Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014

Can't believe it's that time again!
Thank you Amy for all your hard work in hosting this fun event.

Welcome to new visitors to my blog.  
I hope you like what you see. Poke around and look at my stuff!

For this festival I am showing a quilt that I just finished.

Star Fever.
65" x65"
machined pieced and quilted by me!

I started this quilt this summer at Quilting by the Lake.
Under the direction of the fabulous Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
This quilt is inspired by a quilt in her 15 Minutes of Play book.

But I super-sized it and modified the block layout.
Victoria let me borrow her giant diamond template to get started.
(I'm still hoping she will produce and sell these!)

This is the first rendition.

Then my teacher, the grasshopper, said,
"Turn it around let's see how it looks the other way."
She is always right.

Hehe.  Like it both ways.

The class helped me pick out the setting fabrics.
Loved it.
BUT . . . could find enough of it to finish.
So it languished on my design wall all summer.

Sassy V in her QBL apron for the auction.
She is a great teacher!  Take her class if you get a chance.

Now back to the star . . . 
I kept flipping it back and forth
trying to decide which way I liked it best.

In the end, I went with the original design.
I like the two different purples and oranges in the center,
gives it a bit of pop.

I did echo channel quilting about 3/4" apart, but VERY organic.

a pieced back . . . 

a label . . . 

a rolled end . . . 
ready to go.

This quilt is being donated to the Greenwich Breast Cancer Alliance
for their silent auction on November 6th.
I made them one last year and was happy to be asked again this year.

Kinda hoping this is a new tradition for me too!
Thanks for stopping by, hope you are enjoying all the eye candy 

Thanks again to Amy for putting it all together.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cloud9 Cirrus Solids Challenge

is participating in a Cloud9 solids challenge!

I handed out 42 packs of fabric with instructions at our last meeting.
I can't wait to see them all together and start playing with them!

They are due at our next meeting on November 1st.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This and that . . . .

I haven't been home for a whole weekend in ages!
What a luxury to sleep in and linger in bed . . .
My favorite thing to do.

Once I hauled myself out and had my coffee and breaky,
I looked around and surveyed what needed to be done.

My sewing corner, a mess, needed to be cleaned up and organized.

It went quicker than I thought.
I am having my first private sewing lesson tomorrow with a lovely 
girl who wants to learn how to quilt!
I am over the moon!  So I want everything to be clean and easy for her.

I also got this lovely card and note from Kandy.
I joined the IG #quiltypenpal group and this is my first connection.
So fun!  Now what will I send to her?

Then it was off to Christie's to drop off my featherweight for service.
That's all I intended to do . . . . 
Then I saw this . . . . 

And a bit of Denyse Schmidt too.

A very cute little bath tub full of fabric

Christie and Garen egging me on!

I had no chance.  Hehe.
I bought a lot.  They said it was okay.  Enablers! 

So on this rainy day, I came home and worked on this,

A bit of chevrons . . . 

And a new project . . . 
Dresden flowers for a friendship garden quilt.

My friends are sending me their flowers.
I can't wait to build my garden!