Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.  We're going to have dinner with the rest of the family tomorrow.  Should be a grand time!

My sister came to visit last weekend.  She was cleaning out her quilt stuff when I told her I'd like any bright plaids she might have.  So she brought me 2 bags full of fabric - and they weren't all bright plaids! - plus another bag with unfinished projects.  This was just one of the projects.  There's 50 blocks here, and they just need putting together!  Woo hoo!  I'll be sharing the other projects with you a little later, as I don't have photos of them yet. 

Shade is wondering why the Easter Bunny doesn't bring kitty treats?   

Monday, April 11, 2011

Charmed, I'm Sure

I finally got my issues resolved and can now post.  I'm embarrassed to admit that I think it was more "operator headspace" than anything else.  Another "Duh!" moment.

Anyway, I can finally share what I was working on last week.  My two granddaughters were coming for their first sleepover here on Saturday, so I decided it was time to finish the quilt tops I started for them a couple of years ago.  You can see that post here

Strawberry Lemonade
40 in by 49 in
I used two different charm packs from Moda, using two matching charm packs per quilt top, and putting the squares together randomly.  And then some yardage for the borders.  I also made matching pillowcases.  Very easy, and no stress.  The quilts aren't very big, and the girls have grown since I sewed the tops!  But they still fit, so far. 

Dunkel always has to "help" with the photo shoot.

Much better, now he's all covered up in the quilt.  He actually stayed there for about 3 hours.

A better closeup to see the quilting design in both the middle of the quilt and the border. I did all of this quilting with the walking foot.

Blue flannel on the back . . . nice and cuddly!

Spring Meadow
40 in by 48 in
 I actually had 2 pieces of  "leftover" pieces of batting in my stash that were pretty darn close to the right size, and didn't have to cut into big pieces of batting, or buy anything new.  That made me happy.

I decided to just do the same design on this one too.  Easy-peasy.

But I did free-motion on this border.  It's not very good, but it's finished, and that's the best thing.  I'm not real happy with how I did, but I'm not going to rip it out either.  Maybe someday I'll get better at this.

This one has purple flannel on the back . . . more cuddles.

Both girls loved their quilts, and the sleepover was a great success. 

What was fun (and funny) was that both girls wanted to do some sewing while they were here.  The oldest one even brought her own sparkly purple fabric!  We made a pillowcase for her small travel pillow on Saturday afternoon.  Sunday morning they both wanted to do more sewing, so we made pillows for their stuffed toys.  More of the sparkly purple got used, and some pink fabric (of course!) for the youngest girl.  I forgot to get any pictures, unfortunately.  They were both pleased with their projects, which made me happy!  I'm hoping next time to have them do some of the sewing themselves.  I think they're old enough to (carefully) use the machine.

Being a grandma can sure be a lot of fun! 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

A Fresh New Font!

Something is up with Blogger this morning and I can't seem to use the new post editor or upload photos, so what I was going to post will have to wait until later.

However, there's a new look around here today. When Blogger added new fonts to their options (in the Template Designer), I HAD to test it out! I'm a confessed Font Junkie, and this was a no-brainer. I think I like it!

So, back to work for me, and I'll try to post the photos later.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Quilt Show Part Deux

I'm finally getting back to the rest of the quilt show photos.  Real Life sometimes takes priority over blogging, for some strange reason.  Had to get some things attended to, like doing taxes and taking care of some "house" problems.  But, we're all squared away now, so back to the quilt show!

My apologies for the less-than-ideal photos.  And don't forget, all the photos can be clicked on to "biggify" them, and some of them can be further enlarged by another click. 

This post is the art quilts and the liberated quilts.  First up, the art quilts:

Woven Wishes by Maurine Roy
 Maurine was the featured quilter at the show, and all of her quilts were outstanding.  These two are just my personal favorites.
August Heat by Maurine Roy

August Heat detail

Tipitapa by Tamara Nelson
  This quilt depicts three homes made of scrap materials in a dump community outside of Managua, Nicaragua.

Palouse by Cindy Gilbrough

And now, my favorites of all, the more liberated quilts:

Balance . . . Unbalance by Donna DeShazo

Lavender Fields on Whidbey Island by Dorothy LeBoeuf
 This quilt was started in a workshop on intuitive landscape quilting with Jean Wells.

Sunlight and Shadow by Cindy Gilbrough

Sunlight and Shadow detail
Cat by Dorothy LeBoeuf
 This quilt was started in a workshop on piecing with solids taught by Gwen Marston.

Cat detail

City Lights by Cindy Gilbrough
 This quilt is from a class with Gwen Marston.  I love the addition of the wonky star . . . a nice touch of whimsy!

X's and O's by Dorothy LeBoeuf
This quilt was started in a workshop with Freddie Moran.

Now, back to Real Life again.  Hopefully I'll something to show by the end of the week.