Thursday, January 27, 2011

Me and American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze

I have a great job.  A couple months ago I got to meet David Archuleta from American Idol and today last years' winner Lee DeWyze played at our mall and I got to see him, get his autograph and talk to him for a minute.  Really nice guy. 

I couldn't stay for his whole mini-concert as it's an hour drive home and the fog has been pretty bad so I had to leave 1/2 way through his set.  He was great, sounded good. 

So now that I got home late, did some house errands not a lot of time to sew tonight (hence a blog post).  I just have the last border to paper piece on the Deb Karasik class project.  I really am loving it.  So clean and crisp. 

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Look at what I bought at Road 2 California

If you want to see some great photos of the show quilts, check out Darlene's at Sew Cal Gal.  She did a great job summarizing the show and the quilts.  More importantly this is what I worked on and what I bought.

Fabric for my bosses son quilt.  (His school colors)

Marimekko Oyj Suomi fabric. 

Another Marimekko fabric.

The books I bought.

The thread and crystals I bought.

And to add to my fall fabric stash.

Misc. fabrics, a pattern ,  2 fabric packs to go with pattern.

Some of the yellows and greens and browns I got to use on my class project.

The picture I used for my project.

This is as far as I've gotten.  I'm using this green instead of appliqueing all the leaves.

Want to make a red, white and blue quilt - here's a start of it.

Not sure what I'm going to do with the Marimekko fabrics.  I was thinking of just finishing the edge of the red one and using as a table cloth.  My friends think I need to machine quilt it (whole quilt type).  The blue would make a cool shower curtain or curtain somewhere.  I know on my yellow fabrics I'm sure I bought more but i didn't remember what I bought versus what I brought for the class.  I know I bought a bunch of greens too, some before the class and some while at the show.  After a while, they all looked alike!  

I travel with a great group of ladies.  Not only my roommates and classmates shown in the previous blog, but Anna Koelewyn (Anna the Artist Within-link to the right) was there and shared meals with us.  She took Mary Lou Weidman's (spelling) class and was there for show and tell with us each night.  And the last two nights, Grace Hoya and Barbara Sawyer were there too.  Too fun.  

 Thanks for looking.  Hopefully some more finished projects soon!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Road 2 California

Our last evening at Road to California and we are very sad and very broke.  Here's a picture of my three roommates and classmates.  We all took David Taylor's Advanced Pictorial Applique class.
Back row:  Kathy Morrison and Debbie Van Fossen Front:  Diane Mitchell and Me

Here's the infamous David Taylor.  He was a lot of fun.  He has his way of doing things and he's a perfectionist and I know I musts have driven him crazy with my boring piece.  I won't show it until its done which may not be for a while.  Against his advise, i will probably do the "f" word with it - FUSE MY PIECES instead of hand applique.  We'll see.  
I took pictures of some of the phenominal quilts - will share at a later date.  Will also take pictures of some of the fabric I bought - I used some in my project.  All boring yellows. 

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Leftover Half-Square Triangle Quilt Done!

The center of this quilt is made from the remaining blocks left over from the first idea I had for my Material Girls Challenge.  I was going to put the signature blocks among ocean wave blocks but ended up doing the art piece instead.  So I didn't want all that work to go to waste so I put the squares together, added borders and used the rest of the scraps on the border and the back.  Had fun quilting these feathers and added shell motifs to keep with the ocean theme.  I've never done them this way before.  (You can click on the picture to get a closer look - use your browsers back button to get to this page again.)

Also finished today my Loose Threads Art Group project (which isn't even due until the 24th!).  We had to use a photo on our fabric and the theme word was joy.  This is my niece at my nephews wedding this past August.  She was having so much fun and we all were having fun watching her.  She has always brought me joy.  This just shows her goofy side.

It's printed in black on white on the fabric and I used white to black threads to quilt it.  Used blue on her eyes and pink on her tongue to make them stand out.  I think it came out quite good.

I leave Wednesday with 3 other friends to Ontario to go to the Road 2 California Quilt Show, where we will meet a few other friends who already be there.   I have signed up for David Taylor's class.  If you don't know who he is, here's his website.   David Taylor Quilts website  If you get any quilt magazines, you will have seen his work. He was the featured artists at Asilomar last March when I went and he was very funny and very talented.  I'm pretty excited about taking the class.

Thanks for looking.  If I have time, I'll check in during the show.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Look who I got to see this weekend.

Only for the 3rd time since he was born in October! 
We caught him before he started crying again.  Kelly had to go to the store for a few minutes and he slept for half the time and then he woke up and realized she wasn't there.  I can vouch that his lungs work.  I finally got him quiet for about 5 minutes and he and I had the nicest conversation.  I told him all the fun things we're going to do - like reading stories, playing games, swinging and running amok.  He just stared at me like he was excited.  But then Kelly came home and he heard her voice and the crying began.  Too funny.  I also told him the grumpy gramps (he really didn't like that name because he kind of puckered his face when I called Jeff that) will build him a swing/play set that will make all the neighbor kids jealous.  I guess I need to tell Jeff that he has to do that now. 
He has the bluest eyes.  He's adorable.  Of course I'm prejudiced.  And look what he made Grandpa and me for Christmas. 
3 months old and look at that talent.  He even has his name and date on the back.

I also surprised my mom on her birthday --I stopped by on my way home from visiting Jack to hand deliver her card.  She really was surprised.  Love you mom!

Quilting is on hold for a few days.  I took a fall yesterday and fell on my left arm.  Luckily there are no bones broken but I am S O R E.  And I have some pretty good cuts.  I took pictures but they didn't come out very good - hard to take pictures of your own arm and elbow. 

Thanks for looking and letting me brag about my grandson for a minute.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Finish for 2011 and I need help finding fabric

"Needs a Name" quilt

Close Up
This is a kit from John Flynn- laser cut pieces - started working on this a few months ago at retreats or Party Party Party and finally finished it last night.  No name yet, I will take any suggestions.  The package calls it a Pine Burr pattern.  

And I need to find at least a fat quarter or 1/2 yard of this above fabric.  If you know the name at least it will help.  I bought a fat quarter pack on Etsy through Sew Dearly Loved and I check her website and it's not there anymore.  I need it to finish this quilt. 
See the blocks to the right of Janice-that's the project.
Anyway, our guild had Deb Karasik this Thursday and she was so entertaining.  If you ever get the chance to see her, do it.  Also if you have a chance to take her class, take it.  We had a great time. 

Now I have to go back to contemplating how I want to quilt my blue/green/turquoise fabric scrap quilt.  Lots of quilting space so want to do something unique in those areas.

Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new (resolution quilt list)

Wedding Dress Blue's blog had some wonderful goals for 2011 and I want to share them.  Her blog address is weddingdressblue  It's kind of a positive goal list which I loved.  I'm still going to make my resolution list but not because I want to get them all done by the end of 2011, but I like to keep track of what I have in my cabinet.

Here's last years list.  Posting it here so I'll have a record.

New resolution list on the right.

Here's the goals:
1.  Quilt!  Duh!
2.  Keep buying fabric.  As Wedding Dress Blue says, it makes me happy!  I don't really "need" more, but since I love fabric and it makes me happy, I'll buy more.  It was also be unreasonable to say I won't.
3.  Keep blogging!  This has been a fun way to show off my quilts.  I know my family looks to see what I've made.  That makes me happy.
4.  Use Scraps.  Even though the quilt store isn't doing Scrap Therapy anymore, I will continue to make scrap quilts.   I love the look of scrap quilts and I don't feel guilty using those for my dog beds and sofa covers.  When you have 3 dogs, you do what you can to protect your furniture and quilts makes it look prettier than an ugly sheet.
5.  Continue to take classes.  Learn more.  Create more.  I already plan on taking classes next year with David Taylor (at Road to California), Deb Karasik (January guild lecture and workshop); Judy Sisneros 9 patch pizzaz (March guild lecture and workshop); and Anelie Beldon Thoroughly Modern  Dresdon (May guild lecture and workshop).

Here's to a great new year.
Thanks for looking.