border of 3 and 1/2 inches ready to attach.  What to do about a backing?  I have lots of Kaffe fabrics but not many pieces bigger than 1/2 yard and not many of those.  So I decided to do some piecing.  No rhyme nor reason and lots of the pieces on the back are not in the front - but no matter.  I cut pieces strips 6" and 7" wide and also 3" and 2" wide.   Have been randomly cutting the strips in half or thirds and sewing them together so that each is long enough to cover the width of the top plus a surplus for the quilter.  It's taking more time than I thought it would, but it's going to be pretty cool.  I will put in a narrow row every couple of rows and that should add interest.  I actually am using up some of my excess fabric.  Did go out to Park Bench and buy a few pieces - hopefully I will have enough to finish now.  Will post a picture of the back - and the front again - when it's all together. 

My Motto------