Friday, January 17, 2014

Quilt Show Preparations

My guild's quilt show this year is March 7 and 8.  Preparations by our members are now getting hot and heavy.  It seems like such a long way away, but if you think about it, it really isn't.  Judging is at the end of February and the show is the following week.

I usually make at least one small quilt (15 x 15) to donate to our small quilt raffle.  We also have several other areas in our show, such as our boutique with items made by members (in fact a couple of us got together this morning to work on some cute things), as well as a silent auction.  You can read more about our show here if you are interested.  Just click on the Quilt Show 2014 tab.  Our guild also makes a large raffle quilt for the show.  The proceeds go to charity -- this year it is the Children's Hunger Project.

My small quilt this year is "Baby Baskets."  It is a collaboration between me and my friend Laurel.

I designed the pattern in EQ7 and pieced it, and she quilted it.  BTW, she's the one who is quilting my Farmer's Wife quilt that I'm putting in the show.  Anyway, we finished this little quilt a couple months ago, but today is the day I finally got around to making the label for it.  I used my EQ program to make the label and printed it on EQ's fabric sheets.  Love them!  I stock up when they go on sale, as they are kinda pricey, but the end product is worth it to me.  Isn't the label darling?

Where is the time going?

Monday, January 13, 2014

This and That

Have my latest Christmas top now finished.  I love how it turned out.  Now I have two Christmas tops to quilt...  :o)

Today I taught a member/teacher Scrappy Trips class (with prior permission from Bonnie Hunter, of course) for my Seaside Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  This is the second class I've taught.  The first one was in July and there is a limit of 20 in a class.  It was so popular, the waiting list was about 16 deep.  So I decided to go ahead and teach a second one in the winter, to also accommodate the snowbirds.  We had a total of 21 and had a blast.  You always know it was a great class when the "students" come up to you at the end and tell you how much they enjoyed it.  I'm psyched.

I also noticed from going back in my blog a bit that I never posted the final pictures of my Scrappy Trips quilt all quilted.  So I'll share here...

The woman showing the back of the quilt is my wonderful longarm quilter.  She does awesome work.

I titled my quilt Scrappy Trippin'.  It finished at a large queen size and I even used up some ugly fat quarters on the back, alternating the rows so I didn't have to agonize over matching seams.  This is a truly scrappy quilt.  Everything came from my stash.  Hehehe.  I'm very pleased with it and it was bonus to hear all the ooohs and aaahs from the other quilters.

'Til next time,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

It's Always Fun To Meet New Friends...

Especially the quilty kind! 

I've been following Angela's blog, SoScrappy, for some time now.  I knew she lived in FL, but didn't realize how close she was in proximity.  Then we met in person at an EduQuilters gathering when I thought I recognized her from her picture on her blog and introduced myself.  We never really had an opportunity to just sit and chat because we were so busy sewing charity quilts.  But it was neat knowing that another blogger lived in my area.

Well, a few days ago she blogged about her finally fixed Bernina and how she had a new table for it.  Since the table for my Bernina has been broken for some time (good ole painter's tape), I asked her if she had gotten it at a local quilt shop and whether she knew if they sold them individually.  She wasn't sure, but mentioned that since she had the new one, her old one was available to a good home.  How sweet was that!  So, I took her up on her kind offer and we finally truly met yesterday when I popped by her house to pick it up.  Since this is the weekend with my grandson, he was towed along as well.  But he wound up a very happy camper because Angela has a son around the same age and they seemed to bond quickly.  Kids are so great like that.

So while the kids played, I got to peek into Angela's "lair" and see her stash and several of her beautiful quilts.   It was like a private little quilt show and so fun!  Her mini blocks are to die for!  Plus, she's also a Bonnie Hunter fan.  Then we mentioned that since the boys got on so great, maybe we can get together and sew/quilt while the boys played.  I think the kids aren't the only ones who made a new friend.  :o)

Isn't it funny how things happen in life,

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Little Hourglasses

Yesterday it was merry little 9-patches.  Today it's happy little hourglasses.  Actually, last night it was happy little hourglasses.  My Accuquilt GO! made fast work of these little suckers.  One crank for all the ecru pieces and one crank for all the black pieces.  They went together like magic with the little corners already notched.  :o)

You'll notice I didn't use polka dots -- nothing in the stash I liked.  But I did scrounge up these Christmas prints as a compromise.  I like them a lot.  They play together well.

Today I sewed the 9-patch and hourglass units together and the center is now complete.

Next up -- the borders.  There is one block border and two strip borders.  I'll probably spend the remainder of the day in and out of my sewing room constructing the block borders.  But first I have to cut them.  Back to my GO! cutter.  Wheeeee.

Hope you're having a quilty day too,

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Merry Little 9-Patches

Aren't they cute?  28 merry little 9-patches that will measure 3" finished.  Hey, Merry Little 9-Patches...sounds like a cute name for a quilt, huh?  Funny how things come about...  Of course, the picture is supposed to be oriented sideways, but Blogger is acting up again...ugh.

Anyway, so, I played in EQ7 yesterday and came up with this little quilt.

32" x 32"
Not committed to it yet, as I haven't dug through my stash to see if I have the polka dotted fabrics, so if I go with it, there may be fabric changes.  But this is what I have for now.  What do you think?  Good thing is, this quilt only needs 25 of those merry little 9-patches.  :o)

To future possibilities,

Monday, January 6, 2014

I'm Baaack...

Hi all.  It's me again.  I know I've been MIA for awhile now.  Went through a little depression, and just wasn't up to blogging.  I've been quilting though.  We all know that quilting is good therapy.  I'm back to my usual self and should be good to go now.

I've got a few projects to share with you all.  Hope you're all in the mood for picture overload.  :o)

First, after spending a year and a half on and off with my Farmer's Wife quilt, with the months of August and September pretty much focusing on that solely to get 'er done for our upcoming show in March, I needed a quick and easy project.  Here is Cuzco.


Isn't it pretty.  I used a jelly roll from Kate Spain's line (Cuzco, duh) and had a blast.  This pattern was from the book Jelly Roll Dreams by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  It was exactly what I was looking for as far as a fast and easy project.

Next, I had precut strips for log cabin blocks in Civil War fabrics that I bought at Houston in November 2012.  I put those together for a table topper.

Love those fabrics.

Then, this past November, I bought myself an early Christmas present.  A Baby Lock Ellissimo Gold II.

I wasn't in the market for a new sewing/embroidery machine as my Designer Diamond works perfectly fine...but I fell in love with the camera feature for embroidery placement.  You see, I want to be able to quilt using my embroidery machine, and with Baby Lock's camera feature for P-E-R-F-E-C-T placement, it takes all the frustration, angst and time out of having to perfectly hoop your project.  I'm in LOVE!  Only thing is, I now have a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond and all it's accessories for sale.  Anyone in the market?  LOL.

Anyway, my first embroidery project?  My log cabin table topper!

Let's put it this way...I quilted this baby the DAY AFTER I bought my Baby Lock.  It turned out PERFECT in record time.  Yes, I had to hoop it 12 times (for each of the 12 blocks), but there was no down time involved in having to place it in the hoop exactly.  I just hooped it however it landed, and the camera found the center perfectly EVERY TIME.  Can you tell I'm excited?  LOL.  Yes, I still need to put the binding on it.  :o)  By the way, I digitized the quilting motif using EQ's new EQ Stitch program.  I highly recommend it -- especially for beginners.

Then, with the coming of the New Year (Happy and Healthy New Year Everyone!), I realized after attending a party at a friend's home in late December, that I absolutely have no, none, nada, Christmas projects/quilts made by me in my own home.  Yep, I guess everything Christmas I've ever made has been given to family and friends.  Well this year is the year to spoil myself.  I have officially declared the year 2014 -- Christmas Throughout the Year.  Especially since I have three bins full of Christmas fabric!  Soooo, I am aiming to make one project a month for the entire year.  Then I shall have 12 wonderful, fun projects to decorate my home with at Christmas this coming year.  So, if you love looking at Christmas projects no matter what time of the year, this is likely the place to find some.  *giggle*

My first project?  Why yes, I have it right here...

The 12 Days of Christmas.  The past two days have been so fun embroidering the blocks and putting it together.  Yes, I used my EQ program to design the quilt.  Love that program.  And just to let you know (disclaimer, here), I am not affiliated in any way with any of the products I have linked.  I just wanted to share the information with you in case you are interested in learning more about them.  :o)

Anyway, back to my 12 Days project.  Got the top done in only two days...even taking my time.  But I found I had several strips left of my rail fence borders...soooo...

I cut them up and now have 68 units ready for another project.  I'm imagining making opposite units to make them into 9-patches.  Needless to say, I'll be spending some time today playing in EQ coming up with another Christmas project for next month using 9-patches.  *grin*

May you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,