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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another (Sort Of) Finish

This is what I have been working on lately and I finally finished my part. (The picture doesn't show it all the way finished tho.)  This is our guild's (Common Threads Quilt Guild - Hanford/Lemoore, CA) opportunity quilt and I was asked to machine quilt this.  I said yes.  It was a labor of love.  I thought I did pretty good for an amateur- but don't look too close.  This was done on my home machine (Bernina 640) with the feathers in Superior Thread's Nature Color and Rainbow thread and the rest in Bottom Line. 

I do get to cross off something from my resolution list on the right there.  Now on to my own projects.   The first thing I have to do is make a fleece hat and neck cowl for my younger sister.  She picked the fabric out at Christmas and I feel I better get that to her before the weather warms up.  Oh, wait, she lives in the Seattle, WA area so she needs it for a lot longer than us Californians. :) 

Had my friendship group Loose Threads meeting on Monday.  However, I didn't do the project this month.  I was just too busy with some other stuff and being gone for a few weekends to help my folks.  Since I'm a working girl, I do a lot of my work on the weekends and when you're gone, there goes your sewing time.  It was my friend Anna's birthday, it's rude to say how old, but we each made a piece of a snake quilt 52" long to give her.    Here she is looking at the part I made for her.  I applique'd her blog name on my section.  "Anna: The Artist Within". 

Our group is working on the Fearless Design  book and here are the other girls pieces. 



Adena's is the first, Anna's is the second one and Sara did the last.  Speaking of Sara, she started her own blog too.  She's an amazing artist and her blog will highlight of her art.  Here's her blog.   

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Road To California 2010

I did some damage to my wallet at Road to California this year.  I consolidated the photos so it wouldn't look like so much.  Luckily I went with a plan and I didn't veer too much from it. 


I didn't just shop either, I did take 2 classes.  The first was the "Painting with ink" class from Patt Blair.  She's a wonderful teacher and very talented.  Here's what I finished in class.

The second class I took was from Joanie Zeier Poole, it was all about designing, adapting and marking quilting designs.  (Thanks to Sue--I got this class because she couldn't make it and needed someone to fill the space).   I learned alot.  We didn't sew - but we all brought the same size piece to work on and each got to play with drawing designs on paper.  This is what I created.  I used the fabric to help me chose a design. 


The show itself was fantastic.  I took lots of pictures. I had a friend who had a quilt in the show--here's a picture of her with her quilt.  Hers is the cherry blossom quilt on the bottom.  She unfortunately didn't get a ribbon - but she was very honored to have a piece accepted. 

I also helped her start a blog - http://annatheartistwithin.blogspot.com/ she has a lot to share about quilting since she's a quilt teacher and artist extraordinairre.  So excited to see what she does with it.  She is also going to be the featured artist at the Best of the Valley Quilt show in April.  She's nervous and excited - but as her friends we're all very thrilled for her.

Anyhow, I need to start quilting - I have so much to do.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Raffle Quilt and Scrapbook Pages

Our guild started raising money by having monthly raffles of small quilts - silly me signed up to donate a quilt for January.  Here's what I came up with.  I saw this from the Quilt Sampler 2002 magazine - it was a quilt from the Quakertown Quilts store.  There wasn't a pattern so I kind of winged it.

I hope it can make some money for the guild.  I also had some time this weekend at my folks house to create these two simple pages from my step-daughter's wedding.  These pages are about her wedding dress.




Hope you are enjoying your first week of 2010.  I am getting ready for a busy quilting weekend and also leave next Wednesday for our annual trek to the Road to California quilt show.  I'm taking Pat Blairs class and am getting nervous.  She was the featured artist last year and I was so impressed with her art and was lucky I got in her class.  Anybody else going?