Monday, May 23, 2011

Bat Crazy

Yep that will the name of this quilt.
I did some stippling which I find pretty hard.  Hard to keep consistent size and move it around items.  But I did it.  Turned out pretty cute in my opinion. 

Here's a picture of my girls running to the finished line of the Shop Hop.
And once in the shop, Jeremy of Thimble Towne in Visalia had a fun photo booth.
It was good to be home!

What can be better than finishing a quilt after a fun weekend.

Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2nd Annual Heart of the Valley Shop Hop

We finished the hop today.  What fun.  We laughed so much.  Here's a picture of the 4 of us at each of the stores on the hop holding our Thimble Towne (quilt store in Visalia, CA).
We texted Jeremy, the owner of Thimble Towne, each of these these photos showing him we were using our bags.  We ended our hop at Thimble Towne in Visalia this afternoon.  When we got there Jeremy and Becky put a finish line out for us to run through.  Too funny.  Once inside we got to enjoy all the fun he had for the masses in the store.  Once he either sends the picture of us crossing the line or puts on his blog I'll post it here. 

Now for shopping, I really didn't think I bought that much but when you lay it all out, yikes!  It was hard finding room to put all of it.
Kit purchased at Bolts to Bindings and additional FQ from Quilters Quarters

Fat quarters or 1/4 yards purchased at most stores for my grandsons I Spy Quilt I want to make him.

Just some gorgeous whites and a deep beautiful green (and thread)

Some stencils (missing one) and I already had the big one :(

Just really liked this.

And this...

Here is the pile of goodies from all of the stores and their block patterns.
Just a great weekend.  Now I have to get to my bank and update my checking account.  Not really looking forward to that one.  

And Debbie, remember, be nice to me... I have a great shot of you in the car that you wouldn't want anyone else to see.  :)

Thanks for looking and all you people from the Central Valley in California, please make a point to do the Shop Hop next year - grab a buddy or two and go.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Heart of the Valley Quilt Shop Hop

Today was day one of the Central California's Heart of the Valley Quilt Shop Hop.  Me and three friends left and one pm and went south - first to Maricopa (love that shop), then to Bakersfield to see 3 quilt shops there.  Strawberry Patches (great if you have young kids), To Quilt and Sew and then to a new store, not officially on the hop, called Bolts to Bindings.  A great new store - one we'll definitely have to visit again.  The ladies were friendly and like I said they weren't on the "hop" but had goodies to eat and drink and gift bags and a drawing for a basket  Above and beyond.  Great selection of fabrics too.

Pictures - well do I dare show what I bought today?  Nope.  You'll have to wait for the big haul.  I'm collecting fun fabrics so I can make my grandson an I Spy quilt so I'm looking for FQ's with big fun prints to use.  Amazing that a lot of stores don't sell Fat Quarters anymore. 

So we're also taking pictures of our group in front of each store and texting them to Jeremy at our "home" store Thimble Town in Visalia - all holding our Thimble Town bags.  Too fun.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I Am a Molehill Among Mountains (photo heavy)

First of all, I spent all of Saturday on my embroidery machine making these wonderful ipod/iphone cases.  I will be donating these to our guild for their annual sale in July at the Lemoore Park.  See the Hawaiian print case hiding in the back?  The directions tell you 2 times in red print - to move the zipper part over to the middle of the case.  The second one I forgot.  So this one, the zipper doesn't work.  My friend Debbie said she'd take that one for her camera. 
These are all "in the hoop" designs from DigiStitches and go real fast. 

Now for the mountain/molehill thing.  I belong to an art group called Loose Threads.  They are such true artists and humble me each time we meet.  Here's a comparison.  Two months ago we had to do pin tucks or tucks using any method and the inspiration word was wave.  Here's what the other ladies have created.
Grace's finished



Janices (Not finished yet)

Here's mine.
Mind you this is only like 4" long and maybe 12" wide.  And it's from a panel.  Yea, see what I mean.  Mine's cute and fun but not really art.  Remember these pictures don't show you all the wonderful detail in their quilts.  Anna's is beaded heavily, as is Sara's, Karen's wave is thread heavy and I know Barbara Sawyer did one but I can't find a picture of hers.

Anyway, this month our inspiration word was Rejoice and the technique was thread play or thread lace.  Here's what they made. 
Barbara Sawyers (not done yet)

Grace - she needs to put on a quilt but so cool.

Another one of Grace's



Sara - she will put on a postcard (said she had a hard time with the word)

Anna's (amazing close up)
And again, here's mine.  And keep in mind that mine is maybe a 5" wide x 4" tall piece. 
I'm not saying mine are horrible just not awe inspiring. 
Then it was Grace's birthday and she wanted 6" strips, any length with a theme of Garden. 
Here's what we all made for her.
Sara's (combining 2 of Graces favorite things)

Barbara Sawyer




I want to be them when I grow up. We are going to try some new challenge after next month.  Too tired to explain it now but if you get Quilting Arts magazine, they had an article about a whisper challenge and we are going to do that.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vintage Postcard quilt and Lil Twister and....

Done.  Finished.  Well, I still have to do labels.  Will drag the embroidery machine out this weekend to work on that and some stuff for guild.  But glad I got these things done.  I still have the Halloween quilt top pinned and ready to go.
This is the 3rd Vintage Postcard quilt I've finished (of 12).  The patterns are from Fig Tree Quilts.  They are super easy as I'm just using fusible.  But they are cute and I have the perfect spot in my hallway for the these monthly quilts.  (And this is one of my resolution quilts I get to check off on the right side of blog.)
This is the Lil Twister.  It starts with 5" squares and you use a special square ruler to make these unique blocks.  Pretty easy - just looks complicated.  I first saw these at Canton Village Quilt Works blog and ordered it along with 5" solid squares.  I used a wonderful variagated thread for the outer border to quilt a big feather.  Debated on if I should take it out and use black thread.  Decided to keep it and call it a day. 

Now at this point my Loose Threads friends need to stop reading.  Here's the pintuck piece I did which was for last months technique.  The theme word was wave. 
Used a flag from a panel, tucked the stripes, re-added the stars.  I love it. 

And for birthdays this year, the girls are exchanging strips but they need to be vertical and will not be connected in a long worm like we did last year.  Grace said she'd like garden themed strips so I got my Whimsical Quilt Garden patterns from Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins (Piece o' Cake Designs) and used different flowers from their blocks and made this little beauty for Grace. 
Having a busy week.  Today was the guild board meeting, tomorrow is the nominating committee meeting, Thursday is Rock the Mall (at the mall I work for and should be there for the 1st one) and Friday morning I will be going to a memorial service for my cousin who passed away in Bakersfield and then zoom back to Clovis for my hair appointment. 

It's a sad thing about my cousin.  He died of a heart attack and was only 40 years old and had 5 kids.  He's had his problems the last couple years and as his wife said, he is finally at peace.  My parents can't go to the funeral due to their health so I will represent the DeKruyf's.  I feel for the family, especially my aunt.  My uncle (Michaels dad) passed away just a few years ago, way too young as well.  If you pray, keep her and Michaels wife and kids in your prayers. 

Again, thanks for looking. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Visalia Dames Retreat (and some)

A new "mini-semi-quasi-friendship group" Visalia Dames had a retreat in Visalia this past weekend.  We had room for a couple extra people so we invited them as well.  It was in our little home in Cambria and it was just a spectacular weekend weather-wise and every other way too.  We all got so much done, the conversations were interesting, and the food , oh the food.  So much food.  Good food.
Anyway here's what we accomplished this weekend.

The first person to finish something was Deolinda.  She finished the veggie/fruit coasters first and then the baby quilt (middle picture) and then the rose quilt after that.  Before we left she was working on her Raider quilt but didn't finish that.

Barbara Brown worked all weekend on the binding on the brown/blue quilt.  She had to sew the binding down and hand sew the binding down.  And in between that she whipped up this sweet little flannel quilt top.  Just adorbs.

Debbie had all the applique pieces turned and glued down and spent most of the weekend zig zagging four borders of a quilt top down (the picture above is just one border I copied 3 times.)  I cant' wait to see the full quilt when finished - stunning.

Kathy has a sweet little granddaughter Georgia who is having her 5th birthday this week.  Each year she makes her granddaughter a quilt - this year it's this ruffle quilt all made with vintage sheets.  It's so beautiful in real life and this picture doesn't do it justice.  She also made her the lounging capri pants and almost finished the "flowere dress/pant" outfit.  Can't wait to see a picture with her in it.

Janice machine quilted this quilt for her teachers aid and she also made 20 pillow cases for her students.  (No photos.) She's a high school math teacher and every year she gives one of her classes a little gift at the end of the year - the last few years she's made pillow cases.  This is her last year teaching (she's retiring and moving to the coast and we are all very jealous).

I too got a lot accomplished.  I finished a purse which I started at the last Party Party Party, on my resolution list, I made the twister quilt (top right), Halloween quilt which was a kit, and the 3rd of 12 "vintage postcard" quilt tops.  None of the quilts are quilted - I just got the tops done.

Elaine was there and she worked studiously on her calendar quilt tops but she didn't finish either of them (she worked on 2).  She's a perfectionist and takes such time and care with all her pieces.

Anyway - a wonderfully productive weekend.  Oh, we did take several walks and breathed fresh air instead of staying inside sewing all the time.  We also watched a few movies, saw the big "wedding" (the next morning of course) and American Idol on Thursday night.

Now, I have to figure out some days to take my sis-in-law, niece and nephew to the coast because we had such fun last time and the girls want to go back in July.

While gone this weekend, another friend of mine started a blog.  A put her link on the right of my blog.  Her blog name is "Sew Much Fun".  Check our her work and send her some love. 

Thanks for looking.