Thursday, March 31, 2016

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Actually, I've been home over a week, but just now finding time to post.  As you can guess, we had an amazing time.  I have such great friends and love spending time with them. Mary's home was lovely and she was an exceptional hostess. There's talk of making this an annual event, and hopefully next year more of us can go.  

As mentioned, the main purpose was the Pigeon Forge Quilt Show, and I have tons of pictures to share with you.  So many, in fact, that I decided it was best to upload those pictures to Photobucket and post a link so you can see all the gorgeous quilts.  Okay, not ALL of them, as I just took pictures of the ones that caught my eye, but there are plenty as you can imagine.  Here's the link...

The LeConte Center where the show was held was the most gorgeous building.  I believe it was recently built, and it was huge!  Plenty of room to roam and plenty of room to host the large Show. Parking was also plentiful and they even had a tram for those who couldn't/didn't want to walk to the entrance.  We needed the exercise so, yes, we walked. Hehehehe.

LeConte Center Entrance

Gorgeous beamed ceilings!

The rugs had quilt patterns!

A bed-turning in progress in one of the rooms...

Eating vendors, classrooms and restrooms were off this lovely large hall.

Spaciousness and vendors on the right...

Even more spaciousness and vendors on the left...
I didn't get a pic of the spaciousness of the quilt display areas.  :o(

Our view outside while eating lunch.
We had lovely 70-80 degree weather during our entire stay!

More lovely views...

While lunching...  Say "Cheese!"...  Mary, Lu, Mona (left to right)

I did plenty of shopping, so here's a pic of my stash enhancers.  I helped the economy greatly!  LOL!

Don't forget to click on the link above to see the quilts!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

*Sings* On The Road Again...

My friend Mona and I will be hitting the road early Monday morning heading toward Maryville, TN, where we will meet up with two other quilting friends, one of whom owns a second home there where we will stay.  The main purpose is to take in the Pigeon Forge Quilt Show, but you can guess a good time will be had the entire week we are there. We are all bringing our machines, so there will be much sewing and socializing when not at the Show.  I've already picked out a few projects to take with me to work on during down time. 

I'll be driving; and Mona and I are going to take the scenic route up I75 and through the Blue Ridge Mountain area on Rt. 411. We are planning on making several stops along the way to a few quilt shops (like we're not going to have temptation at the quilt show, right?!?).  We're also thinking about maybe day at Dollywood during our week, if time permits.  Yes, we are a crazy, zany bunch.  And we are going to have a B-L-A-S-T!!!

Flying (or driving, as the case may be) by the seat of our pants,

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pretty Quilt Accessories!!!

The Quilt Show was a huge success!  It would not surprise me at all to find out at our next meeting that we had record numbers.  I'm sure the gorgeous weather (sunny and in the 70's) helped in that regard, but there's no doubt the biggest factor was the publicity.  Our gal(s) that worked on publicity were outstanding!  In fact, ALL the gals and guys that worked on the Show -- from take-in to take-down and everywhere in-between -- were amazing!  :o)

On another note, look at the pretty, new accessories that were added to my quilts, complements of NQA Certified Judge, Molly Waddell...

Citrus Garden - FIRST PLACE!

Savannah (top) - HONORABLE MENTION
Kylie's Kites (bottom) - THIRD PLACE

The crazy thing is they competed against each other in the same category!  LOL!

Pictures of ALL the Award Winning Quilts can be found on our Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild website.  Just click the link here to be taken there. I was also told that pictures of ALL the quilts in the show (there were 200) would be added to the site shortly...

So excited and proud!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Quilt Show!!!

Our huge quilt show is tomorrow and Saturday!  If you are in the area, come by and see the beautiful quilts, visit our vendors, and find me to say "Hi!"... I'll be there both days working at various stations, from white gloving the quilts, to selling tickets to win a quilt at our Small Quilt Raffle, and other areas in-between. Hope I see you there!

'Til then,

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kylie's Kites

This quilt is called Kylie's Kites.  Eleanor Burns visited our Quilt Guild in March 2013.  She gave a Lecture, had a Quilt Challenge Competition and gave two classes.  Kylie's Kites was one of the classes she gave.  It was a lot of fun and very exciting to meet the quilt maven in person.  She is as personable and crazy as she appears.  What a hoot.  LOL!

I finished this quilt top during class and gave it to my quilt friend to quilt for me.  She did an over-the-top job on the quilting which is really what makes this quilt sing.  (The ribbon around the borders is all threadplay done by my friend!)  For some reason, I never blogged about it.  It was so long ago, that I can't remember how or even why it was overlooked...

Anywho, I'm putting it in our Guild's show in early March so that my friend's quilting can be appreciated for the art that it is.  The last of the three quilts I will be entering.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Savannah - Another Finish!

I have another finish to share.  This time it's my "Savannah" Quilt.  It's my own design and I used a lot of little civil war scrap pieces to make this.  It was quilted by a talented quilting friend.  It measures 29" square and each block is 3" finished.

This one is also going in our Guild's Quilt Show in early March.

More to come,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Citrus Garden - Hexie Quilt is Finished!

Citrus Garden

My hexie quilt is finished and I think it looks amazing.  My quilting friend did an awesome job on it!  I'm so pleased.  I changed the name from Citrus Swirl to Citrus Garden because that fits it so much better now with the quilting she did.  This was my first try at English Paper Piecing and it took me several years of on and off handpiecing to complete the top, but it was worth it.  I had no design plan for it and just let it speak to me on what it wanted to be.

I wanted to keep the edges uneven as I felt it gave the quilt more personality, so I sewed hexies around the edge like a facing on clothing and turned it to the back and appliqued it down with invisible hand stitches.  It worked like a charm!  Of course the backing and batting had to be on the quilt before I could do that, so I gave the quilt top to my quilting friend and she quilted just the hexie flowers, leaving the black areas unquilted.  Then I got the quilt back and trimmed all the layers around the edges and did my thing, and then gave it back to her to finish quilting.

The butterflies are glittery!

This beauty will be going into our Quilt Show in the beginning of March.  After all that work, you bet I'm gonna show her off.  :o)

Feeling accomplished,

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Change of Scenery

I decided I needed a change of scenery as I've been working on my Allietare Mystery Quilt since November. I have the rows halfway put together, so not too much more to go. Just was getting kinda bored of staring at the same ole same ole. Maybe I suffer from Quilter's ADD. Oh well. Hehe. Anyway, I pulled out my girl's charity quilt and finished sewing all the blocks.

I think it looks great and I really enjoyed using up some of my purple and pink scraps!  I have a ton left, so I'm sure there will be many more scrap quilts in the future.  LOL!  Now to sew the blocks together to rows and rows to a flimsy.  If it wasn't a charity quilt, I would put a small white border around it and then a nice 4" purple and pink string border to finish it off.  Maybe that's a future quilt right there, only using all colors of the spectrum and making it for my bed.  :o)

Scrap happy,

Monday, January 11, 2016

Allietare! - The Layout

Saturday, I finished all my blocks and yesterday, I laid everything out.  I LOVE it!  I've since labeled the rows and they are now awaiting construction.  I might have time today to start, but the carpet cleaner is coming, so that's an iffy maybe.  LOL

Making progress,

Friday, January 8, 2016

More on Allietare!

On New Year's Eve at midnight Italy-time, Bonnie posted the final clue and reveal of Allietare!  It is sooo me!  Right down to the scalloped border.  If you want to see the reveal for yourself, here's a link to Bonnie's blog.

Here's where I'm at so far.

I have all 30 of the Allietare Star blocks completed, and am making my way through the Echoes of Pisa blocks.  Then it's on to the setting blocks.  I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished today.  My goal is to at least finish the 20 Echoes of Pisa blocks.  If time permits and I'm feeling inspired (and crazy), then I'm hoping to have all the setting blocks done today too.  We'll see what happens...

Once the blocks are all completed, I'll arrange them on my great room floor and mark the rows to make it easier for me to assemble them and keep everything the way I laid them out.  I'll post again once I get to that point.

Who knows what today will hold,