Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quilty Adventures

I have had some fun the last couple months!
The guild had a sew-in in July, where I introduced the idea of Tiara Time to more of my fellow quilters.  I saw the idea on my friend Ronnie's blog where a teacher told her students that when she put on her tiara, it was her time to focus and they were not allowed to bother her.  I thought, what a great practice for quilters, especially for those with kids!  For myself, it is "me time", and I'm allowing myself to quilt without guilt.  Here is my favorite photo of me with my tiara that Jessica took:

At this sew-in I focused on working on this gorgeous quilt for my friend Cheryl, who is weaving me a picnic basket in exchange:
Our guild retreat was in August, and again I was only able to be there on Saturday.  It was so much fun though, I left at 6am and came home at 9pm.  The ladies are always so much fun to be around, and I took a few projects that I wanted to make progress on.
This was the amazing goody bag they had put together for us, so many awesome and useful items!  The new Missouri Star Quilt Company thread, a calculator, a notebook and pencil, fat quarters, Chapstick, seam ripper, tape measure, Row by Row license plate, just so many incredible gifts.  Thanks again Kay and retreat crew!

Early morning view of the room.

Here is Mary!  She though the idea was so great that she found herself a tiara, and then we strategized to wear matching shirts for this event.  Of course, we ended up sitting across the room from each other, but whatever. :)  We still had fun.  She has a great photo of us on her blog.  I love this quilt she made, it's the Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage quilt and is SO CUTE!

This is one that Leann was working on, we had a good discussion on how "ugly" fabric can look so different depending on what it is used with.

This is my first project I worked on, I just wanted to get the blocks assembled.  We did some quilting by committee and decided it looks best on point and with the cornerstones.

This is Pat's, and I love how it turned out.  She quilts on her home machine.

Here is Pat with her finished Ten Pack (Laurie Shifrin pattern)

I brought my Ten Pack as well, just to throw on the wall and see how it looks outside my sewing room.  Everyone loves the color-way I have going.  All I can say is, that's what layer cakes are all about!  I have more blocks than can fit on a design wall, so I will have to figure out another way to lay out my blocks.  Maybe on our bed.

Mary brought this for me, from one of the shops in Tri-Cities.  I have since found it incredibly useful, I highly recommend this size ruler.  I know Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville has mentioned in her videos about getting some for her store.  I like how it's working with my half-square triangles, when I want to draw the line across, this ruler has some grippy on the back-side which helps keep my fabric from moving around on me.

This is what Melanie was working on, it will be a gift for her pastor.  I love the bright colors.

This is the Hunter's Star that I am working on, I wanted to make progress on this as well and I am feeling pretty good about it.

I recently started an English Paper Piecing project that I am very excited about.  John bought me the rainbow of fabrics and said make whatever I want.  I had seen the photo below of a table topper with butterflies and I really like it.  So I've decided to make something similar.  My grandpa made me the box on the right, it uses a ruler that slides as the top.  So cool!  This one uses a 7 inch ruler, he also made one with a 12.5 inch ruler that will work well for holding larger blocks.  He made extras, and I plan to take them to guild and see if anyone is interested in buying them.  I think they'll make some awesome Christmas gifts!

This is so pretty, I hope mine looks good when it's done :)

This was something I had hoped to finish before the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival, but it took longer than anticipated.  And then we started working on buying our house.

I made progress on this pillowcase this weekend!  Finally have it to the finishing stage, I think I will make a tutorial for the process I am using, as it's different than what I've seen around.  I can tell you, that wavy quilting was difficult for me to do, I am much more comfortable with actual shapes apparently.

And this is what happens when I walk out of the room for a few minutes...

Well, I hope you are all getting some progress made on your projects too, I would love to hear what you are working on.  Anyone starting Christmas presents yet?  I just remembered, my blog anniversary is next month, sounds like a GIVEAWAY will be happening soon!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

2016 Pets on Quilts Show!

Hello and welcome to my entry for the Pets on Quilts Show hosted by Lily Pad Quilting!  I am excited to be participating again.  This year's entry involves a certain orange cat who had issues parting with a certain niece's quilt.
From the time I laid out the building blocks Thomas was fascinated with this quilt.

"Hey mom, what are you doing with my quilt on the floor?"
"Oh man, this is the best ever!  It is missing something though..."

"I know!  I will rub myself all over the large black areas and add that special orange color.  It will add texture and depth to the quilt."
"Ohhhh yeah, this is looking yummy."
"Shhh, mom thinks I am just helping by keeping the quilt from sliding onto the floor, but really I'm working as much fur into the top as possible, so that the quilt CAN'T go to Arizona and this niece-person she keeps talking about."

I was finally able to drag it away from him and put the binding on and get it sent to Arizona.  Here are some photos of the finished piece:

This final photo is my entry in the Cat on Quilt category:

Again, be sure to visit Snoodles and the gang at Lily Pad Quilting and check out the other entries this year.  I'm off to leave some comment love for them myself.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sisters, OR Outdoor Quilt Show

John was so kind, he took me to Sisters, OR last weekend for the Quilt Show!
I actually booked our hotel room in January, so I've been really looking forward to going down there.  It's about a 4.5 hour drive from Walla Walla, so we left Friday morning ~8am, which gave us plenty of time to visit one of John's work buddies in Bend for about an hour.  Bennett at Performance Authority is building the SEMA truck for Diamond Eye Performance and we got to see it's progress.  The following are some photos from our trip, and just a few of the quilts that really caught my attention.
It started as a '48 Ford cab-over, which they are creating a truck-loading ramp for so it can haul another custom truck.  It will be really neat to see it progress, and John is very excited to be helping out with the project this year.

Eee!  So excited!

Hmmm, not so great, although it still is Friday, so go ahead weather!  Get it out of your system!

Pretty great store!  During quilt show time they stay open from 9am to 9pm.  We were thankful the next day that we visited Friday evening.

Lepidoptera Quilt

This hit my funny bone :)

John got this good photo of us as we were on our way out, in front of a beautiful water feature.

This is where we ate breakfast, I highly recommend it!

Neat sculpture in a field before you get to Sisters, for those who get to wait for entrance into the show.

I think we only waited 10 minutes, it wasn't too bad at 9am.  I heard you can actually go earlier, when they are setting the quilts up, and the traffic is much less.

I thought this picture turned out really nice, and might make a neat quilt someday.

This is in City Hall, all the panels are quilted by different people.

This looked like one I would be most likely to imitate, if I ever decided to make something along these lines.  We really liked the progression of the quilts.

This may be the best memory quilt I've ever seen, what a cool idea!

This was incredible, those little squares are .5 inch (half inch!) and then it's all embellished with beadwork.

Here's a close-up.

This was one of John's favorites, which made sense to me because he likes war planes and clever quilting.

Such a cool idea.  What a great way to practice different quilting techniques/patterns.

An example of the quilts hanging on the buildings.  And me :)

This one is amazing.  I really like the cream background and rainbow batiks.

Had to try on a floppy hat!  There were some pretty fancy ones at this shop.

I haven't seen many log cabin quilts that really attract my attention, and this one definitely did.  I like the trees and bear paw blocks a lot.

I saw this tiger from across the street and squealed a little... I love how it looks like he is nosing up to the camera!

Pretty awesome to meet Rob Appell of Man Sewing!  Hoping to take a class with him next year if possible.

Another shot of quilts on the building, and an example of why John and I walked in the middle of the street for most of the 4 hours we were there.

This log cabin quilt is clever!

Be sure to visit the flaming rhino!

We visited the shops in Bend after walking around the quilt show, and found a few goodies.  I decided I will work on a rainbow of fat quarters from the shops I visit this year and see if I can't make something fun with them.  And you can see John found some more motorcycle fabric, he is very happy.

I ended up with a yard of this for adding to my Halloween collection that I am building up, I think it will make a really cool background fabric.

I am contemplating using this for a new ironing board cover, but may go with something less busy since I tend to take a lot of my block photos on there.  Either way, I was really attracted to this fabric.

John bought me the earrings and magnet, how thoughtful is he!  And I have some fabric waiting to become Hawaiian shirts, and figured I should pick up the snaps while I was thinking about it.
 Our overall impression of the show was that it could have been a little less spread out.  We walked around, pretty quickly, for 4 hours and were just wiped out from it, and didn't see everything!  It is my understanding that in the past the quilts were much more condensed and it caused a lot of overcrowding, and that certainly wasn't a problem this show.  But we were among the younger end of the people attending the show, I can't imagine how the older crowd fared.  But it was pretty cool to see so many different quilts, and to see the appreciation of them from such a large amount of people.  I am looking forward to going back next year.  And maybe I'll enter a quilt this time!
Belle approving the new rainbow pretties.  I think she wasn't too thrilled with us being gone for a night, she still hasn't fully forgiven me.  I think I will brush her extra, maybe that will help.
Have a super sparkly day!