Yep, I Have Been Sewing

And using my machine to embroider!

I mentioned the two Quinceañera pillows. I have gotten as far as getting the designs finalized and one of the fabric squares for a pillow actually embroidered.

I just have the bigger pillow to embroider and then some fancy assembly. I’m hoping to get those finished by the end of this weekend so they are ready for the party, which is a couple of weeks from now.

Now let’s rewind to last weekend. I got the center of the Lone Star quilt assembled and then put it away for awhile. I need to spend some time (that I currently don’t have) figuring out why one side is an inch longer than the other three before I put narrow white borders on it. So it is currently waiting its turn.

Then I made the blocks for Getting to Know Hue for last month since they are due this Saturday (or next Monday or Tuesday). Then I got started on my new project – the Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt. The Jolly Bar that I am using is True Blue by Zen Chic and it has some of the most beautiful fabrics. Look at them! I may need to purchase some yardage of a couple of those prints. So pretty!

On Labor Day, as I sewed, I watched some Craftsy classes during their All You Can Watch Day. One of the things that I learned doing this was that a mobile phone photography course is not a good choice for watching while sewing because you really have to look at the screen all the time to learn anything. The other major thing that I learned was that watching weaving classes is dangerous. Let me repeat all the time – I don’t need to buy any more equipment for a hobby. Seriously I don’t.

Because I just bought another sewing machine. Until Tuesday I was a one machine girl and that one machine weighs 50 pounds. Let’s just say I wasn’t taking that machine anywhere to sew days or classes! So since I was at the sewing machine dealer learning a few things about embroidery that I had apparently forgotten since I never do it, I bought a smaller machine. Maybe a little more expensive than I should have, but I had my reasons (different feed dogs and needle threader being two of them). She’s still in the box since I’ve been a little busy but I will soon get her out and then take Ella in for a cleaning.

I also purchased an upgrade kit for Ella. When I got it home and started to move in the direction of doing the upgrade I found that Brother apparently doesn’t realize there are actually homes without a Windows computer. Luckily Carolyn is willing to bring her laptop over and let me use it so I’ll get that done next week. I wanted to be sure my embroidery was done in case something went wrong.

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

Quilt on!

Enough About Famous Quilters, Let’s Talk About Me!

Yeah, for those of you who know me in real life, that is some sarcasm. Just a little. Oh, and before I get to that, some exciting Craftsy news for those of you who do not want to spend money right now. On Monday, September 4, 2017 starting at 12:01 AM MT and ending at 11:59 PM MT, Craftsy will celebrate Labor Day with a free All-You-Can-Watch Day. That means if you have a free Craftsy account you can watch all the videos you can fit into that time for free. I will attempt to post a blog post that starts at that time to remind you. I promise. If you don’t already have a Craftsy account, you can click on the icon in the sidebar to sign up for one so you are prepared for Monday.

Okay, on to what I’ve been doing with my quilty time. I have been making some progress on La Passacaglia. I am about to start the last round of the second Rosette 2, but I don’t have any pictures. So you’ll just have to take my word for it right now.

I’ve also been working on my Kimberly Einmo’s Lone Star quilt from the class I took a couple of years ago. The goal this week was to get all the blocks completed and put it away for a couple of weeks so I could work on other projects with earlier deadlines. So, I got all the blocks completed. (Each block is 1/4 of a star.) Sorry these pictures aren’t the greatest. Then I couldn’t brink myself to put them away so I played with them until I found a layout I like. And now the top half is completely sewn together and the bottom three rows are ready to be attached to each other and sewn to the top. Then I will either put it away to quilt later or send it off to a longarmer. It is kind of wonky so I’m not sure I wouldn’t be too embarrassed to have a longarmer work on it. Not like I have any great piecing reputation to uphold or anything, but it just doesn’t feel right.

Coming up next, two Quinceañera pillows to make and a quilt for the first ever blog hop I’m joining. It’s for the Fat Quarter Shop and it is their Jolly Bar Jazz quilt. You’ll hear more about that later, but I’m very excited to get started on that one. And I want to make a fall table runner with the border fabric I bought at the quilt show and it is already September 1.

The other day I was bemoaning the fact that although I had hoped to finish several quilts before starting more this year, I had already started three quilts this year and I’m about to start another. Sigh. Then I realized that of the three I started, I had already finished two of them plus three more this year so I’m still ahead of the curve. Making real progress. I guess I don’t need to be too hard on myself yet.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!


Last Batch of AQS Show Quilts

I have so many pictures of quilts from the show that I could fill several more posts. Maybe I would if my photography skills were better, but I tend to hold my iPhone at a strange angle and the quilts look wonky. So this will be the last batch.

First of all, this quilt is one that I had seen in American Quilter magazine’s coverage of the Paducah show this spring. I even told my daughter that I hoped it would be in Shipshewana so I could see it in person. It wasn’t there but I did get to see it in Grand Rapids. This is Barbara’s Quilt by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick. Enjoy. The colors look more muted in the distance pictures than they did in person.  Next up was this interesting quilt. It is Sunrise by Cristina Arcenegui Bono. Each of the circle sections was different so I had to take pictures of each one. This next quilt is Graffiti Doodle Diamonds AKA – Negative Space My A$$ by Teresa Pino and Pat Lang. The quilting is soooo awesome. There are many more, but I really think this is enough for now. In my next couple of posts I’ll show you what I’ve been doing!

Quilt on!

AQS Show – Quilts by People I’ve Heard Of

When you go to several of the big quilt shows, you see quilts by the same people year after year. This is kind of fun because you can get used to their color choices or their quilting style. And sometimes you see quilts by people you’ve actually met. The quilts in this post are some of those.

First up, Margaret Solomon Gunn. You know I’m a fan from a previous post. And maybe this post was a clue. She had two quilts in this show. One was in the author’s section and I’ve shown it before. This one. The Jester’s Folly.

She also had a new one in the show. It is called Taking the Unmapped Road. 

Here is a closeup of her edge finishing. It is amazing.As is her quilting. Sigh. Another quilting closeup.

If I ever produce a quilt really close to perfect, I may have Margaret Solomon Gunn quilt it for me. It’s a bucket list item.This next quilt was designed, hand appliquéd and hand quilted by someone I’ve actually met. She used to work at my LQS. Her name is Teresa Yielding Rawson and this quilt is Contentment, made to celebrate her twentieth wedding anniversary.

This next one is by Tim Latimer of Tim Latimer – Quilts, etc. He has won awards for his hand quilting in the past. This one is a snow dyed (I think) wholecloth quilt that he quilted on a treadle machine! (He has videos on his site if you want to see how he does it.) It’s called Peacock Treadle. (I feel like I know Tim because of his blog.) Here is a closeup of some of the quilting.

You’ve already seen Vicki’s quilt in a previous post so here is the last person I have any personal connection to. Christa Watson’s quilt Feathered Chevrons. (By the way, if you accidentally order two copies of her book at different times, she catches it and asks if you really wanted two copies. Ask me how I know. Or don’t.)I have no personal connection to any of the rest of these, except having seen other quilts of theirs in other shows.

Here is Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s Lepidopteran #5.

Janet Stone was well represented. I think this is one of my favorites of her alphabet series. This one is called The A-E-I-O Ewes.

This one is from Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison. It’s called Cardinal Points.

And here is one that may surprise you a little. It is Standing Strong by Janet McTavish and Karen McTavish. The quilting isn’t quite what you expect.I think this is a big enough post for today. There were other quilters whose names I recognized, but I figured I can’t show you all of the quilts so…

Quilt on!


AQS Show Quilts – Picture Quilts

Since this is the kind of quilt that my friend Carolyn likes best, I’ll start with picture quilts. These are a few of the pictures I enjoyed at this show. Not all of these are realistic pictures, but they are all pictures of something.

This little bird comes from the guild challenge section. She was part of the Bodacious Birds challenge by the West Michigan Quilters Guild. This is Radiant Ruby by Susan Miller.

This was also from the guild challenge section. This is from the Bridges challenge of the Journey Through Art guild of Port St. Lucie, FL. This is The View from Her Window by Deborah Krajkowski.

Here’s a little holiday picture for your viewing pleasure. This is By the Chimney with Care by Karen Turnbull.

This one is Red Door Dream by Amy Cavaness.

Look at the texture quilted into the door.

And you can see the dream quilted into the black here.

Meet Mac Macaw by Debbie Crine. I’m pretty sure that his colors were much more vivid in person.

And here is Beatrice by Jackie Perry.

And this winner is Emma in the Looking Glass by Lenore Crawford. So amazing!This is Lily by Hiroko Miyama. Another amazing quilt.

And don’t you love the picture smile on this little guy’s face? This is Simple Pleasures by Lea McComas. (And, yes, the more I look at this quilt, the more I realized that it is not necessarily a little boy. But that was my first impression.

Here are the Venice Carnivale Girls by Cindy Peterson. The rest of the pictures here are quilts from a special exhibit of the works of Danny Amazonas. If you want to see more, check out his Facebook page.

This first one is called Swirl.
This one is Goldfish. It is 85″ X 55″. Not a petite goldfish.

And this is a closeup of some of the fabrics in that lower right corner of the above picture. Yes, I have some of those fabrics. No, I can’t do this!So there you have a few of the picture quilts from the AQS Show. And whatever kind of work you do

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I Know

I know that you are waiting for eye candy from the AQS Grand Rapids show. I fully intended to post each evening I was there, but by the time I got back to my room, I had no energy left. So, you had to wait until now.

Let me just start the parade of posts with the post about everything I did and bought (and the gorgeous fabric that was waiting for me when I got home). Then we can move on tomorrow to the quilts I plan to share.

First off, I got to meet up with Nonnie from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams blog and podcast and Vicki from My Creative Corner 3 and her mom. Here’s the photographic proof!

Nonnie and I standing in front of Christa Watson’s quilt! Can you tell that I don’t take selfies very often.
Here’s Vicki in front of the quilt she and a group of friends made and entered into the show. I don’t have the picture of the three of us so you’ll have to check it out from her!I already wrote about the New York Beauty class I took with Toby Lischko. Except that I didn’t mention what class I took or who taught it. Let me just recommend a class with Toby because all the helpful hints were worth just as much as the class itself! Yep. I said it.

On Thursday I had a class with Susan Cleveland on alternatives to free motion quilting. I also attended her evening lecture. Both were delightful and informative. Susan is a hoot!

Friday I attended Judith Baker Montano‘s lecture about her crazy life. This woman has lived one of the most interesting lives in history. If you ever get to attend one of these lectures – do it!

As I mentioned, more quilt pictures will come soon, but let me just show you pictures of my haul. I seem to have forgotten that I’m in a small space.

First off, I am apparently going to start some appliqué in a sort of big way. The pattern there is a Lori Smith pattern with both appliqué and pieced blocks. It is not a big project – those are four inch finished blocks! I picked up some Cherrywood fabrics and bias tape makers too.

Next up, thread. And other things. The top left corner are threads that Wonderful gave to people who attended classes. Then my Wonderful Invisifil sampler boxes which I purchased on Susan Cleveland’s recommendation. Next up, a 28mm Olfa rotary cutter for cutting around templates recommended by Toby Lischko. (I already had an 18mm cutter but it’s a bit small for multiple layers. Next a Klutz glove because I fear I’m just running risks all the time. And finally a binding winder that came for free with the purchase of my beautiful seam ripper and stiletto.And now the labels panel.

Then I picked up some really nice border fabrics and this pattern to make some table runners.

And the 60º triangle ruler to make them.
That’s all I purchased at the show, but before I left for the show I had made a couple of online fabric purchases, and they were waiting for me when I got home.

First, this came from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have been trying very hard to avoid their daily deals but solid jelly rolls so frequently become sashing for me that I couldn’t resist. And the Flourish layer cake just sparkled at me. This batch came from Hancocks of Paducah, which had some amazing deals. I don’t think I paid more than $5.99 a yard for any of these and the panels were VERY reasonable.

First up, a couple of inspirational text prints.
Then some stunning batiks. And, in the best of both worlds department, batiks with metallic stars or snowflakes stamped on them. I’m not sure what drew me to these irises, but I think they were looking like part of a bag of some kind. Or borders. This panel is called “Back to School” and I just thought it was cute. And, last but not least, I bought seven of these panels to make a One Block Wonder sometime in the near future. All my favorite colors and metallic too!

And that is the end of the conspicuous consumption section. Next up, quilts!

Quilt on!

Craftsy Makers Black Friday Sale

Okay, that is what they’re calling it, but this sale lasts all weekend long. It started this morning at 12:01AM MST and ends Sunday August 20th at 11:59 PM MST. It features the lowest prices of the year on supplies to make gifts for the upcoming holidays. Click Here to take advantage of the sale while supporting this blog.

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A Long Time Ago (AQS Post 1)

In a galaxy right here, I posted. Sigh. And I missed a Books on Monday. Double Sigh.

About that Books on Monday thing, I think I will be taking a break from that for a while. I am just not feeling it at this point in time. I think there is just too much stuff going on in my life. So maybe I’ll take the rest of the year off. Maybe longer, but for now we will say the rest of the year.

Now on to the good stuff. Yesterday was the first day of the Grand Rapids AQS Show. I arrived in time to visit with Nonnie for a bit before my afternoon class with Toby Lischko. We managed to look at a few quilts too. We started at the Winners’ Circle.

Here’s the quilt that I most would like to sit down with the quiltmaker and ask what the entire story of the quilt is. It is also best of show. It is Family Reunion by Barbara Ann McCraw. I want to take more closeups of parts of this quilt.

Barbara Ann McCraw had a second quilt in the show also – Out of Africa.

Other quilts from the Winners’ Circle:

This is Chemical Attraction by Swan Sheridan: This is Fleur de Glace by Colette Dumont:
This is Just Ruffling Some Feathers by Gina Boone:This is Suwong Hwaseong by Mikyung Jang. For techniques listed, it says hand dyeing and free motion quilting which, I think, means this is a whole cloth quilt in all actuality. 
You’ve seen a picture of this before because I saw it at Shipshewana, but here is Fractal by Claudia Pfeil. Remember, this is the one with 30,000 crystals.
This is a whole cloth hand quilted quilt, Ruby by Andrea Stracke:

I had to do a closeup of this incredible hand quilting:After hanging out with Nonnie for awhile, I headed off to my class where I produced this:

I’m sure more quilt show pictures will be forthcoming.

Quilt on!