Monday, June 28, 2010

and there's a winner

Thanks for all your great comments! I meant to post this morning but it was the first day the kids didn't have school and I was BUSY! It is going to be a great summer - there are so many fun things I want to do with my kids. :0)

This is a picture of my random number generator - lol
Comment # 38 came out of the bowl - it's LC of Elsie Quilts.
If you can send me your address I'll try to get to the post office later this week.
Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

100th post giveaway

When I started this blog it was my goal to post once a week. Now after nearly 2 years I have made it to 100 posts! So it must be time for a giveaway. :0) It sure has been a great (almost) 2 years!! Thanks to everyone who has commented and emailed making this whole experience of quilting even more enjoyable. So here it is - it's a kit for making the Schnibbles "Scratch" pattern. If you're interested in making it, leave me a comment before Monday June 28 when I'll draw a winner.

This is what I've been working on this week - I dug out a ufo that had been waiting a long time for some pieced borders and changed the plan. I saw a quilt in the July McCall's quilting magazine with flowers appliqued on a dark brown background and thought it might work for this quilt. It's been a challenge to applique on a dark background - not all the colors from the center of the quilt work on the dark brown. It's fun to applique and it will be a good take along project for summer trips.
What I really want to be working on is some hand quilting but it is REALLY hard to find a 3 hour block of time to baste something. Soon...I hope :0)
Happy Quilting!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

more of what I'm working on

Now that the machine quilting of the basket quilt is behind me I have time for piecing again. Yeah!
I just love making these blocks - they're so happy. I love that when I have 10 minutes I can pop into my sewing room and make some flying geese and then later do some trimming and before I know it another block is made. :0) I know I want to piece the top with sashing as shown, in the Gone to Texas book the quilt has alternate 12 inch blocks of blue fabric - a small change but one that necessitates figuring out yardage requirements (more math) I'm going to make 16 blocks for a larger quilt.
I've been working on this project again too. I had finished all the flower blocks awhile ago and now I'm piecing them into the big blocks. I have some decisions to make about sashing for this quilt. I think pieced sashing would be too busy. I like the look of the light colored carpet and may just do plain cream sashing. What do you think?
It was not my original intention to put the blocks together this way. You may remember this post where I tried the blocks a bunch of different ways. I was a bit worried about what the center intersection would look like as I hadn't been really careful about the width of the stems. They're not perfect but I think I can live with it.
People around here (not quilters) have been asking me what/who these 2 quilts are for - I tell them "for my entertainment" or "for the joy of making them" because I simply must be sewing something!
Happy quilting!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

something of my own

I've posted other people's work the last few posts and so today I thought I'd post about something I'm working on.
I showed a sneak peak of this a couple weeks back. I plan to make pieced blocks to surround this pot of flowers to make it a wallhanging. I'm thinking log cabin blocks or maybe churn dash blocks.
The flower shapes are from a Lori Smith pattern. I drew the pot/vase to be a bit like one on the Civil War Bride quilt. (So far I am resisting starting that quilt)

Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Carrie Nelson's trunk show

The same day as the quilt show I was able to go to a dinner and trunk show hosted by one of the LQS. The guest this year was Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. It was a lovely evening! She is an entertaining speaker and it was wonderful to see and examine closely her beautiful quilts.
I recognized many fabrics from my own stash. She must have good taste - lol.
There were many of her Schnibble quilts - it would be hard to choose a favorite.
I never tire of looking at Flying Geese. :0)
This quilt has such an interesting outer border that I had to buy the pattern.
I just love this color combination.
There were lots and lots more but I only know how to put 5 pictures in a post so that's it for today. All this posting is keeping me away from my sewing machine :0) I've got to go sew!
Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

from the show

As promised, today's pictures are from the quilt show that took place last weekend. These lovely quilts are not well photographed - the lighting in some of the buildings was not ideal for pictures but the quilts did not get snowed on this way. :0) I do hope we are finished with snow for this spring.
This quilt is fabulous! What a way to set sampler blocks!
This applique quilt is so pretty.
I liked the sunflowers mixed with the fall colors. This quilt was hand quilted - closer shot below.

I liked the setting for these scrappy stars. The quilting also suits this setting.
Ok - there's more. I'll try for tomorrow.
Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

what a weekend!

I had a very busy weekend! Even my Mom has told me I need to post about the quilt show on Saturday. The weather was so disappointing. Usually many of the quilts are displayed outside but this year it was snowing/raining all weekend so the quilts were all inside.
I started with looking at the antique quilts so I'll share those first.
This one was closely quilted with fans.
I adore this one. It's from the historic park's collection.
This one was hard to photograph but very wonderful.
I really liked the quilting on this one - a marvelous over all pattern! Here's a closer shot.
I will try to post more tomorrow. From the show and also from the dinner and trunk show I went to in the evening featuring Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt co. Her quilts were wonderful to see in person and she is an entertaining speaker.
Happy quilting!!