Thursday, October 29, 2015

More stars done

I worked on more stars this week and am completely caught up. At least for now!!

I found this fabric and just love it!!
This is using the sprig muslin. I liked it so much that I did it in reverse with another fabric I found in my stash!!

Then I found a fabric that satisfies the neon requirement, or my version of it, from a few weeks ago. 

Now aren't you completely sold on joining our little swap of 6" sawtooth star ms, in groups of 5??? Let me know by Monday!!

I did Lori's little recent sew along. But didn't like my blocks so I made another set. Now I'm completely confused as to what to do with them. I tried a dozen different fabrics for in between and liked none of them. 

Half are red/white/blue. The other half are pink/brown/black. Any ideas??

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New arrival!!

What could this be???

I did buy this a while ago but just haven't had time to open it up. 

Certainly has colorful wrapping!!!

Tada!! My new 404!!
Woohoo!! Now I am really not buying anymore machines!!! I've got all the machine I want!! Don't ask me to list thrm though!!

Sewing related:
I'm on a cleaning frenzy and found some indigo fabrics so I made one of the old stars using the indigo fabric:

Like the star!?? Want to make a few and swap with others? I'm taking sign ups for a 5-pack of 6" sawtooth stars. They literally take 12 minutes!! I'll give you directions!!  What do you say?? Join the fun!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Swap, anyone??

I'm thinking of hosting a swap of 6" sawtooth stars.  They go together super fast and are easy!!

I'm thinking of doing it in groups of 5 only.

I'm thinking of doing it soon... if there's any interest.

I know lots of people get busy sewing for Christmas so I was thinking of doing it soon to avoid the conflict.

So, anyone interested???

I'll post instructions with pictures.  My favorite ruler is the one by Open Gate; but any flying geese ruler would work (or even without it, there's easy)

so let me know this week!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

More quilt show pictures

There was an exhibit displaying quilts which used embellishments. This one had black French lace which of course I loved because it depicts Paris!

I like baskets so I really liked this quilt which has baskets in many different sizes

 I loved the colors of this, which was depicting birthday cakes!
So creative with great quilting!

I love stars and loved the variety in this one. 

This was a Lori Smith design done in red, green and white rather than reproduction colors. 

This was a guild's donation quilt, which I would love to win! I bought 5 tickets and you never know!! They said it was a quilt by Kim McLean called Flowers in the Garden. Might have to find that pattern, just in case I don't win the quilt!

This was one of the major winners and there were too many people blocking the front so I had to take the picture from the side. 

More baskets!

I loved the way this quilt was put together:
So interesting!!

That's it for the show. 
Wasn't it amazing!!!

I have to show you this picture my daughter took of little Miss Emma on their way home Sunday night after they were here for the weekend. We definitely tire them out. 

Here are the 3 of them:
They are staying with us the next two weekends so we are pretty excited. Oh, also resting up!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stars caught up and more quilts

My friend Claire came over this morning and, to tell the truth, I seem to get much more done with her being around!!

I had two weeks of stars to do:  claret red and cadet blue. I love these colors so did two of each. I even dug into my homespuns, thinking it was ok to mix it up. Hope the quilt police don't come after me!

And the reverse:

I seem to like them with the dark in the background! My seam allowance seems to have gotten larger this week!  So to fix that, I added a tiny strip along the side.  Again, hopefully the quilt police won't arrest me!! I'm far from perfect! And it generally isn't something that bothers me.  I don't like to fudge something when I'm putting the blocks together;  this way, they are all the same size and you will never see the little strip once it's quilted.  At least that's my story and I'm sticking with it!

You might notice the center is a bit "aged" looking!  Thanks to my "new" iron, the fabric got a bit hot! I might replace the center- or not!

One of the exhibits at the quilt show was just fabulous. Cherrywood fabrics sponsored a challenge wherein they distributed a packet of fabric and expected the quilters to make a square along the lines of "Wicked ", the Broadway play. The result was fabulous. This is just one section of that exhibit. 

They published a book on the exhibit, but I thought that the color wasn't close to the real quilts so I passed. 

One of these days I'm going to do something like this. A photograph or post card is cut apart and distributed to a group, each of whom has to replicate the image into a fabric panel. I love these projects. 

Then there was this hand quilted masterpiece (note that Zena Thorpe's quilts were also beautifully hand quilted too):

This machine quilting was equally spectacular!

Oops. I think I reversed the labels. In either case, the quilts are amazing!!

More eye candy tomorrow!

Oh, someone told me that amazing pink octopus had sold for $10,000!!! Not bad although she probably spent a year making it!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fabulous quilt show!

This past weekend, I went to the annual P I QF quilt show near where I live. It is always a great opportunity to see fantastic quilts. This year did not disappoint!!

Let me first show you what I thought was the funniest booth!
Can you see the scissors? Vbg 

This was my favorite quilt of all:
It's possible I may have seen this at another quilt show before but I just love the simplicity of it.

Then there were the absolutely amazing appliqu├ęd quilts of Zena Thorpe, from Southern California. I have admired her work for many years and this year was totally blown away by what she did!

Can you believe the detail in each of these pieces?

I loved this log cabin quilt. I think the quilt was made as part of a block of the month. Unfortunately that picture came out a little blurry but I hope you can get the idea of the setting, which I thought was awesome.

This was another one of my favorites. I think it won a ribbon for something. It was just beautifully done.

This postage stamp quilt is more my style. So many of the quilts appeared to be just amazing and beyond what I could ever imagine doing. This one, however was one that I could actually make!

I love Hawaiian quilts and I thought this one was beautiful.

Here is another example of exceptional machine quilting.

Look at this detail! I just find it amazing that someone can create such depth with just machine quilting!

I'll post more pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Quilts in a rug and Stars in a Time Warp

My dh and I spent the past few days visiting Napa for some wine tasting with some friends from out of town. 

We stayed at a charming cottage that had a great rug under the dining table. 

I would love to own this!

Now that I'm back, I was anxious to get back to some sewing! First up is the package I received of my fabrics for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt I'm going to make. 

I also had some stars to catch up on, as usual. 
This is claret red. I'm doing it in the reverse as well!

My version of lace:

Black and gray:
I love how this one turned out!

My last catch-up block is supposed to be chocolate and blue. I struggled to find that fabric and came up with this. I think it's just fine!

Next up is my charity quilt.