Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best of the Valley

Two weekends ago the local quilt show called Best of the Valley was open and this year I entered three quilts. I was lucky enough to get a ribbon on each quilt. A first place for my fish quilt, a third place for my butterfly quilt and an honorable mention on my linen quilt.

I didn't take pictures of all the other wonderful quilts but my friend Debbie posted a bunch on her blog which is listed on by 'blogs I read list'. Her blog is called Quilt Crazy Debbie.

Other than that I have just been working on a Nickel Quilt book pattern called Tillie's Treasure. I have two more borders to go before I can pin and quilt it. I also have ordered myself a new Bernina sewing machine. I decided get the 750 QEE. I will hopefully get it in the next few weeks.

My new little girl dog Needles is adjusting well. Still hasn't warmed up to Jeff but loves me dearly. She still has a potty problem that we are working on with praise and treats if she goes outside. When I'm home she likes to check on me and since I'm usually at my sewing machine it gets a little tough to sew. I can't sew with a dog on my lap so I pull my wicker chair right next to my chair and she comes to be with me there.

I also hope to get caught up on my block of the months for April. I have my 9 Farmers Wife blocks done and they are the hardest.

Thanks for looking.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monthly Block of the Month Update

Here are my Block of the Month Blocks.

First up is my Farmer's Wife blocks 82-90.
Blocks 82-90

Not too many holes to fill.  Only 2 more months.
 Here are my Fall BOM Blocks.


And then my Fat Quarter Shop BOM.
And last but not least, my Pat Sloan Globetrotter block.
And in a few days, Aprils will be due!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Loose Threads Art Group - Design Board Exchange - Round 1

Tonight we showed our round 1 quilts from our design board exchange challenge.  We each created a design board of things we like, things that inspire us. Then we will exchange them every two months and we are to find something on each board and create a quilt within the size of 16  x 20 or 18 x 24 (roughly).  Then we bring them back and then we discuss techniques and critique in a positive manner.  Offer suggestions.  That kind of thing.  Some of it is hard for me to do.  I have a hard time with abstract.

For my board, I took a lot of things that I found on Pinterest.    Here's my board.

Karen Taber got my board and this is her piece.  She used the colorful doxie picture and the lizard (under the words in the middle).

Barbara Sawyers Board.
Which Sara got and she is working on an iteration of quilts (series) but it's a new word we learned tonight so thought I should use it in the blog post  ;)  So here are 3 of Sara's quilts.  She was inspired by the feather.  Yes, that's a real feather on Barbara design board.



Grace Hoyas board.
Which Anna got and saw orange and circles and shapes.
Here is Sara Kelly's board.  (sorry - light right in middle of the beautiful tree photo)
Barbara Sawyer made this (using the picture in the middle).
Karen Taber's Board
And Grace's interpretation.  She used the stripes from the blue picture and pulled the colors from the rest.
I got Anna Koelewyns board.

I used the Starbucks card on the bottom for my inspiration.
Adena Joseph has joined us now and will now start to participate in exchange.  She brought her board tonight.  This is it.
I got Sara's board this time so I have two months to create something from it.  I already have an idea of what I want to do.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Table Runners for my In-Laws

Last year I made my mother-in-law a few Crazy Eight quilt tops for her to give to her friends, with a promise that I'd make her one.  Which I finally did.  When I showed her the fabric earlier last year, she wasn't thrilled with a few of the fabrics, but I tried to explain you only see one inch of the design and that it would all work.  She ended up liking the finished product.
And every year they attend and help organize a reunion for Orange Cove schools.  And the last few years I've made quilts and donated it for a raffle.  This year on our way to Road 2 California, I found this great orange fabric.  They are just getting a little runner this year.  And they are just as happy with that too.
 Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Retreat Time

A few friends and I took a quick trip to Cambria for a retreat.  Quilting retreat.  We sewed, we watched movies and we ate...a lot.  At least I did.  I got a lot done, but no finished tops.  I turned my Material Girl House challenge pieces, I cut some fusible designs for the design board challenge for Loose Threads, and turned and pressed some pieces of my Baltimore Christmas Block of the Year block.  I also hand sewed the binding down on these 5 little Easter Runners (1 for each of my 2 sisters and sister-in-law, one for my step-daughter and one for me.  (Pattern from Shabby Fabrics.)
See that beautiful portable design wall?  My friends gave it to me as a thank you for opening up the house for our little retreats.  It sure is big and came in handy.  I'll be able to use it at home since I don't really have one here.

So my friends got a lot done.  Deolinda finished the most tops.


Kathy finished a huge quilt for her husband's friend who is in the Elks and a cute little skirt for her granddaughter.

Debbie turned all these beautiful blocks.
And Diane finished this top - except for the holes in the top and bottom.
Janice came each day - she got some sleeves put on her quilts and some other projects done (BOM's) but I didn't get any pictures.

We took walks each days.  Janice has a fit bit so we tracked 1 mile the first day and 1.5 the second.
Here we are without Diane in the photo - she was the photographer.  This was taken in the rose garden at the Cambria Pines Lodge.

Thanks for looking.  I have a lot of things to finish.  First I have to get the Loose Threads project done since we meet here on Monday.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Needle and Scraps

A funny thing happened on Saturday after my husband and I went out to lunch.  We ran to Michael's to get clock works for a clock of ours that was broken and we heard some puppies barking at PetSmart, which is conveniently located next to Michael's.  I asked my husband if we could stop and look, (he wants to get a Doberman) but we saw this sweet little girl dog and I asked Jeff if we could keep her.  We went home and discussed it some more and we decided that if she was still there after I ran some more errands then it was meant to be.  So meet my new little baby.  The rescue people had named her Noodle but as a quilter, I felt Needle was better and sounds a lot like Noodle so she won't get so confused.
She's fitting right in.  She has a collar now, and she has been rid of all her fleas and is clean and fluffy.  We've only had one pee and one poop accident so far (that I've found).  The boys, Walter and Guy, are coming around to accepting her.  They have all sniffed each other and pretty much leave each other alone.  She will not go to Jeff, who is usually very good with pets.  She follows me everywhere.  She's still a little skittish, but she's already 100% better than she was yesterday.  She's a sweetie.  Love her already.  It will be interesting to see how she does while I'm at work tomorrow.

Today I had a nice little visit with Adena.  She did some handwork while I pinned my 5 Easter runners.  After that I felt like getting my scrap bin in order so here's all the scraps I cut.  This does not show all the strips I cut.  And that basket in the back ground was piled high with scraps.
Thanks for looking.  Off to take Needle out to pee pee!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Blankety Blank Blanket (and a little Strawberry Shortcake)


I know quilters hate when someone calls a quilt a blanket, but this name is just too good to pass up.  This quilt is made up of all scraps of fabric from the fabric company Blank fabrics.  Except for the blue and the fabric on the back.  Those all came from my stash or my mom's stash.  (She didn't have much but she had enough for this border.)  On June 29, 2014 I posted about cutting some scraps using Anita Grossman Solomon's no waste way to make a square in a square block.  See this post.  I used this as my leader and enders (a la Bonnie Hunter).  So it took a while to finish the inside of this quilt.  I also wanted to keep it scrappy and had some more scraps to use up so I took my Nickel Border book (by Pat Speth) and decided on this border using 5" squares.  So truly a very scrappy quilt that took a while to make.

I spent most of my day yesterday traveling to and from my granddaughter's first birthday.  It was cute and so was she.  She was so good - never cried even when all these people were looking at her and oohing and aahing over her.  My grandson just saw all these people to play with and chase him.  He's such a ham.  Here are a few pictures from yesterday.

Strawberry Shortcake themed party.
Plumber butt boy!

Asked him to smile - this is what I got.

My in-laws.  Mother in-law in 7th heaven holding her great-granddaughter.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farmers Wife-Block of the Months all caught up

Whew!  I was 3 months behind on my Farmer's Wife block of the month.  I cut for all the blocks a couple weeks ago and was just sewing a few here and there when I had time.  My goal was to get these done by February.  So just made it.
Blocks 55-63

Blocks 64-72

Blocks 73-81
They are not all perfect but they will do.  Here are the finished blocks in EQ.
Blocks 1-81
I also got my Fat Quarter Shop block for this month and finished it up tonight.  So I am truly done with all my Block of the Months.  Until Saturday and then it starts all over again.
My little granddaughter has her first birthday party this Saturday and the theme is Strawberry Shortcake.  I made her the bib which I showed a few posts ago and then decided to make her this little pillow for her gift.  Kelly really doesn't want more toys for the kids so I try to make something decorative.  I think it came out adorable.  I made it so I can change it out - maybe a Christmas cover to match the Christmas quilt I plan on making her.  
Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wonder Valley Squid retreat

Sewciety of Quilting Diva's - hereby named Squids had our annual retreat at Wonder Valley.  It was beautiful weather with beautiful people who all had the same thing in common --we love to quilt.  I got a lot done but didn't finish completely anything but two St. Patrick's Day pillow cases.

Here they are on my bed.  (Picture is upside down - don't know why - but you see the pillow cases.

Here are the girls.  Only one was missing from the picture.  She was napping but some of us had to leave to we let her sleep.
Will hopefully have my granddaughters little pillow done for her birthday party this weekend.

Thanks for looking.