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Close Ups on request

Marie Du Toit of http://machineembroiderybyaquilter.blogspot.com/ asked for close ups.  I'm not a great photographer so this is the best I can do.  Considering I was just going to do an all over, this custom design really gave me a lot of practice. 


Hope you like it.
Thanks for looking!
Barbara

Another No Name Finish

The pattern is Lincoln Watch and the fabric is Coventry by Jo Morton- Coventry means the state of being ostrocized or being banished.  Don't like Lincoln's Watch for a name.  Suggestions always welcomed.  When I first started making these blocks from hell, I didn't think I'd like the quilt, because each block separately is pretty ugly.  However friends encouraged me and when I had about 10 (of the 120) done I laid them out and squinted and saw the pattern emerging and kept on.  My husband loves this quilt so this will his.  I quilted it heavily.  I even added more in the lighter parts of the blocks I showed earlier.  The border is full of feathers. 

With the leftover fabrics I whipped up this quick quilt for our guilds Charity committee. 


Two more days of work and then I'm off to the beach for 4 days of sewing with friends.  Can't wait - I have the most of my stuff packed already.  :)

Thanks for looking.

A peek at what I'm working on - and my art group projects

This is what I have been working on.  I've quilting the inside with feathers and swirleys up in the points (suggested by Janice Minyard), the inner border I used a stencil I had.  I had to go around this bad boy 4 times for this little border.  I plan on doing a feather design in the main border.  Being challenged by my friend Anna's (annatheartistwithin.blogspot.com) said that she is not going to cop out and do an all over design and challenge herself to customize even if the quilt is busy.  My original idea was to do an overall design.  However I'm glad I didn't because I really like how this is turning out.  

My art friendship group met last night.  Only 4 of us were there and 3 of us did the project (pin tuck with inspiration word wave).  I was the one who didn't get the quilt done.  I couldn't think of anything in time and when I did, I didn't have enough time to work on it.  I hope to have it done when we meet the next time as well as the next month…

Best of the Valley Quilt Show 2011

Our local quilt show was this weekend.  It's called Best of the Valley.  I spent all day at the show -selling our guild's opportunity quilt tickets and docenting and of course shopping.  I took pictures of all the quilts from my guild members who entered.  I was very happy to report that a lot of won ribbons!  Yea Common Threads members.  Here's a link to the facebook album of the quilts.  
Common Threads Quilt Guild Best of the Valley entries

I myself did very well at the show.  I won Best of Show for machine embroidery, a first place for my Deb Karasik class project and an honorable mention for my Pine Brrrr quilt.  The Claire with the Kaleidescope Hair didn't win a ribbon and the comments weren't all that great - but I'm okay with that.  It was not made all that well I just thought it was groovy.  Here are pictures of my quilts.



But what was really cool was my friend Janice Minyard was the featured artist.  Here she is in her booth.  It was fun seeing her old…

Loose Threads-March 2011

So my art quilt group met this past week and our project was pleats with inserts (trim, other fabric, etc.)  Anna was even kind enough to give us all a baggie full of fun trims.  The inspiration word was passion.  I'll show my piece and the others' and explain mine later in the post.  Pictures from iphone so not best quality.




All were incredible (Sara's is not quite done but keep checking her blog for when she posts a better picturej.  You can also see a better picture of Anna's on her blog).  Passion was the word however, my only passion is quilting so anything would work.  However, when we got the trim the month before, the first piece of trim I saw was the one I used for the mustache and that idea stuck in my head and that is all I could think about doing.  It's kind of a silly piece but I like it.  I guess I'm going to name it 'Boy Crazy". 

So my sister and her hubby and son are coming for a visit and I get to take 2 days off of work to play with th…