Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More From The Folsom Quilt SHow

I promised you that I had more to show you from the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild Show. If you live anywhere near the area you should make a point of attending this wonderful show next year. I'll get right to it with more quilts. Put on your beer goggles 'cuz some of these photos look like we spent a night on the town instead of the afternoon at the quilt show!!
I left off last time with this beauty. I was so impressed that I took quite a few close-ups of the hand work in this quilt. I don't applique myself but I have a keen appreciation for the skill involved.
This is wool applique on pieced backgrounds. I wish I knew how she got that lettering on the fabric. It appeared to be printed - maybe with her computer printer? She could have used pen and ink. Any ideas anyone?
The quilting in this quilt was also exceptional. This is also the only label I got a photo of - go figure. Congratulations Donna!

Looks like I really was impressed. Also my friend Jeannie is an avid applique enthusiast so I may have been documenting this for her - and now for you!
Best Hand Quilting in the show.
You don't see a lot of hand quilting these days in shows and there quite a few in the Folsom show. Wonderful to see a tradition continued. This was marvelous hand work.
I tried to get a close-up for you but again my husband's camera not the most cooperative. I think you can get an idea of the amazing precision of this prize winner.
Wildlife themed machine embroidery
If you go to a quilt show with me then you know that I'm going to be seeking out machine embroidery quilts. Some shows have zero/nada/zilch. This show actually had a few and they all were interesting. The setting of blocks in this was nice looking like old photographs in an album.
A tiny black flange around each block set them off and each embroidery had a trapunto effect to make them stand out from the background. The embroidery thread was very fine also so that these looked almost printed.
Another machine embroidery piece. Careful inspection shows that I would need at least a 8"x10" embroidery hoop to make this one, something not in the cards for me. Still, I love the graphic quality here.
The tape measure is an applique embellishment that ties the main elements together.
I'll finish up my quilt show tour in my next post and then I'll show you what we've been doing in the garden.

Until next time,

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Sun Appeared!

A lot went on this past week here but the biggest happening involved sunshine! Whenever the sun comes out after weeks of wet weather that means we're going to be spending more time outdoors than inside. 
My quilting time was seriously curtailed by yard work and doctor visits for Chris and me but I did manage to attend the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild Quilt Show last weekend and I have lots of eye candy to show you from that. I always love this show because of the wonderful variety and the whole room full of art quilts their members have on display. I am absolutely no good at documenting who created these wonderful pieces so let me apologize in advance to the talented quilt makers. It was very crowded the day my friend Jeannie and I attended so I took pictures as quickly as possible so as not to be a viewing hog. These are just a few of the quilt which caught my eye, really there were so many beautiful quilts that I could have taken a picture of each and every one. I'm using my husband's camera and that little bugger gives me fits so some of these pics are seriously out of focus, I'll say sorry in advance.
Applique turtles on a pieced quilt, loved this idea.
Spectacular color and the straight line quilting was perfect.
Everything about this was awesome! This may have been my favorite of the show. The colors were so incredibly vibrant.
A close up of the applique and embellishment, just wonderful.
You all know about my obsession with machine embroidery by now. This quilt is done entirely in the hoop with machine embroidery! It's a Hoop Sisters Design and the precision just blows me away.

Please don't think that just because this is done in the hoop that the machine does all the work. There are hours and hours of sewist devotion on display here.

We've all seen this lovely design done in blue but I'd never seen a redwork version before. I like this warm version a lot.
Another red and white quilt. Super simple design but so effective.
The title of this quilt - Words to Live By 2015. Meticulous piecing and hand applique.
Just stunning!
That's all for today.  I'll continue the show next time. The sun is shinning again so I must head outside and prune my roses before the next storm rolls in. I hope you all have a blessed and warm week wherever you may be.
Linking up to Design Wall Monday. Even though these were not on my design wall they certainly were om some talented persons and deserve to be seen by many.

Until next time,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Setting Another Goal

It time to set that One Monthly Goal and I know just the one! In fact this just may be my current oldest living UFO. Don't hold me to that because you know it's always possible to unearth something even older in the stash!
Yep, my little sunflower houses quilt. I started this around 1990!! Don't judge me too harshly. I had teenagers (gasp), college students (gasp, gasp), a full time job and ailing in-laws. The points don't match but it's a cheerful little thing all the same and I've decided to rescue it.
For my February goal I'll get it quilted and bound by golly!
Go over to Red Letter Quilts to see what others are choosing for their One Monthly Goal and join in yourself. What will your monthly goal be?

Until next time,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Talent On Display

I saw this image on the Designs By JuJu Facebook page and it certainly speaks to the theme of this post. My wonderful quilt group the Needle Nellies met this week and most of us brought the gifts we received in our annual Christmas gift exchange to the meeting so that we could all get more of a close up look at the artistry of each item. During the Christmas party itself we're just too busy talking and opening gifts to really appreciate each one. Our 20 members have been together now for 18 years so we know each other pretty well so each gift really is personal and speaks to the recipients taste.

Table runner, pot holders and cute holiday tree hanging made by Jeannie.

Appliqued wall hanging with three dimensional velvet flowers made by Kathleen.

Very detailed counted cross stitch made by Patty.

Snowy triptych scene made by Natalie.

You've all seen these pieces made by yours truly.

Beautiful pieced quilt made by Suzanne.

Applique table runner made by Kathy.

Christmas wallhanging made by Dorothy.

Just had to show you the wonderful bias stem made from plaid fabric. Such a great idea.

Life like applique floral wallhanging. I don't remember who made this one it could have been anyone in our talented group.

My gift from Kathy M.
As the opening graphic says - every artist was first an amateur. When we all answered an ad in the Georgetown Gazette calling for women interested in learning to quilt 18 years ago we were all rank beginners. Over the years we've supported and encouraged each other to learn and grow not only in our quilting skills but in so much more. Thank Heaven For Girlfriends!

Nothing much on my design wall today so I'm linking this eye candy to Design Wall Monday instead.

Until next time,

Thursday, January 28, 2016

First 2016 Finish

Pretty excited to have actually made the deadline for my January One Monthly Goal Link Up! This bed runner project was a challenge for me and I'm so glad I stuck it out.
 The quilting was done entirely in the hoop on my embroidery machine. I watched a lot of YouTube videos and just decided to go for it.

I bumped up the contrast in this photo so you can see the quilting a little better.
The binding is also done entirely by machine. A good place to try out those fancy stitches. Since this is intended to be a bed runner I anticipate that it might get a fair amount of washing so I need it to be sturdy. 
Hard to see the quilting but I'm happy with three of the four corners. I quilted the corners first and messed up the placement. I should have waited to quilt the corners until after I had done the borders, it would have been easier to determine where the corners should be relative to the borders. Lesson learned.
Bed runner measures 80"x25"
Linking up to One Monthly Goal Linky Party at Red Letter Quilts. Thanks Heidi for the push to get things done!

If you want to see the posts about the whole embroidery machine quilting process here are the links:
Trying a Change of Pace
My First Quilty Goal of the Year  
What I Should Have Done

Until next time,

Monday, January 25, 2016

It All Depends On the Weather

It seems like most of the US was snowed in this past weekend and while we didn't have snow here on Dogwood Lane we did experience our fair share of stay indoors weather. Rain, rain and more rain! Luckily we did not lose power so that meant that I was able to get a fair amount of stitching in and I'm pretty certain that I'll be able to meet my goal of finishing that bed runner quilting and binding.
This is what the back side of the runner corner is looking like. Some cleaning up to do but all in all not bad at all. I'm down to the last bit of binding now and then I'll be able to show you the whole project.
The long rainy days also inspired me to start on the quilting of my oldest existing UFO. 
If you're a fabric archaeologist you'll be able to figure out just how old this piece is. I almost decided to put it in the give away bag when I cleaned up the sewing room last year. I made it as novice sewer, the points don't match and it's kind of a mess. Still, something about it I find charming. I think it's the houses with their tile roofs and cute chimneys. I decided that I'd quilt it and my granddaughters can use it when they're here for their play time.
2016 snowstorm embroidered piece
Hope you and all your loved ones are safe from the storm and as snug as River and Shadow. They certainly know how to stay comfy on a bad weather day.
Until next time,

Linking up to design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times