Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bonnie's Hunters Mystery Clue 1, a Christmas Quilt and BOM

Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery started this week (Here's a link to her website and the mystery.) and I was able to spend all day yesterday working on my blocks since I got all my Christmas decorations up on Friday.  I only made one change on her colors this year.  I am using red instead of pink because I had a lot of red left over from my Farmer's Wife quilt. 

 I quilted my granddaughter's Christmas quilt very simply with straight lines and just outlined the letters and the deer.

 But decided to add a few snowflakes in the big blank space using aqua colored thread.

I also snuck in making the Fat Quarter Shops 2014 Designer Mystery Block of the Month.

I was also able to finish the top of a quilt I started on my retreat a few weeks ago.  (The big blocks on the bottom and right side.)  I made 8 more blocks and put them all together and added a small white border.  And with some pieces that I had to cut off making these blocks I made 64 3.5" HST and am making a small little baby quilt with those.

I have 3 quilts pinned and ready to quilt.  I've been drawing and testing designs on my ipad Adobe app.  Not happy with anything so far.  The fall quilt BOM top I'll just do each block differently trying to use a fall motif somehow and feathers.  I just need to set up my sewing room for machine quilting big quilts.  

But today, my friend Adena and I went to see the Nutcracker.  I had no idea what the story was.  I know the music but I never knew the whole story.  I loved it.  Then she and I went to a nice restaurant for a steak dinner and now I'm home relaxing.  Tuesday I go see the Beauty and the Beast musical at the Saroyan Theater.  This weekend I head north to visit my dad, and my sibling who are all gathering for my dad's 80th birthday.  Can't wait.  Taking 2 more days off work!  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

1st Annual Material Girls Wonder Valley Retreat

What a productive weekend for all who came.  Unfortunately only 7 of the 17 members were able to come but we had a GREAT time with great food and conversations.  Here are 6 of the 7 of us.  Diane took the picture so she wasn't in it.

We sat in a circle kind of so we can all communicate easily.  We had great weather all weekend except for the fog driving up.  But we all got there Friday morning and sewed until about 1 today.

Here are some of the things we all worked on this weekend.  I didn't get pictures of everything like the cute little purses that Diane made and the quilting Kathy did on her Melinda Bula quilt and the quilt bag she was working on today.
I finished this little quilt top for my granddaughter.  

The beautiful purple grey blocks are what Lynn Marie worked on and the other  blocks are what I got done on my Fireworks quilt top.  (8 of 16 done)

Barbara worked on her boutique items.   She made a ton of napkins and started on some aprons yesterday.

Janice worked on machine quilting this beauty and bound it too.

Then she finished this top and had to decide to not border

Or add a border?  
Elaine worked and finished this big block quilt.  She also finished a cute red and white runner

And I got all the blocks and pieces done for this quilt.  Yes, I know about the bad block on the top right.  It's fixed already.  
We reserved the room again for next year at the same time and we hope with this much time to plan, more of our girls can come.  We also planned our Christmas get together as well as discussed a road trip to Sisters Quilt Show in July 2015.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My latest

I finished quilting the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.  Actually finished it last week.  Here you go with a couple of close ups of the quilting.  My original thought was just to do an all over design, but I just couldn't get myself to do it.

I also worked on some Christmas gifts.  Not gifts for me to give, but gifts to make for other people to give.  After all the guild boutique items was shown on my Facebook and blog, my sister and two cousins asked for some stuff for their family for Christmas.  How can I say no.

My sister wanted bowl cozies for her family.  Luckily I had a few left over from the boutique that didn't sell and just had to make a few more specifically for her.
I also made some cup cozies for a cousin.  (didn't get pictures) and then another cousin saw these cute pillows that another person in our guild made and wanted them for her grandchildren.  So I said yes and here are the four.
Today my husband, and in-laws took a trip to see Kelly and family.  I took one picture because I knew my mother-in-law would love it.  She was so excited to see her great-granddaughter and after a warm up period, Dylan let her sit on her lap.  She's a cutie, but rather shy.  Jack, is not.  He was a hoot.  But again, no pictures of him.
Last weekend I volunteered a the Central Valley Quilt and Sew Expo and Retreat at the Visalia Convention Center and sponsored by our local quilt store, Thimble Towne.  The ladies who attended were pampered and spoiled and I had so much fun helping them.  I stayed in one class the whole weekend which was the Dresden class using the Baby Lock Aria.  Now I am a Bernina girl but I have to say that this Baby Lock machine was quilt nice.  We even got to meet the president of Baby Lock and met some of the nicest teachers/instructors and fabric designers, etc.  Fun times.  Can't wait for next year.