Enjoy the cooler weather!
The heat makes me feel like this:
but I’ve been managing to finish a few things:
This is an abbreviated version of Blackbird Designs’ “Trick or Treat” quilt, from their book “When the Cold Wind Blows”. I started working on their “Love Letters” quilt from the same book. The blocks are VERY large and it took several days to prep a single one. In the meantime I thought I would try making one of the cute little baskets. Well, wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t make just one! So I have been calling them “Potato Chip Baskets”.
Speaking of baskets, I also had to try “just one” of the 2″ cakestand blocks that Temecula Quilt Company was making daily in July. I managed to finish a few more, it was fun to make a small block for a change:
Last but not nearly all inclusive, I have been working on some Carpenter’s Wheel blocks, always wanted to try them, and, well, these are 12″ blocks with 112 pieces each, and they take about 1/2 a day to make! Yeah.
We are counting the days until school starts again, and looking forward to some cooler weather!
I bought this fabric after visiting my bff a few years ago thinking I would make a throw quilt or something like that, as the colours really matched her house. When I found out they had finally set a wedding date I knew I had to ditch my original project and use this instead. I decided on circles, which were determined by the kit size (it came with 40 8″ precut squares) and set them in grey. The back used up the remaining grey and some of the larger pieces from the kit. (The fabric is Arcadia by Sanae and the kit was an Attic Windows type quilt put out by Moda.) I went with a chevron pattern for quilting, very simple and a counterpoint to the circli-ness.
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since I have posted. What can I say, life gets in the way… I have been working diligently on my Sue Spargo Earth ‘n’ Twig BOM, and it is almost finished except for adding a few buttons. I have been working on Blackbird Designs’ Love Letters for over a year now, and while prepping blocks, which takes awhile, I have done a few other small quilts including the one pictured above, from Lori Smith’s Fit to Frame Set Five. I was REALLY busy with customer quilts last year and am still continuing to work on them although I have been off a while over Christmas. But now it is February already, time sure flies!
Last week I had a large edge to edge quilt made from Timeless Treasure’s “Beautiful Peacock” fabric. The border fabric suggested a frondish pattern and I looked and looked for something with no luck. Instead of settling for something not quite optimal, I got out my trusty Bamboo tablet and drew my own! After some careful editing I had the perfect panto!
It’s dense – ran it at 15″ and it was still dense! but gave a wonderful texture.
We are back from a busy 6 days up in Burlington, Vermont. My quilt “Pennsylvania Hearts & Hands” won three ribbons at the Vermont Quilt Festival: Best Mixed and Other Techniques, Best Antique Reproduction and a blue ribbon!
You can see all the winners here: Vermont Quilt Festival 2012 Contest Winners
I always like to go to the shows when my quilt is entered, and it was extra special to have my quilt in the Vermont show as I have been going there almost as long as I have been quilting! It’s a wonderful show, I especially like seeing the antique quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection and to hear Gerald Roy talk about them. I met some new friends and saw some old ones. I also managed a quick trip to the Shelburne Museum to see their current quilt collection on display. Now its back to work, with lots of fresh inspiration!
This time of year is always so crazy, with the school year coming to an end and quilt show season in full bloom, not to mention yards and gardens demanding attention. This year my daughter’s teacher is retiring after over 40 years of teaching! She was a great teacher, as dd can now do arithmetic as well as I can! I started out wanting to make a photo quilt, but was unable to get many pictures. Casting about for inspiration, I happened on the latest Connecting Threads catalogue and found this pattern, called Island Holiday:
I tweaked it slightly, and ended up with this:
Hope she likes it!
I finished up the raffle quilt just in time to go to the wool bee on Sunday. I am really happy with how it turned out! Robin got the binding on in time for the guild meeting, where I hear it got lots of WOWS! I think we’re going to sell a lot of tickets on this one!
I spent all day yesterday chaperoning dd’s school trip to St. Mary’s City. We lucked out with the weather, but it was still a long day with about 5 hrs total travel time.