Monday, August 19, 2019
I haven't done a lot of stitching as my Mom took another nasty fall and my time is taken up with her care. I did manage to get some b/w 4-patches done that will be a top and bottom border to the lovely 'Presidents' kitty blocks quilt. This will make it a 50" x 60" size - good for a couch throw. There is an extra block for a pillow. If any late comers come, I will make a wallhanging for a nice set.
We have had a lot of severe thunder/lightening storms, so I have been powering down all unnecessary electroncs - computer included. So I have not had time to visit blogs or answer e-mails. And the last time I powered down and then back up - something messed with settings that I am slowly working out.
We are expecting more stormy weather the next few days - so I am just powered down, not lost.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
This is the most delightful quilt store in Windham , NY - The Patchwork Co.
Run by the sweetest Mom & Pop and now joined by their daughter. Emily and I were lucky to stop in between the two quilt shows and there wasn't any crowd - when we were leaving, yes!
I picked up this cute panel (I need another panel like a hole in the head). 'Catnip' by Jenelle Penner for Windham Fabrics.
And if you are a cat person, you totally get this one.
At the Windham Quilt Show I pick this lovely piece up off the guild remnant table. It was marked as 4 yrds, but I think there is closer to six. I made the 'apple' scrap quilt last fall and I think this will be a great backing for it. Design by Joan Kessler for Concord Fabrics. I know some of the apple store scraps I used were also her design - nice marriage.
And I found this two yrd. piece of Laurel Burch "Christmas Cats". I'm not fond of seasonal fabrics, but I love LB's kitties.
Are you starting to sense a theme going on here. These blocks were made by my guild members - blocks for the out-going President to make a 'President Quilt'. One of the light background blocks is under the machine to get a blanket top stitch - the maker might not have had this capability on their machine. So today I will square all of these up and assemble the flimsy. I think it needs a stop border and then wide border to bring it up to size.
I'd like to have this one completed for show & Tell at our next meeting when we return from Summer Break. I'm the next term sitting President and I told them they didn't need to make another set of blocks - huge sigh of relief!
The second quilt show on Saturday was hosted by the Patchworkers of Windham, NY at the local school. The drive from the first show to the second show was about 20 minutes. It was a lovely, cooler day and we enjoyed the scenery and wonderful old homes along the way. We did stop at the Patchwork Co Quilt Shop along the way, but will share that later.
This is the full quilt with those beautiful fussy cut EPP stars. Very striking with the setting on point.
The two blocks made for a very stunning secondary pattern. I liked that the guild had finished this quilt for one of their members who had a stroke about the same time my Mom did. Although Jean is still in re-hab, they wanted one of her quilts in the show.
The only blue/white quilt in the show - and I loved it. Same block but in reverse color setting makes for another stunner.
A beautiful red-work of vintage baskets . She said it took her eight years to make all the blocks and another two years with the quilting.
This was my favorite basket and a close up of the quilting. This was my vote for viewers choice award. She persisted in completing those blocks and you could see her quilting skills grow to the point at the end of learning ruler work to quilt this herself at the end.
For you lovers of the Lucy Boston block. I love the look of these, but I don't want to make one.
And another Lucy Boston done in modern fabrics. They had a special display on the stage of members' quilts what had won awards at the Vermont show this spring.
There were several log cabin quilts, but I loved the scrappiness of this one with the double 9-patches and backgrounds.
This show was a little larger than the other - both small quilds. There was a nice diplay of miniatures, but by the time I got to that section there was guite the crowd and photos weren't possible. They had a few local artisan vendors and guild boutique' as well.
I will share the quilt shop and purchases tomorrow (blogger is being boggery).
To be a rainy, stormy day so I might be powering down. I have a binding to finish up, so hand work will fit the bill.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Since I am working on a project that can't be shown until next month, it is a good time to share one of the quilt shows that I went to on Saturday. Fellow guild member, Emily, went with me and we hit the Cairo Piecemakers, Cairo, NY first. A pleasantly much cooler day, but as we drove into the Catskill Mountains we were greeted by a huge formation of Canadian Geese. Come on - it's early August!
I just adored this little free form wool piece that was set into an old license plate frame. Of course I got the scoop on how this was made and fastened - just love!!
This was the mother ship of creation. I would have bought this - if for sale. Free form piecing and hand quilted with a large stitch. The light brown was actually a much darker, warmer color - cameras and indoor lighting. I wish I could have shown the back (I knew it was two sided) - log cabins, rails, stars, mock ladders, random blocks - oh my! All wool, but I could see using my plaids and homespuns.
Heres another small piece using this method. Wouldn't this be a fun new technique' for a guild class? You can tell I was really drawn to this.
This was all chenille, satins, and velors - also, two sided. Can you say HEAVY! A 'please do not touch' sign was right next to it, but oh so hard to resist running a hand over all this rich tecture.
I loved this modern piece - the gray was more of a dark slate (again indoor lights). The member took a class at Amelia's Garden Shop. They were the speakers/trunk show at our Hall of Fame Picnic.
Emily liked this one. Fun little frogs and love the extra touch of the large applique' in the corner.
This was another new technique's this guild learned - mosaic collage fuseable piecing an object. This one is actually a kit (we discovered that when we went to the fabric shop up the road).
But there were a lot of small pieces done that members had taken a picture or silhouette as their quide to collage. They are having another class later this month and I got invited.
This was a small show of about 14 large quilts and a number of small items scattered about. Its's an annual show so it showcases the new work and technique's that the members accomplish for the year. They had a raffle quilt, raffle baskets, and guild boutique. I hit up the raffles, but refrained from the boutique.
I'll share the second show tomorrow - and things I bought.
Now I need to go quilt,
Friday, August 9, 2019
I wasn't able to attend our local Guild's class on One-Block Wonders back in May, but I had the book and the fabrics . Sometimes after playing in so many scraps, you have to play with new. It was time to tackle this.
These are my fabrics - 'Cascade Meadow' by Connecting Threads with a pile of cuttings. I asked a guild member who had attended the class to come teach me. Yes I could have just watched U-Tubes or found tutorials on-line, but I wanted to use a better resource. Thank You Emily for helping out and getting me on to a good start with this project.
Here are some of the blocks so far - you only make them in 'halves' to aid in the arranging/design and the final stitching process.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Because I finished up my plaid projects, I think today will be a good day to play in this newly gifted tote of fabric. I have several new totes and bags that I picked up last week and yet to look thru. This one intriqued me because I spotted MARCUS! Judy Rothermel and Howard Marcus - favs. Some Shelborn Museum collection pieces. Debbie Beaves and Jinny Beyer for RJR fabrics. Oh I'm giddy!
I see some Sawtooth Stars and once worked down into smaller pieces, some floating stars.
I forgot to show some pictures from the Button Boats class I taught.
The Cairo Piecemakers guild have a lovely room to use at their local library in Cairo, NY.
I loved Deb's little lamp. There is very little machine stitching to these cute boats.
Because the Bosal product now comes with two-sided fuseable, you can elliminate two steps (and products needed) in this project, making them much easier and faster to make.
You only need two 10" squares of coordinating fabrics - a scrap project. You could easily make these in 15 minutes, but we spent a little over an hour. You can only work as fast as the slowest person in the class. We also had a couple of machine problems to resolve along the way (see the machine manual out). And some discussion time was spent over the pressing station as a number of the ladies had never used a fuseable product before.
Some completed the entire project and others decided to do the end finishes at home after we discussed several options for that step. A nice little project with a super sweet quild. I enjoyed the evening very much - and I got gifted a bag of scraps by one lovely participant.
Monday, August 5, 2019
I've worked thru that large pile of plaids that was dumped on the table Wednesday. These are left and will be worked into the final row.
The pinks and reds are getting packed into this larger tote for a quilt later.
I have a pattern already in mind that will work up quickly and use most of this up.
Today the goal is to stitch all those rows (and sashing strips) into a quilt top. I have three large pieces off the shelf that will get put together for the back and it's ready for quilting. This is my project for the 'Favorite Quilt Block' Hop in September.
My prayers are with all the victims and families of the latest rash of gun violence. My heart is heavy for our country at this time.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
I know September is on the horizon - boy the year is going by fast. So I need to get a start on my project for the new HOP - My Favorite Quilt Block.
Since we will be heading into Fall, I thought it would be a good idea to finally use some of my collected homespuns, shirts, cotton and wool plaids. I probably have enough for three or four quilts, but getting this one done for the hop is my mission. (do you see the toesies?)
Moe is really an outdoor kitty during the Summer, but he LOVES those wools and homespuns. I convinced him to nap on the tote out of the way - I didn't want to bob a tail or trim some toes.
Tonight I teach a class on making Button Boats which should be fun. All the class supplies have been packed for a while as we had to reschedule with my Mom's trip to the hospital and this guild lost a long time member at the same time. I need to remember to take my camera.
Monday, July 29, 2019
The 'Twinkle Tree' was sandwiched, quilted and bound. BUT, I think it looks a little blah so I will add some buttons and beads to liven it up.
The 'Lost Socks' has been put into a flimsy and needs to be sandwiched for some quilting. Maybe this one will be a finish by the end of the month.
And I breezed thru the #2 Clue over the weekend for Kevin's two color mystery quilt along (button on the side bar). The 4-patches need to be pressed, but not until it cools down. I just pulled a lot of 1.5" white and w/w strips from that yellow bag and made strattas. With a new blade in the rotary, I stacked those 6 deep and sub-cut units that then were chained thru the machine lickety split. I actually made too many strattas and too many 4-patches - I'll use them in something. The 164 single 1.5" squares I just had to pull from my barrel system - no cutting.
Some handwork and simple quilting - an easy day,
Saturday, July 27, 2019
It's the last RSC19 link up up for the monthly color - PINK. I needed to catch up on the sampler blocks. So when I was gleening thru the newly gifted scraps for RED, I pulled the PINKs as well. I have a range from 'mellon' to 'magenta' in all of these pinks.
An array of pinks used in these blocks. I now have 16 straight set blocks and 16 diagonal blocks. I loved SALLY's tiny piglet, but then I remembered that I had used her large piggy pattern for one of last year's RSC projects.
They even have their own quilt barn. There are pieces cut (with pattern) for a tractor. I think I need to get this one put into a quilt top.