Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boutique Time of the Year

Three years ago, my quilt guild, Common Threads, started having an annual boutique in October.  It has been a wonderful fund raiser for our guild and we are starting to get a following of people who look forward to it every year.  I try to make as much stuff as I can and I also make some bigger quilts that I put on sale on consignment - the guild keeps 20% I get the rest.  The other stuff that we donate we get back if they don't sell.  We can pick the price we want the items to be sold at as well and without your permission, they can't lower the price.

Here are a few items I've finished this last month.  I had the two baby quilt tops done at my retreat at my friends a few weeks ago, but I am done quilting and binding them.

Baby quilt from a panel kit.  

Decorate pillow case for 16" pillow form.

Just some Christmas decorations

Some ornaments
Another panel quilt.  All the spider webs and ghosts are quilted in glow in the dark thread.  It's awesome in the dark.
 I also finished a few of my block of the month/week/sew along blocks.

Farm Girl Vintage (Lost track of what weeks these are.)

Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month

Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots Block of the Month

Pat Sloan's Vacation Block of the month.  These are the outer borders.
I only need to finish two more blocks of the Sew Kind of Wonderful Twisted Blossom sew along.  Then it's just a matter of putting the blocks together, quilt it and bind it.   Ha!

I have 2 of the Shabby Fabric long pillows to do.   So behind.

And the guild's Blocks of the Month still has to be done.  Just found it in the bottom of my purse.

I went to visit my dad this weekend and while there I pinned two quilts.  I brought another to mark and pin but didn't get that far.  I have no idea when I'll be able to get to them.  I did go see Man from U.N.C.L.E. with my sister in law.  I really liked it.  And they set it up so there will be more.  And a friend of mine and I started a monthly challenge where we'll chose one thing to finish that month.  I'm failing my first month.

I have also been working some overtime so that has cut into my quilting time.  I'm hoping that's over.  This happens at least once a year when budget time comes around.  And now with this new company it's even more of a nightmare.

Also saw my doctor again today.  The MRI on my foot did show that I have significant swelling on the joints of my big toe and the 2nd toe.  Luckily no fractures or breaks.  Checking for gout and put me on a strong anti-inflammatory for a month to see if that will help (which the foot doctor told me it wouldn't - I knew he was wrong.)  And of course my blood pressure was elevated.  But stress does cause high BP.  He's still doubling my medication dosage since it's my bottom number that's high.  And of course I need to lose weight.  I'd think he was sick if he didn't tell me to lose weight.

Well enough rambling.  Thanks for looking.  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guild Challenge quilt

I can finally post this quilt I finished a couple months ago for our guild's challenge.

It was a magazine page challenge.  We each drew a magazine out of a bin (without looking) and then we drew a number out of a bag.  We had to be inspired by the page in the magazine that matched your number.  This is my page.

See how lucky I was.  I had a circle with buttonhole stitching on it.  I had 1/4" on my page and I had lots of words.  Words, words, words!  And some colors.  All the background fabrics in my quilt was text fabrics.  And I used the colors in the quilt using some of my small stash of  Kaffe fabrics.  I had just seen the Missouri Star quilt tutorial about the melon block.  I thought I could use that technique for circles.  But thought a quilt full of just circle blocks would be kind of boring so I added the melon patch in there.  

And guess what?  I got 1st place in the challenge.  And there was pretty stiff competition.  I had a friend take pictures with my camera of all the quilts and I'll post on our guilds facebook page and tag me so if you follow me on Facebook, you can see what I competed against.  Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all their magazine pages (we all had a different page), but they were all really good.  The 2nd place one was hoot.  She did a little circular thing.  Her page had tea pots and hearts in a border but she also saw the word pig.  And from thinking about pig, she thought pigskin, and that turned into footballs.  So she had a cookie dish with football cookies.  She also used the numbers a few times on her quilt with the page numbers she got.  It was very clever.  They were all really good and you really could see their inspiration.  Before the winners were announced everyone that particpated had to get their quilt and go up front and talk about their quilts too.  I loved that part.  You hear a little more than what they wrote about their quilts.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A finish or two

Okay so more than two but they are small.  The first is this kit quilt.

 I bought this kit at Road to California this past year from Nancy Rink.  It's called Trafalgar Square.

The quilt is an art quilt for our next art theme challenge - Art Nouveau.  I used the Tsukineko Inks.  No water used so I can get full coverage.  I got the design from one of those design source books.
The next three items are for our guild's boutique in October.

I spent all last weekend embroidering and one of the things I finished was the pillow.  I also stitched out 4 labels and a bunch of Halloween and Christmas things.  Not sure what I am going to do with it all but while it was set up I just kept stitching.

And I need to end on some cuteness.  My step-daughter sent me this pic of the grandkids.

Guild is this weekend so I have two bags of show and tell this month.  Well 2 of the quilts are for our charity group - one I made and another my friend Anna made.  No pictures though.  

Been busy.  Thank you for looking.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Friends in the Desert, Fish, Easter & Chicks

This weekend a few friends and I went to the high desert in California to visit and sew with our friend Anna.  We were treated like royalty and I got a lot done.  It was great fun.  And no snake sightings which is relief to me.  :)
I worked on my block of the months the first day.  Her's what I got done.
My Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery block #2

Pat Sloan's Vacation BOM

My Guild's BOM

All caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks

My blocks on the left and my friend Anna's blocks on the right.  She's not following the quilt along but is making blocks so she can teach it at her local quilt store.

Fat Quarter Shops's Snapshot quilt block July.

Sew Kind of Wonderful's Twisted Blossom Quilt along blocks.  Keeping it aqua and pink.  
I still have to make the pillow of the month from Shabby Fabrics.  But I didn't take that one with me.

I did get this little panel done for our guild's boutique.  (Still needs to be quilted.)
And before the Material Girls last retreat in November 2014 I had this quilt all cut and ready to sew.  I never got to it so I wanted to get it done.  It's a fabric pack and pattern from Fig Tree Quilts.

I also started a Christmas Quilt that I am making to sell at our guilds boutique in October in the consignment section.  It's coming out beautifully.

Before I left on the retreat, I finished this little art quilt that I started at Judy Coates Perez' class in February.  I hated my background because I did a screen printing in 3 spots and it looked like big brown blobs.  Because of that it took time for me to decide how best to cover those blobs up.  I used my Tsukineko inks and used a lot of water to make it look like water color.  I also trapunto'd the fish so it really stands out.  Now I'm happy with this piece.
And last but not least, I finished the wool Easter runner I started probably last year.  I bought the wool portion probably 2 years ago on a shop hop.   I wanted a bigger runner than what they had designed so I found some Easter-ish fabrics that I thought went well with the wool portion and made this little runner.  I am very pleased with the final runner.

In other news, my grandson will be joining 4-H this year and will be raising his hens.  Here is is with his little chick.  Both little cuties.
And for other personal news, I did something I haven't done in over 25 years.  I got my hair cut pretty short.  She took off about 7" of hair.  So that's a lot of hair.  I think I lost a  pound of hair that day.  I'm still getting used to it.  I can't style it as good as she did.  But I'll find my way to style it soon.
Thank you for looking.

And keep cool.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Quilts

I finally finished the quilts!  This past years Designer Mystery Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop was made with Edyta Sitar's (Laundry Basket Quilts) blue and cream line called Snow Bird.  FQS is generous with the amount of fabric you get and by ordering a mini fat quarter pack extra I was able to make 2 blocks of each block with lots of fabrics left over.  Here's the original quilt pattern set in the way they designed it.
 Here's the other quilt with the extra blocks and extra fabrics from the finishing kit.  I think I also bought more of the blue dot fabrics.
 Here's the quilting on the back of the quilt.  Both were custom quilted by me and my Bernina.
 I also finished by guild's challenge quilt.  I can't show it all yet, but I wanted to prove (and log the date) that I finished it.
 I finished binding these quilts this weekend while spending Father's Day with my dad.  Like I've said before, he watches a lot of National Geographic and that type of tv so I always bring handwork.

Our guild is having their Ice Cream Social at the July meeting and I thought I'd donate this mini quilt for the monthly auction.  It's the extra block I made from the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots July block.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Block of the Month Update

I've  been busy machine quilting 3 quilts (which I will show when the binding is sewn down) so right when I was done with those I got busy working on my Block of the Months.

The first one is the first in the new Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month.  It's a blue and cream holiday themed quilt.  I believe the fabrics are Primitive Gatherings and a bunch of designers design the blocks for it.  I'm only making one block this year instead of the two each like I was able to do last year.

Also through Fat Quarter Shop I'm working on their Snapshopts Block of the Month. These have been fun blocks to make and I even made an extra of this one because our guild is having an ice cream social in July and I thought I'd donate a mini quilt made from the extra block.

And speaking of guild, here's their block of the month.  The center block fabric was what they gave us.

And because of my glutton for punishment, I got caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks.
And last but not least, I am also doing the Pat Sloan Vacation Block of the Month.  Here's June's block.
And I was curious to see how they looked together.

Off  to spend Father's Day with my dad this weekend. That should give me some time to sew the binding down on all those quilts so hopefully I'll have finished quilts to show next week.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Material Girls Spring 2015 Lunch-Block Exchange

Every year my friendship group Material Girls decide on a challenge.  This years the challenge was to make each of us a signature block-one in a theme or style that we want.  Then by our Holiday party in December we need to have the blocks put together in a top.  Here are the blocks I received.
I love all of them.  The challenge will be to put them together in a top that will be beautiful.  I love a good challenge.

Here are the blocks that I made for everyone.
I liked making all of them but the crazy quilt blocks.  I left a lot of seams for those people who get them.  :0   The Sun Bonnet Sue and turkey blocks were not really exchanged.  I had made all the blocks and then those two ladies had to back out.

Here are the blocks that my friends all got from everyone.

This block should have been where the red/white block on the top right is.  That start block goes with the bunch below.

We all have our hands full and it will be interesting to see how we do.  I'll show you the results in December!

Thanks for looking.