Monday, October 26, 2015

Quilts From Our Quilt Show

I haven't been doing any sewing to speak of since I finished all my quilts for the quilt show.  But I thought you might enjoy seeing some quilts from our show.  

"Perfect Form"
I loved this quilt!  It just made me smile, and it looks like it was a lot of fun to do. The guild is asking the maker to give us a class now because we all loved her quilt.

I loved her use of the low volume prints for the background.

Do not adjust your monitor!  It really is a black & white quilt and this quilt was big!  It was at least queen sized, if not king sized.  It won People's Choice both days of the show.  This was made after one of the guild members gave a class at one of our workshops on the Triangle Frenzy Swirl tablerunner.  I understand the quilter found this fabric at Fabric Depot in Portland.  It really was incredible and the quilting was super, but I'm afraid it doesn't show up well in the photos I took.

This is a silk quilt, wall hanging size,  Machine embroidery (an Anita Goodneedle design).  It was going to be bigger until the maker realized that it wouldn't really survive being on the bed with her 3 cats!

Umbrella girls made with selvages.  I don't know if you can see it, but the quilter added a little duck with an umbrella on the bottom border.  This quilt is very 'Seattle'!

The Fisherman's Quilt
Made for a nephew, this is an original pattern.  It's very Gee's Bend-like to me.  It has flannel, denim and  wool on the front and leopard-print Minkee on the back. 

I love the quilting in the border of this string quilt as well as the black and white dots!

Believe it or not, this is a charity quilt!  It is lap quilt-sized.  I love the pieced ducks!  We have a lady in our guild that only wants to make quilts,  She makes most of our guild's charity quilts, and has made over 100 quilts this year alone.  We give to a number of local charity organizations, We think she is quite amazing and so talented.

Made by the same quilter as above, and this is also a charity quilt.  It is probably a queen-size quilt.   I believe this is a pattern from Judy Martin called "Shakespeare In The Park" from her book The Creative Pattern Book.

This beautiful quilt was in the booth of our scissor sharpening vendor (Ewok's Eversharp).   His wife (and sadly, I didn't get her name) came up with this design she based on the  Log Cabin With A Twist.  

I survived jury duty last week.  It was tough!  I had to get up so very early, 4:30 am (I'm usually a late sleeper) to be able to leave the house early enough to miss the worst of the traffic, and then drive for an hour in bad-to-terrible traffic.  And parking was a pain in the patooti - 100 free spaces for 300 jurors.  Not my idea of a fun time.  Yes, I'm whining.  But the process itself was really interesting and not uncomfortable at all.  Just lots of waiting.  Now I've been excused for this week because I'm not feeling too well.  Exposed to too many different germs last week maybe?  I just hope I don't feel too bad for too long.  I've got sewing to do!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Lucky Stars - a Finish!

Wow, October already!  I can't believe it's been so long since my last post!  But it's been a busy month and I have lots to share with you.

The quilt show has come and gone and was, I think, pretty successful!  I'm not quite recovered, but I'm slowly getting there.  It was a long time getting ready for the show, and then a long weekend with a lot of work during the show.  I got very tired . . . but it was also a lot of fun at the same time.

I managed to finish all six of my quilts in time.  Whew!  I wasn't sure I could do it, but I did.  Yay!

So, since I teased you a couple of times with this one, I will show this completed quilt first:

My Lucky Stars
Ta da!  My Lucky Stars quilt.  It finished at 62 x 80 inches.  This photo was taken at the quilt show.  It's so big and heavy that it's hard to get a good photo at home.

I won these fun wonky star blocks from the Block Lotto in 2013.  They were "Red Skies with Tall Stars", since the blocks are actually rectangular instead of square.  Here's the link to the instructions if you'd like to make some too.

Hopefully you can see that this was quilted in all-over circles.  It was hard to choose which pattern for the quilting, but I'm very happy with the way the circles play with the stars.  I used a local quilter (Julie Boersema of Seams Sew Beautiful)  this time, for the first time.

These blocks came to me from 20 different states as well as Australia, Canada, England, Israel, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa.  I love finding such happy mail in my mailbox!

Blogger is putting some of my photos upside down or sideways today, as well as doing funny things with my text formatting.  It's always an adventure! 

Here is a "crumpled" shot.  Almost like using the quilt, isn't it?  *grin*

The quilt show was fun.  We had over 300 quilts and about 500 visitors to the show, plus lots of good vendors.   My sister was able to come this year, so we had a fun weekend.  She even helped with the show take-down on Saturday evening - what a trooper!

I still love the border triangles I did on Lucky Stars, thanks to my DH for that suggestion!  I'm doing all my bindings by machine now.  It's so much faster and easier, and I really like the way they come out.  I learned how to do this from Mariquilts at The QuiltingEdge blog.  Here's the link to her tutorials.  This photo also shows that I put a quilt shop-quality turquoise flannel on the back of the quilt.  Now it's cuddly and warm for the coming winter!

I did a wonky or "liberated" star demo at the show, and people were amazed at how easy the stars are to make once they understand the process.  I heard a number of people say "I could do that!"  That makes doing the demo fun!

Here is what I would look like if I were in the new Peanuts movie coming out in November,  Thanks to Barb of 'Fun with Barb' blog for sharing the link!  If you want to see what you'd look like as a Peanuts character, go here to Peanutize yourself!

I've got lots of quilt show photos to share with you, as well as the rest of my finished quilts.  That will come over the course of the next week or two.  First up is Jury Duty, starting tomorrow.