Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another Scrap Therapy finsihed and I finally met my grandson

Won't be a lot of quilting going on here this week.  I'm having a big birthday party this coming weekend and I need to get busy cleaning and cooking.  But I wanted to get this Scrap Therapy project done before and I finally finished it last night.  I will probably be donating to our guilds charity quilt program.
It's made with a lot of the scraps I cut from my grandson's baby quilt.  Maybe I'll keep it and give it to him for his 1st birthday.  Speaking of my grandson, I got my husband to drive to Livermore yesterday so we could meet him.  He was not happy - 6 hours of driving for a one hour visit.  He wouldn't even hold him.  Said he was too small.  I was pretty nervous myself.  And since I was holding him the whole time, I was unable to get more pictures.

Happy Halloween everyone.  We don't have street lights so we never get any trick or treaters here so I don't get to see all those fun Halloween costumes.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Testing Smilebox

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The quality of the photos is poor but that's my fault.  I wanted to see if this worked.  These are pictures of some of the quilts I showed during my trunk show earlier this month at our quilt guild.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another Finished Quilt and a Fauz Hawk!

I didn't start this one this weekend.  I started this in Pismo Beach a few weeks ago, but had to pick up more aqua fabric at Pacific International to do the applique pieces.  It's from a kit from Cherrywood Fabrics called  Endless Horizon.  Can't remember if I bought it last year at Pacific International or Road 2 California.  Oh and this is a quilt from my Resolution List!  Yea!  One more down. 
Now I have some scrap therapy blocks to finish and the guild's block of the month blocks.  I also need to make a few fiber postcards for guild.

 And because this picture made me smile, I'm going to share it with you all.  My new grandson Jack got his first sponge bath at home today and Kelly styled his hair and took a picture for me.  I love his little smile and she said that's the face he makes when he's pooping.  I still think it's adorable.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall is in the House

Remember those beautiful Fall fabrics I bought at Pacific International last weekend?  Well I whipped up this table runner this week.   While I was quilting the last leaf of the piece I noticed that there is a mistake.  I would have to have undone alot of quilting to fix it and thought, I didn't notice it until this point and hope no one else will notice it either.  Fall is my favorite season and Fall colors are my favorites. 

Well hubby said dinner is ready.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Loose Threads Meeting

On Wednesday, the Loose Threads met to show off our flour paste resists pieces.  The inspiration word this month was grafitti.  I think we all did a great job.  Each of our pieces came out so different - we used different types of paints and I suppose different thicknesses of flour paste. 
We also celebrated Janice's 59th birthday so we each made her 59 inches of  a ribbon for her.  She loves flowers and without discussing it with each other, we all made some  type of flowery piece.

I will be working on a little table runner this weekend with that glorious fall fabric I bought last week.  I'll show it when it's done. 

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Officially a Grandma

Meet Jack Richard Buck.  Is he not the cutest baby ever?!?!  He was born on 10/19/10 at 12:25 a.m. and mom and baby are doing fine.  Kelly said he has a healthy set of lungs.  I hope to meet him in real life in the next few weeks.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pacific International Quilt Show

What a great show.  Was inspired by a lot of quilts, took lots of pictures but not sure which ones were my favorites to share here.  I went with 3 wonderful women who I just adore.  They are the nicest gals and the best travel partners.  We are all sharing a room at Road to California this January and I think all 4 of us are also taking David Taylors class. 

I pretty much stuck to my list of things I wanted to buy.  The only variant was the gorgeous fall fabrics and the civil war pattern.  Not bad.  I couldn't carry anymore anyway--fabric is heavy!
The fabric bundles and the fabric on the bottom left are from Fig Tree for the Vintage Postcards I want to make.  (see the Halloween quilt I showed at the post before this one).  I had some fabrics but after finishing 2 of the 12 I realized I need more variety and they are just adorable.  The solids go with that set too.   I only needed the aqua color of the blue/brown fabric pack but they didn't have any without the rest of the fabrics and since I love their fabrics, I went ahead and bought the whole pack.  The lights to the right of those are for the David Taylor class and the pattern is for some Coventry by Jo Morton fabrics I bought over 2 years ago just waiting for the perfect pattern.  And those fall fabrics I just couldn't resist.  Think I'll make a little table runner with those. 

Anyway, did you go to a show today - what did you get?

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2 more finishes from my list

Wow - I can scratch 2 more quilts from my resolution list.  The first one here is the Baltimore Album block I started at Asilimar in March.  I will eventually make more blocks but that is not on my list and I am not ready to start another hand project yet.  But this block is DONE!
The next finish is the 2nd of 12 Fresh Fig Vintage Postcard quilts.  I am using fusible/raw edge applique on these.  I think I will need to purchase more of their (Fresh Fig) fabrics to finish the rest.  Good thing they are usually at Pacific International in Santa Clara which is this weekend.

So me and 3 of my friends will be driving to Santa Clara on Saturday for the Pacific International Quilt Show.  I have a list already of things I need.  See that!  Things I NEED.  I always start off good and then get sidetracked by all the beautiful fabrics and patterns.  I plan on taking lots of pictures of the quilts too.  They always have such a wide variety and great exhibits.

This past weekend I went up north to visit my folks.  On Sunday, instead of going to the movies, my sister-in-law Marcy suggested we (me, her and my niece Claire) go geocaching.  (It's like treasure hunting using a gps.)  The first cache was so cool.  We found it in a mushroom.  The rest were what they call LP's.  Which means light poles (not the records like we thought with the first one).   We found 5 of 8 we went on the hunt for and today my SIL called and said she found one that we couldn't find the other day and she said that 2 of the ones we didn't find were de-activated.  Anyway, it's fun and it gets you outside in the fresh air.

My folks looked great considering they both have some medical issues.  They are learning to take it easy and rest alot.  My mom has been busy crocheting, knitting and other needle work.  She even knitted some scarves for me to give as gifts this year.  I think it was something she could do while they were traveling last month.  My dad is always working on something - usually something outside or in his shop.   

I will report back after PIQS this weekend.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Loose Thread projects

My art friendship group, Loose Threads, met last week to reveal our "frame" projects.  As I mentioned before, we are working through the book Fabric Embellishing, The basics and beyond and last month Grace demonstrated how to make frames and our job is to make a small quilt using the technique and using the theme word.  I can't remember what the word was for the life of me.  Something like serene.  Anyway, here's a picture of all our pieces.  Anna's windows were made with plastic with fish in them.  It was very neat.  Grace's is to be used for pins that you collect at quilt shows or whatever show.  Mine was a picture from our Alaskan cruise.  The "curtain" fabric was fabric I purchased on the trip, it's their state flower fabric.  Sara's was just spectacular and Karen's was so detailed and you wouldn't believe the threads she used for it. 
 These are the ribbons for Sara's birthday ribbon quilt.  Not put together yet because we were waiting for one more piece.
Sorry for the poor photo quality.  They were taken with my cell phone which isn't the best quality. 
Thanks for looking.

Didn't get the Call

for the Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski radio show.  I'm bummed.  I'm not sure why --maybe too many people called in they didn't need me.  I was ready and everything. 

Tomorrow though I give my trunk show at the guild.  They can't back out now. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mark Lipinski's Creative Mojo radio

I'm going to be on it on Wednesday.  Check it out.  He asked on Facebook this morning "Are you a happy member of a quilt guild?  I need quilters who love their guilds and think quilting guilds and creative groups are necessary."  So I emailed and they responded that they want me on. 

Here's the where and when. 

Wednesday, October 6th at around 1:00 PST (or 4 EST). You can listen by
going to on your computer and click on the
listen live button on the right hand side of the page. It will also be
available as a podcast a couple hours after it airs.

I hope I can  get through it without stumbling on my words.  

 Then on Thursday night, I was asked to do a trunk show at our guild.  I've got all my notes ready - I'm cleaning some quilts now so I can pack them and get them ready.  

I was at a retreat this weekend with my Material Girls friendship group (there were 9 of the 17 of us) in Pismo Beach.  I got a lot done but of course didn't get everything done that I brought.  A little visit to the emergency ward for some burned fingers put me back a couple hours.  As usual, we ate well, laughed a lot and entertained a lot of the people from the trailer park (we use the community room at a trailer park).  

I got this top almost done.  I ran out of the aqua color to do the raw edge applique.  It's a Cherrywood Fabric kit.  Luckily I'm going to Pacific International in 2 weeks so I can pick some more up then.  I also finished two table toppers to go on my nightstands that are Halloween fabrics on one side and fall fabrics to match my fall quilt on the other side.  (Sorry forgot to take pictures.)  I also cut out the fabrics for a Fresh Fig Vintage Postcard top.  (There are 12 of them and I've only finished one so far - this would be number 2.)

My friend Sheila made 2 of these cute around the world baby quilts.  This one in purple and the other in pinks.  So sweet.
My friend Kathy has been working on this quilt for about a year.  Part of that time she was looking for more of the material.  She wanted a kings sized quilt and she got it.

Debbie finished these two tops.  She was a busy girl.  The one with the red border (LOVE THAT FABRIC) was made with Kaffe Fasset material.  And the floral one below was made with all scraps that she had. 
Rita picked up this pastel quilt at a quilt shop on the way to the retreat and finished that and finished a lot of blocks for another quilt.

I didn't get pictures of everything people finished.  There was a lot of bindings being finished and the starts or re-starts of a few other projects. 

Don't forget to listen to Mark Lipinski's Creative Mojo radio show this Wednesday.  You can listen to his past shows - follow the link above and you can get podcasts of his other shows. 

Thanks for looking.