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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween decorating

Did just a bit of Halloween decorating this weekend
(no my favorite holiday)
so I keep it to a minimum!


A quilty scarecrow
cute pumpkin
pretty plant
and a table runner made by my
daughter when she was 11
(ten years ago!)
it's holding up well!!

Happy Fall!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

More from the SCQG show

Wanted to share more of the fabulous quilts
that were displayed at the Silver City quilt Guild Show 
last weekend

My friend Diana's  (of "In Stitches")
quilt "Barbara"
was absolutely fabulous 
the quilting and the beading - just unbelievable

Dora of "Mad About Quilts"
and her "Mint Chocolate Chip" was just beautiful
Love the quilting in the border




The Official SCQG Quilt Police!

"Thru the Woods" by Sandy Hall
received a judged ribbon
for Best Rookie Quilt

"Memories of Mom" by Sylvia Wade
a lovely appliqued center
surrounded by crossed stitched blocks
just beautiful


"Elegance" by Mary Ann Zonenshine
was absolutely... elegant
so beautifully quilted


Penny Sawyer was tickled pink
with her ribbon for her Challenge quilt


Donna Berthelette's "Cat Academy"
was just so CUTE!


Pauline Lally was so surprised to WIN
te SCQG Raffle Quilt!
I think she shed a tear or two!!


"On the Bucket List" by Barbara LaFlamme
featured thirties fabrics, circles and yo-yo's!

and her button chair...
to die for!!

It was a fabulous show!
with so many wonderful quilts
such a talented group of quilty gals!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

SCQG Show ... OMG I'm on Cloud 9!!

I love to Quilt!
 for me every quilt is a learning experience
My Aunt Millie's Garden quilt is a perfect example
it was my chance to really try my hand at
some of the intricate quilting that I have seen on the blogs that I follow.

So I was totally Surprised and  Completely Blown away
when my "Red" Quilt WON!!
a few Ribbons!!





Judge's Best Machine Quilting

And

Judge's BEST of SHOW

And

Guild Choice FIRST Place

And

Viewer's BEST of SHOW

OMG!!!

My Hawaiian Pillow did well too!


Judge's First Place in the Other Category

And

Judge's BEST Hand Quilting!!

Still pinching myself!

How is that possible....

Best Hand AND Machine Quilting!!!

OMG!

I owe so much to my mentors...
Diana, Dora, and Mary Ann
and the Blogs I follow!
Thank you Ladies!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Silver City Quilt Show

After months (years!) of preparation it's finally here!
The 4th biannual SCQG Quilt Show!!
Sept 21st & 22nd 10am to 4pm.



Hope you can make the show
there will be 150+ quilts
17 vendors
catered food for purchase
25 Raffle baskets
and so much more!!

Check out the SCQG web site for directions and details

I'll have these babies on display!





and my Hawaiian Pillow which I do not have a picture of!!

SO come to the Show and have some Quilty Fun!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Summer Wrap up ... a little late!

My summer was spent:
sewing and sewing...
quilting and quilting and quilting and quilting...
and a little ride to New Hampshire 
to do a Quilty lecture and watch my hubby do a little gold panning!
a little stitching by the canal...
Oh and more quilting!

My Aunt Millie's Garden quilt is all put
together and the quilting took me all summer
a few hours a day
on my Janome 6600


and it was time to make the piped binding
out of this mess!


and using these tools


LOVED the Groovin Piping Trimming Tool
by Susan K Cleveland
If your going to make a piped binding it is a must have!
Here it is attached....


and then with the binding on....


here are a few pictures of my machine quilting
every block has a square with circles quilted on point 
and pebbles inside and squiggles outside 

hearts with loops quilted into the sashings


in the boarder I quilted feathers on bowing side of the vine
with pebbles and swirls on the other side


since I'm not a big machine quilter, this quilt took so much time
energy and effort ... and I'm happy with how it came out
It will look hanging in the entry way!

The second quilt I worked on this summer was
an applique bluebird that I just wasn't sure what to do with....
so it became a Polaroid snap shot with two "cheater" snap shots behind it.
Then the idea was to have the Polaroid pictures look like
they were thrown onto a table!
This is the results....

a little machine quilting of a few leaves
helped fill in the empty space around the bird


and wood grain quilting was done to make the
background look like a table.


Finished off with a knife edge binding,
first time I've ever tried this type of finishing technique!


In August I had the privilege of speaking at the
what a wonderful group of ladies.

The Inn was so relaxing - 
can not wait to go back and stay again!
Check out the sunset from our balcony...
just breath taking.


While in New Hampshire hubby went gold panning!
Something he has always wanted to do...
he's watch too many gold shows on the Discovery Channel!!



Worked on my stitching at the canal,



yup hubby was fishing,
he actually caught a few fish!
Here is a small one...

All in all the summer went by way too fast,
and I'm back to work...
Only 170 school days left until next summer vacation!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Quilter's Brain

I received this way too cute picture today ... 



It think it explains EVERYTHING!