Saturday, December 20, 2014

Material Girl's Christmas Party

My friendship group Materials Girls had our Christmas party this afternoon where we show our challenge quilts, do a little quilt exchange and have wonderful fellowship with each other.  We also choose our next years challenge.

Here's the group shot.
Back row:  Rita, Anna, Barb, Sheila, Deolinda, Elaine and Diane
Front row:  Maxine, Debbie, Kathy and Carol
Missing this year were Janice (who was sick), Lynn Marie, Barbara B. and Adena who had other plans, and Sue.

Our challenge this year was to make a quilt with a house on it.  This is a no pressure group and for these types of challenges, if you don't get it done, it's no big deal.  Here are the quilts that were done.
Janices - taking off from the story of the old lady who lives in a shoe.

Adena Joseph


Me again.  After I made the first quilt I realized I could have used this FQS BOM.  It has 3 houses.

Debbie Van Fossen

Deolinda Rhoads

Carol Chadwick
And we also had some show and tell.
Maxine getting ready to quilt this UFO from a long time ago.

Diane finished this top

And another baby quilt

And she had Darby long arm this 2009 guild mystery quilt.
And years ago, we all gave each other little gifts at Christmas but with 17 in the group at the time, it just got to be too much so we decided that those who want to participate can make a 12 inch (or so) mini quilt and bring it to the lunch in a brown bag.  Carol's daughter numbers them and puts them on a wall and we all have to guess who made what quilt.  Winner gets a prize.  And after those, who made quilts draw numbers and we get those quilts as gifts.  Only 5 of us participated this year but only 4 were there since Janice was sick.  But she did send a picture so we included it in the exchange.  Here are the 4 that were there.  Mine is the deer head quilt.

This is Janice's - which is the one I got.  
I wish I took close up pictures of them all.  They were all so great.  The bottom left is all cross stitch.  Wonderful!!!!

Next year we're doing a block exchange.  We all chose different styles and block sizes and each of us has to make one for everyone.  Example - 4 of the group want crazy quilt blocks with jewel colors, Easter blocks (me), Halloween blocks, Christmas blocks, alphabet blocks, star blocks, etc.  They all have to be signed as well.  We have to June to make the blocks and by Christmas we have to put the blocks into a quilt.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Grand Illusion Clue 3 and a Loose Threads project

I have one, yes only one block, of clue 3 done for the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery, however I do have all the strips with the black on it done and fabrics cut for the other piece.  Hopefully will be able to get to it next week.  The next 2 nights will be spent finishing and wrapping some Christmas gifts.  Here is what I have so far.

And Loose Threads, the art quilt group that I belong to, met tonight and I finally was able to reveal my latest design board challenge.  This was the last round and I hope Karen will update the groups blog with all the pictures, but in the mean time, here is mine.
 Inspired by something on this board.

We are adding a couple new members next year because we've lost a couple due to moves this past few years.  We will be using artist styles for our inspiration next year.  More on that at another date.

Off to bed.  Another busy day tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Part 2 & Family Time

I have only made 10 blocks of part 2 of the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery because I spent this past weekend with my dad (who turned 80) and my sisters who live out of state and my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  Pictures in a minute.  But business first.  Here is the start of part two.  I am using her method 3 which will give me 100 extra black/white and 100 extra red/white half square triangles.

I will work on these as needed.  I still need to mark the squares but I have some Christmas gifts I need to work on right of way.

This past weekend was my dad's 80th birthday.  He didn't want a big party but wanted his kids to come visit him so my sister from Massachusetts and my sister from Seattle came to Ripon and we all celebrated with him.  He wanted to have a lobster dinner so we invited Kevin and Lori (friends of my folks from San Jose who are like adopted siblings) to join us for an Outback Steakhouse dinner.
Here are some family pictures.
A picture of my dad and siblings.

My dad and adopted children.  

And all of us girls.
 While we were all there, we went through some of the Christmas decorations and kept the little my dad wanted to put out and took what we wanted and the rest goes to the Goodwill.  We also took my dad shopping for some things he needed and didn't want to go to the store by himself.  We (my dad and sisters) made ravioli's for us to eat that night and the rest for our annual Christmas eve fest.  It really wasn't as serious as their faces looked.  They were tired, they had been at it for a while.

One of the shopping trips we went to was Hobby Lobby and I found these huge letter's J and Y and made the work joy with my wreath.  (this is a picture of it up at my house).

I sewed some infinity scarves for my sisters and myself using this tutorial.  We found some great flannels and lace at Beverly's and Hobby Lobby.  And once I followed a you tube video on how to sew the piece to make one scarf, they were a cinch.  I may have to make a few for gifts.  If I can find the time.

I still have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt but I have a feeling those won't get done until next year.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bonnie's Hunters Mystery Clue 1, a Christmas Quilt and BOM

Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery started this week (Here's a link to her website and the mystery.) and I was able to spend all day yesterday working on my blocks since I got all my Christmas decorations up on Friday.  I only made one change on her colors this year.  I am using red instead of pink because I had a lot of red left over from my Farmer's Wife quilt. 

 I quilted my granddaughter's Christmas quilt very simply with straight lines and just outlined the letters and the deer.

 But decided to add a few snowflakes in the big blank space using aqua colored thread.

I also snuck in making the Fat Quarter Shops 2014 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

I was also able to finish the top of a quilt I started on my retreat a few weeks ago.  (The big blocks on the bottom and right side.)  I made 8 more blocks and put them all together and added a small white border.  And with some pieces that I had to cut off making these blocks I made 64 3.5" HST and am making a small little baby quilt with those.

I have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt.  I've been drawing and testing designs on my ipad Adobe app.  Not happy with anything so far.  The fall quilt BOM top I'll just do each block differently trying to use a fall motif somehow and feathers.  I just need to set up my sewing room for machine quilting big quilts.  

But today, my friend Adena and I went to see the Nutcracker.  I had no idea what the story was.  I know the music but I never knew the whole story.  I loved it.  Then she and I went to a nice restaurant for a steak dinner and now I'm home relaxing.  Tuesday I go see the Beauty and the Beast musical at the Saroyan Theater.  This weekend I head north to visit my dad, and my sibling who are all gathering for my dad's 80th birthday.  Can't wait.  Taking 2 more days off work!  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

1st Annual Material Girls Wonder Valley Retreat

What a productive weekend for all who came.  Unfortunately only 7 of the 17 members were able to come but we had a GREAT time with great food and conversations.  Here are 6 of the 7 of us.  Diane took the picture so she wasn't in it.

We sat in a circle kind of so we can all communicate easily.  We had great weather all weekend except for the fog driving up.  But we all got there Friday morning and sewed until about 1 today.

Here are some of the things we all worked on this weekend.  I didn't get pictures of everything like the cute little purses that Diane made and the quilting Kathy did on her Melinda Bula quilt and the quilt bag she was working on today.
I finished this little quilt top for my granddaughter.  

The beautiful purple grey blocks are what Lynn Marie worked on and the other  blocks are what I got done on my Fireworks quilt top.  (8 of 16 done)

Barbara worked on her boutique items.   She made a ton of napkins and started on some aprons yesterday.

Janice worked on machine quilting this beauty and bound it too.

Then she finished this top and had to decide to not border

Or add a border?  
Elaine worked and finished this big block quilt.  She also finished a cute red and white runner

And I got all the blocks and pieces done for this quilt.  Yes, I know about the bad block on the top right.  It's fixed already.  
We reserved the room again for next year at the same time and we hope with this much time to plan, more of our girls can come.  We also planned our Christmas get together as well as discussed a road trip to Sisters Quilt Show in July 2015.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My latest

I finished quilting the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.  Actually finished it last week.  Here you go with a couple of close ups of the quilting.  My original thought was just to do an all over design, but I just couldn't get myself to do it.

I also worked on some Christmas gifts.  Not gifts for me to give, but gifts to make for other people to give.  After all the guild boutique items was shown on my Facebook and blog, my sister and two cousins asked for some stuff for their family for Christmas.  How can I say no.

My sister wanted bowl cozies for her family.  Luckily I had a few left over from the boutique that didn't sell and just had to make a few more specifically for her.
I also made some cup cozies for a cousin.  (didn't get pictures) and then another cousin saw these cute pillows that another person in our guild made and wanted them for her grandchildren.  So I said yes and here are the four.
Today my husband, and in-laws took a trip to see Kelly and family.  I took one picture because I knew my mother-in-law would love it.  She was so excited to see her great-granddaughter and after a warm up period, Dylan let her sit on her lap.  She's a cutie, but rather shy.  Jack, is not.  He was a hoot.  But again, no pictures of him.
Last weekend I volunteered a the Central Valley Quilt and Sew Expo and Retreat at the Visalia Convention Center and sponsored by our local quilt store, Thimble Towne.  The ladies who attended were pampered and spoiled and I had so much fun helping them.  I stayed in one class the whole weekend which was the Dresden class using the Baby Lock Aria.  Now I am a Bernina girl but I have to say that this Baby Lock machine was quilt nice.  We even got to meet the president of Baby Lock and met some of the nicest teachers/instructors and fabric designers, etc.  Fun times.  Can't wait for next year.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marcus Brothers Block of the Week finished

In August, Marcus Fabrics started a sew along which is basically a block of the week program in which some of their fabric designers posted a block and then the final week was the setting.  Here's a link to the description of their sew along

I had several fat quarters and fabrics that fit the civil war theme and wanted to use them up so thought this was a good thing.  I decided to not use a big border - because I don't think it needed it and because I didn't have enough of any fabric that looked good with it.  Hence the black small border with a cheddar crumb catcher to give it a little spark.

I'm sure eventually I'll sell or donate this.  It's kind of manly and sometimes our guild is looking for quilts for men.  It's a lap sized quilt so it should be perfect for someone.

I also finished my FQS blocks.

It's the only BOM I'm doing right now.  I have all the blocks done for my fall one that my friends and I are doing, but the big center block isn't done yet.  It's out - just need time.  I'm currently machine quilting the Pat Sloan Globetrotting BOM so hope to finish that by this weekend.  

Three friends and I headed to Santa Clara for the Pacific International Quilt Festival on Sunday.  We go every year for just the day.  As always, lot of quilting goodies to see and buy, lots of beautiful quilts to gawk at (but no pictures taken by me).  But my friend always has a picture of us taken while on our lunch break.  

I didn't have to drive which was nice and one friend didn't quite get up on time to make it.  The one thing I really wanted to find there were the Bloc Loc rulers.  But by the time we got there on Sunday they only had a few rulers left and none of the ones I wanted.  

Anyway, thank you for looking.  Back to Dancing with the Stars and quilting.