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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bowled Over

The Orange Blossom Guild in Visalia that I had my trunk show on Thursday had a bowl class today that I just had to do.  I've wanted to make one of these for a while - I actually already had some of the rope that you wrap the fabrics on, but didn't have a book on how to do it.  Glad I took a class.  Linda Matthews had several great hints and tips.
Bright orange fabric and black thread.  Decided to add a bat applique piece to go with my Bat Crazy quilt I did earlier this year.

My trunk show went very well once I got over my nerves.  A few friends and members of my guild, Common Threads came to support me as did my Aunt Carolyn from Bakersfield.  Anna and Janice took me out to dinner afterwards and it was so nice to relax and catch up with two friends who have moved away in the last 2 months.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Celebrate

I bought this panel a few years ago and now I don't know why.  It's cute and all, but...in my quest for a quick project at retreat last month, I threw it in my bag of projects to work on.
The panel had 8 dessert squares and to set it 4 x 2 or 2 x 4 would have made an awkward sized quilt so I made an extra block, appliqued the word celebrate (because all these desserts are for celebrations) and made it a 3 x 3 quilt.  I barely quilted it (didn't need too much) and used the big ric rac as the binding.  Not my best work but something cute to hang for birthdays.

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Pop Art Flowers

Not sure if that's what I'll call the quilt but Pop Art is the name of the pattern that I followed (but of course altered to fit my size and floral needs).

A close up of all the quilting I did
My sister-in-law Marcy picked the pattern and fabric because she wanted something for her guest room/office.  However, I like it so much I may keep it.  

I do believe this is also a resolution quilt that I get to check off my list on the right.

I started working on the dessert quilt top (it was a panel that I threw together) and after that is done I have to work on my Loose Thread challenge.  It helps that I have an idea of what I want to do.

Oh yea, today is all about cleaning out my clothes closet (purses and old clothes I will never fit in again) and then packing up the quilts for my Trunk show on Thursday.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two posts in one day..

wow.  As promised here are the Loose Thread pictures.  But first...
I think he liked it.

Now on to Loose Threads.  We have all been working on our Whisper Challenges but we aren't allowed to share them until we reveal next year.  But in the mean time, there are birthdays and for each of our birthdays we give gifts.  Here's what Karen Taber got - she wanted quilts with fairies on it.


This is what I made for her.

Grace Hoya made for Karen

Sara Kelly made a wing quilt for her.

Barbara Sawyer played with her inks and made this.
Now Barbara Sawyer wanted something horizontal to hang on a new rack she has in her kitchen.
I made another of these paper pieced leafs (pattern from Deb Karasik)


Sara Kelly made this for Barbara
 A close up.

Karen Taber made this one.


Grace Hoya made this for Barbara
We exchange our challenges next month and also bring our quilts for Sara's birthday - her theme --cracked.  I have ideas.  I have not worked on either yet.  I am in a machine quilting mode.  2 or 3 more days on the Pop Art quilt and then the dessert quilt and then hopefully will work on the challenge and birthday gifts.

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Quick Quilt

Really quick - I started this baby on Friday night and finished hand sewing the binding down last night (Tuesday).


My boss asked me last year if I would make a quilt for his son's birthday in his school colors and I said sure.  In January at Road 2 California I purchased a bunch of blue and gold fabrics and then it sat.  Last week, he asked me if I remember him asking about a quilt for Lucas and I said sure, I have all the fabrics.  He said you know his birthday is next week.  I said oh, I forgot when.  So Friday night at Party Party Party (6 pm to 2 am sew night at our local quilt shop) I put this super easy quilt top together.  It's from the Happy Hour quilt book.  Pinned it Sunday afternoon and started meandering quilting that night and finished it Monday night and did a bias binding --because it's a striped fabric and my friend Elaine said I HAD to do it on the bias.  :)   I hadn't done a bias binding in a long time and it took me a while to figure out the continuous binding technique at the size I needed it.  Anyway, it's done and wrapped and ready to give to him today, his birthday.  It's called Cuggle Koldre.  My boss named it.  Cuggle because that's what his son used to ask him, can we cuggle daddy? and Koldre which is blanket in Yiddish.  They aren't Jewish but that's Greg--find a different name for something.

Tonight I'll post some pictures from the Loose Threads meeting from last week where we gave Karen T and Barbara S their birthday quilts.  (I'd post them now but I'm at work.  shhhh  don't tell my boss.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A quickie of my grandson

He has finally got some teeth in.  Even while going thru that he was not too grumpy when we saw him this weekend.
Chad and Jack

Kelly and Jack

Gpa and Jack - he was very impressed with his mustache.

Jack, Gpa and Oma (me)

Oma - see my new teeth?  
Just love that little guy!

Been busy machine quilting (and fighting with the tension) on the Pop Art quilt I put together in Cambria a couple months ago.  I hope I finish that this weekend.

Thanks for looking.
Barb