Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Boutique Time of the Year

Three years ago, my quilt guild, Common Threads, started having an annual boutique in October.  It has been a wonderful fund raiser for our guild and we are starting to get a following of people who look forward to it every year.  I try to make as much stuff as I can and I also make some bigger quilts that I put on sale on consignment - the guild keeps 20% I get the rest.  The other stuff that we donate we get back if they don't sell.  We can pick the price we want the items to be sold at as well and without your permission, they can't lower the price.

Here are a few items I've finished this last month.  I had the two baby quilt tops done at my retreat at my friends a few weeks ago, but I am done quilting and binding them.

Baby quilt from a panel kit.  

Decorate pillow case for 16" pillow form.

Just some Christmas decorations

Some ornaments
Another panel quilt.  All the spider webs and ghosts are quilted in glow in the dark thread.  It's awesome in the dark.
 I also finished a few of my block of the month/week/sew along blocks.

Farm Girl Vintage (Lost track of what weeks these are.)

Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month

Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots Block of the Month

Pat Sloan's Vacation Block of the month.  These are the outer borders.
I only need to finish two more blocks of the Sew Kind of Wonderful Twisted Blossom sew along.  Then it's just a matter of putting the blocks together, quilt it and bind it.   Ha!

I have 2 of the Shabby Fabric long pillows to do.   So behind.

And the guild's Blocks of the Month still has to be done.  Just found it in the bottom of my purse.

I went to visit my dad this weekend and while there I pinned two quilts.  I brought another to mark and pin but didn't get that far.  I have no idea when I'll be able to get to them.  I did go see Man from U.N.C.L.E. with my sister in law.  I really liked it.  And they set it up so there will be more.  And a friend of mine and I started a monthly challenge where we'll chose one thing to finish that month.  I'm failing my first month.

I have also been working some overtime so that has cut into my quilting time.  I'm hoping that's over.  This happens at least once a year when budget time comes around.  And now with this new company it's even more of a nightmare.

Also saw my doctor again today.  The MRI on my foot did show that I have significant swelling on the joints of my big toe and the 2nd toe.  Luckily no fractures or breaks.  Checking for gout and put me on a strong anti-inflammatory for a month to see if that will help (which the foot doctor told me it wouldn't - I knew he was wrong.)  And of course my blood pressure was elevated.  But stress does cause high BP.  He's still doubling my medication dosage since it's my bottom number that's high.  And of course I need to lose weight.  I'd think he was sick if he didn't tell me to lose weight.

Well enough rambling.  Thanks for looking.  

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guild Challenge quilt

I can finally post this quilt I finished a couple months ago for our guild's challenge.

It was a magazine page challenge.  We each drew a magazine out of a bin (without looking) and then we drew a number out of a bag.  We had to be inspired by the page in the magazine that matched your number.  This is my page.

See how lucky I was.  I had a circle with buttonhole stitching on it.  I had 1/4" on my page and I had lots of words.  Words, words, words!  And some colors.  All the background fabrics in my quilt was text fabrics.  And I used the colors in the quilt using some of my small stash of  Kaffe fabrics.  I had just seen the Missouri Star quilt tutorial about the melon block.  I thought I could use that technique for circles.  But thought a quilt full of just circle blocks would be kind of boring so I added the melon patch in there.  

And guess what?  I got 1st place in the challenge.  And there was pretty stiff competition.  I had a friend take pictures with my camera of all the quilts and I'll post on our guilds facebook page and tag me so if you follow me on Facebook, you can see what I competed against.  Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all their magazine pages (we all had a different page), but they were all really good.  The 2nd place one was hoot.  She did a little circular thing.  Her page had tea pots and hearts in a border but she also saw the word pig.  And from thinking about pig, she thought pigskin, and that turned into footballs.  So she had a cookie dish with football cookies.  She also used the numbers a few times on her quilt with the page numbers she got.  It was very clever.  They were all really good and you really could see their inspiration.  Before the winners were announced everyone that particpated had to get their quilt and go up front and talk about their quilts too.  I loved that part.  You hear a little more than what they wrote about their quilts.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A finish or two

Okay so more than two but they are small.  The first is this kit quilt.

 I bought this kit at Road to California this past year from Nancy Rink.  It's called Trafalgar Square.

The quilt is an art quilt for our next art theme challenge - Art Nouveau.  I used the Tsukineko Inks.  No water used so I can get full coverage.  I got the design from one of those design source books.
The next three items are for our guild's boutique in October.

I spent all last weekend embroidering and one of the things I finished was the pillow.  I also stitched out 4 labels and a bunch of Halloween and Christmas things.  Not sure what I am going to do with it all but while it was set up I just kept stitching.

And I need to end on some cuteness.  My step-daughter sent me this pic of the grandkids.

Guild is this weekend so I have two bags of show and tell this month.  Well 2 of the quilts are for our charity group - one I made and another my friend Anna made.  No pictures though.  

Been busy.  Thank you for looking.