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Thursday, December 11, 2014

block 8 and the design wall

Here is Block 8 

looks whats coming together on the design wall!

working on block 9!

just need to cut the setting triangles …


I know they are here in my sewing room…
some where…
just can't seem to find them!

I must have put them in that 
"special safe place so they don't get lost"
ya know what I mean …right?!


I'm sure they will turn up as soon as I finish the quilt top!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Block #7 of the Sashiko and Applique Sampler

Block #7
Moth Orchid

Here they are on the design wall!

What a pretty Bunch!
just two more appliqué blocks and I can
start putting them all together!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two more Sashiko and Appliqué blocks completed!



the Plumeria block was a challenge!
I did not like the way the pattern had me do the pieces
so I ripped it all out and designed my own
Plumeria flower … the challenge was
the petals overlapped
so my first flow center did not come out so hot
but with a little pressing and a few 
strategically place beads I think it will be ok!

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Quilter's Gathering 2014

The "Gathering" has come and gone
and I'm still pinching myself!

Yup ... Funky Garden on Red 
did very well!

Second Place in Overall Craftsmanship!
I'm just so pleased!

This beauty won Best of Show
"October Sky"
by Bethanne Nemesh
done on silk
 just look at the beautifully quilted turkey!

"Kaleidoscopic Calamity"
by Margaret Solomon Gunn
received a first place for color compatibility

Quilting Excellence went to
"Endless Waves"
by Loiuse LarRose Isabelle

 I've seen this quilt done before,
but when you get up close it really sparkles

The feathered quilting really made the quilt

And I was SO happy my Quilty Gal Pal
Diana R. Annis
won a third Place for her beautifully machine quilted

These are just a few of the fabulous quilts
that were display this past weekend…
really enjoyed strolling through the quilts
and getting inspired!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Block #3 and #4 done

Just finished the appliqué on the Ginger block

and the Heliconia block

here are my four completed blocks on my pull down design wall!

only 5 more to go!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sashiko and appliqué project

Started working on the appliqué blocks 
of my Tropical Sample Quilt

Loving this project!

Loving even more….
my new needles…
#10 Applique Hiroshima Needles by Tulip

I'm using Batik fabrics for the appliqué flowers
and these needles just glide right through.

Found mine at Knit One Quilt Two
(love that shop!)

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
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
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 :)