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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Quilting around Embroidery … enjoying the process!

The quilting on my "Winter Days in Shades of Taupe"
is coming along S-L-O-W-L-Y!!

Just taking my time, 
the Sharon Schamber's quilting halo
is a huge help.

 Still have not decided on my border quilting design …..


What do you think?

Onto my fourth "Ladies of the Sea" block
tracing pattern using light box
and blue Fine Point Mark-B-Gone pen

and look who is keeping my company
in my quilting room!
A sleepy Bella!
 She's such a Cutie Pie!

This week I listened to Mark Lipinski's webinar on 
"Slow Stitching" 
and really enjoyed it, have always loved taking on
large projects and taking my time to enjoy the process.

I've never been one to have the "hurry up and get it done" mentality,
and it was nice to hear there are a lot of quilters out there
that feel the same way!

If you get a chance to join in and listen to 
Mark's webinar - I highly recommend it!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Funky Garden in Red is a semi-finalist!!

Just found out that my Aunt Millie's Garden quilt
which has been renamed to

"Funky Garden in Red"

Is a semi-finalist at the

Had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn't a dream!

close up of the needle turn appliqué and
quilting done on my Janome 6600

Since it is a "Piece 'O Cake" pattern I had
to get permission from them to enter the quilt contest.
Becky Goldsmith very graciously wrote a 
wonderful note giving permission!

This is the first time I have entered an AQS show, 
totally floating on cloud Nine! 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trip to Boston's MFA to see "Quilts and Color"

Spent day with Quilty Gal Pals in Boston's 
Museum of Fine Arts to see 
Quilts and Color - 
the Pilgrim / Roy Collection

The show is Unbelievable! and runs
through July 27.
and see this fabulous collection of antique quilts.

Just LOVED the way the MFA decorated the elevator!!
Betty, Diana and Joan

myself and Diana

My FAVORITE wall ~ all applique!

 This beautiful 
"Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow Variation"
is dated from Illinois ~ 1870's
there are 292 log cabin blocks all done in silk

"Yellow Baskets"
 New York 1920s - 1930s
done in cotton satin

My absolute FAVORITE!
"Baltimore Album Quilt"
 From Maryland (Baltimore) ~ before 1847

The day would not be complete
without a "Selfie" of the Quilty Gal Pals!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quilt Repair!

The Hawaiian Quilt
All during high school all my son wore
was Hawaiian shirts!

So naturally when he graduated high school
he wanted them cut up into a quilt…
which I did, and he took it to college
in his sophomore year!
(it took awhile!)

Now that he is moving into his own place he
asked if I would repair the quilt!

He so nicely gave me a stack of the Hawaiian
shirts he wore all through college!
Eleven of them - to be exact!!
(some traditions just never go away!)

So cut them up I did!

Not realizing how extensive the repair job would be...

 Yikes there is even missing batting!!

It probably would have been easier to make a new quilt,
as this one needed 35 patches!!

 Patches in place I delivered it to him yesterday
He was very happy!

His new apartment is taking shape,
DH watching after giving instructions
on how to hang curtain rods!!

His living room is a bit sparse!
But a good start,
he was given a nice leather living room set from his old boss - 
it was furniture that was in the lobby of the business he worked
for right out of college!

Actually very comfortable.

And yes he would like a new quilt to match…
the Yellow Leather!!!

I have so much Hawaiian shirt material left…
that should match? 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cross Stitch any one?

It's been years since I've done counted cross stitch
but I'm LOVING this project!
Especially when I can stitch at the canal!

Little Miss Shabby started a stitch along called
"Quilted Stitches"

Not sure what I'll make with it … but it sure is FUN!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

No Sewing … just a Graduation!

From Pre-School graduation 

to college graduation!

Where did the time go?

 Proud Papa 
and Mum

and onto her next adventure
Grad School at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
and a job as the Athletic Trainer
for the women's soccer team!

Life is a journey!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Won another Quilty Basket!

Last weekend Lindey-Woolsey Quilt Guild
had their quilt show…
Very nice show blogged about it here.

Knowing all the work energy and effort that goes
into a guild quilt show…
I always support the basket auctions.

Never expect to win, just figure
I'm supporting the hosting guild!

Well for two weeks in a row I have received
that Sunday evening phone call…
"You Won a Basket"!!!

The basket was BIG and Beautiful!
Full of Quilty Tools, Books and Fabric!!

It will most likely never happen again
but boy has it been fun!
Two weeks…
Two Baskets!

How Lucky is that!!

Tension ….

Yes … Yes … Yes ….

always …. Always …. ALWAYS

check the 

Simple concept,

You would think so!

so why is it the one thing I sometimes forget to do?

Must be because I'm so anxious to jump in and get started!
Yup - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I'm over zealous!

picture this…
quilting, quilting, quilting,
things are going ok
(little nervous quilting around the embroidery)
when it dawns on me…
Really should have checked the tension

what a mess.

Ok LEARN from the mistake…

so here is my tension check..
6 … 7 … 8….

flip it over and check it out

think I'll go with the 8 … maybe!

definitely need to change to a smaller needle,
these needle holes are way too big!

Thinking my seam ripper and I are going to become
VERY close friend on this quilty project!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Busy Quilty Week … Attended two Quilt Shows and Gave another Sashiko Lecture!

Yes it's Spring … the time when the Quilt Shows are just about every weekend!
For a quilter it's like having to decide which candy store to go into!

The week started out with a Quilt show in Rhode Island -
The Narragansett Bay Quilt Guild always puts on a fabulous show!

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

Just LOVE Turtles - so this quilt "Calypso" by Judy Chase 
really made me Smile!
Had to laugh … her inspiration was Jacques Cousteau!
I have such fond memories of watching his sea adventures
on his show … way back! 
(pattern is "Follow Me" by Carol Morrissey)

"My Sanctuary" by Patti Finelli is from a McKenna Ryan pattern…
this came out so Lovely!

 "Red Compass Stars" by Mary Loftes is from a Jacquline de Jonge's pattern.
These quilts always blow my mind … 
all the paper piecing and intricate twists and turns…
sometimes ya just need to step back and take a breath!

"My Pennance" by Gloria Penta was amazing!
Love the colors!
It is from the Judy Niemeyer pattern "Glacier Star"

 The next two are from a special exhibit of Mini Quilts ….
these two were just outstanding...

And I even WON a basket!!! 
Yippee … 
always wanted to make one of these Bali Bags … 
now there is no reason not to!

Wednesday night I had the privilege of presenting
my interactive Sashiko Lecture/Demo
to the Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild
out of Reading Ma
Nice group of quilters!

Here are just a few snaps of some of the members
doing their Sashiko mug rugs!

 Yesterday Mom and I took in a very nice quilt show
by the Lindsey-Woolsey Quilt Guild out of Attleboro Ma.

My absolute favorite was this beautiful Baltimore Album style quilt
"Simply Baltimore" by Barbara Roberge
All hand appliquéd and hand quilted!
Just Stunning!

"Row by Row" by Suzanne Perez 
(pattern from Bee In My Bonnet)
just made me smile!
Have the book - will definitely put this on my
Quilt Bucket List!

"Criter Christmas" by Sharron MacMullen was another favorite!
So cute! She did needle turn appliqué for all of the critters and shapes
and it was beautifully quilted by Celine Spader.

There were so many more from each show 
that it's so hard to post them all.

Next weekend…
Quilt show and Chelmsford and 
moving my daughter out of college!

Better schedule in a bit of house cleaning…
hmm…. think I'd rather Quilt! 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Choosing a quilting design … Always a challenge

Yesterday was spent designing a quilting border for this quilt….

 Winter days in Shades of Taupe
(just love the Japanese Taupe's!)

It's a Crab-apple Hill design that has been in the works 
since 2012! Now it's time to quit it!

This is always a challenge for me.
Thank goodness for "Golden Threads"
LOVE this paper!
It gives you the ability to draw out designs,
place them over your quilt
and "audition" designs before
needle and thread hit the quilt!

Option One is funky feathers
(leaning towards this one!)

Option Two is from a quilting stencil 
(thinking it looks more like ocean waves)

Here is my label, 
elongating one of the houses to fit around the writing,
then adding a few trees!

Today's challenge…
decide on the quilting design
and baste the quilt!

Or maybe I'll go to SCQG sit and sew or
Love a weekend with choices!