Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Circa 2016

We had a family-filled Mother's Day as well as the grands all weekend so I did no sewing. But it was great, right??

I just finished a book called "Being Mortal" by a doctor from Boston and I highly recommend it. It gives a great perspective on life and it certainly made me more appreciative of how lucky I am. Let me know if you've read it!

I did sew two little 3" blocks for the Citrca 2016. I love that it's so easy to keep up!!

Please forgive that I didn't plug in my iron even!!

I have to share this photo. My dh has been working part time in San Francisco and that has enabled me to pick up my grandson and help out in his class. Our routine has included a quick stop at Starbucks on the way to school. Today I took a selfie, which I usually hate!!'

Enough gushing for today!! ❤️❤️❤️

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Circa 2016 and trouble with pens

Last night I sewed the two latest blocks for the Circa 2016 project from Temecula Quilts. Love these little blocks!

I'm still trying to decide what to do with the Cheri quilt too:

I am struggling with writing labels these days. The ink seems to fade or bleed. Which pens have you used and found to really be permanent??? I need advice!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kindergarten quilt was a huge success

I presented the kindergarten quilt to the teacher yesterday and it was a huge success. She was in tears!! Very sweet to see the kids' reaction to seeing their art work put into a quilt. They all crowded around wanting to see where their signatures were or the picture!

I will tell you, though, that I was hugely disappointed to see that many of the signatures bled after being washed. I used permanent markers too!!  Ugh!!

I suppose I should have tested them before I had the kids sign them. Lesson learned!!

Now I have a couple of days at home to catch up!! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flying geese galore

Tucked in the back of the quilts in Nantes was an exhibit of quilts which used the block "flying geese" in some fashion. Let me tell you that I was completely blown Away by the creativity in the quilts submitted. 

Is this not adorable??!!

One corner

These are some TINY blocks!! Sorry it's a little blurry. 

Here are my two favorites:
This took some careful studying! This quilter used piecing and thread play to make her design. In the first image, the flower was missing only one petal;  each successive flower pot had the petals falling to the ground but their images were sewn with colored threads:
There were many who were studying this quilt and fortunately my French is good enough that I was able to get what they were describing!

Now this one was off the charts:
I'm going to show you close ups because it's the only way to see the beauty!!

That's the end of the Nantes quilts. It was truly a great experience!!

Now let me show you my very simple quilting skills!! Nothing like what was in Nantes, but that's okay!!  I made a quilt for the doll quilt swap that my friend Lori hosted. 

Pretty basic!!

I used heavy thread and did some very Primitive hand quilting:
This was truly an international quilt!  I pieced it in Wisconsin and took it with me to France to do the quilting. The binding was done in California!!

I'm feverishly trying to get the binding sewn down on the kindergarten teacher's quilt, which in going to present to her tomorrow!  I'll post a picture in the next day or two. M

Friday, April 29, 2016

More Nantes quilts

I think this was another Yoko Saito quilt. Talk about hexies!!!
There was a booth of Linda Koenig's quilts which were beautiful!

Simple but striking 

This appliquéd quilt was amazing. 

Great way to use half square triangles 

The quilter herself and her book!  Too heavy to take home in my luggage, sadly. 

These were from a different booth:

Love the use of toile here!  I think I have that fabric too. 

More hexies!

Loved these quilts!!!

The colors are so exciting!

I loved the center hexies appliquéd onto a gorgeous floral background. 

A vendor booth 

I thought this display was darling.

Tomorrow I will show the quilts I loved the best. 
Here is a display window in Paris of a store selling the most gorgeous (and expensive!) umbrellas I've ever seen!! I'd never take them out in the rain though!

Here is another window of a perfume shop. The Parisians spare no expense in doing windows!
So simple but beautiful!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More Nantes quilts

I've been a bad blogger this past week so I'm late in posting more pictures from the Quiltmania show. Forgive me! Lots of babysitting!

The show was organized around the featured quilters. One which was just amazing was Yoko Saito. Here are some of her quilts:

There were some modern quilts which I'm not usually crazy about but these caught my eye!

I never met a basket I didn't like!!

Blue and baskets?? Perfect combo!!

Look at the quilting in this!!

Can you imagine doing all those points?

I still have more to show but in the meantime I'll show you my doll quilt that I made and sent off to Virginia!  It's international--I pieced it in Wisconsin and did the Primitive hand quilting in France. How exciting is that?  Hopefully she will like it!  It's a Lori Smith pattern btw. 

And last night I caught up on my Circa 2016 blocks, which I really enjoyed!

My Cheri quilt is coming along although differently than the plan!!

Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to share more Nantes pictures during the kids' naps!!  Did I mention that we will have a new grand baby in November??!! Yup! My son and his wife are expecting!! Life is not just good-- it's phenomenal!