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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Busy Week … Another Lecture / Workshop and the MQX show!

Had the pleasure of presenting my Sashiko lecture / trunk show for the
Capital Quilters of New Hampshire.
What a great group of ladies!
They all had fun making their Sashiko Mug Rugs!

The next morning we had the follow up Sashiko workshop
for a table topper

 Everyone Busy at work … stitching away!

It was nice to see the variety of background fabrics.
most of the gals stuck with the traditional navy blue
but a few ventured of to beige and purple backgrounds.

After the workshop my Quilty Gal Pal Joan and I zipped over
to Manchester NH for the MQX show.

Best of Show was a quilt by
Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin

check out her blog to see this beautiful quilt ,
in the mean time here are a few pictures from the show….

Overall view

Close up

and the BACK!
Which is absolutely stunning!

Just look at those tine feathers!!

This show just always knocks my sox off!!

Here are a few more of my favorites in no particular order!

beautiful Ribbon Winning Quilt!

Her work is just exquisite

My apologies for not getting the names of the makers for
the next group of quilts. Usually I take a picture of the quilt tag to 
refer back to and unfortunately this time I did not.

 I am alway in awe at those that can master thread painting,
just look at the expression in the horse's eye

This was a whole cloth quilt!

The nest two are of birds in flight ….

just beautiful…

and this one!
A New York Beauty all done in THREAD!!!

The show was wrapping up and I went back to get another look
at "Aunt Millie" to find a teacher pinning her
Faculty Award onto my Quilt!!

It is very special to have a teacher recognize your work
Thank you to Kim Stotsenberg.

Check out her blog - she has some very nice videos!

It was a fun filled, jam packed 24 hours!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New England Quilt Museum and a mini shop hop!

Today was a day for a Quilty Road trip! 
It was my last opportunity to get up to Lowell and visit 

SO Quilty Gal Pal Betty and I zipped on up
(stopping first for a medium iced coffee!)
then zipped on up - a quick hour and 15 min ride
but well Worth the trip!

The quilts were exquisite!
They allowed non flash photos for personal use,
I'm not showing entire quilts, just small sections of my favorites!
I hope it's ok.

If your in the area PLEASE see the exhibit
it is hanging until April 12, 2014

Just look at the tiny pieces and the beautiful appliqué
and delicate hand quilting.

loved this hand dyed red quilt that
featured aluminum tubing wrapped in thread!

And this was just unbelievable
the maker Mikiko Narita
sketched flowers from her garden
for the center and this was a piece of the border she created
using reverse appliqué to create a lace look!
Just look at the tiny hand quilting stitches in the
double cross hatched background.
I went back to this one a number of times!

The Japanese taupes have always been my favorite
they are just so calming (I need that some days!)
Can not imagine sitting and hand piecing 
all of those tiny pieces!

The colors and stitching are just incredible in this one.

A village all made out of repurposed jeans.
Soohee Lee of Korea
wanted to create a representation of everyday life with this quilt.

Here we are the Quilty Gal Pals
Betty and myself
in front of the red quilt that used the aluminum piping.

Of course what would the day be without a little shopping!

At the museum
I picked up a few sashiko projects, fabric and threads
plus a book that's been on my wish list!

Then we zipped over to

Very nice shop,
bright, cherry and the staff were super nice!

Pick up more goodies!


a fabric kit and 2 fat quarter bundles
(aren't the whales the cutest!)

a book and a magazine
to add to my ever growing collection!

After Quilter's Way we went over to the
where I was good and contained myself
while Betty bought Kaffee fabrics
to add to her collection.

All in All it was a great Quilty Day!
Nice to get out and about like this once in while,
and since my favorite local quilt shop closed
I've been in a bit of a funk…
but with these new goodies 
things should be turning around!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Whirl Wind Week

This week and a half has been an absolute whirl wind!

It started out last Thursday (the 20th) with a trip to Texas with my daughter
she has accepted a graduate assistant position at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
with the women's soccer team! Work and Grad school all at once! So we made a
quick trip down to meet everyone and look for a place for her to live!

When they say things are big in Texas they are right!
Just look at the size of the campus sign!!

And the view of the ocean when leaving the campus!!
Yes that's right across the street!

She will be able to  work, go to school and
 take a dip in the ocean
all at once!

A tired Mom and Daughter on the plane home

I did manage to finish the hand stitching of my label for the
"Winter Days in Shades of Taupe" Quilt
 since I had so much time on the plane 
all the wording was embroidered too!

And here is a walkway on the campus
Looks like a quilt maybe coming out of this!

Tuesday was a Sashiko Lecture for the Rising Stars Quilt Guild in Lexington
followed by a Sashiko workshop on Saturday, where 10 fabulous ladies 
took part in the workshop!
Everyone was so very busy with their stitching!

Great Bunch of Ladies! Thank you!

YUP! A fun filled Whirl Wind of a Week!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sewing Room Re-organization ….Again!

Maybe I'm just procrastinating!
but my sewing space arraignment has not worked for me
so … YUP... it's time to reorganize!

 Here it is as you enter from the hallway
it seems to have a less crowded feeling

 This is the desk and sewing corner - with my Bernina 440.
Great for all the piecing projects I have on my to do list.

My main quilting area
features my Janome 6600 and my Horn sewing table
with storage cubes purchased at Michael's
and plastic project storage boxes from Joann's
Luckily the cubes and bins fit perfectly under the leaf of my sewing table!

The extra room the leaf provides can be used for cutting and pressing
or cleared for machine quilting the stack of projects behind the iron!

View from the desk  corner of the room - 
Yes … way too many books!

This set up features a nice view out to my deck and backyard…
which will be lovely once Spring and Summer arrive.
They are coming …. soon I hope!

Hoping this arraignment will provide me with a better workable space!
Okay back to Quilty Work!!

Ladies of the Sea Block 3 Completed!

Just finished block 3 of
Ladies of the Sea !!!

for the grapes I used the circle templates
felt they were time consuming
but most of my grapes came out nice and round
only a few looked like a bird ate them!

the challenging part was the fleur-de-lis
especially the inner curve !

for the applique I'm using the freezer paper on the back method
the boat riggings are done with a grey 50wt  Aurifil thread
and the embroidery with a variegated 12 wt Sulky thread

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show

Yesterday My mom and I went to the
Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show in Upton Ma

Very nice show!

Here are five of my absolute favorites
in no particular order!
All the photos were taken with my iPhone
first time for doing this1
and I'm pretty pleased with the results.
AND this time I remembered to take a photo
of the quilt tag with all the quilt info!

"It's Raining Circles"
by Debbie Wendt

Love the way the circles of fabric and stitching 
bounce around between the fabric strips!

"Shadows of a Rainbow"
by Michelle Coppolino

Really like how Michelle used 5" charms from a charm swap
surrounding them in shades of grey and created
a color gradation.
(Think I'll have to put this on my Quilty Bucket list!)

"2013 Row Robin"
by Sherri Noel

Love the funky images,
and really love the grey!
Favorite part is the orange dandelion!

"Doodle Sea Turtle"
by Linda Ramrath

Linda started with the outline and then 
started doodling her favorite doodle patterns.
The coral was made from an old necklace!
the pattern is available at:

"Scrap Happy Sampler - Block of the Month"
by Sherri Noel

This quilt just made me smile!
Love the funky blocks and bright colors!

unfortunately my camera wasn't focused so sadly 
can't say where the BOM pattern came from.

After browsing through all the quilts
mom and I had a quick sandwich..

snapped a pic of mom laughing!

and then we visited

Distinctively Sweden
in North Attleboro

and picked up a couple of Ekelund Linens
made in Sweden!

A nice Ocean Sea Scape linen,
a way cute ocean theme wash cloth,
and a black and orange linen that will look great
on the dining room table at Halloween time!

Just love these linens!
The gals at the shop are so nice and helpful,
a pleasure to shop there!

Then, onto one of my mom's favorite places…

Briggs Home and Garden Center
it is a wonderful place to go year round for
houseplants, out side plants, gardening inspiration
and they have a nice little area for tea and desserts!
we each picked up cute little plants

Mine has found a home in my sewing room…
which has been under another
But that's for another time!

It was a fun filled jam packed day!