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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mini Shop Hop - so much fun!


Yesterday my Quilty Gal Pal Joan and I went on
our very own mini shop hop!

It was great to get out and see a few shops.
I've been in a little funk lately -  
nothing has been hitting me
until yesterday!
Boy did the Creative Juice Hammer hit me 
- thunk - 

The first shop Calico Cottage
is a very nice shop with a great selection of fabrics!
The first thing to hit me was 
the "Swoon" t-shirt - a MUST have!
a few EPP packets
 a great piece of yellow/orange fabric 
for an applique project that's in the works,
and "The Dress" pattern
 ~ thunk~
not that I have anyone getting married,
but for some reason I just fell in love with
this pattern and it's laser cut silvery fabric.
Having never worked with laser cut fusible fabric
this could be a really fun project!


Our next stop was 
Knit One Quilt Too
this little shop is jammed with fabric, notions,
yarns, embroidery floss, ribbons, buttons…
my head spins every time I go in ~
there is just SO much eye candy!
Really need to control myself in this shop!
They have my favorite - Japanese fabrics!!
Picked up a pre-print Sashiko table topper,
new Tulip Applique needles
a beautiful pattern for all of my Japanese fabrics,
and of course a FQ of Kaffee for my appliqué projects!


the last stop of the day was at
a small shop packed with lots of Batiks,
novelty, panels and holiday fabrics.
Just had to add to my Batik stash!
more Sashiko threads
and my Favorite Best Press scent
Caribbean Beach!
I now like ironing!!!

It was a great day!
My Quilty Gal Pal Joan
picked up a few goodies herself!

I think the Creative Juice Hammer
hit her too!
Joan ~ can't wait to see your bag when it's done!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A night with Alex, Victoria and Friends at Quilters Way

Last Tuesday three of my Quilty Gal Pals
Joan, Betty and Giuliana
for a special guest event with…

Alex Veronelli of Aurifil Threads
 and
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of 15 Minutes of Play

What a fabulous night!
Alex was mesmerizing as he explained 
how Aurifil thread was made.



He presented a slide show and explained
each step of the thread making process!
Who knew thread making could be that interesting!


Plus he sent everyone home with thread color cards and 
thread samples ~ 6 spools all different weights
12, 28, 40, 50, wool and 6 strand embroidery!
Wow! Can not wait to play with them!

Speaking of play….
How about 15 Minutes of Play!
Victoria's Quilt made from orphan blocks and much more!
Having followed Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog for a
number of years I was very excited to hear her speak.
She did not disappoint … 
her stories and humor made the night fly by! 
Loved how she takes scraps, sews them
together and creates such beautiful quilts.


she is a very passionate quilter
who just loves what she does!

she just jumps right in and starts creating!

Just Love that!


It was a fun evening, 
especially sharing it with friends!
Thanks Joan, Betty and Giuliana!



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hanging with the Big Girls in Chattanooga!



A HUGE thank you to Carol S.
for taking these photos of my quilt
hanging at the Chattanooga AQS quilt show!


I've always said Quilty People are the best!!
Thank you again Carol!
Your the Best!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Funky Garden in Red receives recognition!!

SO excited to wake up this morning 
and see this on my computer!!!


Bed Quilts – Traditional
Hon. Mention  #109 FUNKY GARDEN IN RED, 
Janet A. Elia, Taunton, Massachusetts
WHA-HOO!!!
So over the moon thrilled to have received
Honorable Mention Recognition!!
This is the first time I have ever entered a national show!

My "little" red quilt is hanging with
the Big Girl Quilts!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A week in review!

The week started last Sunday fishing at the canal!
DH caught a few small Strip Bass and I was
able to finish the applique of my Turtles!

Later in the evening we caught a beautiful sunset 
at Horseneck Beach in Westport 
this is my Favorite place to go!
Beautiful long walking beach especially at  low tide.


During the week I had the pleasure of presenting
a Hawaiian Quilting workshop
to the Ninigret Quilters Guild in Westerly RI



Everyone had lots of FUN!
A nice relaxing quilty day and NO machines required!!
A day of Slow Sewing!!

Finished the top of my guild show 2015 challenge!
"50 Shades of … Purple"


and three more Sashiko blocks!!

Wrapped up the week with another 
beach walk at Horseneck Beach

where I found these beauties!
I'm just a sucker for sea glass!
plan on making sea glass lamps for the house
here is the one just finished for my son's new apartment!
Had to take a quick pic before giving it to him!

It was a good week!
Happy Quilting, Janet :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

more on "Funky Garden on Red"

Another "OMG" moment!
Pinch Me!!
Just received word that my red quilt
"Funky Garden on Red"

2014 MQX East with a teachers ribbon!
was accepted into the
AQS show in Des Moines Iowa!!!
She is traveling more them me!!

Over the moon excited!

Happy Quilting, 
Janet :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer is flying by …. but still time to do a few projects!

Time just flies by!
July was spent moving my daughter to grad school. 
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 
offered her a nice grad assistant position!

The first few days were interesting … 
no furniture for the first few days! 
so we made the best of it and camped in 
her living room on blow up mattresses!!

Then all the Ikea furniture arrived - 
it only took two days to put together a 
bed, night stand, couch, TV stand and bureau!
this is what an Ikea couch looks like when it arrives!!

I did have lots of time between everything 
to get a few Sashiko squares done!

 Thirteen to be exact!

We also took a day to shop at two quilt stores in Corpus Christi. 
My daughters not a quilter but she was happy to go along for the ride - 
I think she wanted a break from assembling furniture!

The first shop was The Quilt Cottage
a very nice cozy shop with lots of samples to tease you!
I picked up a few things!

another nice shop with lots of fabrics!
I found these Robert Kaufman London Calling beauties 
there so scooped up 2 yards of each!
They will fit in nicely with my Liberty of London collection!



Now that I'm home I have a new project on the design wall…
my guild has a challenge for our Sept 2015 quilt show
"50 shades of …. Purple"!!

My inspiration was this photo from a sidewalk at Texas A&M:


here is the beginning all laid out on the design wall.

Purple Ombre hand dyed fabric from eQuilters        

Hope your summer is going Quilty well!

Happy Quilting, Janet :)

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 …..

Feathers
vs
Snowflakes

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.
GO!
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!!!

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

Right?!