Monday, June 18, 2012

Red White Blue and Christmas

A few weeks ago I showed my design wall with a mixed up bunch of red, white, and blue blocks.  This is what I came up with.

I'll donate this to Quilts of Valor next week. 
 The backing idea came from /  The backing and border fabric was given to me, but the patches and squares for the top were leftovers just waiting to be used. And of course I quilted my favorite swirls. 
 Add a label, finish binding,  a pillow case, wash/dry, then it'll be ready to go!

It was Christmas in June for customers!  

Marilyn's Flurry 

Quilt Basket Twister

Quilting these curls was so much fun!

Not really Christmas but it could be.
Another Log Cabin for Jean

There's more to share because I haven't taken the time to post lately but this is enough for today.  One of the reasons I haven't been blogging is that I'm mad at Blogger/Google.  I'm not getting all the blogs I subscribe to through Blogger and Google Friend Connect in Google Reader anymore.  Has this happened to anyone else?  I've spent so much time trying to figure it out and I have no clue.  Can you help me?

 I'm linking with Patchwork Times today.  Thanks for stopping by! Look forward to seeing what everyone else has been quilting.  


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red and Red White Blue

In my last post, I said that I would share more about the Warwick Guild show.  I'm very proud to say that I was awarded a Second Place red ribbon for Moonlit Night. 

Overall the show was terrific!  Our guild has so many talented quilters!  I spent most of the show helping Allan from the Quilt Basket.  I played with the Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen, the sit down longarm machine, and chatted with everyone that passed by on the way to see the quilts.

Over Memorial Day weekend, we were at our house in PA, so I pulled out Star Struck that I blogged about here.  I'll try to remember to take pictures next time.     I remember last year over Memorial Day and July 4th (before I started this blog)  I worked on Quilts Of Valor projects.   I guess it's my way of honoring those who served or are currently in the military, the best way I know how. 

 Yesterday, still in a patriotic mood, I pulled out the leftover Red, White, Blue pinwheels from this quilt.  This is my design wall after I laid them up sort of randomly with some squares of the leftover fabric.  I will see what I can come up with. It doesn't look like much yet, does it? 

It's a nice coincidence that the quilt I just took off the frame is patriotic looking too.  This is Jean's quilt for her granddaughter.  Don't you think it's a great idea for a QOV donation quilt? 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival, Spring 2012

 Hello to everyone stopping by from Amy's Creative Side.  

Today I am very happy to enter
 Batik Beauty. 
 I have blogged about this quilt several times before but I'm very proud to show it again with a 
 Blue Ribbon hanging on it!

Batik Beauty

I began this quilt in October at a Warwick Valley Quilters Guild (Warwick, NY) workshop,  It was  taught by Linda J. Hahn, of Frog Hollow Designs, using her New York Beauty Simplified book.
 I used batik scraps or pieces I picked up here and there because I really like the color and pattern.  It was pieced and assembled except for the border, so I decided to finished it to enter in our guild show. The curved border was a last minute decision and a new technique for me.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.
 The show was this past weekend and I'm thrilled that it was chosen by the judges for a First Place award!

This picture shows the quilting a little.  I used my Handiquilter Fusion 
with Superior So Fine thread.  It's a combination of freehand and ruler assisted quilting.

I must say that I really loved the whole process of making this wall hanging.
In the class, I learned about paper and curved piecing  and enjoyed the ladies in the group.
 I truly enjoyed the cutting, folding and sewing of the fabrics, playing around with the color placement and layout, dreaming up the quilting designs, and of course the quilting itself.   I even liked making and sewing on the biased binding on the curved border.  It's so nice that every once in a while I finish something of my own and feel really good about the whole process and the end result.  An award just makes it feel even better!

I'm happy to share Batik Beauty for the Bloggers Festival.
 Thank you for stopping by and letting me show and tell.
 I have more to say about our guild show but I'll save that for the next post.

Thank you Amy for hosting this terrific event 
and thank you to all the bloggers sharing their wonderful quilts. 
 I have been looking and getting so inspired! Hope you are too.