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Monday, February 8, 2016

Working on Snap Shots quilt blocks

While my kitchen and bathroom are getting renovated!….
(before and after pictures at a later date!)

I've been busy working on my Snap Shots Quilt blocks
found at the Fat Quarter Shop

Blocks #4 and #5
My doggie needs eyes and a name tag!

Block #6 and #7

and #8

Having lots of fun with this one!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A few new starts …. really?

I few new starts …. REALLY?

Shouldn't I FINISH a few things first Hmmmm??
Now that's the million dollar question!

But NO …. just can't help myself!
Had to use my spiffy new Christmas gift …
a new light box!

This Light box by Litup is AWESOME! 
lays flat and measured 12" x 17" surface space!
(Purchased on Amazon!)

Great for tracing my new appliqué project!
"Flower Garden" By Kim McClean
using my stash of Kaffe Fasset fabrics
this one will be a joy to make!
Already have two blocks done!

My next new start is "Snapshots" which was a BOM from Fat Quarter shop
proceeds from the pattern purchase went to St. Jude - a win-win situation!
Finished two blocks last weekend at a retreat I attended.

The third one would have been completed
except I forgot to cut out 3 pieces!
So it had to be finished at home!

And the last new project is "Fancy Forrest" by Elizabeth Hartman
it is another BOM from Calico Cottage in Seekonk Ma
The first month is 16 fox ….

able to make 10 fox during my retreat last weekend!

Aren't they SO CUTE!!!

I did FINISH two quilt tops!! YIPPEE!!
Photo's of those will have to be for another post …!!

Packing up for another retreat this weekend!!
Looking forward to making a few more blocks for my 3 new projects!!

Happy Quilting to All!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sewing room Re-Organization

Spent some time before Thanksgiving getting my
sewing room in order!
Finally have a minute to post the new pictures!

My guild had a show in September and things 
just piled up and got way out of hand!

There really is a sewing machine buried on that table
in the middle of the room!

 The bookshelf is overflowing
along with the fabric closet,
and yes I think I have an ironing board!~

Cutting table?

Starting with pulling Everything out of the room
(except the big stuff)
purchasing Billy Shelves from Ikea

a little furniture rearranging...

making mini bolts of fabric!
Look at that!
I can see all (most …. some) of my fabric!!

 and the fabric closet...

SO much better!
Let the Quilting Begin!!

What's up for 2016

As I look through the blog-a-shere 
and see all the wonderfully beautiful projects 
that quilters have finished … 
I feel … 
like a slug!!

Did not get many projects finished (only 4)
But …
did get my worked juried in a few big shows
which was INCREDIBLE!

The best was the "pinch me" moment when I learned
my red quilt received a third place in Paducah!
And a week later my taupe quilt received a
first place at HMQS!!!
So proud of those girls!

So with 2015 done and 2016 already started
here is what is on my sewing table
at the moment…

"The Purple Mermaid"
from the 2015 Row by Row Experience
by Quilter's Fancy 

mine is renamed to "Sleeping Mermaid"!!
Having fun with this one!
lots of beading, embroidery to look forward too!

"Massachusetts ~ Mayflower"
American Album Blocks
by Pearl P. Pereira and Susan Prileau

This will become the center block of nine ships
the other eight will be from Susan Garmen's 
"Ladies of the Sea" Pattern

fun little EEP project that was started last year
there will be nine blocks in total

all the blocks have nice colorful Sashiko
stitching surrounding them!

"Parasol Girls"
adapted from a 1930's quilt
 made by the great aunt of a 
fellow co-worker!
(before I retired!)

 Thinking of an orange paisley - 
as the original used a cheddar orange.

But not sure about it…

may go with a blue for the sashing and
this black/white colorful Kaufman 
London Calling print…
it is the same fabric as the dress in the center block
so it may just tie together all of these colors!!

Still need to finish appliqué leaves
on the boarder of this beauty

Just 12 sets of four leaves left to do
then the quilting fun may begin!!

And LAST… 
(for the moment!)
I've been playing around with
half square triangles
and Water Color Bali Pops

Lots to do the keep me busy to start 2016!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A quilt finish and Christmas!

Finally finished the quilt and wall hanging for my
nephew's little boy ~ Russell William! 

Robot, space, books and chemistry themed fabrics
were used to create this way too cute Little boy quilt!

I think he likes them!!

Christmas was special!
My son Matthew came home from Florida and
daughter Victoria came home from Texas!

We did our annual santa face cookie decorating
a 20+ year tradition!

we only made four dozen this year!

Decorated the Christmas tree!
with a little help from Bella!

 Lots of ornaments!

Bella was not too happy wearing
the Santa hat~
but did sit patiently for her picture to be taken!

Wishing everyone a Wonderfully Happy and Healthy New Year!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Quilter's Gathering 2015

Last weekend a few friends and I went up to New Hampshire
to attend the Quilter's Gathering

There were so many beautiful quilts.
Here are just a few…

The Best of Show "Free Falling"
 by Kathy Beltz was Spectacular!

"Engineer's Wife" by Tina Craig of Seaside Stitches
 had a lovely ribbon on it!

"Liberty Day" by Tere D'Amato
the light hit the quilt in such a way the New York beauty blocks really jumped out!

"Ladies of the Sea" - Beautifully done by Marlee Carter and she's wearing a ribbon!!

Fell in LOVE with "Urban Owls" by Sue Hart - an Australian BOM

So Happy for my fellow RNQG member … Terry Greenstein her quilt
"Tanzania Adventure 2014" won a nice second place ribbon!

and my quilt "Winter Days in Shades of Taupe"
took home a nice Honorable Mention ribbon!

It was a nice day of quilts, shopping and a few show tunes!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lecture and workshop with a Modern Quilter

This week was special!
The Rhododendron Quilt Guild had as their guest speaker
Modern Quilter …. Jacquie Gering!

If you follow this blog you know I'm more of an appliqué girl!
But willing to try anything!

Jacquie's lecture was outstanding!
She was Hilariously Funny!
And her quilts … Fabulous!!

Here are just a few of her beautiful quilts…

She told wonderful stories about each of her creations…

Like this Red Cross quilt,
with it's hidden transparent crosses!

and her color wheel quilt…
that came out as arcs instead of circles!

Love the colors in this one!

 For her husband who is a runner…
the quilting on this quilt just sets it into motion!

When this quilt "Aftermath"came out 
I realized how I "knew" Jacquie
after the 2013 Boston Marathon
she made this quilt and blogged about it here.
I commented on her blog that my daughter
was there working the medical tent that day,
she responded back to me with the nicest sentiment...

I will always remember that…
Thank you Jaqcuie.

The next day's workshop left me inspired!

This was the workshop quilt
"Scrappy Improvisation"

here is my scrap pile … Batiks

working on my foist block!

Jacquie showing us how to tape out the quilt

My first Modern Improvisational block!

Here is the layout of my First Modern Quilt!

The whole process has me inspired!
Not only to finish this wallhanging…
but to try another!!!

Thank you to the Rhododendron Quilt Guild and
 Jacquie Gerling for a fabulous lecture and workshop!