Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quilt of Valor Top

Our guild has a few women who own longarms and volunteer their time quilting tops for Quilts of Valor. So I was playing in EQ not long ago and designed this quick to make top. I'll bring it to our meeting on Wednesday and "pass the baton." It's always fun to see something I designed on the computer "come to life."


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Retreat Fun With Friends

Our Quilt Guild hosted a two-day retreat on Friday and Saturday in nearby Cocoa for the first 20 members to sign up. I was able to sign up, as well as a few of my friends. It was a fun two days, and much sewing/quilting was accomplished. We arrived each day at 9am and sewed until 4pm. Morning goodies and a wonderful lunch each day was provided.

I worked on my Razzle Dazzle quilt which was already in progress, and managed to finish all the colored blocks and am halfway done with the alternate gray blocks.

The wonderfully colorful floral fabric with the gray background is earmarked for the outer border.  I'll have more pictures later as the quilt top progresses.  :o)

Here are some fun pics taken during the retreat.

Hope you get some quilty time in today!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Let's Talk Scraps

Hi.  My name is Suzy and I'm a scrapholic. 

I guess you can look at it a few different ways:  (1) I need an intervention. (2) I'd better get my butt sewing. (3) I'm one lucky quilter.  😋

It took me two whole days to sort, sift and organize my scraps. I really had to cram some of those scraps into the bins. As it was, I had to use two bins for the blues and three bins for the neutrals. Luckily, my dog is very well trained and doesn't bother with anything I leave laying around.

Scrappiness is happiness,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's A Juggling Act

Life's a juggling act ... and sometimes a ball is dropped.  Well, my blogging is one of those balls. Sorry about that.

But I've been juggling lots of other fun stuff in the meantime and will catch you up on some of the goings on.

First, I finished my "Christmas Sparkle" quilt and it is now in the hands of McCall's Quilting Magazine. It will be in the September/October 2017 issue, which will hit newsstands on July 25.  I'm so tickled!  McCall's will now do their professional photo shoot of my quilt and said they will send me some pictures that I can post on my blog.  They will also be sending me a couple complementary copies of the magazine as well, and I will be having a giveaway once that happens.  Wheeee!

I've also started working on my "Razzle Dazzle" Bonnie Hunter quilt that was supposed to be the project during our Mediterranean Cruise in August but didn't happen because the company that was to supply the machines went belly-up.  We worked on hand projects instead.  I'll have more on my "Razzle Dazzle" quilt progress in a future post.

I do have something to share here now, though. I've done my first ever Bargello quilt.  We had a Quilt Gathering in early March and several classes were given.  The Bargello quilt was one of them, so I was in.  It was fun and I liked it a lot, but I think if I didn't have other irons in the fire, I would have made my quilt wider.  Just looks too long and narrow to me.  But not bad for a first go-round. Lots (did I say "lots") of seams!  Now to quilt it...

On another note, I've been approached by several members of my Guild to head-up the Block-of-the-Month this coming year (May-April).  They wore me down...  Well, since I'm in charge, I've decided to make it a Mystery Quilt and have a Clue-of-the-Month instead.  I've run the idea past several people, and everyone I've spoken with thinks it will be a ton of fun.  My main goal is to have as many people as possible participate, so I wanted to make the finished quilt eye-catching but with easy-to-assemble units so that it is also beginner-friendly.  I also wanted to make it so that it will look good in many different colorways -- that way participants can make it in their preferred color scheme, just substituting the color I reference with an alternate color of their choice, although there will be lights and darks that will need to stay the same value in order to achieve the final effect.

So far I've designed the quilt and broken it down into parts to make it easier to write the clues.  Still in the midst of actually writing the intro and preparing the actual clues.  I still also have to make it myself, and I also have a helper who is also going to make it following the clues I provide in advance, just to double-check for errors (hey, they happen).  I would share a picture of the quilt here, but there are a few people from my Guild who read my blog, so I don't want to ruin it.  Only two people know what the finished product will look like -- the Guild President and my assistant.  They both are really excited with the finished product and I believe that if the participants (especially beginners) looked at the finished product, they would think it was beyond their skills.  But it's not! It's completely made of squares, half-square triangles and corner-square triangles!

All that said, would any of you out there in cyberspace be interested in following along on the Mystery Quilt?  I could always post the monthly clues here on my blog so you can join in on the monthly fun...  Let me know.  :o)

Juggling is another art form,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Orlando Quilt Fest

A couple friends and I headed off to the Orlando Quilt Show yesterday. It was a very fun day with much walking, walking and more walking. Got my steps in, no problem. LOL.

The quilts were wonderful, although there were many more art-type quilts than traditional, so I was a bit disappointed in that. It was a wonderful show, though, and we had a great time. We got there around 10am-ish and left around 3:30pm-ish.  

Afterwards, we went to a lovely outside mall near the Convention Center. They had a ton of wonderful restaurants and we chose to eat dinner at Taverna Opa, a mouthwatering authentic Greek restaurant. The food was the best I ever had. The three of us were trying each other's dishes, all delish. We couldn't stop raving. Then after dinner we walked around a bit and stopped in Ben and Jerrys for some ice cream to top off a spectacular day.

Here is a picture of my purchases. A couple Christmas-themed patterns, some tiny buttons for doll clothes, two Island Batik layer cakes at the unheard of price of $30 each, and a bunch of neutral fabrics (of which you can never have enough). The first row are all fat quarters I got for $1.50 each, the second row are fat quarters that ranged in price from $2.00 to $2.75 each, and the two sweet little kittie cat patterned ones are half-yard cuts. I love them so much I had to get them in fat quarter and half-yard sizes. Teeheehee.

And here are a few of the quilts that caught my eye. So much talent and beauty. Click on them to biggie size them.