Friday, October 24, 2014

New Mexico Roadtrip

Just came back from a great trip out to New Mexico!  It has been awhile since I've been out there to visit my sister and her family.  Amazing how fast the kids have grown (they are driving cars and at university!  how did that happen?!)  Anyway, autumn is my favorite time to visit New Mexico...partly due to weather and partly because of chili harvest!

The colors out in the southwest just seem so much more intense.  Even when the skies were overcast. 

Loads of both color and pattern inspiration all around!  Like these windows in the old railyard building in Albuquerque where they hold an art and farmers market on Sundays.

Or these tiled stars leading to a restaurant in Santa Fe.
and these tiles...hexies below the watchful dog and colorful tiles on the walls!

Visited a wonderful quilt shop in Corralles called "Quilt Ole."  Great selection of fabrics, notions, patterns, and staffed by some really nice folks.  (and if you go there make sure you stop at Hannah's for lunch and get their cranberry bread pudding for dessert!  amazing!)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween

Since it is October and the weather is now cool in the mornings I went ahead and put out some of the Halloween decorations...

I have two more Halloween quilts in various stages of UFO...I hope to get at least one of them finished this month!

For some reason my DH doesn't love the holiday nearly as much as I do so I slip a few decorations in every few days...

Though I have accepted the ban on dressing the pets...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cool Weather quilting


As the weather is finally cooling down here in Georgia my guild had a "nature" workshop with Marilyn Walls.  A chance to do some fabric gardening!
My workshop project...sunflower!
Generally I'm not a big fan of fusing but I've always liked her large flower pieces.  Besides learning new techniques help me in doing my appraisals of nontraditional quilts.  Marilyn is a good instructor. I'd highly recommend her if you get a chance to take one of her workshops.   Likely I will finish my Sunflowers! 
Marilyn Walls class sample
Marilyn taking about choosing background fabrics...
 
On other fronts...I broke my beloved camera!  Ok, it was 8 years old and had a hard life but still...it was hard to decide to not repair and get a new camera body.  Still learning new one but so far so good!  I stayed with a  Nikon and it has kept the learning curve to a minimum.

Also, have started my fall cooking!  Out has come the pumpkin and apples...color me happy!  I made a pan of pumpkin cheesecake bars for the workshop...sigh.  Somehow they just taste better in the Fall...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New home for donation quilt!


My quilt guild finally pulled the winning ticket for our "Garden Party" Anniversary Quilt.  The winner was a local man whose wife was screaming with happiness in the background when she heard the news that hey had won the quilt.  So happy it went to folks who will love it.

And even better it looks like we may have set a guild record for money raised for Camp Rainbow.  It is a medically supervised summer camp run by the local hospital for children with cancer.  So good news all around.  Thanks to all who supported this fundraising!

And our next quilt is almost ready for "prime time!"  The binding is being sewn on and should easily be ready for its debut in mid-October!  (No rest for the quilter, aye!?)

And while all this is going on little Watson continues to grow.  Though he did not pass his good citizen test (failed to behave when approached by another dog) he did get a certificate of completion from obedience school.  I think that may be as far as he'll get!


Sunday, August 03, 2014

AQS Charlotte show


American Quilters Society shows are always fun to attend.  This time there was a bit of "pressure" as I was doing hanging appraisals for the first time at an AQS show.  It wasn't doing the appraisal that made me nervous it was just the process...didn't know how many I had to do in what amount of time.  The curse of the Type A was raising it's head again!

It all worked out fine.  I got to the show early enough to scope out the quilt I was going to work on that night.  The security folks were really accommodating and let us stay a few minutes over the 1 hour limit so I was able to finish and not have to come back early the next morning.

The quilts on display were very nice...unfortunately they don't want us posting photos (however I will slip in one made by a fellow guildmember, Patty!)  Also on display were many of the Egyptian tentmakers appliques.  There were also two tentmakers demonstrating their art.  Really beautiful work.  I have a couple that were given to me by a friend who lived in Egypt and one I bought at an auction (listed as a Scandinavian textile!)
Paula with our friend Patty's scrappy wedding ring quilt!
Even though I was busy at the show I did some retail therapy...most of it at Primitive Gatherings.  Really like Lisa's new fabric line with Moda...great cheddars and greens!  (and some pre-cuts...they are like candy!)

Across the street from the convention center was the nicest little park!  It had a literary theme...

this a bronze book page draped on the wall...

and they had these fun "road" signs in the flower beds...think it would be fun to make one for our yard with all the places we've lived since we've been married!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Photo files...throwback to August...

One of the thing I like about the digital world is how easy it is to access old photos...like going back and seeing what you were working on in august of other years...like 2009

Like this quilt back in August of 2010!  won a third place ribbon at our 2011 show!

 remember the Bonnie Hunter "Floribunda" Jacobs Ladder summer?!

three years ago (a set of doll quilts to donate...finished 6 using orphan blocks and scraps)

two years ago (finished and using on the bed right now!)

 one year ago...


Which reminds me I still have to put that final border on this top...and where did I put it anyway?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Logcabin quilts...

One of my favorite quilt patterns is the log cabin.  There are so many variations for setting the blocks and it can be done either scrappy or not!  Though I have to admit...I love the scrappy best!

This circa 1870 quilt is from Pennsylvania.  The red centers are wool.  The blocks are set on point creating alternating dark and light bands.



This all cotton quilt top has a similar colorway but is turn of the century (1900)  is much different in scale and setting...

This is part of an earlier quilt purchases from the Maryland's eastern shore (folded in quarters)


It isn't in the best of condition (ok...poor condition) but I loved the hst's used for the centers and the pieced borders.

Here is a top purchased in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The colors are so Penn!  Using log cabins as part of a "four patch" design is unusual.  These fabrics are difficult to date as they were printed for a long timeperiod.  I'd say this was circa 1900...

Not scrappy but still fun.

Below is a crib quit done as one large uneven log cabin.  It looks like it may have started with an orphan block and just grew!  This came from Pennsylvania circa 1880.  I've made a reproduction for it for my sister.  A fun project.



This is one I made using repro-fabric scraps from other projects.  I has the traditional red centers for the blocks.
It has piano key borders on two sides which used up even more scraps and gives my Dh a hint on how to lay it out on the bed!

Sometimes you don't have to make a whole log cabin block...the little color study below uses a quarter log cabin block.  The center block is a hst and takes a bit of planning...the inspiration came from the antique hst quilt.

Here is another quarter log cabin in a different setting...and king size...

This blue and yellow design below is from a Kaffe book..


A more "controlled" scrappy.  It takes more planning than the other log cabin layouts.  Again I used the left-over strips to make a border.

This little quilt was made up from scraps and donated...a good use for orphan blocks!  I always end up with a few extra when I make log cabin quilts!


And even smaller...this is about 16x16.  I stitched it up during a snow storm.  Lesson learned - don't hand sew on paper!  Duh!  Also learned however, that log cabins can be made really tiny!